India in England 2011

Dravid makes surprise ODI comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 6, 2011

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Rahul Dravid concentrates hard, Sri Lanka v India, Compaq Cup, final, Colombo, September 14, 2009
Rahul Dravid last played an ODI in September 2009 © AFP

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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Posted by   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..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 9, 2011, 3:29 GMT)

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

Posted by prasanth.kongati 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.

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by peterss 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

Posted by pes220001 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

Posted by   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..

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 7, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

@pes220001 Did sachin bat at 3 and faced new ball like dravid did?. By that time sachin comes ball becomes old and easy to bat. Supposed to be great batsman afraid of swinging new ball. Team asked him many times bat at 3 he refused. Even last test he refused and VVS laxman had to bat. Don't talk about selfish sachin , he scores when everyone sleeps and not interested in the game. He is not the guy you take him for war. Sachin will hide somewhere in cave when you need him. Pathetic fellow. Dravid is a warrior. he fights every time country needs him.

Posted by AjitNarayan on (August 7, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

@randyg....well said. @5wombats: "IF" is a wonderful word, isn't it?

Posted by Ahsan_Shere on (August 7, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Question is....Will he get to 11,000 run-mark???? Love to have him in the elite club!!!

Posted by HonestIndianOpinion on (August 7, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

Guys, Rahul Dravid had to be roped in... The selectors had no other choice... In a tough tour like this we need experience to guide the amateurs... Time and again he's proved his worth... Salute to the man!!! I'm really disappointed with the selection of Rohit Sharma... The ass has never been able to perform well for India n looks lethargic on field... Btw i'm sure we'll perform much better in the ODIs as we have alot of utility players in our unit... We wud be missing the all-round services of a certain Yuvi though...

Posted by randyg on (August 7, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

5wombats...need a tissue? What could have been, what may have been are in the past. India won the world cup...end of story.

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (August 7, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

Hi guys, Here lot of ppl comments here like why Dravid included while too many younsters waiting. Don't bother about that becuase he gem of person he anounced his retirement suddenly after inclusion.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

Don't worry, we'll get placid tracks for ODIs. Over the years, bucketful of runs are scored across the world in this format thanks to placid tracks. Expect a run feast. Do we need Dravid then??

Posted by   on (August 7, 2011, 1:20 GMT)

Rahul Dravid has yet again proved who is the real God of Indian cricket by announcing his retirement from ODI soon after his selection for the one dayers against England. In fact the strange omission of Dravid from the on e days the past two years in the pretext of grooming youngsters was quite ridiculous for the same reasoning should have been applied to Tendulkar as well. While I do not question Tendulkar's achievements in the one day format, definitely it is Dravid who is the GOD in test cricket. How many third innings and 4th innings knocks of Tendulkar has won games for India. What is his average in the 3rd or 4th innings of a test (less than 40)? How many match saving or match winning 3rd or 4th innings knocks has he played in tests? Compare that with Dravid's (and VVS's record) record of winning and /or saving games for India - it is very unfair to Dravid to even call Tendulkar God - I can live with calling Tendulkar a One-day God - More about one dayers of Dravid will follow

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

It's fantastic seeing Parthiv Patel back in the squad, hope he does well and keeps his place. I also hope that Dravid's Limited overs' swan song is a successful one. Chak de India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 22:39 GMT)

why selectors,want all bowlers to succseed in ODI'S before they pick them in test matches,examples?Munaf,Parveen,Ashwin,Vinay,......etc,why dont they pick them Raw?by the time whole world knows about them,pick then in tests and let them win some watches for India...........just a thought

Posted by pes220001 on (August 6, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

Sorry Rajesh Kumar..Where was Dravid in S Africa when the bowl was swinging..How many runs did Dravid make in that series..and how many did Sachin make? It is a shame us fans of Indian cricket have selective memories and we can't enjoy that these legends play well. Dravid had done nothing past three years where as Sachin did. Be balanced..I bet you are one of those guys that had Sachin made these centuries instead of Dravid..You would have blamed Sachin for scoring in loosing situations..Yes Sachin has done that 10 times but what about the high amount of times when he hasn't..It is natural when you score so much that not all of it can be in winning situations..Secondly..wasn't Sachin the only one to score a 50 in the second innings..Where was Dravid that time? You see be balanced..Enjoy both legends

Posted by shefil on (August 6, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

@ Nikhil Asrani

Please dont say about Worldcup win without Dravid.....(Wer is Dhoni's sixer in england ,he couldnt bat even like an england's reserve player & wat about Raina)

Our every ranji player can bat well in Indian Dead pitches.....This was not like that....

