India in England 2011 August 6, 2011

Dravid to quit ODIs after England series

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Rahul Dravid has announced his retirement from international limited-overs cricket following the England series. In his announcement, which came hours after he was handed a shock recall to the one-day side for that tour, he said he wanted to retire from the shorter forms and concentrate on Test cricket.

Dravid, 38, is the seventh highest run-getter in ODIs, with 10,765 runs in 339 matches, averaging just under 40. He hasn't been a regular in the Indian one-day side since late 2007 - a couple of months after he reached his career-high ICC ranking of No. 5 - though he made a brief comeback during the 2009 Champions Trophy in South Africa. He admitted he hadn't expected a recall for the upcoming England series.

"Since I had not been picked for one-day cricket for the last two years, I was obviously a little surprised," he said after India's tour match against Northamptonshire. "To be honest, because I had not been picked, I had not informed the selectors or the board of my desire to solely focus on Test cricket.

"At the end of this one-day series, I would like to announce my retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows.

"In the short term I am committed because now I have been picked for the series, but in the long term I think it is best for me and Indian cricket that I focus on Test cricket."

Dravid recently became the second highest run-getter in Tests, and has had a resurgence in form over the past couple of months, scoring three centuries in five Tests to end a relatively lean run in the last few years.

When he started his international career in 1996, he was seen as a batsman more suited to the longer form but he soon adapted to the challenges of one-day cricket. Among the highlights of his ODI career was the 1999 World Cup, where he was the top scorer and put on the then largest partnership in a one-dayer, 318 with Sourav Ganguly. Six months later he bettered that with a 331-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar that is still the biggest in the format.

As in his Test career, he routinely fitted into roles the team needed him to, notably in the 2003 World Cup, where in order to accommodate an extra batsman in the side, he took over the wicketkeeping duties. One of the lows of his career was the 2007 World Cup, when under his leadership, India crashed out in the first round.

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  • Bilal94 on August 9, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Hats off to Dravid. If you want to be entertained with wide array of shots and flair then look towards the lights of Tendulkar,Pointing and Zaheer Abbas but when the chips are down,you need tough men,men that stand between victory and defeat ,men whom teams fear because they know that its not over till they are there then we should look towards men like Dravid,Miandad and Kallis whose greatness lies in their important match winning or saving innings and not in the amount of carrier runs.

  • samirawool on August 9, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I am somehow feeling bad the way selectors treated him after 2007 world cup. he was dropped from the ODI cricket. Now Rahul is retiring from ODI cricket. it's big news in cricket world. Rahul one of the greatest batsman.. Rahul you are really hardworking player just like Anil kumble. Rahul you are ideal player for all cricket world because you are only player who tries hard & hard, works more & more. Even in no. of runs u scored u r behind the sachin but in my view in terms of greatness, hardworking, selflessness you are far greater than sachin. thank you very much for your contribution in odi cricket.

  • Shine77 on August 9, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    One of the moments which I did not wanted to face in my life...hurting...really hurting...don't know why people like RSD getting aged. One thing for sure. He knows what he is. He knows how his body responds to the game and formats of the game. Every player gets retired. But in RSD's case, I am very much emotional. Did not get hurt when Saurav retired. I was hurt. I miss him now. But, never hurt so much. I don't think I get hurt when Sachin retires. But this man... I cannot bear this pain.

    Wish him all luck for his remaining cricketing life..God bless RSD!!

  • daniyal1 on August 9, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    DRAVID SHOULD RETIRE FROM ODI AS WELL AS TESTS ........ NO DOUBT HE IS A BRILLIANT PLAYER BT THERE IS ALWAYS THE END OF BRILLIANCE ...... DRAVID BATTING LOSSES SPARK AND HIS FITNESS IS TOO QUESTIONABLE ............ THE DECICION TO PICK DRAVID FOR ODI RAISES TOO MANY QUESTIONS AGAINST INDIAN SELECTORS ..... R THEY TRY TO HIDE INDIAN TOP ORDERS ERROR FULL TACHNIQUES ?? ........ TO BRING BACK DRAVID AFTER ALMOST 2 YEARS .. R THEY TRYING TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WITHOUT DRAVID AND TENDULKAR THE WORLD NO1 TEAM CANT PLAY EVEN 50 OVERS IN ENGLISH CONDITIONS ?? THINK ABOUT IT..

  • nani_cool21 on August 9, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    I dont see any meaning behind dravid retiring from oneday cricket.The dravid inclusion is not about strengthening middle order.Its about help he can provide for youngsters.If u r a cricket player u will know how to learn a game from watching him directly in the middle.Dravid and tendulkar can show youngsters how to tackle a moving ball and how to play in so called difficult conditions for them.

  • PPD123 on August 8, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Brilliant player. Right decision to focus on tests. Will help preserve him for a longer duration. Definitely one of the legends of Indian cricket.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Finally people made Rahul to announce retirement from One day & twenty20. I dont know y people have eye on who is playing rather than who is not playing. In two tests top order didnot bat and even dhoni too. I was surprised watching england bowlers batted for long time with some good half centuries. I hope now India require new captain who is capable of saying somewords when bowlers r not doing well, not just standing behind stumps. Basically we dont have any fast bowlers from long back, lets see wht selectors do for this.

  • sijuauh on August 8, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Dravid...you are my hero. I like the way you trained your self to be a champion in your entire career. Sachin got lot of inborn talent, but you are the example for me and lot of hardworking people to build up the career.

    I salute you legend...wish you all sucess from my heart. still waiting to see one more perfect cover drive......some more...more...

  • sunildjoshi on August 8, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Feeling extremely lucky having seen RD playing live in my life. It is like a one of the greatest story to be told to my grand children after 50 years...

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I Wish there should hav dislike button for this news.....:(

  • Bilal94 on August 9, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Hats off to Dravid. If you want to be entertained with wide array of shots and flair then look towards the lights of Tendulkar,Pointing and Zaheer Abbas but when the chips are down,you need tough men,men that stand between victory and defeat ,men whom teams fear because they know that its not over till they are there then we should look towards men like Dravid,Miandad and Kallis whose greatness lies in their important match winning or saving innings and not in the amount of carrier runs.

  • samirawool on August 9, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I am somehow feeling bad the way selectors treated him after 2007 world cup. he was dropped from the ODI cricket. Now Rahul is retiring from ODI cricket. it's big news in cricket world. Rahul one of the greatest batsman.. Rahul you are really hardworking player just like Anil kumble. Rahul you are ideal player for all cricket world because you are only player who tries hard & hard, works more & more. Even in no. of runs u scored u r behind the sachin but in my view in terms of greatness, hardworking, selflessness you are far greater than sachin. thank you very much for your contribution in odi cricket.

  • Shine77 on August 9, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    One of the moments which I did not wanted to face in my life...hurting...really hurting...don't know why people like RSD getting aged. One thing for sure. He knows what he is. He knows how his body responds to the game and formats of the game. Every player gets retired. But in RSD's case, I am very much emotional. Did not get hurt when Saurav retired. I was hurt. I miss him now. But, never hurt so much. I don't think I get hurt when Sachin retires. But this man... I cannot bear this pain.

    Wish him all luck for his remaining cricketing life..God bless RSD!!

  • daniyal1 on August 9, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    DRAVID SHOULD RETIRE FROM ODI AS WELL AS TESTS ........ NO DOUBT HE IS A BRILLIANT PLAYER BT THERE IS ALWAYS THE END OF BRILLIANCE ...... DRAVID BATTING LOSSES SPARK AND HIS FITNESS IS TOO QUESTIONABLE ............ THE DECICION TO PICK DRAVID FOR ODI RAISES TOO MANY QUESTIONS AGAINST INDIAN SELECTORS ..... R THEY TRY TO HIDE INDIAN TOP ORDERS ERROR FULL TACHNIQUES ?? ........ TO BRING BACK DRAVID AFTER ALMOST 2 YEARS .. R THEY TRYING TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WITHOUT DRAVID AND TENDULKAR THE WORLD NO1 TEAM CANT PLAY EVEN 50 OVERS IN ENGLISH CONDITIONS ?? THINK ABOUT IT..

  • nani_cool21 on August 9, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    I dont see any meaning behind dravid retiring from oneday cricket.The dravid inclusion is not about strengthening middle order.Its about help he can provide for youngsters.If u r a cricket player u will know how to learn a game from watching him directly in the middle.Dravid and tendulkar can show youngsters how to tackle a moving ball and how to play in so called difficult conditions for them.

  • PPD123 on August 8, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Brilliant player. Right decision to focus on tests. Will help preserve him for a longer duration. Definitely one of the legends of Indian cricket.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Finally people made Rahul to announce retirement from One day & twenty20. I dont know y people have eye on who is playing rather than who is not playing. In two tests top order didnot bat and even dhoni too. I was surprised watching england bowlers batted for long time with some good half centuries. I hope now India require new captain who is capable of saying somewords when bowlers r not doing well, not just standing behind stumps. Basically we dont have any fast bowlers from long back, lets see wht selectors do for this.

  • sijuauh on August 8, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Dravid...you are my hero. I like the way you trained your self to be a champion in your entire career. Sachin got lot of inborn talent, but you are the example for me and lot of hardworking people to build up the career.

    I salute you legend...wish you all sucess from my heart. still waiting to see one more perfect cover drive......some more...more...

  • sunildjoshi on August 8, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Feeling extremely lucky having seen RD playing live in my life. It is like a one of the greatest story to be told to my grand children after 50 years...

  • on August 8, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I Wish there should hav dislike button for this news.....:(

  • Rammy_2011 on August 8, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    It will be very sad to see Rahul Dravid retire from the short format of the game. Although it will be a pleasure watching him play the long format of the game hopefully for few more years. He is one of the greatest person to play the game of cricket on and off the field. Very clean record and never got involved with controversies.

    In my eyes he should be the role model for all the Juniors aspiring to represent India in the long format of the game. His batting technique is impeccable and not easy to penetrate and hence named very appropriately "The Wall".

    I wish him all the best in future and hope he will be given a fitting farewell from the One day and 20-20 format in England.

  • ACHILLES_FZX on August 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    One of the great cricketer I have seen in my life and without any doubt the most selfless cricketer ever,did possibly everything he can do on a cricket field opened the batting batted in the middle order also played a role of a finisher in the lower middle order kept wickets and he could also have given his life for the team .

  • vpk23 on August 8, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Rahul, You indeed surprise many. Hats off...you will be bowing out in style. Kudos to your good judgement in your decisions.

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Dear Dravid, I salute your parents and coach who made you as a cricketer. You are a warier, you got tossed in batting, fielding, keeping and to stay away from field but you respected and took the responsibility FOR THE TEAM, BY THE TEAM AND TO THE TEAM. No cricketer should get insulted the way you got during your captaincy but no one can withstand other then THE WALL Mr.Dravid. Highest National Awards are under recommendation but you get on field. Recently two such awards were given. 1. When the GLOVE was given to stand behind stumps 2.when you were asked to open batting, and now selected to play one day game. Award comes without choice; you cannot be compared to any other cricketer. God bless, you enjoy the game by playing, we enjoy the game by watching you.

