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Dravid retires, sad but proud

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March 9, 2012

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Rahul Dravid walks back to a rousing ovation, undefeated in his lone battle, England v India, 4th Test, The Oval, 4th day, August 21, 2011
On Friday, Rahul Dravid retired after 16 years in international cricket © AFP
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Rahul Dravid formally announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday, saying he was leaving the game sad but proud. It wasn't an easy decision, he said, but he was comfortable with it because it was time to move on and let the next generation take over.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Bangalore on Friday that was also attended by N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, and Anil Kumble, the KSCA president and Dravid's former team-mate and captain.

"You know that when you leave playing for India and the life that I have lived for 16 years, and five years before that of first-class cricket, it is tough," he said. "It is all I have known all my grown life. From that point it was a difficult decision, but it wasn't a difficult decision for me because I just knew in my heart that the time was right and I was very happy and comfortable in what I had achieved and what I had done. You just know deep down that it is time to move on and let the next generation take over."

It wasn't a sudden or overnight decision, he said. "I don't think that I made this decision made just on one series, it's a culmination of a lot of things. Of course it would have been very nice to contribute and do well in the last series and play really well. These decisions are based on a lot of other things, not on one series.

"I don't think there was a eureka moment for me that said that this is the time I have to go. For each one it comes differently, for me it's come with a bit of contemplation, a bit of thought, with friends and family. It is difficult … but you recognise that this moment has to come to everybody some day. While it will be difficult I have loved every moment of playing for India and for the Indian cricket team. In some ways it's been an easy decision, because I just know that the time is right."

Dravid became the first of India's senior-most cricketers - including Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman - to quit the game after a season of speculation surrounding their future. His decision follows a poor tour of Australia but he enjoyed a prolific run through 2011, scoring five centuries - including four in the Caribbean and England. However, he is set to captain Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL season.

The first public tribute came from Tendulkar, who said no tribute was enough for the "one and only" Dravid. "There was and is only one Rahul Dravid. There can be no other. I will miss Rahul in the dressing room and out in the middle," he said.

Dravid, who made his debut at Lord's in 1996, scoring 95, ended his career as one of the greatest players of his generation and among the most accomplished ever. He scored 13,288 Test runs - behind only Tendulkar - in 164 matches, with 36 hundreds at an average of 52.31. His ODI career, which effectively ended in 2008 with a brief reprisal in 2011, was scarcely less successful - it yielded more than 10,000 runs and 12 centuries. He also has 210 catches, a Test record, in addition to 196 catches in ODIs.

Behind the statistics, he will be remembered as the consummate team player, moving around in the batting order to suit the team's requirements and keeping wickets when necessary - most strikingly in ODIs, when his double role gave the team balance on its way to the World Cup final in 2003. His remarkable fitness allowed him to play 93 consecutive Tests from his debut to December 2005.

He will be remembered as one of the last classical Test match batsmen, renowned for his technique and a willingness to bat through difficult circumstances - and over prolonged periods - yet able to stroke the ball around when the mood struck him. He was the anchor of India's famous middle-order, keeping the innings together while the strokeplayers - Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly - played a more attacking role. He appeared to especially flourish in partnership with Laxman, never more so than in the Eden Gardens Test of 2001.

His batting qualities and efforts were often overshadowed by the flair of his team-mates yet they were brought into sharp focus over the past year with India's Test team struggling through a period of transition. Dravid showed his class on the tour to England in 2011. In a series in which India were completely outplayed and none of their other batsmen scored more than 275 runs in the Tests, Dravid amassed 461, including three hundreds, two of them when opening the innings against a high-quality pace attack. However, that was followed by a poor series in Australia, which reopened the debate about his retirement.

As a captain Dravid had mixed success; he led India in 25 Tests, winning eight and losing six. Under him India cemented a newly won reputation for being good travellers, winning Test series in Pakistan in 2003-04 - he captained in two out of three Tests - West Indies in 2006 and in England in 2007. His captaincy coincided with Greg Chappell's controversial term as coach, though, and Dravid was clearly uncomfortable with the role.

Yet he was seen as one of the game's thinkers, meriting a place on the MCC's cricket committee and delivering the Bradman Oration in December 2011 - the first cricketer from outside Australia to do so.

Edited by Jayaditya Gupta

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by josephjacobk on (March 9, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Dravid was the wall, India depended on for so long...

Posted by maddy20 on (March 9, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

So another legend fades into the sunset. Hopefully the likes of Pujara, Kohli, Manish Pandey can live up to the expections for they are definitely not gonna come close to the Fab 3, in terms of grace, class or skill.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 9, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Dravid is a true gentleman. He knew age was not his side and decided to hang up his boots. 10dulkar should learn from Dravid.

Posted by Charindra on (March 9, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

I am Sri Lankan, and the rivalry between SL and India needs no elaboration. However, Rahul Dravid was one player I always rooted for as one of my own, because of his simplicity, work ethic and selflessness. And he played the game in the right spirit, and now is probably being made a scapegoat for India's abysmal performances in Australia. Everybody seems to have conveniently forgotten his contributions in England though. Oh well, Sachin isn't going to retire, so I guess somebody had to.

Posted by nikhilbengeri on (March 9, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Mr. Rahul Sharad Dravid.. Anything said bout You has already been said.. Anything I wanna write has already been written. But like all I would like to add, for all that has been said already.. Its been a decade watching and growing with you.. The cricket craze that I got will be attributed only to U.. The way U have struggled to be what U r today is one driving force by which I lead my life. U are totally different from others in every possible comparison made in cricket. Or rather I'd say U stand out in every comparison made in Cricket. So humble, so proud, so elegant… I feel I have been blessed to watch a player like U. Will miss you sorely.

Posted by KENNETH2007 on (March 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

HATS OFF LEGEND....THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERFORMANCES ....FOR INDIA, THERE IS NO ONE OF YOUR CALIBRE AT PRESENT TO YOUR PLACE ....FEEL VERY SAD ....AND PROUD... HOPE HE WILL NOW FIND PEACE AND LOVE ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY...

Posted by TenthDoctor on (March 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

So long, and thank you for all the cricket, Rahul.

Posted by manu211 on (March 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

CHAMPION OF CRICKET...THIS IS THE ONLY WORD THAT I CAN SAY NW

Posted by RThumma on (March 9, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

There are players who have both fans and critics but Dravid is the one who has only fans.

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (March 9, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Dravid was way better than Sachin, at least his centuries were of use for the team!

Posted by Hraig on (March 9, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Dravid, you must give us a chance to cheer for your last innings here in India. Yes its true only 2 seniors to go and after that we can also retire from watching cricket. As coming generation can never match these players.

Posted by Major_Hammad on (March 9, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Rahul Dravid Great Legend of Cricket, ever best batsman from India, totally fair to team and country.

Posted by Romansoul23 on (March 9, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Hats off to you sir. I am also sad to see a true legend walking off with such dignity. You were at the top of my list of favourite players throughout your cricketing career. Needless to say that it will be near to impossible to fill in your shoes by anyone in future. Thanks a lot for displaying the text book cricket stuff for years and being a thorough gentleman. Wishing you very best of luck for future, family and lifetime. A humble standing ovation from a fan from Pakistan.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 9, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

I am a Pakistan fan, my word Rahul Dravid was simply a batting legend who will be remembered for all the good things cricket has to offer.

Posted by mitheunsunny on (March 9, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Life wouldn't be the same for Indian cricket in the absence of Rahul Dravid. He has been the mainstay for the team and carried the teams hopes through 16 years of tireless cricket. Being the first cricketer to register a century in all the 10 test playing nations, played without being dropped or taking rest for 95 matches at a stretch, tiring all the bowlers around the world, paving a perfect platform for players who came after him, he was a true legend. Dravid played a pivotal role in uplifting a team in ruins to the world stage. Though he was a player who played cricket in Bradmanian form throught his career he was never a destructer. He always played the waiting game, waited till the shine is taken off the ball and then played his shots. He was infact THE WALL. The Wall stayed while the rest of the team played around him. Saluting the true GOD of Indian cricket!!!!

Posted by Adeel9 on (March 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Two of the FAB FOUR gone. Two to follow soon. Whatever we do, whatever replacement we get. We'll never get that "Feel" watching cricket.

Posted by warnerbasher on (March 9, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

What can you say about this man. A superb batsmen but an even greater man. Never ever saw him lose his grace or class at any time. A great sportsman and an absolute credit to Indian cricket and India should be very proud of having him represent them. Some of the innings he played against us were some of the best fighting, classic batting I have seen. Well played Rahul and all the very best for your future. From one of your many admiring fans in Australia.

Posted by Raj.82 on (March 9, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

As long as Cricket lives 'Dravid -The wall' unshakable!

Posted by Dhushan on (March 9, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Congratulations on a remarkable career you humble man. Your humility is probably the greatest asset I see in you & probably what made you break records & be the great cricketer you are today. Godspeed to you & your family. Wishes coming from a big Sri Lanka supporter.

Posted by muski on (March 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

The youngsters like Kohlis, Rohit Sharmas and the Rainas would have watched the great wall at close quarters. Even if they imbibe 50% of what they have seen in terms of work ethics, temperment and above all a cool head, they will come out as champions in the years to come. When the great Sunny and then the great Kapil moved on to their sunset, 2 different eras had come to an end. Now another era has come to an end. The world probably has seen the back of the last " classical" test batstmen. Thank you Rahul for your yoeman service to Indian cricket. You are too articulate and intelligent a bloke for Indian cricket to leave you. You will now be needed first by the KSCA and then by the BCCI. God Bless you and enjoy your retirement.

Posted by Sandeep.M.J.D on (March 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Ok, all want a seemless transition, it's a down fall of Indian cricket, not a transition. Before some one make a comment on retirement of these gems, think of the replacements.

Now with the current bench strength these are the equations.

Sachin = Virat Sehwag = ?? Dravid = Rohit Laxman = Raina ??? = Jadeja

Hilarious, isn't it?

Posted by diva1234 on (March 9, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

its a sad day for india, at last dhoni is successful in this matter, he was the one who took off dravid from one days. we lost a great fighter for indian team. real indian fans will cry today as if some death happened

Posted by Rohithzhere on (March 9, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Yesterday, I read an article saying..Dravid is likely to retire tomorrow , and the whole night i prayed let that news be a hoax...because he is the role model of more than 10 Million people in the truest sense.He is Mr.Cricket for sure and anyone who doesn't agree has not watched everything that Dravid has offered to the team.No one other than Rahul Dravid can replace Rahul Dravid. Reward this great man with Bharat Ratna. I am not even sure if i will even watch Test Matches after this.Dear Dravid, you have every ounce of a right to feel proud of yourself. Take a bow!!You always deserved a grand exit , but we all know silence was always a part of your style.

I Salute this cricketer whom, both the GODS & DEMONS of cricket will always hold respect for.

Posted by Ubaidaleem on (March 9, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Arguably the best batsman of his generation. An unsung hero of Indian Cricket. I sincerely hope he finds a career in Cricket management in India. They definitely need a sane mind up in the ranks. Great ambassador of the game.

Posted by 62jutley on (March 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Rahul Dravid a true cricketer at heart and gave Indian cricket the very best one could see. He was pillar and strength of Team India and his performances speak for itself. He leaves with head held high and wish him the very best in all his future endeavours.

Posted by mithu_bmb on (March 9, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

good decision dravid. you are a very good player who always thought about the team not for your personal achievement. Best of luck.

Posted by shortofalength on (March 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

We never saw the best of Dravid in Aust. I remember him in 1999 ekeing out an excruciating 30 or so in Adelaide not comfortable with the bounce of the wickets here. But he was a fighter if nothing else. His 233 in melb later in his career was a great innings. Like many sub continent players he struggled in Aust like Aust batsmen struggle in India etc but still a great player. he delivered the Bradman address this year which is considered one of the best speeches ever given in Aust by a visiting player. an intelligent and much admired man and cricketer. Good luck to him in his career after cricket.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

The great wall will always stand strong and proud in the hearts of all cricket lovers around the world.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 9, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

A tremendous loss to Indian cricket. Certainly one of the greatest batsman to ever hold a cricket bat and the best technique one could ever have. A great role model who conducted himself with great dignity and honor both on and off the field. Sad to see a wonderful era come to an end after such a glorious tour to England. Test cricket will not be the same without him.

Posted by Ezhilvanan on (March 9, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

The perfect Indian Cricket WALL, from today it is going to be MONUMENT. Hats off to RAHUL DRAVID, the Gladiator of Indian Cricket, Kohinoor Diamond and Perfect Gentlemen of the Game. I have watched few of his innings in Chennai and once in Toronto. A role model for cricket lovers. He was hidden by the shadow of Sachin, Ganguly, Lakshman but he was a always a star. We will miss the shine of this star.....

Posted by satansrini on (March 9, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

My THE favourite batsman - Rahul Dravid retired today. If you asked anyone - "what is Dravid's contribution in cricket".. they would probably answer in a paragraph after a deep thought. This is very unlike you'd get - when you pose the same question for someone like Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Ganguly or Dhoni. In that light, I'd like to share something someone said about him. It is non other than the great Pakistani batsman and former coach - Javed Miandad. He said -

"Give me Dravid and Il will promise you that Pakistan will never lose another test match - so long as he plays. "

That sums up everything about Mr. Dependable, the Great Wall. Hats off to you sir and thanks for all you have done for the game and Indian cricket. I wish you a great life ahead!

Posted by Cricket_fan85 on (March 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Here goes one of the finest gentleman of Indian cricket.. I am not sure if there will be another Dravid, i haven't seen one all these years .. Somebody who's on field and off field behaviours are one which cannot be matched ..

I dont have to talk about his techique and commitment to deliver his best whenever he played .. I would like him to be a normal father to his kids and a mentor to upcoming crickets in India .. I am happy that he hung up his boots in the midst of off field controversies and I hate to see him getting in all these non-sense.. he is way above the normal cricketers. part of elite circle .. THERE WAS ONE DRAVID AND WE MIGHT HAVE ONE MORE I AFAID.. May god bless you for a long and happy life .. I would be happy to see him taking a role he likes in indian cricket .. IF HE LIKES ..

Thanks for all your contributions sir .. here's wishing you a very happy Ugadi.. a peaceful one after a long time..

Posted by shaalim on (March 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

I LOVE his statement "it was time to move on and let the next generation take over"

IT SEEMS a SLAP on the face of some Existing Players in Indian Team.

Posted by Jalal.uddin on (March 9, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Well my word seems to be like a glass water in front of ocean's like skill of Dravid. He will not only be know as a great batman in history but also a great sport man spirit player. I never saw him in any controversy in my whole life, even more he always showed respect to colleague player and also, for the opponent team. I still remember the match in Mohali where Afridi 2nd fastest ton seal victory against India. Dravid was only player who came forward to applause him. Moreover his Test average in 2007-2008 was touching 60's where he was second batman after Sir Bradman.Dravid was a role model for any youngster as a best solid techniques.. Hats off to Dravid ... I will miss you Dravid, ind eed.

Posted by harikeshan on (March 9, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Sad but Proud sums it all.Silent warrior often the boy who stood on the burining deck. Rahul Dravid, probably the last few gentlemen in this great sport. Will Surely miss you from across the Ocean. The Wall...you have stood the test of time. Go Proudly into the sunset. Wish you the Best. From SL

Posted by knpradeep77 on (March 9, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

you cheated us rahul. You should have and could have played for another 3-4 years more. At least you could have waited for a better opportunity - say after a test win abroad to announce your retirement, This is like you are rubbing salt to the injuries of minds of indian cricket fans caused by test defeats in Enagland and Australia.

Hope sachin will not follow you and will play for a couple of years more - at least

Posted by innovativenachi on (March 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

'People say Sachin is God, Ganguly is God of the off-side But when the doors of the temple close, Even God is behind The Wall' Dravid

Posted by agm_ on (March 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

My abiding memory of RD will be Adelaide 2003. I was sitting on the point boundary as McGill bowled a long-hop... it seemed to take an eternity as Dravid went on to the back foot, raised his bat and cracked a cut shot to the boundary. And as we celebrated he raised his arms triumphant, but also thoroughly fatigued. His batting in that test match was pure Dravid: displaying ultimate patience and a contribution that was crucial to team success.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (March 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Can't believe this is happening. Going to miss the a true cricketer..an embodiment of Spirit of the sport...a true gentleman. Cricket has become poorer today...the last of the old world cricket where the Spirit, Technique, Classism is held in high regards. Truly, this is the end of an era. World Cricket will never be the same.

Posted by cricketlover_crazy on (March 9, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

He is a phenomenal player and his contributions to the team are immense. We surely would miss him. Indian team will never be the same without Rahul Dravid. He is a perfect team man, remembers the instances when he was asked to keep the wickets for the team balance and on occasions was asked to open the innings. I do not think anybody in the new generation of cricketers i feel they have the quality and mental toughness as RD. I salute to the great cricketer and wonderful human being. I still remember his speech during Bradman oration, he is true ambassador.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (March 9, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Can't believe this is happening. Going to miss the a true cricketer..an embodiment of Spirit of the sport...a true gentleman. Cricket has become poorer today...the last of the old world cricket where the Spirit, Technique, Classism is held in high regards. Truly, this is the end of an era. World Cricket will never be the same.

Posted by Krismohan on (March 9, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

We will miss " The Great Wall of India" and its really very sad news for indian cricket . Have a wonderful life for you Mr. Technic. Thank you for all the Memories.Salute you from my bottom of Heart.Enjoy with your family.

Posted by manu211 on (March 9, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

RAHUL DRAVID...,A TRUE LEGEND...A MASTER CLASS BATSMAN...A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF PATIENCE...A CRICKET BOOK HOW TO PLAY CRICKET......A MAN DOWN TO EARTH...MOREOVER A MAN WHO SERVED INDIA FOR 16 YRS,FIGHTED AS A WARRIOR,UNSUNG HERO.......TRUE ROLE MODEL......TRUE COMMITTED PLAYER TO TEAM INDIA....TRUE LEADER...NEVER THINKED ABOUT THE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS.....MY HERO....I MISS U...I LOVE U...

.WITH TEARS IN MY EYES ...I AM SALUTING DRAVID FOR HIS GREAT CRICKETING CAREER....I MISS U...HW CAN I WATCH CRICKET WITHOUT U..?

I

Posted by StarsnStumps on (March 9, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

I would like to congratulate Dravid on behalf of all his Pakistani fans. He was an iconic player, a purist in an era when technique seems to count for less and less. One of the all time greats, a bankable player any time anywhere against any opposition. Thanks for the memories and all the best!!

Posted by chinnu_rocking231 on (March 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Dear Wall!!! Hats of for timely decision .As there is now away series for 20 months and nothing is there for you to prove in Subcontinent batting tracks .....good time for youngsters to come and establish them self along side GOD and LAX.... Your retirement actually reduced the pressure of remaining seniors as they can take their time and mentor juniors....but as hardcore fans of u we miss u just using this cricinfo media am wishing u very all d best in ur remining life...

Posted by Andy_Cricket on (March 9, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

I can not believe this... first media is taking shots at Dravid for being old, unfit, slow, etc etc. and now they are running the tribute shows for him on thr chnls for hours at length. He shud never have been treated the way we all have done in recent past. He is a legend and should have given the appropriate respect and fair well. I hope that, for media its not like one down-two to go. these players have given more thn half of thr age to the cricket (not only Indian cricket), we all have at some stage wished to be like them. Give them proper respect. It is an honor to be able to grow watching cricket in the era when players like Dravid, SRT, VVS, dada, Jumbo, Punter, Lara, Warne, adorn the cricket world with their brilliance. Salute to "The Wall". God Bless

Posted by fun4raju on (March 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

I probably stop watching Indian Tests.

Can anybody tell me one instance where Dravid being selfish in his career???????

Miss you great.. The Dravid

Posted by sunnysaeed on (March 9, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

No doubt one of the classic and Stylish Test Player India Ever Produced ,

wish u good luck and hope u have a great life after cricket.

Posted by IuR. on (March 9, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

in my opnion Rahul Dravid possess the BEST battign technique. WALL is perfect name for him. he iis above then any player in the world. i am a Pakistani but i love you and want to say Thanks for all the great Innings, no one can fill the space that has been created by your exit, we will surely miss you and why not because.

"you are once in a life time player"

Posted by santhosh.vblr on (March 9, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Mera Bharath Mahaan... Solute to Dravid. The person to whom no one can take his place or match his caliber. ONE & ONLY RAHUL. Miss you for ever... i'm too much emotional now that whole world will miss a Legend of Legend who represented the Cricket religion country INDIA...Please come back Rahul Dravid.. True hard dying Fan of you..

Posted by datewithdestiny on (March 9, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

@Haleos: Its mentality like yours thats killing Indian cricket.. Just because you think someone is approaching 40 does not automatically mean younger players are better until proven they cannot consistently perform. A persons place in the team in always on merit... And none of your youngsters have done enough on the domestic or the limited internationals they have played for you to accuse the trio of holding onto someone's place. Virat has just played well in 2 tests. But he is our best bet. But beyond that there's noone's place Dravid is blocking. By pure stats, performace, and pure common sense, he has been India's best test batsmen over the last year.

Posted by razakbhai123 on (March 9, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Dravid a real wall !a sophisticated player ! strong technique ! he can not be replace by any one ! he will be remembered as a Indian cricket legend!

Posted by shooting on (March 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Thank you Dravid for all the great innings you had bat for us to watch. Youve done your country very proud and as one of my favourite players of all time, you will be missed. You'll be remembered as one of the masters of defense.

From New Zealand.

Posted by Haleos on (March 9, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

@sureshshankar - whats idiotic in wanting the seniors to go? For too long they have occupied places which should have been taken by younsters. Its mentality like yours thats killing Indian cricket. No one is bigger than the game.

Posted by anand32026 on (March 9, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Firstlly I sallute Dravid......U R very good batsman with good human being....Test cricket without u I can't imagin....U r place in Team India never been filled by any body...plz sir u join indian coach instead of D.Fletcher...Under ur guidence India achive again No.1 spot in test cricket.......U go from team India i feel like test cricket gone from India...........my wishesh to u sir for u r remening life.......lu......jammy.......

Posted by Nashty on (March 9, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Thank U Dravid... For all the Happiness u hav given to Us.I Miss u a Lot,I hav Enjoyed my Life all this 16 years..I forgot all my Sarrows,pain,Failures all thease 16 years by watching u bat..So thank u again for Making my Life a happy life.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Farewell Rahul.. it's been a pleasure and a privilege to have witnessed many of your innings.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Not just one of my favourite Indians but one of my favourite cricketers of all time. I will always remember Dravid very fondly, one of the true greats.

