England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff

Tendulkar, Ganguly and Kumble laud Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 16, 2011

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Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar shared a 158 runs partnership, India v South Africa, Stormont Cricket Grounds, Belfast, Ireland, June 26, 2007
"Others in the team played around him, while Rahul batted as the situation demanded" - Tendulkar on Dravid © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar has hailed team-mate Rahul Dravid's contribution to the Indian team in the limited-overs format, describing him as "a role model" and "the unsung hero of the Indian team."

Dravid, who announced his retirement from the limited-overs format during the ongoing tour of England will be appearing in his last ODI in the fifth and final game in Cardiff on Friday. Tendulkar, who was ruled out of the ODI series due to injury, praised Dravid's work ethic and his ability to "stay a step ahead of the game".

"When he started playing ODI cricket, he faced some initial difficulties, but he was never one to give up," Tendulkar told the Indian Express. "He worked very hard on his flaws, and he made sure to fight it out."

With a career strike-rate of just over 71, Dravid has often been labelled as being unsuited for shorter formats of the game, something that Tendulkar disagreed with. "He may not give you a quick start, but he will surely make his innings count in terms of time spent at the crease. You need such players in the team, and he was the best man for the job. Others in the team played around him, while Rahul batted as the situation demanded. It wasn't that he couldn't bat quickly; he just made sure that he batted according to the situation.

"Rahul also had that ability to finish a game, and I remember he played the same role at No. 5, or for that matter at any other spot in the batting order. And that was one of the main reasons he sustained his role as an important member in the side."

Former India captain Anil Kumble who was also Dravid's Karnataka state-mate echoed Tendulkar's view.

"He [Dravid] is not someone who will go out and tonk sixes at will but he gets the job done," Kumble wrote in his column in the Hindustan Times. "Rahul's approach has changed in the way he uses the pace of the bowler, looks to take the early singles and keep the board ticking over."

Of the 343 ODIs that Dravid played in, he has kept wickets in 73 of them. He started keeping wickets when Sourav Ganguly was captain, a move that Ganguly said "Indian cricket should be thankful to Rahul for".

"Rahul has had a chequered one-day career and it took a new turn once he decided to keep wicket in 2002," Ganguly wrote in his column in the Hindustan Times. "His decision was absolutely for the team as it helped reorganise the middle-order and add more depth to it."

Both Tendulkar and Kumble said that one of the turning points in Dravid's ODI career was when he started keeping wickets. "He is the perfect team man; when he was asked to keep wickets we all knew that he will do well because he was initially a wicketkeeper. It later helped him, and came as a big help to all of us in the Indian team during the 2003 World Cup. He got better by the day during that campaign, and also managed to score quick runs with the bat," Tendulkar said.

"The best phase of his ODI career was in the four or so years when he was the wicketkeeper, and batted at No. 5," Kumble said. "He established himself as a great finisher, and it was while batting alongside him that the likes of Yuvraj and Kaif truly matured in the lead-up to the 2003 World Cup."

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Posted by legend1984 on (September 19, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

Every tom, dick, harry's fan will drag SACHIN and do comparison to show their respective heroes are better...because sachin is the benchmark for being best. Whatever you try or cry, SACHIN remains BEST.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

It was Dravid's jinx that whenever Dravid played for India India more often lost. .......just as India got rid of him India rose and rose in ODI and became World Champions. India again included him in England ODI series and consequently could not win even a single game....................... It was mainly because of his slow SR that puts pressure on batsman at other end and forces him to slog and in the process other batsman gets out. Further in persuit of his cheeky singles he often gets other batsman runout. ...............India , a team short of good bowling attack could never afford a slow player like dravid.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

not many can o this what the gr8 rahul dravid has done leave so many balls play like the way he does in test cricket with patience girt dertermination and then be the best finisher in odi cricket at his time and then when the circumstances required bat like a t20 speciaalst in t20 cricket india will mis him in odi t20 whenever the black day (dravid retires from test ) comes in test crckets the most

Posted by   on (September 18, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

rahul dravid..a true gentleman...a true legend...dravid is irreplacable in the indian team...so please respect him...

