Rahul Dravid hints retiring from IPL

After beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Eliminator at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday, Rahul Dravid told reporters that he is aware that they “need to start looking ahead and for younger players” © IANS

New Delhi: May 23, 2013

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid hinted at retiring from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after this season.

After beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Eliminator at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday, Dravid told reporters that he is aware that they “need to start looking ahead and for younger players”. With the win, the Jaipur-based team also qualified for the Champions League to be held in India from Sep 17 to Oct 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 and for younger players.”

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