Friday, September 16, 2011

Rahul Dravid will play his last ODI match against England

Former Indian skipper, Rahul Dravid, announced his retirement from both ODI and T20 international after being selected in the team. So, the fifth and final ODI match against England at Cardiff is going to be his last ODI match. This match will be played on September 16, 2011 (Friday).

Making his appearance in the 344th one-day international match, he will end his 15 years old ODI career. Since making his debut in the shorter format of cricket game in 1996 against Sri Lanka, he has so far played 343 ODI matches and scored 10820 runs at an average of 39.06. Beside his name, he has 12 centuries and 82 half-centuries.

Rahul Dravid is popularly known as Mr. Perfect and he is one of the members of ‘The Wall of Team India’. Though he made his ODI debut before Test, he was considered as a Test specialist batsman. However, his determination and dedication towards the game helped him permanent his position in ODI at No.3.

Besides batting at the middle order position, he also played an important role behind the wicket for a short time. Under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, he took the responsibility of wicketkeeper and it helped his team to include one more batsman in the squad. His contribution as a wicketkeeper-batsman was remarkable.

Rahul Dravid, who is the last classical batsman of this era, became the captain of Indian team for two years. His career as captain was full of controversy. During his captaincy, India was left out of 2007 World Cup in West Indies. But he led team India to get series victory in England and the West Indies for the first time in a generation.

The career of this 38-year-old player was full of ups and downs. He was out of national cricket team for long time. He made his comeback in 2009, but could not cement his place.

However, he will try his best to make his last ODI match memorable. Indian cricket team should try to win the match in honor of Dravid.