July 11, 2009

Indian cricket

Better off without Dravid?

Ashwin Achal

Pradeep Magazine, in the Hindustan Times, feels that picking Dravid for the ODI squad is a step in the wrong direction, especially at a time when the Indian team should look to move forward and plan for the future. Srikkanth has said that the country has a vast reservoir of young talent, perhaps it is time to give them a go instead.

True a Gautam Gambhir or a Rohit Sharma should not take their places in the team for granted. The whole world by now also knows that Suresh Raina has serious shortcomings when the ball climbs to his ribcage, but the return of Dravid, at best, can be a temporary solution. It can’t serve any useful long-term purpose and what Kris Srikkanth’s selection panel has done is take one step backward while trying to move ahead, especially when the same people never tire of reminding us that India has a vast reservoir of young talent. So, why not dip into that and find right answers to genuine problems, instead of recalling a man who himself may be finding it mystifying that he is back in the one-day squad.

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