Dravid to retire from ODI, T20 after England tour

Rahul Dravid, who has been included in the limited-overs squad for the series against England, has announced that he will retire from ODI and T20 cricket after the England tour.

Dravid hasn’t been a regular in the Indian one-day side since late 2007.

Dravid last played in an ODI match against the West Indies during the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dravid admitted he had not expected to be included in the team.

“I am honoured and privileged to be selected in the Indian one-day team,” said Dravid.

“Since I had not been picked for one-day cricket for the last two years, I was obviously a little surprised and to be honest, because I had not been picked, I had not informed the selectors or the board of my desire to solely focus on Test cricket.

“At the end of this one-day series, I would like to announce my retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket.

“I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows.

“In the short term I am committed because now I have been picked for the series, but in the long term I think it is best for me and Indian cricket that I focus on Test cricket.”

Dravid is the seventh highest run-getter in ODIs, with 10,765 runs in 339 matches. He has scored 12 hundreds and 82 fifties and has a highest score of 153, which he scored against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999.

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