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Updated: March 14, 2012 02:36 IST

Dravid likely to call it a day today

K. C. Vijaya Kumar
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Indian batsman Rahul Dravid. Photo: AFP
AFP Indian batsman Rahul Dravid. Photo: AFP

The hint was as subtle as the unobtrusive manner in which he played his cricket. A single line press release that popped into the mail-boxes of sports journalists on Thursday morning, stated: “Mr. N. Srinivasan, President, BCCI, and Mr. Rahul Dravid will address the media at 12.30 p.m. on Friday, 9 March 2012, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.”

Dravid is likely to announce his retirement from a game he has graced with such class and distinction at the international level ever since that 95 in his debut Test at Lord's in 1996. Test cricket's second highest run-getter (13,288) and the World record holder for the highest number of catches (210) is expected to pause his cricketing journey though fans can still watch him during this season's Indian Premier League, in which he will lead Rajasthan Royals.

Speculation has been rife about his impending departure ever since the Australian tour saddled him with meagre returns (194 runs averaging 24.25). Strangely, the down-turn against Michael Clarke's men came after a stupendous season in which Dravid carved five centuries across Kingston, Lord's, Nottingham, The Oval and Kolkata.

Dravid earlier retired from One Day Internationals following the England tour and his numbers in the shorter version are equally impressive at 10,889 runs. The introspective man from Bangalore also led India to Test series triumphs in Pakistan, the West Indies and England though the early exit from the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean marred his slate.

A glorious career has drawn to a close and Friday could well spell its final full-stop.

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One hell of a character...On the field off the field.
The charismatic display of sportsmanship from a true sportsman is what Dravid has taught the entire sporting world.
The beauty the grace the impounding impression he laid on the minds of millions of cricketing fans around the world will hardly be let to get covered with dust...
If ever there could be anyone who could possible replace the imprint of such a masterclass the sighs of fans missing the savant on the 22 yards would be deafening.
Hail the Man!!

from:  NAVEENKUMAR
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 13:50 IST

we will miss the wall........

from:  sauravjyoti
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:44 IST

Glenn Mcgrath famously remarked, "If there was ever a batsman who deserves to be included in Australia late-90's team from outside Australia, then it has to be Rahul Dravid". Well I never knew until yesterday. I know a lot of tributes paid to Sachin by other cricketers but this one is one of the best. Brian Lara rated Dravid's 86 at Sabina Park as the best test innings he had ever seen/ will see in his life. I have always had a great reverence for Rahul Dravid as I had for other cricketers. I take my hat off and salute you for gracing the game. Playing without blemish for more than one decade is no joke and Dravid has done that. Expecting you to take over the administration of BCCI sooner. More than Indian team, its Indian cricket that needs you badly.

from:  DIVAKAR V
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:24 IST

I am fortunate enough to be born in an era to witness the magic of his
batting.Unarguably one of the best batsman in the world.Has proved his
mettle in all the three forms of the game.Should be an inspiration for
all the upcoming cricketers of the world to have a perfect technique to
achieve the epitome of cricketing success.It will be very difficult to
replace a genius like him but we should use his experience to nurture
our upcoming and present talent.Will miss the original 'MR COOL' of
Indian cricket.THE WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET HAS FINALLY BROKEN.

from:  Ramanuj Sarmah
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:23 IST

The void created by the retirement of Rahul Dravid will be very difficult to fill. In fact, the full import of his value to the Indian team will be felt only later when we tour abroad. Still, he has a lot to contribute to Indian Cricket in various ways. It is for BCCI to utilise his expertise and experience.

from:  Shivakumar M.S.S.
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:23 IST

The GREAT WALL of Indian Cricket,...we miss u a laaaaaaaaaaaat...tears in eyes,pain in heart,just can't imagine Indian Team without Wall...Mr Cool...greatest cricketer as well as a greatest personality...who never tagged in any controversy...We miss U...No one can replace u in World Cricket.

