Dravid set to retire

‘The Wall’ expected to make announcement on friday

Rahul Dravid has played cricket for India for over 15 years, but looks set to finally retire from the international scene with a press conference scheduled for friday. The Indian legend has been struggling in 2012 and his retirement echoes the expectations of many, as there have been calls for him and other experienced international players, such as VVS Laxman, to hang up their boots.

However, his retirement brings to an end a career which can only be bested by his team-mate, Sachin Tendulkar, and it is with regret that we bid farewell to one of the true greats of the game. The 39-year-old has scored 13,288 runs in test cricket, racking up 36 centuries along the way. He ends his career with an average of 52.31, particularly impressive considering the longevity of his career. He has also taken a record 210 catches. In ODI cricket he has scored more than 10,000 runs with 12 centuries.

The stats are formidable but, perhaps, do not tell the whole story. Dravid was never a batsman who was particularly pleasing on the eye, but had the gritty determination and solid, classical technique which young cricketers should aspire to replicate. His runs did not always come when the conditions were perfect but, often, when they were against him. Similarly to ex-England cricketer, Paul Collingwood, he seemed to thrive on pressure situations and battled India out of tough situations on many occasions. The determination he showed not to give up his wicket and to fight on no matter what the situation earned him the nickname ‘The Wall’.

His retirement from the international game does not mean we will never see him in action again, however, as he will captain the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this season.

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