Dravid: Expecting India to play a lot better in the Tests

Rahul Dravid believes that India will draw confidence from the way they competed in the Tests in South Africa, despite failing to win a single game in the ODIs in New Zealand

February 4, 2014

Posted by Presynaras on (February 5, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Ashwin has had one bad test match in SA that too he was economical there, even though wktless. Why do people link up his ODI performance as well and say he's not been performing for months? He scores more runs than Rohit, Dhawan and Rahane and contributes pretty decently with the ball in Tests. If anything, people should question Rohit, Dhawan and Rahane's place in team and then come to Ashwin. He is the no.1 all-rounder for crying out loud. Sure his overseas record isn't as great as his Indian record, but still he performed way better than Harbhajan (of the past in Aus) or Lyon (a local spinner) in that Aussie series. If you are not going to give him enough chances to understand the conditions and improve, how is he going to get any better? Calling for Ashwin's head and comparing him with Ishant is rather comical and immature. Ishant hasn't done anything for almost 5 years now.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

Indian board can learn some think from ECB, they not consider the player that can change the game single handily Just because they need team to rebuild, KP the game changer in past is not consider for T20 team, in india still think over Ashwin for test the person under-performing from months. Just after One bad Ashes they are changing the team and support staff and India lossing 4-0 to Eng, 4-0 to Aus, 2-1 home to Eng, 1-0 to SA, 4-0 odi to NZ, and still not finding any wrong....? What Joke to Indian Cricket Fan....

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Pujara should get a lookin to ODI team before the WC.. Need to add stability to middle order and lower order can control in slog overs especially in Aus and Nz.. He has good cross bat shots cuts and pulls ..will be a good addition to try struggling ODI team..

Posted by naren1983 on (February 4, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Hope the test matches will not put pressure on individuals like Kohli & Dhoni to close the game. Players have lot of time to settle down before go for shots, so believe our players will use the condition and play carefully. Pujara inclusion will add definite positive at No.3 followed by Virat Kohli at No.4. If openers give good start, we will have good chance to put up big score and aim for win. Bowlers have to make big tactics for each NZ player to get out especially Williamson & Taylor.

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