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Fans bid Dravid adieu, ask other seniors to follow suit

I salute Rahul Dravid for services rendered by him to Indian cricket. But he should have put country before self and retired earlier.

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2012 01:17 IST
Hindustan Times

Others should follow Dravid’s example
My thanks to Rahul Dravid. He has given enough to his millions of fans all over the world. I am in my seventies, and am one of his most ardent fans. Like me, his other fans will miss him, but what he has done is commendable and admirable. All sportspersons should follow his example and live in the hearts of their fans with respect and dignity.
Lt (retd) KL Banik (VSM)

Make way for youngsters
I believe Rahul Dravid has taken the right decision to quit, even though it came as a big surprise to us fans. But given that youngsters are taking over as deputies, it is time veterans like Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman also quit and allow talented youngsters to prove their worth.
Gladson Ariel

Well-timed, Dravid
An era in Indian cricket has come to an end. Everyone has to retire someday, except for Indian politicians. Rahul Dravid has taken a timely decision. Rahul, the unsung hero of Indian cricket, is one of the most glorious players to watch. He lacked the flamboyance of Sachin, Sehwag or Ganguly, but as an artist in cricket he could be compared with Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohammed Azharuddin and others. Best wishes to Rahul for a happy retired life, from a person who is leading a peaceful retired life after working for more than 40 years.
S Viswanathan

Seniors should quit while ahead
I salute Rahul Dravid for services rendered by him to Indian cricket. But he should have put country before self and retired earlier. Stalwarts like him, Laxman and Tendulkar should realise that with age, reflexes slow down delaying that split-second decision while facing the ball. They are taking advantage of the well-deserved support and respect they enjoy. Everyone has to retire some day. It is better to retire with happy memories.
TN Srivastava

Failure Down Under forced him to quit
Rahul Dravid got bowled out time and again in Australia. Instead of retiring sportingly after the tour of England, where he turned up a great performance with the bat, Dravid dragged on. After being clean bowled repeatedly by Australian fast bowlers, he was compelled to bid goodbye. It is better to retire when people ask ‘why’. Instead, fans asking ‘why not’.
Jayanthy Subramaniam

Better to quit than be dropped
Rahul Dravid did the right thing. Had he hung his boots after the series in England, he would have signed off in style. Sachin is the only senior in the one-day squad now, but he, too, is close to the end of his career. It is better to quit the game in style like Dravid did, instead of dragging along and getting dropped by the selectors.
CK Ramani

Sachin blocking a youngster’s place
After standing tall as a wall for 15 years, Rahul Dravid has brought the curtains down on his magnificent international career. He is retiring with great honour and respect from all over the world. Tendulkar should have retired immediately after the last year's world cup victory at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. There is tremendous pressure on him now, for which the team is suffering. A youngster is not getting a chance because of him.
Mahendra Dhuri

Sachin should quit ODIs, not Tests
Dravid is a great player and his decision to retire shows the spirit with which he played the game. But he should have played for a couple of years and then retired. Laxman should have retired, not Dravid. Sachin should play for some more time, score some more centuries and set a record not just for him, but also for India. Sachin should retire from ODIs but not from Tests.
Sreeraj Nair

Like Dravid, other seniors should quit
Rahul Dravid’s decision to retire from Test cricket is right and timely. Age has caught up with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman and they must follow Dravid’s example and announce their retirement immediately, instead of sticking around to better their records while robbing youngsters of a chance to represent the national side.
Bhagwan Thadani

First Published: Mar 11, 2012 01:15 IST