Rahul Dravid hints at retirement from the Indian Premier League

The 40-year-old veteran stressed that the Rajasthan Royals would need to start looking at younger players to build for the future.

Updated: May 23, 2013 18:12 IST
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New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid has hinted at retiring from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after this season.

After beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Eliminator in Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday, Dravid told reporters that he is aware that they "need to start looking ahead for younger players". With the win, the Jaipur-based team also qualified for the Champions League to be held in India from September 17 to October 6.

Asked whether he will play in the Champions League, Dravid said: "I do not know. I have never envisaged that it would be my last campaign and there is no more cricket after this. With Champions League coming up, I really don't know."

"Let me finish this tournament and then I will sit down with the franchise to talk about my future and what they want to do. I am also mindful of the fact that we need to start looking ahead for younger players."

The 40-year-old joined the Royals from Royal Challengers Bangalore last year. The Dravid-led side play Mumbai Indians on Friday in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final versus the Chennai Super Kings.

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