India in England 2011

Dravid to quit ODIs after England series

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 6, 2011

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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!!

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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...

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

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

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