<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Rahul Dravid: Retiring from Test cricket was more emotional" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131007221532.jpg" title="Rahul Dravid: Retiring from Test cricket was more emotional" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Rahul Dravid (centre) retired from all forms of competitive cricket on Sunday after CLT20 2013 final</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Oct 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> He has been the finest ambassador for India in the traditional form of the game and <a href="/tags/Rahul-Dravid/post" target="_blank">Rahul Dravid</a>, after calling time on his cricket career, remained true to his first love — Test cricket.<br /> <br /> "It was [emotional] in some ways. It's when you give up Test cricket, that's when you feel emotional," Dravid said when asked whether he felt emotional turning up for <a href="/tags/Rajasthan-Royals/post" target="_blank">Rajasthan Royals</a> against <a href="/tags/Mumbai-Indians/post" target="_blank">Mumbai Indians</a> in the last match of his professional career.<br /> <br /> "It was a privilege to lead such a bunch. The franchise has gone through a lots of ups and downs. It has been the same group and there was great working environment," Dravid, who captained Rajasthan Royals to the final of <a href="/tags/Champions-League-T20/post" target="_blank">Champions League T20</a> , said.<br /> <br /> As he has done on many occasions, Dravid did mention that the spot-fixing scandal involving India international S Sreesanth was "very disappointing".<br /> <br /> "It wasn't an ideal thing to have happened. I don't want to comment specifically but those were extremely challenging times," Dravid told <em>NDTV</em> in an interview.<br /> <br /> Dravid felt that the spot-fixing incident is a lesson for the cricket establishment that one needs to be "vigilant".<br /> <br /> "Look, people who want to corrupt the game are not going to go away. It's a lot about the choices that an individual makes. We have to be vigilant."<br /> <br /> Dravid gave a logical answer as to why he came in at No 8 during the final on Sunday night.<br /> <br /> "Chasing a target with an asking rate of 11 per over is certainly not my strength at 40 plus," he laughed.<br /> <br /> "It has been a memorable journey with the Royals. It started three years back and last two years, I have been a captain. The whole campaign has been excellent. Yesterday was a good night and I got a lovely reception from the Delhi crowd."<br /> <br /> He was all praise for veteran <a href="/tags/Pravin-Tambe/post" target="_blank">Pravin Tambe</a> who grabbed 12 scalps in the tournament to emerge as highest wicket-taker.<br /> <br /> "While we play international cricket, we must never forget that we have the Pravins of the world playing for along with us in the club matches. It's a heart warming story of Pravin's skill, fortitude and attitude."<br /> <br /> The best part about retirement according to Dravid "is not having to practise anymore".<br /> <br /> "I will get to spend more time with my family. I haven't planned about my second innings. Right now however, I need a holiday."