India batting great and former captain Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday. Dravid said that it was time to “move on” and make room for the next generation of players.
The 39-year-old second highest run scorer in test history announced his decision at a news conference inBangalore with Indian cricket board (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan and former India leg spinner Anil Kumblealso in attendance.
In a prepared statement, Dravid read ”I would like to announce my retirement from international and domestic first-class cricket. It has been 16 years since I played my first test for India. I feel its time for me to move on. I have had a wonderful time but now its time for a new generation of young players to make their own history and to take the Indian cricket team even further.”
Critics and disgruntled fans had called for Dravid and Vangipurappu Laxman (37) to make way for new blood after India were whitewashed 4-0 in their last two away series in England and Australia.
“I would like to believe that irrespective of how the Australian series had gone, in my own mind I was pretty sure that after Australia I was going to sit down and assess a lot of things,” Dravid said.
Dravid who has scored 13 288 runs in 164 tests, including 36 hundreds has said that he looks forward to spending more time with his family in his retirement.