Sri Lanka Tri-Series August 16, 2009

Dravid returns to one-day squad

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Rahul Dravid has, as expected, made a return to India's ODI plans with his inclusion in the squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy next month. Dravid replaces Rohit Sharma, who managed 15 runs in three ODI innings in the West Indies and 43 runs in three innings against major opposition in the World Twenty20. The selectors didn't risk taking Virender Sehwag, who is yet to fully recover from his shoulder injury, to the Champions Trophy. He was not expected to make it to the Sri Lanka tri-series anyway.

Dravid last played an ODI for India in October 2007, but his form in the second IPL season in South Africa - where the Champions Trophy will be held - and the vulnerability of India's younger middle-order batsmen in the recent World Twenty20 prompted the selectors to fall back on his experience and technique.

Sachin Tendulkar, who had opted out of the West Indies ODIs, makes a comeback. Suresh Raina, who was out because of a hairline fracture of the thumb, also returns. Amit Mishra breaks into the ODI squad, replacing Pragyan Ojha as the back-up spinner to Harbhajan Singh, on the back of his impressive showings in the IPL and the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia.

Dinesh Karthik, who came in for the West Indies ODIs as replacement for Sehwag, and Abhishek Nayar, who edged out Ravindra Jadeja, have retained their places.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said it was the "best possible Indian team". "It's a very balanced team and we are confident they would go on to win the Champions Trophy in South Africa," Srikkanth said.

India one-day squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, RP Singh, Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, and Abhishek Nayar

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  • hiltonrock on August 19, 2009, 0:07 GMT

    Surprised with Rahul's selection, the old warrior is good to be mounted at some south indian town 4 corner not in the playing 11. We should have the mix of old and new but not in this fashion. Agreed that the new blood has not done much...the way Dhoni has shuffled his boys no wonder they never new their place. I think it's time to get to basics and play the guys in the slots they belong..none of this up the order down the order. Rohit should have been given a steady chance is steady position..experience player like Yuvraj suffers when shuffled. I think Dhoni should allow the Top order be on top and bottom order be there in the bottom Yuvraj @ 5, Dhoni @ 6 and Pathan @ 7 this order and opening pair should not change no matter what. Its quite clear from here these 3 (Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, and Abhishek Nayar ) would be mere tourist for the tour. Fight between these two (Ashish Nehra, RP Singh) to stay in the final 11 will be interesting...Dhoni keeps his squad simple SMART GUY!

  • dpkb on August 18, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    This man has done for India everything a player could do for his team. Wicketkeeping, bowling, batting, fielding at shortleg, fielding in the deep, in the slips (probably the best slip fielder India has had). I could not believe when he was dropped never to be picked again. I mean if age is such a big factor you would never see a Hussey make a debut when he was beyond 30 and become the top player of the world. Even players like Hayden had their best years very late in their career.

    How can we justify retaining a player like Rohit Sharma who avrages less than 25 after 40 odd games. I dont see how his age is helping him. I agree that limited over cricket needs a bit of slam-bam cricket, but whats the point if you cant bat for 20 overs. Dravid has a Strike rate over 80 at an avg above 40, having played at so many positions. I dont think any payer who has played as long as he has in the middle order will have a s/r far greater than that.

  • fanofteamindia on August 18, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    with 2011 wc in mind the selectors should have gone for a younger batter like kohli than dravid...and i jus cant see why ojha misses out...mishra was given matches to perform but ojha wasnt given enough opportunities...mishra is a good bowler no doubt but then the selectors cud have been fairer to ojha...

  • ramesh.k on August 18, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    I'm not surprised with dravid selection.Rahul dravid is good cricketer no doubt about it. He has to be in eleven and Should bat when india loses early wickets. I think this time, he ll show his experience. Lets believe We have won Champion trophy. And Important whichever case Sachin,Yuvi and Dravid have to play well

  • Rajit on August 18, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    First up I admire Rahul Dravid for what he has done for Indian Cricket in all forms of the game that he has played for the country.But what is amussing is the vision of Indian Selectors,I am not against Dravid's selection and his inclusion might prove to be a good one in the short term.However what about the long term goals?what about 2011 world Cup? I am sure Kris Srikanth and co. are a short sighted lot otherwise I saw no reason for ignoring someone like Virat Kohli or Ajinkya Rahane.After all these guys performed very well not only in the emerging players tournament but also in the Ranji One Dayers.Where does this leave Rohit Sharma?Well this kid has got enough opportunities and it seems that little success of winning an India Cap and playing some 30-40 ODIs has gone to his head.He might be a Talent in local Mumbai Cricket (KANGA LEAGUE and all) but he has not translated that on the International Arena and rightly deserves to be dropped at this point.

  • vinayjain07 on August 18, 2009, 7:56 GMT

    im really very happy.. on dravid's inclusion in the indian team.. he is the best player india has evr seen.. nd he compltely deserves to be in the team.. nd i dont understand .. the wht is the prob wid vengsakar..1st he is no more the head of selection commite..he has no rights to comment on DRAVID'S selection.. if he is selected. he deserves it !! '' ND for ur kind info,The ppl in selection commitee r not FOOLS.. '' mr. vengsakar .. SO U DONT HAVE TO WORRY !!

    DRAVID UR THE BEST !! WE WILL WIN FOR SURE !!

  • Ragova on August 18, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is class player of any form of cricket, he proved him self as a legend of cricket in IPL 2. Welcome back to indain cricket rock the world cricket

  • AjayTyagi on August 18, 2009, 3:08 GMT

    I am surprice why Virat has not been included in to the Inidian team after giving a solid performance. Indian selecter could have inculde Irfan as well as a bowling alrounder.

