Dravid, the only Indian cricketer to score a century in all Test playing nations, is a rare persona. Well read, his interests are varied and different from his teammates. Not for him the entertainment spots. In his spare time, he is invariably found in bookshops or discussing environmental subjects or wildlife. One can discuss with him any subject under the sun.
Dravid, a teamman to the core, agreed to play the ODI series in England even though the selectors had not thought of him in the last two years. Someone who has amassed 10,820 runs in 343 ODIs, played just to add some stability in the middle-order of an injury-hit Indian batting after making it clear that he would be retiring from limited-overs cricket at the end of the series. He had 12 ODI centuries and scored runs at an average of 39.16.
He is going out of Test arena as the second highest run-getter in the world (13,288 runs) after his teammate, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid has 36 Test centuries and his runs came at an average of 52.31. He was always India's saviour overseas and 21 of those 36 centuries were scored on foreign soil.
But he couldn't repeat his magic in the Test series in Australia. The former India captain has realised that 194 runs in eight innings and getting bowled out in six of them Down Under was hint enough for him retire, not wanting to remind the fickle cricket pundits and fans his performance in England.