Dravid announces retirement, says he's sad but also proud

Dravid announces retirement, says he's sad but also proud

Legendary Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid (39) Today announced his retirement to Test cricket, which also ends his 16-year career in International cricket from all formats of the game.

"I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first class cricket. It has been 16 years, since I played a first Test match for India and today I feel it is a time to move on. Once I was like every other boy in India, with a dream of playing for my country. Yet I could never have imagined a journey so long and so fulfilling," said Dravid, in the press conference.

"No dream is ever chased alone. As I look back, I have many people to thank for supporting me, teaching me and believing in me. I know what I going to miss the most, being not part of the unit. The joy of bonding together and striving to achieve a goal is what made cricket a special for me. The media has been kind to me and I respect their craft."

"In the Indian team, I was fortunate to be part of a wonderful era when India played some of its finest cricket at home and abroad. Many of my teammates have become legends, not just in India but in the wider cricketing world. I admired them, learnt from them and I leave the game with wonderful memories and strong friendships. It is a great gift to have."

"Finally I would like to thank the Indian cricket fan, both here and across the world. The game is lucky to have you and I have been lucky to play before you. To represent India, and thus to represent you, has been a privilege and one which I have always taken seriously. My approach towards have been reasonably simple. It was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity and it was about holding the spirit of the game. I hope, I have done some of that and I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness, but also with pride. Thank You," he concluded.

Dravid is second highest run getter in Tests (13,288 runs at an average of 52.31, 36 Test centuries, 63 half centuries, highest score 270, catches 210).