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Dravid to retire from ODI, T20 after England tour

Published: Sunday, August 7, 2011, 0:45 [IST]
 
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Dravid to retire from ODI, T20 after Eng

Northampton, Aug 7: In an apparent snub to the BCCI, veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid today announced retirement from One-Day and Twenty20 cricket after the England tour in dramatic circumstances hours after he was named in the squad for the ODI series and one-off T20 International.

Dravid, who today made a surprise comeback into India's limited-overs squad for the five-match ODI series after being out of the side for two years, said in a statement here that he was surprised to be chosen for the England series as he has not selected for two years.

"I am honoured and privileged to be 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," he said in a statement after India''s warm-up match against Northamptonshire in which he did not play.

He said he now wants to concentrate on Tests in the future though he had not informed about it to the BCCI before his selection today.

"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 had not informed the selectors or the Board of my desire to solely focus on Test cricket," he said.

"I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows.

"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 was today recalled to shore up India's struggling batting line-up by being named in the 16-member squad for the Twenty20 and one-day cricket series against England beginning August 31.

The 38-year-old Dravid, the lone batsman who has been consistent with two back-to-back centuries in the ongoing Test series, makes his way into the one-day fold after a gap of almost two years to provide stability to a brittle line-up struggling in the seaming English conditions.

Dravid last played an ODI match against the West Indies during the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dravid has made 10765 runs in 339 ODIs with an average of 39.43 with 12 hundreds and 82 fifties. He has not played any Twenty20 International match.

He recently became the second highest run-getter in Test cricket -- 12576 runs from 155 matches -- behind Sachin Tendulkar and also levelled Sunil Gavaskar's 34 Test centuries to become the joint highest Indian century maker.

PTI

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