Rahul Dravid's retirement March 27, 2012

'Dravid walked through obstacles, not around them'

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It was an evening filled with emotion in Mumbai - Rahul Dravid almost cried and VVS Laxman had moist eyes, while Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni sang praises of Dravid, one of the flagbearers of Indian cricket's golden generation.

The occasion was Dravid's felicitation by the BCCI, following his recently announced retirement from international and first-class cricket. Two of the biggest men in Indian cricket, BCCI president N Srinivasan (unwell) and Sachin Tendulkar (reasons unknown) might have been absent, but the event, which took place on the plush lawns of a five-star hotel, was still very well attended. Many prominent former cricketers - including Sunil Gavaskar, Ajit Wadekar, Bishan Bedi, Mohinder Amarnath and Dilip Vengsarkar - and the entire India squad that will play the one-off Twenty20 against South Africa, along with senior BCCI officials, were there.

After a recorded message from Srinivasan played out, Kumble, Ganguly, Laxman and Dhoni walked up to the podium to pass on messages of thanks to Dravid. He was 'Jam' to his contemporary, Kumble, and 'Rahul bhai' to younger team-mate and captain Dhoni, who said Dravid was Indian cricket's man Friday.

"He was someone who would walk through obstacles, not someone who would go around the obstacles," Dhoni said, summing up the character of Dravid who, all the speakers agreed, was always willing to give his all at all times. "He was someone who was ready to do anything and everything needed for the team: whether it came to opening the innings, wicketkeeping, or standing at slips or silly point, his answer was always 'yes'," Dhoni said. He also reserved special praise for Dravid's wicketkeeping skills, saying "some of the catches he took, may be a regular wicketkeeper would never have taken [them]".

Dhoni said it was not only him, but all the younger players who were paying a tribute to Dravid through him. Dravid, he said, always prepared the same meticulous way, no matter who the opponent was.

Ganguly, under whose captaincy Dravid played some of his best innings, said having Dravid as a deputy was a 'pillow of comfort'. He held Dravid and the then coach John Wright responsible for him finishing as one of the most successful India captains. "A lot of people talk about me being the captain, but behind the scenes lot of work was done by you [Dravid] and John, which made Indian cricket successful," Ganguly said. "To sum-up your career I can say only one word: outstanding, and I'm sure you must be a proud man today. The contribution you made to Indian cricket [was] not just the runs you scored, but [the fact that] you played in an era in which Indian cricket went from strength to strength."

Kumble said one of Dravid's biggest strengths was his commitment to the task. "We shared a lot of evenings out. He knew what I hated, what I'd order … he'd know what it was. When we were having discussions, we'd be lost in our own thoughts. He would probably be preparing [mentally] for the next day's batting, or analysing the day's play," Kumble said. "This is what his commitment and pride for the game was. This is something that'll be missed in the dressing room."

Laxman, Dravid's best man on so many occasions including the historic Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001, said his forte was humility in the face of big accomplishments. "Even after so many achievements, he has always been level headed and for me that is his greatness," Laxman said in an emotional speech, during which he urged everyone present to stand up and give his friend, Rahul, an ovation.

Dravid, who walked in with his family, wife, children, parents and brother included, listened intently to every speaker and did not forget to thank each of these four former team-mates when his turn to talk came around. He said it was the players' performance along with the support from the BCCI that had helped India move from being regarded as "second-class citizens" to "dictating terms" in international cricket.

Before he said his final goodbye, Dravid told Dhoni and the rest of the India squad that he was certain that Indian cricket's legacy was now in safe hands. "I may not be playing for India anymore but to the present Indian team what I would like to say is: guys, I will watch with great interest what I think is an extremely exciting and really talented group of young cricketers," he said. "I hope Indian cricket will always be a strong force, both on the field and off the field. And I have no doubt that I would take great pleasure, with a cup of tea and a biscuit in my hand, in watching you guys achieve great things."

Read the transcript of Dravid's speech here.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • HarishVS on March 30, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    I cannot accept that Rahul Dravid has retired. I am somehow controlling my emotions that the team India is only playing a test match in September. But when finally that day comes and when there will no Rahul Dravid walking onto the pitch when the first indian wicket falls, we will really start to miss this great man. But I am sure that Rahul will come back some day in future and start contributing to the welfare of Indian cricket with the same excellence, commitment and dedication that he did all these 16 years with the Indian team. I wish Rahul all the best in his future endeavours and personal life.

  • Sulli001 on March 29, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me why Dravid is retiring, his recent form in England and Australia was not grounds for being dropped, in fact if anyone should be shown the door its VVS Laxman! Dravid has 2 more years of test cricket in him.

  • niraj13 on March 29, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people are thinking that Sachin skipped this function purposely. When Dravid decided to retire, Sachin was the first one to pay him the tribute. Another reason to bash Sachin-wow! May be you guys should find something better to do with your time than spending it in bashing the once-in-a-century cricketer :). Sachin and Dravid always were good teammates. Dravid will go down as one of the greatest cricketers, but come on people, you don't have to say things about the little master just to prove that Dravid was a great man and a great cricketer. His feats speak for themselves. By bashing Sachin, you are not only insulting Sachin, but also the great man Dravid. If you admire Dravid, admire him, but why bring SRT in the discussion.

  • on March 28, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @RasCric..no dude..dravid is not selfish according to tendulkars definition/./.those who retires on high are selfish...dravid retired on low so he was not selfish...dont say anything without any logic

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @Kumaran: Very well Said. We may see another Sachin but we will never see another Dravid. @Prodigy: What about Javagal Srinath who redefined fast bowling for India. Unfortunately he was overused and thus had to retire well before the end of his time.

  • on March 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    The only way to comment about retirement of Dravid is, "The End of Test Cricket in India".There can be many talented players competing to be the next sachin but to be a next Dravid, not only requires to be a great batsmen but great team man and great human being which is a tougher challenge.

