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Rahul Dravid's retirement announcement

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March 9, 2012

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Posted by Charindra on (March 9, 2012, 13:18 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 cricketlover_crazy on (March 9, 2012, 10:02 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 Akheel on (March 9, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

immense R.E.S.P.E.C.T to you , Sir.

Posted by wasim_007 on (March 9, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Rafel Nadal of Cricket...so simple so straight....God Bless Your future.

Posted by prabhu04 on (March 9, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

After Vishy I like Rahul very much though it is a sad news to us but it is inevitable. He may extend his career atleast for one more year but he feels otherwise. He is a fantastic crickete. After Vishy's exit from Test Cricket Rahul took charge for India from Karnataka. Both of them are very good in Cricket as well as off the field. Both of them are gentleman cricketers

Posted by pranab_380 on (March 9, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

So what, the world didn't stop! For me it nearly did when Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. They won't make another one like him. His drives were as crisp and composed as his demeanor on and off the field. For some he might be a very slow scorer. But for me his batting always remains the most serene things to watch. So assured, so calm, so intense and at the end of the day got the job done... most of the times.

FAREWELL RAHUL DRAVID AND ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS!!!

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

great to see a legend goin out on his own terms :)

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

He should at least have stayed to play series against England at home - my personal wish. but may be he thinks that is a good time for some youngster to start his test career for India.

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

None Can Replace THE WALL,Very sad&Thanks for entertaining for yrs!!!

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

Hats off to you Dravid but as a Rajasthani I am very pleased you are RR Captain and we will keep cheering for you. But a bis loss for Indian Test Cricket and huge place to fill in.

Posted by fullgood on (March 9, 2012, 8:26 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 Mahaanama on (March 9, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

True gentleman and a high skilled batsman who can bat anywhere unlike most of other Indian batsmen. You are one of my all time favorite batsman. The who cricket world will miss you. Thanks for your great entertainment and wishing you all the best!

Posted by VP007 on (March 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Dravid is a Great player of all formates...We will miss you Rahul..Team India lose one big strong wall of cricket today...Good luck to you THE GREAT PLAYER of cricket history

Posted by Romanticstud on (March 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

If anyone deserves a heroes welcome in any country it is Rahul ... He was technically the best defensive player in the current age ... "The Wall" ... He may not have been a Sehwag that could hit the ball all over ... Or a Tendulkar that could from time to time get hold of the bowlers ... but he was there accumulating runs ... That was not to say he could not hit the bad ball ... He did that ... He was one of the modern greats for his fielding, batting and keeping exploits ... He also was a sportsman ... Bowlers often got frustrated trying to get him out ... When you need someone to grind out a hunder for you ... Dravid would be that man ... I once saw him play at the Wanderers ... The 16-20 January 1997 Test ... what class ... Rahul made 148 and 81 and was man of thw match ...

Posted by mukesh2147 on (March 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

soon after Dravid had been introduced and when he hit first century 107 against pakistan on chasing huge total (327) on those days,i surprised to see braveness in young Dravid when other batsmen including sachin,etc., left Indian team.from that day to still now my only cricketer was only Dravid.i dont likes to watch cricket anymore.i dont like to see a match when Dravid got out once in a match.but now he had retired and the time came for it for a nice gentleman.really he was underrated by silly dhoni and co along with idiot vengasarkar in one day arena.really he lost another 5000 runs in odis.i cant able to digest that till date.the curse goes to whole culprit bcci members.all things are over.i cant imagine his ipl retirement but that real god announced it.pls i beg you,keep strike in ipl ,please god Draviidddd,please.....i am really proud when he hit 21 ball fifty,63 ball ninetytwo,145 in 1999 and when you reach 153 from 100 in 21 balls,that 233 and that 270 from 200 in run a ball.

