Friday, March 9, 2012

India batsman Rahul Dravid has announced his retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. :-

The 39 year-old retired from one-day internationals last year and has now taken his leave from the longer form of the game, though he is still due to captain the Rajasthan Royals in this year's Indian Premier League.

Dravid said: "I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. It has been 16 years since I first played a Test match for India, and I feel it's time for me to move on."

Dravid scored 13,288 runs in his 164 Tests, a total bettered only by long-time India team-mate Sachin Tendulkar, and added another 10,889 in 344 one-day internationals.

His reassuring presence has anchored the largely flamboyant Indian top order throughout a 16-year international career, while his selfless approach has seen him serve in unfavored roles as an opening batsman and even a wicketkeeper for the good of the team.

"My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity, and it was about upholding the spirit of the game," he said.