Rahul Dravid on Friday bid adieu to Test cricket, bringing down the curtains on a glorious 16-year career.
“I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. It is 16 years since I played my first Test match for India and today I feel it is an time to move on. Once I was like every other boy in India, with a dream of playing for my country. Yet I could never have imagined a journey so long and so fulfilling,” the 39-year-old Dravid,a former India captain, said at a press conference in Benguluru
Dravid, known as The Wall ended his Test career with 13,288 runs — behind only Tendulkar (15,470 in 188 Tests) — in 164 matches, with 36 hundreds and 63 half centuries at an average of 52.31, the 270 against Pakistan being his highest score.
He scored 10,889 runs from 344 ODIs with 12 centuries and 83 half centuries at an average of 39.16.
Under his captaincy between October 2005 and September 2007, India won Test series in the West Indies as well as England but had a disastrous World Cup in 2007 when they were knocked out in the first round of the tournament. He captained India in 25 Tests and 79 ODIs.