‘The Wall’ Dravid likely to announce retirement from Test cricket

New Delhi: It seems it’s an end to the illustrious career of Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid as the former Indian captain is likely to announce his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.

Though there hasn’t been any official confirmation of the news, the BCCI on Thursday sent a media release about Dravid holding a joint press conference along with president N Srinivasan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

"Mr N Srinivasan, President, BCCI, and Mr Rahul Dravid will address the media at 12:30 pm on Friday, 9 March 2012, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru," the release stated, according to the news reports.

There had been a lot of criticism and speculation on Rahul Dravid’s retirement ever since the classy batsman’s failure Down Under. Dravid had a disastrous tour of Australia where he scored only 194 runs in eight innings at an average of 24.25. Dravid had already announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the away series against England when he was surprisingly recalled in the shorter format due to his stupendous performance in the Test series where he scored three centuries in four matches.

Rahul Dravid has been of the greatest Test batsmen India has ever produced and has scored a whopping 13,288 runs in 164 Tests at an average of over 52, second only to Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid has 36 centuries and 63 half centuries to his name. Dravid also had an impressive ODI record where he had scored 10,889 runs at an average over 39 and has 12 centuries and 83 half centuries in the shorter format. Under his capataincy, India won away Test series in the West Indies as well as England but had a disastrous 2007 World Cup where they were out in the first round.