Former India captain Rahul Dravid, who plays his last one-day international later today at Cardiff against England, said it is nice to be given the opportunity to formally end his 50-overs career.
Speaking to NDTV, Dravid says in his own mind he had played his last ODI two years back, but added it was nice to be given the opportunity to bring an end to his international career in the shorter formats. Dravid said this though won’t bring any change to his life adding the Indian team has moved on in the shorter formats.
The former Indian captain also said there are some good and exciting youngsters coming through who are performing exceptionally well in the shorter formats, but added the best team should always play for India in all formats irrespective of a person’s age.
Dravid has also said the hard work he has put in his game for the 50-overs format has helped him to excel in Tests. Dravid, who is the seventh highest ODI scorer with 10,820 runs, said that when he started playing, he wasn’t considered suitable for one-day cricket but he worked hard to score more than 10,000 runs. “When I started playing, I wasn’t recognised as a one-day player. There was a lot more learning I had to do. I was dropped in the middle of my career, had to learn some lessons and it helped free up my Test cricket as well. I ended up playing over 300 games for India,” he told news agency IANS.
AR Hemant of Y! Cricket while comparing Dravid to the famous Bollywood villain and character artist Pran writes: “There are those who who fancy old-fashioned ideas like hard-work, ethical behaviour, principals, being well-mannered, showing up on time, and committing till the end. To them, Pran and Dravid will be the heroes, the nice guys who came first.”
Dravid hasn’t has the best of times in the ongoing ODI series against England, and ‘The Wall’ and his legion of fans will be hoping he exits the 50-vers format with not only a brilliant batting performance but also a consolation win for India on the nightmarish tour of England.