Dravid to retire?

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India's batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is likely to announce his retirement from Test cricket tomorrow, bringing the curtains down an illustrious career which made him the second highest run-getter in the longer format till now.

Although there hasn't been any official confirmation of the news but the BCCI today sent a media release about Dravid holding a joint press conference along with president N Srinivasan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

"Mr. N. Srinivasan, President, BCCI, and Mr. Rahul Dravid will address the media at 12:30 pm on Friday, 9 March 2012, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru," the release stated.

The 39-year-old Dravid had a disastrous tour of Australia where he scored only 194 runs in eight innings at an average of 24.25. Even more disappointing was that Dravid popularly known as "The Wall" was bowled in six out of the eight innings as the Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus repeatedly breaching his defence with ease.

There has been intense speculation about Dravid's impending retirement ever since he failed with the bat during the Australian tour.

Dravid had already announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the away series against England when he was surprisingly recalled in the shorter format due to his stupendous performance in the Test series where he scored three centuries in four matches.

One of India's greatest ever Test players, Dravid had scored a whopping 13,288 runs in 164 Tests at an average of over 52 which made him second highest scorer behind Sachin Tendulkar. He has hit 36 centuries and 63 half centuries with 270 against Pakistan being his highest score.

He also has a very impressive ODI record where he had scored 10,889 runs at an average of shade less than 40. He has 12 centuries and 83 half centuries in the shorter format.

Under his capataincy, India won away Test series in the West Indies as well as England but had a disastrous 2007 World Cup where they were out in the first round. (PTI)
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  • kokuvilan Thursday, 08 March 2012 03:04 PM

    RAHUL DRAVID RAMIND ME OF ROY DIAES OF SRI-LANKA WHO LIKE DRAVID NEVER GOT IN TO ANY PROBLEM IN AND OUT OF PLAYING FIELD.

    Amila.G Thursday, 08 March 2012 03:32 PM

    Good luck brother, You are a nice guy.

    Gamini Udagepola Thursday, 08 March 2012 04:02 PM

    What a reliable batsman India had for nearly two decades. SL Fans wishing you all the very best!.

    Gamini Udagepola Thursday, 08 March 2012 04:07 PM

    What a reliable batsman India had for nearly two decades. He was unnoticed because of ever great Tendulkar’s magical performances. SL Fans wishing you all the very best Dravid.

    fazli Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:45 AM

    Oh what a gem of a character. Its sad he wont be
    seen anymore.

    Dinesh Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:33 AM

    Good Luck !!! PLayed well to earn the respect on his retirement

    willows Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:49 AM

    All the best pal, our seniors should learn from this gentle giant???

    luxshman Mendis Thursday, 08 March 2012 06:20 PM

    A cricketer and a gentleman a real legend of the game of cricket of course his time for retirement has come but there is no replacement

    kasun Thursday, 08 March 2012 09:04 AM

    A true legend of cricket... one of the few decent indian players today..

    Guru Thursday, 08 March 2012 09:07 PM

    Not only you, all those who are over 35 should retire from Indian cricket, so that the younger generation can have time to show their talent and to make a good Indian team.

    Kitty Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:08 AM

    One of my favorite cricketers all time.

    Sampath Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:31 AM

    Hope he doesn't join politics !!

    hubert Thursday, 08 March 2012 12:53 PM

    Definitely we will miss u, wish u all the best in your future


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