<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Rahul Dravid says IPL was like a drug to wean off after retiring from Indian team" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131007203413.jpg" title="Rahul Dravid says IPL was like a drug to wean off after retiring from Indian team" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Rahul Dravid (right) said he was grateful to his teammates for getting him this far and giving a grand finish © IANS</p> </div> <strong>Oct 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> With his cricketing career coming to an end after the <a href="/tags/CLT20-2013/post" target="_blank">Champions League Twenty20 2013</a> final, <a href="/tags/Rahul-Dravid/post" target="_blank">Rahul Dravid</a> said that playing for Rajasthan Royals in the <a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) helped him to keep in touch with the game and step away from international cricket easily.<br /> <br /> In an interview to <em>CNN-IBN </em>Dravid said, "Even though I quit international cricket I knew IPL was there. In some ways it’s there at the back of your mind. I was not training or practicing as much as I used to when I was an Indian cricketer. But then I had slowly fallen back to a different routine.<br /> <br /> "It is really nice in a way. As I quit international cricket it was a huge thing to give up. For want of a better word it was like weaning off. Cricket is like a drug. IPL was a way of weaning off for me. Having a little bit of it but also gives a chance to experience life outside cricket. But I am ready to move on," he added.<br /> <br /> Dravid also jokingly said: "Earlier I used to be referred as former Indian cricketer. Now I am called former cricketer."<br /> <br /> On Sunday night’s reception for his final game Dravid said, "I was touched and extremely grateful. To get that kind of affection and respect that I have received is nice. After I quit international cricket I got a chance through the IPL to visit most of the main cities where I played cricket. I am grateful to my team for getting me so far."<br /> <br /> The match was also a fitting finale in a sense that Dravid along with <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> played together in a limited-overs format for one last time. "Both of us knew we had a job to do. Both us were trying to win a game of cricket. But at the background there was an occasion to it. It was nice that I shared with him," he added.