  • ProdigyA on March 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I think the players who really changed Indian team together were Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Saurav, Kumble, Bhajji and Zak. There were other people coming and going but i think this core team should be given credit.

  • on March 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Hey dont say some thing like that about Sachin. He is just trying to give his place to his Son, just what most politicians do in India. By 2015 his son will be 17 and is fit to make it to the international stage..

  • sajid7137 on March 28, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Being a Pakistani and a cricket lover, I think Ganguly and Dravid changed Indian cricket. Without any doubt Sachin is the greatest player India has ever produced but when Gangs and The Wall came around, they were different team altogether. The biggest difference between Rahul and Sachin was that Rahul won many matches for India and Sachin los many matches for India. Dravid was not a leader but he was excellent executioner as directed by his leader. He was brave to open against Akhter when India could not find any one to do that and when they needed him to bat for longer periods and then keep wickets for opposition's entire innings. He was probably the best in technique wise in his era and most importantly he was a man of character and charisma which you can hardly find in subcontinent except Imran, Sachin, Waseem, Waqar, Gavaskar, Javed and Kapil. I would just wish Rahul to have a wonderful life from now onward, We all shall miss your batting and class.

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    A great man with a great insight of the game. That is how I would sum up Rahul Dravid. An era has come to an end. Off the famous five (Sachin, Laxman, Rahul, Kumble and Souav), three off them have called it a day. The other two are also not going to hang around for very long. I wonder what interest will be left in watching cricket after these guys?. Virat, Dhoni etc. are good cricketers but cannot be matched with the famous five who have seen the rise of Indian criket. Sounds dogmatic but that is the fact. I wish Rahul a great time ahead.

  • HarishVS on March 30, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    I cannot accept that Rahul Dravid has retired. I am somehow controlling my emotions that the team India is only playing a test match in September. But when finally that day comes and when there will no Rahul Dravid walking onto the pitch when the first indian wicket falls, we will really start to miss this great man. But I am sure that Rahul will come back some day in future and start contributing to the welfare of Indian cricket with the same excellence, commitment and dedication that he did all these 16 years with the Indian team. I wish Rahul all the best in his future endeavours and personal life.

  • Sulli001 on March 29, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me why Dravid is retiring, his recent form in England and Australia was not grounds for being dropped, in fact if anyone should be shown the door its VVS Laxman! Dravid has 2 more years of test cricket in him.

  • niraj13 on March 29, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people are thinking that Sachin skipped this function purposely. When Dravid decided to retire, Sachin was the first one to pay him the tribute. Another reason to bash Sachin-wow! May be you guys should find something better to do with your time than spending it in bashing the once-in-a-century cricketer :). Sachin and Dravid always were good teammates. Dravid will go down as one of the greatest cricketers, but come on people, you don't have to say things about the little master just to prove that Dravid was a great man and a great cricketer. His feats speak for themselves. By bashing Sachin, you are not only insulting Sachin, but also the great man Dravid. If you admire Dravid, admire him, but why bring SRT in the discussion.

  • on March 28, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @RasCric..no dude..dravid is not selfish according to tendulkars definition/./.those who retires on high are selfish...dravid retired on low so he was not selfish...dont say anything without any logic

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @Kumaran: Very well Said. We may see another Sachin but we will never see another Dravid. @Prodigy: What about Javagal Srinath who redefined fast bowling for India. Unfortunately he was overused and thus had to retire well before the end of his time.

  • on March 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    The only way to comment about retirement of Dravid is, "The End of Test Cricket in India".There can be many talented players competing to be the next sachin but to be a next Dravid, not only requires to be a great batsmen but great team man and great human being which is a tougher challenge.

  • ProdigyA on March 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I think the players who really changed Indian team together were Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Saurav, Kumble, Bhajji and Zak. There were other people coming and going but i think this core team should be given credit.

  • on March 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Hey dont say some thing like that about Sachin. He is just trying to give his place to his Son, just what most politicians do in India. By 2015 his son will be 17 and is fit to make it to the international stage..

  • sajid7137 on March 28, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Being a Pakistani and a cricket lover, I think Ganguly and Dravid changed Indian cricket. Without any doubt Sachin is the greatest player India has ever produced but when Gangs and The Wall came around, they were different team altogether. The biggest difference between Rahul and Sachin was that Rahul won many matches for India and Sachin los many matches for India. Dravid was not a leader but he was excellent executioner as directed by his leader. He was brave to open against Akhter when India could not find any one to do that and when they needed him to bat for longer periods and then keep wickets for opposition's entire innings. He was probably the best in technique wise in his era and most importantly he was a man of character and charisma which you can hardly find in subcontinent except Imran, Sachin, Waseem, Waqar, Gavaskar, Javed and Kapil. I would just wish Rahul to have a wonderful life from now onward, We all shall miss your batting and class.

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    A great man with a great insight of the game. That is how I would sum up Rahul Dravid. An era has come to an end. Off the famous five (Sachin, Laxman, Rahul, Kumble and Souav), three off them have called it a day. The other two are also not going to hang around for very long. I wonder what interest will be left in watching cricket after these guys?. Virat, Dhoni etc. are good cricketers but cannot be matched with the famous five who have seen the rise of Indian criket. Sounds dogmatic but that is the fact. I wish Rahul a great time ahead.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @cricketisagame: I agree with you. If we are allowed to cancel our appointments 24 hrs prior to the scheduled appointment and reschedule it, I am sure Sachin could have done that as well. Since he already knew he was going to miss why not have a video message. What bothers me is his statement that he had scheduled the appointment two months ago, but there was no sign of his toe inflammation during Asia cup. Anyways at the end of the Day a great Indian cricketer has retired and I doubt if any other Indian cricketer will get the respect from cricketing fans all over the world like Mr. Wall did.