from:  Vijaya
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:20 IST

Surely the retirement of Rahul Dravid is going to end an era in the international cricket. No one can replace him as the Mr.Dependable for India. But this will start a new phase in Indian cricket. Dravid(The wall), thanks for all the entertainment.

from:  Chaitanya
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:12 IST

Of course you will be missed so dearly on the field but your
memories will cherish in each and every Indian cricket fan,
as crisp as your drives. Wish you the best, LEGEND.

from:  Harish Kandankiralil
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:03 IST

It's so sad that Rahul Dravid nick name as (The Wall)is going to retire from Cricket. Dravid is a Legend in test as well as in one day international cricket.I hope he would return soon to Indian cricket team as a Batting Coach.

All the best Rahul Dravid.

Best Regards,
V.M.Madhavan

from:  V.M.Madhavan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 11:57 IST

life is a like game.after so many years of playing the game.today you are going to take retirement from the cricket game.so,its is happening to every one in this world.i was watch the match from my childhood to still now.i will miss you.
BEST OF LUCK FOR YOU NEXT GENERATION OF LIFE.

from:  birmangal datta
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 11:50 IST

Retirement of Rahul Dravid,a phenomenal player of the Indian Cricket team is surely a big loss to the team.But your experiences and guidance to the young players will definitely be a boost to the team. All the best Dravid for your future endeavours.Looking forward to see you in the IPL.

from:  Abha
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 11:37 IST

Good bye RAHUL DRAVID.....We will miss you for ever........

from:  Ganesh kumbakonam
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 11:33 IST

Take a bow, you legend.

from:  Balagopal P. Menon
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 10:39 IST

One hell of a character...On the field off the field.
The charismatic display of sportsmanship from a true sportsman is what Dravid has taught the entire sporting world.
The beauty the grace the impounding impression he laid on the minds of millions of cricketing fans around the world will hardly be let to get covered with dust...
If ever there could be anyone who could possible replace the imprint of such a masterclass the sighs of fans missing the savant on the 22 yards would be deafening.
Hail the Man!!

from:  Kaushik
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 10:14 IST

My eyes are full of tears and i became very emotional after reading
this. Dravid is my all time favorite and has been admiring him from a
very long time. He is not one of the greatest batsman the world has
seen but he is the only greatest batsman i have seen batting... We
will miss you Dravid..

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 10:14 IST

He is not only an off field gentle man but also onfield too. He is the only man from India who scored Hundreds in test cricket against all test playing nations in Home and Away as well. He is always calm and composed. I personally saluted in him for his high level commitment in cricket. I pray the almighty for the success in his future assignments.

from:  N Karthikeyan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 09:23 IST

He could have said that the announcement about his retirement would be made in the press conference.There need not be some suspense and many
speculations in the media.The tribute from sachin about the 'Missing in the dressing room' is also an early call and he could have waited for the actual announcement.

from:  doodu
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 09:18 IST

The curtain is scrolling down for " The great wall". The position held
by Dravid will not be replaced by any cricketer. The skill, class,
consistency, Passion(not on opposition players) and for
aggressiveness(not to hit all balls to ropes),the whole cricket
federation should bow the head.Thanks a lot for entertaining us with
your classy cricket...

from:  Babin
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 09:04 IST

Legend. Always had team before self. His committment towards the game and the way he managed all the different responsibilities given to him can be the case study for any individual, team and organisation. Will be truly missed.

from:  Abhilasha Bisht
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:52 IST

Even after retirement, Dravid has alot to contribute to Indian cricket. Share your wisdom with younger crickers. I wish you all the best.

from:  Mahendra
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:36 IST

One of the finest gentlemen of this sport is likely to hang his boots !

from:  Nandini Rao
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:36 IST

when i saw the headline my heart felt heavy and eyes became went though i was not a fan of him. i wonder why..miss you dravid

from:  dhinesh
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:24 IST

i am an old watcher of indian cricket.dravid belongs to the club of
gavaskar and viswanath in the batsmen's league.
indian cricket will have to find another "wall" to anchor its batting in
times to come

