He captained his country in 25 Tests and 79 ODIs between October 2005 and September 2007, during which time India won Test series in England and West Indies.
In 2011 Dravid enjoyed
a superb tour of England,
scoring three centuries in four Tests when India's other big names struggled.
Having quit international cricket, Dravid will lead the
in this year's Indian Premier League which runs from 4 April to 27 May.
What they say about Dravid
“There was and is only one Rahul Dravid. There can be no other. I will miss Rahul in the dressing room and out in the middle”
India batsman Sachin Tendulkar
"I was like every other boy in India, with a dream of playing for my country. Yet I could never have imagined a journey so long and so fulfilling. No dream is ever chased alone." -
, announcing his retirement
"He was totally a class act, on and off the field. A terrific role model for youngsters with his work ethic, with the way he carried himself, with the way he applied himself. It's going to be a bit void in Indian cricket now. I think you really won't find anybody playing with the same tactical virtuosity that you saw with Rahul Dravid." - former India captain
on BBC Radio 5 live
"There was and is only one Rahul Dravid. There can be no other. I will miss Rahul in the dressing room and out in the middle." - Dravid's long-time India team-mate
"He has been a great ambassador for the game and for India. It is a sad day for me because I've seen him grow as a player.'' - Board of Control for Cricket in India president
"I knew the man behind the bat. Not often do you find a person as exceptional as his achievements." - former India team-mate
"I wish my friend Rahul Dravid and his family all the best in his retirement! I have total respect for him." - legendary former Australia spinner
"Rahul Dravid has retired. The world's most respected cricketer over the last 20 years. A legend." - former England captain
"Rahul Dravid, what a legend. Plain and simple. Congratulations on an incredible career. India will miss The Wall." - England batsman
"As expected, Rahul Dravid has retired . A man of great stature, dignity and sportsmanship." - Former England coach
"He was the model modern Test cricketer. He had a solid defence, tremendous concentration and discipline but also possessed handsome shots. Dravid is also one of the game's true gentlemen." - BBC cricket correspondent
"They say sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.To me the most vivid & dependable has to be Rahul Dravid." - Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner
Shah Rukh Khan
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