Posted by kashif.rehan on (March 9, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Rahul Dravid classy, elegant, compose, .... words are not enough to tribute this Legend of all time. he is one of my favorite and will remain.

Posted by chandan704 on (March 9, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

we will miss u dravid u r the best team man ever

Posted by bolerocf on (March 9, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Still remember his innings on a bouncy, seamy track in Durban in 96 / 97. India got bowled out by the fearsome SA attack led by Donald but Dravid stood like a wall, not out when all the other wickets fell like nine pins.

Posted by atulcricket on (March 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Could somebody please change Modi's picture to Dravid's on India home page or on cricinfo main page??

Posted by waza1234 on (March 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

As a young boy i used to check the Indian cricket scores and would think to myself "Who is this Dravid? He always has 50 or 60 runs next to his name, must be a good player". Then i saw him live on tv and sure enough he was world class.

Posted by DilipKante on (March 9, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

The Gentleman............I don't agree........Please Dravid don't retire......I can't imagine test cricket without you.......... " I hope this s not true….. u need a fitting farewell Mr.Cricket…. Pls stay for one last series and do retire n ur home ground Banglore with a stylish n flawless century under ur belt…. Want 2 c ur innings LIVE for one last time atleast.. This s a humble request frm one among the millions of ur ardent fan…"

" ...... RAHUL DRAVID.. we miss u.. as sachin said there cant be another Rahul Dravid anymore... "

" Ur always a Legend… All de best for ur future endeavors "

Posted by AvidFanDownUnder on (March 9, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Can't say I'm in the least bit surprised at this but definitely a sad day for not just Indian cricket but world cricket. Dravid was an absolute warrior on the field but a true gentleman off it. It is a shame to see such a great man leave the field of cricket but it is truly exciting to see what he will do next because if he truly believes in it he will do very well. I hope Indian cricket make use of him with coaching and the likes because he would be wonderful in that role. Good luck.

Posted by AvidFanDownUnder on (March 9, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Can't say I'm in the least bit surprised at this but definitely a sad day for not just Indian cricket but world cricket. Dravid was an absolute warrior on the field but a true gentleman off it. It is a shame to see such a great man leave the field of cricket but it is truly exciting to see what he will do next because if he truly believes in it he will do very well. I hope Indian cricket make use of him with coaching and the likes because he would be wonderful in that role. Good luck.

Posted by anukrtiti on (March 9, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

end of a gud innings............

Posted by fullgood on (March 9, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Generations to come,it may well be,will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon to the cricket field

Posted by fullgood on (March 9, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon to the cricket field

Posted by Harishnv on (March 9, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

I hope this s not true….. u need a fitting farewell Mr.Cricket…. Pls stay for one last series and do retire n ur home ground Banglore with a stylish n flawless century under ur belt…. Want 2 c ur innings LIVE for one last time atleast.. This s a humble request frm one among the millions of ur ardent fan… Anyways it ur call 2day… Hopin for the best…. Ur always a Legend… All de best for ur future endeavors

Posted by sureshshankar on (March 9, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Strike one for the idiots who wanted some heads to roll....

Posted by Renil4Ever on (March 9, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

A selfless, team man who has done absolutely everything for team India.

Strong No.3 batsman

opened batting in the most seaming and difficult conditions

kept wickets when india werent able to find a proper wk who could bat

Captained india, led india to most famous overseas test series wins

Stood in the slips took some wonderfull catches

Saved n number of mathches for india

Won sevral matches one at adelaide and kolkata against the ausies comes to my mind immediately

What had this man not done for india????

Youngsters who are coming up should learn what cricket is from this man..

RAHUL DRAVID.. we miss u.. as sachin said there cant be another Rahul Dravid anymore...

Posted by deepak6353 on (March 9, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

This Rahul for Prime Minister not the other one !!

Posted by Renil4Ever on (March 9, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

A team man who has done absolutely everything for team India.

Strong No.3 batsman

opened batting in the most seaming and difficult conditions

kept wickets when India weren't able to find a proper wk who could bat

Captained India, led India to most famous overseas test series wins

Stood in the slips took some wonderful catches

Saved n number of matches for India

Won several matches one at Adelaide and Kolkata against the Aussies comes to my mind immediately

What had this man not done for india????

Youngsters who are coming up should learn what cricket is from this man..

RAHUL DRAVID.. we miss u.. as sachin said there cant be another Rahul Dravid anymore...

Posted by starofcricinfo on (March 9, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

The Gentleman........................................................................................

Posted by starofcricinfo on (March 9, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I don't agree........Please Dravid don't retire......I can't imagine test cricket without you..........Krishna Chaitanya(Ekalavya Sishya of you and Master from University of Hyderabad)

Posted by karthik2203 on (March 9, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

The Gentleman in the game. One among the last gentlemen on the field. I don't want Dravid, the Inoocent, the Brave and the True, in today's cricket that's mixed with #$%^& politics and filth from the film industry. But it trembles to think I won't watch him in Whites again though :) :'(

Posted by Hussain59133 on (March 9, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

i am totally agree with evoryder21 because he is still the only legend at this time who can fought hard, can come back strong for oppositions, he still is having atleast 1 year to play international cricket. it will take a long time from here for indian cricket team to get the nearest replacement of such a great legend of all time like dravid. no body can even touch his feets also nobody can compare with him.i think jaffer is most deserving player for indian test cricket after dravid.

Posted by annys on (March 9, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

COMMITMENT,CONSISTENCY,CLASS. India will miss the wall,all the best for life out of playing cricket:)

Posted by Tester on (March 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Testing Kindly ignore ~ A great player, a true gentleman, a team man and a legend of Indian cricket. India would certainly not have got to the top without him. He is the anchor of the batting line up and an outstanding fielder. The tougher the situation, the more he comes in to his own. He is the main reason that India have done well abroad as well as at home, and he still plays well even just before his retirement. He never got as much credit as Tendulkar, Ganguly or Dhoni but he never complained and all the decisions he made were for the team.

Posted by vbkrish on (March 9, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

G.R.Vishwanath was dropped only once after 91 tests and he was out of the team for ever. Dravid, after excellent period in 2011, he failed only in 4 tests against Aussies and he is retiring. Most of the other lesser players had 'come backs'.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (March 9, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Can't imagine Cricket in Whites without RSD. He symbolised the purity of Test Cricket, and defined the way an entire generation appreciates the art of Test Cricket. Irreplaceable Gem.

Posted by vbkrish on (March 9, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

SAD DAY for Indian cricket

Posted by rajeshpysaka on (March 9, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

One of the best batsman of all time .. Sad to see you go Mr.Wall

Posted by Bruisers on (March 9, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

I'm quite surprised to see the people, who begged to see Dravid retire during the Australian tour, are making sad comments now..

Posted by George13 on (March 9, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Definitely one ofthe greatest batsman ever. We will always remember "The wall" as the most calm and techinically pleasing to watch. Really cannot imagine an Indian Team without Dravid. One of my friends was mentioning today that he will not watch cricket anymore, that's the extent to which his fans would miss him. A TRUE GENTLEMEN and a GREAT LEGEND.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

Without Dravid..India Tests will not be interesting...So now i don't want to see the test's or ODI's anymore..becoz ultimately we lost a legend in Test Cricket...I am one of those who don't want to miss any of the matches played by India will now don't even want watch India playing Test's...Mr. Cool by taking this decision you stopped the world thinking for 2 days.. i.e sterday and today

Posted by InnocentGuy on (March 9, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

I feel like crying :'( Dravid, you are, and will always be, the best of the best!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

KUDOS to Dravid, The Great Wall of Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Sir Dravid, you deserve a better sendoff. 1 more Test Series plzzzzzz. Well, the day you retire I will stop watching test matches. There is no use of watching classic format of the game if class is not there.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Kudos to Dravid, The Great Wall of India!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

One player on which the whole country relies is Sachin Tendulkar. But, one player who has always stood almost every time whenever India needed a Super-hero to lead the team is RAHUL DRAVID we badly miss you rahul. There is no Technically Sound Player Like you in current Indian team to Play Long innings. PLEASE COME BACK IN INDIAN CRICKET AS NCA CHAIRMAN

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Sad day for Indian Cricket....Wonderful cricketer , great ambassador of Indian cricket. He will be heavily missed at No. 3. Thanks Rahul for your wonderful contribution to Indian cricket. Good luck...!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

we miss u.......... u r the everything for indian cricket team....no one can ever fill dis gap ....i think it affect d tendulkar cricket...bcoz u can handle d pressure easily so tha t sachin make some good knocks....we see the consequence there in odi's where sachin is consecutively failed...we will never forget ur contribution what u made for our indian cricket team...i hope there will be no other wall in the history of cricket...we love u and cheers ur brightest career.... good luck for ur career next inning...we love u...DRAVID D WALL'.....:-(

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

It is really hard to think Indian test team without him and i hardly remember he has missed a test match..What a man he has been for team india.

My sincere wishes to him for all his future assignments.

Posted by BlackArcher on (March 9, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

Dearest Dravid..my eyes are moist as I write this..a part of my childhood seems to have gone now that you've decided to retire. From as long back as I remember, I've loved watching you bat. Your perfect technique, your wonderful team spirit, your unblemished record of gentlemanly behaviour on and off the field make you the perfect cricketer. A man whose integrity was never challenged, a man whose determination, will power and concentration was and will forever be legendary. Those that haven't seen you bat will scarcely believe that such a nice guy played for India. You make me proud to be Indian. You made all of India proud. I will never forget seeing you as a young boy when you came and played in my hometown. Please don't brea all your association with cricket..a commentator's role or a coach's role perhaps? India would be lucky if you could keep your association with its cricket on-going. Thank you for all the sweet memories and all the joyous moments you've given every Indian!Luv U!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

‎|||DRAVID||| The Wall finally hangs up his boots!!! Been a privilege watching him over the years.. Now its all going to be in History! You Rock Dravid!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

INDIA will neve ever produce another R.DRAVID......... he always stood tall when the CHPS were down...... he should have played probely 2-3 years.......BUT HATS OFF TO THIS WALL.......BST OF LUCK for the future sir

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Best indian test batsmen, lol when they said tendulkar, ganguly and laxman played the most atacking role. why did they include laxman???

Posted by SnowSnake on (March 9, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Dravid:

You are timing this perfectly. Excellent career and thanks for memories. Looking forward to seeing you in IPL.

Posted by Vedahametham on (March 9, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

We will not see the wall in test cricket now. I don't know who will take his position. I rank Dravid in the class of Vishwanath, Mohinder and Vengsarkar who always played for the team and for winning cause. Best of Luck to you as always.

Posted by AJ_Sparklers on (March 9, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

Words fail when I have to express my gratitude for being my Role Model for the most important years of my life and giving my nation so much success (selflessly, modestly & unglamorized) like NOBODY ever could . Words fail when I have to express my disappointment, depression and exasperation to believe it is an end to an Era. And that it would cease my interest in the only best format of cricket as well. Today is a sad day for entire "Cricket". Having said that, even though we may not see him play international cricket anymore, we still have God of Cricket with us. Yes ! The God of Cricket - SIR RAHUL DRAVID can never retire from our hearts. Salute !

Posted by Vivek1356 on (March 9, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Rahul is yet another Gentleman cricketer in the true footsteps of his illustrious Countrymen & State-mates like GR Vishy, SMH Kiri, BS Chandra, EAS Pras & Roger Binny. He has set a standard of "HOW TO" achieve Greatness without compromising on Personal Integrity & Respecting the Spirit of the Game ! Along with Sachin he will be remembered as India's all time Greats whose personal Values & Character shaped the Destiny & Future of Indian Cricket & the Game at Large. Beyond doubt his future plans will be equally Modest & Monumental as the person he is !

Posted by Abam on (March 9, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Indeed its end of an era in Indian cricket. Such a selfless man, who always put team above him, despite being in shadow of legend he was able to create niche of his own in the heart of millions of cricket lovers across the globe. Many times blamed by the people for the failures(WC 2007,IPL-1) of the others, but came back strongly to become an inspiration for millions. A LEGEND, GREAT PLAYER, IDOL AND TRUE GENTLEMAN RAHUL we really miss you!!!!!!!!

Posted by bala2686 on (March 9, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

No dravid plz don't take any hard decision.i'm ur big fan of u & your a role model and inspiration for me.whenever you are batting on crease i never niss ur innings i love ur footwork..sachin,poniting,laxmaan,kallis,chandrapual & b.lee most of them senior player in the list but they r still playing ur in good form in last year. so plz think more and chance retirement decision..I LOVE U RSD

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Kudos to Dravid... Stop when the time is right.. Unlike some..... Classy... Elegant... Stylish... Calm.. Composed... cant find words to describe the wall...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

I can pay you no greater compliment, Rahul, than by saying that I sincerely hope that you return to the game ASAP as a commentator for Sky Sports or Test Match Special in England. Thank you for the memories: you were magnificent.

Posted by fibonacci_72 on (March 9, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Absolutely fabulous player and person! Rahul Dravid - the cricket world will miss you! Kolkata 2001, Adelaide 2003 - epic knocks of character.

Posted by JBIndia on (March 9, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Finally! Something good happened to Indian Cricket. I wish Sachin & Laxman also get some inspiration from Dravid and follow the right path. I know you BIG THREE are the greatest players India has ever produced and we all will be indebted for that. But it's time for youngsters to come in, at least let them enter.

Posted by Nasir55 on (March 9, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Dravid is undoubtedly one of the best players of modern day. I being a Pakistani wish him a very blessed life ahead. We definitely miss this elegant and legendary technician. I did not see any batsman with better technique from Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar's words about him are absolutely correct.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

What a great test player!! hats off for the great test cricketer. we will miss you!!

Posted by desiboy454 on (March 9, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

I BOW DOWN TO YOU MASTER!! Hats off SIR!! You are one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game. Your technique was unbelieavle, I wish younger players look up to you more than Virender Sewagh. I am disappointed though that he is the first of the 3 to retire. I expected VVS to be the first, because Dravid was needed to mentor the younger players. He was a GENTLEMAN to the game! no doubt one of the greatest. He deserves to receive a KNIGHTHOOD! SIR RAHUL DRAVID!!! Thank you for all the great memories and keeping a solid middle order together in the toughest of times! Wish you all the best in the coming years.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

pls keep there and wait until other senior's retire.he is better than tendulkar as a team man and most importantly the team needs Dravid than tendulkar or Laxman.

Posted by Noboundary on (March 9, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

Hopefully SRT takes the hint and announces his retirement from cricket. He should stop inflicting more damage to Indian cricket by snuffing budding talents and erasing the memory of his undoubted greatness in the past.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

Love you Dravid!! Never watched any ODI's seriously after you stopped playing it!! And its time for me too to retire from watching cricket!! Goodbye Cricket!!have a tear or two in my eyes

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (March 9, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

Being the most selfless player in the Indian team, I expected Dravid to announce his retirement soon. But now that he has announced his retirement, I feel sad. He is my favourite player in the current Indian team. It's tough to digest that we will never see Dravid playing in a Test match. One of the greatest sights in cricket was Dravid batting against the new ball in swinging and seaming conditions. His technique and especially his tremendous patience was simply unmatched. Wishing Dravid all the best in his future endeavors and life after retirement.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

Hats off for the great cricketer Cricket will miss you the wall.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

wall is broken finally after australia tour

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

What a legend! With Gavaskar and Tendulkar, they are among the Indian Heavy Weights. It is the right time for Dravid to retire, being 39 and no longer performing. He still has an average of 52.31, which is above 50. The new batsman to take his place will most likely be Virat Kohli. So India are haven't lost anything but this gives the youngster plenty of opportunity to capitalise and establish his test position. Dravid is the first in changing of the guard.

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 9, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Another great player bites the dust. This guy was another who is not considered one of the elites of his generation because he supposedly did not "dominate" bowling attacks. He is up there with Tendulkar, Lara, and Ponting in my mind. Unfortunately, he hung on too long. Even though I am an Aussie, I didn't like seeing his stumps get knocked over time and again.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

a wonderful cricketer, a gentleman and a class act all the way.

Posted by EvoRyder21 on (March 9, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Sad to see him go. I do feel that he still has another year or more of test cricket left in him. He is the most technically sound batsman in the indian test line up. If anyone had to go, it has to be VVS followed by shewag quitting test cricket and concentrating on his ODI/T20, so that Rahul could have stayed and helped groom some youngsters in the middle order.

Posted by CaptainKool on (March 8, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

Oh Rahul, We will all miss you. Hope I could see more of your batting. I know it's the pressure that have made you take this decision. Salute to one of the most humble and jolly persons of Cricket. Love you the WALL !

Posted by Roshan_P on (March 8, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

A great player, a true gentleman, a team man and a legend of Indian cricket. India would certainly not have got to the top without him. He is the anchor of the batting line up and an outstanding fielder. The tougher the situation, the more he comes in to his own. He is the main reason that India have done well abroad as well as at home, and he still plays well even just before his retirement. He never got as much credit as Tendulkar, Ganguly or Dhoni but he never complained and all the decisions he made were for the team. India will never be the same without him in the team.

Here's to a great man and the GREATEST INDIAN PLAYER OF RECENT TIMES, RAHUL DRAVID. And here's also to the future Rahul Dravid, may India one day produce a player as flawless and gracious as him.

P.S. Still time to change your mind! Please don't retire, take Tendulkar instead!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

the great man of the history of india cricket is going to take rest. the team india will miss more than audience in the ground of test pitch.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Good Luck Dravid to shine in IPL's. You're the real WALL for Indian Cricket.

Posted by djblack on (March 8, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

As clear as water he never strayed.....blessed his coach be. We will miss the initials he carved. Long live Dr Dravid.......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

He had enough and now the wall was gonna collapse sooner rather than later.

Posted by baddie1 on (March 8, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

regardless of which team you support, you can't help but respect Dravid as a player and a person for his integrity and tenacity. huge respect from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

One of the greatest player to grace the game! hats off and well played :)

Posted by wake_up_india on (March 8, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

Farewell to a true matchwinner. I had the priviledge of watching him make his last century at the Oval.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

India is gonna miss its best cricketer it produced..will miss u Rahul bhai..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

Good luck and thanks for all the fish.

Posted by Robster1 on (March 8, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Superb player with just the right attitude - respect. Some other elderly batsman could learn from Dravid's last selfless decision...Thanks for the memories Rahul.

Posted by howzzattt on (March 8, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Well, it'll be a sad day in the history of the sport if he does call it quits. One of the greatest batman of all time saying goodbye to the game but having said that there will be one more vacant spot in the India's test side up for grabs but the larger question that looms over the heads of the BCCI bosses is that where is the next generation Rahul Dravid coming from? Well I don't see anyone even close to Dravid's class and aura. It's a fair decision from him if he does retire but honestly we don't have any other batsman to fill his boots right now, so this would mean "difficult times ahead for Dhoni and company……."

Posted by PratapP on (March 8, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

One of the greatest players in the world of Cricket, Dravid we will miss you in the upcoming cricket matches. Hatsoff to your determination, patience.

Posted by mandhan_11 on (March 8, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

truest of test cricketers. A great credit to the game. no 3 wont be same again, ever..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Hats off to THE WALL of cricket

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

every goog things has to end

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

I grew up watching you and never forget those cherish able moments we had watching you right from Ranaji till the end of England tour. What ever the reason might be, you have done always good to those around, never go far away from the sport, as fan give u a bow !!! Dravid 270 have a nice time ahead.

Posted by espnsatish on (March 8, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Tendulkar, Are you next?

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (March 8, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

Retiring is never easy and I am glad that Rahul has made his choice on his own terms. I understand what people commenting here mean about why he should retire after 1 bad series. I think its more of a question of what is left to do. Playing against Australia in Australia is a challenge that can motivate the best of batsmen but now that the tour has ended, what's left to prove? Sure, he could make a few more hundreds on home soil against weaker opposition (maybe exit on a high note) but I doubt that he will be available to tour SA in Dec 2013 for the next overseas tour, this is as good a time to leave as any. The respect for him is still very high.

Ideally, I would have liked him to be around for 1-2 more home series so that he can impart his knowledge/wisdom to the next generation of players but the likely players: Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane have already been on tour with him in the past and Laxman and Tendulkar are still around.

Hats off to you Rahul! Thanks for everything!

Posted by NikhilNair on (March 8, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

I try to not think about this... but as I try to move on with life... I still come back to this article... and read through these comments. I hope he reads some of these comments... just want to say... I love Sachin, Lara, Ponting and many others... but I have the greatest respect for only Dravid. 50 years later, young kids will say... Sachin has a better average and more runs.. so he's a better player... but I hope there will be people who will still can tell them... Rahul Dravid was more than a cricketer... he was a class apart as an intellect... MAY YOUR LEGEND LIVE FOREVER! Thank you for all the GR8 memories [Will never forget Eden Gardens as long as I live!]

Posted by chickentikka on (March 8, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

He is one of the best cricketers of the History. His commitment, dedication, discipline, passion towards cricket, humbleness, calmness, technique, patience etc are awesome and any new cricketer should learn these qualities from him. A true legend of cricket. It is very unfortunate that Dravid played in the generation of Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman and Sehwag that he is always underestimated and got less recognition that he truly deserved. May be anyone can break any records, but no one can break his records for most number of balls faced and more time spent in the middle in test cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

No one can replace Sir.Rahul Dravid....Indian cricket would miss him for sure in the future....:(

Posted by virology on (March 8, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Our sincere thanks for serving India. You are a true gentleman of cricket. You are epitome of hard work, team man and true fighter. From you I learned the importance of fighting hard in my life to achieve my goal. The entire cricket fraternity will miss you. It would have been great if you had a fare well game. All the best in your future endeavours. Rahul Dravid a gentleman, and an example for all youngster, how to lead a life.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Hats off to you sir. You were truly the greatest test player that the world has ever seen. I still rememember your 27 no (120 73 5 0 36.98) against SA in 1996/97 Kingsmead Durban.

