Rahul Dravid announces his retirement

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India's batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is likely to announce his retirment from Test cricket on Friday, bringing the curtains down an illustrious career which made him the second highest run-getter in the longer format till now.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chann...ent-friday-304

Thanks and good bye.

I just wish he could have gone out on a winning note; he deserved that.

Sadly, the curtains are slowly coming down on an era that I fondly remember about Indian cricket.
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As one of the defining Icons of my generation, it is sad to know Rahul Dravid announce his retirement tomorrow. You rightly said he deserved to go on a winning note. The English tour was a testament to his prowess when all others were failing. Sadly, Australia proved to be a different story, for after getting out in 1st innings in the Boxing Day test, he seemed to have completely lost it. Given how hard he is typically on himself, it is not a surprise he choses to retire after this.

I just hope he can continue to contribute meaningfully to Indian cricket. Indian cricket needs some administrators with integrity at the top right now.

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Rahul Dravid was simply the most consistent and the most dependable Test batsman India ever had..especially on foreign pitches. He always had a big contribution in all the great Indian Test victories. In any crisis situation, he was the only batsman who could be relied on always to perform. His was the most important wicket other teams wanted whenever India wanted to win or draw a Test.

He scored 21 centuries abroad out of a total of 36 centuries..perhaps the only batsman who scored more centuries abroad than at home..58% centuries abroad!

During the golden period under Ganguly when India won 21 Tests, Dravid had a batting average of 102.84 in those 21 wins!

Glenn McGrath had said if there was one Indian player who would get an automatic entry into an Australian team filled with stars, it would be Rahul Dravid.

BTW, though known to be a Test specialist, Dravid has the record for the 2nd fastest 50 by an Indian in one-day matches!

I do not think we will EVER have a batsman of the class of Rahul Dravid..especially with the modern batsman focussing on the shorter format.

My salute to one of true greats of cricket..absolutely incomparable!
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A very good analysis of one of India's greatest Sporting Icons.

Not only was he a Credit to the Sport he is a credit to India and his Parents in the way he conducted himself.

Thanks Rahul and Good Luck.

And yes I agree and Hope he can continue to Contribute to Indian cricket in some way.


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Rahul is not only a great cricketer, but also a perfect gentleman. He always set high standards for himself and knows that it is time to hang up the boots. I hear that he is planning on starting a batting school in Bangalore - I hope he is successful and churns out he future Dravids who will maintain those standards of the game as well as personality.

He should have retired on a high note ater the England tour.

Rahul, Kumble, Srinath & Venkatesh Prasad together could setup an excellent cricketing school in Bangalore.

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Next Rahul Gandhi..
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If you renounce the popular notion of "greatness" in cricket and redefine it in association with character, effort and contribution rather than natural talent, Rahul is a far greater cricketer than Sachin or Gavaskar ! Rahul was far less talented than most of the top cricketers present in the Indian team today, as well as among those of his generation, but what he did with what he had, makes among the greatest ever in my books!
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Here is a nice eulogy to Dravid from the BBC:

The Greatness of Rahul Dravid
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My colleagues and I were discussing who would be succeeding Dravid to the No 3 spot. 'Virat Kohli' did pop up among the probables, but we all agreed on this - A team's No 3 should be the team's Anchor, a man with nerves-of-steel and the No 4 should be the accumulator and most prolific scorer. Kohli, being a free scoring batsman, could rather fit into Tendulkar's shoes, in after-Tendulkar era. Cheteshwar Pujara, Subramaniam Badrinath (aged 31) could be groomed to be the next No 3.

On a lighter note, we were taking a dig at Kohli & Raina's still being little kids, who are the first ones to uproot the stumps, pose for the camera, first to open the champagne......
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Why is it that it gives me immense pleasure when someone decides to have a go at Rahul Gandhi?

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Rahul Dravid is younger than Rahul Gandhi
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Wonder when that era will come, if ever!!
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He knew precisely which ball to leave while batting. Now he showed us he knew precisely when to leave, too.

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only kumble is missing...



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