Rahul Dravid has played his last Test for India: Sources

Rahul Dravid scored 194 runs at an average of 24.25 in four Test matches against Australia Getty Images

Adelaide: Jan 28, 2012

A miffed Indian team management rejected speculation that senior batsman Rahul Dravid is contemplating retirement after his below-par show in the 0-4 Test drubbing against Australia, insisting that such media reports were “baseless”.

After losing the fourth Test by 298 runs, the Indian team management gave a denial on the news of Dravid’s imminent retirement with a written statement today.

It was neither a personal rebuttal from Dravid nor the statement named him in person as media manager GS Walia read it out.

“Team takes note of the stories in the media, suggesting the imminent retirement of a member of the Indian team. We would like to clarify the situation by stating categorically that these are not correct and are baseless.

“This is the statement I have read and there are no further questions on it,” said Walia.

The denial notwithstanding, according to informed sources, Dravid has played his last Test for India as he has been given a tap on the shoulder by the BCCI after failing to notch a single hundred in the series.

He would lead Rajasthan Royals in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) but he has got the hint from the BCCI on his retirement.

Dravid had got the message from the BCCI after the second Test in Sydney itself. He did let it be known to a few senior members of the team during the Adelaide Test that this is the end of the road for him. (PTI)