Posted by johnmichaelkane on (September 18, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

And Guys did you see Trott take his cap off when he shook hands with Dravid that's the RESPECT Dravid deserves and demands......Respect

Posted by imrankhan40 on (September 18, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

Mr. Denpendabel Rahul Dravid the wall of indian crickert and a personality of a good man so sad to heard that he retired from 50 overs game the plaver who will be always in cricket never will be retire . the wall mr. dependabel. A Warm salute to u and best luck for ur family. thank u mr. Dravid sir.

Posted by dimni on (September 18, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

a wonderful player who can never be replaced (end of watching odi's for me) and after two yrs(end of watching tests also) love uuuuuuuuuuuuuu the wall

Posted by   on (September 18, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

A selfless player and a true great who put team above self.Very difficult to find one like him.Most of India's notable overseas test wins and some face saving draws have been due to him.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

Mr Perfect in the game and no one can replace the real god of world cricket

Posted by Ganchu on (September 17, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

The great Dravid ! selfless act, whatever has been asked by his captain he has done .One of the best ever produced by india. Come on SRT please follow him atleast retire from one day matches since players like Rahane ,Pandey are waiting.

Posted by Scheduler on (September 17, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

I like Sachin Tendulkar but if i have to pick another favourite it should be rahul dravid .He can be called as a complete cricketer and unfortunately with such a record he still had to stay under the shadows of other players . Well people often say he could not hit big sixes and am not sure how many remember the six he hit of allan donald in south africa. Truly a legend

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

@lester: well said lester! very true

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

There is only one Rahul Dravid and no one can replace this class act...

Dravid can bat like dhoni,raina,pathan atleast once in a while in t20 or in one day matches and he has proved that in ipl lot of times ..But dhoni,raina,pathan, etc never can bat like My Hero Rahul and can save a signle text match for india as rahul did lot of times for india...I SALUTE THIS TRUE GENTLE MAN OF WORLD CRICKET....LOVE YOU MAN...ITS JUST FROM HIS BATTING I CAME TO KNOW THE BEAUTY OF CRICKET..U JUST ROCK MAN...

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

@lester d'souza Dude !!!!! listen to yourself....Thats all tat i will say

Posted by Vnott on (September 17, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

Hello Ansuwcwinner, where did u get the 61.43 strike rate from. It is indeed 71.24 which is correct. Atleast do basic checks mann.

Career one day stats of Dravid are:

Games played 344 Runs Scored 10889 Average 39.16 Strike Rate 71.24

Now 10889 runs is really impressive at 39+ at 71 strike rate. Well, Let the naysayers keep talking... Stats dont lie..

Possted by ansuwcwinner on (September 17 2011, 09:49 AM GMT) WRONG STATISTICS .... HI SAVERAGE IS NOT ABOVE 71 , IT IS 61.43

Posted by Vnott on (September 17, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Hello Ansuwcwinner, where did u get the 61.43 strike rate from. It is indeed 71.24 which is correct. Atleast do basic checks mann.

Career one day stats of Dhruv are:

Games played 344 Runs Scored 10889 Average 39.16 Strike Rate 71.24

Now 10889 runs is really impressive at 39+ at 71 strike rate. Well, Let the naysayers keep talking... Stats dont lie..

Possted by ansuwcwinner on (September 17 2011, 09:49 AM GMT) WRONG STATISTICS .... HI SAVERAGE IS NOT ABOVE 71 , IT IS 61.43

Posted by kishona on (September 17, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

@ mr nafeez.. 100 % u r saying truth dat he is amazing selless person and wonderful cricketer.. but you are also 100 % wrong in comparing with great srt.. no comparison between dis 2's oth are great at their places.. and both do not wish for their records wen it count for country.. kaash u had know about both of dem fully..

