Dravid named captain, again
Three months after being named captain against Sri Lanka
and two months after Ganguly replaced him in Zimbabwe
, Rahul Dravid will have the honour of leading an Indian side to defeat
in two one-day series against Sri Lanka and South Africa
There has been a lot of media speculation over the last couple of days about Ganguly's fate given that his troublesome tennis elbow
would have been analyzed by the doctors only on October 17th
even as the captain was scheduled to be picked much earlier.
The appointment holds good for the seven one-dayers against Sri Lanka
and five one-dayers against South Africa to compensate for their noticeable absence during South Africa's tour to India late last year
Given that the squad is to be announced tomorrow and Ganguly's fitness test will be conducted next week, it is fair to say that he will miss out on the first few games of the Sri Lanka series. I don't mean to cast aspersions on Ganguly's integrity, but withdrawing from the Challenger series because of an elbow problem suffered in Zimbabwe
didn't seem to me as a bright idea, and this isn't in hindsight. I just didn't blog about that since I was more or less out of blogging action in the first ten days of this month.
It would be interesting to see if any of the performers in the ongoing Challenger Trophy
will be picked. I'm fairly sure that Venugopal Rao
and Suresh Raina will be certainly picked. But what about the likes of Vikram Rajvir Singh
, Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla and Sree Santh?
It is as yet unknown if Dravid's appointment as captain will make Herschelle Gibbs
and Nicky Boje
reconsider their decision to withdraw from the tour in the absence of amnesty