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:19 IST

We will miss you Rahul.

from:  Ramya Thangarajan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:16 IST

The indian Great wall is going to announce retirement today. This is an end to indian test cricket journey. Selectors of BCCI shouls look back england tour where the wall only saved our image. He is good in form, don't under estimate his skills based on australia tour. Last month, in abudhabi, England has been washed out by pakistan. Every one in English team is not performed well, but they are in squad for upcoming matches. Please be ensure while replacing dravid place otherwise it would not be a test cricket. In Australia, none of our players not perfomed well, don't impose reasons on the wall for it. Indians always has belief on negative side. Try to bring another the wall before replacing.
The wall is legend, impose opportunity on him, not retirement.

from:  Bhagyaraj C
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:04 IST

Cricket will lose one of its finest ambassadors with Rahul Dravid hanging his bat after an incredibly illustrious career. This affable and unassuming cricketer - a worthy successor in the long line of cricketers from Karnataka - stood for all that is best in the gentleman's sport. His game was exactly like the man, calm and unperturbed. In spite of his immense contribution to Indian cricket, he hasn't always been given his due. Nor has he craved for cheap popularity. He was an anachronism in an age of brashness and crass commercialism. He exhibited grace under pressure, never speaking a word out of turn. His calm demeanour and the-boy-nextdoor looks concealed a steely resolve. One loses count of the umpteen times this courageous cricketer stood up for the team and the country when all about him were losing their heads. Who can ever forget the epic battle that he, in the company of VVS, waged against the formidable Aussies in the hallowed Eden Gardens? Hats off!

from:  Joseph James K A
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 07:38 IST

Sad News for pure cricket lovers. But life and cricket must go on and the void and the gaping hole in the Indian test cricket that Dravid the wall leaves can never be filled by any successor. He is a true gentleman cricketer, A PERFECT ROLE MODEL, unselfish, disciplined, enduring, passion and dedication, commitment, being his virtues and country first and foremost attitude will never ever be equaled by any Cricketer in the world. It is suffice to say that he never got the recognition due to him, was made a scapegoat for none of his fault. He may not be the slam bang dashing cricketer, but his calming assurance in the worst of situations would help his struggling teammates know what cricket is all about. Losing such a selfless and committed, honest cricketer is a blow to Indian cricket. Thank you, Dravid for all the selfless service you gave to our country and we wish you and your family the very best of life.

from:  N NAGAKUMAR
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 07:18 IST

End of an era. The wall is getting demolished. I stand stunned in
silence...for I know there wont be another wall like this one.

One of the true gentleman of the game, Dravid will be missed always.

from:  Ed
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 06:33 IST

Rahul Dravid has timed his announcement of retirement perfectly in the same manner he has been timing his fluent cover drives all through his illustrious career. He has left his spot in the team for a budding cricketer even though he could have prolonged his test career based on his performance in the English tour where he stood tall among the ruins. The Australian tour can be treated as an aberration perhaps the only time in his career he could not cope with the moving ball with his copy book technique. Cricket is also a game where mind over matter prevails. When the mind does not respond with the same alertness due to the slowing down of reflexes it is inevitable that the castle gets disturbed. The country can be proud of this gentleman cricketer who never showed dissent even in the face of the most obvious umpiring blunders. Let us all take a bow to him by saying "Here is a jolly good fellow!"

from:  R.Vijaykumar
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 05:45 IST

The best sportsman of Indian cricket....will always be remembered for his
humbleness.

from:  Jag Rawat
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 05:06 IST

All the best Rahul!! It is impossible to replace you. Thank you for all the glorious moments you have given to Indian Cricket

from:  Ashwin Purushotham
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 04:08 IST

I will soon call it a day from watching cricket.

from:  Srivatsan Vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 03:36 IST

Take a bow....''The Wall''..
Will be missing you..

from:  Tulasi Ram
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 03:12 IST

One of the top 2 middle order batsmen India has produced and probably the best @ no.3 slot for India.

from:  Krish
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 03:05 IST
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