  • Anbu12345 on August 17, 2009, 22:17 GMT

    I am reaaly happy for Dravid who should be in the team and he desreves that place. His technique should be learnt by young people who r playing now and just getting hyped T20 cricket. Cricket is not about hitting six and fours.. Its abt the way u hit those runs with ur self satisfication.. Everyone are talking about the wc2011. Is it the only tournament which is going to be played by India. It means India can afford to loose evry other tournaments just to win WC2011. Who knows wat will happen in between. Its good to prepare for future. Its not fair to bias ur decision just for one big tournament.. I would say selectors made a right choice...

  • ChairmanValvod on August 17, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    A few other interesting and bold choices would have been the likes of P Chawla and Virat Kohli. Kohli is a very talented batsmen, that has tremendous potential, not only with bat, but maybe, this is far fetched, but is captain material. He has an old school swagger about him, like KP and Ponting. He could provide for an excellent batting option anywhere in the order. Chawla, on the other hand is extremely talented as well and brings a youthful exuberance to the gam that is so often lost in todays game due to the commerical nature of the game. The point is, the selectors have got start playing the future of the circket team, if the are to be prepared for the next world cup. All in all, Dravid was the correct choice.

  • hiltonrock on August 19, 2009, 0:07 GMT

    Surprised with Rahul's selection, the old warrior is good to be mounted at some south indian town 4 corner not in the playing 11. We should have the mix of old and new but not in this fashion. Agreed that the new blood has not done much...the way Dhoni has shuffled his boys no wonder they never new their place. I think it's time to get to basics and play the guys in the slots they belong..none of this up the order down the order. Rohit should have been given a steady chance is steady position..experience player like Yuvraj suffers when shuffled. I think Dhoni should allow the Top order be on top and bottom order be there in the bottom Yuvraj @ 5, Dhoni @ 6 and Pathan @ 7 this order and opening pair should not change no matter what. Its quite clear from here these 3 (Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, and Abhishek Nayar ) would be mere tourist for the tour. Fight between these two (Ashish Nehra, RP Singh) to stay in the final 11 will be interesting...Dhoni keeps his squad simple SMART GUY!

  • dpkb on August 18, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    This man has done for India everything a player could do for his team. Wicketkeeping, bowling, batting, fielding at shortleg, fielding in the deep, in the slips (probably the best slip fielder India has had). I could not believe when he was dropped never to be picked again. I mean if age is such a big factor you would never see a Hussey make a debut when he was beyond 30 and become the top player of the world. Even players like Hayden had their best years very late in their career.

    How can we justify retaining a player like Rohit Sharma who avrages less than 25 after 40 odd games. I dont see how his age is helping him. I agree that limited over cricket needs a bit of slam-bam cricket, but whats the point if you cant bat for 20 overs. Dravid has a Strike rate over 80 at an avg above 40, having played at so many positions. I dont think any payer who has played as long as he has in the middle order will have a s/r far greater than that.

  • fanofteamindia on August 18, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    with 2011 wc in mind the selectors should have gone for a younger batter like kohli than dravid...and i jus cant see why ojha misses out...mishra was given matches to perform but ojha wasnt given enough opportunities...mishra is a good bowler no doubt but then the selectors cud have been fairer to ojha...

  • ramesh.k on August 18, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    I'm not surprised with dravid selection.Rahul dravid is good cricketer no doubt about it. He has to be in eleven and Should bat when india loses early wickets. I think this time, he ll show his experience. Lets believe We have won Champion trophy. And Important whichever case Sachin,Yuvi and Dravid have to play well

  • Rajit on August 18, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    First up I admire Rahul Dravid for what he has done for Indian Cricket in all forms of the game that he has played for the country.But what is amussing is the vision of Indian Selectors,I am not against Dravid's selection and his inclusion might prove to be a good one in the short term.However what about the long term goals?what about 2011 world Cup? I am sure Kris Srikanth and co. are a short sighted lot otherwise I saw no reason for ignoring someone like Virat Kohli or Ajinkya Rahane.After all these guys performed very well not only in the emerging players tournament but also in the Ranji One Dayers.Where does this leave Rohit Sharma?Well this kid has got enough opportunities and it seems that little success of winning an India Cap and playing some 30-40 ODIs has gone to his head.He might be a Talent in local Mumbai Cricket (KANGA LEAGUE and all) but he has not translated that on the International Arena and rightly deserves to be dropped at this point.

  • vinayjain07 on August 18, 2009, 7:56 GMT

    im really very happy.. on dravid's inclusion in the indian team.. he is the best player india has evr seen.. nd he compltely deserves to be in the team.. nd i dont understand .. the wht is the prob wid vengsakar..1st he is no more the head of selection commite..he has no rights to comment on DRAVID'S selection.. if he is selected. he deserves it !! '' ND for ur kind info,The ppl in selection commitee r not FOOLS.. '' mr. vengsakar .. SO U DONT HAVE TO WORRY !!

    DRAVID UR THE BEST !! WE WILL WIN FOR SURE !!

  • Ragova on August 18, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is class player of any form of cricket, he proved him self as a legend of cricket in IPL 2. Welcome back to indain cricket rock the world cricket

  • AjayTyagi on August 18, 2009, 3:08 GMT

    I am surprice why Virat has not been included in to the Inidian team after giving a solid performance. Indian selecter could have inculde Irfan as well as a bowling alrounder.

  • Anbu12345 on August 17, 2009, 22:17 GMT

    I am reaaly happy for Dravid who should be in the team and he desreves that place. His technique should be learnt by young people who r playing now and just getting hyped T20 cricket. Cricket is not about hitting six and fours.. Its abt the way u hit those runs with ur self satisfication.. Everyone are talking about the wc2011. Is it the only tournament which is going to be played by India. It means India can afford to loose evry other tournaments just to win WC2011. Who knows wat will happen in between. Its good to prepare for future. Its not fair to bias ur decision just for one big tournament.. I would say selectors made a right choice...

