ODIs tougher than Tests for me, says Dravid

Updated: 15 September 2011 20:27 IST

Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid admitted that he had to work harder on the shorter format of the game than he did in Test cricket, on the eve of his final ODI match.

ODIs tougher than Tests for me, says Dravid
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Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid admitted that he had to work harder on the shorter format of the game than he did in Test cricket, on the eve of his final ODI match.

Dravid, who would retire after playing his 344th match in an ODI career spanning 15 years, said on Thurdsday, he would not dread retirement even when it's time to quit Test cricket.

"It does not feel like I'm finishing in some sense. I will still be doing the same things I have been doing in last two and a half years. But I had to work harder on my one-day cricket than in Tests," said Dravid who would turn up for the last time for India in ODIs in coloured clothings.

"I wouldn't dread quitting. I don't think after such a long period of time you don't dread the day. You recognise time would come when you would have to move on. Retiring wouldn't make much change in my life," he told a press conference on the eve of the fifth and final ODI.

"The Test series against West Indies is coming up. There is still a few days off, then back to fitness and practice. Nothing would really change. Nothing is going to be different from tomorrow onwards," he said.

He expressed satisfaction that from being a player considered not suitable for ODI cricket, he went on to score more than 10,000 runs in the 50-over format also.

"When I started playing, I wasn't recognised as a one-day player. There was a lot more learning I had to do. I was dropped in the middle of my career, had to learn some lessons and it helped free up my Test cricket as well. I ended up playing over 300 games for India," said Dravid who is the seventh highest ODI scorer with 10,820 runs.

"It gives me a lot of satisfaction (to reflect) that I had a good Test and one-day career. At one stage, I probably wouldn't have said it myself. In many ways it has been a very pleasing and satisfying career," he said.

Topics : Cricket India England Zimbabwe West Indies Australia Rahul Dravid India in England, 2011
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