Posted by ansuwcwinner on (September 17, 2011, 9:49 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

I'll respect Dravid a lot for the reputation it brought my state Karnataka in our country. His batting which was stylish, composed, sacrificing and mentally tough has earned a great representation for people from our state. When I would speak with many people up North who have never visited the South, they would ask where I hailed from. And if I told them the state which produced Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, their expression would immediately be one of respect. They would'nt know the diff b/w the South Indian states. And yet the achievements of Dravid and Kumble identified our state.Thanks Rahul :)

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

It is time the other old man SRT took an example and also retired, instead of holding up the slot of Budding opening bastman like Ajinkiya Rahane who have to wait until Sachin makes enough money to buy a new Ferrari.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

He is really a great batsman..... truly a team player.... He has earned respect from everyone... including his opponents.... He is one player after Ganguly who had earned respect and fans from other countries as well..... He is 1000 times better than SRT when it comes to selflessness and team objectives....

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

Cricket has produced many players, but few gentlemen. Dravid richly deserves to be gentleman of the game.The best way he can continue with the game is to take up professional coaching and see more Dravids come to limelight!!

Posted by maddy20 on (September 17, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

The perfect team man. Solid technique, unflinching temparment, humility, grace, no ruckus ever, on and off the field . Just what your would expect from a batsman. Will we ever see a batsman of this caliber again? Chances look very slim and grim, as most people prefer snacks(T20) instead of a full course meal(Test Cricket)!

Posted by vak1997 on (September 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Thanks to Rahul Dravid for serving India for 15 years in ODI & giving India a good name...

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

Rahul's approach has changed in the way he uses the pace of the bowler, looks to take the early singles and keep the board ticking over.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

a real hero of indian cricket team who always "SERVES". I am proud of being rahul dravid`s fan.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

I think one of the best Batsman, even for ODI, Records speaks itself. oNE WHO WORKed AS an ARCHITECT in the indian Team batting, a gentleman BENCH MARK.

Posted by ani_cric on (September 17, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

IF Tendulkar had been dropped long back .we could have many greats like Dravid ... when will Tendulkar retire ... BCCI if tendulkar does not retire ..plz drop him .... INDIA requires gr8 talent like Dravid ......who can save matches playing for days not like IPL fluke game like sachin ...

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

the quality of a player is shown when you not only get the respect of your team but from the opponent as well and no one better that Rahul Dravid has had the respect from all the dressing rooms and all the cricket lovers. Not only India but the cricket fans all over the world will miss Dravid. Sportsman at its best.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Dravid, you have been the real ROLE model for everyone. You have been the pride of cricket. Your place in the side will take dozens of years to be filled. We wish you all the very best in the Test and will you see you as long as possible in the white clothes. Keep on the good work.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 3:46 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 17, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

Hail you Rahul!!! You have been a great ambassador for Indian Cricket!!!

Posted by pruffhill on (September 17, 2011, 1:50 GMT)

I love you dravid. still remember watching your 153 vs nz 10 years back. great knock. cant forget the double hundred vs australia in Adelaide. the greatest test match ever.

Posted by sirishkr on (September 17, 2011, 0:16 GMT)

Cricket will never be the same for me after Rahul retires. I was proud of his game from the very beginning, and was watching today's match with a touch of regret that we'll never again see this legend playing in colored clothing for India. Take a bow, Rahul Dravid! The backbone of India's batting lineup!

Posted by NRI- on (September 16, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

Not really a sad day as Dravid has extended his test career by giving up pyjama cricket. May he play test cricket till he turns 40 or more!. Sachin should at least give up IPL and all 20-20 - his game is unsuited for bang bang cricket and Ponting has done the same.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

legend is the word...always gave gr8 support whenever indian team needed it...superb player...thnxx for ur contribution dravid to the indian cricket team..

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

"wall" you are wearing your indian blue shirt for last time but i wish a lot to you in test.thank you dravid,sachin,dada,anil,laxman,javgal,venktesh

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

@Anirban Ghoshal - i disagree with you because Ganguly has been given lots of credit for his contribution to indian cricket. It's just that people kind of forget about Dravid while taking about Sachin and Saurav.

Posted by PeterCook on (September 16, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

From an England fan - Dravid is a genuine great of the game, and a genuinely nice man too. Lovely to see the England players shake hands with him today after his innings. A legend in every sense of the word.