  • cricketizgood on August 8, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Nithin Shetty: You are right that Dravid is a great player and has been supporting India in tough times, but man why you do you have to compare him with Sachin and Trash Sachin? Sachin is the best there is best there was and the best there will be in CRICKET. Any time there is a talk about any batsman from any country, he is compared with Sachin stating that he is better than Sachin. This shows that SACHIN is best in cricket and no matter what anyone says he is gonna stay best.

  • on August 8, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Inida never gonna to find a replacement for wall ....... We love u so much mr. Jammy

  • puneet_usa on August 8, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    I have a feel that Rahul Dravid is going to go out in style- He will really explode in this series- He deserves a big farewell from ODIs..!!!!!

  • furkhanhaq on August 8, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is honest to admit that he stops playing ODI to play more test matches in which he has proved his worth and become the 2nd hightest scorer in test cricket. we must take pride that indian has the No.1 AND NO.2 in test cricket. IN this ODI seris, the team requires Dravid to anchor one end and allow the others to play freely around him. U R Great Rahul.

  • on August 8, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    He is the nation's one of the best batsman and fielder too and the way he bats its amazing hope he will shine in test cricket as he always does really dravid we miss you a lot!!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Most of Rahul Dravid fans expected this from Him. It show why everyone call him "Mr. Dependable".

  • on August 8, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    the greatest ever , the unluckiest cricketer- i don't about the world,but for me u r d best n ur d greatest, u r my source of inspiration-luv un miss u forever-

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    India Will Never Get Player Like Rahul ... The Wall Of Indian Team ...

    I Feel Its Time To Remove Current Selectors

  • ramesh_svnit on August 8, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    India squad: Rahul you for the good times you had to work. The Indians will remember you always. Congratulations very much.

    -Ramesh Solanki SVNIT.Surat India

  • indianzen on August 8, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    its high time, the seniors should coach the juniors...

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    What a fine cricketer and humble role model! I hope, Bangladesh cricket players will learn a lot from this fine young man.

  • on August 8, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Every player has a weakness it may be a palce or a bowling attack,If you want to compare statistics then u r taking the easy way out, Dravid has been the go to man for INDIA, When team suffered form a critical lack of Allrounder, Dravid put his hand up and acted as a Wicket keeper, he has been thrown across the batting card at every random pos possible to cater for team's needs, tendulkar if not provided with a openin slot to exploit fieldin regulations then he may not have been as impressive as he is made out 2 be, Tendulkar is a flat track bully n Dravid is not.. And that is saying a lot...

  • on August 8, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    RAHUL SIR PLS SCORE MINIMUM 235 RUNS IN ODI SERIES VS ENG TO COMPLETE 11000 ONE DAY RUNS... U R GR8!! SIMPLY THE BEST ROLE MODEL, INSPIRATION TO MANY..

  • on August 8, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Stronger cricketer for indian cricket team ..... wall of indian cricket team

  • madhan17 on August 8, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Great decision from my fav cricketer RD to quit the odi, the selector should respect him, they selecting him only if india young players are stuggling to score runs in swing & bouncey pitch,then the selector need RD Help, when its come to india flat pitch the selector are forgetting RD & selecting young players, some what selector are done a good job by selecting him in odi, so now RD will get a great farwell in ODI, some people said he not a quick score in ODI, so we compare RD & SG ODI Stats,,, RD - M 339, Ing 313, NO 40, Runs 10765, HS 153, AVG 39.43, BF 15124, SR 71.17, H 12, F 82, SG - M 311, Ing 300, No 23, Runs 11363, HS183, Avg 41.02, BF 15416, SR 73.70 only 2.53 SR different between SG & RD, this stats show he is a great player for india,

    waiting for the final ODI to Farwell RD, The Wall of India, I lover u Jammy

  • satanswish on August 8, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Very under-rated technically perfect batsman Rahul Dravid. All his super innings used to get over-shadowed by other innings of his batting partner. Calling 'The Wall' back to ODI side clearly shows panic among Indian squad. WTG Rahul, best luck!!

  • kaathir on August 8, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    do you knwn why everyone like dravid its because of his Defensive abilities, when ever india needs most of the time he is there. i am not mentioning the wins i meant losses if you see the lost matches he is the last batsmen to get OUT. i know he is not the match winner like others but as long as he is there there is a hope. thats why ilike him.

  • on August 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    stronger cricketer for indian cricket team

  • on August 7, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    a guess he is picked to settle the indian batting if they lose a bunch of wickets in these english conditions

  • ajitht on August 7, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    INDAIN WALL OF CRICKET......

    WE ARE RELLAY GOING TO MISS HIM FROM ODI AND T20

  • on August 7, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Dravid being my favorite cricketer came back to be gone for once and forever! :( Its hard to imagine watching the squad without his name!!

  • pes220001 on August 7, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Akhilesh Jha and Krishna why is it only selective memory when it comes to Dravid and why does one has to be-little sachin Krishna just to praise Dravid. Quick recap from 96 to 2001 Dravid was seen as a v.good player but not a great as he struggled vs Australia ..Warne was quoted saying they didnt worry about Dravid as they know he will put pressure on India by scoring 50 taking so many balls..and they know they can strangle him..Until the partnership with Laxman people want Dravid out as he cost India the 1st match with his slow batting..Yes Dravid is one you want in a war but if you have to compare ..at least use facts..Dravid until '01 was one who struggled to make 100s..and from 07 he did nothing..So speaking with facts hes been a little less conistent then Tendulkar..But..All I want is ..appreciate both legends without be-littling the other,,what should be more worrying is..without tendulkar, laxman and dravid India look useless..the youngsters are hopeless vs short stuff

  • on August 7, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Dravid...u r simply the best........the ever best of Cricket.

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Before India Crashed out of 2007 World Cup ... remember the last man fighting was Rahul Dravid ... The team failed, but he took the ownership as a true leader and handed over the mantle to Dhoni later on ......

    Every one has to retire some day or other... 1st time in the history of Indian Cricket, the selectors has taken a good step and has allowed a legend to retire with dignity and respect they deserve. This is a tribute to the legend... As all of Dravid fans will miss him, but then this dignified exit, from the place where it all started few years back, the rise as well as the downfall, is fitting end to a glittering career.

    Long Live the Legend!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Dravid by far the best cricketer India has produced.In humility modesty diplomacy he is in Vijay Hazare class. Totally dedicated to the game does anything you ask him to do for the team like opening the Innings, wicket keeping captaining and above all absolutely non controversial always.

    If any one deserves Bharat ratna than he is the first one much ahead of Sachin who is boosted up beyond what he deserves.If Dravid is quality Sachin is quantity

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    he'll be missed, his humble and knowledgeable personality more so.... !

  • on August 7, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    As a young cricket follower Dravid has always been my mentor and role model. I agree with his decision to retire from limited overs despite i will see him less, but it will benefit him tremendously in playing longer and better in test cricket. Dravid you are the BEST!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    I started to follow cricket at the age of 14, and same time dravid started his career.During SA tour in 1997( I think) dravid became my favorite cricketer.At that time I did not know much about technique and skills but I liked dravid because of his humbleness nature.Later on I found him greatest batsman of this era. I admire on my choice and Rahul as well......hands off Thw Wall

  • Venkat_Dravid_fan on August 7, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Having read this news, I felt very low . As a Dravid fan I am sure to miss his cricketing actions in ODI format. Dravid is one player who doesn't need to prove anyone even if he was not included in ODI series.No other player comes to my mind who is as commited as Dravid is and never lets his team down whenever it needs. Thank God he was not Disgraced by Selection committe by not selecting him. This sure is a great loss for Indian cricket. Hope he will play test for couple of more years and will recall his decision to quit ODI format.

    Dravid - Cricket Personified.

  • on August 7, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    u have been a wonderful ambassador for cricket.......u are a thorough gentleman and have always served cricket in the best possible manner ......i have always admired you and would always love u....u have a special position in my heart.....love u RD......Respect u...

  • on August 7, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    i really feel bad for Dravid, who has made immense and huge contribution fr indian cricket team in both limited edition and tests..... but he hasn't got so much popularity like sachin or dhoni.....he is a silent performer.......Hats off to his cricket career , but i think dis is the rite time fr him to quit frm ODI's & T20......he is in his best form at present, hopefully he do well in remaining 2 tests and ends the ODI series with a good note......Really WALL STANDS TALL on the field or off the field......

  • on August 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Well Done Rahul. You truly deserve a grand farewell from ODIs...

  • on August 7, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    so hard to accept it .love u so much.this better than the insult of selectors

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen of all time.Inspite of being criticised as a slow-starter for one-dayers and being termed as a 'misfit' in the shorter version over the game in the last 4 years,he has been one of the only batsmen who scored 10,000 or more runs in both formats of the game and has won plenty of matches in ODIs for India.Dravid alongwith Ganguly and Tendulkar pioneered the method of 'pacing the innings' in ODIs when setting a good total.He is,without doubt,the most versatile batsman of all time who can play in any format, pitch or conditions.Nobody in world cricket could handle short-pitched deliveries as well as he did.For over 10 yrs his consistency has been unmatched and most notably scoring over 1000 runs every year between the period 2002-06 in ODIs.Since I was a kid I was used to seeing him everytime I saw India play,it will be hard to accept the fact that he won't be there wearing the coloured clothing anymore...3 cheers to "The Wall''.

  • amit_mangal30 on August 7, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Hats off to Dravid. A more committed, selfless and devoted created cannot be found. Best supporting act in history, The Wall, call him whatever you like. Forget about the future, I am sure even the present generation cannot even start to comprehend Dravid's contribution to cricket and his contribution in India's rise to No.1.

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    very sad news ! plz continue for another 33 matches.

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    DRAVID U R THE GREAT WALL OF CRICKET & U ALWAYS WILL B........DRAVID ROCKZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.............LOVE U FOREVER MR.DEPENDABLE...............

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Now he will get a chance to have 200 catches in ODIs as well!!! He is such a great player he really needed a chance to finish his ODI career himself.

    HATS OFF to Mr DEPENDABLE.

  • arun87kumar20 on August 7, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    rahul the wall.... hats of 2 u. u r a great legend. do greats in the england series

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is 1 of d greatest cricketers in d world; perhaps even greater than sachin himself... He deserves a lot better farewell... So lets all support him bfore he hangs up hizzz boots fo odi's....:)

  • sudhanlittle on August 7, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    good move dravid......let the team prove themselves without u in other country pitches......everybody say virat kohli will replace u...but i dont think so.....he is fit only to play in india and ipl........

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Well Done Jammy! You are the best roll model to the many youngsters like me to be how proffesiona & humble

  • on August 7, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    we reaily miss dravid ..... when dravid declare retirement from test ..then india team goes to back ....bcoz india depend on dravid in test only dravid .... i one day ...after dravid ....from 2007 ..select many batsman ....place of dravid .... they all are ...flopp .... raina ....rohit,,,,,yusuf,,,utthapa,,,,karthik,,,, all are failed,,,,, kohli look like dravid but only odi not in test .... i salute the great indian wall.......dravid is great wall of india

  • santosh.sherikar on August 7, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Wel said Hari Vedadri! It was really sad Rahul was dropped from ODI when he was on his peak in ODI and if I remember current he was second highest scorer in that ODI series close to 80 strike rate. Honestly I dont want to see legends like Rahul and Saurav to be looked at alternative when youngster are injured or out of form. Let them test skill of world cup winning team to test their skill outside India.

