Rahul Dravid Announces Retirement From First Class Cricket
I was one of the many saddened to hear that Rahul Dravid had decided to retire from international and domestic first class cricket. Yet at the same time, I was glad that he was leaving before he was asked to leave. As he said in the crowded Press Conference at Bangalore, a few days ago, he left with sadness but also with pride.
To me, he was the perfect gentleman, a dogged fighter who often got far less than his due. He was often seemingly over-shadowed by the more glamorous stroke makers like Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag, but they in turn knew it was his batting at the other end which dented the confidence of the opponents' bowlers , allowing the to score more freely.
His statistics as a Test player of great repute speak for themselves. This article in The Telegraph summarizes so well his contributions to the game. He held the world record for the most number of catches as well. He was indeed selfless and in a team in which heroes are treated as demi-gods, Dravid maintained a dignity and humility which was unmatched.
He was by far India's most successful batsman overseas and probably the best no. 3 batsmen who played for India.I am afraid with his retirement we are seeing the end of an era. Test matches are fast losing their attractiveness, which is quite sad in a way. Almost all the focus is shifting to the slam bam world of Twenty20 cricket.
Dravid leaves behind a legacy of which he should justifiably feel proud. It will be hard to match.