Posted by AKG0479 on (September 16, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

I am actually unable to believe how quickly the years have passed by from Rahul's debut in Indian team to his retirement.. like a flash.. Thank You Wall for your contribution to the cricket.. to the delightful innings you provided us to watch.. Best wishes for your future life.. & hope to see you for long in the Test match..

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Properly said by Sourav, Sachin & Anil... Rahul can be considered as the one of the greatest tragic heroes of world cricket alongside Dada...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

A true legend retires in style .....

He was back bone of our batting line up since last 15 years, his contribution to Indian Cricket is invaluable.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

"a role model" and "the unsung hero of the Indian team." says Tendulkar

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

Person of simplicity n perfection...Great cricketer...badly miss ur cricket Rahul...All be best for ur future

Person of simplicity n perfection...Great cricketer...badly miss ur cricket Rahul...All be best for ur future

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Sad day 4 world cricket.. We will miss u Dravid..U have shown the world that wit lot of hard work how 1 can succeed..

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

What a MAN! Role Model for sure!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Thank you Dravid for your spectacular contribution to cricket



Posted by vbamaranath on (September 16, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

A great team man, role model, self less cricketer, class act,legend, gentleman. We miss your action in ODIs.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

Dravid is a Alltime Fighter , Sachin is an Alltime Entertainer ! both people are different. comparison is meaningless. I dont compare both. By the way I am not in Sachin fans club. Interms of winning hits I think "Sewag and Sourav G" having better rates. Dravid retirement is big loss for cricket.Excellent Cricker as the meaning defines.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

The only name I have followed in cricket is Rahul Dravid. I dont know how many runs Sachin has scored, I dont know what is Sehwag's strike rate, I dont know who is the "God" of off-side, I dont know who plays the "helicopter shot".. all I know is there was one gentleman by the name Rahul Dravid, who played cricket like it should be, with team commitment(he could have aimed for a 100 in his last ODI innings, he didnt), dignity, passion, sincerity & simplicity. He is a true Capricorn, a perfectionist that he still is among the top 7 run-getters in ODIs at a respectable strike rate tells us about him being flexible & never the one to give up. I cried when I saw him walk back to the pavilion for the last time in Blue colours because it loomed upon me that very soon we will see him play his last Test as well. Oh, what will cricket be without him.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

Really sad to see him retire. He was a role model for me when I was growing up.

Posted by Aravind_always on (September 16, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

For me cricket without Rahul Dravid is unimaginable. Words can't express how much i love him and how much i miss him.. Love u Dravid..

Posted by donda on (September 16, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

so now we have two doors in great wall, he is retired from T20 , retire from ODI. the great wall of cricket is opening doors for new players. I hope he plays two three years more in test cricket because i don't see any new comer in indian team who can replace him. Keep it up great man, you are awesome cricketer. Great Wall.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

Classical cricketer retired from ODI.The person who lover cricket that person surely love the Wall, the person who want to become a cricketer surely sud learn basic and importent techniques from wall......OVerall seeing he is person wall not only for INDIA, Wall for World cricket.... I LOVE U wall

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

Ohh What a player !!! Just Learn Rahul Dravid. He is basman's "Dictionary" . Straight drive ,Cover drive,back foot defense fron foot defence. What an achiver ..symbol of "Role Model' . We will miss this legend in comming year for sure. 10,000 more runs in both forms of cricket,remarkable. I dont have words more ..I salute you!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

If cricket is a religion & Tendulkar is God, then Dravid is definitely the prophet.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

It was memorable last innings by the greatest player of our era. Happy that he got 50.....he could have played selfishly for 100....but yet again proved he is team man. Great player... we will miss you THE WALL! Hope to see you for some more time in test arena. Hats off to you! :-)

Posted by sathish202 on (September 16, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

Great job done Rahul, excellent player in all conditions and best player ever in tough conditions. Good luck!!!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

True legend wall , most highest run partnership in ODI, great contributor of indian Cricket,Rahul we will miss your square Cut shorts, please keep going in tests

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 16, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

RAHUL = RESPECT. What else? Thank you Rahul anna. Thank you so much for playing cricket. God Bless You and Your Young Family. Your Parents must be very proud to have a Son like you. I thank your parents for giving birth to you, a wonderful human and probably the most versatile Indian Batsman ever. I wish all the success to The Dravid Family. No words to say how much you'll be missed Rahul anna....

