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    August 19, 2009

    Rahul Dravid's selection just doesn't make sense

    I'm a huge fan of Rahul Dravid. Anyone who has talked cricket with me, and anyone who has followed this blog over the past 5.5 years, would have realized it.

    Yet, I really believe it was totally stupid to get Dravid to dust off his blue gear. The very fact that he was named in the list of 30 probables for the ICC Champions Trophy obviously meant that he was always going to be in the final 15. On Sunday, he was picked for the tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy.

    There are various reasons bandied around for his selection, including the inability of India's young batsmen to cope with short-pitched bowling at the T20 World Cup, Sehwag's absence, the need to get Dhoni to play his natural swashbuckling style, Dravid's ability to play the short ball, the fact that the Champions Trophy will be in South Africa (where bowlers get significantly more help), and that Dravid proved he still had his limited-over skills & exhibited them in the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League.

    There are many reasons why Dravid's selection makes no sense.Interestingly though, in 2006, Ganguly was picked in the squad of 30 probables but left out of the final 15.

    An related rant, written nearly a decade ago - "Azhar's recall a retrograde step".

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    By Blogger Mark B. (23-Aug-2009, 7:36:00 AM)  

    That was not the right chance at this point of time. His place should have given to someone like Rohit Sharma or Kholi etc. Dravid days are over. He should concentrate on Test career rather then playing in one day for 80 balls getting some 30 runs. Sachin is different from Dravid. He still has power to attain many records. So he should play. Well lets see whether he is getting a chance within 11 or not???

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    By Blogger IEDig (09-Sep-2009, 7:26:00 PM)  

    U know he is the wall of Indian cricket.U saw the match between india and Pakistan in recent 5o-50 world cup in South Africa. if he is out in between 20 overs. what is the situation ? Can we imagin ? How we lost to pakistan.

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