The Cricket Fraternity has been through a series of shocks today. First the Indian selectors gave a shock by surprise-inclusion of Rahul Dravid in the ODI squad for 5 match series in England. Dravid followed suit by announcing his retirement from shorter formats of the game but confirmed that he would continue rescuing Indian team in test cricket.
“I am honoured and priviledged to selected in the Indian one-day team.Since I had not been picked for one-day cricket for the last two years, I was obviously a little surprised, to be honest, because I had not been picked, I had not informed the selectors or the board of my desire to solely focus on Test cricket.” Dravid said about his retirement after the on-going warm-up match.
“At the end of this one-day series, I would like to announce my retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows.” He said about his future plans.
Rahul Dravid announces retirement from ODI and T20 by pm9968
Dravid said this would be his last ODI series “In the short term I am committed because now I have been picked for the series, but in the long term I think it is best for me and Indian cricket that I focus on Test cricket.”
Dravid ,38, has 10,765 runs in 339 matches at an average of about 40. He was a tremendous ODI player in the mid 2000’s and has 12 centuries and 82 half centuries in ODIs. When he started his international career in 1996, he was seen as a batsman more suited to the longer form but he soon adapted to the challenges of one-day cricket. Once there he established himself as an ODI player and cemented his place in the team. Among the highlights of his ODI career was the 1999 World Cup, where he was the top scorer and put on the then largest partnership in a one-dayer, 318 with Sourav Ganguly. Six months later he bettered that with a 331-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar that is still the biggest in the format.
“Reckon he must have been as surprised as everybody else but this decision is also snub to administration for picking,dropping,picking him…..he has been treated as a bum boy in Indian cricket, recalled when the going gets tough, discarded when batting is easy…” Said Ayaz Memon in his tweets on twitter.
With Dravid goes an era of cricketer and cricketing style. With his copy-book batting style , he was always a delight to watch, presenting the art in its truest form.
Its NOW or NEVER!!