No Rahul Dravid yet…


Yesterday, India wrapped up the ODI series against Pakistan with one match to go in the 5-match series.

Yesterday Rahul Dravid, who was asked by Dilip Vengsarkar (Chairman of Selectors for Team India) to find “fitness and form” by playing in the Ranji Trophy, hit another century for Karnataka. Rahul Dravid hit 121 off 180 balls against Himachal Pradesh.

Yesterday, the selectors selected the ODI team for the last, dead-rubber ODI against Pakistan. They have retained the same team that played last nights’ game.

There is no place for Dravid in the ODI Team India yet.

As I said in my earlier post, given it is a dead-rubber game, I’d like to see India play the following team (in batting order) for that game on Sunday:

Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, M. S. Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Sree Santh, R. P. Singh

— Mohan

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4 responses to “No Rahul Dravid yet…

  1. Mohan,

    The lad from Bangalore should have scored 180 of 120 balls–instead of the other way–against Himachal Pradesh, to be reconsidered for 5Th ODI against Pakistan!

  2. I hope these selectors of have a strategy for grooming the players for the future – after the Big 4 – 5 retire. The dead rubber game would be a good opportunity to rest some players and infuse some new talent. It is OK not to consider Rahul Dravid for this game. He does not need to prove his talent.

    South Africa is basically looking beyond S. Pollack, a truly great bowler.

  3. I’d like Sachin to be rested from the final ODI too.

  4. I would like to see Murali Karthick playing instead of Bhajji. No doubts Bhajji is in good nick. But Murali has been out of the team for such a long time and so more match practise will do a world of good to him.

    I’m sure Dravid will automatically get selected into ODI side for Aus, if he performs well in the upcoming Pak Test series, which I presume he will.

    Sachin should be allowed to continue, when he is in this roaring form, it is not so wise to stop his flow.

    Mr. Sehwag too looked good in gwalior – for the first time after his sacking, there were a few sweet shots of his blade, not too many blemishes.

    Cheers,
    Barani

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