CricInfo - Inspired bowling by Donald on a pitch the like of which most of the Indians had never seen before created a three-day finish. India's two innings required a mere 73.2 overs, with Donald claiming nine for 54.The pitch provided excessive bounce as well as movement off the seam. South Africa's own batsmen were discomfited and the match would have been shorter still....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

now sachin should also get retired,but sadly such a great player is tempted to achieve a mile stone and that is the 100th centuery,i think the ideal time for tendulker,s retirement was the end of world cup,now he is running behind the 100th century and diminishing hig greatness quite considerably

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Why are you guys talking down on VVS. He is Dravids best friend. All you need to do is read Dravids book to know how much respect they have had for each other since they were playing 15's cricket. VVS will also retire soon.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Hats off for the gr8 indian, A fantastic gentleman...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Certainly of the greats of Test Cricket. The man who always stood up for his team whenever it was required. Playing the role of a pseudo-opener in Tests at no. 3. The match-winner for India in the 00's.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

We raise the toast in honour of a classical gentleman of cricket, perhaps one of the few left, if at all. All those loss of sleep on early mornings while you took on the Aussies on their own turf, the late nights to wtch you take on the Carribeans and the Pommies and the nuoemrous occasions of lonely fight that you put up are unerasable from our hearts...!!! You have given the millions joy and pride, something for which God Almighty will hold you in special affection...!!! In all the achievement, adoration, affluence and the hype, How you have managed to remain so humble, that's what makes you giant in our eyes...!! You are not just a wall, the huge edifice on which the futue of Indian cricket will lean for support...Please for heaven's sake nay our sake, DO NOT leave the game...your vision for the game and the exopression were more than adequately evident in your Bradman Speech...!!! Come back as commentattor, administrator ...!!, whatever, but COME BACK SURLEY...!!!

Posted by Rahulbose on (March 8, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Sad that this will be the last of Dravid, but glad that he made the decision now.

Posted by srikrishsri on (March 8, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Hats off to you SIR... You have been a great servant to the Indian cricket team for the past decade or so... But it will be a shock for all of us who have admired your attitude towards the game. You have set an example for the others to follow... A dignified act for sure... One word which reflects your outstanding career - GENTLEMAN.... Played for cause of the team.. not rewarded much but will be remembered forever sir... Truly a team player, not worried about individual record like others who is just waiting for their personal milestone no matter what their value for the team but just want to break each and every personal record... Let them think about it again... Well done sir... Wish you very best for your future endeavors... see you soon in commentary box... Good luck.. god bless you......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

It's VVS Laxman's fault, had he retired (which he should have), we would probably have seen Dravid play for a bit longer. Will Miss you Dravid, you are one of the greatest ever, I grew up watching you and I will never forget you as a cricketer. All the best for your future.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

I feel sad about "THE WALL's" retirement , strongly feel that there is still a lot of TEST CRICKET left in him, one bad series cannot decide his future and we all know what he has done in the whitewash series in ENGLAND last year still he will be remembered as the best technically correct batsman of his era ,,and also amongst the best of all times great when it comes to technique , may be he is the last such batsman we have encountered, as now a days thers is more of a power hitting courtesy of T20 Miss U WALL ,, still belive should continue with TEST CRICKET.

Posted by Technical-1 on (March 8, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

How you going to force a great batsman into retirement when it was just a year ago he was the leading run scorer for the Team.. Please Foolishness.

Dravid still got it in him to beat the odds! He should not retire because of one Team Failure!

TheTechnical-1

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

india is sure to miss to miss a true team man

Posted by AKS286 on (March 8, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

retires like a true man true player. great wall dravid. instead of dravid tendulkar will have to retire. better than tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Test cricket will slowly die :(

Posted by vj3478 on (March 8, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Dman man.. I did not see Ind VS OZ 4th test.. means I didnt and will not be able to see Dravid bat for the last time in tests? Not sure how Sachin feels with out Dravid in dressing room but its tough to imagine indian battling line in tests.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 8, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

A move that shows his class to all,a legendary batsman who is often ignored in talks of the greatest batsmen of this era though performances & statistics place him second to the unbelievable quality of Sachin Tendulkar.Dravid was the perfect test #3,elegant,sturdy & wherever there was a will he found a way.His performances in England were beautiful to watch as well as technically perfect.The perfect model for test batsmen.

Posted by FourSomeFearSome on (March 8, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Dravid, Please do not retire. One bad series (australia) is not enough to justify your decision. You might think you are done with international cricket, but I am not done with you. I can not stand circus cricket that we see in IPL and 20-20s or even odi which still interests me every now and then, but you are one of the reason I have not stopped watching or following test cricket. You can not retire before giving us another dravid, well we can not have another dravid (grooming new players) but atleast give us half of what you offered. This is a very sad day for me I know it is going to come but I think this is not time yet. :'(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

GREAT PLAYER , DESERVED TO GO OUT ON A BETTER NOTE AS HE IS ALL CLASS BOTH ON AND OFF FIELD . ALTHOUGH HE STRUGGLED RECENTLY HE ACTUALLY SEEMED TO WANT TO PLAY TEST CRICKET , ( UNLIKE OTHER SO CALLED LEGENDS ) ON THE RECENT TOUR . DRAVID WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL CRICKET SUPPORTERS .

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

hats off to Dravid, what a batsman for India to have for years.... simply great!

Posted by rafiq_qc on (March 8, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Saddest news of cricket is coming up… but salutes real cricket grammar.but why not sachin before him. real hero going but could continue than sachin.

Posted by Flash007 on (March 8, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Words aren't apt to describe the emotions being undergone after hearing Dravid might take the plunge. How can there no longer be a Wall for India's batting, one which has stood resolute for nearly 15 years? Maybe we've always taken Dravid for granted, maybe we've missed his brilliance under the dazzle of flair of his peers. But now that the inevitable is happening, the fact remains indigestible and realization dawns on that this guy was perhaps the best batsman we've ever had, esp. in Tests. how I wish he plays one last series to enjoy his mastery while it lasts. To say that we'd miss you would be a gross understatement. Words aren't enough. Thank you for the memories Mr. Dravid! We love u man!

Posted by Soji_George on (March 8, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

My salute to one of the best cricketer and a great human being. It's been pleasure to watch you and follow from 1996. Have a great time in life ahead. All the best :) I will watch less cricket now. My wife should be happy :)

Posted by india79 on (March 8, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Really hard to digest this and cant see Indian test team without WALL... Best of luck for your future Mr. Dravid

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

if even god words cannot pay tribute wall how can we think of doin so...you are 1 of the greatest batsman of all time...cricket will thankful to you ..the way you played the game.. will miss the most technicall sound batsman of modern era

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

The best middle order batsmen india has produced and a true gentleman. We will miss him but it is an opportunity for the young ones to emulate him and fill the void

Posted by thiagaraj005 on (March 8, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

He will be always remember as a team player. Very hard to see a test cricket team without Dravid. But a very good decision at a right time. Wish you great success in the future. Happy to say I am a Dravid fan from childhood. Will miss you Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

DRAVID.....THE ONE AND ONLY WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET... will be retiring tomorrow..

Posted by xylo on (March 8, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Congratulations Dravid on a magnificent career, and going out with respect. The fact that you are setting an example to so-called legends even when retiring speaks volumes about your commitment. And then there is someone who says he will miss you in the middle, rather than not taking the writing on the wall, and staying out of the middle. I wish you would take up commentary - Shaz, Waz and their Gaz is simply getting unbearable. Your perspective would be very insightful.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

this is the biggest loss to the cricket world.

Posted by sparth on (March 8, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

he's not retiring, he's just making a new academy or something else that needs the press... please

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 8, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

A very wise decision indeed sir. You have been a great servant of Indian cricket and the game in general. I will miss your marathon efforts here on. I grew up on your achievements on the field for over 16 overs. You never let the country or your team down without a fight. You are a model example for what a cricketer should be. You are a SYMBOL of integrity, determination and perseverance. My salute to you 'The Wall'.

Posted by NikhilNair on (March 8, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

I hope he we haven't seen his last match yet... please play ONE last match on the home turf before quitting! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

The last of his kind, courteous, yet devastating. The Wall was a consumate cricketer. He did not shout and rag other players. He played his game, deliberate yet thrilling; entertaining and he was cool under fire. He will be missed. Those who have been hounding him will rue this day and will be shouting for him when India has its back against the wall. Goodbye and good luck. I hope that you will be called upon to serve in another capacity, maybe one in which integrity is needed

Posted by vishal53 on (March 8, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

In 2007, Dravid lead the side. He wasn't very good but he wasn't bad. Dravid retired as captain and took on a new role as 'The Wall'. In 2011, he made sure that the team wouldn't fall. Battled through England. Struggled through Australia. Scoring many centuries along the way. He sure did earn his pay. Dravid, Oh Dravid. I think everyday. Where would Indian Cricket be, without a player, a star, an amazement... like you. Dear Mr. Rahul Dravid, I will miss waking up to watch you bat on the morning of every match. I just want to thank you for giving me so many years of fun watching you and for bringing the country so much success. THANK YOU DRAVID WE WILL MISS YOU.

Posted by vishal53 on (March 8, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

All of this is due to Laxman's foolishness. What a third grade player. HOw selfish can he be? Ending the greatest cricketer of Indian Cricket's career. Just think where we'd be without Dravid. We'd be rotting.

Posted by vishal53 on (March 8, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Not only is he a great cricketer, but he is a wise and great human being. He's taking the responsible to retire because Laxman and Tendulkar are under pressure. He was nicknamed 'THE WALL' and still will always be 'THE WALL' for Indian Cricket. Laxman, just realize what a third grade player you are and then think about coming for the next match. Sachin, there's no need for you to retire but just please make sure Dravid doesn't. If it's your fault Sachin, why should Dravid be paying for it? The Test Team will look like this: 1 Gambhir, 2 Sehwag, 3 Kohli, 4 Tendulkar, 5 Laxman (3rd Grade Player), 6 Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Yuvraj Singh, 8 Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Khan, 11 Yadav

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

GREAT WALL OF INDIA. we miss you rahul.we can't imagine cricket without you.my son is crying,when i told him u r retiring.GENTLEMAN of INDIAN CRICKET.Every parent wants his son a DRAVID,if not in cricket,in every part of life.Anyways,GENTLEMAN,we love you.we luv u.luv u.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Really we miss the wall at No.3. Great player and a complete team man. Always ready to do anything for team. Hard to find another player like this.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Please Please don't do that this time. You definitely deserve a better exit. Please announce your retirement after the upcoming series.............

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

He Shouldn't Retire !!!!! That's It !!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

i like u sir plese dont retire we need u

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

he is a great great Test batsman, ever born ...full of character and grace ..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

A stalwart of our generation. All the best Dravid. Hope to see you in commentary box soon :)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

U WILL BE MISSED "DRAVID ------ THE WALL" ...... PROBABLY ITS TIME WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN GREATEST OF "WALLS" HAVE TO FALL ONE DAY......

Posted by diehardcricketfan3 on (March 8, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

DRAVID.....THE ONE AND ONLY WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET... will be retiring tomorrow... he is a unique player.. i am so sad after hearing this news... he shouldn't have retired like this.. he should be given GRAND FAREWELL for playing 16 years for indian cricket.. i want to see DRAVID playing his final match in india... such a legend... we all indian fans request Dravid to play first match of upcoming test series' in india and then retire.. he should not retire like this.. even in australia, he had a decent runs.. For me, DRAVID IS AHEAD OF SACHIN.. cricinfo please publish..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

best wishes dravid and this is right decision to make himself and not forcing from the BCCI,

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

India can never have another 'Wall', so 'dependable'. You will be missed, Mr. Wall!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

the great wall of india has finally cracked and another hero of the game is going leave us. we will miss u and the team will surely miss u because u were the back bone of indian cricket, now dhoni will know what exactly experiance means and how to replace a great wall of india ,now winning a series in abroad will remain a dream until a right replacement is done no one can repalce dravid the wall

Posted by mageshv18 on (March 8, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

It's hard to hear this news.. I miss you...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

What a magnificient cricketer and a true sportsman. Salute to him!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Humpty Dumpty would never have had a great fall if he had sat on the right "Wall". The wall called Dravid, ever reliable and consistent !

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Rahul Dravid has been simply the best batsman to have played for India in Test matches and he can not be replaced. Wishing him all the best in his future life after cricket!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

We wont ever replace him. He wasnt as technical sound and aesthetically pleasing as Manjerekar, not as stylish as Azhar o rLaxman, could not dominate like Sachin or Yuvraj, wasnt a natural stroke player as Ganguly or Shewag - but he was the most effective and dependable.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

How one can sit back and watch test cricket without DRAVID !!! No one can replace Dravid - The Legend of Test cricket. He deserves a better send off.... Again this retirement shows he is a team man born for team leaving for the team , Dam sure there must have been pressure on big 3 and Dravid had come forward. the ALL TIME SCAPE GOAT . U r the LEGEND of cricket. MISS U DRAVID !!!! Im wishing you to see as a TEST batting consultant for INDIAN TEAM

Posted by SantoshGhirnikar on (March 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

A sad day for Indian cricket. A titan of Indian cricket is hanging up his boots even though he could go for another year. A great selfless act that should put pressure on VVS and SRT to also make a dignified exit.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

The Wall finally hangs up his boots!!! Been a privilege watching him over the years. Still remember his first knock @ Lords and his performances in the 1999 World cup, where he ended up being the top runscorer!!! (People still say he isnt a good one-day player :( ) Rahul Dravid, Thanks a lot for all the good memories and the class you exuded in your batting. Best wishes for your future!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

The Wall stands tall - a prolific cricketer and a gentleman of the game.

Posted by AlpsRock on (March 8, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Rahul, Please HOLD on! LET ME Talk to BCCI to make sure that You MUST wait for at least an upcoming series so that all Indian fan can pay tribute (only one of Rahul Dravid, rightly said by SRT). My Salute to your services for the country. Greatest middle / top order batsman of all time....always stood like Mount Everest to defend the country in all circumstances... unselfishly did all for the country.

I am still wondering why did Dhoni forced Rahul out of ODI...will never know...i think he is still a good batsman compare to lots of youngers i.e. Rohit, Jadeja, Also Raina (can't play defence or bouncers!)....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Rahul Dravid...........is and will be a name who when thought of would certainly bring the utmost respect out of any / everyone. Frankly speaking i think Laxman was the one who should have retired after the series........ But anyways...every one has to go one day.....Cheers mate....for me, b/w sachin/laxman/dravid.....u wud be the best of the three

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Hi Rahul, Hope ur gonna announce ur retirement after the next series in india which give us an opportunity for a warm sendoff to the man who gave everything to the country as a player and as a role model for the future. this is not only my thought but the whole country's. Who deserve more respect than what u got so far.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

No word to say,only tears!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Timely and wise decision. But, Indian Cricket Team badly misses the great cricketer, perfect team player and gentleman, who brought laurels to the game. Definitely, Rahul Dravid deserves better fare well and grand falicitation for his uncomparable contribution to the Indian Cricket. What a silent performer he is?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

we miss the wall.... then we need to search a new player on that role....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

what a great player he is for india thats sad he is retireing but thats brave and clever step for indian cricket surely there are not anybody replace him in indian team finaly indian wall have to fall but im going to missed his amazing batting

Posted by Azilur on (March 8, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Love u Dravid more than anyone else in the IND cricket team.....!! PAK fan

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

oh no.... Dravid u cant leave cricket.... I will miss u every time India play a test match.... u r d man who played 96 test match continously... Hats off to u.... U r d all time greatest...

Posted by ccrriicc on (March 8, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

The most technically correct, probably the last one. A legend for ever, the best of our generation - he personified the word "cricket", the gentleman, one of the greatest Indian sportspersons ever.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

A big big big loss to Indian cricket team as well as to test cricket.. will miss him badly..the last classical batsman of his time...u leave us with a lot memories..it has been a gr8 pleasure to watch you on the ground...all the best for the IPL season.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

miss you wall india gonna face some collapse in the middle order for a while but we miss great legend thanks for the entertainment for the past 16 years All the best for your future

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

With the retirement of Rahul Dravid, a cricketing era will be over for me. Test cricket will never be the same again. I've learned many things watching Dravid's life on and off the field. Not only about cricket but his presence has taught me about honesty, sincerity, temperament and humility that I've always tried to abide throughout my life. I believe he played the game on its merit, that is as a "Gentleman's game". A true gentleman with immense dignity, respect for others and a placid persona, Dravid inspired me to learn the game of cricket and develop an enduring love towards it. Let alone his strokes, now with his absence the world will miss an elegant leave outside the off stump. I stand proud to consider Rahul Sharad Dravid as my idol and forever will admire his life. This is my tribute to "The Wall".

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Rahul you will be missed is understatement, Indian Cricket will not be same with out you, it is not going to be fun watching the test anymore.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

acc to me its not dravid's time to retire .coz over the past 12 months he is better of the three seniors in the team(sachin, laxman, dravid)... nd scored most no. of test centuries i.e.5, past year..the seniors have to one by one... i think first laxman should go coz....he was not in the tone in 2011...dravid can play 2 or more series.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

I think rahul dravid is setting an example for others. Nobody can play forever.Emotions from Indian fans quite understandable but he has to leave some day soon, then why not now with his head high

Posted by bala2686 on (March 8, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Dravid i'm ur big fan ... plz don't take hard decision not to retire now.we needs u.. u r the great player in world cricket.u r the classical playere for ever.. . u should play plz plz... .one bad australia series does not make you a lesser player. just before that in england series you were the best batsman from india

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

NEVER DO IT INDIA NEED YOU .....................WALL

Posted by Shayek5364 on (March 8, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

miss u ''''''''THE GRAET WALL'''''''''

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

The Unoffical member of Famous Five The comdrade of "Sernior Batsman" aka The Great Wall of Indian Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

GREAT PLAYER.... MOSTLY UNDERRATED. WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR ANYBODY TO TAKE NO.3 IN TESTS.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Miss u so much rahul...... you are the one i praise, applaud.. u r the god of cricket for me rahul...plz don't go ....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

With the retirement of Rahul Dravid, a cricketing era will be over for me. Test cricket will never be the same again. I've learned many things watching Dravid's life on and off the field. Not only about cricket but his presence has taught me about honesty, sincerity, temperament and humility that I've always tried to abide throughout my life. I believe he played the game on its merit, that is as a "Gentleman's game". A true gentleman with immense dignity, respect for others and a placid persona, Dravid inspired me to learn the game of cricket and develop an enduring love towards it. Let alone his strokes, now with his absence the world will miss an elegant leave outside the off stump. I stand proud to consider Rahul Sharad Dravid as my idol and forever will admire his life. This is my tribute to "The Wall".

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Well, you were a good servant of Indian cricket. Little late but good enough time for you to retire. Hope others learn from this and instead of stinking on the field and before being thrown out of team, they should retire somewhat respectfully.

Even though I thought you were the most boring batsman in the world to watch and batters like you can easily kill the interest of test cricket, you served well to the Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

no pls!!! the end of an era started!! :((((

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Rahul Dravid :- The Baap(father) of all Gentlemen!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

On Friday, Rahul Dravid will retire after 16 years in international cricket!! Respect you Mr. Wall..!! Team India, You cant try hiding behind it anymore :-)

Posted by bestofluckindia on (March 8, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

This puts a big hole in the Indian Middle order. I guess its time for VVS to announce his bye bye also.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Just play one more series..Then decide..No worthy replacement for you in sight..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

will miss you Rahul in test matches.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

We will definitely miss you SIR. Respect!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

most respected sir,why on Friday? why not on a playing day? plz. think again.we will miss you more than you may imagine.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

I hope this news is false.......

Posted by laxmanrules on (March 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Perhaps he just wants to share his mothers secret rasam recipe with the world. A little premature cricinfo?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Ohhh i do hope that he has called the press meet please dont retire Rahul please

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

No One will come close to Dravid in terms of technique , commitment and team player.. When there is no opener, Dravid puts up his Hand, when team wants to play an extra batsman.. there is Rahul Dravid to keep the wicket.. He is not in form lets move Dravid to 6..When the conditions are tough to bat.. Bring Rahul Dravid to face it... He does it all for the team.. There are many players in the team who just dont want to give their batting number.. Cricket is a team sport and Indian team needs players like Rahul.. Hatts Off ..

Posted by opindersinghswan on (March 8, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

one of the greatest player ever,,,,,salute to indian legend,,,

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

As a neighborhood kid, I had the privilege of playing with a 6 year old Rahul way back when. It was amazing to see his resolve - he'd play a forward defense stroke and look up and say "I am going to be Gavaskar".

Every 6 year old used to say that - so it didn't seem like a big deal at the time.

But now, 33 years late, in a career that spanned school, state and national cricket, everytime I watched him bat, the determination of the 6 year old boy was evident - and nothing could stop him from attempting to realize his dream.

Rahul - it was a privilege to watch you play for the country - hope those that follow attempt to play with your class and professionalism.

All the best in your retired life!

Posted by selvanathan2005 on (March 8, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

plz dont quit ..there is lot of cricket left in u..plz...plz there is none to replace u., plz wait till we find a reasonable replacement. wer r the selectors,legends and former gr8s.. cant they see a crisis coming after his retirement.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (March 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

To honorable selectors of India, VIRAT KOHLI must be there to fill the void.no body other than him will do the job properly.ok.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Oh the GREAT WALL.. I think he took the decision little early like stepping down from the captaincy. He never sought publicity his records speak for him.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (March 8, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

RAHUL DRAVID; The great Indian Wall.You will be fondly remembered for your brilliant batting sir.You have done a great job not only to India,but also to the entire cricket loving community.Best wishes from a Lankan fan of you.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

The most stable test batsmen of all time ! Miss u RD " The wall"

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Miss you "Mr. Wall"..!!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

we will miss Dravid more than anyone else in the Indian team. In modesty he is none to anyone else except perhaps to Kumbley. he should be inducted as chief selector in place of Shrikant right away.

Dravid deserves Bharat ratna equally well as Sachin if not before him.He was definately the Indian Bradman --not Gavaskar and not Sachin

Eden garden stadioum should be named after him as Dravid stadium

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

End of Classy cricket...Miss u a lot...He could have waited for the next series for a grand retirement with a TON.....Very sad day for cricket...