  • ChairmanValvod on August 17, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    A few other interesting and bold choices would have been the likes of P Chawla and Virat Kohli. Kohli is a very talented batsmen, that has tremendous potential, not only with bat, but maybe, this is far fetched, but is captain material. He has an old school swagger about him, like KP and Ponting. He could provide for an excellent batting option anywhere in the order. Chawla, on the other hand is extremely talented as well and brings a youthful exuberance to the gam that is so often lost in todays game due to the commerical nature of the game. The point is, the selectors have got start playing the future of the circket team, if the are to be prepared for the next world cup. All in all, Dravid was the correct choice.

  • ChairmanValvod on August 17, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    Another great move by the selectors and Dhoni, I think, is the exclusion of Munaf Patel and Sreesanth. Munaf brings very little to the team by way of his medium pace cutters. He is an extremely horrendous fielder by todays standard, horrible even comical with the bat, and most of the time quite ineffective with the ball. Add to that, the quality of crackin under pressure and abominable sportsmanship, you have a ticking time bomb of a cricketer that is waiting to bring the team into bas repute. the same goes for Sreesanth. A few out of left field, bold, interesting selections would've been, only for teh 50 over game, Pujara, Balaji, Naman Ojha, M. Pandey to name a few. All interesting choices with different virtues. Pujara would bring a level of sanity, purity, and solidity that Dravid would bring. Ojha and Pandey some fresh fire power (not that India needs anymore of that). Balaji would make a good new ball partner to ishant. Additonally, the batting has to step up to the plate.

  • ChairmanValvod on August 17, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is an excellent choice to be included in the ODI XI. Although I am saddened to see the unfortunate and temporary exclusion of Rohit, who I think has not made the most of his chances, despite his tremendous talent. Dravid has scored an incredible 10,000+ runs in ODI's, at a SR of almot 80, and an average aof almost 40! You cant argue with numbers. Add to that the presence of mind and solidity that he brings to the side, India couldn't have come up with a better choice. Although the inclusion of Nayar and Karthik is bewildering. If Dhoni is preparing a side for the next world cup, he's got to include players like Rohit and Jadeja, who by all accounts are future Indian mainstays.Rohit more so than Jadeja. What India has lacked recently is good old fashioned, solid, traditional, sound batting from its top and middle order. It has favored the flashy,but quite often useless, strokeplay of more swashnuckling youngbucks to that of the solid and sound Dravid and Sachin. GoodChoice

  • AdityaKumar88 on August 17, 2009, 15:16 GMT

    dravid's recall to me is a surprise. his talent cant be questioned but oneday cricket has changed a lot, you have to contribute in more than one way which will be difficult for him at 36 . this might well be the best possible team for the selectors at the moment but we need to find players who can adapt under any playing condition. i am sure there is no dearth in talent with many young guys like kohli, rahane and many more waiting in the wings ,giving dravid another go is a step backward as far as future of indian cricket is concerned......

  • favazak on August 17, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    Rahul Dravid was out of the side becoz Don had insisted that he want youngsters, becoz he wanted 2 control the side! Dhoni got his luck going wit him all these years, and once his luck started 2 diminish, his hold in selection commitie reduced! If Dhoni is playing ODI s so can Dravid - far ahead of Don. Until a player is playing well he should be given the chance, no captain should be given to much unlimited importance. Vegy made a blunder 2 years before by dropping Dravid from ODI!

    Welcome back Sir Dravid, To ODI's hope u will prove ur point as u always did in de past, u are a hard worker nd u will definetly enjoy the fruits of it.

  • RAGHAVER on August 17, 2009, 14:19 GMT

    I think choosing Dravid in the team is a very good decision as it would gie the required experience to the team and also motivate them. With he being inch perfect in playing the short ball it would also give the necessary balance to the team. The exclusion of Rohit Sharma in the 15 man squad gives a clear message to all those who take their place for granted. Rohit hadn't been performing for quite a time now and as important tournaments are coming up, the exclusion of Sharma was inevitable. Well, in the end it is a good team and I hope it had been during the Vengsarkar era. But the time is lost and India must look to the future ahead.

  • Jolly123 on August 17, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    The selected team just seems the mirror image of the team india playing in mid 90's which was 7 batsmen, 4 bowlers. Neither of the department was too strong to win a match.. In todays fast pace cricket either you need aggressive batsman like Sehwag to pile up huge scores which can be defended by the present indian below average bowling attack or the team must have been comprised of some all rounders which could have provided competitive edge to team.in this context Irfan pathan deserves a place in the team. I was really shocked to see Irfan pathan even left from the list of 30 probables.

  • Kumar_cricket on August 17, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    Selecting Dravid might be a Decent move.But all depends on how Dravid plays .First of all i wanna see where Dravid fits in the playing eleven.If he is in the playing eleven ,he must be either at no3 or no4.I dont think anyother better order for him. lets see how it goes.

  • bala_Ondrive on August 17, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    it is great to see Rahul (Dravid) back in action, a cricketer who ,seamlessly blends an old-world classicism with a new-age professionalism, is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India.In my view the current players should be trained on handling the short pitching stuffs since u can't rely on Dravid all times.What if Dravid had retired year ago....then who will be the answer to tackling the short pitching stuffs.There is no surprise if selectors opt for KapilDev since there is no genuine allrounder in the squad(given Kapil is available to selection)... Anyway Dravid is gonna rock..his inputs will be valuable if it is taken seriously by our players...

  • mrgupta on August 17, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    I am surprised by " rsaiprasad " comments on Rohit Sharma. i agree he has an economy rate of 4.28, but has only got 2 wickets in 41 matches, Strike Rate of 92.5 and bowling avg 66! and i guess he is not a bowler and plays purely as a batsman... avg 24.82, quite appalling. He appears to be Mohd Ashraful of India. I think India has enough talent to give others a chance and pull out someone who has 24 as batting avg in 41 matches. He has been given enough opportunities, we have heard about the Talent, hardly seen it. Though i feel Badri, Virat or Pujara should have been given a chance if we want to prepare a team for future.

