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Updated: January 27, 2012 20:31 IST

Dravid likely to announce retirement shortly

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Indian batsman Rahul Dravid. File photo
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid. File photo

Rahul Dravid’s glorious international career may have come to an end today, with the veteran batsman likely to announce his retirement shortly.

The 39-year-old Dravid, one of the game’s greatest batsmen, is believed to have told some of his team-mates after another failure against Australia in the final Test here that he had decided to hang his boots. He could not be reached for his comments.

Dravid, like most other Indian batsmen, has had a poor run in the current four-Test series which will conclude tomorrow with India likely to suffer another defeat to give Australia a clean sweep. He made 194 runs at an average of 24.25 in this series.

Dravid has already announced his retirement from one-day cricket and Twenty20.

The elegant right hander, nicknamed ‘The Wall’ for his dour defence, is the second highest run getter in Test history with 13,288 runs, behind only Sachin Tendulkar who has 15,470 runs. He has 36 Test centuries with a highest score of 270 and an average of 52.31.

Dravid has also taken more catches (210) than anyone else in Test history during his 164 Test matches since he made his debut against England at Lord’s in 1996. He captained India from December 2005 to August 2007.

There is a question mark over another Indian veteran V.V.S. Laxman, who also had a miserable run against Australia in the current series.

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