  • Lord_Dravid on March 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    i will never forget the day when a friend whispered to me in a uni lecture that dravid has retired..i didnt believe him at first then checked the news i couldnt sleep that night.

  • nikheelkumar16 on March 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Awesomely Said "I hope Indian cricket will always be a strong force, both on the field and off the field. And I have no doubt that I would take great pleasure, with a cup of tea and a biscuit in my hand, in watching you guys achieve great things." I liked this phrase

  • cricketisagame on March 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @Skylight28, I got the point mate what you're trying to do. In England the public patients of NHS have the right to call and change their arranged appointment prior to 24 hours. What you think, if Sachin, who is a paying patient, will call the specialist and post pone his appointment for a day, would the specialist say..no!! if you cant make it for that day, do not see me again. use your brain mate, this function is arranged with prior notice as well not hastily arranged. Sachin did had enough time to rearrange his appointment. The fact is, he wanted an excuse to skip this function.

  • Nampally on March 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    It is sad to see one of the finest Indian cricketer, Rahul Dravid, retire. An architect of India being #1 Test team in the World. Dravid along with Sehwag, Tendulkar & Laxman formed arguably the best batting line up in the world. As people rightly say, this was the Golden era of the Indian batting. As in life, age catches up with all & careers must come to an end. Dravid was one of the best #3 batsman in the world test cricket and the best ever in India.His record speaks for itself. He is the second most prolific scorer in the World tests cricket - behind Tendulkar. Like his other 3 compatriats, Dravid's humility and calm attitude is the gift of his generation. Being a brilliant & articulate speaker, he will make his retirement as much joy for himself & his family as was his great batting & superb Slips catching was in Test Cricket. A truly great character, Dravid will leave an indelible mark on the Indian cricket & a void hard to fill. Hats off to a true Legend & a classy gentleman.

  • Er-.S.R.shankar on March 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    o Rahul! For me and my two sons cricket will not be same again though we would continue to watch with less passion.The reality that you have hung your shoes is very bitter pill to swallow for us How we wished you just had one last test match in any part of India--All the three of us would have reached there and parted with a hug or handshake For sheer devotion to team as Sachin has aptly said 'There cannot be another Rahul Dravid Bidding good bye with moist eyes and choked throats Earnest wishes for your health wealth and prosperity

  • Sudhakar86 on March 28, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @All

    Had SRT attended the event then everyone's focus would have been on SRT rather than Dravid. SRT was the first to spoke about RD's retirement even before RD announced it. Cricketers have their own privacy. Everyone must respect it. SRT knows well how to respect others. RD performed well (max 5-10times) when SRT failed and people hail him as a hero. That is appreciable but SRT single handedly carried the burden of the outcome of the match whenever he goes into bat. The whole Indian team always had the excuse saying "Sachin missed to deliver and so we lost the game: like that". What excuse SRT had these 23 years? Keep scoring! Keep running! Keep winning! etc. What was RD doing at CAPETOWN,Bloemfontein,Sydney,Perth,Colombo,Old Trafford,Bristol,UAE,Chennai etc.? Success and failures are part of the game. RD got his address only in 1999 wheras SRT has his own heritage at 1996.

  • rohitrainakohli on March 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Dravid u r great because you want to see indian cricket in future well.you showed your mental strength at appropriate times .sachin has to learn from dravid because its time for sachin to retire from odis and give a chance to youngsters but he should not leave test cricket because he is the only batsman who is in better form than others

  • Valavan on March 28, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @Rivka, probably you should understand for a man who played nearly 200 test matches have the experience to play any attack on any day, one SCG innings to defy his position in team, so does that mean he will just prevent another good test batsman in india due to his selfish attitude (my opinion). Well even if he continues for next 2 - 3 years and LAXY retires sooner, he can rack up his averages but, that wont result in any Indian victories. (same as SHIV CHANDERPAUL), the blessing in disguise for India is untill 2013 winter, no series out of subcontinent. ANY DAY a CHAMPION TEAM can upstage TEAM of CHAMPIONS.

  • aiyinax on March 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Dravid has much more to give to Indian cricket as a player. They (vested interests in BCCI) have hounded him out. He is a better than all oldsters and definitely all youngsters still playing for India. He should continue playing domestic cricket and show Srinivasan & his cronies what a player he still is. A lot of youngsters also stand to benefit by his guidance.

  • on March 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Rahul Dravid...the best indian batsman of all time!!!

  • abhi026 on March 28, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    I wish dravid all the best for his rest of life.He has been a great servent of indian cricket team.If someone ask to characterise dravid in couple of word those word would be TEMPERAMENT,PATIENCE.The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear dravid is patience.What a great cool head he has got.Now when he is no more than a veteren cricketer,we will have an empty space in indian test team,not just at no 3,but also in the wider way.I hope someone would come and make sure that dravid's absence is not felt that hard as it will be in the upcoming season.Thanks dravid for all you have done for us. At last I will dravid a great future ahead.DRAVID MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH MORE HAPPYNESS .

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Rahul Dravid THE WALL might be away from cricket but the wall biult by him in our cricket memories will never...

  • rsrinath on March 28, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Tendulkar avoiding the function might have been to avoid stealing the limelight from rahul dravid and not disrespect.if you guys remember during the 2010 IND-NZ test series all talks centred around sachin's 50th test century and in the opening game sehwag scored 167 and when he got out tendulkar deliberately delayed his entry into the ground in order to avoid stealing the crowd's appreciation from sehwag.if sachin has so much respect for sehwag then definitely he will have more respect for dravid.so don't make all such ill comments about SRT.you guys can definitely appreciate dravid but don't talk bad about SRT in the process.dravid doesn't need such kinds of fans.both are gems of indian cricket understand that dravid wouldn't have evolved as a legend without the support of SRT and vice versa.