  • pcbp on August 17, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    I hope Dhoni does not have reservations about Dravid coming back, as some media reports suggested. Dravid is a team man and can only strengthen Dhoni's cause. The ODI series in the Windies demonstrated that the 50/50 version has adequate scope (even in the T20 era) to accommodate the Dravid school of Cricket. Even in the T20 WC, we could see that sometimes 20 Overs were too many when we batted! However, the arguments that remain valid are that he is not a certainity for the 2011 50/50 WC and that he is not exactly a Jonty Rhodes in the field. However, it is early days to be talking about the 2011 50/50 WC. Also, Dravid was never a born great, but came up the ranks with his dedication and hard work. Am sure that he will make it work again. Finally, it is not that the game has slowed down for Dravid to be brought in. It is about the inadequacies of the younger breed in handling the situation (when the going gets tough) that has brought him back. All the best Dravid & Team India!

  • geetee10 on August 17, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    The youngsters have been given enough opportunities and were exposed in the world 20/20. If they seriously want to be considered they have to sort out their technical shortcomings, without Tendulkar, Dravid etc the Indian Team has a look of a club side capable only of scoring in flat pitches. In fact even Raina should have been dropped, this move may not be a long term one, but a message was needed to be conveyed. I would say a bold move.

  • Talknook on August 17, 2009, 10:01 GMT

    Regressive move. Looks like a stop gap selection to mitigate Sehwag's absence. Dravid was dropped not only for his string of poor performances with the bat but also for his inability to fit into the fast paced 'modern' one day game. If this was the case two years ago, how is it different now?

  • 12kris on August 17, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    Dravid, one of the best Test batmen India has had, was however, a misfit in one day matches. To say the least, it is a retrograde step by the board.

  • deepak-sachindasan on August 17, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    I thank selectors for thier decision.finally rohit is dropped. i was expecting this long days before. how long you can have him without performing. Dravid is really a very good choice and ho should be picked in the 11. with "thala" sachin back in the squad india will definitely win the trophy. Pace department seems to be the worrying point without Zak.

  • rsaiprasad on August 17, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    Sad that they took rohit out... just becuase.. he missed out couple of times... He is a very good batsman.. great fielder and a good handy bowler too...his economy rate in bowling is 4.2.. which is very modest.. wrt to the cricket played these days..

  • SamBaStaRs on August 17, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    the reason dravid has been brought back into the side is he has perfomed in the IPL but mainly because he is a better player of the short ball than rohit sharma and others. Rohit Sharma could not play at all even one short ball in T20WC. dravid will definitely annouce his arrival back in limited overs with 50+ score.

  • Supreeth6 on August 17, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Very very happy for wall to have come back and he has got his due respect now. But I always get a feeling that Vengsarkar was and is always against Dravid... I do not know why??

  • peeyushin on August 17, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    The return of Dravid is welcome any day. But, also I'm little skeptical about his inclusion. If we want to nurture a team for next World CUp, it will give less international exposure to the likes of Kohli, Sharma, Nayar and some other youngsters. I hope selectors are having a good thought about the future.

    But I can't support the thinking that Rohit should have retained his place. Karthik is the only wicketkeeper who looks to take the shoes of Dhoni in case of any crisis. Although, I love to see Rohit play, it seems that he has taken his place in the team very easy. And the likes of Raina, Karthik and Kohli are performing way ahead of this chap. It seems he has a cool head and he'll use that to perofrm better and consistently to get back into the team.

  • vedichitesh on August 17, 2009, 7:44 GMT

    This is a huge blow to people who kept cribbing that YOUTH was not given a chance. Youth is and was always given a chance but youth did not cement their place when the chances were given. If the youth is not capable of playing all the shots in the text books they will be out. The problem is technical and our so called bench strength did not have anyone who would play rising deliveries, some of them even proved to be sitting ducks……

    One should remember the likes of Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly were youth too they came in, when other stalwarts were playing….. but they played better then them and were technically more superior then the seniors then…… so they were in and the seniors were out….. Place in the team is not given in charity….. one should earn it and once earned RETAIN it……. Talent not age should be the criteria.

  • SKR1 on August 17, 2009, 7:43 GMT

    What about Irfan Pathan? He seems to be a lost cause!!!

  • abhijithsimha on August 17, 2009, 6:31 GMT

    Dravid returning is always welcome, but we should have persisted with Rohit Sharma, in place of Dinesh Kaarthik, If failure in the two tournaments mentioned was the real problem, then even Raina deserved to go out, infact Rohit is much more promising than Raina and should have been persisted with....

  • abyrao on August 17, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Hopeless move. OK not complaining of Dravid but of the future and short sightedness. Srikkanth has no clue of how he is spoiling the confidence of youngsters in the wings and have cut and paste solutions. This is a reserve step.

  • ramanan50 on August 17, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    While not denying Dravid his due, I think the selectors should have persisted with Rohit or included players like Virat Kohli as youngsters need time to mature.This shall be in the interest of the future.

  • SHANTIRATNAM on August 17, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    Where is Manish Pandey? He proved in the IPL he is full of high class talent. Virat Kholi and Rohit Sharma must have been included ahead of Rahul Dravid if India wants to have any hopes of winning the 2011 world cup.

  • KK4Cricket on August 17, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    The Wall - 2 has arrived. Hope, Dravid will carry on in doing the job [rebuild the innings when people fall around]. Can't wait to see him back in new blue.

  • Lara_Brian on August 17, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    Good to see dravid in indian cricket team.He really deserve this. its a really good decision by selector because indian team facing problem against short pitch stuff.Now the team can play around the dravid. He is a real classsss..............

  • soumiaharikrishna on August 17, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    a good news to hear that our wall is back in the team. please let him play his natural game and soppott him another two or three years so as to get some good form in the world cup. selectors should think seriously about the nurturing young talents in place of our graet players like sachin, dravid , sourav etc. follow the method of cricket australia and learn some good things from their selection policy and how they respect their senior players. how many players got selection in the indian team by virtue of their age instead of their performance. stop that and give chance to best players irrrespective of their age.

