After a recall from the BCCI to the ODI series against England which begins at Chester-Le-Street on September 3rd, Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from the T20 and ODI Cricket.
Taking into account, his brilliant form and his ability to lead the batting attack, the selectors were inclined to recall Dravid to the ODI side. He was at his best in the Two Tests at Lord’s and at Nottingham, with 262 runs and two centuries against England.
But Rahul Dravid, who made the announcement shortly after his inclusion in the ODI Team feels that he is honored to be a part of the one day Internationals Team. He said, “At the end of this one-day series, I would like to announce my retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows. In the short term I am committed because now I have been picked for the series, but in the long term I think it is best for me and Indian cricket that I focus on Test cricket.”
Rahul’s ODI records are simply superb. He has played 339 matches and scored 10,765 runs so far. His batting average stands at a fair 39.43. He has 12 centuries and 82 half centuries to his credit. His highest ODI score stands at 153 runs. His greatest ODI partnership was with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Together, they notched up a 331-run partnership, which is still the present world record.
Let us hope that The Great Wall adds more runs to his credit, conjures a majestic innings and signs off his last ODI series in style. Good Luck Jammy!