    Though Rahul and Saurav are not part of worldcup winning team these two along with Sachin will be legend of the Indian cricket !!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    I like to have him in the team. He will give us stability, we have got good big hitters and we need players like him, gambhir, kohli who can stay around with those big hitters

  • AvidCricFan on August 7, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I won't be surprised to see Tendulkar annoucing similar in few months. They are at a age where their body can't keep up with the demands of the game and they need to give priority to their growing families.

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    i think he deserves a standing ovation because the contribution towards indian cricket is incredible so need to give a good farewell to him . probably he can even stay for few more years and sever as odi player because still feeling wall has enough of cricket left in him . thanks rahul for ur contribution .

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Take a bow u great legend!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Serving Indian cricket with so much dedication nd honesty for more thn 15 yrs speaks abt hs dignity...he is a true Gentleman of ths game...we wud dfntly lv 2 see hm scroing more centuries in longer frmat... Hats off 2 u Dravid!!!

  • zapeta on August 7, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    That is the beauty of this game, Great players should always be respected, It justs prove how important Dravid is for the game of cricket in INDIA during crisis. He had made 10,000 runs in ODI's at an average far better than his counterparts. After making very slow start to ODI cricket he scripted his name in history with "Defence.Respect.Agression.Vision.Innovation.Dedication" !!!! ADIEU GREAT WALL OF THE CRICKET !!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Dravid is a gr8 player.....like sachin......Hats off to you

  • spinkingKK on August 7, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I always felt that Dravid was a good ODI batsman. Because, even when he was struggling to increase the run-rate, you can notice that he will get out when it was the best thing to do sometimes. I have never seen Dravid trying to hang in there when there are more batsmen(like Yuvraj, Dhoni) to come and India struggling to up the run rate. This is apart from the most known fact that he is a great batsman and can score at a good run rate without being overly aggressive. But, his decision to retire is the right one. India will have no real future with Dravid taking up an ODI slot. ODI batting slot should be used as a stepping stone for the future test spot for the young batsmen.

  • Er-.S.R.shankar on August 7, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Rahul your timing is perfectly in tune with your gentleman character.As an ardent fan I would like to be in the stadium to bid farewell to you Hence request for your last appearance inIndia Discerning follwers know the value of his role in ODI. It would not be out place to remind [some people with short memory recoding disrespectful commens]that he is the highest rungetter in 1999 world cup[though Klusner won man of the series award] Also in 2003World cup he made a sterling contribution for India next only to Sachin inaggregate--He always deserved a place in ODI middle order But for whmsical Vengsarkar he would have continued to play. The irony is that his small failures were put under microscope and countless timely contributions in ODI never saaw th lime light they deserved when slam bang cricket on docile home tracks was hailed as great He never raised his voice He always talked through his contributions with bat Wall ,you always stand tall--

  • swarzi on August 7, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Dravid is surprised but the world is not - he is India's best player.

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Rahul Dravid: A team man, Dedicative, Gentleman, A real Role Model for the game of cricket..... Indian Selectors must be ashamed to react to the situation like it is... they know none other than Rahul can take them forward in this tour of England.... Heads Off Rahul for being such a great Gentleman, Cricketer, Performer.. Most importantly such a soft spoken Human being.... I am sure lot's of youngsters not only in India in fact throughout the world follows you for long period of time.... Looks like time is around the corner when Rahul says good Bye to the International Cricket in all formats Thanks Rahul for your contribution to the Indian cricket….. Wish you all the best for your future Test carrier and for future off the field….

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Rahul Dravid: A team man, Dedicative, Gentleman, A real Role Model for the game of cricket..... Indian Selectors must be ashamed to react to the situation like it is... they know none other than Rahul can take them forward in this tour of England.... Heads Off Rahul for being such a great Gentleman, Cricketer, Performer.. Most importantly such a soft spoken Human being.... I am sure lot's of youngsters not only in India in fact throughout the world follows you for long period of time.... Looks like time is around the corner when Rahul says good Bye to the International Cricket in all formats Thanks Rahul for your contribution to the Indian cricket….. Wish you all the best for your future Test carrier and for future off the field….

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I've grown up watching RD bat in all the formats. I am a fan of RD since I was 7-8 yrs old...may be my passion for cricket developed due to RD only.....just don't know what to say now. I am happy that you are not treated like Dada at this stage of your career....just want to thank you for giving me joy & a reason for my happiness so many times.......Abhishek

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Farewall Series Jammy.. The greatest gentleman ever to play the gentlemans game...

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Don't they consult with a senior player like Dravid before selecting him for a important one day series??

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    I thought most of the batsmen had quit test cricket this series too.....

  • indian17 on August 7, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Dravid is undoubtably one of the greatest test player that history of cricket has ever seen. but he is a great player of ODI cricket also. He has done much more than one can predict from his stats. He is best on tough pitch which you find rarely now a days for ODI's. HATS OFF to DRAVID.........

    Hope to see Dravid performing well in ODI's.........

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    i think rahul dravid with such a great record in odis too deserved a farewell none better than this samw what sri did with jaysuriya but he has been more loyal playing whole series rather than 1 game as he always has been most dedicated player of indian team hopefully youngsters like virat rohit and raina pick up something from him

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Dravid....... you are one of the most under rated players but you are our Mr DEPENDABLE...... Hats off to you

  • krazzyking on August 7, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Great player dravid is... *bow to the master*

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    I am not a great fan of Dravid. BUT what he has done now is GREAT. He is telling the selctors, BCCI and others running cricket in this country not to be stupid any longer. He knows he has been considered because of his current form in England Tests and he also knows that he would promptly be dropped when Yuvraj gets back. He is too senior a player to be fiddling around with.

    Yet the grace with which he has done this is amazing. He has RETIRED from ODIs. Should he have? But he is telling the above gents that there are others and I am not a commodity to be trading with. Alll the anger and frustration he would have been facing. Yet the way he has done this is so gentlemanly that only DRAVID is capable of.

    Long live Dravid legacy.

    Another Loop story: MSD the captain cool does not want Dravid, Ganguly in HIS one day team because they dont field well or run between wickets. This is recorded History. Now after the honeymoon.. GANGULY is not the only BOSS.

  • gamespplplay on August 7, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    A salute to one of the all time greats of the game. Thank you, sir, for your dedicated service to the game and the nation.

    pls let us avoid comparing (contributions of) SRT, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Ganguly, etc to the game. it will be a gr8 dis-service to each of their dedicated contributions for the betterment of the Indian Cricket Team.

    Of the many 'supports' of this gr8 edifice of Indian Cricket, it is one the the 'load-bearing' Walls that is taking gracious bow from one format of the game. once again - a gr8ful nation and the cricketing community thank you - and wish all the best for the future 'tests'.

  • Rajesh. on August 7, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    What a slap in the face of the BCCI............. They ignored Rahul for so long when he so richly deserved a place and now Dravid being Dravid has shown what a class person he is. This man is all class..............

  • johnathonjosephs on August 7, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Its actually pretty sad. Many people might ask why he announces his retirement when he is called into the side. They might think that he does not want to play limited overs cricket. Its in fact, not true. Players like Jayasuriya, Ganguly, Wasim Akram, and Dravid were dropped from the side without being allowed to have a "last " retirement game. Thats one of the worse things that can happen. Dravid must of known that after this series, he most likely won't be picked again and sees this as an opportunity to have his "last retirement" game. Pretty sad if you ask me

  • fkauser on August 7, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Dravud is a player who was hidden by the name of sachin......look at the record of dravid ....look at his stand like a wall but tendulkar has taken all the credit just by playing one inning in every series ........I dont think india and world will get such kind of player...so much dedicated......calm and professional in his talent.....GOOD dravid.....once again you have shown that you are wall by declaring your retirement from one day cricket.........Ask even sachin to leave i am sure if dravid would have played the same year as sachin he wuld have much better record than sachin.......God of cricket come down from the seat and let the youngster play in their time.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    poor selectors have recognised too... early the need of a extraordinary player most talented, stylish in his batting style though dravid has saved indian team many times from d clutches of defeat.except dravid every batsman is a failure during england tour and will remain so in all other tours. every person has his own potential and dravid has took the right decison at the right situation and this gonna make deep wounds in the heads of selectors as they hav no brains.... dravid i miss in ODIs i love your game man u r awesome.... but plz plz dont get retire from tests for atleast few years....

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    To be honest, I must say that what BCCI did was wrong provided they were not contacted by Dravid to mention about the retirement. England and Australia tour usually comes hardly so keeping in mind the next world cup, India should have given a chance to an youngster. Since Sreekanth is the man who is handling all these, there was a definite chance for a Tamil nadu batsmen to get into the team even if he doesnot know how to hold a bat. Anyways I am sure that in the next world cup India will play with atleast 6 tamilnadu players.

  • sumandas on August 7, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Perfect timing for Rahul to announce his retirement from ODIs... deprived selectors of the chance to drop him one more time once the hard times are over n we are back to the 350+ featherbeds.

    BTW, r they really going to play him in the 1st 11? Else, it's going to be the biggest humiliation to him... carrying drinks n bats for Rainas n Kohlis!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    As far as I am concern, Rahul Dravid is the most consistent and dependable performer for India in all forms of Cricket. His retirement from limited overs will a big loss for Indian Cricket.

  • AgeySuhas on August 7, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Indian team is fortunate to Have a players Like Dravid.....Such player never come again for long period of time...........! We really miss u Dravid........Whole India will miss the Walllllllllll..........

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    He is the best cricketer played for India. He is the unsung Hero who was always overshadowed behind sachin's records, but truly he is the most difficult batsmen for bowlers to bowl. Hats off to "the wall", Long live "the wall".

  • gopakumar85 on August 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    we all need to repect his decision on retiring from the odis its only apt that he takes this decision here. that will make things clear to the selectors that he is not longer in interested in playing the musical chair in team atleast in the odis.quit rightly its a slap on the selectors face and a question mark to the current lot of cricketers as well.he has made a statement to all that cricket is still about skill and temprement its not all about bang bang cricket. which is become a part of current lot of indian cricketers., these youngsters needs to take a leaf out rahuls book about the application and concenteration level of rahul and probably get ready to work harder in there techincal aspect of there game in any conditions.. all the best rahul for the odis and for the rest of your career and let the selectors know what they will miss after your retirement....

  • Pankaj_INDIA on August 7, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    best test batsman after Master, Don, Lara, Viv... we'll miss you WALL...

  • on August 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    DRAVID RETIREMENT WILL BE A HUGE LOSS FOR INDIAN CRICKET....BUT ALL THIS IS A PART OF THE GAME....WE ALL SHOULD LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORT OUR TEAM FOR SHINING FUTURE.....ONE THING FOR SURE...DRAVID WILL BE INDIA'S BEST BATSMAN IN HIS LAST ONE DAY SERIES STARTING NEXT MONTH.....THANKS TO SIR RAHUL DRAVID FOR CONTRIBUTING HUGELY OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES FOR TEAM INDIA....ALL THE VERY BEST FOR HIS BRIGHT FUTURE........

