Adelaide, Jan 29: Embattled Rahul Dravid has made it clear that he has not taken any decision on retirement from Test cricket but admitted his glorious career was definitely nearer the end than the beginning.
Dravid managed just 194 runs at an average of 24.25 in India's 0-4 drubbing in Australia, their second successive whitewash on foreign shores after an identical result in England, thus fuelling speculation in the media over his possible retirement from Test cricket.
“I am definitely nearer the end than the beginning; there is no doubt about that. I haven't made any decision and there is no need to make any decision now, we're not playing another Test for seven to eight months so we'll see how it pans out.
“At my stage in my career it's always about taking it a series at a time and not looking too far ahead, so we'll see what happens,” Dravid was quoted as saying in Australian media.
But Dravid emphasised the importance of India being a strong and passionate Test nation for the benefit of world cricket.
“We haven't done so well abroad over the last couple of series but I'm hopeful that some of the young kids will come through, it might take a bit of time but we'll build up a strong base.
“India needs to be a strong Test-playing nation, there are not too many countries playing cricket and if India is competitive in Test cricket it does make a difference. There are areas we need to improve, especially in these challenging times, but I am hopeful,” Dravid said.