Bangalore: Batting stalwart of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid bid adieu to International cricket, bringing an end to his glorious 16 years career today in Bangalore.
According to sources, the decision to hang up his boots is suspected to be the recently concluded disastrous tour of Australia, where he has just scored 194 runs in 8 innings at an average of 24.25, which is much below his career average.
However, he felt grateful towards the selection committee, coaches and the support staffs, who have worked day in and out to keep him fit. He also thanked the supporters all across the globe for their support.
“My approach to cricket is to give my best and I have tried for the same every time. I went on to the cricket field, he quipped. That is the reason I am leaving with agony but with pride. Representing India is every cricketers dream and I am lucky to be there,” Dravid said.
Meanwhile, Dravid will only play in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. He, however denied the poor form in Australia as the reason behind his decision.
It is noteworthy to mention that, the 39-year-old Dravid, a former captain during his illustrious career has scored 13,288 runs in 164 matches with 36 hundreds and 63 half centuries at an average of 52.31 in Tests while in 344 ODIs he has scored 10,889 runs comprising of 12 centuries and 83 half-centuries at an average of 39.16. Adding to that, he also holds the world record for most catches (210) overcoming Mark Waugh of Australia. He also has 196 catches in ODIs.