Posted by scorbos15 on (March 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Hello Dravid Sir, if you are reading these comments - I am a die hard cricket fan who used to play cricket since my childhood days in India, never went on to think cricket can be career, so am here in US now with my educational back ground - all thesedays I never missed any of our important matches - while I do this I always had fight / tough time with my friends about the greatness in Indian cricket - undoubtedly in my mind it is you, I do not really condemn what other people say - but to me you are the best thing which has happened to Indian Cricket, you are THE WALL - am not saying because India says this, you deserve that distinction, your effort and concentration, holding the fort when every person throws the wicket away, what can I write about you - your sacrifices, when people doubted your ability in one-dayers, you proved it to a level that at times people called you the best finisher - I still remember my good old days where I used to fight for you, simply put will miss you!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

please dont retire we like to see you play for another 2 years atleast please please please

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Will of the Wall should be respected. Great era coming to an end.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

we miss u....WALL. definitely,the consequences will be worst........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

He is a great player in all time and with team spirit. We wish he will continues to play test matches ....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Mr. Dravid, your decision shows the sign of greatness. You know when to retire and did not wait for other people to tell you to retire. Other senior players are yet to learn their lessions. You are the greatest team player of all time. You were not there to make only personal records. You had national pride. Indian cricket will miss you dearly. So long Mr. Dravid. Keep achieving greatness in you future endevour.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (March 8, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Sad, but one could see this coming. The gentleman that Dravid is, he wants to get out on his terms...and the fact that he didn't choose a grand stage for his exit speaks volumes about his humility and character. Hopefully Sachin would learn from this. It is sad though, because Dravid is still one of the fittest guys in the Test team...compared to Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer, etc. He is still arguably India's best test batsman...39 shouldn't have been the motivating factor. Hope to see him behind the microphones soon...we can do with some quality commentary

Posted by g.jeevan05 on (March 8, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Dravid mentioned on 28 Jan that the next series is 6-7 months away and it is too quick to take a decision now.I believe he willn't take a decision on Retirement now...

Posted by brahan95 on (March 8, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

innings defeat is gonna b india's major disease

Posted by cloudmess on (March 8, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Why is Duncan Fletcher not retiring? He is in his 60s, and well past his best as a coach. Read his 2007 autobiography and you see a man whose thinking processings have long stopped growing and developing. His defensive (in every sense of the word) approach has been a dead weight on India's progress since he took over. Instead of which, it now seems the consensus that India will be a better team by getting rid of last year's second highest run scorer in tests.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

All good things come to an end!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

we will miss you dravid...........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Yes He will be remembered as one of the last classical Test match batsmen. Greatest WALL of India

Posted by MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on (March 8, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

this is not the right time . something is wrong their is no plan for Indian senior. this will make pressure on sachin and lakshman stop all this . the batsman has his right to leave the cricket field will respect. suppose in future dravid is the selectors do u expect his to give chance to senior players . this step will end lot more career over in future. my situation is " dravid is the selector , kholi is 35 and not in good form does this not inspire dravid to drop kholi to stop the controversy" mind it

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

ll miss u legend..one sincere thanks for your contribution.

Posted by dimni on (March 8, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

end of watching test cricket and searching for scores of test matches on mobiles,end of indian test team

Posted by a1234s on (March 8, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

finally. i wonder how many youngsters were denied a chance because of him. Sachin is next.

Posted by Brambletonian on (March 8, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Great great loss to Indian & world cricket......Nobody can ever replace him.. He truly deserves a better exit..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

we miss you dravid in this fine years of your cricketing carrer giving us a excellent entertainment from you sir hats off to u MR.Dravid "wall of indian cricket"

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

THANKS for everything SIR,it's a honour that u made it ur decission in ALL ASPECTS...._/\_:(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Best wishes to Rahul Dravid..... I Miss You ....

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (March 8, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Miss u a lot RD. We can see may batsmen and different style and different kind of chasing and different kind of match winning. The true fighters are very few like Javid M, Rahul D, Ricky P, Jack K and Arvind D Sliva in last 25 years. Other players can entertain the crowd and shows the talent in few matchess. But players like RD always the matach winner. No need to hit SIX, FOUR or winning shot to become the match winner. Match winner is also keeps the wicket and guide his PARTNERs. He is the one of the GREAT in the WORLD. True Gentleman in SPORTS. Love u SIR CRICKET. BCCI need to dedicate a series for Mr. WALL.

Posted by midhun_1686 on (March 8, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Please don't retire....plz leave on a high...

Posted by midhun_1686 on (March 8, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Plz don't retire now Dravid....Leave on a high...plz retire after india's next test series...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

why :(,i ll stop watchng test cricket frm nw onwards :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Great player, we will miss him

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Yes..Its the time to retire.. End of an era, start of a legacy..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

miss u dravid....i think u should have announced ur retiring in upcoming series....a grand send off from indian ppl if u have announced later......u deserve that because ur one of the greatest legends that india produced.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

saddest day in india cricket ..... i love u sir plese dont retire we need u

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Pls dont...you are still No 1 Indian batsman for test conditions. please dont forget those two good series you had before the last one. Dont hurry up pls

Posted by ultrasnow on (March 8, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Good bye Rahul. It was a great privilege watching you bat and a greater privilege watching the way you carried yourself. I think most parents would want their children to grow up and be like you. I can't think of a better compliment right now.

Posted by sathish008 on (March 8, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

are we sure that he is retriing. What if this press meet is for something else. I think we should have waited till the press meet before writing these kind of articles.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

I cudn't understnd why dravid has annoucd fr his retirement...over the past 12 months he is better of the three...sachin has been searching for his 100th 100 like anythng nd barring 1or 2 100s laxman has been completly out of touch...THIS IS NT DONE...f thr is anybdy who doubts tht Cricket is a gentleman's game..then he must analyse carear of a cricketer who has taken Indian cricket to new level...nd thts Dravid... But thanks for all the good memories u have gvn to us....nd many thanks for introducing cricket to most of us....i m sure thr r many who wll stop wtchng cricket after ur retirement...so for sake of the game...DONT RETIRE...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

PLEASE THE WALL, NEVER DO IT........................... WORLD CRICKET MISS YOU................................. VERY POOR TEST CRICKET WITHOUT YOU...............

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Oh no!!!!So it starts....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Whole India should Miss U Wall

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (March 8, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Best wishes to Rahul Dravid for his future from all his Australian fans. A brilliant career by a brilliant batsman conducted with class at all times. Its been a pleasure to have this gentleman in the game.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Rahul The highest run getter of 2011 One bad series--The media chased him like vulture Not a way to retire for a legend He must play one last test before bidding good bye

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

no.......... you need not to retire sir ,, please,, and have a look of comments in face book... i am sure you will come back in coming matchs.. i hope you will not bad decision....

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (March 8, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

That was going to happen one day, but the question is : who will be next No.3 ?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

though decision....plz rethink.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

please come back dravid pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese

Posted by Hodra99 on (March 8, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Dravid was pure class and a gentleman cricketer. The current Indian team will only be worse without his influence. He and Laxman were/are the only Indian players I truly respected for their behaviour on and off the cricket field. Good Luck Rahul

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Don't do rahul,plssssss change u'r decision,i want see more u'r innings in test cricket without u we can't imagine our Indian test team and we stop to see test matches and this not right decision.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Rahul deserves a farewell game.

Posted by natarajesh on (March 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

RAHUL DRAVID sir your decision wrong sir please come back to play, the couple of years, i am your heart core fan your a great(gate-the wall) cricketer of team India, don't disappoint the your fans please sir your back please sir

Posted by SKAK on (March 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Nightmare and its scary. Who is going to counter the seam and swing when the first wicket falls for India ?

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

I am a Pakistan fan, my word he was simply a batting legend who will be remembered for all the good things cricket has to offer.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

A Really Sad news.But Ultimately every good things has to end.What a legend he has been.A true gentleman in the gentleman's sport.He has been the great wall of not only the Indian cricket,but the world cricket.I wish he had a better exit from the Intl cricket than this one,may be after scoring century or at least after a home series.I am in tears while writing this.He is my second most favourite cricketer after SRT .The amount of mathces he has won for us with his bat speaks for itself.An ultimate team man which was evident when he wore the wicket keeping gloves for team.A gentleman in all rights and one who has stayed away from controversies.Now i have to get used to an Indian test team which doesn't have the WALL in it.It is sad but true that no one can replace RD.The void his exit will create in the team will be huge. if we can get a player who has even 50% calibre of RD,we will be lucky.RD- The Great Wall of World Cricket- Thanks for the joy u have given us.We will miss you

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Dravid is the most compact and accomplished batman ever produced by India, who always valued his wicket and truly played for the country and team. Most unselfish batsman. He was always an Opening batsman for India, as he had to play the second ball of the Innings on many occasions. His best innings came at crucial times and in difficult playing conditions in overseas pitches. We all miss him very dearly.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Cricket is a gentlemen's game. Dravid is the best example for that.starting from his career. though few series he has flaws. But overall ppl never forget him.. There is no words to express here abt his class and techniques and the role he has played so far for india. whether it may be flat indian ground or it may be bouncy barbados dravid is the first choice for the skipper to go into crease whenver needed irrespective of the batting order.. As Gary Kristen said we will have to get ready for the trio legends of the cricket Dravid/Laxman/Sachin departs day in test will be very tough time for india.For test last year also in england and for one day there is a class example in 2003 world cup where he played as keeper as well that alleviates ganguly to be run behind for the official keeper.. All i can say is tough thing to digest. But right now we are in verge of accepting this, Hail Dravid..As everyone said without any second thought ur the one and only sheet anchor us.. V MISS U ......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Another Ridiculous move by our BCCI.WHO IS GONNA REPLACE DRAVID? DEFENETLY OUR TEAM WILL LOOSE THE TOP SPOT.MAY BE WE CAN EXPECT 5 OR 6 PLACE AT THE YEAR END.

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (March 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

from a Pakistani......one cant dislike him whoever you are...he has done just good for the cricket in his professional career....no nonsense...pure classic quality cricket....I dont have much respect for many other indian flat pitch experts but Rahul Darvid is a star....

Posted by Pablo123 on (March 8, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Top competitor, sad to see him go. I hope there is another series in him for a farewell at least. For me as a Saffa, he is the most respected player in the Indian team in these parts.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

We miss the wall of not only indian cricket also one of the few gentleman in international cricket. what a sad day to Indian cricket history as well as internation Test cricket history. i cant tolerate this. we cant forget his strokes, team spirit, hardwork for our life time. good bye and wishes for his best future......................we miss u lot Mr Wallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Posted by VJGS on (March 8, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Well, it is the right thing - all the seniors should quit one after the other, gradually. But, there is no denying that he was one of the greatest batsmen ever to play the game. A real pity that his career had to end on a poor note - 2 whitewashes, bowled out almost 6 times in 8 innings.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

No........ You need to continue. Just need to come back in good form that's all. In Indian team nobody have this much dedication.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Please Please, Jammy!!!We want u to End on a high... U r amongst the best Test batsman, and we dont want u end ur test career on a low as well :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

INDIA TEAM WILL BE POORER WITHOUT DRAVID.FROM NOW ON INDIA WILL NOT CROSS 200 IN TEST MATCHES FOR A LONG TIME.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Dravid proving again what a team player he is, making the sort of decisions the selectors failed to. To be honest, I think Dravid does have another season or two in him but, for the good of Indias future, he's going now. Room for another youngster in the Test line up now.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

sad moment for all the indians and happy moment for all other test playing nations..........

Posted by sparth on (March 8, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Don't jump the gun yet. He hasn't said he will retire and has made no inclination to justify the headline "Dravid likely to retire". For all we know, he could be opening a new batting academy in Bangalore which he will run once he retires (which is probably going to be while away)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

We all will miss you Dravid & no one will be able to replace you. You are one of the best gentlemen cricketer in the world.

Wishing you all the best for future.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (March 8, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

NO!!!!... you cant do this to me sir... the reason I watch test is that you are there in the team... oh please... dont do this... :/ You, Sachin and Laxman are the anchor of Indian team... please dont do this....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

We all will miss you Dravid. No one will be able to replace you, as you are one of the best Gentlemen Cricketer of all time...

All the best for ur future.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

It is a Shame , HE is not suppose to reitre now , atleast ..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

we all will miss u Dravid.. no one can replace you, you're the porbably the best gentlemen cricketer in the World. All d bst.....

Posted by elamparithi on (March 8, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Wall i love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu please we canr miss u we need u come and play atleast for us..............

Posted by gitapat on (March 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Rahul Dravid has at least 2 years of Test Cricket left in him and his decision to retire is not good for Indian Test cricket. Tendulkar should also not retire but focus on Test cricket instead of playing ODIs. Indian cricket needs both for some more time. It is time for Sehwag and VVS to go from all forms of cricket. And Dhoni should voluntarily vacate his place in the Test team as the BCCI does not have the courage to drop him from the Indian test team.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

This is no the right farewell for a great player like Dravid. Ganguly, though not as good as Dravid, retired at a time when he was really playing well. Sachin... wach out... you may also end up same as Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Out of the many reasons to live, one important reason is going away:(

Posted by aracer on (March 8, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

It will be a sad day for cricket, not a sad day for Indian cricket. Despite being an England fan, he has always been one of my favourite players.

Posted by Jimmers on (March 8, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

As kjambur says - the last gentleman left in cricket. Doubt there'll ever be another like him, but I think this decision is probably about right. World cricket will be poorer for the loss, but good luck to him and thanks for the memories

Posted by RNikh on (March 8, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

The saddest day of my life! I thought that this would never happen, but it actually is happening! What a great cricketer, one of the best of all time, unbelievable cricketer, great strengths of concentration, superb technique, perfect role model!!!! Will miss you no end in the whites, sir!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Perhaps the finest batsman of his generation, I will rate him higher than Tendulkar , as he has contributed more to India's victories than his senior partner. He cannot be replaced.

Posted by Shiva3 on (March 8, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

What a great man. One of the top most best in the world cricket. There are some names no one forget even it passes generations like brodman, viv richards. For sure his name is among them with sachin and no one can forget them. He definitely deserve farewell match and we fans from India and world looking forward for that. Hats off to you sir, u r true legend.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Very good player and a nice person. He has made the right decision as his reflexes have become too slow even though he has a good technique.

His innings at Kolkata, Headingly and Adelaide are the highlights of his career.Also a safe slip fielder which is a very underrated part of his game.Thanks a lot and wish you all the best.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

The toughest, The strongest, The hardest of all walls in the world.....meet him he is T he WALL of India....RAHUL DRAVID......while joking once VVS said that we are the fantastic four of indian team.......RAHUL, SACHIN, DADA, VVS....very true you all have given so much to the country.....and now when its time to repay these people are forcing them to retire, though they dn't have any one good enough to fit in their shoes...now the pleasure of watching cricket is over......its so sad for all the fans of these LEGENDS......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Gem Please dont do that soo sooon this is not correct decision you should continue 1 more year plsssss

Posted by Joby_George on (March 8, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

The Most Respected Indian Cricketer. The one who took indian cricket to new heights. Not at all a selfish player, we should admire his flexibility. Batter anywhere when the team wanted. We love & respect you dravid. Media might not praise you as the greatest, but you live in the hearts of all cricket fans above all the greatest players.

Posted by Raghu_Y on (March 8, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

you cant do this. pls come back to play a test series and announce that as your farewell series. prove that your defence is not as fragile as it was oflate with so many dismissals being bowled. Sorry to bring this up but I dont want ppl to remember that temporary flaw permanently. pls come back to play. Cant think of any other reason for calling a press conference for.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Surely, no one cannot replace dravid. we miss you

Posted by Tigg on (March 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Dravid proving again what a team player he is, making the sort of decisions the selectors failed to. To be honest, I think Dravid does have another season or two in him but, for the good of Indias future, he's going now. Room for another youngster in the Test line up now.

Posted by PallathZ on (March 8, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Rahud Dravid for me was a thorough gentleman.Technically proficient with an excellent workethics,with sheer hardwork,he made it to the top.There was an era where Dravid when he was at the crease,we knew come what may one end is safe & was our Wall.His leadership qualities were on the test where he had to manage the marqee players & on top of it Greg Chappell.He is a legend & its come at the right time.At 38,there is no much scope further.Though he had a great England series,i felt it was an aberration.The wall was slowly crumbling.I remember his onde day innings of 90 odd against South Africa in one of the trainagular series where he had blasted Donald & team.That for me is the most remembered knock & also his gamesman ship in moving up & opening the batting. Time has come for the little master to the bait as an Opening batsmen as suggested by Chappell for a challenge.India would be proud of you ..Dravid as well as the other Seniors who have done a great job & Indian cricket proud!!

Posted by bharath74 on (March 8, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Technically the best batsman India had ever had and his contributions to Indian cricket will never be forgotten. I am glad that i followed almost all of Dravid's career since his debut. Sir you will always remain in our heart, we love you a lot.

Posted by aalkool on (March 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

What a sad day for Indian cricket! Instead of celebrating Dravid's career, most people seem to be taking this opoortunity to take potshots at Sachin.

Posted by swaroop677 on (March 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

I WILL STOP SEEING TEST CRICKET FROM NOW ON-WARDS

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

we miss u dravid.. indian team missed the great wall.. no one is replacing you

Posted by kjambur on (March 8, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Surely one of the last remaining gentlemen cricketers. Probably the best of the lot.

Posted by Ibanezfan on (March 8, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@rohan024 - if you followed test cricket closely, you'd know that what you said is ignorant. There's a reason Rahul Dravid is one of two names in the most match-winning partnerships that India has had. Those who follow Indian cricket realise it is no coincidence that India started winning test matches abroad after Dravid became a regular. If you know Indian cricket well enough, you'll know how much steel, how much grit this man added to Indian cricket, how much of a fighter he is in tough situations. @SamRoy - why do you think Dravid was asked to write the foreword to Steve Waugh's biography? Because he's a lesser batsman?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

I like Dravid a lot. I like a lot more for deciding to retire now and hand over the reins to someone else. There comes a time for all great to know when to go. I believe that VVS needs to follow suit. Tendulkar should hang on for a couple more years more as it may be too much for everyone to go at once.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Rahul The Wall Dravid its hard to hear that you're retiring form Tests please don't do you still have many seasons and above all you deserve a Farewell Test we want to see you play in India...you are one of the true son of indian cricket...earnest request play a farewell test...as a cricket fan we will miss you and your service to the nation Jammy think again

Posted by A.Ak on (March 8, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Watching test matches is over for me...NO one can replace Dravid in the world cricket, as batsman, as a team man, as a human being.

Posted by Avidcricketlover on (March 8, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

People asking for Sachin's, VVS's retirement should remember that you don't have any valid replacement for anyone as of now. Kohli looks to be good for Sachin but still has tons to prove in tests. The less said about Mr. Rohit Sharma, the better. I don't understand What's with all the craze about that guy. Take the two WI series and his average is somewhere in 19's. He has played over 80 ODI's and still is the poor averaging batsman we have. Pujara is the right candidate for Dravid and we don't know about the rest. Anyways the time is near and VVS may be pushed to follow suit now and it won't be long before Sachin calls it a day too. May be one more series is all that we have to see. Enjoy while you can !! For these people don't come once in a few generations !!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Tough to digest. But great news for Kohli. Here's to a new Dravid.

Posted by swaroop677 on (March 8, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

i dont think it is a correct decision . he must have continued for one more year. but salute to the greatest and strongest WALL

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Love you Great man! discipline, commitment hard work, style, and many more needs to be followed of him by the younger generation which could take them to different heights.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Dravid will be remembered as a great role model for generations of Indian cricket players. I only wish he had a great farewell series. But time waits for none. This will open up opportunities for Badri, Rohit and Pujara to cement a place. Salute you Rahul. Was a pleasure to watch you play. Thank you

Posted by Ibanezfan on (March 8, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

I was having a lousy week at work and this news just made it the worst. The man because of whom I started watching test cricket, who symbolises the sublimity of test cricket for me, who sublimated his pliability into cricketing immortality, who is the most elegant and serene manifestation of grit in all of cricket, the very steel in the steely spine that powered India's rise to the top, will no longer grace the toughest 22 yards in cricket as he has for 16 glorious years. With a heavy heart, I must say I am grateful for having had the opportunity to see him play in my time. And I am richer for it, as is the game of cricket. 93 test matches on the trot?! You were always ridiculously good, Mr Dravid. There is no way India's nauseatingly over-hyped younger players can even begin to match this incredible player. It saddens me immensely that Rahul Dravid's batting in tests will now remain only in memories. Take a bow, sir. I wish you much luck in any endeavors you embark on.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Hard to hear ! You will be missed !

Posted by waxteruk on (March 8, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

As a Pak fan, of all the batsman to grace Indian cricket Dravid was my favorite. You will be missed by many :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Surely we will miss Rahul Dravid.. His commitment and his love towards cricket is awesome.. I would say no one can replace him..

Posted by ada007 on (March 8, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

cool, if only, tendulkar, shewag, harbhajan, laxman, zaheer khan will also follow suit, we will enter a new era of indian cricket

Posted by Ajumal on (March 8, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

No more WALL for Indian Team... im gonna hate test cricket :(

Posted by Rohit.Kulkarni on (March 8, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Greatest contributor to Indian Test Cricket if you consider those 210 catches with his runs.Irreplaceable!!

Posted by Jagan7 on (March 8, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Take a Bow the legend :) U r definitely better than Sachin Tendulkar in terms of everything except Natural talent....

Posted by JKSFB on (March 8, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

For me his greatest quality was his commitment to India. No other player (perhaps with the exception of Kumble) had so much commitment, and certainly no one had his grace....Great test batsman who played a role in all of India's great test victories since he started to play.....I will never forget Headingley, Adelaide, Kolkata, Perth (2008), Pakistan (2004), West Indies (96-97, 2011) and of course the recent England tour.....I only hope people recognize what a significant moment this is in Indian cricket history....Well played Sir, please stay involved in cricket

Posted by Hail_The_Wall on (March 8, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Now I have a reason not to watch Cricket!

Posted by ganeshaa on (March 8, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Right decision at the Right time. Hello Dravid (THE WALL) i am one of the great fan of you. You are the classical player i have ever seen. All the very best for rest of your life. we miss you very much dravid.

It is very difficult time for indian cricket to replace your place with other player.

