India in England 2011 August 6, 2011

Dravid makes surprise ODI comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has made a comeback into India's limited-overs plans, after two years out of the side. The injured Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are the notable omissions in the squad for the five-match ODI series and the only Twenty20 international against England.

Dravid, who has over 10,000 runs in the ODI format, was a regular in the Indian side for most of the last decade. He was dropped from the team following a poor home series against Australia in 2007, but was recalled to bolster an inexperienced line-up in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy in 2009. His second coming lasted only six matches, and he was axed again following India's early exit in that tournament in South Africa. He didn't figure in India's successful World Cup, but has had a good run in Tests since, including three centuries in five matches.

Yuvraj and Harbhajan both picked up injuries in India's crushing defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge, ruling them out of action for four and three weeks respectively. Chief selector Kris Srikkanth confirmed that the senior duo was left out on fitness grounds, addressing speculation that Harbhajan may have been dropped.

Harbhajan has been dogged by poor form since the World Cup, both in the West Indies and in England, before contracting an abdominal strain at Trent Bridge. He managed only six wickets in four ODIs in the West Indies, and was overshadowed by legspinner Amit Mishra. Harbhajan's form dipped further in the Tests that followed, as he picked up five wickets in the first two Tests, though there was an improvement in the third Test in Antigua, where he returned match figures of 6 for 101. He has struggled for impact in England, picking up a wicket apiece in the first two Tests.

Yuvraj hasn't played an ODI for India since winning the Man-of-the-Tournament award at the World Cup. He missed the West Indies tour with a lung infection, but scored a half-century on his return to the national side at Trent Bridge before enduring a fractured finger on his left hand in the second innings. Yuvraj's other World Cup-winning team-mates, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, made their ODI comebacks.

Sreesanth, who returned to the Test side for England after missing out on the West Indies tour, was left out again, while R Vinay Kumar kept his ODI spot as the back-up seamer. Zaheer Khan, as expected, returned to the one-day scheme of things after sitting out of the West Indies tour. Ashish Nehra, who picked up an injury that kept him out of the World Cup final, remains on the sidelines.

Parthiv Patel, who opened the batting and kept wicket in MS Dhoni's absence in the West Indies, also retained his place as the second-choice limited-overs wicketkeeper. But there was no place for allrounder Yusuf Pathan, who had a poor World Cup and failed in the West Indies. Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan and S Badrinath, who toured the Caribbean in the absence of the regular batsmen, missed out this time.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt), Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel (wk), Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar

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  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Thanks to all Jammy's supporters.. Mr. Wall is the best and his technique is admired by even legends.. Quality,grace, attitude is something really matters at the end of the career and I wish teenagers learn his techniques rather imitate people like dhoni,pathan who look like some slum cricketers without a bit of technique..

  • Srinivas on August 9, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    All the very best to you, my soldier. May you contribute meaningfully in India's wins.

  • prasanth on August 8, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @Alexxk400, good so in history of cricket all great batsmen you think either opened or played one down? Batting order is least when compared to the greatness of cricket. You can not compare an apple to a mango. We have great players from openers to one down and at no.4 and 5 and 6 and 7. Each position has its own importance not one up and not one down.

  • Andrew on August 8, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Really a poor selection other then giving the English Public a chance to see Dravid one last time. India having just won a WC without Dravid SHOULD have planty of other batsmen to have a look at. Dravid great cricketer, great man, BCCI poor selection.

  • kumar on August 7, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Time for Ashwin to take over as the prime spinner for India. Harbhajan doesnt seem to be capable

  • p on August 7, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    @Alexk400 all I can say to that is..What did Dravid do since 07 that has been significant that has resulted in victories? Are you using selective memory again? Over the course of the careers Sachin has done better and the reason a minority of his innings hasn't resulted in victories is the other batsmen didnt stood up..Like in Chennai vs Pakistan..Match winning is equally important to score in first innings to keep a team in the team and set up victory that way..Dravid is a great player but did nothing since 07 until now..As said..Sachin will be criticised for anything..if Sachin had scored those centuries that Dravid did..You would have said it was in loosing situation..All I can say is ..Cant we appreciate both batsmen without belittling the other and keep it in perspectve that everyone wanted dravid out past three years until now..Perspective..I dont disagree that Dravid is maybe the one you need in a war but honestly both are equal in achievements

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    THE REAL STORY IS SOMETHING !!! like this my friends....

    Rahul Dravid wanted to retire from ODI & T20 with a good grace farewell , so he requested Srikanth to select him for this tour. That is the story...ok

    The moment selectors selected him, he has announced his retirement from ODI n T20 so dont break your heads too much. virat kohli will have a place in the team.

    We have to pity for VVS as he was never been seen as ODI player, which is his unfortunate fate..

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    My expectation was happened!! Thank you for selector first!!! Really Gentle man of Cricket come back to ODI Squad. He is the guy who will do whatever the team and captain requires.

    Rahul Dravid is also one of them of ODI Team. I am waiting to hear this for so long time. It happened. I don't have words to express this moment. I am very much happy more than i would express!!! Thanks Selector it happened again.

    It is very good decision to retire now. They called him back, so this is chance to quit. Thank you RD for everything!! Lot of times i did learn from you.

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    India has too many top order batsman in this squad, Sehwag and tendulkar have to open, then gambhir kohli and dravid are best at number 3, Kohli will not get runs down the order, he needs time to play himself in. He is a waste down the order. Gambhir ud think would have to bat 3, that makes kohli either at number 4 or on the bench, dravid would be 5 then, which is not a good spot for him because u need big hitters to finish the innings. That leaves number 6 for either suresh raina or rohit sharma. Personally i feel u cannot have both kohli and dravid in the line up (they are both grafters) so rohit sharma and raina should play at 5 and 6 that way dravid can play at number 4. I think india has had this issue for a while now, because i feel number 4 is too low for virat kohli he needs to be 3 to be at his best, but theres no way he can with sehwag and tendulkar opening and gambhir 3, kohli is going to have to develop his game or wait till sachin retires then he can bat 3 and gambhir open

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @ shefil i agree with u bro,, u r damn right,, player like dhoni or raina can only perform good in dead pitches

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