  • crazytaurean on August 17, 2009, 3:59 GMT

    Finally Dravid has managed to convince the world that he has still something in him left to give. I pray he does well in the upcoming series and the Champions trophy. Would have liked to see Virat Kohli in the side. He is an opening option as well as a fantastic fielder (a worthy successor to the likes of Azhar and Kaif). Could have been taken in place of Dinesh Karthik. Karthik would never find a place in the playing eleven with Dhoni there. I would have preferred even Ojha or Munaf in place of Karthik. Although Karthik has done no harm in whatever limited chances he has got, there is simply no point in selecting him if he doesnt fit the combination. Also feel sad for Rohit Sharma. So weird that he plays like a champion in the IPL only to fizzle out after a few international tournaments. Perhaps its a problem of the mindset than technique as pointed out by more informed commentators.

  • RameshSubramaniam on August 17, 2009, 3:52 GMT

    If Shewag was there, I am not sure about Dravid's place in the side. But if you are strong in the present, future will take care of itseld. Badrinath's failure in the recent emerging palyer series also hepled Dravid to regain his place. Having said that, after showing the consistence for last 2 years in all forms of the game, I feel , Badrinath should be given the oppurtunuty rather than Dravid.

  • Bluetriangle on August 17, 2009, 2:48 GMT

    It is a great news that Dravid is back to the squad,Had Dravid been considered for his skills and form i would be very happy he has been selected for the fact that our players lack skills to tackle short balls ,I strongly recommend it is not wise ,players has to work on this short ball issue and gary has to make them good in this issue,players like sehwag, sachin,yuvi could tackle any ball or bowler.Players should improvise themselves anyways this side seems to be a good one i wish the team a very good luck the true purpose of sport in not winning but taking part and giving out our best

  • Pratik_vodka on August 17, 2009, 2:32 GMT

    This again unfourtunately shows the short sightedness of our National selectors. They are a hopeless bunch and will always be. NO matter how much people write and say, hey! they always think they know better and will always do what suits them best and not necessarily Indian cricket. They are not answerable to anyone. Just think if Dravid fails in a couple of games after his return in Lanka, what will the selectors do drop him and make him the scape goat and leave him high and dry to pick up the peices. They have done it with other former players before and it will continue, nothing new. I have great respect for Gangully who thru 1 experience learnt fast and was able to make a respectful exit, even though he could have played longer. Dravid not retiering from ODI after not being picked fr 2 yrs might be risking his self respect or it might be that he wants to prove a point and leave on his terms this time !! Though as i see it, Dravid has all to loose and none to gain from this return.

  • ashfaq-ahmed on August 17, 2009, 1:55 GMT

    No doubt - Rahul Dravid is a great player but every one has a time and era. It is time for a youngster to join the Team India and time for Dravid to say good by Team India.

  • laksad on August 16, 2009, 23:12 GMT

    Nice to see Dravid back but based on current form Virat Kohli should be in.

  • SSharmaAndIndia on August 16, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Listen Dravid's inclusion is not bad, especially in the absence of Virender Sehwag - he will give us some much needed experience. However this move has got to be short term, in fact it most probabaly will be because the selectors will once again demonstrate inconsistency in selection - I guarantee it. I like Dravid and it'll be quality to watch him once more in the ODI format, but there is no doubt about the fact that it's not a good move simply because it sends all the wrong signals to the youngsters in Indian cricket. They dont seem to be planning for the future(2011WC), this is effectively a step back. The core is good but the extras confuse me. Why has Ojha been dropped after his impressive displays of late? and what has nayar done to earn a place?Why isn't there a spot for someone like Virat Kohli after what he did in the emerging players tournament? the selectors are chopping and changing the extras too much...there needs to be a pecking order. show some consistency.

  • Murlax on August 16, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    I am glad that Dravid makes a comeback. I hated it around 10 years ago, when everyone termed him a test player, who wasted all the middle overs. He was the anchor who held the Indian innings together. Besides, the young Indian team, even though filled with a lot of talent, seems to have become a tad inconsistent recently. So, the selectors had to go for an experienced player. I am sure this will just be temporary and Dravid himself will move out of the ODI team if his form slumps. We all know how much of a team player he is - wicket keeping, captaining, even opening once in a while. He would have been ready to play any match for India if it meant something good for the team...

  • 1948 on August 16, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    this is the time for ex captain of indian team Rahul to show his talent after 35 years age mlet us see this is the last to show his talent ,now the team is well balanced except that they have omitted Rohit,bad luck we see him next time.

  • KrishnaKapadia on August 16, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    WHY ISNT VIRAT KOHLI IN THE SQUAD.

  • Anantharengan on August 16, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    Selection of rahul dravid reflect only the inconsistency of the selectors.The reason given when dravid got dropped was that he is old we are looking at the future and he does not fit into that.Now all of a sudden after 2 years, when your middle order fails for 1 or 2 series you need the solidity of dravid.I mean is this the way that a former captain of india should be treated .why rahul was not selected for the last 2 years is it based on his performance or his age.Lets us hope the selectors would be more consistent on these issues.

  • pranal on August 16, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    A good player but a bad decision ! It's time the Selectors stop warming their chairs and scout for new talent. Rahul is a good test player. Period. Why get him back into the One day squad ! ! ! If he fails, he looses more then respect.

  • FIASNAHK on August 16, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    I don't like the idea of sacrificing the present in order to look to the future. Teams should have best players out in the middle all the time rather than give countless oppurtuities to younger players. Whats the point in keeping rohit sharma for 50 or so odis when he can't even make a decent contibution? Does india want to lose lots of matches in order to "groom" these players. Domestic cricket is the place where they should be maturing not international cricket. You can't learn to run until you learn to walk. This is a very good move by the indian cricket board.

  • Wolverinesnikt on August 16, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    What kind of message are you sending out to the following people?

    Badrinath - It doesn't matter how many runs you score, or how many years you've been making them. We're still not going to pick you. How Rohit Sharma got picked ahead of him remains a mystery to me.

