RAHUL DRAVID RETIRES: INDIA CRICKET LEGEND CALLS TIME ON RECORD-BREAKING CAREER
Mar 9 2012 12:00AM
Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid has today confirmed his retirement from international cricket.
Nicknamed “The Wall” for his often unbeatable batting style, the 39-year-old notched up a string of world records during his illustrious career.
Dravid, who made his international debut in 1996, hit 13,288 runs over the course of 164 Tests, second only to fellow India strike partner Sachin Tendulkar, and scored 36 centuries.
Guinness World Records has recognised his achievement for the most Test deliveries faced, with an incredible 31,258 balls confronted.
He also holds the world record for most century partnerships as part of the same pair (career), a total of 20 with compatriot Tendulkar, and most runs in a partnership (career), with a benchmark of 6,920, once again set with Tendulkar.
While best known for defending the stumps, Dravid was also formidable in the slips and holds the current record for the most outfield Test catches with a total of 210.
Making the announcement at a press conference this morning in Bagalore, Dravid said: “I have had a wonderful time. Now it’s time for a new generation of young players to take it forward and make history.
“It was about playing with dignity, upholding the spirit of the game. I have tried my best. I leave with sadness but also with pride.”
While the curtain has been drawn on Dravid’s international cricket career, he confirmed today that he plans to continue to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals.
Commenting on today’s news, Manu Gautam, GWR records manager for sports said: “Supporters and players alike all hold Dravid in high regard. His records will take some beating and really stand as a testament to his incredible talent.”