Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid’s retirement from international cricket means that the country’s fabulous four has now been reduced to the terrible three, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag and V.V.S. Laxman, who have been in miserable touch with the bat in Test cricket.”I thought I had a great run. I have given this a serious thought. I knew I had to go… I did not feel the need to drag it on any longer,” Dravid said on Friday while announcing his retirement, probably also showing the other three veterans the way. It would be beneficial to Indian cricket if they retire when the time is right so that the young generation finally gets a go for India in Test cricket. Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag had a miserable 2011. “…the time was right to move on and I was happy with what I had achieved,” Dravid said replying to a question. Now that ‘the Wall’ has shown the way, probably the time has come for the other gentlemen to follow his example. Age seems to have caught up with Tendulkar and Laxman, while Sehwag seems to have no application or intent to put a value to his wicket in Test cricket. Rookie fast bowlers in England and then in Australia made the big three of Indian cricket hop, skip and jump. No wonder, the calls for their retirement are gathering force. Recently, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev said in an interview to Headlines Today that Tendulkar should have retired at least from the ODI soon after he achieved the biggest feat in a cricketer’s life by winning the World Cup last year. Even Sourav Ganguly too advocated for the Master Blaster’s retirement. With Virat Kohli finally showing his potential and the likes of Manoj Tiwary making the most of his limited opportunities, it seems time for the old generation to make way for the young guns. Probably it is time for Tendulkar, Laxman and Sehwag to follow Dravid and retire gracefully to usher in the future of Indian cricket.advertisement
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Australia opener Chris Rogers has revealed former skipper Steve Waugh’s words of wisdom inspired him to score an unbeaten knock of 158 runs on the first day of the second Ashes Test here.Australia ended the first day’s action at 337/1 with Rogers and Steven Smith (129 not out) scoring fine centuries to put the visiting team in the driving seat at the Lord’s cricket ground on Thursday. England won the first Test by 169 runs to lead the five-match series 1-0.Rogers said Waugh motivated him ahead of the match, reminding him of his impressive record at Lord’s. Rogers plays for English county side Middlesex, who play their home matches at the famous ground, where he has scored several centuries earlier.”Steve Waugh said to me this morning, ‘This is your ground’. So to go out and make it count was something to be very proud of,” Rogers was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Friday.”I’ve scored a hundred at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, one at the Sydney Cricket Ground, so for me to get one at Lord’s was kind of the trifecta. It’s so special. I’ve got so many friends here, so many great memories,” said the 37-year-old.