I would like to sign off with a win, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgAs India look to avoid a complete whitewash in the English Summer by winning the final One-day International in Cardiff on Friday, all eyes will on Rahul Dravid. The fifth ODI will bring an end to The Wall’s ODI adventures and he will no doubt be looking to sign off with a bang.”At the end of this ODI series, I would like to announce my retirement from ODI and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always, to give my best to India in this ODI series and obviously the Test series that follows,” he had said ahead of the India-England encounters.It’s ironic that a man who has always shied away from the limelight has had to endure such a dramatic end to his ODI career.”I would like to sign off ODI career with a win. It has been a very difficult series for the team. We need to have good bowlers. We have work on bowling as an area if we have to do well. I had ups and downs in my career, but overall it was satisfactory. I have no regrets. I always did my best for the team, gave my 100 per cent,” Dravid told Headlines Today on Friday.When the desperate selectors threw him an ODI curve ball, The Wall graciously agreed to step up for his country, but put a stop to any more such requests.With one match remaining in the series, it’s clear the selectors’ desperation failed to pay off. Playing international ODI cricket after two years, Dravid has averaged a paltry 13 in the series.advertisementNow as he gets set to take to the field for the last time in coloured clothing, Rahul Dravid will no doubt want to go on a high.For someone, who has scored over 10000 runs in one-day internationals and is 7th in the list of the all time highest ODI run-getters, it will be a low-profile exit, but then, that’s probably how he would like it.There’s a perception that Dravid has got a raw deal in the 50-over format throughout his career, having been called in when the chips are down, dropped when the team is flying high.But the fact that The Wall has always given his best whenever called upon is testament to the brilliance of one India’s most reliable cricketers. Now it’s time the rest of the team steps up and finally gets a win for a fitting tribute to the legend.last_img

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