Indian cricket suffered a major setback as ``The Wall`` of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid, announced his retirement from international cricket and first class cricket on March 10, 2012.
Dravid, who was clean bowled on most of the occasions during the series Down Under, decided to call it a day, making way for other youngsters.
With his retirement, India lost the third cricketer (Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble being the first two) to have retired from a team which has had several achievements under its belt. Dravid, along with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, formed an impeccable middle-order batting line-up for India in the late nineties and first decade of this century, which, for the first time, helped Team India perform well on the overseas tours.
Dravid has played in 164 Test matches since making his debut against England at the Lord`s in 1996. He has scored 13,288 runs for an impressive average of 52.31 and aggregated second only to Sachin Tendulkar who has 15470 runs in 188 Test matches.