Bangalore, Mar 9: 'The Wall' of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid bid adieu to Test and first class cricket here on Friday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
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Rahul Dravid, walked in with former India skipper Anil Kumble, who is now the President of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and BCCI President N Srinivasan as media awaited the arrival of the legend and waited patiently for his speech.
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Dravid's international career slid into sunset, as he said: "I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. It is 16 years since I played my first Test match for India and today I feel it is time to move on. Once I was like every other boy in India, with a dream of playing for my country. Yet I could never have imagined a journey so long and so fulfilling."
"It's time to move on, Its time for the younger generation to take over", added Dravid.
He thanked everyone who were responsible in shaping his career as he said representing India, was a privilege.
"I have to thank the teams I played with."
"Representing India, has been a privilege," said Dravid who bid good-bye to International cricket.
"I retire with sadness and pride"
He also said that he failed at times during the career spanning 16 years, but said he never stopped trying.
"I have failed at times, but not stopped trying," he said.
Rahul Dravid's father, Sharad Dravid, his wife and son were also there at the stadium while the legend announced his retirement. Former India cricketers Javagal Srinath, Sunil Joshi were present while The Wall bid adieu to International and first class cricket.
BCCI President said, its a pleasure to have been there at the stadium to witness such an event. He admitted that 'Dravid is one of the finest cricketers' and is a great role model to many cricketers.
"Its not easy to step back, when you are still playing well," BCCI President N Srinivasan said after Dravid announced his retirement.
Former India captain and the KSCA President Anil Kumble expressed his views on Dravid's retirement, said he is an inspiration to young and aspiring cricketers. Termed his association with Dravid as very special.
"A friend and colleague for 20 years," said Kumble.
Dravid, who had a poor Test series in Australia, announced his retirement from International and domestic cricket today at his home ground.
Dravid, quit from ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals during the England tour last year. Though he quit the limited overs and the shortest formats, he continues to play for Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League.
Dravid made his Test debut in 1996 at Lord's against England and has scored more than 10,000 runs in both Tests and One Day Internationals.
"The Wall" has played 164 Tests scoring 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31 with 36 hundreds. His highest score in Tests is 270 against Pakistan. He is the second highest run-getter in Test cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar. He has featured in 344 ODIs with 10,889 runs with 12 tons.