  • MaxG9 on March 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Very best wishes to you Rahul in your retirement. You exemplified what this game was all about & played it in the true spirit of the game more than perhaps any modern cricketer. Not to even mention your commitment to the Indian team, true professionalism, hard work & talent.

    If the young cricketers of today achieve even half of these traits you showed, you would have left an inedible mark on the future of cricket as well.

    I SALUTE to you, a true gentlemen of the game.

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I hope Dravid helps the youngsters how to tackle bouncing tracks and someday be the coach of Indian cricket team.

  • ravi-1967 on March 28, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    A truly great cricketer. His services would never be forgotten.

    Not sure why every one points their guns at Sachin and says he plays for records and for personal satisfaction and not for the country. These guys should be having really amazing talent that they can confidently tell such things.

    I am sure Sachin would have a valid reason for not coming (may be he was out of country as mentioned in some sections).

    As I had already said the joy of watching cricket would diminish with the wall gone and would completely vanish when SRT and VVS too decide to call it a day.

  • rocky2801 on March 28, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    This was about RD and not SRT??!! So why so many comments on RD not commenting on SRT. If SRT was around, he would have paid glowing tributes to RD and RD would have returned the favour and superlatives more eloquently (given that RD vocabulary and thoughts on the game beats any other by miles and SRT a genius he is was a bit wanting in the glib talking stakes!). Not mentioning SRT in his speech or SRT not present does not mean that all is not well..or does it?

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    H m m m RD iz absolutely elegant and the best test batsman i ve seen for sure. he is absolutely genius and played cricket for India with great sense of determination. thanks for the things u ve done for cricket. hatz off Dravid. (if Atapattu and Dravid happened to be in one side, it could have been amazing)

  • on March 28, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I don't understand why every1 is making comparison between Sachin and Dravid.. com'on guys.. they both r Indians.. and as an Indian we should be proud of their achievements(also include the gr88ness of Ganguly, Kumble, Laxman and Sehwag).. they all hav been fabulous for India from past 2 decades...Specially the Famous Fab 4.. u all have made watching the Test match, a beautiful experience with ur gracious display of batting.. there r many grr88 batters in world cricket.. but i havent seen any best batting line up in the cricketing history.. i wonder how the interest level will be wen rest two(sachin and Laxman) bid adieu to the game... Hats off to all ... and a short tribute to my Heroes Ganguly - an excellent leader and a wonderful player of offside; laxman - very very special batsman and the best wristy player; Dravid - The wall, reliable and so on.. The most determined batsman and a one of the finest player of the game; Sachin - God's own son with bat..A delight to watch him play

  • Rivka on March 28, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Dravid's decision to retire is his own decision. Anyone who wants Sachin Tendulkar to retire should watch the highlights of Sachin's innings of 80 at SCG during the last Australia test series. Apart from one edge, there is NOTHING to suggest that this man is past his prime. The balance, footwork and defence are still impeccable.

  • varunsaravanan on March 28, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    rahul u r the selfless cricketer india has ever produced with awesome technique .excellent team man and a player with good stamina.he does wat the team needs unlike sachin who plays for records and scores centuries against weak teams. u r a excellent human being and u will be remembered forever..FARE THE WELL RAHUL

  • Rahul_Acharya on March 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Mr. Dravid, please come back

  • on March 28, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Sachin did not attend Dravid's farewell party..but Dravid will be there for Sachin's farewell party (if invited) that is Dravid.That is CHARACTER..never ever again gems like Waugh,Wall.Anil etc....Rahul Sharad Dravid Take a Bow!!!

  • junziboy on March 28, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    from a pakistani fan......dravid u da most classiest batsman i ever saw.......a true match saver and a match winner.......ppl of india and media and bcci....dravid deserves way more dn dis one evening......all da best dravid

  • Mayan005 on March 28, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Yes..Best test cricketer from India who averaged 30ish against the 2 best bowling attacks of his time at their home. Some of these RSD fans are pretty delusional.

  • Amod3787 on March 28, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    those saying why Sachin could not send a Video recorded message while Srinivasan sent, please note the difference. Srinivasan is the BCCI chief, the function was organized by BCCI to honour Dravid..and he was the host..Sachin would have been just a guest in the function....there may have been many other who could not attend the function..had Sachin sent a Video recorded message, the same people would have said, why special treatment to Sachin....guys praise Dravid but not at the cost of demeaning Sachin..

  • on March 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Actually Rahul Dravid deserves a farewell from ICC not just BCCI. No doubt he wore his heart on the sleeves while playing the game for India, but he is/was the greatest ambassador of the game. He would be missed not just by Indians but by all cricket lovers across the globe.

  • A.Ak on March 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Dravid deserved much much more than what the Indian fans and media given him through out. Sachin and Dravid has been the face and backbone of Indian cricket. It is such a honour and privilege for watching Dravid play.I have never seen any one play with such a resilience in tough playing conditions that he had faced. End of India's great test match chapter. Good luck. Hope the younger generation carry on the Indian cricket with the same pride.

  • moBlue on March 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    what is wrong with some people? evidently with a lot of IND "fans" as well?!? we were lucky that the fab. four (dravid, sachin, ganguly and laxman) - and sehwag - played at the same time. end of story. those who claim some dravid century in the 3rd inning is way better than a sachin or sehwag century in the first inning are idiots not only because they don't understand the commutative property of addition [cricket is a game where the team that scores more as a total in 2 innings wins! hello?!?] but also because they don't understand how tough it would have been - if it weren't for that sehwag or sachin first-inning hundred - to come from behind the 8-ball to win a game! yes, there won't be a player like dravid for a long time - pujara, maybe? maybe not? who knows? but i suspect there will *never* be a player like sachin! cricket is a team game! i didn't just say that sachin is more valuable to IND than dravid or laxman just now, by the way... there is *no basis* for such comparison!!!

