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Fitting farewell for Dravid on India's mind in final ODI
PTI
Cardiff, September 15, 2011
First Published: 13:29 IST(15/9/2011)
Last Updated: 13:35 IST(15/9/2011)
Rahul Dravid leaves the field after being run out for 2 during the third one-day international cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London.

Ending what has been a nightmarish tour positively is not the only motivation for the Indian team to win the final cricket ODI against England as the side would also want to ensure a fitting farewell to veteran Rahul Dravid, who plays his final one-dayer in Cardiff on Friday.

Dravid, who has amassed 10,820 runs in 343 ODIs at an average of 39, has announced his retirement from one-day cricket after this series and he would be keen to go on a high, more so since the first four games of the series have only yielded 51 runs to him.

The 38-year-old right-hander, nicknamed 'The Wall' for his rock solid defence and consistency, has scored 12 hundreds and 82 fifties in the ODIs and he would want to notch up a big knock tomorrow to make his swan song appearance memorable.

Aside from this, the match is of academic interest only as England have already won the series. The hosts are leading 2-0 after one match was rained out and another ended in a tie also due to rain interruptions.

But Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would be keen to get at least a consolation win on what has been a massively disappointing series.

Dhoni has a difficult choice to make on the team selection as he can either look for a win or test the mettle of his reserves.

If a solitary win from a horrendous tour is his motivation, it's unlikely he would give better performers of the side, men like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and even himself a break.

If the choice is to view the men for tomorrow, then medium-pacers Varun Aaron and Vinay Kumar and batsmen such as Manoj Tiwary and Subramaniam Badrinath should be on the starting block.


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