No decision on retirement yet: Dravid
One of modern cricket`s greatest batsmen, Dravid managed just 194 runs at an average of 24.25 in India`s 0-4 drubbing in Australia, their second successive on foreign shores after an identical result in England, thus fuelling speculation in the media over a possible retirement.
"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 decisions now, we`re not playing another Test match 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 by the `Sydney Morning Herald`.
The numero uno Test side in the not-too-distant past, India relinquished the status after the drubbing in England, and a similar outing Down Under has only made matter worse.
Australia thrashed India by 298 runs to complete a series whitewash at the Adelaide Oval here. 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.
With the exception of Virat Kohli, most of the batsmen in the Indian line-up have endured a dreadful series.