Posted by sathishvaiju on (March 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Rahul, please don go you made my day very sad.Please boss i want to c ur batting again.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

V r gonna miss the great batting of Rahul in adverse circumstances and in foreign grounds.Completely Team player who has put the priorities of Team first unlike Sachin(Im not sure if he will take a cue and retire gracefully now rather than been thrown out) who's just gone on to add to his personal accomplishments. Real gentlemen on and off the field and a true ambassador of Indian cricket and Indian culture.The best Indian test player of all time by miles and a great role Model. Adieu Rahul and V r gonna miss you mate.Wish you had played a farewell Test.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@rohan024 True! I rather have a Steve Waugh than either Laxman or Dravid. Dravid and Laxman had some limitations (Laxman a lot more than Dravid). Dravid's limitation were quick and bouncy pitches against quality fast bowling (2003-04 Australian bowling was really bad with McGrath injured and Gillespie and Lee half fit). Another of Dravid's weakness was at times he was unable to find the gaps. Placement was an issue which robbed him of atleast 4000-5000 runs in test cricket. Laxman's Achilles Heel has always been swing bowling as he doesn't move his feet (In Durban early 2011 when he played that magical knock there was very little swing on offer. A lot of bounce, yes but little swing.) Nevertheless, Dravid, as every great player does, recognised his limitations and played around it. Laxman, couldn't. So Dravid goes down in history as a great player and Laxman a very good one. Neither are all time greats though. Only Tendulkar is, even after failing in 50:50 situations repeatedly.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

the wall will be missed dearly!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Dear WALL !! We will Miss u . .

Posted by DRSK on (March 8, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

I wish the news is not true.

Though I know Dravid can't carry on forever, I felt he had another couple of years of cricket left in him. But, he is the best judge!

Once The Wall retires, there's no joy left for me to watch test cricket.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (March 8, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

The wall is coming down however the self proclaimed God of cricket is hiding behind big money pots greedy to earn some more money while scoring worthless runs. Rahul Dravid atleast won matches for India unlike impostor Tendulya!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

You are one of such a Role model for the Youngsters!!

We couldn't miss yo!! Though yo have your own instincts, its hard for us to digest your retirement Mr.Gentleman!!

A true Gentleman and an Icon of all time cricket..

A role model and the most inspirational person for my passion in cricket and in life..

Look and him and say "We will never forget you and your service for this nation"..

All hail Rahul Dravid - The Wall of India, Which always safeguarded us almost 16yrs!!

We <3 yo Dravid.. Love yo lots!!

We Dravidians... :) :( :/

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Great news for millions of indian cricket fan who are so sharp of senior retirement and desperately want fresh blood. I believe millons of indian cricket fan will celebrate of his retirement day. I will miss Dravid very deeply. you are a great cricketing legend. I am sure we are not going to see high quality cricketer like him in new generation.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

PLEASE do not retire. I cannot bear to hear that word from you Rahul :'( . You are not a good judge in assessing important decisions for your own career. Please hold on for sometime... You are too honest and disciplined character we know, but pls dont do this atleast for now :'(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Admire his guts to call it quits in a country where the sportsmen want to go on and on. His temperament and technique would be surely missed in the top order especially overseas. Whoever steps into his role has very big shoes to fill for sure. Thanks Dravid, the great wall of Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Hope it is a rumor. Otherwise dont go Dravid, just dont go. we always loved u batting for long innings. miss u a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Folks, Indian team will miss such a fighter. salutes to legend 'Rahul Dravid - The Great WALL'.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

No man.. We need ur contribution to test cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

GREAT DECISION. He can become the batting coach for Ind team. It is time that Gautam Ghambir takes his place@ No.3 He has done a phenomonal job @ No.3. He has batted, kept wkts in 2003 WC no can forget even with regular wk Parthiv Patel when John Wright was the coach. DRAVID the THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA. WALL MEANS Wall always Lasts Long.His 2nd Inns. has just began to coach youngesters. My unreasonable request is pl take up Umpiring. You can be good umpire.ICC needs players like you to umpires. ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

play a home fairwell series,then retire:(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Will remain a star in the world cricket of all time...for he is the one who never gave up

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

@rohan024 dravid score more than 4 times more than raina in the pataudi trophy and was the leading run scorer in tests in 2011(a record which no indian was even close to)

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 8, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

This was comming. In any case it has been delayed by alteast a couple of years. Now at this stage with VVS already 37 years 128 days & terribly out of form and also SRT is already 38 years 319 days and not doing very great either. Sooner than later SRT will have to take a call on his own future, because now in the end of his career he can't go on spoinling all the name that he built over the last 22 years. So now we have reached a stage where suddenly there will be a huge gap or vaccum in India's batting line-up. And believe me that it is not a comfortable period, unless some to the younsters like Virat can make it look seemless.

Posted by raghublr on (March 8, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Dravid, we surely miss you. You symbolized greatness with simplicity which is tough to see today. You are not just an idol for cricket fans but for any who want to aspire higher things keeping firm feet on the ground . You epitomized indian middleclass better than anybody in any profession. hatsoff!!

Posted by Thommo44 on (March 8, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Thanks for memories Rahul. You were and still are to me, a role model both on & off the field. Your work ethic showed me what it was like to be the consummate professional, your selfless choice to open or keep wickets just to help your team out taught me about humility and sacrificial giving, your adaptability to the shorter forms showed how an old dog can indeed excel at new tricks and finally your tender portrayal of your nation in delivering the Bradman oration revealed the depth of your love for it. While it would sadden me to see you go, it would be with pride that I count you as 'one of our own'. This game and its spirit has been edified by the gentleman that was Rahul Dravid.

Posted by Raviss on (March 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

its really hard to digest that Dravid will not walk out next time India plays next.. but that was expected.. of all the players in the team, i had firm belief that he will b the one to take the tough decision ,,hez a true Gentleman.. though I am a hard core Sachin fan.. but really admired Dravid's selflessness, always willing to sacrifice for the team.. n now again he has sacrificed his career for the so called young guns.. though he did hav 1 more year in him.. Laxman should hav been the one to retire.. India still do not have Dravid's replacement.. a true legend.. bringing joy to all with his batting and demeanour on and off the field.. hope he turns out for one farewell series at home.. sureyly we all want to remember his last series as a victorious one. coz he deserves it more than anyone else.. A true LEGEND.. will miss u Sir!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

One of the last classical batsmen..... We will miss you. It will be interesting to see how the young players fill in the gap Dravid's retirement has left. I think soon Laxman will call it a day too.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

There wont be any honest cricketer like Dravid any more.. End of an Era.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Thank you Rahul Dravid for serving Indian Cricket with distinction. You'll be missed.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Indian team s gnna hve a hard time frm nw without "The Great wall of India" in tests.... we all miss u dravid....Mr dependable...

Posted by Sajjad322 on (March 8, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

A great human being & cricketer,salute u........a pak supporter

Posted by nawwabsahab on (March 8, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

good cricketer...tendu and laxman plz learn and follow

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Thanks for retiring finally, after making us watch your pathetic batting for years

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

A big blow to the gentlemen's game!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

No one can ever realize that how much potential he got..... Only due to Sachin people forget his technique, his foot work and lots of lots thing.... I salute him... :(

Posted by cricketlover777 on (March 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Dravid, I have just have a sentence to tell you now:- You may have score slowly in ur career but unfortunately u retired a bit too fast. All the best

Posted by venugopalm on (March 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

I fell very sorry Mr. Wall, We will miss U. One man will be very Happy is Sachin

Posted by Raviss on (March 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

@rohan024.. for ur info till last year.. Sachin, Viru, Laxman & Dravid were considered the most dangerous batting line up of all.. n dey did set the world on fire numerous times.. get ur stats rite..

Posted by abdulmali84 on (March 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

WALL!!!!!! really team Indian and the whole nation is going to miss u and ur class....you made everyone proud..all the very best for your future....Please announce ur retirement but we need one more series and will be happy if thats going to be in India....doesnt matter whether u score runs or not be we need a good farewell to this Legend...plzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!

Posted by spin_king4 on (March 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Even though from their preformances in the last 12 months Dravid should be the last of the big 3 to retire, laxman has been horrible for a while now; tenduklar hasn't scored a century in any form for over 12 months; while dravid besides the aus tour was consistantly preforming scoring 6 centuries, it is only typcal of the man to be the first to retire. Dravid is the selfless one retiring before the next series to allow the young batsmen to find their place in relitivly easy home series that arr upcoming, while tendulkar and vvs continue to cling tofading careers for the sake of meaningless statistical records (how long have we been waiting for the 100th 100). YOU ARE A TRUE GENTLEMAN OF THE GAME WHO WILL BE REMEMBERED ALWAY FOR YOUR EXCELLENT PREFORMANCES AND EXCELLENT CONDUCT. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT PLAYERS LIKE YOU AND KUMBLE REMAIN AROUND THE INDIAN TEAM IN AMENTORING ROLE SO THAT TODAYS MODERN YOUNGSTER WILL BEHAVE MORE LIKE YOU AND LESS LIKE SOME HYPED UP BOLLYWOOD STAR.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

At last the Berlin Wall is down.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

All the best Mr.Great wall........................we will miss u a lot...

Posted by Narayanan19 on (March 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Dravid is one of the best cricketer in the world.He is very stylish batsman here after any one can come dravid place in Test. We miss cricket ..We miss dravid.cant assume indian test cricket without you.Thanks for the your memories.I am a big fan of you only.I never miss your memories.Every Day i saw your old matches.he is a anchor of Indian Test.we proud of you when we live the Rahul Dravid Periods.We salute your extraordinary contribution to the indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Will miss Dravid......now Team India needs another player that will play the consolidating role like Dravid always use to play....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

One of the great Ambassador of Indian Cricket and more than that Cricket Itself. He is one of the most loving cricketer. And dont forget that he was the WALL. He really amazed me with his quality.

I shall really miss his play.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

We Really missing THE WALLLLLLL

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

We all Cricket fans will miss u dravid. BCCI please try to put an off test match in India as farewell match to this Legend instead of putting one off T20 in Johenesburg.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

hey dravid sir,, come on sir,, don't get disappointed about aus tour,, you can still play some mre year,, at least this year, end of this 2012 u can announce your retirement,, i always respect and appreciate your decisions as such you have taken retirement from ODI's and t20.. aap bharat ki shaan aur taaz hai,, hats off to you dravid,, good luck.

Posted by nik247365 on (March 8, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

hats off 2 "THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA"....saluting u sir!!!...will miss ur action...all the very best

Posted by murthydn16 on (March 8, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is the best Indian batsman and one of the best amongst in the world cricket. For the capacity in which he has served the Indian cricket, he deserves a grand farewell. But being the kind of man he is, he always wants to keep a low profile. Congratulations to Dravid for his wonderful contribution and upliftment of Indian cricket. All the very best for his future roles and hope he will be coach of India one fine day.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Truely a LEGEND of d game...............INDIAN CRICKET wil surely miss him!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Good Cricketer and a Great Person. #Respect.

Posted by HLANGL on (March 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

I cannot understand any logic in this. True, he was a failure in Down Under, but that failure was common to all Indian players, it was not something happened just to him. Even in the penultimate series in England, Dravid was their best batsman by some considerable margin hitting several hundreds, in fact that was the case during the past 1-2 years. It's not that he should retire, he's 39 & it's very much acceptable if he decides to retire himself as his personal decision. Still, if this is the outcome of the recent humiliation in Austrailia, this completely lacks logic. At least he's the one who did best up to that point, even in the unfamiliar conditions in England, where except T'kar to a lesser extent, all others were simply ridiculous & flattened to dust. They should have sacked Dhoni from tests, who's nothing but mediocre in the longer format, and Raina from all formats.Only Virat Kohli & Rohith Sharma have decent batting techniques among this younger generation of Indian players.

Posted by Srihari.Cricinfo on (March 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Indian bridge wass falling down, falling down, falling down.. Indian bridge is falling down in olden days!! DRAVID-Build it up with iron and steel, Iron and steel, iron and steel, Build it up with iron and steel, THE WALL OF CRICKET!! we salute you!!

Posted by symsun on (March 8, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Hard to digest to not see those prolific shots and long innings in the hot center. Surely we will miss Dravid. Its difficult to get another calm person close to his standards with the future moving towards hard-hitters. I wish the Friday meeting should be a handover of powers from Srinivasan to Dravid. We need Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble to take over BCCI, the only way cricket could survive.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Will Miss The Action ....

Super Express Bowlers Steaming in from almost 60-70 mtrs .... Firing the Ball in at 90 odd miles an hour .... and THE WALL just .... Defence Right below his helmet!

Come and Pick It Up Bro :-))))

Will Miss Ya .... All The Best!

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (March 8, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

I have nothing much to say except: Mr.Tendulkar, WATCH and LEARN!

Posted by bala2686 on (March 8, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Dravid is a great role models for youngsters.. please reconsider your decision to retire.

Posted by Ajayvs on (March 8, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

We will miss you Jammy. You have always been a model cricketer on and off the field!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Rahul, The Wall, you have been my all time favorite cricketer eversince you played your 1st test against England for a brilliant 95, I will miss you Mr Jammy, Mr Reliable, Mr Dependable, Mr Consistent and The Wall. All these titles named to you describe your stature. You have been a true rare ambassador of modern cricket. Very gentle both on and off field. A true humble, gentle and iconic player who shuts his critics mouth through his bat. You can never be replaced in cricket. and you deserve a better farewell in field. When other greats like Sachin and VVS continue their flop shows, you even after a great 2011, taking the lead for a call just after a single poor series to your standard. I salute you as a person, as a cricketer. Hope to see you as Indian Coach soon..... we all will miss you badly. God Bless You.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

One of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game. Gritty, determined, focused and above all a nightmare to any bowler for the sheer aura he carries around in being called "The Wall". India will miss him sorely but every good thing will need to come to an end. All the best for your future without cricket.

Posted by bulldo on (March 8, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

it will be a wise decision in many ways. firstly, it will allow Laxaman to take his time to decide his retirement time rather hastily. secondly Dravid would be 40 when india plays next. now we are left with Sachin and Very Very Special. Ideal replacement for Dravid would be C PUJARA and not rohit or RG Sharma. this is my personal view

Posted by Patrick_ on (March 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Eventhough I wanted him to retire soon, finally when the news arrived I feel sad and all those beautiful memories come to mind. Thank you Dravid for all those memories!

Posted by Rahul_Acharya on (March 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Hopefully, Tendulkar will take a leaf out of Dravid's book and retire from ODIs

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

ITS VERY HARD TO HEAR ABOUT 'THE WALL' RETIREMENT. I DONT LIKE TO HEAR THIS.... HE IS THE REAL BATSMEN THAN ANY OTHER I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE PERIOD. HE WILL NOT PLAY FOR RECORDS. HE PLAY FOR HIS COUNTRY ONLY. BUT EVENTUALLY NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY UNTIL THEIR END OF LIFE. SO ACCEPTING HIS RETIREMENT. BUT I REQUEST BCCI TO GIVE VALUE FOR HIS SERVICES AND USE HIM AS A ICON FOR INDIAN CRICKET AND USE HIM OUT OF FIELD FOR INDIAN CRICKET IN COMING DAYS. HATS OFF TO DRAVID(THE WALL)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

One of the finest crickerters produce by india Rahul you will be the best batting coach in the world for our younger Indan cricketers there is no body to match your sound tecnicqe and defence in the world as far as batting is concernYou will always be remembered and your name will shine till the end of time Cricket is there.We really want to thank You for al the Entertainment you gave us in this illistrious career o cricket God bless you and all the best wishes for the future. Javed Sani Los Angeles USA.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Dnt retire now man . atleast play a fairwell series :(

Posted by bala2686 on (March 8, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Dravid i'm ur big fan ... plz change ur decision dravid.not to retire now. u r the great player in world cricket.u r the classical playere for ever.. we needs u. u should play... plz don't take hard decision...ur the hard worker and fighter in indain team

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

what a gentleman set to retire to help the young ones get a chance, maybe laxman should take a few tips as well.

Posted by GanJack on (March 8, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Though Dravid himself is the best judge, I don't think this decision comes at a good time for Indian cricket. The best Indian test player of all time, I can see the test team go to the dogs post his departure for he remains the only Indian batsman with the ability to score abroad. I dare say that his absence will be more critical than Sachin Tendulkar's who has unfortunately bungles under pressure everytime. Farewell Rahul Dravid ! You are an all-time great, perhaps the only Indian in this list !

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Gona b miss great wall..!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

please come back as coach of india

Posted by rohan024 on (March 8, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

good decision, in this wave of emotions, fan should not forget that he, laxman, and SRT are the reasons why India lost 8-0 in 8 months in Eng and Aus. They all should retire and let the young ones take over. They have been excellent players but its not that at any point did they set the world on fire. At the end of the day, all of them have great individual records but ordinary team records..

Posted by psubbu79 on (March 8, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Will miss you Jammy. All us Josephites knew from your several match winning performances in the Cottonian Shield and beyond, that you were destined for greatness. Still remember all those cheerleading efforts carrying drums and empty boxes be it to Cottons or to Sullivan Police Grounds, in an effort to cheer you and watch you and Fazal Khaleel destroy bowling attacks. And you took it all the way to several International tours playing for India with an exceptional track record. Please do not say NO to an offer from the Indian Cricket Team as their batting coach. I can see it coming. You truly are an inspiration to all those who want to play quality cricket and not just go "crash, boom, bang" as Cricket is a Gentleman's game. You've proved that right! India Salutes You! Good luck!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

We will always miss u as an Indian Jammy Wall, I just hope to see u playing ur last test match for India, hope you will not retire off the field.................All the best

Posted by RameshRagh on (March 8, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Rahul, I know you decision would be based on the same maturity that you have so often shown in the matches. Just one request, pleeeeaaaase. Just play one more test series before retiring so that we get to see your batting technique and skills one last time.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

It will be an understatement when I say that watching the great man conduct himself on and off the field, sort of inspired me in my own endeavours. I learnt a lot watching 'The Wall', and cannot thank him enough for all the great memories, victories and life lessons. I salute you Sir Rahul Dravid!

Posted by Mahaanama on (March 8, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Hats off for Dravid we'll miss you . Tendulkar & Dravid are my favorite Indian players. Even after 2 years from now at any given place these two will still perform way better than other Indian flat track bullies. I've really enjoyed Dravid's cricket since he started playing for India. Wishing you all the best for your future & hope to see u playing IPL

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

We will miss " The Great Wall of India" and its really very sad news for indian cricket . ....!!!have a good luck for.. remaining life...Miss you Dravid....:)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Rahul you have always been a overachiever and thats what india cherishes you for. Easily one of the greatest cricketers of our times

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

@skvcr: The press conference is at 12:30 PM onb friday

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Saluting u Sir..take a bow..will miss ur action..All da very best SIR..:)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

The wall remains the one of the best things happened to indian cricket...His contribution seems endless...and his commitment is unmatched...Man who survived the criticism of sporting fans, learnt and evolved as batsman....stylish with bat and modest with talk...Fitness unmatched...Records held by him remain silent about efforts put by this man on cricket field...Rahul is truly a master class with style, grace and persona....A true Inspiration.. GOD Bless.

Posted by RameshAlagarsamy on (March 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

I will miss dravid :(, especially great stylish batting , great warrior etc. You deserved for great end, BCCI should deny his request and give him great exit.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Can't Stop my emotions against a great cricketer and sportsman...As everyone said we dont want u to retire..u r just a legend and inspiration... definitely the wall is going to collapse without you...we love u man..tru sports man

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

It could be the BLACK FRIDAY for TEAM INDIA

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

I am out of words.There can never be another Rahul Dravid again.Will always remember his gentleman behavior and commitment.Jo'burg '97,Kolkata '01,Port Elizabeth '01,Trinidad '02,Trent Bridge '02,Leeds '02,Adelaide '03,Rawalpindi '04 and Perth '08 will always be remembered for generations.

Posted by Sudhakar86 on (March 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

I don't see anyone replacing Sachin & RD. Both were the pillars of INDIAN cricket

Posted by bala2686 on (March 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

He is a great Role Model to Test cricket..dravid is a hard worker and fighter.. Rahul Dravid is very cool, calm and consistant player in team, who had played well in every critical situation. He rightfully deserve title of " THE WALL ". I would like to extend my all warm wishes to him. His title should be renamed as " THE GREAT INDIAN STRONG WALL ". Hats off to you Rahul Dravid.. I´M SOOOO PROUD TO BE YOUR FAN!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

BCCI seems to push itself into the deepest trench by blaming the wrong players for the recent debacle..The seniors have played a decent role but the youngsters seem to be too laid-back and are taking their place for granted. Rahul Dravid easily has a couple of years left in him..Wish he defers retiring this soon !! Thanx for all the memories though..!!

Posted by Cricket_Commentator on (March 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

If the Wall fall down, Who will protect us??

Posted by sachinfan_4 on (March 8, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Oh my god!!!!That will be a huge loss to Indian cricket.Already they are performing really awful in test cricket and then losing a batsman of such calibre and brilliance will not only make this side more vulnerable but also really susceptible in foreign conditions.I think all the bowlers will now take a big sigh and all the sceptics of seniors will now feel that they are able to break a wall but indeed the wall has become more strengthen by showing its toughness and its longevity.We will miss u Great Jammy!!!!

Posted by Cricket_Commentator on (March 8, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

some more years left in your shoulders.

Posted by Cricket_Commentator on (March 8, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Ohh no Don't do that dravid plz plz

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Cheteshwar Pujara will play for india at number 3 .thank to dravid.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

I wish him all the best, as he is the right person to take his decision, when to take and what next to be done. But for Indian Cricket...... it would be x/2 to start with in any test match now onwards.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

i dont think he was really a indian wall , till now he cant able to score 300+ how pathetic . neither he was good at one day player . he was just as a boring player . only thing he was noticed as a good player coz no other player in the team . but now under the leadership of dhoni , i like present indian team . jai hind .

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

When will SACHIN TENDULKAR ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT. WAITING FOR THAT GOOD NEWS.

Posted by AtlasShrugg on (March 8, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

"There is no more comforting sight in test cricket than Rahul walking to the crease to take guard". Someone said this when McGrath-Lee, Donald-Pollock, Akram-Akhtar were rewriting the bowler-batsman equation in cricket. Many batsmen have played spin bowling better then Rahul, but the last 30 years has not seen a better batsman to the fast, swinging ball. In 1999, when India was summarised by australia, a commentator saw the sweat on Dravid's brows when facing Mcgrath and quipped that 'it seems hotter out there for the batsmen'. That sight was testament to all that Dravid's about - mental concentration and visibly painful but breathtaking adherance to technique. It is easy to throw your bat and ride a lucky streak- viv richards, sehwag, many others become great by being aggressive. But thats not test cricket. Kudos to the Dravid family for this colossus, this unique servant of the game who bows out serving as a masterclass in mental toughness. We have been privileged. Thank you.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Very sad to hear this news, Still my heart doesnt believe this, real shockng news for me, I thought he will continue to play till India tours South Africa. Any way one day everybody in the world has to take such painful decission. For me Rahul is the Best cricketer of all the past and present cricketer in the world. His batting style, his Pull shots and cover drive, i dont think we will be able to see again. Real Fighter and hails an excellent character and attitude. Hats off to the Great Man and the Real WALL of World Cricket.

