After retiring from all forms of international cricket in 2012, Rahul Dravid announced earlier this year that the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) will be his last tournament as a professional cricketer. And on this day, October 6, 2013, when Dravid makes his final appearance as a player, we look back at the journey of the legend through a timeline of his career.
International/ODI: April 3, 1996, against Sri Lanka in an ODI.
Test: June 20, 1996, against England at Lord's.
Only T20I: August 31, 2011, against England at Manchester.
First Class: 1990/91
List A: 1992/93
Tests: 164 matches, 13288 runs, average 52.31, 36 hundreds, 63 fifties.
ODIs: 344 matches, 10889 runs, average 39.15, 12 hundreds, 83 fifties.
T20I: 1 match, 31 runs, average 31, 0 hundreds, 0 fifties.
First Class: 298 matches, 23794 runs, average 55.33, 68 hundreds, 117 fifties
List A: 449 matches, 15271 runs, average 42.30, 21 hundreds, 112 fifties
T20: 108 matches, 2585 runs, average 28.04, 0 hundreds, 13 fifties (excluding the 2013 CLT20 final)
INTERNATIONAL CAPTAINCY RECORD
Tests: Dravid led India in 25 Tests between 2003-2007, winning 8, losing 6 and drawing 11.
ODIs: He led India in 79 matches, winning 42 and losing 33. There was no result in 4 matches.
ODIs: September 16, 2011, against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Tests: Announced retirement on March 9, 2012.
T20I: August 31, 2011, against England at Manchester.
First Class: Announced retirement on March 9, 2012.
List A: Announced retirement on March 9, 2012.
T20: October 6, 2013, against Mumbai Indians
Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year: 1997
Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 2000
ICC Test Player of the Year: 2004
ICC Player of the Year: 2004
Wisden India Cricketer of the Year: 2013
DOMESTIC T20 CAREER:
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) chose him as the Icon Player in the first IPL auction, thus paying him $1,035,000 (15 percent more than the highest-bid player Jacques Kallis).
- He led RCB in the inaugural season of the IPL, buut the team could win only four matches, finishing second from the bottom in the points table. Before the start of the 2009 season, he was replaced by England's Kevin Pietersen as skipper.
- After playing three seasons for RCB, the franchise released him. Rajasthan Royals decided to rope in the Indian legend to their camp, where he played for the Shane Warne-led side in the 2011 season, before being appointed as the side's skipper following Warne's decisions to quit IPL.
Season by season performance in the IPL and CLT20:
2008: Played 14 matches for RCB, scoring 371 runs at an average of 28.53, with two fifties.
2009: Played 13 matches for RCB in the IPL, scoring 271 runs at an average of 22.58, with one fifty. He also represented RCB in four CLT20 matches, played in India. He played four CLT20 matches this season, scoring 93 runs at an average of 46.50.
2010: Played 20 matches for RCB in the IPL, scoring 349 runs at an average of 31.72, with one fifty. Dravid also played five CLT20 matches for RCB this year, scoring 141 runs in the tournament held in South Africa, at an average of 35.25, with one fifty.
2011: Played 12 matches for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, scoring 343 runs at an average of 31.18 with one fifty.
2012: Played 16 matches for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, scoring 462 runs at an average of 28.87, with two fifties.
2013: Played 18 matches for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, scoring 471 runs at an average of 29.43, with four fifties. Dravid didn't have a fruitful CLT20, scoring just 47 runs in 5 matches at average of 9.40 (excluding the final).