Rahul Sharad Dravid 39, seems to have decided to call it a day in Test cricket too. Last year he had retired from one day cricket after the tour of England and it seems that he might continue in the longer format for the moment. But it seems like the pressure of the series loss and team’s humiliating performances and the increasing talks of when the seniors would give way to fresh blood, it seems like Dravid has decided to go first since the other two veterans – Sachin and VVS – seem to have the intentions to hang in there a little longer. Dravid has had a prolific year of cricket and has been one of the better contributors in the Indian batting lineup. But one of the three had to go in order to give life to the other two and it seems like Dravid has decided to sacrifice his life to save the countries most loved cricketer.
His Test career is much better than his ODI carreer as he has always been known for his defensive batting and has been nick named The Wall of Indian Cricket and Mr. Dependable. In Tests, Dravid averages at 53 and has scored 35 centuries along with 60 fifties. However, some think that Dravid’s achievements have been largely overshadowed by those of his fellow countrymen Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly. However, it is just great for the fans to have players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly all playing in the same era. Here is what Dravid’s father had to say when asked whether he thinks that his son’s achievements are overshadowed by Tendulkar performances. He thoughtfully replied that ‘you could say so’, but ‘that is life’. Dravid senior said that some of Rahul’s performances were extra ordinary, sometimes better than Tendulkar’s but at times they were not given the due recognition that they deserved. But then again that is part of life.
A true gentleman of the game of cricket.
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