New Delhi: After hearing about Rahul Dravid possibly announcing his retirement on Friday, Sachin Tendulkar has said that he will miss not having Dravid in the dressing room and that there can only be one batsman of the stature of the 39-year-old.
According to reports, Dravid is expected to bring the curtain down on his Test career on Friday when he has called a press conference along with the BCCI President, N Shrinivsan at Bangalore.
"I have shared my best moments with Rahul Dravid in the middle. Our many century partnerships are a testimony to the hours we spent together." Tendulkar said.
"For someone who has played 164 Test matches and scored 13,200-plus runs, no tribute can be enough. All I can say is there was, and is, only one Rahul Dravid and there can be no other. I will miss him in the dressing room and out in the middle," the batting legend added.
Dravid made his international debut for India against Sri Lanka in 1996 just after the World Cup. He was rather disappointing in that tournament resulting in the the selectors dropping him from the team. Dravid was later picked for a series against England and made a much better impression in the Test arena playing a brilliant 95-run innings in his debut Test which was follwed by a classy 84 run knock in the next Test.
Dravid's Test career stands at 164 Tests, from which he scored 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31, with 36 centuries and 63 fifties. In 344 one-day internationals he amassed 10,889 runs – the seventh highest of all time - at 39.16, with 12 hundreds and 83 fifties. Dravid captained India in 25 Tests, winning eight, losing six and drawing 11.