The Dravidian era in Indian cricket came to an end today. Rahul Dravid has announced his retirement from the Test format of the game. In 2011 he had already retired from the ODI and T20 formats.The curtain has fallen on one of cricket's finest practitioners. As usual Rahul was full of dignity while announcing his retirement at a press conference in Benagaluru today afternoon. He was flanked by the BCCI President and his one time colleague Anil Kumble.
Rahul Dravid was born on Jan. 11,1973 in Indore,MP.He made hisTest debut against England on June 20,1996 at Lords,England and scored an impressive95 runs just missing his century. He played his first ODI,against Sri Lanka on April 3,1996 at Singapore. He played his only T20 match against England at Manchester on August 31,2012.
Dravid has scored the second highest number of runs in Test cricket only behind Sachin. He has scored a total of 13288 runs in 164 Test matches at an average of 52.31. He has hit 36 hundreds and 63 fifties with the personal highest score of 270 runs against Pakistan at Rawalpindi during the 2003-04 test series helping India to win the match. Dravid also holds the record for taking the highest number of 210 catches. In all forms of the game he has taken more than 400 catches.He made his last Test appearance against Australia at Oval, Adelaide on Jan. 24, 2012.
In 344 ODI's he has scored 10889 runs at an average of 39.16, and a strike rate of 71.25. He has scored 12 centuries and 83 fifties with a personal highest score of 153 runs.He played in 97 ODIs in India scoring 3406 runs at an average of 43.11 and best score of 153 runs. He scored 7483 runs in 247 ODI' playing away from India at an average of 37.6 with highest score of 141
He has the distinction of scoring a hundred in every test playing country.He is the first number 3 position batsman to cross the 10000 run milestone.He is the third Indian and the sixth batsman in the world to cross 10000 runs in Test cricket. He also is the holder of the maximum catches held by a cricket player.He also has the record of never being dropped from any test series after making his debut in 1996. He was involved in 18 over hundred run partnerships with 18 different team mates.He also had the distinction of batting in the second test against Australia at Kolkatta in 2001 and scoring 180 runs in the following on second innings and turning around the match to a great victory for India,with Laxman scoring a fine 281 runs.
He was amongst the top five Wisden crickeetrs of the year 2000.He captained India between Oct. 2005 and Sept. 2006.He was honoured by the Govt of India with the Padma Shri in 2004.He married Vijeta, a surgeon from Nagpur in 2003 and they have two children..
A sixteen year career that began its journey has come to an end today. No longer will we get to see the wall in partnership with the other great of Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar or Laxman. We will miss the elegant shots to the boundry,We shall not get to see the elegant leg glances or hits through the point region.We shall no longer get to see the smart and dashing figure of Rahul Dravid play for the country.However he will be playing in the IPL as captain of the Rajasthan Royals.
Yet another legend has passed into the pages of history. Here is wishing him a very happy retired life.