New Delhi, Mar 8: Sachin Tendulkar has said that he will miss Rahul Dravid on the field and in the dressing room as the latter is set to announce his retirement from Test cricket in Bangalore on Friday.
Tendulkar and Dravid have been part of the Indian team for a very long time and have shared memorable partnerships in the middle, be it Test cricket or One Day Internationals.
Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 but Dravid joined the team seven years later in 1996. Since then, they both have been an integral part of the Indian Test middle-order along with VVS Laxman.
Tendulkar, "The Wall" Dravid and Laxman were called the "Big Three" of Indian Test line-up. However, all three failed to make an impact during the recently concluded four-Test series against Australia.
"For me there's only one Dravid. I will miss him in the dressing room and on the field," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by "NDTV" English news channel on Thursday.
"Have shared my best moments with Rahul Dravid. No tribute can be enough for him," Tendulkar added.
Dravid is the second highest run scorer in Tests behind Tendulkar. The number three batsman from Karnataka has played 164 Tests since making his debut against England at Lord's in 1996. The same Test saw another former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly wearing the India Test cap for the first time.
Both Tendulkar and Dravid have captained India in both Tests and ODIs and have been involved in several century partnerships in ODIs and also in the longer format of the game.