I still request Rahul not to take such decission, you still deserve a place in Indian Team and Indian people wants to see you many more years.

Posted by Shhy on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Noooo.. :( this is not happening.. :( Pls dravid.. dont go..

Posted by PGSaravanaKumar on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

We really miss u Rahul , dont retire from Test match please

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Rahul dravid is great player.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

We will remember you all the time along with Sachin.. For Indians, Test cricket god is Rahul Dravid.. All the best Rahul. I would like you in Test team till 2013..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

The Wall.... Indian selector will find it really hard to replace someone in his position....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Cricket will miss him.What a cricketer he has been!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Will Laxman now take a clue and follow suit or wait till the selectors drop him !!!!Thanks Jammy for those wonderful memories, it wii be difficult to get a wall as strong and unbreakable like you.You were definitely the most unsung hero of Indian Cricket......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

rahul dravid "The wall of indian team" ,its horrible to listen the indian wall is boing to break 2'rw ,any way thxs for entertaing the audians.we miss u lot............

Posted by RISHI2016 on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

If he is retiring expect one less viewer and reader of cricinfo ....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

The second great indian cricketer rarhul.We are really miss you.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

This was comming. In any case it has been delayed by alteast a couple of years. Now at this stage with VVS already 37 years 128 days & terribly out of form and also SRT is already 38 years 319 days and not doing very great either. Sooner than later SRT will have to take a call on his own future, because now in the end of his career he can't go on spoinling all the name that he built over the last 22 years. So now we have reached a stage where suddenly there will be a huge gap or vaccum in India's batting line-up. And believe me that it is not a comfortable period, unless some to the younsters like Virat can make it look seemless.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Really its a shocking decision... According to me VVS should go before him.. Look at laxman's record overseas in WI, ENG and AUS... if Dravid is around for one more year, we can shape up kohli to take no 3 position.. Neverthless we are going to miss true gentleman of cricket... Hatsoff Dravid...

Posted by Precioustar84 on (March 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

This is very sad news to hear that a UNSELFISH cricketer like Dravid announces retiring before 2 others who should have. This is NOT how a player should exit but sadly we all know day like this would come ...As an optimist, I expect Dravid to announce at least one last proper send-off series before he hangs up his boots for good. If this doesn't happen, then shame on BCCI for treating a legend like this after how long he's represented and motivated India. Dravid always lived in Sachin's shadow his entire cricketing career and now has to retire like this. But Dravid sir, your class is permanent for sure and you've proved it once again!

Posted by stalefresh on (March 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Glorious career. From 95 at lords to 25 in Adelaide, I've seen him score all his test runs.

Posted by streetsmart26 on (March 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

I was expecting one final century from him! :( I sincerely hope he comes out and says the next series will be his last and that we can see 3 more tests of his. He deserves to retire at home to a standing ovation.

Posted by shrastogi on (March 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Every good thing also comes to an end. Rahul Dravid was more than good. An Indian all time great who at his peak was better than Tendulkar. He was one of the reasons why India did so well overseas in tests. The retirement if true shows his commitment to Indian cricket. I think he would make a good coach.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

After all he has done for indian cricket he really deserves A farewell....It'll be a shame if he retires without one!

Posted by 9ST9 on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Respected player, was sad to see him get out that way in the Aus series, deserved a better last series. As always he didn't wait to get pushed out. Maybe another couple of Seniors should follow suit.

Posted by mano.mcse on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

First i want to say THANKS. you are great batsman in entire world.you are most successful cricketer in the world.you are Indias wall in all time.no one replace your place.Age is not a problem, for you(especially ). but people and others gave the pressure to you.you can bat in IPL. Once again thanks, you served in india team past 15 years.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Ganguly's replacement is only not fixed with many players tried including Raina, Yuaraj, Pujara and Virat Kohli. Then who will fill that place, If Dravid retires. I seriously doubt the ability of Rohit Sharma in the team. Dravid please reconsider your decision to retire.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

It will be better if he retires playing one last game in India......

Posted by dimni on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

selectors please dont allow him to retire without playing one last series this year pleaseeeeeeeeeee

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

rahul dravid is great cricketer..no doubt anout that..selfless man and great role models for youngsters..we will miss him..he has done enough for Indian cricket and true champion..all the best rahul for future..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

The coward selectors should thank him for helping them . Anyway a typical rahul the team man he is , judged the correct time to move . India doesnt play test matches till september .that too in home conditions where he may not be needed . Virat should bat at no3 in test cricket.

Posted by siddhartha.das12 on (March 8, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

This void will never be made up by Indian team. The first half of his career was in shadow of Sachin Tendulkar and much of the second half was lost in the euphoria of Dhoni's upcoming. In between he led India to some of success. The Indian team will miss his solid presence in the middle. A very true gentleman, legendary batsman and hard to forget him

Posted by aamir_pta on (March 8, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Lets not jump to the conclusions....what if he is announcing his come back in ODIs and T20Is.....:)!!

Anyways...The Wall has adorned some of Indian Cricket's best trophies and moments ever. The wall has weathered the most severe storms and has stood unfazed. The Wall has been the grace of Indian cricket. The Wall has been pleasing to the eye and to the critics. The Wall has been flamboyance, the Wall has been the sordid. The recent Aussie tour might have been a little crack in the wall, but rest assured , the Wall has been the foundation of modern Indian test cricket. Hats off to you...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

I'll stop watching test cricket if "The Wall"retires.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Dravid is special for his charismatic cover drive for the shorter ball on the front foot. Being a natural backfoot player , He plays the drive near perfectly when needed. The special dravid also a great personality. Will miss you for the No3 position always. Good luck Dravid for your rest of your life.

Posted by dimni on (March 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

i wanna watch test cricket one last time please just one series pleaseeeee may be sachin vvs should retire not u pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee one last series pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by Geeva on (March 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Hope Dravid gets to retire at a Test Match in India!

Posted by Sundar217 on (March 8, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

There is no information about the farewell match for this legend. If the home series coming up later in the year is going to be his farewell, why he announced retirement so soon?? He deserved a farewell series advanced well in advance

Posted by G-Wyll on (March 8, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

From deep in the Waikato, NZ salutes the amazing Rahul Dravid, a player with sublime skills and the manner of a true leader. Wish we could transplant what he's got with what Jesse Ryder hasn't.

Posted by Viva_Afridi10 on (March 8, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

I may be pakistani, but I have to admire what Dravid has achieved throughout his career because of his determination and dedication. He's one of my favourite players ever!

Posted by suresh_sksj on (March 8, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

all good things come to an end....good end...could have been a better retirement day...by winnign in Eng and Ozy.....but cant change history now... As they say...old trees that dont give shades and fruit have to go....so new trees can come up in it's place.....time for Sachin and VVS too to go....new guys like Virat and Manoj etc can take over....2015 WC in site....start from now....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Nooo.....you cant do this !!! You are taking away the ground floor from the multi storied building !!

Posted by dork29 on (March 8, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is easily one of teh greatest cricketers India has ever produced. And like someone has said he would rate above Sachin Tendulkar, if only for the value he brings to the Indian team. Tendulkar, though more naturally gifted, is temperamentally suspect. Which is the reason he has let the team down on several occasions. Dravid is unflappable in his temperament: that, coupled with an almost faultless technique make him a very difficult batsmen to dislodge. One feels sorry for him, because he has always ended as the bridesmnaid to his less illustrious colleagues, like Laxman and Sehwag. His recent performance in England, is testimony to his talent, technique and mental strength. He has failed in Oz, getting clean bowled on five occasions!! Also, he must have realised that his fielding is not what it used to be. Though he took the occasional blinder, for the most part he was dropping catches. He must have realised this. His reflexes are clearly deserting him. Good idea to retire

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Rahul was stronger than the Chinese Wall but the natural age-ing process has taken a heavy toll, resulting in the "sabtaas" .. But why in the august company of Srinivasan ? Will he get some plum post from the BCCI ?? Or, to goad other seniors like Laxman & Sachin toemulate Dravid to follow suit ??

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

please dravid dont retire we cant imagine indian test cricket with out you

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Can't assume indian test cricket without you.

Posted by naga25french on (March 8, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

huge blow for Indian Cricket . Rahul - one word respect . You are one of the greatest servant of the cricketing world ! Test Cricket will miss you ! :(

Posted by micklem on (March 8, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

He should play atleast one match as farewell.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Champion ! Warrior and a Gentleman.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

unarguably the best indian test batsman i have ever seen...he showed everyone how to play test cricket in conditions not conducive to stroke-play...he showed why test cricket is not just about hitting but also about patience, temperament and judgement...a player who could make alan donald laugh after being hit for a 4 with a classic straight drive...he was compassionate enough to give a clean chit to the curators of pakistan's placid wickets saying anyone, no matter how experienced he is, can make mistakes while preparing test match wickets...he's a legend and i completely agree with Ganesh Prabhu that the void left after he quits can ever be filled...

Posted by RishiBhandari on (March 8, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

This is really sad that DRAVID THE WALL is expected to announce his retirement just because of a bad series in Australia which was infact really bad for everyone.My be with no test series around the corner for the next six months or so would have prompted him to take the decision. Wishing him best for the new chapter and of course as RR Captain for IPL.

RishiBhandari

Posted by Craggydev on (March 8, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Sad sad news...He deserves a champion's send off... Must at least play one last test match. All hail the great WALL of India!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

The Indian Wall is finally falling apart. Will miss him in Test cricket.

Posted by Kondalsofts on (March 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

please sir .... dont retirement........ pleaseeee ur missing....no test cricket..... please test god........ dont retirement

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Hats off to the Great Man deciding to quit before the media makes fuss about his batting when he plays match !!!

Posted by dimni on (March 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

noooooooooooooooooooooo play one more series i wanna watch you one last time pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee wallllllllllllllllllllllll pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by Raghu003 on (March 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Thats a really bad news... one bad series is all that takes..?!!!!... No Rahul... You cannot do this to India... :(

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

A great cricketer, so easy on the eye and one of the game's true gentlemen. I sincerely hope that he is not lost to cricket for ever and that he will contribute weightily within the BCCI and the ICC. These organisations, custodians of our great game, have much need of men of true intellectual quality and unimpeachable integrity. I wish him well. Thank you for enriching my life, Rahul; it's been a pleasure and a privilege to watch you play.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

I hope this news is not correct... Will Miss Dravid if it's true... India still need him....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Its shocking The wall is retiring..... Please think about the decision Dravid you still have a year and two left to contribute to Indian cricket...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

One more (Sachin) to go and then this wonderful era would have come to an end... Cricket will never be the same!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Dear Rahul,

Please accept sincere congratulations from a Pakistani fan, for your exceptional talent and achievements, and profound thanks for your incredible dignity and demeanor.

You were one of the greatest batsmen cricket ever knew, and one of the greatest gentlemen cricket ever saw.

Now, more than ever, you will be missed.

Posted by Gerry_the_Merry on (March 8, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Second best batsman produced by India, after Gavaskar.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

really sad day for indian cricket...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

The Great Indian Cricket Episode saw the End of her Best Director. We Miss you Mr.Wall. Not interested to saw Test Cricket with out your classic

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 8, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

My favourite modern Indian Cricketer after Sunil Gavaskar. Great career Dravid, always a great role model, well done.

10dulkar, you still there...?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

End of an era...Wish to see u bat for one last time!!

Posted by kenishah on (March 8, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

the wall about retire.. feelin bad bout it. feels like ive lost a big chunk of me in 1 go. will miss seeing this guy cos he will go down as 1 of the classics

Posted by beingmaya on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Rahul Dravid..!!!The WALL... My Idol...Mr.Cricket , A true Gentlemen. I am dam sure he will play his send off match...But its truly very sad that he is planning for retirement. :(

Jammy Please rethink on your decision...!!! I want to see you play.

Posted by Yasindu on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

One down and two more to come ...............

Posted by Mazkozi on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Its so sad to read this news .. We will miss the WALL a lot ..

A kind request to the WALL ..

Please coach Indian youngsters how to bat in Test Cricket. Or for that matter, many other International teams as well ... Let the test cricket survive .. (at least till I am alive)

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

hats off dravid..you came in as a gentleman and you now leave as one!! shows the unselfishness of the guy, who doesnt care about the result of his last series.vvs and sachin, please take note..all 3 were legends, not till long ago and it would do a lot of good to you to retire as legends.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

If Dravid is indeed retiring as speculated, I think most test cricket lovers in South Africa will be happy and sad. Happy because he has scored so many runs against us that we more often than not wished we had seen the last of him. Sad because it was a privilege watching him doing it. His record is there for all to see! But above all, he was a gentleman who played the game hard but always fair and in the right spirit. Never involved in controversies. However, I think it is the right time for him to go, he has little more to achieve. After all, his record is there for all to see - one of the all time Indian batting greats. Thank you Raul, go well. We shall remember you on the Wanderers, Super Sport Park Centurion and Newlands etc .

Posted by Nev_19 on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Good decision - timing it well w/o being selfish or self-serving. Thank you, Rahul - for representing India with distinction, and entertaining the fans.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Only God can replace you at No.3 in the Indian batting lineup. Wishing you a prosperous career (commentary, expert panel, coaching, technical committee, or anything you decide) ahead.

Posted by Thekick on (March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Again RD shows the others how to play the game, playing it for the good of the game.

He will be missed enormously. He is someone who can't be replaced. The most technically correct batsman of all time.

It really hurt me to see the wall breached several times during the australian tour.

All the best RD.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Oh, Dravid! My role model! Can't imagine Indian test cricket without him. Feeling quite senti..

Posted by Vindaliew on (March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Ponting must be licking his lips in anticipation of trying to snatch that No 2 spot...

Posted by yusuf97 on (March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

dravid should continue for a year or 2... laxman and sachin should take lessons from him.he played much better than them ...laxman should have retired much before.....SAD :(

Posted by yusuf97 on (March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

dravid should continue for a year or 2... laxman and sachin should take lessons from him.he played much better than them ...laxman should have retired much before.....SAD :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

NO ONE CAN STAND LIKE HIM AS GREAT WALL OF INDIA WHENEVER INDIA FACING CRISIS AT TH3E CREASE......... INDIA LOOSING ONE OF THE BEST AND ALL TIME GREAT PLAYERS LIKE HIM

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Thank GOD...........He just realized that it's over for him.....Truly a legend but it's time to hand over the torch to other young ones.......Best of luck for your Retirement LIFE Dravid.....

Posted by Swami619 on (March 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

I Really Really Miss RAHUL DRAVID. I m very sorry to say that my Support for Indian Test Side will be Half Hearted.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

India's finest technician to quit his display of class and grit.. Damn !! He'll be terribly missed !! :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Rahul Dravid will be remembered as Best of Greats Along with Sir Sachin Tendulkar. He had ups and downs in his career but he stood solid as a WALL mentally and physically. On Field when he is out of form he still hangs on to give him and his team a chance to come out of the patch rather than throwing his wicket..

Even now I'm not sure whether the Press conference is to retire or retire from T20/ODI or to retire from IPL ?

Lets wait and see for this big occasion... I feel bad to see when these Greats Retire...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Better than Flopdulkar. What a hero

Posted by Valerio_DiBattista on (March 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

I am an Australian cricket fan. I think it is the right time for Dravid to retire, as he is definitely a player in significant decline, there is no doubt about that. But what a magnificent cricketer he was, tough, dependable, fully committed, prepared and focussed, selfless. Brilliant bat, brillaunt field and great team man. I take my hat off to him. I wonder if the game with its increasing penchant for entertainment and gimmickry will continue to produce cricketers of his immense quality, or are we seeing the end of the era of great cricketers.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

One of the all time greats of the game.... not just great for India, great for Cricket........... Unsung HERO of Indian Cricket........... Most respected player cricket ever had.......... Miss U WALL.............will miss ur stylish shots..... no one can replace you.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

WE WILL REALLY MISS THE WALL BUT ITS GOOD DECISION BY THE GREAT BATSMAN... HOPE OTHER TWO WILL FOLLOW..IF HE RETIRES

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

nxt 2 years no overseas tests for India!! So no need of Dravid!! But i still wan't to see him to bat :( :( :'( Love u Dravid!! Nobody can replace you in that position!! :(

Posted by duminda79 on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Hi, I'm SriLankan but this man is real test cricketer. He fight for his country not for his own records. Such a pure test cricketer and we miss him big time in test cricket. All the best for you..

Posted by AnoopRBelur on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Please dont retire from test cricket. When so many useless fellos are playing u need not retire.

Posted by PureTom on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Erm, he hasn't actually retired yet. This is merely speculation. Yes he most likely will, but why don't we wait to hear it from him before celebrating his career.

Posted by sandeepknk on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

he don't wants to block youngsters for personal records what tendulkar doing.wonder why tendkar still in test and odi.Dravid more contributed to Indian VICTORY than tendulkar.(check the winning records).Now Everybody realizing that DRAVID is a Great Man.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Oh come on guys... we definitely love Rahul dravid as one of the best Cricketer who played for our country... at the same time we should not compare him with other greats in this juncture... which will be shame for the other great people as well as for Dravid... need to mind Sachin is younger than Dravid and its dravid's call... don't degrade Sachin for not call it a day... all three biggies vacate their dressing room on same day will make our team even worser... for the sake of the team sachin should continue for a year in the absence of Rahul Dravid to motivate the youngsters... considering the fact that we don't have any test tours for next 2 years all the three great players will retire during this span of 2 years... good dravid started it since he is the elder among them...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

No one can break records of rahul... he is such a great wall of India.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

so "the wall' retires...end of an era...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

who s gonna replace this classical cricketer for india??? never ll that happen...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

who s gonna replace this classical cricketer for india??? never ll that happen...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

who s gonna replace this classical cricketer for india??? never ll that happen...

Posted by cricketcrazy555 on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Wise decision Sir, U r a honest person than other senior cricketers in the team. U'll be remain as one of the greatest Test player in the world above SRT .

Posted by Patrick_ on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Even though I wanted him to retire soon, finally when the news arrived I feel sad and all those beautiful memories come to mind. Thank you Dravid!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

World Cricket will miss your class and elegance. Good luck for your future endeavors.

Posted by d_prafulla on (March 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

World is always remembering The Great Indian wall........! I wishing him a good life.

Posted by rajachandran on (March 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

miss u so much the great wall of Indian cricket...never gonna look like you in future.my hearty wishes to your future..love you Mr.cricket....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Wish you all the best Rahul.

Posted by featurewriter on (March 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Sad day for world cricket. Dravid will be fondly remembered here in Australia as one of the finest batsmen to ever play the game, and as a wonderful ambassador for the sport. He's one of two Indian cricketers who Australians truly admire for their talent and sportsmanship (the other being VVS Laxman). Thanks for the memories, Raul.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Sad to see this..One of the all time greats of the game...A true warrior..

Posted by meonly_araf on (March 8, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

The wall will be missed... you have been very great at number 3 or any positions you played for India.. Thanks for being there for all these 17 years.. Welcome Chetheshwar Pujara if someone has to play as close to the technique of Rahul..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

RAHUL DRAVID ..WALL OF INDIAN CRICKET TEAM...MADE FOR TEST CRICKET ...

Posted by NShiva on (March 8, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Bad news.......... A great Wall of indian cricket needs to play a test series at last and send off him in style......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

some few balls caonnot break the wall Dear Dravid please dont go

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

GOOD RIDDANCE. THANK GOD. SACHIN NEXT PLEASE

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Had tears in my eyes when i read this, goodbye Wall! You would be terribly missed.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

One of the greats. Hard to be replaced....

Posted by Dr_Nasir.. on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

ooohhh my GOD...i m pakistani but looooottt of tears in my eyes.......cant listen this news.....one of my all time favret indian player....plzzzzzzzzz dravid dont go.....u can play 2 more years....aaahhhhh....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

since he start the international cricket I was school boy. sometimes later when he comes to the crease it was a big headache to see that no balls go bass by his wicket. he palyed very very good cricket. If there was a name such as WALL that started to mention in the cricket commentry because of Dravid. Dont worry India you never gonna miss him. Dravid extended version is now performing and he has become a huge headache to all teams. Dravid Avatar VIRAT KOHLI. Hats off to you RAHUL DRAVID. We gonna miss you.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

missing one of the great cricketer of the world.....we cant find another dravid in this world...we r missing a classical batsmen..........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Cant say it was out of the blue. Thanks for the memories, Rahul the Indian Walllll....

Posted by skcvr on (March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

At what time is the press conference??

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

we will miss you badly....cant assume indian test cricket without you,,,,,,,,,,,would be fine if you had lasted some more days...........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

We salute your magnanimous contribution to the game ! One of India's finest talents ever !!

Posted by sports99 on (March 8, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

As we all know the good things will come to end at some point. I rate him ahead of Tendulkar in test cricket as he does not have as much as natural talent as Tendulkar, but he earned everything through his determination and hard work. You have to respect the peoples like him no matter he is indian or any country. Surely we miss his WALL like batting in test cricket and the most striking thing about Dravid is, he is such selfless cricketer and gentleman. Who ever tossed the coin THE WALL, that summarizes everything about this great cricketer.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Indian Cricket Wall is Going to Collapse...................................., We don't Want to Retire Such a wall who can play another 5 or More Years of International Test Cricket. Dravid is the only Indian Cricketer who can show how to bat in middle order, and over seas and a perfect test cricket in this days.He is a Role Model to Test cricket

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Dravid, we want to see you batting again for one last time for our India in India, we love you, we admire you heart-fully and we will be with you in future too :):)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

You are the great wall of India.... I am u r big fan.... All the best :)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

India may eventually replace the other stalwarts, but Rahul Dravid and SAchin Tendulkar are two gems that are only born once in a century !! I anticipate a period of struggle ahead for India in test matches, but our natural talent should hopefully come through in about a year or two ! Rahul Dravid has been the most unsung hero of Indian cricket, but knowing the way he played, he would be happy retiring as an unsung hero ! God Bless him and wish him the best of luck in his life ahead !

Posted by Mujibur on (March 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

I really miss my favorite cricketer. Rahul u cannot be retire form our hart. All the very best Wall.

Posted by usernames on (March 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

.................