Posted by zico123 on (September 16, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

Dravid should be a role model for Indian youngstars, he grew up playing first class cricket, long innings, practice for hours, loads of concentration, that made him a true champion Test and ODI cricketer. completely in contrast indian youngstars now are growing up playing IPL and T20, God save them,one thing for sure they won't become another Dravid, Sachin or Kumble.

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (September 16, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

I started following Rahul's journey when he was scoring tons for his college and in Bangalore league matches. I remember watching one of the league matches in YMCA ground & we were all thrilled to see his beautiful cover drives. Then he slowly made big impact in the Karnataka Ranji team & then to Indian team and rest is history now. Truly amazing cricketer.. may be the last one in the league of class technically perfect. We still have the oppurtunity to watch him in tests & his retirement day from tests will be really a sad day for the cricket lovers around the world because you will never see a player like Rahul again. Rahul, Thanks for giving us all the pleasures of watching amazing cricket skills.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Indian cricket is undefined without Dravid. A truly accomplished batsman world has ever seen. Hats off to u, standing ovation got will tell everyone how good as a player he is. Truly amazing career he had. Best of luck for your future Dravid Anna, have a nice time ahead !

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

it again proves one thing and tht is criket is gentalmans game.....allways be remmeberd as a nice human being.....MAY ALLHA bless him

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

truly a teamman a perfect rolemodel not only in cricket but also in real life thanks rahul for ur services to indian cricket

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

One of the best cricketers world has ever produced. I have not seen ay other cricket player than Dravid who is technically perfect. It is really sad to see him retire. All the young cricketers should learn from him. If cricket is a religion & Tendulkar is God, then Dravid is definitely the prophet.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

We miss u Mr. Consistent

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

No replacement can be given to rahuls place, hats off to his cricket carrer.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

His contribution will always be remembered.....Gd Lk Rahul !!!!!!

Posted by rsurya on (September 16, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

Most gentle way of retirement for the young man.

Posted by mk.sujan on (September 16, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

I am Bangladeshi but I love Rahul the most...I will miss u rahul...nothing to say..if u can please stay some other time..best of luck!!

Posted by Night-Watchman on (September 16, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

Farewell Rahul. It is sad they didnt give you a chance to be in the world cup winning team, it would have been a different matter if the world cup was held outside India. Then the paper tigers would have had to give place to the real one. If ever there was in the recent past one who took that Indian insignia on their chests seriously and played for the team always, that would be you. If ever there was someone who needs to be trusted to bat if ones life depended on it, that would surely have been you. If ever there was a role model for a cricketer and a gentleman, that would have been you.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

we miss u wall......you are the only real hero in cricket world.

Posted by Chncricfan_2k0 on (September 16, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

I am proud of being grown up and played cricket in Rahul's era.he along side with Sachin and Sourav formed a formidable lineup that any team would fear of even today.U cannot get those days back and this man is very important of that trio.a great team man, who always plays for team, not for records, selfless player.royal salute for a greatest ambassador of Indian cricket..!

Posted by suraj71 on (September 16, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

The Best Ambassador of Indian Cricket .......a Gr8 Role Model !!

