Life will remain the same after retirement: Dravid

Sep 16, 2011, 07:48 IST | Agencies
The Indian team will be looking to give a fitting farewell to former captain Rahul Dravid by ending their nightmarish England tour on a high. India are yet to taste victory over England this summer, having been whitewashed 4-0 in the Test series and trailing 2-0 ahead of today's final one-dayer in Cardiff.

Goodbye! Rahul Dravid

Dravid, who is all set to bid adieu to ODIs, said he would not dread retirement even when it's time to quit Test cricket. "It does not feel like I'm finishing in some sense. I will still be doing the same things that I have been doing in last two and a half years. But I had to work harder on my one-day cricket than in Tests," said Dravid on the eve of the match.

"I wouldn't dread quitting. You don't dread the day after such a long period of time. You recognise time would come when you would have to move on. Retiring wouldn't make much of a change in my life. "The Test series against West Indies is coming up. There is still a few days off, then back to fitness and practice. Nothing would really change. Nothing is going to be different from tomorrow onwards," he added.

Dravid expressed satisfaction over his ODI career. "When I started playing, I wasn't recognised as a one-day player. There was a lot more learning I had to do. I was dropped in the middle of my career, had to learn some lessons and it helped free up my Test cricket as well. I ended up playing over 300 games for India," said Dravid, who is the seventh highest ODI scorer with 10,820 runs. "It gives me a lot of satisfaction (to reflect) that I had a good Test and one-day career," he added.

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