  • G-Wyll on March 28, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is an incredible player. As is Sachin Tendulkar. Precioustar84 has utterly no grasp on reality. Sachins stats are slightly higher because he doesn't care about India? What? You have made no sense, explain your point if there is one.

  • Samar_Singh on March 28, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Being from Nepal what I can say is : Great Player, , Great Character ,Great Achievement,Great Human Being ... GREAT WALL for team India who saved(won) most of the test matches for India .. He is the one who rarely gets recognition for his contribution but he was the backbone in Indian batting lineup .. With his absence Indian test team is left with big void to fill .. My Solute to U Mr DRAVID who never played for personal records .. U r my most respected Indian cricketer .. Good luck for your journey ahead .. We Nepalese ppl would like to welcome u to Nepal to share some of your experience and skill to our players.

  • on March 28, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Rahul Dravid- Best test cricketer for India. A complete team man. Committed, level headed and purist delight.

  • Precioustar84 on March 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS - Sachin's stats are higher than Dravid's clearly indicates Sachin values his records more and personal stats therefore will do anything to save it before saving the team. Dravid values team as a whole and highly prizes his wicket than a silly record so even if his averages are low, his dependability is far greater than of Sachin...by the way, why couldn't that doctor's appointment be rescheduled for another day? Ohh that's right, IPL starts next week. I guess he needs to be fit and ready asap for the Ambanis so he can keep up with the stats. One wonders if Sachin can't stand praises for others but himself. At the same time Sachin has proved to the world he never will stand tall along with The Wall. No words are good enough to describe Dravid as a human being or as a cricketer. Those who love stats will never see beyond it but you will never find another who stands as tall as Dravid has in every aspect possible of life and cricket.

  • on March 28, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    sachin is the greatest batsman but definitely not the greatest Cricketer...... on the contrary dravid wasnt the greatest batsman but definitely can be called as the greatest cricketer......if quantity was to be the sole parameter of greatness then china would have been leading entire world.....when we speak about quality Rahul Dravid is the person who comes at the top on mind..... salute to the greatest and selfless player who served the country like a TRUE ARMY MAN....cheersss.... love you and respect you...

  • srinivasrao.aare on March 28, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I really fail to understand why people can't understand some simple things. People say that he always scores when team needs. Is it about scoring in 2nd innings. I don't think dravid has good avg in 3rd or 4th innings compared to Sac hin. Only VVS has better record compared to Sachin. So Dravid is not superior in this regard compared to Sachin. One more thing is "scoring runs when needed" is a myth. Tell me when runs are needed only in the 3rd/4th innings and not in 1st innings? Setting up the match for the team should weigh more compared to scoring in 3rd or 4th innings. Not scoring in the 1st or 2nd innings is like putting all others in pressure and also it gives psycological advantage to opposition. So in this way Dravid/ VVS scored useless runs compared to Sachin.

  • on March 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    to all sachin fans bcci president was not able to attend the function hence he gave the honour to dravid through recorded video if u say sachin went for london for the toe injury why cant he give a recorded video like the bcci president.he cant bcs he can attend ambani party any other party than rahul dravids farewell function bcs he was feard that the reporters will be asking about his retirement again selfish cricketer who plays for record and show off like something great he has played 5 world cups he cant win the prev four cups he was just present in the team winning world cup thats all nothing more he has done for the team his 100 100s r very important than winning team his 100th 100 is an example of how selfish he was by scoring runs in slow run rate to get his century against bangladesh

  • vikkkkkky on March 28, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    RD, We will miss you everytime, when we see India playing test match. @Scahin, must be thinking which is the next record to make. Play atleast 1 or 2 match winning innings rather than playing for records, before you retire.

  • sameer997 on March 28, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Such a great moment this.....

  • wasim_007 on March 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Need less to say that Sachin hasn't attended the function for Great Dravid..he only attend the function if this would be for 100th Ton...Dravid you are living legend and True Ambassador for the Sport and Game of Cricket...you always play for the Country and we Salute you and your Sprit....Legend of this ERA....God Bless You!!!

  • drreddymd on March 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    i find it quite amusing to hear people saying that rahul plays well when the team needs most and sachin doesnt,please show me the proofs for that and compare his stats with that of sachin in indian wins and draws.it is equally amusing to find people commenting about sachins character .he never said anything that justifies the vitriol he is getting in these posts.just to prove rahuls greatness u r denigrating sachin

  • veerakannadiga on March 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    In this modern era you can teach cricket to all & sundry. But to teach him the down to earth character of Rahul is impossible. The cricketing world can never fill the void left by Dravid. He was the Last Gentleman Standing. Nothing in this world is permanent. Anything & everything has to move on. Now that you have moved on (once again, selflessly, unlike some others), here's Wishing You All The Best in whatever you do. But one thing is for sure. We Will Miss You. Once again Rahul , thankyou for taking batting as your profession. AMEN.

  • on March 28, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I dont understand why people here are trying to hide what is clearly visible to everybody, people can attend party organized for them within 1 or 2 days time, but are not able to attend a ceremony which has been announced 2 weeks back....stop making excuses and people supporting Sachin on this issue should accept that it is a mistake...a big mistake...made by Sachin by not attending. If he is so great then he could have postponed his trip to London for one day.

  • therock9211 on March 28, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I can say Dravid is the best batsman ever produced by India, a true gentleman of the game.. unlike his flashy colleagues he scored the runs when most needed by his team rather then achieving some personal milestones .... Stand up for the champion !!

