India in Australia 2011-12 January 28, 2012

No need to make a decision now - Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has said that he has not made a decision on whether to retire or not. There had been reports in the media about Dravid's imminent retirement after the defeat in Adelaide, which prompted the Indian team management to issue a statement saying that none of the senior players were about to quit. That point was reiterated by the acting captain Virender Sehwag, and now Dravid has said there was no need to make decisions immediately.

"I am definitely nearer the end than the beginning, there is no doubt about that," Dravid told Channel Nine. "I haven't made any decision and there is no need to make any decisions now, we're not playing another Test match for seven to eight months so we'll see how it pans out. At my stage in my career it's always about taking it a series at a time and not looking too far ahead, so we'll see what happens."

Dravid was in bad form during India's 0-4 whitewash in Australia, scoring only 194 runs at an average of 24. His failure came after good performances in his previous two series - 319 runs at an average of 64 against West Indies at home, and 461 runs at an average of 77 in England.

None of the other India batsmen averaged over 40 either in Australia and their collective failure led to India's second consecutive 0-4 overseas whitewash. Dravid said it was important that India try and regain ground as a Test team.

"We haven't done so well abroad over the last couple of series but I'm hopeful that some of the young kids will come through. It might take a bit of time but we'll build up a strong base.

"India needs to be a strong Test-playing nation, there are not too many countries playing cricket and I think if India is competitive in Test cricket it does make a difference."

India now play a tri-series in Australia, against the hosts and Sri Lanka, after which they travel to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup in March. The Indian Premier League is scheduled for April and May, after which India will play more limited-overs cricket. Their next Test series is only in August, at home against New Zealand.

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  • Zeeshan Ali on January 31, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a true legend, a bad series does not mean that it is time for him to retire...he has a great warrior of indian cricket and has contributed immensely...a salute to his spirit and the way he plays for the team...keep playing rahul till d time u r wishes r wid u...

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Sir, I agree with your decision. No need to quit because of one series failure. He may be on 39, but played extremely well against WI & Eng on that same 39. He says 'I am nearer to the end, there's no doubt about that' which means he has the thought of quitting in a few months or after few series. If Dravid is selfish, how about SRT who never even say 'I am at the end of my career' when asked about his retirement. SRT never even comes infront of media and remember it is always Dravid who boldly faces media be it a success or failure. Don't force him to quit, he knows pretty well when to retire.

  • ad on January 31, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    all this talk about this 'selfless' wall is just that.. talk... he has failed in Australia and his runs in England were pretty useless. cant remember the last time he played a meaningful inning. he has been dropping catches, got bowled 7 times in Australia.

    Dravid, please retire and give the youngsters a chance.

  • Jay on January 30, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Now that Rahul Dravid is not going to to play in the ODIs in Australia, is he going to play in the Duleep Trophy? He has to correct the flaws he picked up and get more practice and score runs in competitive cricket and not just in the nets.

  • Jerry on January 30, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    in all fairness the BCCI should invite Bangladesh & Zimbabwe for a 5 test series each in India. This will give these players 20 innings to improve their stats and retire.. If sachin cannot complete his 100 -100th by then its time to hang up his boots... This will have a happily ever after ending for the fans

  • K on January 30, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    BCCI can adopt a simple strategy. Limit test tours ONLY to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and West Indies. Organize several Limited Over Internationals against Kenya, Holland, Ireland and Afghanistan, preferably at Wankhade and Brabourne Stadia. Let's then see why god won't get his hundredth ton, and why all the legends can't fill their boots with several international records!

  • Arvind on January 30, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    The biggest grouse I have is not the seniors, but Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh - two otherwise good players whose skills have gone for a toss with the IPL. The test team for 2012-13 season should be:

    Openers: Rahane, Mukund, Wasim Jaffer if required. No 3: Kohli, Pujara No 4: Tendulkar (replaced by Badrinath in 2012) No 5: Sehwag, Rohit Sharma No 6: Tiwary, Raina, Yuvraj, or Jadeja (if playing 5 bowlers) Wk : Saha/ Karthik No 8 : Pathan No 9: Ashwin/ Rahul Sharma No 10: Ojha/Zaheer No 11: Zaheer/ Yadav

    Reserves: Iqbal Abdulla, Suryakumar Yadav, Gambhir, Aaron, Ishant, Praveen kumar

    Not to be ever considered: Vinaykumar, Mithun, Sreesanth (who masquerade as 'fast' bowlers with no all round cricketing skills)

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    i feel so bad and sad after reading some posts from people who have myopic memory. it was dravid who was blazing runs overseas last year.... tendulkar dint even bother to go to west indies and rather preferred IPL duties over National Duties...... Nobody ,not even media points out finger on sachin tendlukar..... if players are to be judged they should be judged with equal eyes..... Media sparks a fire about retirement of BIG GUNS and People blindly follow media without using any rationale..... i feel pity for them..... RD scored heavily last year..... Has anyone dared to point finger on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ??.....Answer is NO. ...sadly, people are so coward to take his name just becoz he has plethora of records with him.....

  • udaya on January 30, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Time is up Rahul, not only for you, It is the same for VVS & Sachin also. You have done a magnificent job for your country & now it is time to go.

    Any cricket loving person who has common sense knows what happened to great WEST INDIES side after that bunch of GREAT CRICKETERS left in late eighties. They did not have enough time to groom young cricketers because they depended on those seniors. WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THEIR CRICKET TODAY.

    So don't be SELFISH. I am sure that you don't want that to happen to your country.

    Attn. Sri Lanka aging cricketers also. Please leave HONORABLY. Nothing lasts for ever.


  • Al on January 30, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @Dravid-Gravitas - The best day for Cricket in India will be when BCCI throws out Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar. I agree that Dravid was less selfish than Tendulkar. By not retiring now he has brought himself in the same greediness level as Tendulkar. All 3 of them need to go NOW.

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