Sri Lanka Tri-Series August 16, 2009

Dravid returns to one-day squad

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Hilton 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!

  • Deepak 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.

  • shriram 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 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.

  • vinay 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 !!


  • Raghavendra 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

  • Ajay 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.

  • Anburaj 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...

  • Mihir 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.

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