    Dhoni - It doesn't matter that your "changed game" has made you the number one ODI batsman in the world. We still want more solid players! Oh and we're going to ignore all the runs Gautam Gambhir has been making for the past two years.

    Honestly, I've always been a huge Dravid fan, and felt that he shouldn't have been dropped in the first place, but picking him sends out all the wrong signals. Yes, playing the short ball is a problem, but we've still been winning just about every ODI(not t20) series we've played! We've got three solid batsmen in Tendulkar Gambhir and Dhoni, and with Yuvraj finally scoring runs on a consistent basis, it should be enough. These 4, and Raina/Badri/Dinesh Karthik should be fine for the top 6.

  • Dubby49 on August 16, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    Rahul is my favourite Indian batsmen. His greta performances have been overlooked and he has never got the rcognition as a great one day batsman tat he deserved. He was ebn forced to keep wickets to hold his place in the team despite being a better batsman than most of those selected for their batting skills.

    Notwithstanding the above, I question the selectors' wisdom in picking him after a hiatus of two years. I would like answers to the following questions :-

    1. If he is good enough to mplay now, why was he dropped from the team in the first place?

    2. Having considered him too old/unfit for limited over cricket for the last two years, why has there been a sudden rethink? Have his recent performances on the field been the best of any Indian batsman in the reckoning for selection?

  • kumblesmen on August 16, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    what happened to all the talk of youth etc ? Hell, I always believed that talent matters and nothing else. I dont care how old the player is, if he is the best, he needs to be in. They have finally got it right. Some will call it India in reverse gear, but the fact is if the youngsters have not delivered, then they need to go..

  • Eliyas on August 16, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    welcome back Dravid....time 2 show the youngsters a lession how to face d match......I accept Farce-Follower's idea of droping doni......but who will captain india.........doni has some luck so let him do the job........doni is a player who plays for himself.......he is just keeping his average over 50..........the team went to t20 world cup is rubbish.....they play like the local games, they know only hitting the ball and bowling the ball corectly without any strategies........in england match doni made a terrible mistake in d last over.....he should be droped coz of that but he is d captain so he is still there.....

  • suGuha on August 16, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    The young will look up to the experienced. The seniors will look down upon the inexperienced. My prediction is that India will exit in the initial rounds with this `best possible Indian team'.

  • the_great_Warne on August 16, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    Its a great News that the Wall - the great Dravid is back , but i would like to ask selectors what signals are they sending out to the India cricket fans that youngsters don't know how to play short pitch balls .Ii would like to ask is this a short term measure or what ? OK now Dravid and Tendulkar are there , both perform well and say India does well in both the coming series .Then what ? Say this goes on for another year Dravid and Tendulkar save india face from short pitch balls but what next ?I think youngsters should be prepared for the future ( 2011 and further ) and they have to learn and perform well .I think Selectors have taken one step back reather than a one step forward . i think they should have given opportunity to some other youngster rather then giving another chance to the Wall . But personally i like Dravid and i wish him all the very Best for the series and this could be a great chance for him to announce his ODI retirement and go out gracefully

  • SJPrakash on August 16, 2009, 17:36 GMT

    This is Crime! How can you drop Pragyan Ojha after he has given his 100% every little opportunity he has got to take on the field. He was one of the best bowlers in IPL2 in SA. And top of it Champions Trophy is in SA. You picked Rahul Dravid based on his performance in IPL2 but didn't notice performance on Viraht Kohli's performance in Emerging Player Tournament. Whereas you picked Amit Mishra based on performance in Emerging Player Tournament and dumped Ojha who has performed not only in IPL2 all the opportunity he has got after that.

  • BoonBoom on August 16, 2009, 17:24 GMT

    Even in the absence of VS, batting looks pretty impressive. I believe YS is probably the best batsman in Indian lineup. Bowling looks shaky. The likes of Ishant, RP and Praveen are no more than stock bowlers...quite pathetic...Sorry for blunt remarks but this is the reality. Zaheer and Irfan will be missed.

    Anyway, good luck to India !!!!

  • Cricordia on August 16, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    Finally they are getting it right!

  • howizzat on August 16, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    As expected the other half of the probables who did not tour down under for Emerging Players Tournament got the nod. This means Cheeka and Co. has really done some time pass in selecting the probable squad. And above it its very very very sad that Pragyan Ojha is being left out. Ihope better senses prevail nearing WC 2011. Sooner it happens it will be better for Indian Cricket.

  • kartheepan on August 16, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    I totally agree with SRENS, eventhough I am a die-hard fan of Rahul Dravid. But one good thing was now Dhoni can't jump to no.3 and slow down the momentum. What I felt Irfan pathan is not included in the side because of already two left arm seamers is there in the team at the same time Praveen kumar is a better bowler to the left handers ( especially Srilanka play with 3 or 4 Left handers in current scenario).And I dont think Nayar and Karthik gets a single chance to play in this tournament.

  • Farce-Follower on August 16, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    Dhoni should be dropped and replaced by Virat Kohli. Dinesh Karthik will do the wk/7th batsman's job. Dhoni, the insecure wimp that he is, will keep promoting himself up the order, whenever there is an opportunity. Just dump the guy.

  • chandau on August 16, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    A mix of youth & experience is good, but last time India played a T20 in SL it was Irfan P who won the match from a desperate position. Also he bowls left arm which would have given another option in case Nehra goes for runs. The middle order Jack of all Trades spot seems to be contentious; Jadeja, Nayar, IrfanP all done justify selection after 1 or 2 games. Perhaps India should take the Auzzy way and select someone like Watson or Hopes who can bowl and open. Young Binny was good in ICL but does India look at those guys? Sachin coming back with Dravid will help Dhoni in the field as well. Without Zaheer India lacks fast bowlers and Ishant will have too much to do. Is DK cover for Dhoni? cant see why he is there when so many other good batters are around.

