September 16, 2011

Rahul Dravid, The Wall of India, retires from cricket. An Ode

Rahul Dravid waves his bat one last time in an ODI match & receives a standing ovation
Rahul Dravid, the Wall of India who has stood the test of time for more than 15 years, saved India's grace more times than I can count & won matches for India  when all hope was lost, is playing his last One Day International cricket match right now against England at Cardiff.

As he got out, clean bowled at 69, each & every player of England team came to bid him adieu & the crowd rose to a ground-shattering applaud, for today a legend retires, a batsman like whom none have been & none shall be.

We all know how great a player Rahul Dravid is, probably the most respected Indian Cricket Player of this era alongwith Sachin Tendulkar

Here's what Cricinfo has to say about Rahul Dravid
"Rahul Dravid is probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. His progress into the national side may have been steady and methodical rather than meteoric, but once there, Dravid established himself at the vanguard of a new, defiant generation that were no longer easybeats away from home. Armed with an orthodox technique drilled into him by Keki Tarapore, he became the cement that held the foundations firm while the flair players expressed themselves. Yet, for a man quickly stereotyped as one-paced and one-dimensional, he too could stroke the ball around when the mood struck him"
He requires no stats to prove himself, yet on this day, look at the magnificent figures this legend made in his 15 years of play (courtesy : Cricinfo)

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 157 273 32 12775 270 53.00 30090 42.45 35 60 1602 19 207 0
ODIs 343 317 40 10820 153 39.06 15205 71.16 12 82 946 42 196 14
T20Is 1 1 0 31 31 31.00 21 147.61 0 0 0 3 0 0
First-class 291 484 67 23281 270 55.82

67 114

350 1
List A 448 415 55 15202 153 42.22

21 111

233 17
Twenty20 69 62 6 1605 75* 28.66 1369 117.23 0 7 178 25 14 0

Every cricket fan in India & all over the world knows that an era has come to an end today. Our wishes are with Rahul for whatever endeavours in his future.

Wish you Good Luck Rahul!

UPDATE : Check out this photo that tells you everything you need to know about Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid, the Wall stands Tall
Update July 2, 2014 : I just found these WoW quotes on Rahul Dravid :


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