  • on March 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    i think these speech in themselves showed why we will miss Rahul Dravid nothing else needs to be said about the man . About Sachins absence i think every where it has been written and said that Sachin had a important appointment in London for his toe injury which couldn't be cancelled . So Cricinfo please ,Edit the text and please publish this

  • on March 28, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    We Have no words to praise you ,we starts to play fancy strokes after we have seen your outstanding batting ,cricket is an Art yes and you are the perfect example to describe, Great achievement -great successful cricket career-enjoy your balance life with your family-but dont quit cricket we want you see more often as a coach or in IPL or atleast as a Commentator to assist or to ideas to the young cricketer like us

    Thank you so much for your service for indian cricket-Siva -Trichy

  • on March 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Great WALL . Great Human Being and really down to earth character.

    He is not only exemplary cricket. He conduct himself as good person ON and OFF the field.

    He really inspire young generations in all professional !!!

  • npk007 on March 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Rahul, you have been a great servant of Indian crikcet. I bow down and salute you sir. Now I wholeheartedly call you "Sir Rahul Dravid" The Great Wall of Indian Cricket. Enjoy your cup of tea watching India do wonders for next decades to come.. Good Luck for you future. And I continue to watch you keenly in IPL.

  • Outside_Off_Stump on March 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I find it incredible that Sachin couldn't find time to attend Dravid's felicitation and give his thanks to an outstanding cricketer when he hang up his boots. May be he is busy attending bollywood parties. But leaving him aside, Dravid is the man I will always look up to. He may not have won a WC and inspired 10 year old kids to take up the game, but he inspires 20 year olds like me to be a better human being everyday. Salutes Rahul! Shine on Legend!

  • priceless1 on March 28, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    way too many articles about Dravid after his retirement .is this an Indian cricket forum?

  • Wismay on March 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @Vick Sharma You are talking as if Dravid wouldn't have played IPL if he hadn't retired. Get well soon and don't comment on any articles as it shows what a hapless person you are.

  • on March 28, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Right decision in right time. Great cricketer and perfect team man.

  • kensohatter on March 28, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    As an Australian there is a sense of relief that Dravid is gone because he is the anchor the indian team needs to build an innings around. The ONLY player who can dig in when the going gets tough and fight. India have some very good flashy players like sehwag, laxman, Ganguly and Tendualker but without Dravid you always felt you can get 4or5 wickets. He is the Steve Waugh or Kallis type player who rarely gets recognition but who consistently scores runs when the team needs them. Thanks for the memories Rahul. Easily one of the best modern test batsmen ive seen

  • on March 28, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    I have moist eyes while reading this article...Bow down to the great wall of Indian cricket..you would be missed.

  • RMCroos on March 28, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    A GENTLEMAN FOR WORLD CRICKET !!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE DRAVID WISHES FROM A SRILANKAN.

  • on March 28, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Tendulkar may have been at another event where he was felicitated by the Ambanis for his 100 hundreds. So, Ambanis are more important to him than his fellow cricketers and the organization who he is contracted to. This was an official occasion to say goodbye to one of the greatest cricketers India has ever produced and if you as a stalwart of Indian cricket for so many years miss this, then it tells a few things about you.

  • dravid.s on March 28, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Bhai u r team man.Not like some people.U played for a our team.But some people playing for themselves.Enjoy Bhai...............................

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 28, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @barani_m1975 Please check the stats(cricinfo) before you post anything! I found out from the cricinfo site that Dravid's record against AUS(avg 38) & SA(avg 33)!! It clearly shows that he was nothing short of "FLAT TRACK BULLY" if you exclude England!! I don't have to talk about Sachin's record against the BEST(18 100's in Test & averaging well above 50!).

  • on March 28, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Very sad Sachin is absent on this beautiful day. Both of them took Indian cricket team to heights. They have the best partnerships and the best pair in the crease and it is well known to everyone. His absence really spoils his character.

  • on March 28, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Dravid is Jammy Jammy Jammy......

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Good Luck Rahul Dravid in your future life. Involve yourself in Indian cricket administration to take Indian cricket to further heights. Many many thanks for entertaining all of us for almost 16 years. Undoughtfully you are a great cricketer of the world. As a great fan of you we miss u a lot.

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    certainly amongst the very best the world has ever seen, be it in his batting, captaincy, cricketing acumen, wicket keeping, slip catching or being a gentleman...there would never be another like him for sure

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Sachin should have attended even though it is his choice

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Reminds me of a wonderful old saying - "It's amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away"Rahul has taken the legacy of Indian cricket to honorable heights. He deservingly is one of the all time greats of the game. I must admit that as a kid, I never liked watching Dravid bat in a test. In a kid's eyes, he was missing the aggression, spark and entertainment value that I was craving for. But as I grew up and understood the game, I respect no other player more than him. He is the one who induced the love for the game in me. The one who redefined the true value of a wicket amid all flashy hitters. The one who is most respected by his enemy bowlers. A true gem that perhaps India will never have again. We will miss you Rahul.Dravid you are a great cricketer who really played for the Country and never cared about the records or anything else....... Sachin was in Ambani's party (organized for his 100th 100) the night before.. so he was tired and not able to attend next

  • Skylight28 on March 28, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    To all those wondering why Tendulkar wasn't present - TOI reported that he had to fly to London to see a specialist for the aggravation of an old toe problem (the right big toe). Cricinfo, can you please verify this and edit the text in this article to reflect the truth before more morons start shouting out about selfish Tendulkar not attending this felicitation? Thank you.

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    sachin din't show up b'coz he knew everybody will ask about his retirement. selfish tendulkar can't retire coz he is still getting endorsement contract ...he doen't want loose those money.sachin, it's mean to not come to give tribute to your mate.

  • BeatTheChamps on March 28, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Firs of all there is no need to bring Sachin in the comments section. But I have to say that those who are saying that Sachin is selfish, they have no brain. In fact these people are selfish themselves. They are the biggest hypocrites, singing praises for Sachin when he delivers big time and ready to bring him down when he fails like any other human being. A man who has earned respect from the greatest champions in all walks of life doesn't deserve such nasty comments.

