Rahul Dravid retires from international cricket 'sad but proud'
India batsman Rahul Dravid has retired from international cricket.
The 39-year-old has scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests since making his debut in 1996, second only to compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, and has made 36 centuries.
Former skipper Dravid, nicknamed "The Wall" for his patient batting style, also holds the world record of 210 outfield Test catches.
"It's time to move on," he said. "Once I was like every other boy in India with a dream to play for my country."
He added: "I have had a wonderful time. Now it's time for a new generation of young players to take it forward and make history.
"It was about playing with dignity, upholding the spirit of the game. I have tried my best. I leave with sadness but also with pride."
Dravid, who made the announcement at a news conference in Bangalore on Friday, said he had retired from "domestic and first class cricket", but he will still play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals.
He retired from one-day cricket last September, having scored 10,889 runs in 344 internationals.
India were the number one side in Test and one-day international cricket in 2011, but have dropped to third in both categories and been whitewashed 4-0 in their last two Test series in England and Australia.
Rahul Dravid's career statistics
164 games, 13,288 runs, average 52.31, catches 210
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