Dravid wants winning send-off
Rahul Dravid is more concerned with helping India beat England for the first time this summer than his final ODI appearance.
Last Updated: 15/09/11 5:30pm
Rahul Dravid is more concerned with helping India beat England for the first time this summer rather than his final ODI appearance.
The 38-year-old admits this summer has been a "bitter-sweet" experience, as he has continued to churn out runs in vain while India first of all lost their number one Test status to England in an unexpected 4-0 series romp for the hosts, then were second best in a one-off Twenty20 and are 2-0 down with only one to play in the NatWest Series.
He has decided to call time on his 50-over career and could be playing his last game in Britain in Cardiff on Friday.
"I would like to sign off with a win. It would be lovely for India," he said.
"We have had a tough tour, and it would be lovely to finish with a win - irrespective of what I get."
Dravid, famously nicknamed 'The Wall' for his determination and watertight technique in Test cricket, adapted his game effectively to the 50-over format.
The results have been laudable, and he will leave the ODI stage rightly at ease that he has been such a high achiever.
"It does not feel like I am finishing, or retirement, or the end, because I will be playing Test cricket.
"But it is a nice time to reflect on what I think was a pretty pleasing and satisfying one-day career.
"I don't think there is going to be anything different in my life from tomorrow onwards.
"My wife did mention there were some very nice things written about me during the Test series, back in India.
"It was a bit bitter-sweet in the sense there was a lot of satisfaction personally against a tough attack and scoring runs, but it has been a disappointing tour for us.
"I am still truly humbled by some of the nice things said about me in the last few weeks."
With characteristic modesty, Dravid cites an event in which he himself played no part as perhaps the proudest moment of his cricketing life.
He was not selected in the squad which this year won India's second World Cup, on home ground, yet he took more pleasure in that collective success than in any of his own personal glories.
He added: "I'm not dreading quitting.
"You just recognise that the time has got to come at some stage when you have got to move on.
"I am happy and I am comfortable with that.
"I have had some highs and lows in both forms of the game.
"That is life, that is cricket - and it has taught me a lot about myself as a person and how to deal with a lot of things.
"I have absolutely no regrets."