It’s time to move on, says Rahul Dravid

Updated: Mar 09, 2012, 12:53 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Bangalore: Rahul Dravid, who announced his retirement on Friday, said that it was the right time for him to leave international cricket.

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Announcing his retirement in Bangalore, Rahul Dravid said: "I have played for 16 years but it’s time to leave now for the new generation to come up and take responsibilities.”

“I have many people to thank for supporting me and teaching me. My coaches, trainers… and selectors, who are hardly thanked in India. Thanks to the captains I have played under, the media, the KCA, BCCI, all the teams that I have played with."

“Something that I will miss the most is the joy of bonding together, all the years of fun and learning,” said Dravid who has scored 13,288 runs for an impressive average of 52.31 and aggregates second only to Sachin Tendulkar who has 15470 runs in 188 Test matches.

About his teammates, he said: “Many of my teammates have become legends and it has been a privilege to play with them.”

He also thanked his parents, brother and wife for their support and strength.

“I would look forward to spending more time with my family, relieving my wife from her duty of an almost single parent,” said Dravid.

He thanked the fans of the Indian cricket team, saying that it was a privilege to represent them and the country.

“I have played with dignity. I might not have succeeded always, but I have never stopped trying. I leave with sadness, but also with pride,” added the cricketer.