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, you are simple, dignified, elegant and stubborn on and off the field. Please continue your services to the Indian Cricket Team.

  • alltimegreat on March 28, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Very puzzling to know that Sachin didn't made it to the function ..nor there was a recorded message to Dravid..he should have been there...

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Wonder whtr sachin wld get such heart felt speeches from his follow team mates.... Dravid a true team man,,,,,never played for personal records, he ll b missed

  • Rohan_K on March 28, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    @anti sachin - Rahul is great, probably the best No.3 ever produced in the sub continent, but Sachin is Sachin way above all. Lets praise Rahul for his achievement rather than foolishly pointing at the master just to heat up the discussion. No one knows surely where Sachin was yesterday evening, it must be a genuine reason.

  • Rajesh.konduru on March 28, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    No one can replace Dravid....Just hope for the best one to fill that wall's place.

  • satanswish on March 28, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    The one thing sets apart Dravid from others is SELF-RESPECT. One can say he retired gracefully (though his critics won't agree) after realizing his time was over. Was never any record or hundred chasing batsman. Rahul Dravid will be remembered as technically well-equipped and level-headed batsman.

  • on March 28, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Clive Lloyd: "You retire when people ask why, before people ask when". Rahul Dravid- SALUTE. You are one cricketer that makes a team and a nation proud. Good health and happiness in whatever you do. THANKS for everything and all the grace you have always represented. Greetings from Bangladesh.

  • on March 28, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Sachin's presence or absence should not be the point here... It's Rahul who was to be at Centrestage and only he should be the point of talking.. he shouldn't be reprieved of what he deserved...i still think the felicitation BCCI had arranged should have been either on the start of IPL or on the Eve of the IPL... so as each Indian cricketer may have attended that... to bid adieu to all time gr8est technician of batting art...thanx a ton Dravid...all the best to you..

  • TruefanCriks on March 28, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Only words for u and all r from my heart : Hates off u SIR :)

  • on March 28, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Come on, He is not dead, He just left the cricket, the first farewell was more than enough, whats wrong with people, He played cricket, He didn't invented anything for cricket, I am amazed. Ofcourse He was a good cricketer and He played well when it was his time but He made the right decision to leave cricket and focus on his family matter. Great Don Bradman, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Stave Waugh, Mark Tyler, Lara, All of them got retired but haven't heard 10 farewell. very amusing and strange and funny at the same time

  • Mukesh1342 on March 28, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    @"Two of the biggest men in Indian cricket, ... and Sachin Tendulkar (reasons unknown) might have been absent": If you don't care enough to find the reason then you shouldn't highlight the absence too. Sachin wasn't in Mumbai at the time ceremony happened. He flew to london Tuesday afternoon to see a doctor and ceremony happened Tuesday evening. Does it make any sense?

  • Raviivey on March 28, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Dravid you're India's greatest. Sorry Sachin - you're just a selfish dude chasing records.

  • on March 28, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Had Rahul started his International test career along with Sachin, he might have surpassed Tendulkar with good margin. He is the true selfless cricketer with lot of maturity. Although he is second best now, I would term him as an unlucky in many occasion.(2007 WC). He will have a successful career after his retirement. It's good to see the tribute from great Anil, Laxy and Ganguly with original little master Sunil Gavaskar.

  • RasCric on March 28, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    @Vick Sharma, yeah right. How about keeping playing all formats when the country doesn't need you and add IPL on top of it? Reason being if he retires, he loses all commercial deals and endorsements. What an unselfish legend he is!

  • Shreyrocks on March 28, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Truly a legend of the game. Test matches will no longer resemble a battlefield. For all the tendulkar critics who have something to say about his absence from the felicitation function: Knowing and seeing the man for the last 22 years in all probablity he would have kept himself away from the function just to avoid stealing the limelight from dravids felicitatation ceremony as our famed media would have diverted all the attention towards the century of centuries.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 28, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    A great tribute to a great man without any doubt. Even in his speech he is way ahead of Sachin. He is eloquent and smooth unlike Sachin who stresses every world like Dubbya. I am really upset that Sachin was not present. What kind of a team man are u Sachin that u cannot be there to pay tribute to one of the greatest Indian batsment who u played with.

  • Venki_indian on March 28, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @doesitmatter Elephant in Party celebrating hundred hundreds with Ambanis :)

  • only_sehwag on March 28, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Will miss you Rahul :( - looking forward to watching you play in the IPL

  • Farce-Follower on March 28, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Dravid has given a template to all other cricketers on how to bow with grace, dignity and style. My admiration for this grows with each passing moment.

  • Harishs on March 28, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Dear Rahul. Thanks for what you did for us, the cricket fans,for all those years.You have sacrified so much for us and the Country and I don't know how I can pay you back for all the joy and happiness you brought to me and all fans.All I can do is,to pray for you for a happy and healthy life ahead.Long time ago I wrote a letter to you but I didn't get an answer perhaps you were busy,but do one more favor to me and other fans by replying to our message to you.After that we'll not ask anything from you,because your memories of good times will be with us forever.We here in Canada just as much love cricket and as much love you but right now there is emptiness after you going and it will take long time to believe that you're not in that eleven.Time after time your great innings and records will remind us of you. Sometimes I compare cricket with my life,and last 10-15 years were great for me and thanks to you,Sachin,Sourav,Kumble and Dhoni for good time.Come to Canada someday. Harish Shah.

  • Manush on March 28, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Dravid has done well to leave, must have left after England trip on a high, having proved everybody wrong on his ability and staying till end as the wanted man in the team.

