New Delhi: As Rahul 'The Wall' Dravid bids adieu to international cricket, India can't stop applauding one of the country's finest and most loved players. Dravid departs having scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests at an average of 52.31 with a Test best of 270. In a career full of achievements, Dravid would probably still have two grouses. One - he missed out on winning the World Cup as he did not make the squad that won the tournament in 2011 - and second - he failed to leave on a high or rather finished as what people are calling 'a crumbled wall'.
But knowing Dravid and the passion and pride that the man personifies, it would probably be the second that would weigh more heavily on his mind. The 39-year-old's decision this time could very well have been prompted by the fact that India have no Test cricket, the only format that Dravid was yet to retire from, lined up for the next six to eight months. So, it seemed like the perfect time to take the call. Now if only there had been one more series soon after the Australia tour Dravid could have got the chance to pick himself up and sign off on a high. But I guess what is sport without its unpredictability and what is a sportsman without its failures.
Of course which player doesn't like bowing out on a high but few get to do so. Dravid, however, seemed to be part of the chosen few after he discovered his form on the tour of England, the series that started India's slide to disasterland. Not only was he the only Indian to score a century in the 4-Tests, he slammed three of them. His form in fact became so crucial to the Indian team's chances that Dravid was recalled to the ODI squad after being overlooked for more than two years.