Bangalore, Aug 30: After more than 14 years, M Chinnaswamy Stadium here, will not see the city's beloved son Rahul Dravid in a Test match as India and New Zealand face off from Friday.
Dravid, who retired from international cricket in March this year, has always enjoyed huge support at his home ground.
After making his Test debut at Lord's in 1996, Dravid's first Test at home came in March, 1998 against Australia. And coincidentally, his final Test in Bangalore too was against the Aussies in October 2010.
On Wednesday, Dravid was spotted having a close look at the pitch and talking to the curator. This would have been his routine before any Test at any ground. But this time, he would not be making use of the 22-yard strip. One would wonder what his thoughts would have been after looking at the strip.
Overall, Dravid played eight Test matches on his home turf. However, in those he could not register a century. His highest score in Bangalore was 60 against Australia in 2004, the same match where Michael Clarke made his Test debut.
Considering the way he ruled Test batting charts, Dravid had a poor record at home. In eight Tests he could accumulate only 304 runs at 21.71 runs per visit to the crease. He also took seven catches.
In those eight five-day games (four against Australia, two versus Pakistan, one each against England and South Africa), India's record was also dismal, indicating that Dravid's failure resulted in team's too.
Of the eight Tests, India managed to win only one and lost four while the other three were drawn.
That win came in his farewell home Test against Australia in 2010.
Also, Dravid, who was India captain, could not lead the national team in Bangalore.
A journey of 164 Tests has ended for "The Wall" and come Friday when India and New Zealand battle it out, Dravid will surely be missed.
Dravid, however, will definitely be at the stadium, not as a player but as a spectator.
Rahul Dravid's record at M Chinnaswamy Stadium
Tests played: 8 (Debut Vs Australia, March, 1998)
Runs scored: 304. Average: 21.71
Highest score: 60 Vs Australia, 2004
Won: 1 (Vs Australia, 2010)
Lost: 4 (Vs Australia, 1998, 2004. Vs South Africa, 2000. Pakistan, 2005)
Drawn: 3 (Vs England, 2001. Vs Pakistan, 2007. Vs Australia, 2008).