    High time the other two get such farewell parties. Even in retirement Dravid has scored over Sachin !! Sachin's statement on reaching his 100th century milestone does not augur well. He should go along with Lakshman !!! The remark by Miandad is the right one on the occasion, no cricketer has been given such a long innings by any Cricket Board in International arena.

  • balajik1968 on March 28, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Tendulkar was a better batsman, but Dravid was the better cricketer.For Tendulkar batting was like tapasya, but Dravid took a larger view. To each their own. Both are great, to say who is greater is like comparing apples to oranges.

  • on March 28, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Sachin did not attend because he has flown to London to seek advice on his right toe on Tuesday morning. Please read before accusing someone.

  • on March 27, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    NO MONEY NO RECORDS to CHASe and NO TENDULKAR who may be felt DRAVID is SELFISH by RETIRING

  • here2rock on March 27, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Why people bring in Sachin when rating Dravid? They are both great cricketers India has ever produced. I hope he and Kumble are part of the Indian team set up in some ways.

  • on March 27, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Dravid you are a great cricketer who really played for the Country and never cared about the records or anything else....... Sachin was in Ambani's party (organized for his 100th 100) the night before.. so he was tired and not able to attend next day....

  • AkankshaSrivastava on March 27, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    It has been a great pleasure watching you play. I'm now looking forward to reading your books. (Whenever you get around to writing them!)

    Best Wishes.

  • the_blue_android on March 27, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Why didn't the big guy show up on such a special day? No money to be made here? Or no records to chase?

  • cricarch on March 27, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Rahul has taken the legacy of Indian cricket to honorable heights. He deservingly is one of the all time greats of the game. I must admit that as a kid, I never liked watching Dravid bat in a test. In a kid's eyes, he was missing the aggression, spark and entertainment value that I was craving for. But as I grew up and understood the game, I respect no other player more than him. He is the one who induced the love for the game in me. The one who redefined the true value of a wicket amid all flashy hitters. The one who is most respected by his enemy bowlers. A true gem that perhaps India will never have again. We will miss you Rahul.

  • fr600 on March 27, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    The best cricketer ever in Indian cricket team.

  • SLDude on March 27, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    A great cricketer, we will will miss your cover drives and flicks off the pad using the wrist !! good bye

  • on March 27, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Dravid is a smart cricketer. He knows playing Test cricket won't get him anywhere. Focus on IPL boss. Make solid $ in only in 1 season of IPL. We are with you. Go Rajasthan Royals!! This is my reason #283 for liking IPL.

  • RasCric on March 27, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Well, according to Tendular, Dravid is selfish because he retired. Hence his absence.

  • KiwiPom on March 27, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Reminds me of a wonderful old saying - "It's amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away"

  • on March 27, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    A Legend bowing out :( we miss the great guns of cricket - Rahul, Sourav, Anil

  • Unmesh_cric on March 27, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Great man and great player! I think I will never get tired of reading tributes to Rahul Dravid.

  • SagirParkar on March 27, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @Doesitmatter >> perhaps there was no space left :)

    it was a sad day when RD retired and as he said, he retired for the right reasons, so that youngsters got their chance when they were still in their prime, so that they could take Team India forward.. he is a man who gave his all for the team, both on the field of play and off it too.. a true sportsman, a real team player and a gentleman in the true sense of the word... may he live long and prosper !

  • on March 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    u played what situation demanded whether batting, wicketkeeping , captaincy . HATS OFF 2 U .

  • on March 27, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Yes Rahulk Dravid will always be known as Great Cricketer and a Wall for Indian Team...will be difficult for Indian test team to fill his spot...

  • doesitmatter on March 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Why no "elephant in the room"? :)

  • mahicric on March 27, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Goodbye Great Wall of India, we miss you.

  • barani_m1975 on March 27, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    The greatest cricketer. I would rate him ahead of Sachin Tendulkar. Rahul is the best batsman than SAchin. Rahul plays for team, Sachin plays for record. Rahul scores more runs when team needed, sachin scores run when team doesn't matter and against weak team. Sachin is a selfish player, he never changed is batting order when team needed. all his interviews, shows that he is a selfish.

  • barani_m1975 on March 27, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Rahul you are the best cricketer India ever produced. True gentlemen.

    Please spend time with your family.

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  • barani_m1975 on March 27, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Rahul you are the best cricketer India ever produced. True gentlemen.

    Please spend time with your family.

  • barani_m1975 on March 27, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    The greatest cricketer. I would rate him ahead of Sachin Tendulkar. Rahul is the best batsman than SAchin. Rahul plays for team, Sachin plays for record. Rahul scores more runs when team needed, sachin scores run when team doesn't matter and against weak team. Sachin is a selfish player, he never changed is batting order when team needed. all his interviews, shows that he is a selfish.

  • mahicric on March 27, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Goodbye Great Wall of India, we miss you.

  • doesitmatter on March 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Why no "elephant in the room"? :)

  • on March 27, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Yes Rahulk Dravid will always be known as Great Cricketer and a Wall for Indian Team...will be difficult for Indian test team to fill his spot...

  • on March 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    u played what situation demanded whether batting, wicketkeeping , captaincy . HATS OFF 2 U .

  • SagirParkar on March 27, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @Doesitmatter >> perhaps there was no space left :)

    it was a sad day when RD retired and as he said, he retired for the right reasons, so that youngsters got their chance when they were still in their prime, so that they could take Team India forward.. he is a man who gave his all for the team, both on the field of play and off it too.. a true sportsman, a real team player and a gentleman in the true sense of the word... may he live long and prosper !

  • Unmesh_cric on March 27, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Great man and great player! I think I will never get tired of reading tributes to Rahul Dravid.

  • on March 27, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    A Legend bowing out :( we miss the great guns of cricket - Rahul, Sourav, Anil

  • KiwiPom on March 27, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Reminds me of a wonderful old saying - "It's amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away"