March 9, 2012

'The game will be a little poorer without him'

ESPNcricinfo staff
A selection of tributes to India batsman Rahul Dravid, after he announces his retirement from Test cricket

"Jam was a great character to have in the dressing room. He was someone who loved challenges; whatever was thrown to him throughout his career, whether he was asked to open, whether he was asked to keep wicket. He had a long contribution to Indian cricket. He had a great career. Someone who will definitely be missed."
India captain MS Dhoni

"We've always had some good battles. He is a very quiet and kind man. I had the good fortune of playing with him at the IPL and he was a man that worked hard on his game. He set high standards for himself and for India. What he has achieved in the game is incredible. He had one of the best techniques in the game and was always a prize wicket to get. The game will be a little poorer without him but I wish him well in his retirement."
South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis

"'I've been very lucky to have a really good association with Rahul. He's probably the nicest guy - no he is the nicest guy - that I've met in cricket. He's a phenomenal man. He loves the game with so much passsion, it's in his blood and in his heart. He is certainly going to be sorely missed by the Indian public and the cricket loving public as well. I suppose I'm lucky that he's my captain for Rajasthan, so I'll continue to talk cricket [with him] as much as I possibly can, because I do love talking to him. He's got a lot of knowledge to be able to share."
Australia vice-captain Shane Watson

"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. I have shared the best moments with him. Our many century partnerships are testimony to the hours we spent together in the middle. For someone who has played 164 matches and over 13000 runs, no tribute can be enough."
India batsman Sachin Tendulkar

"He was a perfectionist. His determination, technique and commitment towards the game was something special. It's really tough to become another Rahul Dravid. It will not happen overnight. It has taken him long to get here; one has to go through a lot of hardships and commitment."
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly

"Everyone knows he is a legend of the game. He has been a great motivator and we all looked up to him. The manner he prepares for each and every Test match, it was a lesson for all of us."
India spinner Harbhajan Singh

"[He's] A constant friend and colleague I depended on for advice. An inspiration and a role model. Among Karnataka's finest cricketing sons."
Former India captain Anil Kumble

"It will be a big hole to fill."
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar

"We have been privileged to see one of the finest cricketers India has produced. He is the kind of person who cannot be matched, he is actually irreplaceable. None of us want to see such players go away, we like to think they are permanent. It is a sad day. I have watched him grow from playing cricket in Chennai, there is hardly anything [left] for him to achieve. Thank you Rahul, thank you for what you have given to Indian cricket."
BCCI president N Srinivasan

"Dravid is not only a great cricketer but also an ambassador of the game, a role model and a gentleman. Runs apart, he is a cricketer who should be emulated by the youngsters."
Former India cricketer Arun Lal