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I am Pakistani and support Pakistan Cricket Team... But believe me! Dravid while playing is so pleasant and easy on eye that even against Pakistan, I wish him making big scores..... He is such a jam of a player.... Good Luck Dravid! and thanks for the entertainment you have provided to us with the serene style of your batting....!

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    you ar 2nd god for Indian Cricket..... Miss u so much.......

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Thanks Dravid for being the symbol of commitment ,dedication, defence honesty & crystal clear mindset. Thanks Dravid for being the symbol of commitment ,dedication, defence honesty & crystal clear mindset.

  • sameer997 on August 7, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    We will surely miss you.However I wonder if Dravid goes onto score three or more centuries in the oneday series will he still retire????

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Salute to this one of the greatest Unsung Hero of Indian cricket. Though all the limelight is hogged by the likes of Sachin, Dhoni and likes, Dravid stands apart, satisfied just in doing his job well. Amazing man, true gentleman!! No one can forget that six off Donald, a rare display of aggression which is so finely controlled at all other times. Wish you continue to hold the fort of India in Tests for long time to come. Be a WALL as ever... leave entertainment business to others!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    SALUTE........to the greatest cricketer ever..............no one can replace the WALL....all the best for eng odis.... ...u'll rock.

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Rahul is a true ambassador of the great game, called cricket. He has amassed tons of runs at international level over the last decade or so. The selectors have proved themselves by selecting him what a place he holds in Indian Cricket. As if when we give up completely we turn to GOD. this is similar to that, however Rahul has proved once again what a person he is & he is not going to compromise when it comes to his pride. He rightly announced his retirement from ODI & T20. Good Luck to him for his future assignment as an extraordinary Test Player.

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    dravid u rock......for me u r the best batsman.....sachin is no where close to u....

  • kex196 on August 7, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Its like taking backward step bringing Dravid back. Lets face it, Indian youngsters cant face short pitch stuff...............

  • aseemsharma on August 7, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Its a shame on part of indian selectors that they dropped DRAVID from one day without ever realising that the youngsters who are going to replace him are not anywhere near to him.the new indian breed has never looked like replacing SACHIN, GANGULY and DRAVID in any form of cricket(m not talking about the flat subcontinental pitches).Why are cricketers not being chosen for their technique and temperament.DRAVID'S commitment to one day cricket is going to end.Wish people dont forget this true cricketer who could bat at any spot, who could keep wickets any time, and who is THE WALL of the biggest cricketing nation.

  • Bengaluru_Rennie on August 7, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Recommended India Team for third test against England

    Dravid - Opener Laxman - Opener Tendulkar - No. 3 Dhoni - No. 4.bat & surprise bowler Kohli - No. 5 bat & stand in bowler Saha - No. 6 wicketkeeper batsman Sreesanth - Lead Strike Bowler Praveen Kumar - Opens bowling with Sreesanth Ishant Sharma - Second change bowler Munaf Patel - Second Change bowler Pragyan Ojha- Lead Spinner Amit Mishra - 12th Man Sehwag, Gambhir,Zaheer all in the not fit list

  • on August 7, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Jammie we will miss you ....

  • on August 7, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Thanks Dravid for being the symbol of commitment ,dedication, defence honesty & crystal clear mindset.

    Regards Mani

  • cricketizgood on August 7, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Dravid is a great player and always had a supporting role in India's winning. He shouldn't be dropped from selection he should take his retirement himself.

  • on August 7, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    he is a legend of indian cricket.he is as talented as sachin.i will miss him in d odis.but i wish to see him in tests for a few more years.

  • on August 7, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Rahul Dravid indeed is the true gentleman for the cricket ..and we will miss his service in ODI scheme..but it's part of life as one thing has to stop . The bad part is he's a dedicated player for the country and he was really treated in a harsh way..by selectors dropping him from ODI's and selecting him when the so called youngsters couldn't handle the bounce it's disgrace for selection panel.Dravid as a big fan of ur's I wish u a very good career ahead after ODI's. We wish u guide all the youngsters and lead the BCCI committee in near future after u'r cricketing assignments.

  • woodhaven on August 7, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    we have to beat desi players till death to quit international cricket. they want play sitting in wheel chair. hats off to dravid--he is exception. hope one day sachin, laxman, and other senior citizen like yousuf youhana will quit or retire without any force/pressure

  • on August 7, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    In the end, everything has worked out very well for Dravid. If he had not been dropped earlier, people would said.. well he is too old, not good fielder, slowing down run rates etc. In the archives of this same site you will find many such comments. If he had been played contunously, he would have been seen as someone hanging on because of seniority, crony culture etc. and he would always have to defend his selection. In flat tracks, let us face it, there are many more entertaining players around. He wil now be remembered for exactly what he is... Unassumung team man, great cricket lover and technician, true gentleman and THE Go to man...when the situation is tough. The selectors have to be thanked really, for show casing Rahul for what he really is ! History is always sympathetic to unfairly treated warriors. Rahul Dravd joins those ranks.

  • on August 7, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    At last, Rahul Dravid has decided to quit ODI cricket, it was long due, the man who scored more than 10,000 runs. It would have been unfair, if he didn't get this decent farewell after playing country for more than a span of 16 years. A great cricketer, epitome of cool, pride of India, bye bye Dravid from One Day Cricket.

  • Happy_AusBang on August 7, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Dravid must be commended for this. Other players should take note of this, particularly some of the PAK players. No one is above the game and the team. Recall that Mohammed Yousuf's problems started with him spitting the dummy because he wasn't selected for a 20-20 circus. Now a player who had the potential of becoming an all time great is nowhere to be seen. Such a shame!

  • on August 7, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    MR.Dravid is one of the great Indian batsmen and one of the best test batsmen in the world. Unfortunately we miss the WALL in ODI after England series.

  • RajeshCA on August 7, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Great player....We will miss you..Hope you will continue to play IPL.

  • nikhildavda on August 7, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Rahul, you are one of the few persons i truly respect, not only limited to the world of cricket or sport, but beyond. I remember this ODI I was watching in Bombay. You were not in the playing XI, but you came out during the innings break to stroke a few around. Dont recall what happened with the match, but still remember the honesty and dedication with which you played those few strokes during the break inspite of not being picked in the playing XI. Especially after what you have given Indian cricket over the years, any other crickter in this situation would have reacted in a very different manner. You're not as gifted as Sachin or Ponting or Mark Waugh, but you are a self-made legend, which is way beyond what these other names have achieved or can achieve. And no matter how you perform in this last ODI series, I am glad you got the completely deserved chance to announce your own retirement rather than leave it to a bunch of selectors! Kudos to the best human being Cricket has seen.

  • on August 7, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    INSPIRATION...> n hearts o every indian....!!! rockon on n ur last play off....!!! mis u lot>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • sanoj151 on August 7, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Always EXPERIENCE matters...You are needed for the inexperienced TEST side rather than the ODI's. Good decision....

  • BULTY on August 7, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    News pf Dravod's retirement from ODI & T20 is on expected lines. As he himself has stated, BCCI had kept him active in ODI list since he hadn't formally retired. His retirement adds another feather to his great character and served a warning to BCCI that he didn't want to be used as "stop gap" replacements in ODIs. One comment seemed to be poking at him for his remark "concentrate on Tests in the long run" saying he's already 38 and what is his long term? Well buddy, when someone is fit & in fine shape why not carry on for 5 more years. You can take examples of Martina Navratilova & Kimiko Datte Krum in women's tennis (which is a more demanding sport physique wise) who played/is playing even after reaching 40. I would also endorse another fan's view that he should coach youngsters in the art of batting & make them into fine batsmen to be apt replacements for him when he retires from Tests. ALL THE BEST FOR DRAVID. Nice to see so many fans for Dravid the Wall of Indian Cricket.

  • on August 7, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    One has to agree that it was the selfless services from Dravid and Kumble that took Indian cricket to where it is now. Good Bye 'The Wall' from ODI & wish to see you few more years in Tests!!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    My favourite cricketer of all....hats off to u for ur service to indian cricket. THIS WALL WILL ALWAYS REMAIN ERECT IN WORLD CRICKET HISTORY.

  • rkrrai on August 7, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Dravid should have refused to play the meaningless ODI/T20 series (And, in the process, dared the selectors to remove him from the test team too, perhaps). After all, for India, every ODI is played with an eye on the next world cup. So, only those players who have a chance in the next world cup should get a chance to "practice". As long as we win the world cups and practice with youngsters in betweeen (non world cup ODI results never really mattered), its alright.

    The main reason the selectors have not tried other "youngsters" is to save them from injuries (which are very likely in this series), so that they can be fit to practice later.

    And, we are seeing new faces in the Indian T20 team now - Sachin and Rahul.

  • on August 7, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Selectors call him cause they know other indian batsmen gonna face difficulty against pace n seam bowling But he should play his last match in his home town in-front of his home crowd Respect and Love from a Pure Pakistani, You are a greatest Indian Batsman against Pakistan, Clear ahead of Sachin Wish you best luck in test

  • meaur on August 7, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    What a servant he has been for India.A true great,having over 10000 runs in Tests and ODIs and many more records against his name.hats off to the great man "The Wall".

  • on August 7, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    very sad day for indian cricket...that d greatest team man has finally bid farewell to all the exceess burdens on him.....hats off to you dravid for caryying all these responsibilities for ages.....we salute you....all the best....!!!!!

  • fahad.noor on August 7, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    so RD haters.........r u guys on for party? its been a very sad decision for us (RD supporters)

  • HonestIndianOpinion on August 7, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Dravid's gonna rock as always...

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    well, dravid is a master at tests...... and he was a great odi player too..... but now the times are changing..... around 5-6 years back, 250+ was a tough target.... these days, 300 is a score that can challenge the opposition... even though it is not totally a great score.... so now there has been an eagerness to score quick runs rather than play till the end..... so... dravid is not an odi batsman of the now generation.... he is surely a great but he is more suited as a batsman who sets up the innings.... who hold 1 wicket while others play the shots... now everyone needs to play shots.... now scoring 80-90 runs and losing 5-6 wickets in last 10 overs hold more value than scoring 40-50 runs and not losing any wickets.... its the t-20 gen and dravind is just not the t-20 type..... but i will surely miss him... bye dravid..... you were and will always be a legend in odi cricket......

  • Yorker_ToeCrusher on August 7, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    One of the greatest joys in watching cricket in the last decade and half is to see Dravid's straight bat with perfect techniqueu and his unparallel reach to the pitch of the ball,grinding down some very good bowling attacks.In an era that is increasingly being dominated by muscle over class,Dravid was pure joy to watch.Certainly he was born at a wrong time,its not easy to eclipse SRT.All th best Dravid

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    One of d greatest servants of indian cricket.. atlast gets a dignified and respectful exit in shorter form of d game...

