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"The Wall" counter stops ticking in Bangalore

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Published: Friday, March 9, 2012, 17:49 [IST]
 
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Bangalore, Mar 9: As Rahul Dravid said goodbye to Test cricket on Friday, the electronic counter on "The Wall" structure at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium will stop ticking from today.

When Dravid completed 10,000 Test runs, a unique structure of 27x15 feet called "The Wall" was unveiled near the main entrance of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Commitment, Consistency, Class, the three major features of Dravid are inscribed on "The Wall".

"The Wall" has an electronic unit on the right hand top corner which kept on ticking and displayed Dravid's Test runs. Now it stopped on Friday as it will end on 13,288 runs.

"The Wall" is built with 10,000 bricks, saluting Dravid's achievement of crossing the landmark in both Tests and ODIs. It was unveiled by Sachin Tendulkar and is the result of Skyline Group's idea. It has an image of Dravid's trademark cover drive and is the centre of attraction for many fans who come to the stadium.

"When I was told about a wall being erected at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to encourage youngsters from achieving their dreams by the KSCA secretary Brijesh Patel, I was really humbled. It is a great experience to be amongst so many outstanding personalities who have gathered here and I don't have words to describe the feeling," Dravid had said then.

"My sincere thanks to Sachin (Tendulkar), Anil (Kumble) and Venky (Venkatesh Prasad) and all the other cricketers from Karnataka who have gathered here on this special occasion."

Dravid, who was accompanied by his parents, added on that day.

On Friday, there were plenty of fans awaiting to get into the stadium and those who were inside were busy taking pictures in front of "The Wall".

As Dravid said it was time for him to move on, the electronic counter stands still after 13,288 runs.

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