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At last to the enjoyment of the bowlers of opponent cricketing nations, Dravid’s innings did come to an end. But to the tears of the fans of the great batting legend fondly called as ‘The Wall’ in the cricket scene, Dravid today announced his retirement from International and Domestic cricket .
Dravid has scored 13,288 runs in 164 tests, including 36 hundreds .
Dravid in his usual gentleman stature addressed the media and answered all the questions fired by the reporters present in the event. He said,
“I am announcing my retirement from international and domestic cricket. It’s been 16 years since I first played Test cricket for India. But I could not have imagined a journey so long and fulfilling. But now it’s time for me to step aside for a new generation,” said Dravid in Bangalore. “I really did need to move on.”
“The life that I’ve lived — playing cricket for 16 years and 5 years of first-class cricket before that. It wasn’t an easy decision. I knew that the time was right. I knew that deep down I had to move on. I needed to play for the right reasons and the only reason I ever played for India was to try and win and contribute for the team. So I didn’t feel the need to come out and play a farewell match.”
“Many of my team-mates have become legends. I admired and learned from them and I leave the game with many friendships and that’s a gift,”
“I would like to thank the Indian cricket fan — both in India and abroad. I have been lucky to have you watch my game. I also tried to play the game in the right spirit and I may have failed at times but I never stopped trying. That is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.”
After last year’s tour of England in which Indian team failed to win a single match, Dravid retired from the limited overs formats of the game.
N Srinivasan, BCCI president said,
“All of us have been proud and privileged to watch Dravid play with great commitment for India. Not only has he been great for India on the field but he has also been a great role model. I think deciding when to retire is the hardest decision that Rahul has had to make. Thank you Rahul and we wish you very well for the future,”
Dravid will play in the Indian Premier League, where he will be leading Rajasthan Royals.
Kumble, who was present in the event said,
“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Rahul. I have enjoyed every run you’ve scored and every moment that we shared. You were a superb combination of exceptional talent and commitment,”
Dravid, when asked about his thoughts on him being called ‘The Wall’ said, He never thought he was a wall in the field. He comically added that, he thought media has framed that name so it can use the term ‘The bricks of wall” are falling when he is out of from.
Well everyone knows that It never happend and Dravid did not let it to, Wishes to Dravid from the team.