Posted by emhash on (September 16, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

The one person who would be remebered for his best techniques in all formats of the game...he has kept cricket alive and also the sportman spirit alive....was always available when Team India wanted him....Played according to the situation demanded...Standing Ovation should be given to him while he walks off the field

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

I am Sri lankan but really enjoyed Rahul Dravid the Cricketer and the person. I met him once at Taj in Colombo on a Indian tour, I still remember when Yuvraj Singh refused to give me a autograph Rahul Dravid who was behind him not only gave me an autograph but also wrote good luck in the piece of paper which I still have...what a great man.....he'll be sorely missed.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

TQ FR UR EFFORTS DAY IN AND DAY OUT...A ROYAL SALUTE.... ..NOW...who will replace this INDIAN WALL!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

Great team player. Wish you all the best.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

thank you very much for entertaining us for so long. we all love you. hats-off to your sportsman's spirit.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

Great player to be watched when he at the crease, everyone must see and learn how to sweep a spin ball. We salute you dravid your wonderful.

Posted by Rahulrajesh on (September 16, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

No one can ever match Rahul in his air tight technique and his class of batting. We will be really missing the perfect drives all along the ground and a perfect pull shot that the young generation needs to learn. Rahul, you are immortal, not only by your cricketing skills , but also because of your down to earth character, please continue playing test cricket for long time and all the best , India will miss you a lot

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

Cricket cannot be defined without Dravid. He has been selfless throughout his career except with the retirement decision... He should have waited till India gt another player to replace him.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

All the best for life ahead...Rahul

Posted by Raj2506 on (September 16, 2011, 13:00 GMT)


Posted by Arp2007 on (September 16, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

Sachin is still the best. Stop putting down the great man to praise others. AND to Rahul Dravid, you are india's pride with the likes of SRT, Laxman, Kumble, and DADA. For god's sake you people stop discussing on Tendulkar. Why do you discuss him when the talks are of the likes of Dravid. Where does Tendulkar come in between??? ANYWAYS, you people are simply jeleous of master's success. You have no clue about the master so stop discussing. My point is, stick with the article's discussion. Its about Dravid, so talk about Dravid. Don't bring others in between.

Posted by symsun on (September 16, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Its a great privilege for me that I spend my school/college days playing cricket and belonging to this era of seeing Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly. World will never forget this Trio of Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

@annys: He doesnt belong to bangalore...he belongs to INDIA....

Posted by cmunath on (September 16, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Dravid is technically the finest batsman India has produced. He adapted himself to the one day format easily and his record speaks for itself. The problem was that there were so many flamboyant stroke makers in the Indian batting lineup that Dravid lost out on his place. He had to make way for the allrounder. But who can forget his own role as an allrounder when he kept wickets when the team needed him. It is sad that he was sidelined during the later stages in spite of him being the ultimate teaman. Well done, Dravid, the cricketing world salutes you and wishes you many more years in test cricket.

Posted by prateeksingh600 on (September 16, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

dravid we are proud of you. god bless you

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

Dravid - The Perfect gentleman in the not so gentlemanly game that cricket is turning out to be...

Tendulkar's records may be broken... but it would be interesting to see if anyone can match up to the character that dravid brought to the game...

Would have been a legend even among the greats of yore..

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

@Irfan Saied: Thanks Buddy, for your humble words. It feels really good when other country people appreciate the efforts of a good sportsman which ever countr he belongs to..Keep up the good work and may peace prevail among humans...

Posted by nzcricket174 on (September 16, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

Possibly the most selfless player of all time?

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Rahul has been true sporting icon for India and deserve the praises he has been getting and will get over the years. Wish him very good last match and bright prospect in life ahead.

Posted by CHIRSACHIN on (September 16, 2011, 12:29 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

I can not control my emotion that some like rahul dravid quit one days cricket. rahul you are the true genius of cricket. and very good role model.i am the all time favorite of you. mostly selfless cricketer in the world. i will remain you in my heart till my death. all the best of last one day. you are the true gentle man of cricket.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

miss u Rahul.Dravid...~:(

Posted by Anantas11 on (September 16, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

The Great Wall of India.......

Posted by cenitin on (September 16, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

@Yashavanth Rajaram.....well said totally agree with you !! @ annys ......pride of India not only Banglore !! btw I am Very happy for Dravid. Now these selectors won't be abe to recall him evertytime when chips are down in overseas and then again axed him in India or flat pitches. Very Very rude behaviour with such a legend.