Speechless.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

How can he make this decision based on JUST one test series failure? I hope it is not the form factor which has paved the way for this. He is such a thinking cricketer and should have concerns about aging body and fitness level. He would have also thought about giving opportunities for new generation players in the highest level. Salutes the GREAT WALL OF INDIA, embodiment of patience,courage,skill and fighting spirit.

Posted by Australian0007 on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

He may be the greatest batsman ever India produced. Well done, decided to give a chance to a young guy, but Thendulkar should go not him.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Sad day for indian cricket n sad news for all cricket lovers..........Rahul Dravid -The wall has announced his retirement.............Another Chapter of indian cricket ends...

Posted by sankar8000 on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Great Cricketer....He will be remembered ever for his defense....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Dravid, we want to see you batting again for one last time for our India in India, we love you, we admire you heart-fully and we will be with you in future too :):)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Oh man...wonder how many people will stop watching test cricket now :( he's had one bad tour of australia and he's going.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

End of an era.... Dravid is silent inspiration for all serious upcoming cricketers. miss u mr cricket...no one to replace u..indias great wall in all time......very sad news for indian cricket . have a good luck for his remaining life

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

The Wall....finally makes it ....he knew there is not much personal records to chase....but what an ambassador of cricket he has been..

Posted by yusuf97 on (March 8, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

greatest indian cricketer of all times...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

we will miss u .... whatever decision u might take .. we'll honor it .. u have our respect

Posted by Tesoromio on (March 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Its the end of a glorious chapter in Indian cricket..the end of a glorious era...we would struggle to find a more technically correct batsman than Dravid. Despite all the flaks he has received for his apparently slow batting in one dayers..the guy has scored almost 11000 runs in that format of the game.

We'll miss you Rahul...all the best for your future endeavours!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

that mean he is already retired.. as there are no more matches for him.. end of england tour could have been better occassion considering his show their.. at least he could have been missed on aus tour..

Posted by vinay224 on (March 8, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

We will miss " The Great Wall of India". But the Cricket and the Attitude that you taught will never be forgotten and is always be applied by the next generation.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

we will miss you badly mr.cricket. continue your support to the indian team in making it world's no.1............

Posted by maja2834 on (March 8, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

If he is retiring because of some MSD as news has come...Then I really wish MSD does not play Next world cup....1st it was ..Ghambir,then,Shewag removed from vice captain ..Now it will be Virat....And why is rahul to retire before sachin makes no sense....

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (March 8, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

All in all, its just a...nother hole in the Wall! Good riddance, he's way past his prime and should have given it away at least three years ago to go play lazy man's cricket (T20)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Indeed this would be the biggest loss for cricket..one of the best that I have seen so far since the time I started following this sport...an outright gentleman on field and off the field....for me he far higher than Tendular....I wish Dravid the very best for his future endeavors...

Posted by bps2401 on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

It's not a shocker. The day was bound to come. But not knowing that the 4th test Down Under was his last, hurts. :/ Jammy will be missed :| I hope he plays atleast another test, so that his fans get one last time to cherish his batting!

Posted by micklem on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

What is Tendulkar doing?How long he can keep playing like like this?Selectors should throw him out soon if he continues this form..Selectors are cowards here .Thats the problem..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Very Sad New..., No one replce u Jamee...

Posted by Rahul_78 on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Truly an end of an Era as far as test cricket is concerned in Indian cricket.There wont be another Rahul Dravid!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Please dont retire dravid....u cannot leave Indian team at this time when we are facing some serious difficulties playing in foreign conditions

Posted by street_smart on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Thats the right decision.. It was a bit late but it's ok.. We will always remember you Rahul. Sachin & Laxman please learn this lesson & follow him..

Posted by vishalnarasimhan on (March 8, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

It was likely that this announcement would come sooner or later. A great cricketer, a fantastic human being, this announcement would leave a big hole in Indian Top order. A lot of people would say there is no replacement for Sachin. the same applies to Rahul Dravid. There is no cricketer who can replace Rahul Dravid. Hats off to a wonderful career. you have set an example for youngster all over the world.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Dravid is Still Capable of making Good Scores , This is very difficult.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

That's it.. Time to move on. had a great entertainment from Sachin, Dravid and VVS. Time for next generation. Would like to see Sachin and VVS to retire soon. Not that they don't played well recently, its time youngsters to get their turn before they get old.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

I want lakshman 2 go b4 dravid. Dravid still has some days left ..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Dravid is Still Capable of making Good Scores , This is very difficult.

Posted by jaligamap on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Its a Heart Breaking News.. Cant Imaging Indian Test Cricket without THE WALL. As everyone is saying I cant believe him to retire until he announces himself. Definetely the day he announces it will be a tough day to digest the News.. ALot to Go Dravid.. Please dont retire atlease for us...

Posted by vinay224 on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

We will miss " The Great Wall of India". But the Cricket and the Attitude that you taught will never be forgotten and is always be applied by the next generation.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 8, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Thank you for your services, Dravid. I will miss the Dravid who I once saw in full fight! Now the other two oldies should show some grace and let younger players strutt their stuff. It is merely the Circle of Life.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

though a great player but time had come to hung the boots..!! a lengendry player.. hope so this decision brings sense to other seniors too..!!

Posted by Dipi99 on (March 8, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

A SAD MORNING !! was just having cup of tea and switched on television and saw dravid;s retirement..EXTRAORDINARY THE WALL.. aussies create 100's of waugh;s pontings but for india dravid retiring is loss india finds it difficult to replace him...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

This is a superb decision- Dravid obviously can't go on for ever, and India doesn't play Tests till September or October, when we have 7 home Test matches coming up, against NZ and England. That should give us enough time to try out a new No. 3. He has nothing to prove, and this is the perfect time for him to go.

He'll always be my favorite cricketer- imagine, he's won us Test matches in Australia, England, Pakistan and the West Indies, and saved us Tests in South Africa and New Zealand. What more can anyone ask for? Wall, Pillars and Foundation for 16 years, 1996-2012!

Posted by Edassery on (March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Definitely the best ever Test player from India much above Tendulkar and Gavaskar in terms of creating winning positions in matches. Tendulkar mainly played for his records and Gavaskar for drawing matches (a fashion in that era)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Thank you very much for the memories rahul .the game of test cricket will not be the same without this great intellectual human being .

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Dravid no doubt is one of the best techincal batsman in the test cricket. i feel its a right decision but should have been during any upcoming test. Or indian team should give him a farewell in any upcoming series. good luck Dravid for rest of life.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

May be , will stop watching test cricket ...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Miss u Mr.GREAT WALL of India

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

i feel like someone died in my family, very upsetting. True gentleman of the game. take a bow RD, cricket will not be the same without u.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

He should have played his last test against Pakistan - We as a Pakistani will miss a legend of Indian Cricket. Rahul Dravid is one of the most consistent batsman !! He should be invited for coaching roles with his beautiful technique of staying at the wicket !!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

dravid was the backbone of India for over 15 years. without him i dont think sachin would of scored so many runs. we will miss you the 'wall'. Rahul Dravid is one of the greatest

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Surely Indian Cricket going to miss THE WALL :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

lezend of indian crickettt nd mr defence heartfull gd bye 2 him......

Posted by rakesh_1907 on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

sad news for dravid fans,but it will open da gate for younger brigade.i think bcci should think of making him mentor and batting coach in future,his overseas xperince would come handy..but really he is master of da game..hats of to wall 4 his services to indian team..will miss u!

Posted by Gangarapu on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

It's very difficult to fill up Dravid's place in Indian team. What a player Dravid is..Kudos Dravid

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Rahul please reconsider your decision. No one on this planet can replace you

Posted by GangadharU on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Ohhhh Dravid! Tour down under was an exception, you played really well in England and West Indies as you used to do always... hope this press conference is not for announcing the retirement!

Posted by timtom on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Good decision (whether forced or intentional.)..Runs and form dried up and there was never really anything to achieve..Time to move on...One among the top3 indian batsmen and up there with world`s best.. Hope Laxman follows..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

MISS U DRAVID..... NO BODY WILL REPLACE U..... U R GREAT.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

What an Ambassador for stylist game of cricket, every stroke and every defense is a class act from him..the ball rolls towards the boundary line flooring on the ground from the impact by his willow, who can forget his 180 and the T20hat-trick sixes for a much better known dravid who loves to keep the ball grounded...Miss you Dravid! All the best for your future endeavours...By an INDIAN.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

If it is indeed his retirement statement, hats off to a legend in Test Batting. Good decision too by the man, to let younger players start building their Test Careers. In reality, it should have been VVS who first retired, but Dravid has taken that burden

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

An era of professional cricket will end now. You cannot find a more professional cricketer than him anywhere.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

He let his bat do all the talking !!! will be thoroughly missed !!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

don't go dravid.....please..

Posted by cricket_saint on (March 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Finally. The wall has decided to hang the boots, now that opens new approach and attitude for the Indian test team. Having dravid, we were playing like old Indians, whenever there is a problem stop and hang around wasting time. There is no more players like dravid mold so now Indian cricket will be fast/aggressive/fearless. Whenever the wall stood, it usually stopped the opposition but unnoticed was the way it stopped our attack too.Since the purpose of a wall is to make it difficult for both sides to climb, which was a hindrance for other players in our team who were fast. Countless times dravid wasted deliveries to make a century in the process taking the momentum from other Indian batsmen s. What is remembered is what dravid achieved and not what he didn't let others/team achieve. With dravid gone, now India can regain the no.1 ranking...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Will always be remembered as "The Wall" in cricket history

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

People He's Just Retiring .. Not Committing Suicide !

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Rahul GANDHI fails in the elections and Rahul DRAVID retires immediately..........is this a co-incidence??

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

this is very sad news for team india.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Cant digest this news :( He is the inspiration in tests . .Great wall of india retires ..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

A true great. Wonderful icon for the youth. Commitment and dedication towards the game so un-indian like. a thorough professional. Chalo, it was about to happen, but for a player as great as dravid, surely we would have wanted him to finish on a high. but well, not evrythng goes acc. to plan in lyf !!

Posted by Charindra on (March 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

As always, he is showing that he is a team man. Never got the credit he deserves, even in India. But he has helped india out of trouble so many times. And yes, he deserves a send off match I think.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

I think it will be the BLACK DAY in the history of Indian cricket when he will retire from the game...it is the loss which no other Indian can repaire....especially in the purest form of cricket i.e. Test Cricket.

We can feel what will happen to us if the WALLS of our house collapses. Same will be the case of Indian cricket when THE WALL will retire !!

Posted by sathu77 on (March 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

why none of my comments are posted:(?? i was so sad the dravids calling it a day:( and now this also wont reflect here!!:(

Posted by yasserrizwan on (March 8, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

This ruined my day. I do not give a damn if Sachin goes on to score 100 centuries or 200 centuries, what matters to me is how many of those centuries can match dravid's effort at Headingley, 2002/Lord's 2011/Oval 2011/Jamaica 2011/Adelaide 2003/Rawalpindi 2004. Mate, people who vie for individual milestones may have criticized you for declaring when a certain batsman was on 194*, you thoroughly held the 'team first' spirit. You opened batting when team needed, you kept wickets when team needed, you captained when team needed, you scored centuries when media waited & wanted for some1 else to score ton. You have been the most under appreciated star of Indian cricket. Test cricket was made beautiful by sportsmen like you and it doesn't need advertisement if we had players like you around. You are a champ and certainly the finest things to have happened to Indian cricket. Good luck for everything and anything you take up in life ahead. The wall, we 'll miss you.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

I don't think so he should retire now....at such a fitness still he can play another 5-6 years more and add another valuable runs to indian cricket.....at the moment there is no replacement for him and also it is very hard to get replacement for him.....definitly India will going to miss WALL like him.....forget about the personal records he is one of the best indian test crickter in the world....definitly Indian cricket will miss him on the field......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

"THE WALL" its a sad news for me as i am a follower nd fan of dravid

Posted by nav84 on (March 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Thank god sanity prevailed. But for one english summer he has pretty much been a liability for the team for last 3 years eating up chances of the likes of Pujara, Rahane and RS. Never the less he is the third finest Indian test batsman ever. I hope we hear him commenting or even better see him contributing to cricket administration like his other two K'taka buddies Srinath and Kumble are doing. All the best for the future!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Nooooooooooooooooooo...this must be a fake news :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Too Much Miss a WALL!!!! I Miss a GREAT TECHNICAL STRONG CRICKETER..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Ohh shocking morning news but I guess it's ri8 decision by Rahul Dravid .He should play a farewell test match for grand send off please Dravid play a test match The Clearest Character of World Cricket . Thank you Rahul for the memories

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

I do not have words to describe the loss. We are already in deep trobule. It would further make a big hole in the middle order, which i dont think filled easily. He is the one of his kind so you cannot compare him and cannot replace him in coming years. By heart, i still want him to play test cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

OMG .....really ,is he retiring ???? We all want to see him again,he is made for test cricket and it will be a huge loss for cricket....an end of an era. He is the greatest test cricketer ever (rate him ahead of sachin in test cricket -(impact factor)-).What a character n with the style he plays,he will be the source of inspiration for many generations to come....his contribution to world cricket is priceless.But plsss don't want to see him retiring like this ......atleast by a farewell match. :(( :(( very sad news.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Dravid would go down in cricketing history as an all-time great who performed when it really mattered. In these days of winning at all costs, his impeccable character and genuine humility was indeed refreshing on cricketing field (Greg Chappel may interpret it a little differently though) . To sum it up, a remarkable role model, admirable sporting icon and above all, a true ambassador of my great nation.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

The wall will be missed...but would had liked him to retire on a high note...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Not only Dravid's batting is missed but his behavior will also be missed. He was a true gentleman to play the sport following Vishy. Who will the GenNext Indian cricketers look up to conduct themselves??

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

I hope he will still play IPL...he is contracted to captain the Rajasthan Royals. Will definitely miss him in the international arena...a dignified person and Dhoni certainly did NOT deserve the captaincy at his or Anil Kumble's expense!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Will u support to Dravid's decision....!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

.SALUTE YOU GREAT MAN IT WAS PLEASURE TO WATCH YOU PLAYING.......HOPE I WILL NEVER SEE TEST AGAIN FOR LONGER TIME FROM NOW..I WATCHED ONLY TEST CRICKET COZ DRAVID WAS THERE..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

ooooooooooooohhh no dont do it dravid..you have plenty of cricket left in you..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

mr defendabale...v cannot see ur class batting again v cant imagine the test team without u..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

If only the decision could have been made a couple of months earlier would have been a more fitting end. None the less it had to be done! It goes without say that Dravid has been one of the most prolific batsmen India has ever seen the likes of which would be hard to match. Thank you.

Posted by harshilpatel on (March 8, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

if you want to see perfect defense you will see the batting of the great indian wall(rahul dravid). we miss you no one will replace dravid he is the great fighter and legend of cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

please jami its not to right time retired.... wait next 6 month you will play NZ tour your are one of the most indian great wall for the indian cricket history.your retirement wud surely hurt me.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Plz dont retire Dravid sir now... this is not possible.... Test will die without u... we want u to complete 14000 Runs atleast...... and it will not good to go without an send-off match..... urge u to not to retire now....Plz

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

GREAT WALL OF INDIA WILL COLLAPSE ON FRIDAY

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

why so soon dude?? :O why not make india suffer more??

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Surprising !!! Cricket Will Miss Mr Perfect !!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

I think he knows what's best for the team and himself. He has showed yet again how selfless he is. The Wall shall stand tall in the history of cricket. He sure will join the list of legends who have made the game of cricket a larger than life affair.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

If he decied to retire. We defnetly nedeed a send off match

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Finally punishment of watching dullest batting is ..............

Posted by ganirules on (March 8, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

When Would VVS Laxman would retire???,

Dravid was in better form than Laxman

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

If he does retire tommorow it will be a huge void for test cricket. India will miss the services of a true fighter, gentleman and a great ambassador of the game. we all love you dravid "the wall" and you are an inspiration to lots of indians not only for your cricket but also for your personality.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

What a career..what a cricketer he had been...."tears" on my cheeks....miss u jammy..!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

miss u dravid........india had lost an great wall..they vil be batting with out him

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

This will definitely hurt Indian cricket

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Here comes the curtain to the last classic style batsman. Godspeed Mr Dravid. We will miss your batting style & Charisma !

Posted by Satv007 on (March 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

It will hard for every indian fan not to see RD in the testline up. BCCI must felicitate RD for his contribution to Indian cricket. RD wish u all the very best for your future. It will be nice to see you in the commentry box, sitting next to your friend dada.

Posted by Makkumatr on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Easily the greatest Test cricketer of his era. And he found a good time to retire. Thanks for everything champ!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

What? this is indeed a heartbreaking news!...I wonder if Indian team will be able to find the replacement for RD that soon!..."The Wall" is finally getting invisible!! I wish Rahul Dravid All the Best for his upcoming future!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

DRAVID THE TRUE GENTLEMAN , HAS TAKEN THE RIGHT DECISION AT THE RIGHT TIME, PEOPLE OF HIS CLASS SHOULD BOW OUT GRACEFULLY, ANYWAYS HATS OF TO A GREAT PLAYER, LAXMAN AND SACHIN MUST BE FEELING JITTERY NOW THEY SHOULD FOLLOW SUIT AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE, HIGH TIME FOLKS MAKE WAY FOR YOUNG GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

A great test batsman and a very hard working ODI batsman who made the most of his limit talents. Impeccable defense, and incredible selflessness. Rahul Dravid will leave a gaping hole in India's middle order.

Posted by Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Thanks Dravid...... i wonder what made them thinking playing for the whole lives. Tendulkar and Laxhman should get some encouragement and get retired too. its better for indian cricket

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

It is nice that indian player is going respectfully, I thought These players should be dropped than they will decide about the future , very well done dravid I salute you for the services for indian cricket, now kohli should bat at no 3

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

he should have play one more test match and get more respectable send off as ganguly got.. but is is a good decision so far...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

miss u the wall................bt will join u in rajistan royal........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

We Miss enjoy seeing great wall on field

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

good news for india. at least youngsters gonna have chance. next on line is sachin.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

thank you Rahul for the pleasure & delight your game brought us. Wishing you well in whatever you choose to do next.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (March 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Tears rolling from my eyes but team has to grow now, so anyways even though it's not a correct time as Dravid is being too harsh to himself but age is not on his side and reflexes have become poor. Thank you Sir Dravid for all the entertainment, When i see you play, i see a warrior who fights till the death for Team India. I never saw that true fight in greatest of batsman even in Sachin, Ponting etc..you are class and a true sportsman, a true Indian.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

From Pakistan: Such a great player and match winner for India, he and Kallis are truly the wall against gr8 bowling attacks and playlike Javed Miandad and Sunil Gavaskar. As an opponent we always found much superior than Tendulkar who lacks in match finishing skills. We will miss u Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

we'll miss your batting art boss

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

I think it's very difficult for BCCI to found a Batsman Like Dravid.

Posted by dravid.s on (March 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

We miss u WALL.India will take another 2 years for wining 1st test with out U.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

The closure of one of the greatest chapter of the cricket Salute u dravid

Posted by india79 on (March 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Dravid is undoubtly one of the best players in the world in all the eras. He took indian cricket to many hights. Without Dravid, we may not see greats of Sachin or Lakshamn or Ganguly. In all their graet innings, he is part. All the greats Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman and Ganguly took indian cricket to far far next levels. Now Dravid is retiring which doesnt mean all others to do so. They are greats and they dont need any ones suggetions or mercy. They know what they are and when they need to put off. All the bashers of these greats - please stop unnecessary comments and try to look at their contributions to Indian cricket. May be today its Dravid turn and tomorrow for others. They will not stick to Indian team. Try to respect people who gave a lot to Indian cricket without whom we may not even think of single win within or outside India

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

We will miss you surely. Your will be our role modal always :). Thanks for everything.

Posted by Flyinghigh on (March 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Sad to see the glorious Rahul retire. In sport, everyone has his/her time...with age catching on its natural for skills to decline. In Rahul's case, however, continued to mould his game while following a great work ethic/focus. He is a true inspiration and role model - for his disciplne, down-to-earth demeanour, clarity of thought & communication, selfless orientation and most importantly the enormous contribution he made to Indian cricket.

Best wishes to him for continued happiness in whatever course he chooses from here, and truly hope he takes up commentary to brigthen the studios and enlighten the audience with his insight, spotless articulation and his wealth of cricket knowledge.

A true collosus who will be missed by millions of cricket fans and non fans too. A teary salute, Rahul.

Posted by zapeta on (March 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Tears all round the country, Dravid we miss you. Now its time for the Youngsters to prove their ability but unfortunately no body is even in the picture.. India will never get a player of his class elegance patience perfection .... everything blended into a fine individual and true sportsman.great ambassador of Test Cricket..... The great Nation Salutes the Great man for his services..

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Good decision by one of the greatest batsman of all time . This is the way legends leave the game with respect and honor. There will be only one WALL in cricket history and that is Dravid. No other words. In test cricket he is better than Sachin, Kallis, Ponting and Lara and many of this generation.

He played under the shadow of Tendulkar but still played better than him in Test cricket. True legend of the game and real test player.

Great decision once again. Way to go and have good life after cricket man.

Posted by Pranav2409 on (March 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Replace 'Dravid' with "Laxman" in this article please!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

One of the greatest batsman from India ever to have played the game . Will miss his incredible solidity for ever. Hats off to you Jammy for being the WALL and being one of the pillars of Indian Team's success.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Dont Do It Jammy.. Plsssssssss... Dont Listen To Those Idiots Who Wan You To Retire. Majority Cricket Fans Want You To Deliver More Master Pieces. Who ll Steer India When They Are 20/4 ? Test Cricket Will Die Without You

Posted by waza1234 on (March 8, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Good decision by Dravid. Now hopefully Laxman will do the same because i can't see him playing India's next test match. Tendulkar should stay for another year to guide the new players.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

no one can replace player like dravid the wall of indian cricket

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

its sad .... we miss u a lot .....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

plz don't go :( I don't have any words to say...1of the worst day of my life....you are god...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

I did'nt lyk his style of playing nd certainly not in odis but had a gr8 respect as a test player he should hav a fairwell series in india......jus bcoj of one tour bcci should not force legends lyk dravid laxman & sachin to quit groom cricketers lyk kohli,pujara,badrinath nd den quit....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

One of the Bests all time s gonna be missed from the Traditional Game made for him :( :( :(

Posted by santoshNaik2080 on (March 8, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

dravid, kumble..srinath..all r gentleman...they wont stick around just for the sake of plying...these north indian cricketers shud learn from them..

