Rahul Dravid retires.

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    zing Zingle balls

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    Live on TV.

    :(

    Should've allowed a stadium to applaud him one last time.
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself

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    What a legend. Right time to go, but I'm still gutted. Our test team is screwed without him.
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    crappycraperson "Resident cricket authority"

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    :(

    There will never be another wall like him
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    His insult to Shoaib Akhtar :lol:
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    Fabulous player and a modest, unassuming man by all appearances. Wasn't it Dravid who recalled Ian Bell last summer after he had been run out in that mix-up?
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    Not sure where people get that impression from, as if they know him.
    I was in India a few years ago and he left the stadium early as the game was coming to an end to avoid the crowd - but people caught on and was being chased by fans screaming his name in excitement, he turned around and screamed 'feck OFFFF' - bit crap that I thought, as I looked on.
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    Stretch Full Member

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    Immense player for India Dravid was. Sound technique and temperament that was generally lacking at times in the Indian batting line up. With his style he could play anywhere in the world. A great of the game.
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    Doubt it very much.

    He was a great cricketer, no doubt. And India have lost a gem.
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    Another chapter closes in the list of Indian cricketing legends. Well respected individual, deservedly.
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself

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    I've met him at a charity event and he is a class act.
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    Red Pavan shittest username ever manutddabest791

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    VVS will follow and eventually Sachin by the end of this year :(
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    On the basis of what?

    I really want an answer here.
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    zing Zingle balls

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    Sounds like bullshit.

    No one screams his name in excitement here in India, for one.

    MTV Bakra - Episode 9 - YouTube

    Here's him being set up by a TV channel.. a girl asks him to marry her and he advises her to finish her schooling.

    There are hundreds of people who've met Dravid and all of who only have nice things to say.
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    Great player good luck to him.
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    Wonderful player and by all accounts a wonderful person. Would have liked to have met him in person. Will he now become a commentator? If so might get to meet him.
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    Fantastic player and came across as a really nice guy. There are not many players left who have the same patience, focus and quality that Dravid possessed when batting.

    It will be the end of an era when Sachin, Ponting & Kallis join Dravid in retirement - great players the lot of them.
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    Big loss to the Indian test team. That No. 3 spot will be fecking hard to fill.

    What a player. LEGEND.
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    Kholi? A perfect replacement imo.
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    Sultan السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

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    Simply great!

    It's been a privilege to have watched him over the years.
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    Varun Wants the D...

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    Nope, not for me. It'l have to be someone really sound technically specially in defense. Kohli will eventually be India No. 4 in Tests i reckon taking over Sachin's spot.
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    And No.4 does not require a technically correct batsmen?

    Kohli is the one with the best technique out of the current lot. Only other contender will be Pujara. Kohli is also the only young batsmen who is comfortable against the short ball.
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    Kohli's the only real alternative. Its a big ask though, would prefer if he was lower down to begin with. Other option would be to push up Laxman or Sachin to number 3.
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    Rhain Davis retires?!
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself

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    Here are some quotes by cricketers about him:
    What They Said About: Rahul Dravid | The Short Stuff | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo

    This by Shane Watson stood out.
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    Fair play to the great man, retired in his own terms, no fanfare, no bullshit. Just class all round.
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    I want India to line-up with this batting lineup by the end of 2012:

    Mukund, Rahane, Kohli, Gambhir, Rohit, Sehwag

    I know that's an entirely crazy and mostly fictitious line-up, but my reasoning is:

    Sehwag's a liability at the top of the order overseas and we need to have players with good technique. Sehwag's still got something to offer and I think he's priceless here in the sub-continent when bullying teams on flat tracks.

    Mukund's got a few chinks in his technique that can be ironed out only at the top level. The longer he plays Ranji, the more entrenched his bad habits will become. I think his game's key components are fantastic -- he plays the swinging ball and he plays the short ball.

    Rahane is class, I think. Looks to have good technique. Opener, but played mostly at #3 for Mumbai. Opened for India in some ODIs and looked superb.

    Kohli, no explanation needed.

    Rohit bats well at #5. Except he's a spastic. Extremely gifted, but a lazy twat. I'm hoping he won't do his usual spastic shot selection in test cricket as run rate won't be an issue. He's really, really good when he's not being a spastic.

    #4 is the only other slot left to be filled and Gambhir takes that.
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself

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    You've left out Pujara and I reckon he's most suited for test, even moreso than Kohli. The guy's just a class act.
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    zing Zingle balls

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    Yea, I know. Pujara's just coming back from injury and not done too well, has he? Not sure how prepared he will be for test cricket. Rohit, Kohli and Rahane have had a lot more game time recently.
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    Yeah, thats what i meant. I'l spell it out then. I'd rather have a more defensively sound player at 3 as he's going to be exposed to the new ball quite often. Pujara is the guy i see taking up Dravid's role, not Kohli.
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    I havn't seen much of Pujara but Kohli has struck me as a very sound technical batsman. Very textbook like. So from an outsiders view, you certainly have someone in Kohli who is capable of replacing Dravid. Put it this way, the South African commentators were raving about Kohli when they saw him here. Granted, Pujara played in the tests and Kohli in the ODI's only but he looked much more accomplished to deal with conditions outside of India than Pujara. Pujara looked very fragile on SA wickets. Kohli's recent exploits in Australia in the Tests show his technical ability outside of the sub continent, something which Dravid gave you. So as a neutral, until I see Pujara playing an innings of substance, I simply cannot make a call on him. I can however make a call on Kohli from what I've seen.
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    zing Zingle balls

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    I'm still waiting. I'm sure it has nothing to do with your blatant hatred of all things Indian, so I'm really curious.
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