I was not enjoying captaincy: Dravid

Updated: 06 November 2007 14:49 IST

Speaking for the first time after stepping down as captain, Rahul Dravid said he was not enjoying captaincy of the Indian team.

New Delhi:

Speaking for the first time after stepping down as captain, Rahul Dravid said he was not enjoying captaincy of the Indian team and that he began considering stepping down towards the end of ODI series against England.

Dravid, however, refused to comment on who should succeed him. He said it's best left to the selectors.

Dravid said that he was not enjoying the job after two years because "there is a shelf life to captaincy in India".

The 34-year-old batsman, who has not said a word in public since his resignation was announced by the BCCI on Friday, said that captaincy "takes a lot out of you".

The thought of stepping down had crossed his mind after India's early exit from the World Cup in the West Indies for which he felt responsible, Dravid said.

"But I still felt that I had the strength and energy to do it then" in the hope that things could be turned around.

However, towards the end of the ODI series against England which ended this month, he had begun considering resigning.

"But I did not want to take any decision there without first speaking to my family and wanted to give it a few days back home to see if I felt differently before taking a final call", he said.

The decision was "personal and based on my observation of whether I would be able to give it my very best like I have always tried to", Dravid said.

The former Indian skipper was of the view that "there is a shelf life to captaincy in India in which you can give it your best".

"May be the shelf life are becoming shorter as time goes by", he commented. (With PTI Inputs)

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