Posted by vinodkumargb on (March 8, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

It was a shock when Anil Kumble retired and now its Dravid! Never filling loss to the indian cricket. Its sad they both didn't get a farewell match!

Posted by Yolk_Eater on (March 8, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

i knew he had to go but the thing i hate is that , he was brilliant last year, and one failed series, and he is made the scapegoat, why not ask sachin to retire, he was poor in england too, why not laxman and above all why not dhoni, the man has no technique to bat in foreign conditions. Sack him. He doesn't deserve a place in the side then how is he leading the test team?

Posted by crikbuff on (March 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

This is what happens when selectors fail to do their job! Obviously Laxman was the weakest of the 3 seniors and shud've been the 1st to go. He will continue to be a liability, while RD has taken it upon himself to make way for youth! Rahul Dravid was India's best batsman of 2011, and would have been the ideal mentor to help young batsmen establish themselves in the team!

Posted by RMHASHIM on (March 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

indeed the end of a true gentleman `s career !!greatly missed

Posted by smudgeon on (March 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

The best Indian batsmen of the last 15 years, to me - certainly the best I've watched. Thanks for the brilliant career, Mr Dravid - good luck!

Posted by santoshNaik2080 on (March 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

We will surely miss Dravid a legend if he retires.. what a player he is.. Great wall.. always shown his spirit.. never involved in controversies.. great person.. performed whatever team/captain needed him to... batting, keeping, fielding, bowling... for me he is Mr cricket not hussey... hats off to Dravid!!! you will be surely missed...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Great Man ! Great Career !

Role model not only to all budding cricketers all over the world, but also to everyone of us !

Really feels privileged to be born in the era of two of the greatest batsmen to have played cricket ever, other one of course the GOD of Cricket - SRT.

We will all miss THE WALL, if he actually annouces his retirement from test cricket too, on friday.

Posted by karthik05 on (March 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

This day has to come someday, but he is leaving BIG VOID.... This is not the way he should go.. He deserves a better sendoff like a test match at Bangalore to go... There will be never another one to replace him.... VERY VERY SAD DAY...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I will remember him because he gave grit a good name. He proved that it is not only the pretty player who can capture the imagination, but also the tough and determined.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

U ll Be missed Mr Cricket... Hopefully someone takes you place... VVS should be doing the same. Cant comment abt Sachin He is cricket himself..............

Posted by Prashanth12 on (March 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

This one of the saddest moment of Indian Cricket History. One of the greatest Player of all time is forcefully made to retire from the team. Every Indian should Thank him for his wonderful Innings he played for India.

Posted by RakahDus on (March 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Miss you Mr.Cricket.. The Great wall of india..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Dravid is a true champion he knows his game very well and also know when to end.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

india misses out great wall...ur name vil b in history even centuries passes..now its time up to others also to hang their boots...future is certainly imp 4 ind...thanks for ur show man...no one can match ur style....took a right decision at right time...hope u vil b a mentor n rolemodel to guys who loves cricket

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Player of our generation! All the best Dravid.

Posted by landl47 on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

I was pretty sure he'd retire after the Australia test series. He never found any kind of touch and it must have been very difficult for such a great player to struggle so badly. At 39, he obviously wasn't going to get any better, so it's a good decision. He's been a wonderful player and, more than that, a perfect gentleman and ambassador for the game. I hope he'll stay involved in some capacity so we can enjoy his knowledge and quiet wit for many years to come.

Posted by DilipanMA on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

His Retirement was expected..He has very high Regards.. The only hurting thing is he is not ending on a high note... He deserves more...

Posted by vgsr on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

All good things must come to an end . Laxman should have retired first, followed by Dravid and Tendulkar. With this exit, Laxman will be under pressure to quit too. Except for Pujara , i dont see anyone in a similar mould or big enough to step into the shoes of these greats.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

if any player want to know the basic shots of cricket ,he has to see the wonderful batting of rahul dravid.i really love your cricket sir.

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

From Pakistan... The Greatest Talented Batsmen of the History... I want a see Fairwell for him...!!! Proud of You Rahul Dravid..The Wall...!!!

Posted by sjcteam on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

India has always produced several great batting legends, and Rahul Dravid the WALL is a certainty in the top notches of that list. We miss a true Legend in the indian cricket!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sunman81 on (March 8, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

It's a sensible and matured decision by Dravid... He will surely be missed by the team...Now Sachin and Laxman should time their retirement.. India can't afford the exodus of senior players

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

End of an era. Dravid thanks for the memories.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

We will surely miss the wall of Indian Cricket

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

WHY DRAVID ONLY ? HE MADE GOOD RUNS ON ENG TOUR , WI TOUR . TO ME LAXMAN SHOULD RETIRE . HE HAS BEEN FLOP IN ALL TOURS .

Posted by shivasuresh on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Thae master of test Cricket.....but can play ODIs and T20 as like young players.....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

no plz don't give off this game..you are god of cricket...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

The Great Wall Of India who stood behind for nealy 2 decades. We miss you

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Beginning of d end of a golden era in indian batsmenship!

Posted by Viky_Robin on (March 8, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

No he should not retire when he is in low, he should play one home series and retire HIGH. He deserves more than that.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

I can not believe this. World cricket will miss YOu .....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

The best a cricket fan can get to watch is Dravid's stylish strokes , his consistency and hardwork in the filed. THE GREAT WALL !

Someone has rightly said ' when the doors of temple are closed even the GOD is behind the WALL ! Will it be Sachin Tendulakar who will retire after him !!??

Wishing "THE GREAT WALL OF CRICKET " successful life ahead.

Posted by Robin001 on (March 8, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

I see a lot of talk regarding other Seniors....guys pls !!! This is the time to accolade & appreciate Dravid and his contribution to Indian Cricket. Indian Cricket will never be the same again. Dravid literally carried Indian team through all the tours outside India....in helpful conditions for the bowlers he was the one batsman you could trust will not give his wicket easily...He was our WALL ..the bowler would have to earn his wicket. Proud of you Dravid.....hope you will continue the good work along with Kumble for Karnataka Cricket...and looking forward to some day you three in Indian board

Posted by ravi-1967 on (March 8, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Farewell to the Great Wall of India (Cricket). You would be missed. There may not be another Rahul Dravid for a few generations.

The joy watching cricket would reduce and finally vanish When SRT and VVS also call it a day.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

I can not believe this..... We miss u Dravid...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Who comes have to go but world remember only those who make exit with grace and do not play just for records. Mr. Dravid was a true gentleman of the gentlemen's game of cricket. You will be remember for your grace, elegance and selfless game. You will be missed for long Mr.Wall.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT OF RAHUL DRAVID IN WORLD CRICKET...........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

This cannot be happening! I feel he had a lot more to offer..atleast another years test cricket left in him. But he probably did it for the team as he has on uncountable number of occasions. A legend of the game and more than that, a true gentleman. The Wall Shall Always Stand Tall! He will be missed :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Tendulkar and Laxman must also retire ..... Now the batting line up will be sehwag gambhir dhoni kohli yuvraj raina ashwin murali vijay harbhajan amit mishra..

Posted by joisbalu on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Wall finally collapsing...

Posted by staffenburg on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

About time really..should have done it after the England series...we Indians really need to be ruthlessly dedicated to Indian cricket and not individual honours........for all of you asking questions of the youngsters not performing......do remember that the dravid in his current form is not performing either.....and the older you get the tougher it gets to get back into shape especially considering our lack of fitness standards in India..........And for those of you clamouring for a farewell game........please......stop this monkey nonsense......nobody deserves any farewell in a professional game.....he can be honoured in parties and outside a professional setting thereby not comprimising on winning a game.......And by the way ....nobody owes anybody anything....he was selected to perform for the indian team and when that persons time is over he must leave ....lets get on with it....

Posted by kshitij_shah on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

One of the greatest player in world... plz dont retire .... aleast shall carry on for one more year before retirement

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Salute to the Wall... What an icon...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOO... pls dont retire without an last match in INDIA!! yu need THAT BIG farewell in from of Home Crowd!!! dont disappear like this......... :(:(:(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

End of an era. Dravid thanks for the memories.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

End of an era. Thanks for the great joy you gave us all and for being a such a wonderful role model. Proud to be your fan. Hoping BCCI will show some sense and utilize his vast knowledge of the game.

Posted by ArvindReddy on (March 8, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

The real hero of Indian cricket for the past 15 years. Played only for country not for centuries. We miss u Dravid...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

A wonderful journey came to end.. Tests will be tasteless...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

This has to be the end of an era for Indian Cricket... Wat a player he has been... A true champion and a more than wonderful person... Pity that this day had to come so soon.. He was and is still my favorite player... Will miss you Mr. Wall... You were the last of those true cricketers who defined cricket.. You were the best..

Posted by n_jraman on (March 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

such a true class player..shld have had a beter send off..i wish him to be part of indian cricket in admin or as batting coach..which india badly need to see start winning in tests

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

it saddens me though it was expected anytime after the test series... hope bcci will consider a testimonial match, something like that for his farewell....

Posted by sherishahmir on (March 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Hats Off to a true legend from India, not only a great player but also a nice human being.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

It is very sad to hear that the great wall has been forced to retire, No one can replace him. It is a sad day for cricket of India.This collapse is the starting of dying of test cricket of india. Any way hats of to your sir Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Should have had a grand farewell, but he chose to retire like how he played the game - Never had the limelight for all his achievements. More so for the manner he conducted himself on and off the field.India would never have another clean slate cricketer - Hats off Rahul

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Ganguly's replacement is only not fixed with many players tried including Raina, Yuaraj, Pujara and Virat Kohli. Then who will fill that place vacated by Dravid. I seriously doubt the ability of Rohit Sharma in the team.

So I recommend Dravid not to take this decision so soon.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

The Wall .. U will be missed.. A great cricketer nd a great gentleman too.. Truely end of an era ..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

virat the ideal one to fill the void :)

Posted by sathu77 on (March 8, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

oh no:(... i dont want him to retire in this way:(.. he should play atleast one last game!!

Posted by manish666 on (March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

salute to THE WALL...u will alwaz b remembered for your selfless batting for india...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

He is most best player among our senior players He only play for our country and not for record.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Well played Rahul..thanks for the memories

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

It's end of an era..but also time to move on...

Posted by Vpx23 on (March 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

You are and epitome the Ultimate Gentleman of Indian Cricket. Take a Bow! Get back soon and into the Commentary Box obviously! Surely will be the most sought after!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Truely a legend of a player.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

A legend is retiring when still in his prime - this is due to the inability of his team members to perform well when he didn't. Just one lean series in a long time and he decided to hang his boots? I pray Dravid reconsiders his decision, for India doesn't have any replacement of his class. A request from one of his ardent Test fans.

Posted by vaidyar on (March 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

For Christ's sake, keep something to write when he actually announces it. For all you know he might be launching a new line of bats or gloves or just retiring from IPL to concentrate on test cricket solely!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

No he should not retire..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

take this salute Mr. Wall

Posted by Haleos on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Great news for Indian cricket. Hope VVS follows suit.

Posted by deepak_sholapurkar on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Has he confirmed the retirement? As per the news he just called for "Press Conference"

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Salute and Great enojoyment you have been provided to cricket lovers. Thank you Sir.

Posted by siddhartha.das12 on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

India will never be going to make up this void. Rahul Dravid spent his first half part of his career under shadow of Sachin Tendulkar and much of the later half was lost in the euphoria of Dhoini's upcoming. In between he led India also to some success. But his contribution was largely undercredited all the way. Indian team will be going to miss the solidity of his presence in coming days.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Noooooo ...what a bad news to start the day with.hoping the press conference is for something else.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

No Mr.Rahul! This is not the right time to quit...U deserve to leave the arena as a champion..Not after a failure series..Hold on!!! Think again...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

so sad....he must have waited atleast one more test match before this announcement...atleast retired on a postive and happy note...:(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

If that is so, it would be a sad day. Dravid can still play Tests and i cant see anyone taking his position, as yet. I dont know where this is all messed up. Of course BCCI has a lot to answer. Is there some poor captaincy as well ??

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

He became the pivot of the Indian team which not only won matche but also started winning overseas. Not to forget he did lead the side as well to series victories in England and the West Indies for the first time in a generation.....It sure has been a glorious international career and it is good he has decided to hang his boots on his own terms.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

we love you Rahul..... You are the best of best

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Dravid.........Really we miss u in cricket field.................U r the wall of indian cricket team...............

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

one of the few gentlemen cricketers the world of cricket has produced. Kudos to him for his numerous achievements. The country salutes a great sportsman and an Indian with humility personified. He deserves all the accolades.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

He is making a HUGE mistake

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

If this news is true..then it is very very sad...he deserves the most respectable farewell from his team mates and Indian fans/crowd...This is not the way he should be send...he can retire after next test series in INDIA

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

India's best ever Test Batsman and the most dedicated Cricketer I have ever seen..

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (March 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Thank god finally it is happening, vvs next.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Ouch... !!! that hurt... !! I really hope Pujara steps up... cant see Rohit filling in soon... !!! Get well soon India... You are gonna be sick for a very long time... the retirement disease has just commenced... !!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

d end of d golden era of indian cricket begins .. laxman to follow den d best of all sachin will go .. nd den nthng to watch !! all other teams doesn hav a single batsman like these three are ..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Really sad news for all cricket lovers.. He have to play at least two more series.. one in home and one away series to groom the young batsmen..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

tnx for such contribution to indian cricket. RAHUL DRAVID - THE GREAT LEGEND

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

This is bad news for Team India...

Posted by Prash_161 on (March 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

He has been a true match winner for India..hope he had a better farewell series..Indian cricket will miss him dearly..!!!

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (March 8, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

I think perfect decission. Better to retire with pride instead of getting humilated. Hope Sachin and Laxman learn something from him.

Posted by Cric_Dravid_Fan on (March 8, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

NO.... Dravid.. You should not retire from TEST cricket.

Posted by viswanav on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

I am hoping against hope that this discussion does not turn into a Tendulkar vs. Dravid discussion...

Posted by Pranav2409 on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Cricket will never be the same again. Oh Master, please don't go! I can't imagine a team without you, the backbone of Indian Cricket. Please hang on, at least till you see someone even half worthy of filling in for you. Please!

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Well all good things have to come to an end. Here's wishing Rahul all the best in his future endeavours.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Very sad to see this news... Is the WALL of Indian Cricket is going break on Friday??? Many hearts that truly love the game of Cricket will break...

Posted by indiaprem on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

this call should be made by VVS 1st then dravid and then tendulkar .....

Posted by HawK89 on (March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Dravid had only the bad series in australia. He looked the best at their 0-4 defeat in england. A great player to watch, shows what test batsmen are.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :( He is my fav test cricketer. He still has a couple of years of test cricket in him. He has been such a great servant of Indian Cricket. I salute him!!

Posted by viswanav on (March 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

A brilliant cricketer and a match winner at that...Always put the team before himself...No one else would have taken the additional burdens of wicket keeping and captaincy as he did...A superb slip fielder as well (I guess he can be pardoned for the dropped catches in his last few years)...I have oodles of respect for this guy.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

The Hero deserves a Heroic department... Only if his retirement were a bit more histrionic!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

A BIG void. India will never see another Rahul Dravid. He definitely will go down in history as one of the greatest cricketers of all times and for some reasons, I hold him above Sachin Tendulkar in Tests. Wishing him all the best in his future endeavors. You will be missed :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

How long did and the other two survive anyway? They should have retired years ago...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

End of an era....

Dravid is silent inspiration for all serious upcoming cricketers.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

The Wall....finally makes it ....he knew there is not much personal records to chase...wish someone follows that suit....but what an ambassador of cricket he has been

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

very sad news for indian cricket . have a good luck for his remaining life

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

please dravid dont retire from test crckt..test crckt made for u

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

I'll not believe it until he himself says that he's retiring.. For a player of his stature and class he surely deserves a send off match.. I'd not feel bad if Tendulkar retires but Dravid's retirement wud surely hurt me.. :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Not the right time to make such decision

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

one of the all time greats of the game....It is a pity that won't be able to see his text book style batting any more...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

miss u mr cricket...no one to replace u..indias great wall in all time......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

some things we dont want at some time.but,n future which s necessary.great cricketer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 we mis ur strokes

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Very bad news to Ind Cri.Fans...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Grandfather clock calls time!!! Wall-D will be missed :(

Posted by cricksagar on (March 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

oh no... wait a series for grand farewell.. i will miss u very much.. u are one of my hero..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

oh god!!! still india needs ur contribution to test cricket mr.wall.....please be back....if dravid ill announce retirement means it ill be a huge setback for india.....anyway its ur time rahul...think well...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

sure we will miss you dravid :(

Posted by Captain_Crick on (March 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Dravid - a true gentlemen and a cricketing legend,. He would be missed badly in the world of International Cricket. End of a Dravidera! Kudos to the champion!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

This News Ruined My Day.Retiring after failed for four test in Australia! are you kidding Dravid Please Don't Take Any Rash Decisions

Posted by D.Sharma on (March 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Real hero of Indian cricket. Knows when to bow out. What a champ!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 8, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

It seems that Dravid is taking the lead in being unselfish in this just as he does on the field. I'm not having a go at Tendulkar or Laxman but, given how well he was performing before the recent tour of Australia, it seems to me that he should not be the first of the three to go. Maybe the decision is more personal than team-oriented and he just doesn't have the same passion for the game as he did. Whatever the case, good luck to a fine cricketer and a fine man in whatever he may do.

Posted by chandanr on (March 8, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

please dont retire rahul...v love you.........

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

This is heart broking..we grew up watchin his batting..it will be end of an era..Dravid we will miss u..thanx for giving us so many proud moment..you will be one of the best ever batsman all time..Hats off to u

Posted by JustIPL on (March 8, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Everyone is looking for Ten'dulkar who wants to be Hundreds'dulkar. Dravid is still good for Indian pitches atleast and not very long ago was the most motivated batsmen by finding India on top of ICC test ranking during English whitewash. Aussie whitewash featured his weakening wall.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

a very sad day for world cricket

Posted by VJ.Harry on (March 8, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Ohhh nooo...the last thing that i wanted to happen...The wall should stand tall he still has that in him...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

india still need you, they are not capable to play test matches without you,

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DRAVID ... PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS DON'T RETIRE

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

End of an era!! A fighter who always contributed to the indian cricket! Hats off to the wall- Rahul Dravid.

Posted by Srini88 on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Oh come on Dravid.. Players who play for personal stats are still there!!.. Need one more good innings from you!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Gr8 Player .... Finally his time is up ... Sad to see great players retire ... Its always been so ...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

I think this is the right most time to do that.

Posted by Bangarraju2012 on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Im shocked. Why Rahul Dravid is retired from Test Criket? Who is the replacement for Rahul Dravid?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

A Legend ends......... :( :(

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

"The Wall" deserves a grand sendoff... please please dont announce retirement.... play atleast one last series in India. I would like to see you bat one more time.... BCCI, can you guys please do the honourable job of dedicating a series to the man who was a saviour on foreign touts over last decade... if not anything, look at South Africa cicket board and learn...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

oops I miss him in test matches..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

y da hell he needs to retire ??? if some1 has to make space for a new batsman it shud b lakshman nt dravid.. he performd awsm in england.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

:( :( :( :( .................

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

If its true then its really sad news...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Great Decision By a perfect Team Man.. :)

Posted by ssruprai on (March 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Dravid will sure be missed. But it is about time to build a new team.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

No Rahul !! Please Dont retire ... There is no Technically Sound Player Like you in current Indian team to Play Long innings..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Dravid, i cannot find any words to describe your contribution to Indian Cricket. You are up at the top with Hazare, Mankad, Gavaskar, Kapil dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly.

Now I want arrogant Kohli & co to survive without Dravid in Tests.

Posted by maddinson on (March 8, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

good decision, at least some one care about Indian cricket. He was humiliated by the inexperienced Aussie bowlers who breached his defense continuously throughout this summer and made him clueless.

Posted by SulthanXI on (March 8, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

All the best Rahul...... We will see you in IPL.... Wish you all the best

Posted by nskaile on (March 8, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

wht the???? wht??? why? let him play one last series. wht the heck

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

If this is true, then friday will indeed be a sad day for indian cricket. Rahul Dravid will always remain one of the most widely admired gentleman of the game. Besides playing in the IPL, I hope he stays in the cricket world as a coach or consultant for Karnataka.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Its so Hurting :-( We miss you Dravid !

Posted by venbas on (March 8, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Excellent decision from THE WALL. It was very sad when people kept talking about breaching the WALL after the forgettable Australian trip. Instead of trying to scrape for a living, its best the legends retire as...LEGENDS. Thank you Dravid for your contributions. I hope others like Laxman and Sachin take the cue and do something similar. Thanks for the pleasant memories from the past. Please do not create a monster now by sticking on to scrap.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Hoping that this isn't true!!!

Posted by AtticusFinch on (March 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

If he does so, it will be one of the saddest days in Indian and World Cricket. A colossus in more ways than one. Will be sorely missed. But what memories . . . . . Take Care, Rahul. The game of Cricket is forever indebted to you.

Posted by NewGuard on (March 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

One of the modern day greats bows out. Hopefully we can experience his class again through his commentaries? It might have been especially tough on him to retire after a bad series.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

hi dravid,

pls do not retire. you are still one of the fittest players in india team. better than so called youngster ashwin. one bad australia series does not make you a lesser player. just before that in england series you were the best batsman from india.

Posted by vineetkarthi on (March 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

GOOD TIMING. END OF A WONDERFUL CAREER. ONE OF THE VERY BEST THE COUNTRY HAS PRODUCED. BEST WISHES FOR A POST RETIREMENT LIFE.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Tears in my eyes accumulate and my heart is choked. I salute you man from the bottom of my heart. You are the greatest influence on me. You are a legen set in stone.

Posted by Raginggbull on (March 8, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Rahul.. The last test batsman of the old era. Who makes the bowlers clueless. More than 10 hours of worksmanship in the toiling Indian sun. Who makes a lot of so-called-stars to understand the test cricket. We will be missing you. Lot of words in my heart. My Tributes to you the greatest.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

I think sachin should call press conference on saturday.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Cant say it was out of the blue. Thanks for the memories, Rahul

Posted by posybeon123 on (March 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

nooooooooooo the great wall finally crumbles

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

He deserved a better exit

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