  • Nipun on August 16, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    Hmmmmm.....after investing in a young side for 2 years,& after reaping the rewards,one failure in a Twenty20 tournament notwithstanding,the Indian selectors are doing their best to spoil it all.There is ABSOLUTELY no doubt that Rahul Dravid is TRUE GREAT in any form of the game,but there's no two way of looking at his selection,A BACKWARD ONE.Just when the Indian team were settling in so nicely,one failure,& that too in a Twenty20 tournament,threatens to spoil all the good investment.Had Sourav Ganguly been in place of Dravid,it would have been a backward move!But with Dravid,it's a good move !!! Interesting that !!

  • aerial11 on August 16, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Virat kolhi had an amazing emerging players tournament,surprising why he has not been included

  • perl57 on August 16, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Out of Dravid, Kallis, Younis Khan, Dravid is the best to play an ODI and also a T20. So he should get this chance. Great to see Rohit and Jadeja being dumped and I wish Rohit be dumped out of even IPL coz you just cannot come up with stupid performances when you especially play for the country. Jadeja, well let us all accept, he is just not in the fold of international status. Finally selecting this kind of team, managers are telling Dhoni, "You can have your way, when you are winning... but when struggling even you can go out". I sincerely hope Dhoni realizes he won because of his team and not because of him. He just proved that most Indians just cannot come to terms with pride. Just win this tri-series coz I doubt our chances in Champions League unless our bowlers come to party in the absence of Zaheer. Batting wise, V R Ok.

  • TellasisPatel on August 16, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    Welcome back and good luck Rahul Dravid! He is our man for all seasons and for all forms of games. Fortunately India has many good players to select a team from. I wish Irfan Pathan was included as a valuable all-rounder. Hope we will win in SL and win the Champions' Trophy!

  • anObserver on August 16, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    It was expected that with a dismal performance in Twenty-Twenty championship clearly demonstrating the teams incompetence due to lack of experience that dravid would return to the side who had a tough time after the world cup 50-50. Also dhoni's say might have gone down in the selection process after a dismal show at world cup.Clearly dravid'sexperience will be a boost for the side and he will be welcomed back as a player who has stood as a wall in the middle order and has made India proud at a number of occasions.The punchline that emerges from this action is that "old is gold" and you should respect the experience that a person has because its not only performance that counts,it is the decision taken at the critical moments also counts.I wish all the best to the Indian team for the upcoming tours and wish they will emerge out as victorious from this situation of doldrums as they have done in the past.

  • Cricket_amit on August 16, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Lets talk about those who has been left out - 1. Irfan: His performance in last NZ series was not upto the mark. He is only good in IPL. 2. Munaf Patel: I think his attitude and commitment is big problem, otherwise he could easily get nod ahead of Praveen Kumar. 3. Pragyan Ojha: I am clueless why he has been not included, although Mishra is a good bowler but Pragayan is more effective in ODIs. 4. Rohit Sharma: He is a brilliant prospect for India but he continues to fail on opportunities coming on his way. He performs tremendeously in IPL but no one knows why he is continuously failing for India. 5. Ravindra Jadeja has not done enough to retain his place in the squad. Rest have earned their places in the team by the performance.

    This is the analysis as per my understanding

  • sankar2178 on August 16, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    A great move from the selectors!!Rahul Dravid not only boosts the batting order it may also help the team to fall in a unique and determined direction which was lacking in this Indian team in the T20 worldcup.I hope this champions trophy will also be a good tournament for Ashish Nehra,who always cherishes and succeds too,bowling in south Africa.pragyan Ojha's omission is a bit of a mystery but i hope Amith Mishra can do better.

  • praveenkosuri on August 16, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    I am very much impressed with dravid selection.Rohit sharma got lot of opportunities he never made use of them.Only thing that worries me y Indian selectors always go against Irfan pathan.....I think pathan is much better when compared to Abhishek nayar....Best of wishes to indian team for champions trophy and Tri Series..

  • ShiningStars on August 16, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    I think it is good to have dravid back in the team.And i dont get desbabu90, irfan pathan hasnt scored scored an half century or taken 5 wickets in years and compared to nayar, he is worse.

  • themugs on August 16, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    Good to see political and regionalism is not the aggenda after a long time. Merit counts..Good job selectors..it does put pressure on some as openly supported the young ones and down rated the seniors and experience with eye on future...if one had the view to see how many faced the body-line bowling with suspect and let team India down, this will train the so called real future players to learn.... watch out the pitches in SA they will turn this around to be hard enough and the climatic season to be suitable for fast bowlers and swings, so some fast bowlers will cement their place and others will have the curtains drawn....where is Srisanth, as he could have expolited the grounds and temper...

  • sathish4 on August 16, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Fantastic post, Majr.

    I'm a very big fan of Rohit Sharma, but the temperament is just not there. Really hope he can piece together what he has to because he's one of the best prospects we've produced in awhile. Just brilliant technique.

    I've never particularly rated Ojha and it's good to see Mishra getting called up. A complete mystery why he's never seen the light of limited-overs cricket for India.

    Good to see that there's not been any bias towards TN players(even though I'm from TN) because of Srikanth, like has been in the past couple of series.

    Only thing I'd disagree with is the selection of Nayar. Why? Can't do anything properly. Much like Jadeja, who can at least bowl a bit.

  • desibabu90 on August 16, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    "Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said it was the "best possible Indian team".".... what??? what about Irfan Pathan - how is he not better than Abhishek Nayar??

  • srens on August 16, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Dravid is a great player no doubt, but 2 years back we decided and changed the composition of the ODI team with youngsters and started grooming them and seeing a lot of success too. If Dravid was included in the ODI squad only for his ability to play the short ball, then he should have been included when we go to South Africa or Australia, not for the flat lifeless pitches of Srilanka. I think this is a step backward and the selectors are doing this to frustrate Dhoni.