  • NagarajMech on August 7, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    The technique , compassion and the concentration you had no one match up with you. U r not only a great WALL but the only selfless player in the cricket arena.Wishing you all the best for your rest of the life. MISS YOU.... WALL

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    LeGeND!!! A player any team in the world would love to have... Team's benefits were always before individual benefits for him :)

  • divin on August 7, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    With due respect to Sachin, one has to agree that it was the selfless services from Dravid and Kumble that took Indian cricket to where it is now. Good Bye 'The Wall'!!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    This is from a true fan of RD.... I have loved watching you in ODIs, TEST as well in T20...you are the best.... just a sincere request to you.... please groom some youngsters to play test cricket.....or else this s miss you and wiIPL will ruin the future of test cricket in India....It is player like you who can keep test cricket alive.....Please do this before you retire from test cricket......will always miss you.....

  • dimni on August 7, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    the sole reason that i watched cricket permanently for years hope u will be there in tests for next two yrs goodbye to legend in ODI's and in ipl stay atleast for next three yrs luv uuuuuuuuuuuuu great walllllllllllllll

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Hats off to you Mr.Dravid ! First slip gonna Miss you :(

  • Meety on August 7, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Great cricketer, great man - but was he lookin for a farewell tour? Should not of been anywhere near the ODI side - sorry.

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    he should play is last ODi in his hometown....

  • Anwaruzz on August 7, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    A good guy beyond any controversy, brilliantly held his position over the years and should be an inspiration for all young guys playing the game of Cricket in any level. Adios buddy ! I hope you do even better in future tests and make it very very hard to replace you.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 7, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is one of the GREATEST BATSMEN in the history of Cricket. He is a real talented batsman who contains brilliant techniques & skills. Although he is more effective in Test, He is a clever player for limited overs formats too.His announcement of the retirement from ODIs, T20s is a sad news for everybody who loves real cricket. Wishing him all the best in Test cricket..(from Sri Lanka)

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    We will see his class only in longer format of the game

  • anupky on August 7, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    It very matured decision.He has given chance to the Youngsters opportunity fill the Vacuum to be created in near future when india has to bat in absence of the greatest Batsman of alltime.

  • on August 7, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    we'll miss u....THE GREAT WALL...expecting great innigs from u in the future

  • chandau on August 7, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Born at the wrong time , one may say. The wall has alwas been in the shadow of mighty SRT, well who hasn't Ganguly, VVS, Kambli (remember him?), et al were all very good batters but the Indain public who worship sachin have failed to see the greatness of aforesaid players. Not surprising considering the fact that even selectors chose to pick and drop dravid and vvs at their whims but never had any second thoughts of playing sachin (when he wanted !) even if not performing well.

  • on August 7, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    great respect for such a great batsman and such a great person. I dont want to comment on his test record, as he is the best. In context of limited overs, when we see RD, a slow striker image comes in our mind. I think it happens because he is so well in Test matches, that image doesnt overcome limited over match. As we consider Ganguly a great limited over batsman, there is hardly any difference between the strike rate of these two legend. And in T20s, you will find marginal diff between SRT and RD. During the wicket keeping phase, his strike rate was even marvellous. He even scored 50 in just 22 balls in one of ODI. Eventhough, he is not a natural hitter like Sehwag, Sachin and Yuvraj, he played the inning as per the games need. You can compare when he played at 1st down and as finisher(4th, 5th).Salute to this unsung hero...

  • VinodS83 on August 7, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    ThatS the real Rahul Dravid who has great sense of Honour n dignity! Wish u all the very best to perform the career highest in forth coming one day series against England n make a memorable good bye to one day Cricket. Test Cricket is still in need of your services. Hope to c u performing many more tons there in test matches. All the Best RD!

  • on August 7, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    is the best cricketer from India.. no show offs.. playing when mother india wanted him.. really a legend.. no comparision folks..

  • Joby_George on August 7, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Media & people are all praising Sachin Tendulkar, But its our Great Wall who deserves to be praised for the contributions he gave to indian cricket, the real match winner. He took Indian cricket to this great heights. We Salute you Rahul.

  • donda on August 7, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    I am seeing great improvement in Indian players and they are becoming more gentlemen than the old indian players i remember.

    Dravid decsion to retire from ODI is perfect because it's not his age to play ODI and he should concentrate on Test cricket because he is the great WALL of indian team.

    India need all great legend batsmen for next two three years to stay at #1 or #2 position in test cricket and commitment is required from greats to only play test cricket.

    Nice decision by dravid and thats they way Indian team will improve.

  • SV_Ravi on August 7, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    I second that Alu Alex John! RD is a true gentleman, and world's best cricketer who can bat at any number still perform at the highest levels! He is my all time hero too! Like harshacc says, he would make an awesome commentator after his retirement. I wish him all the best to a great future! We love you Rahul, way to go!

  • on August 7, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    As long as you play test, i least bother about these ODIs and T20s...I never mind taking a day off any day to watch Rahul playing "TEST CRICKET".

  • anish_vince23 on August 7, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    my idol. we will miss you... 5 odi series.. if u get to bat at 3 or 4 and play all the games, i expect a couple of centuries there too ;).

  • on August 7, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    When I look back..how he virtually struggled to even rotate strikes in his early ODI days to be a lynchpin of a successful ODI team and how he adapted himself to boom boom t20 .. somehow always felt a supreme test cricketer compelled to play out of his comfort zone for circumstances (barring few seasons when he was n zone :) ).. just a formal announcement to help us to see more os the 'Wall' in Tests..

  • on August 7, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I would rank him better than Sachin at anytime. He is truly a man made to play a team game like Cricket. When team needed to have an extra batsman he kept wickets, and when they lacked confidence in openers, he was sent to open the innings. How many times have you seen such a selfless act from a senior player like him. Do you think Sachin would have done that? I don't think so. Did Sachin open the innings in last test match even tough he is a specialist opener in shorter version of the game? This tells who plays cricket for his country and who plays for himself....

  • on August 7, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I knew dats gonna happen wen i first read dat THE WALL is back ... OL hail Dravid... YOU ARE A LEGEND

  • siddhant328 on August 7, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Excellent Decision !!! And thanks to the selection committee for providing Dravid this opportunity. I think Dravid was looking for this so that he could at least retire with the due respect. I still remember Venkatesh Prasad's retiring moment when he was broken into tears while announcing it as after waiting for long he had to eventually give up. For sure, Rahul will go smiling. I shall be looking forward for a sparkling glow before complete diminish of Dravid's ODI brightness.

  • Rahulvijay on August 7, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    As a Dravid crazy person i'm really sad about this retirement. But i feel BCCI should be king enough to request this GREAT player to play his last ODI in INDIA. Not sure if a gentleman like DRAVID would accept it. But for the sake of his fans he might. And would be really a good gesture from BCCI for this great servant of the nation. I'm sure many other boards would have did this. initially i thought DRAVID was picked for this tour as a lead up to play ODIs till AUS tour. Think that'd ve been the idea of BCCI as they did in 2009. BCCI had its turn in 2009 to make things clear. But now DRAVID has made the cal. THE WALL ALWAYS STANDS TALL.

  • pheonixashes11 on August 7, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Thank you Rahul Dravid for all the service you have done to Indian cricket. You will always be remembered. When I grow old, I will tell my children that I grew up watching Rahul Dravid play. :) We will miss your cricket.

  • karthik_dravid on August 7, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    hats off to you rahul...hope you continue ur good run in the upcoming test matches and the odi series and also for the future..may be u r blessed to end ur odi career in england,the country which u love the most after india to play in..u have got many fonder memories in england till now..wish u have a great farewell for ur onedayers too..dhoni and boys,give him a wonderfull farewell than wat u have did to kumble and sourav..becoz dravid deserves the most ....

  • on August 7, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Like they say - "Form is temporary, but Class is permanent"...and I've always found no better example of that than Dravid. They've only been two Indians and no one else whom I've always been a fan to - Sachin and Dravid, and it has peeved me to see the way people have always disregarded Dravid's talent and sincerity. I can't remember how many altercations have I been the part of fighting off for his character with others who scoffed at him without understanding his stature.

    I still believe the only wrong Dravid has ever committed was to be born in Sachin's era...hail Dravid....hail the WALL :)

  • on August 7, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Legend is signing off...... Hearts off!!!!!!!

  • on August 7, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    I think India wasted him not playind ODIS previous two years. If he had been in any country rather than India he would have played ODIS...If Mahela can adjust and open well even in T20s with his convincing shots why on earth would have Dravid not be able to do that.

    Now at 38, u decide to have him back because ur youngsters are not up to the task technically since u made them play in flat tracks, its a big ask.He has obliged and he's decision to retire is a fair one!

  • MudasserHussain on August 7, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Its really Bad to see how the selectors have been using Dravid at there will and wish.Are they trying to say that Dravid would not have been a good choice if it was not England. -Injustice done to a Real Team Man, i think tats how system in this part of the world works..

  • on August 7, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Well done Mr.dravid..u r smart.. continue to rule the roost in test arena...u r deserve BHARATH RATNA...

  • harshacc on August 7, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    The ultimate team man and consummate professional.Even at 38, he is fitter than many of his so called professionals.It was truly sad that he was not part of the WC squad.The present batch of youngsters could and should learn so much from you.Men like you are a rare breed and we were privileged to have seen you in our generation. BTW RD would make an awesome commentator.He is articulate and sensible.

  • on August 7, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    A true gentleman cricketer, my all time Hero... RD farewell to u... I am your true fan from they day you entered into international arena, good times as well as bad times.

  • D.Sharma on August 7, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    A right time to retire for Rahul AKA the Swiss Army Knife. Thank god the selectors had brains to give him a good send off. Truly underrated in ODIs... a great finisher too.

  • on August 7, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Right there among the list of legends who have played the game, is a man who was not gifted with any special talent like the rest, but got there with shear hardwork and immense concentration ... He is one of the few that can be idolised even outside cricket ... Right there among the list of legends who have played the game, is a man who was not gifted with any special talent like the rest, but got there with shear hardwork and immense concentration ... He is one of the few that can be idolised even outside cricket ...

  • on August 7, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Hats off to this gentleman not only of Indian Cricket but world cricket. He has produced some great knocks again and again in crisis.This comeback is use and throw kind of policy from BCCI. He is the best ever cricketer India has produced but remained under the shadow of sachin. Two pure clas batsman of all time are Kaliis and Dravid bcoz they have rescued their respective teams in demanding conditions more often than not than Sachin. hope u continue playing test cricket for INDIA For many more years to come. Those are the shoes next to impossible to fill... Hats off wish u luck!

  • on August 7, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    In my book Rahul Dravid is eqiivalent to S.Tendulkar. Very much equipped to face short bouncy pitches.Above all a gentleman for everyone and I immensely impressed the way he talks in english.His name will be remebered as great batsman from India. 10,000 runs in Test and 10,000 runs onedays as a 5th down batsman. Certainly a great sportsman!

  • sidhuofdpm on August 7, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Hats of dravid for ur incredible run in international cricket. i will always support u.