Posted by mega123a on (September 16, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

Its funny that people always criticize Tendulkar whatever the occasion may be. Sachin just plays his game, he is not selfish. I think before commenting on sachin just think what have you done? Are you not selfish?

Posted by annys on (September 16, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Pride Of Banglore :) i think they should name the N stand in Chinnaswamy stadium after him :)

Posted by KarnawatXI on (September 16, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

Dravid, you made us proud with your game but more than that your perssona, simplicity and serenity which be cherished by this generation. You will always be their in our heart as a true human. Thanks

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

As legendary as the rest of them - let no one say nothing...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

When rahul Dravid goes out to bat there is an assurance about it , now that will be sorely missed. For the Indian fan Dravid scoring the winning runs in the Adelaide test will remain etched in memory forever. With the way Dravid is batting 50 centuries in test cricket should not be a problem

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

Bow down to the great wall who is playing his last ODI. 2 pillars down out of 3 who built the world's best batting order for more than 6 years. I have seen all 3 scoring centuries at a time which is incredible. Felt bad when Sourav retired, not able to see Dravid retiring, can't control when Sachin retires. :( I still don't know why people compare Dravid and Sachin. Dravid might not be great starter but a great finisher, Smlrly Sachin might not be a great finisher but a great starter. Both are fantastic human beings yet so humble and down to earth. Why can't you people enjoy two different recipies. Sachin is Sachin, Dravid is Dravid. Sachin or any sportsmen never start to play cricket thinking of records or something, sportsmen think only about present moment and aim will be to win. Records comes next after hardwork and talent. Sachin didn't start to play cricket thinking I will get 100 centuries in international cricket. He is great man playing even after 2 decades,infact god.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

most selfless player in the Indian team .. Tendulkar has surely this thing to learn from Dravid..

Posted by annys on (September 16, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

COMMITMENT,CONSISTENCY,CLASS - the true wall of Indian test batting. There will never be another Rahul Dravid. I would rephrase it :

COMMITMENT,CONSISTENCY,CLASS,COURAGE- Rahul Dravid the true gem of Indian Cricket :) love you Dravid

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

Others in the team played around him, while Rahul batted as the situation demanded" - Tendulkar on Dravid.... SUPERB on Dravid. Love you Dravid.

Posted by RahulDravidGuys on (September 16, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

everything is written on the wall,They just spoke that.................He is true legend Take a Bow....Great Wall

Posted by annys on (September 16, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

Great Test batsman, i would rate him above even Tendulkar. Good One day batsman but a great team player, there is no one in the last decade who has sacrificed for team than Dravid. Dravid is an exceptional player of spin and a great fighter,very down to earth and a true role model.Indian Cricket fans will miss him :(

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

one of the best batsmen in the world.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

I have been following Dravid since the beginning of his career, and have to say that, even as a Pakistani, I appreciate the patience and grace under fire he has displayed as a cricketer, no matter what he did on the field. So many people, including his follow compatriots don''t appreciate what he brings to the Indian team, but he brings a calm assuredness that is hard to find these days. I hope that the Indian team can win the final game in the series as a fitting tribute to his ODI career. Farewell Rahul Dravid from the ODI scene, and thanks for the memories!

Posted by ali00 on (September 16, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

It is good to see Rahul Dravid is playing ODI. Good on you Dravid...........

Posted by shakkw on (September 16, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

To me he is the better batsman than Tandulkar.He excelled in England while all around him failed. Rahul played for team while Tandulkar played for his records. Rahul played more match winning innings than anyone i remember in Indian team. Rahul a True Cricket Legend, a great human being and one of the all time great sportsman from subcontinent.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

why do i feel all des hails, praising seems very small to this great man. Hats off to this special team man and a true legend

Posted by HarshaVReddy on (September 16, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

With out Dravid, the class of game also fades away. With the present generation looking for Helicofter shots, Areal shots, they don't realize the beauty of hitting. We miss you Dravid

Posted by HarshaVReddy on (September 16, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Others in the team played around him, while Rahul batted as the situation demanded" - Tendulkar on Dravid.... SUPERB on Dravid. Love you Dravid.

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