Posted by mukesh2147 on (March 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

soon after Dravid had been introduced and when he hit first century 107 against pakistan on chasing huge total (327) on those days,i surprised to see braveness in young Dravid when other batsmen including sachin,etc., left Indian team.from that day to still now my only cricketer was only Dravid.i dont likes to watch cricket anymore.i dont like to see a match when Dravid got out once in a match.but now he had retired and the time came for it for a nice gentleman.really he was underrated by silly dhoni and co along with idiot vengasarkar in one day arena.really he lost another 5000 runs in odis.i cant able to digest that till date.the curse goes to whole culprit bcci members.all things are over.i cant imagine his ipl retirement but that real god announced it.pls i beg you,keep strike in ipl ,please god Draviidddd,please.....i am really proud when he hit 21 ball fifty,63 ball ninetytwo,145 in 1999 and when you reach 153 from 100 in 21 balls,that 233 and that 270 from 200 in run a ball.

Posted by ImpartialObserver on (March 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Well, what can one say? Undoubtedly a weird day for Indian cricket in particular and world cricket at large. One of the greatest personalities is quitting International Cricket. You can't find many better than Rahul, whichever way you look at it. Cricket, style, being meticulous, selflessness, professionalism, role model, et al. We Indians have this mad affliction of showering praises on others, but I consider Dravid the original Mr. CRICKET. He was the quintessential cricketer in every sense of the word! He stood for all that was Good Cricket. He was very intense, professional and had superb poise and style in his shots. He had it all. Oh God! How can I force myself to not expect the familiar figure coming out at the fall of the first Indian wicket? It's sacrilege! And he is the last among classical Test Cricketers. Wish you all the very best in your future endeavors, Rahul. And doubtless, we all miss you sorely.

Posted by mvinodkannan2 on (March 9, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Rahul Dravid the stalwart of the Game of Cricket. Unmatched technique and brilliance in the middle in difficult conditions in overseas proves his mettle. Even though he was over shadowed by others during his time he always played the same way. His best innings is the one he played in Jamica which was appreaciated by Brian Lara the other legend of the game stating it was the best test innings he has ever seen. Not only in Test cricket and also in ODI's he proved a point and came out brilliantly proving by scoring highest number of runs in 1999 world cup. Thank you Rahul Sir for such a wonderful and a disciplined carrier for last 16 years which made the Indian Cricket and The game very proud about you. Please accept my SALUTE. NO ONE CAN REPLACE THIS LEGEND OF THE GAME. His retirement also was timed the right way as he times the CHERRT top boundary. ALL THE BEST RAHUL DRAVID SIR.

Posted by RahulDeo on (March 9, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Now who will be the adhesive for mammoth partnerships.!!!!

Posted by Jagerabari on (March 9, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Good Bye to my cricketing Hero. Thank you for entertaining us for years.

Posted by wasim_007 on (March 9, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

I LOVE YOU DRAVID!!!!at times I got bored watching your defensive cricket when I saw matches from the perspective of bowlers as they ran from the rope bowled at you and you just defended or let it go..Truely Gentleman of Indian Cricket...you again set an example ...MAT JAO YAAR ...YOU ARE FIT ENOUGH AND CAN PLAY FOR 2 MORE YEARS...LOVE YOU...AND LAXMAN...

Posted by RISHI2016 on (March 9, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

In ancient wars first arrows and spears were thrown upon. Whoever could sustain it better, won in face to face man to man combat, which required butchering and lesser skills to endure. Dravid resisted spears and arrows and lesser mortals followed suit and won laurels.

Posted by Mr.Shrek on (March 9, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

My Salute to the Mr. Cricket of India. Frankly I thought Dravid would be one of the last from the present senior players to retire (I had Laxman first, followed by Sachin and Dravid the last to retire), but he has done the right thing and most importantly - done it at the right time - i.e. When he is at the top of his Game. I think everyone should take a lesson from him. And there is a lot our present brash and the young generation could learn from Dravid, for one, they could stop mouthing their response and use their bats to reply appropriate answers to the opposition and the media alike. One again Three Cheers to the Gentleman of Indian Cricket. All the best with what ever you do in your future engagements.

Posted by prabs9 on (March 9, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Rahul the best in technique, we miss him forever,..

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