  • on August 7, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    In my opinion India's finest batsman in recent times. A sheer class and a great human being. He too has been the victim of our sub continental selection policies. But whenever selected (ODIs for last 4-5 years), he came back even stronger. Sachin is what Sachin is but that doesn't make Dravid a lesser batsman, because he's always lived under the shadow of Sachin Tendulkar. I wish Rahul Dravid all the best in his last ODI series. A fan from Pakistan.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on August 7, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Rahul is a Under estimated cricketer for his talent.I think he is da 2nd best batsmen india ever produced.Doesn't matter the conditions where ever it is he will score runs.But the the recently rised indian batsmen most of them are over rated players who could not do any thing in outside india.By the way good luck to the great wall of India in fact the great wall of asia

  • CricOr on August 7, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Thanks Dravid, Hopefully other cricketers have learnt from you how to play cricket and how to do it for your country with dignity. Our support for your last one day tournament and your test match career

  • on August 7, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    for all that you have done for Indian cricket, even though at times or board has turned there back on you, I have always been your fan and always will be all I can say now is Thank you Dravid

  • KAIRAVA on August 7, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    I only hope Dravid scores a couple of unbeaten tons so that he can complete 11000 runs and in the process reach an ODI average of 40, before he signs off.

  • CricUniverse on August 7, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Salute to this great gentleman and great servant of Indian Cricket. Rahul Dravid has given class performances day in and out in these last 15 years for his country. The way he has steadied the Indian batting ship under tough conditions overseas has been priceless. Looking forward to some more years of his priceless contribution to Indian Test Cricket.

  • on August 7, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    RD took the right decision here. Nothing for him to prove anymore but he finds it necessary to concentrate on test cricket which is his forte.

  • on August 7, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Legends get treated much better than what Rahul Dravid has been treated by the Indian selectors..He ll remain the biggest match-winner India has produced till date even higher than the Great SRT..A perfect team man will always come first associated with his name followed by The Wall..Thank You Rahul Dravid for the joy of classical batsmenship for so many years..Legends get treated much better than what Rahul Dravid has been treated by the Indian selectors..He ll remain the biggest match-winner India has produced till date even higher than the Great SRT..A perfect team man will always come first associated with his name followed by The Wall..Thank You Rahul Dravid for the joy of classical batsmenship for so many years..

  • on August 7, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Please someone do me a favour and tell RD to stay !!

  • on August 7, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    why he got picked: just for use & throw for only a series once again??? ridiculous & ultimate injustice to one of the all time greatest payers of the game!!!

  • blackending on August 7, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    wish sachin and vvs announce the retirement from one day and t20 well done rahul u have shown the way to them hope they take the hint

  • on August 7, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    IT IS A GOOD IDEA THAT THE WAL HAS DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM IODI AND IT20 AS HE IS INDIA'S STRENGTH IN THE TESTS

  • Ameega on August 7, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Hats off to the legend. He is a real gentleman cricketer! I am a SL fan and for long time he has been my favorite international player. So sad to see him in a loosing streak despite of his master class performance in British soil.

  • on August 7, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    That shows you the condition of indian cricket.... on belter of a wicket, they call their so called young guns and in testing times,they look back at the old horses.. dravid has always served and will continue to do so.. ganguly has already seeked a retirement otherwise they might even select him.. this is how our legends treated.... remembered only in tough timesThat shows you the condition of indian cricket.... on belter of a wicket, they call their so called young guns and in testing times,they look back at the old horses.. dravid has always served and will continue to do so.. ganguly has already seeked a retirement otherwise they might even select him.. this is how our legends treated.... remembered only in tough times

  • sportsfansav on August 7, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Dravid's style suited test cricket, but he adapted well to the shorter format because the team needed him. Dravid kept wickets in the 2003 world cup to accommodate the extra batsman. He took the fall for the 2007 world cup disaster which effectively ended his ODI career when really it was not entirely his fault. He has scored centuries in test matches and saved India on countless occasions when all batsmen around him fell on the floor like flies. Yet, he is down to earth and humble. Dravid - you are the unsung God of Indian cricket. It has been a real privilege that I lived in this generation to watch you play.

  • on August 7, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Lots of matches, runs, slip catches, partnerships, victories and draws from the jaws of defeat..... any current or future player might reach / cross them all.

    The dignity, honesty, hard work, commitment you bring to the game, none can ever match.

    As said earlier among these comments, The blue knight India doesn't always deserve but India always needs...

  • on August 7, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    I echo Yorker_ToeCrusher:

    Cricket will miss you.

  • on August 7, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    - He is the crisis man to be sought after whenevr d sky is cloudy and pich has a lot of venom. - Team is short of batsmen!!! Let him keep wkts... - Short of bowlers!!! Let him keep wkts... - Short of openers!!! Let him open... - We have enough middle order players!!! Let him bat at No. 7... - Tough time dealing wid an arrogant coach!!! Let him captain... - Flat wkts and here comes our New stratergic captain - Not a bad idea to groom few youngsters for future..Let him take some rest n keep fit for 1-2 years... - And now when real conditions are testing the so called world champions, Oh Dravid, the poor champ has been ignored all these Years!!! Let him Play this ODI series.

    This is the saga of Rahul Dravid. Wish him all luck for his last one day tournament of his career. Do visit my blog : http://atom.cu.cc/2011/06/21/112/ . Its a tribute to this great servant of Indian cricket.

  • rtom on August 7, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    First of all, a big salute to Dravid for all his contribution to one day cricket. Dont forget he has averaged about 40 and scored more than 10000runs in this format. He is no small player in this format. Selectors made a joke out of him when he was dropped ! Nobody new why ? then they replied "poor form in the home series against Aus".. only in that series he did not perform. I the problem with Dravid is that he has set such a high standard, even a small blip in the performance will show out quite significantly ! But anyway, recalling him in this one day series is also shows the desperation of selectors in-terms of players availability !!

    all kudoes to Mr. Dravid. My generation is blessed to see such a wonderful cricket plyerand true gentleman !! thanks again.

  • on August 6, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    The wall .... A big salute to you........hope we losing fantastic player from odi

  • on August 6, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Dravid one of the great Indian batsmen and one of the best test batsmen. Unfortunately we won't see in the limited format. But we will truly miss him.

  • on August 6, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    good decision by Dravid . he is playing the right rolemodel to younger generation and upcoming cricketers. he has to now sorely focus on the test championship alone.

  • VEXXZ on August 6, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    No suprise to me . Dravid has given his best to his Country . Its time he take's a rest from this "Night -out -with-the -boys "style cricket .The 20/20 game is for young legs and MONEY seekers. Thanks Dravid , you made us proud.

  • on August 6, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Great decision from India's greatest player ever.

  • on August 6, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    There is only one word ... boring!!

  • mensan on August 6, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    he has been better than tendulkar in all these years.

  • only_sehwag on August 6, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    so long sir !!! lets hope he plays test cricket till 2013 at least..

  • on August 6, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    From an Aussie, I'll miss you Rahul. Can't wait to see him down under this summer though :)

  • on August 6, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    If it was a deal or not we will never know, but to sign off in style, he has got a very good opportunity, do sign off in style from ODI/T20 by contributing to India's victory over England in ODIs and level the Test series 2-2.

  • on August 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    gd way to end odi career of a pure masterclass batsman.its an answer for the selectors not to use him as a backup anymore and willing to make full commitment as a test cricketer.rahul is back in form and to say retiring at his peak of form in odis.would love to see u pass all records and make many more records in the future.i salute mr.perfect for his decision and all the best for his future.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on August 6, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    The most dedicated, the most committed, the most selfless cricketer of all time. The greatest fighter and technically the best batsman India has ever produced (definitely as good as Gavaskar, if not better). If there is a definition for role model, it is Rahul Dravid. Love, Respect & Many Sincere Thanks!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    teach something to sachin too he has too quit before he get kicked out and we are redy for new captain its time for ms dhoni to quit captain and just play for the team. shewag should be new captain

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 6, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    This is lie a bollywood movies ending...so that Dravid would retire respectfully from ODIS..and Director and Producer of this scene is BCCI...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 6, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    filled with tears....nothing's left to say.....Hats off to you My Soldier....My God....My Legend....Just a week ago Sharda made me cry for nearly half hour with her article on you and now the worst fear I expressed in one of my replies to her article are turning into a reality, slowly but surely....tearful farewell to you, My Soldier....God Bless You and Your Young Family with all the happiness in this world....you have no idea how badly I'll miss you.....Thank you Soldier for all the wonderful memories.....and Thank You for playing cricket....couldn't this news be just a nightmare???? Just a hope that it indeed is a nightmare.....

  • landl47 on August 6, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    A great player by any definition. He has held the Indian side together over the first two tests- think where they'd have been without him. No doubt he will, as he always has done, give his very best effort to help India in this, his last one-day series. I hope he has a good one.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    You are too slow for ODI. You are killing the test cricket too.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 6, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Suddenly everybody is Dravin's fan where were they last year and year before that....This is totally ridiculuous...Dravid if he is good batsman ..he should have been part of the world cup happened few months back..LOL..and same for england everybody is England's fan. they suddenly popped up from nowwhere..

  • on August 6, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Salute - The Master....Respect..

  • ARad on August 6, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    RD disappoints me again. I was hoping that he would try to play forever and, when he is no longer capable of making the team on pure ability alone, would become a politician and then use that force himself into the team like SOME OF HIS ASIAN NEIGHBOURS. Why does he have all the CLASS?

  • Fifthman on August 6, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Besides being one of the finest batsmen of this or any generation, Dravid is a role model and a gentleman. I (and I'm sure all England fans) salute you, sir.

  • CricketChat on August 6, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Dravid did the right thing by officially retiring from short formats. Not to forget his selection for ODIs also means the dearth of decent backups in Ind. Selectors basically revealed they don't have enough confidence in the Vijays, Badrinaths, Karthiks, etc.. who have been given fair number of chances earlier are not good enough. That should definitely a concern for Ind going forward. GL to Dravid. Hopefully, he will go out on high.

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    an awesome guy who defines awesomeness!! Cheers to you a wish to see you for a lot more years to come in test cricket! Sachin is GOD but you are no mortal either!

  • iamitkr on August 6, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Well Done Mr. Perfect.. That's a good answer to BCCI* & Selectors.. You are real champ, after this decision always be..

  • Prashu25 on August 6, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Hi Rahul, you are such a legend of the game in any form of the game,have done a great service for the country in limited over as well.with being a great player you have been very sensible person and always thought for the betterment of Indian cricket. Thanks for one day memories, but would like to see u in white dress............ All the very best..

  • Rajlakshmanan123 on August 6, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    The wall .... A big salute to you .Hope we get Few more years of witnessing classical test batting at it's best ...

  • Yorker_ToeCrusher on August 6, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Thanks Dravid for the wonderful exhibition of pure batting over the years.Cricket will miss you.

  • tiger_2011 on August 6, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    A true gentlman ! Wishing the best from a Bangladeshi fan living in US.

  • princegoutham on August 6, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    rahul a great cricketer and person kudos...

  • ashokgopala on August 6, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Dravid has had six years less than Sachin and still Dravid is the second highest run getter in Test cricket, that tells you the story about the the greatness of his cricketing abilities. Even today when he and Sachin are nearing the end of there respective careers, who inspires more confidence when he walks out in dire situations in which India finds itself overseas regularly? Except for the short duration when he became the captain and the circumstances in which he became the captain did he loose his concentration and had a bad run, but he soon realized his folly and gave up the captaincy to regain his stature in Indian cricket. He is the best Test batsmen.