  • Cricket_amit on August 16, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    Bringing back Dravid in the squad is a very good move. Indian youngsters problems against short pitched balls revealed during T20 WC and continued to WI tour. We need someone like Dravid with a solid technique. The only thing which is bothering me is why Pragyan Ojha is left out despite a gud show in T2O WC. Pace department is not looking lethal in absence of Zaheer..However its a gud opportunity for Nehra to cement his place in the Indian team.

  • shahbaba on August 16, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    Thank God! Rohit Sharma is out! Let him earn the call!

  • abhishekhp on August 16, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    I think we lack sting in the bowling dept without Zaheer. May be we could have used Sreeshanth pace or aggressive instincts . I dont know why players are not being give more time to keep their place in the team. Omission of Ojha or Sharma was unwarranted for I guess.

  • Percy_Fender on August 16, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    The team has been well selected. Considering that only 11 players can make the playing XI, it seems sensible to have left out Sharma and Ojha. Sharma is a very good batsman without a doubt but seems to need some time to consolidate his game and temperament before he returns to the international level. He will come back better I am sure, if he realises that in today's game one has to have committment as much as talent to succeed. Seriousness and dogged application are twin virtues which may seem unglamourous.But recklessness, just because the Gods have been kind to you is best kept out. Maybe Rohit will get to understand this. Ojha is of course a very good bowler as we know. But considering that Mishra may be a useful variant in attacking options the selectors need to be applauded for their logic in leaving Ojha out.I am sure this team will do well both in Sri Lanka and later in South Africa.I would like to congratulate the selectors for a job well done.

  • shrastogi on August 16, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    Nothing against Dravid but I thought Virat Kohli after his impressive showing in the emerging players tournament and OK showing in SL should have been in the squad. Much as Amit Misra's selection is welcome Prgyan Ojha's omission is a mystery. Other than that team is best possible.

  • Racyrao on August 16, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Its great to see Dravid back in the ODI team. He always deserved a place in the shorter version of the game and thanks to Vengsarkar was never included. Hope he plays well in the upcoming tournaments, It's hard to find a player so unselfish to have played for the country. Would love to see him sign off on a high note.

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  • Racyrao on August 16, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Its great to see Dravid back in the ODI team. He always deserved a place in the shorter version of the game and thanks to Vengsarkar was never included. Hope he plays well in the upcoming tournaments, It's hard to find a player so unselfish to have played for the country. Would love to see him sign off on a high note.

  • shrastogi on August 16, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    Nothing against Dravid but I thought Virat Kohli after his impressive showing in the emerging players tournament and OK showing in SL should have been in the squad. Much as Amit Misra's selection is welcome Prgyan Ojha's omission is a mystery. Other than that team is best possible.

  • Percy_Fender on August 16, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    The team has been well selected. Considering that only 11 players can make the playing XI, it seems sensible to have left out Sharma and Ojha. Sharma is a very good batsman without a doubt but seems to need some time to consolidate his game and temperament before he returns to the international level. He will come back better I am sure, if he realises that in today's game one has to have committment as much as talent to succeed. Seriousness and dogged application are twin virtues which may seem unglamourous.But recklessness, just because the Gods have been kind to you is best kept out. Maybe Rohit will get to understand this. Ojha is of course a very good bowler as we know. But considering that Mishra may be a useful variant in attacking options the selectors need to be applauded for their logic in leaving Ojha out.I am sure this team will do well both in Sri Lanka and later in South Africa.I would like to congratulate the selectors for a job well done.

  • abhishekhp on August 16, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    I think we lack sting in the bowling dept without Zaheer. May be we could have used Sreeshanth pace or aggressive instincts . I dont know why players are not being give more time to keep their place in the team. Omission of Ojha or Sharma was unwarranted for I guess.

  • shahbaba on August 16, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    Thank God! Rohit Sharma is out! Let him earn the call!

  • Cricket_amit on August 16, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    Bringing back Dravid in the squad is a very good move. Indian youngsters problems against short pitched balls revealed during T20 WC and continued to WI tour. We need someone like Dravid with a solid technique. The only thing which is bothering me is why Pragyan Ojha is left out despite a gud show in T2O WC. Pace department is not looking lethal in absence of Zaheer..However its a gud opportunity for Nehra to cement his place in the Indian team.

  • srens on August 16, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Dravid is a great player no doubt, but 2 years back we decided and changed the composition of the ODI team with youngsters and started grooming them and seeing a lot of success too. If Dravid was included in the ODI squad only for his ability to play the short ball, then he should have been included when we go to South Africa or Australia, not for the flat lifeless pitches of Srilanka. I think this is a step backward and the selectors are doing this to frustrate Dhoni.

  • desibabu90 on August 16, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    "Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said it was the "best possible Indian team".".... what??? what about Irfan Pathan - how is he not better than Abhishek Nayar??

  • sathish4 on August 16, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Fantastic post, Majr.

    I'm a very big fan of Rohit Sharma, but the temperament is just not there. Really hope he can piece together what he has to because he's one of the best prospects we've produced in awhile. Just brilliant technique.

    I've never particularly rated Ojha and it's good to see Mishra getting called up. A complete mystery why he's never seen the light of limited-overs cricket for India.

    Good to see that there's not been any bias towards TN players(even though I'm from TN) because of Srikanth, like has been in the past couple of series.

    Only thing I'd disagree with is the selection of Nayar. Why? Can't do anything properly. Much like Jadeja, who can at least bowl a bit.

  • themugs on August 16, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    Good to see political and regionalism is not the aggenda after a long time. Merit counts..Good job selectors..it does put pressure on some as openly supported the young ones and down rated the seniors and experience with eye on future...if one had the view to see how many faced the body-line bowling with suspect and let team India down, this will train the so called real future players to learn.... watch out the pitches in SA they will turn this around to be hard enough and the climatic season to be suitable for fast bowlers and swings, so some fast bowlers will cement their place and others will have the curtains drawn....where is Srisanth, as he could have expolited the grounds and temper...