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Well, the curtains are certainly closing in on the great Indian batting era. Sachin & Laxman will soon follow suit. After they all retire from both formats, thats it for the Indian team on the batting front. But farewell to the greatest Indian batsman ever. I rate him even higher than Sachin. Its really sad that Sachin's fame has come at the expense of better but underrated batsmen such as Dravid and Kallis. Their respective matchwinning statistics say it all :)

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Dravid....please don't retire....you have lot more years of cricket still left in you.....don't quit from ODI and T20......INDIA still needs you.....!

  • harryindia on August 6, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Rahul Dravid has been one of the technically most equipped batsman ever in the game of cricket. His batting over the years has been pure n brilliant. We will miss him in odi cricket... but seriously he deserves a great farewell in his home country.. I really hope he plays tests for atleast another 3-4 yrs. Indian test team cant be in top 5 without him.. forget no.1..taking into account atleast the present scenario. AND I AM 100% SURE, RAHUL DRAVID CANT BE REPLACED IN TEST CRICKET.

  • mahesh_urprince on August 6, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    this is really good and bad news too..... its good to darvid back but bad thing is

    "why selectors are not considering young india like ambati rayudu,rahene,pujara,even rohit sarma....

    really "rayudu" deserves one oppurtunity to prove him self....

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    he is great wall, my favorite from indian cricket.

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Dravid is one of my favorite along with Ganguly, Laxman and the master blaster "Sachin". They are the ones who are capable of building partnerships in any format of the game. Dravid is more then a "wall" of Indian batting lineup. He delivers at crucial times and that makes him a class batsmen but he was always under rated. Off late he's the best batsman and I must say indian team will highly rely on him if they wanted to square the ongoing test series against England. I wish him good luck for his final ODIs.

  • RajaDinakaran on August 6, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Everything must come an end like that tale "Rahul Dravid's" Career is coming to an end. All the best for the future. Hope to see u as a commentator......And as a batsman for Team India in Test Cricket "The great wall".......

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    tearful ........ nothing to say

  • Dhakshika on August 6, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    As a Sri lankaan we are so much thanks to u pleasure us so many years.we miss u rahul.

  • shefil on August 6, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    certainly we will miss u lot...

  • on August 6, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    A true champion... Hats off Mr. Wall....

  • Dr.Rajdhillon on August 6, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    " A Sportsman should hang his boots on a high note"....I appreciate Rahul Sir's decision to call it a day to ODIs n T20s after the England series. He is in prime form and is at the peak of his performance,its the Best time for him to retire with head held high n lots of honour. "The Game ll miss U a lot,Sir Rahul Dravid".

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    One of the best batsman even in one day matches. It would have been sad end of his one day career if he isn't selected ever.Great thanks to selectors too.I wish him all the best for his last one day series

  • Seetha1116Reddy on August 6, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    No other cricketer can be as cool and as best as you , the only person who never complained about selectors and never been in any contraversies , all i can do is say that "DRAVID, THE CRICKETER" belongs to India. we will really miss you . and i am going to stop watch cricket with your retirement in the test , that would be my last test to watch. Anyways my favourite cricketer of all times . Hail Dravid. All the best .and thanks for playing for my country.

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    my bow to you the true champion. you had dedicated your life purely for cricket. i love my cricket and the true champion dravid. we all miss you a lot.

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Great decision, made at the right time, by a great batsman - in India he is second to none but the master.

  • Alexk400 on August 6, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Only Gentleman and Professional in indian team.

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Sir....Heartiest Respect to you......and please don't leave ODI squad I request.....without you cricket is just a time waste for me please please you are a GOD of cricket...

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Hoppes he breaks all the records in Test Cricket..wish him all the luck for future... You are truly a champ!! The best Asian batsman on overseas pitches.. Zahir- Karachi

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    He Is The Best In Indian Cricket... :)

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Tears from eyes... I love Mr.Rahul Dravid... 100% Team man for india... Gentlemen also... Hats off to you sir, One cricket miss the Genius.... All the best for your Test cricket... Pls play 4-5 years more in test cricket....

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    LOVE YOU RAHUL DRAVID!!!!!! YOU"RE A GREAT MAN INDEED!! ALWAYS ALWAYS THE TEAM COMES FIRST FOR YOU, REST DOESN'T MATTER....... A TRUE MASTER!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Testimony to Rahul Dravid's Contribution to Indian Cricket Team which i would like to rephrase like this Even the God (Sachin) of Cricket is guarded by the WALL every where!!!! :-

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Thank God , he didn't retired from Test Match..

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    True Legend!!! one of the greatest cricketers in the world.

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    a fantastic person...even announced his retirement ....nd gud 4 india so that he can serve india in test 4 long...

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Great decision by him, Dada has left 2 yrs back and now Dravid, may be after 2 years someone...... so that in the meantime we can groom 1 player of that caliber.. like in current squad V. Kohli came in place of Dravid ......

  • Amrith84 on August 6, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    A Gentelman and a cricketer.. Count on Dravid to do the right thing. He felt he needed to concentrate on the longer version so decided to quit without any fuss. Thats Dravid!! The true genius of the man lies in how much he valued playing for India. A true legend. Hope to see many youngsters learn from Dravid how to bat and more importantly how to conduct oneself in public eye.

  • howizzat on August 6, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    An apt reply from DRAVID to the selectors so that they wont keep recalling him.

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Hope u have your best ODI series before your retirement... Give your best and once again show to the world,how strong this Wall is...

  • sportz247 on August 6, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Really a very good team player(does wicket keeping @ age 38 and opening in the test which he is not interested but still does for the team )....other indian greats should learn from him..

  • din35h on August 6, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    You're an absolute Champion, Sir. Cheers and good luck!

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    He has a truly remarkable career and achieved a lot already. Take a bow! All the very best for your future.

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Dravid u have been a great servant for the Indian cricket .. such a dedicated team man .. We r going to miss u in ODI's .. Proud to be ur fanatic :)

  • Dr_Nasir.. on August 6, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    well well being a pakistani i always love to see only dravid batting..i think he is the best best best batsman world have ever produced....in my openion he is big batsman then sachin....becoz he have won so many matchs 4 india then sachin...... sooooo sad he is going to retire from ODI last time we will see him in ODIs....... hope he will play test cricket till 42 years....

  • rahul207 on August 6, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    miss u dravid..luv u my love

  • on August 6, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    you are the master,,, good time to retire in shorter version

  • mosin007 on August 6, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    very good and mature decision mr dravid. u really deserve a send off series.

  • kriskini on August 6, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Smart selection. In the worldcup India failed to to play full fifty overs in group matches. We need some one like Dravid to stay till the end of 50th over.

  • bumsonseats on August 6, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    dravid you just told the world you would retire after 1 day series against just to late. i know you did not think you would be selected. what a way you have been treated. the best batsman ever to play for india, any positition that was asked of you. a true sportsman and a gentleman. dpk

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Great wall !! I miss you :( All the best

  • freakygs on August 6, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    True Legend!!! We Luv u Rahul..... on many ranks we rate you higher than Sachin...!! Thank you for being a part of Indian Cricket...

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Great decision Rahul. You are a gentleman and you do deserve a farewell series. You knew that after this odi series, you will again be dropped without any reasons. So, you did the best thing you could do, RETIRE from limited overs cricket. I wish that you do very well in this series and say goodbye to your coloured kit with your head high..!!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    best of luck to dravid, what a player he has been to india

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    As ever... Thinks and does whats best for Indian cricket....

  • johnson49 on August 6, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    What is it about brilliant asian batsmen who are passed their best in odis being suprisingly recalled and then immediately retiring?

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    well i think a player of his integrity and genius and with above 10000 runs in odi cricket deserved a good farewell from odi cricket and i think this the best place and time to do it same what what sri lanka did with sanath jaysuriya but he has been more commited than playing a one game the whole series hopefully he does well too and players like kholi and gambhir can learn how to anchor an innings from him which they are already good at but get better as after wc final many comments on cricinfo were them as next dravid ALL THE BEST RAHUL AND THANK U FOR WHAT U HAVE DONE FOR TEAM INDIA IN ODI AND KEEP PLAYING TEST till test championship

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Salute to a great cricketer and his decision.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    SO SO SAD DRAVID... :( WILL U BE THERE FOR IPL... WE ALL ARE LOOKING FORWARD OR U IN IPL....WILL MISS UR CLASSIC INNINGS

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    thank you wall for all your one-day contributions to indian cricket and to us. And I expect you to Continue your service in test and grow bigger and bigger and to become more successful. -A fan of wall.

  • presy1979 on August 6, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    This is really not a surprise call for me but Dravid should have selected before Worldcup as he deserved to be in the worldcup winning team as he served for Indian cricket for long time with great sprit.But there is no point in selecting him now. He knows that, thats why he himself anouncing retirement at the end of this season. Such a wonderful human being we seen in the world cricket. Hats off to you !!!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Indian ODI Team needs a tough customer like Rahul Dravid to bat anywhere in the top 6 slots - the reasons why he needs to be there are 1. there is no better person than him to stabilize the innings if things start falling apart. 2. He ( Rahul ) knowing him could be the less aggressive of the batsmen who are out there in the center. Ravi Shastri also was a batsman who stayed his ground and he was not more aggressive in batting than Rahul. 3. You dont want your ODI team to get all out in any scenario - Rahul could definately contribute in this area. 4. Has anybody noticed how many successful partnerships Rahul has had with other batsmen in both ODI's and Tests? 5. We all know Rahul is getting older but IF HE IS ENJOYING IT AND CAN PHYSICALLY HANDLE IT - who are we to say " he has to put an end to his ODI career." 6. Rahul can be an excellent MENTOR for these new kids trying for a spot in the top 6 batsman's slots. 7. Rahul is a flexible team player & bats in any slot as situation asks.

  • explorer18 on August 6, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Classy, as always. Perhaps the best role model for next generations: high achiever, yet humble and always focused.

  • pudukkudikaryansujith on August 6, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    A Good decision indeed by the WALL of INDIA. He deserves a big pat on his shoulder, which i think might be drooling by the burden has has carried for the Nation. A TRUE CHAMPION by all respect. Finally, the selectors had to engage "this very WALL" to deflect the enemy Bombardments. NO ONE CAN TAKE THE LIGHT AWAY FROM THE SUN. THE CLOUDS CANNOT HIDE THE SUN FOREVER. We Bow to this SUN of Indian Cricket.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I expected it , the very second he was handed the recall , great way to end dravid , it was great pleasure to just watch you bat , nobody can ever replace you ... bows :)... Its said legend never speaks but his achievements do... You've earned respect like no other..........

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    The gr8 WALL will always be missed :)

  • iaseem on August 6, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Absolutely Correct decision by RD!

  • rahulcricindia on August 6, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    dravid truely a great man.......kudos to him.......hope he plays tests till 2013..

  • indian1980 on August 6, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    That is the right move by RD. He is the best .

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    adieu to the greatest cricketer of all time!!10 k runs in ODI & test!nothing more to prove..Jus enjoy test cricket RD... you have been a wonderful cricketer and a gr8 ambassador for country ..superb sportsman India will be proud of!!" take a bow RD" We just love you!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Another selfless act by the most sensible and intelligent cricketer from India. While there would be others who would try to plot their comeback, some even go the distance to use political clout get back in the team. But not our team man, who clearly puts Indian cricket before self. He confesses his surprise on this strange selection but most thoughtfully announced his retirement from ODIs & T20s as he thinks it would be in the best interest of Indian cricket. Hats off Rahul Dravid. Take a bow.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    great timing for exit .a good and planned gesture by bcci .they need dravid more than ever to be in all formats in the series given his current form ,yet dont want him for long whatever ,he is a great player and i wish him all the best with his test career

  • Prakmca on August 6, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    At last Harbajan is dropped.....Still the selectors are saying he was rested...Why... Is he such a great player to use the word dropped? Dravid was dropped from ODI team in 2007 after poor showing in AUS series... At that time he had scored around 10000+ runs in ODI. Whoever it is, if poor form continues, they have to be dropped......We want to team india to win.....

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    You were and will always remain a champion. A true gentleman in a gentleman's game. There's no need to tell more.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    We are honored to have watched you play for india and we salute the real servant of the indian cricket . We are sa that your wonderful selfless career cricketing comes to an end(just in ODI)!!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    You are great servant to Indian Cricket. Your technique is so good as compared to other Indian batter's. Thanks for great batting over the years.

  • champs_ on August 6, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Congratulations!!! 2 Rahul on his decision,if he feels tht its the right time for him to retire then it sure must be.he has been thr for India when it mattered the most and has always made his country proud. Ofcourse we will all miss his cricket he will always be a hero for India and will played with his heart and soul. Once again cheers to him and best of luck for his future endeavours!!!

  • sandson on August 6, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Oh dear.. Its the inevitable denouement.. Hope India make it memorable for this peerless son of cricket..Oh dear.. Its the inevitable denouement.. Hope India make it memorable for this peerless son of cricket..

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    So... he actually announced his retirement from ODIs now already, so why bother announcing it again after the series is done and dusted? It's nice to see test cricket enjoying preference, nevertheless.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Salute to the real fighter and servant of the indian cricket

  • karan1609 on August 6, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Great decision by Rahul...indeed commendable...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 6, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Dada gone and now you are gone. What's this? What's happening? Dada, can you please request your introvert friend Rahul to reconsider his decision? Please Dada. Please request him not to retire. Can you at least request him to retire in India? This is just so overwhelmingly painful to bear.

  • banglafan on August 6, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Even if its an ODI or a T20, Dravid should play his original game, which may slow things up a bit, but will nevertheless give the Indian scores a modicum of respectability. Dravid and Laxman are India's only hope in away games, all the other big guns seem to fire only at home nowadays !!

  • AjaySridharan on August 6, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Great decision from Dravid. By doing this, he has taken all the pressure off himself. He can just go out, have a blast and retire in dignity from the format. A guy that has scored more than 10,000 runs in the format deserves a grand send off. Hope the younger lot learn from this man. I hate it when people keep talking of Sachin of how humble he is, etc. They have no idea what they are talking about...Sachin is a genius on the field, as much as Rahul has been in his own right. He has given so much for the team, and has never ever grumbled. Hats off Rahul!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    @amit---THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA.......WE R SALUTE U..U DESERVE A HOUNOUR FAREWELL.....AND THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR YOUR RETIERMENT OF ODIs ....WILL GOD GIVES U A LONG LIVE.....THE WALL WILL BE ROCKZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ IN THIS SERIES............GOD BLESS U..........

  • bismoy on August 6, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    good decision from dravid,,,,He should play test only....

    else his supporter will claim dravid is best thing happen to cricket after bradman..

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    oh noooo ...good luck dravid India hv 2 build a new wall wh s thtoh noooo ...good luck dravid India hv 2 build a new wall wh s tht

  • Sandeep.Oza on August 6, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    I cant say how much I admire Rahul Dravid... We need people like him in India who quitly does his work with out reconistion.. ong live Rahul Dravid for moment like this I take pride o call my self an India... I salute Rahul Dravid for everything... A role mode for everyone..

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    it cudnt have been a better platform............ u will always be remembered as one of the greatest indian batsman.... a diehard fan

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Dravid, please recall your retirement statement.. I understand your reason behind your choice to retire now.. You must be thinking, it will be a graceful exit if you retire after this series.. But, my dear cricketing god, lot cricket is left in you.. Play at least another couple of series.. If you are strong on your decision, at least retire in India.. I want to watch your last match live in stadium.. I can not come there to England now.. We will sorely miss you in this format permanently.. :( All the best for your last series in limited overs format.. Wish, you end it on a high note.. Dravid, please recall your retirement statement.. I understand your reason behind your choice to retire now.. You must be thinking, it will be a graceful exit if you retire after this series.. But, my dear cricketing god, lot cricket is left in you.. Play at least another couple of series.. If you are strong on your decision, at least retire in India.. I want to watch your last match live in stadium.. I

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    right decision at the right time

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    you have done the right thing rahul sir......bcci dint value you had you born in australia/england or anywhere else you would have have got more respect..... anyways....just keep playing tests....love your batting very much....!!1

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Dravid, I have tears in my eyes. Please don't retire from ODIs. I know, you've had enough of this illtreatment from the selectors and that you want to concentrate solely on Test Matches. But can you please wait and say goodbye in India? Please Dravid. Please.....some of your humble fans deserve seeing you say goodbye to us in our Country. Please Dravid. Please reconsider. I beg you. We all beg you to reconsider.

  • Aniruddha_K on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Surprising selection and now a surprising decision from RD.... Really wonder what prompted the selectors to include him for the ODI series... wonder if there was any communication between the selectors and Rahul before the team selection though that is unlikely as Rahul is not the kind of man to do these things.... Anyhow one of the greatest ODI batsmen that India has produced will now quit ODIs.....

  • sahilsiya on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    its juzz dat indian team needs dravid,s experience in england........

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Hail The wall..Respect and a bow to Mr. Dravid..

  • InderGuraya on August 6, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    nice gesture from dravid..

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    The Real Gentleman of the game

  • anuajm on August 6, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    What a great man, so much to be learned from him!! Kudos to Srikanth and team for giving him a chance to exit graciously!! Hope he plays in all 5 matches!! And keeps on playying tests for another 2 years!! I predict another 1-2 centuries in this series and a Man of the series award for Dravid!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    dun do this RD...........i am in tears.....plz dun call it off....

  • raks11 on August 6, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    I hope this odi series will g8 farewell for G8 wall of india....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 6, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    So, Dravid is now going to make sure that he won't be picked in the future and he is now going to inform the board that he doesn't want to play ODIs anymore. What a sad day for me! Please don't do that Dravid. Please don't retire. Please....

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    love you rahul sir.....will miss u a lotz... ur d best indian batsman.....!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Respect :) nothing else for Rahul Dravid

  • indusfan on August 6, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    For the contributions that Dravid has made, I would like to see him get a honorory team membership as World Cup winner.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 6, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    What a bad news that he is going to retire from ODIs! But I respect his and his family's decision though I hope it is just a rumor. Please Dravid, don't retire. Please. We beg you. Please........

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    only dravid is thinking of the future of indian cricket...the selectors and the BCCI need to get their act together and that too really quickly.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Indian Cricket will miss a great human being. No more 'Hiding behing the Wall'. He should have never been dropped in 2007. But he still soldiers for the cause. Indian Cricket will miss you a lot Rahul Sharad Dravid. One of the finest human beings to have graced the game and you are more than a legend. Scoring more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket is not a mean achievement, neither is the second only to Tendulkar in Test Matches. I salute you for your indomitable spirit and the protection you gave to our fragile batting line up in torrid times especially when the master was not in his peak form. The entire team hid behind your wall. Farewell Soldier and you will always be missed.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    This is a shock, i wanted him to see in ODI's, i was thinking he would make a comeback before CWC 2011. I also thought he would be in WC team as he at least would play a role of Guidance for youngsters. But board did not and now when team is in some terrible form, i didn't expect they would pick Dravid. I was happy that i can see him play in colour outfits after 2 years, but Dravid thinks to quit. It is not good. He is in good form now, he will definitely will get a game in ODI series and then depending upon his performance in ODI's he should decide to quit or not, but he made up his mind very early and says quit. This is not good, he must play ODI's to. He is alsi quitting just as Sourav has done. When Sourav had a decent come back and he was delivering right on money, he decided to quit and make way for others, who might know,if he would had continue he might be in the World Cup team. So, i think Dravid must reconsider his decision, its important to have experienced people in team.

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    he waiting for the chance in two years now he retire ,this s guts we call, he waiting for the correct moment to retire.

  • Raccha on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    I can't believe is it true that Jammy going to qut for ODI's?

  • pr3m on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Long term? Isn't he 38? Isn't long term a five year plan?

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    So sad Sir we miss u a lot and i wish RD should complete the feat of 11,000 runs in the series

  • zero_knowledge on August 6, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    so long and thanks for are the memories.. to borrow fron nolan...rahul dravid the blue knight india doesn't always deserve but india always needs...

  • vinayespn on August 6, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    That is good for Indian cricket if he just concentrates on Test cricket after this tour. Cant imagine Indian test team without this legend!!

  • TheGecko on August 6, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    lol! The selectors have been well and truly snubbed by Dravid! And rightly so! Whenever the Indian batsmen start struggling against the short ball, he is suddenly drafted into the squad out of nowhere. But while playing ODIs in the subcontinent, people find it easy to forget him.. Is he a kind of an 'away specialist' or something?

  • on August 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    salute to him for his outstanding career.he is a class apart.

  • itzvinay on August 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    heartbreak....the news of his comeback made my day...this one spoiled it..

  • hm007 on August 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    He is doing this to avoid any future surprises. Makes a lot of sense.

  • JAMIAWALA on August 6, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    End of an era. Rahul Dravid is my hero. For me, he is the finest cricketer that I have ever seen

  • on August 6, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Thanks Rahu Dravidl! You have been an inspiration!!

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  • on August 6, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Thanks Rahu Dravidl! You have been an inspiration!!

  • JAMIAWALA on August 6, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    End of an era. Rahul Dravid is my hero. For me, he is the finest cricketer that I have ever seen

  • hm007 on August 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    He is doing this to avoid any future surprises. Makes a lot of sense.

  • itzvinay on August 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    heartbreak....the news of his comeback made my day...this one spoiled it..

  • on August 6, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    salute to him for his outstanding career.he is a class apart.

  • TheGecko on August 6, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    lol! The selectors have been well and truly snubbed by Dravid! And rightly so! Whenever the Indian batsmen start struggling against the short ball, he is suddenly drafted into the squad out of nowhere. But while playing ODIs in the subcontinent, people find it easy to forget him.. Is he a kind of an 'away specialist' or something?

  • vinayespn on August 6, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    That is good for Indian cricket if he just concentrates on Test cricket after this tour. Cant imagine Indian test team without this legend!!

  • zero_knowledge on August 6, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    so long and thanks for are the memories.. to borrow fron nolan...rahul dravid the blue knight india doesn't always deserve but india always needs...

  • on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    So sad Sir we miss u a lot and i wish RD should complete the feat of 11,000 runs in the series

  • pr3m on August 6, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Long term? Isn't he 38? Isn't long term a five year plan?