We need dravid in this situation.....he will prove his price

Posted by Haleos on (August 6, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

@akkala2003 - what a joke. Dravid is good for Test. This is utter nonsense from selectors. A step bacl. -ve attitude.

Posted by 5wombats on (August 6, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

None of this bothers me. England should have beaten india in the World Cup group game in india. Swanns massive on drive went straight a fielder in the last over, if it had missed the fielder by 2 feet it would have gone for 4 and England would have deservedly won that match. India can field who they like. This time we are at home - we're not knackered after 5 months of cricket and it's pay back time. I'm not normally too bothered about ODI's but it will be nice to put one over the recently crowned "World Champs". I'm looking forward to it! Bring it on!

Posted by tirtha16 on (August 6, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

inclusion of dravid may disturb the settled batting line up of India's ODI side...but still my pick would be Gambhir Shewag Dravid Sachin Kohli Raina Dhoni Aswin Zaheer Praveen Ishant

Posted by howizzat on (August 6, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

Iam not seeing any merit in choice of Mishra and Parthiv. Choice of Dravid gives me the feeling that either the selectors are fearing ODI losses or they are not able to search from the benches. I am also forseeing Zahir leaving in the middle with injury and am clearly not understanding why are they burning out Zaheer. In my opinion, youngster like Mithun or Unadkat should have replaced him. Similarly younstres like Rahane, Ojha or Jadeja and Rayudu could have been tested in this series. And finally Iam happier to see off Sreesanth.

Posted by akkala2003 on (August 6, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

Good News :) ..............The Wall (Real Match Winner in Indian team) back to ODI format, India lost 3 matches out of 34 centuries made by Dravid........This figure tells every one why he is Real match winner.......This is should be a lesson for the youngsters.......Senior Players are playing good even they are at 38, so why can't the youngsters......Youngsters are over confident and seniors still learning and changing their game.................That is the reason only they are Great Players in WORLD CRICKET

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

dravid is back in odis, nothing wrong with that. But what really seems like a problem is BCCI's preparation for its team after the big names like sachin, sehwag, zaheer, dravid, laxman n dhoni. Bringing old guys means that you dont trust the young guys yet, who from this generation will play in odis? Only raina or kohli? What about preparing for the future?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

nice to see dravid in the team. Only he can play in every condition not even tendulkar can play in swinging condition, don't know why peaple say him god.....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

Gud tht Yusuf was not picked... He has wasted lot of opportunities tht came his way...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

Totally disagree with the decision from the selectors. Agreed Dravid is in top form but we won the World Cup without Dravid in our plans. You cant keep take a step backward after going two steps ahead. It would have been a fantastic opportunity for someone like Ajinkya Rahane to be in the squad. The only reason I see here to take Dravid is that he will annonunce his "official retirement" from ODIs after this series. If that happens then this is a good gesture on the part of BCCI and Dravid.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

Wonderful to see "The Wall" back in ODIs too :)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Rahul Dravid announced his ODI retirement after this England series!!!!! I think they called him up for that reason. and for all those guys who are asking dravid "got 1 more chance to prove???" He has nothing left to prove... and he is not here to prove some one...Legend who has scored more than10000 in both format,you are asking him to prove...

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (August 6, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

The Indian middle-order desperately needed some experience and here we go, a brilliant selection. Since Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir will occupy the top 3 batting slots, it will be very interesting to see him bat at No.4. Really looking forward to the ODI series. GO DRAVID GO..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

Happy to see Rahul back on the ODI squad. Although it may be a chance given to him for taking retirement from the format but I hope it's not. and he goes on to play further with his good performances.

Posted by srens on (August 6, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

What happened to Yusuf Pathan? Why he is not being considered. This is very unfortunate, Yusuf has the potential to be a great cricketer for India and need continued support from selectors.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

I think that the Indian Selectors have lost faith on the youngsters and banking on the old horses. There is no replacement for the EXPERIENCE in any where in the world. Lets see how he performs at this age on this format of the game.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

I think that Bhiku has an almost correct lineup- sehwag, gambhir, dravid, sachin, kohli, dhoni/rohit sharma if dravid is keeping, mishra, ashwin, zaheer, praveen, munaf

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

wowwwwww dravid returns....superb selection and an another chance for the rahul.....common rahul u need to show everyone that u can play in ODI also

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

whats happening.....................................

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

dravid was selected because he may be filling one of the top 3 batsman positions if they get injured, does not mean he is going to replace any young players in the team, i think it is a good backup plan.. since our seniors have a habit of getting injured!!

Posted by chishtyirfan on (August 6, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

It's good to see Rahul back in ODI. He deserve the best. best of luck to Rahul and team India. And to young guns of Indian cricket Rock on you have to come up and perform.

Posted by Aravind_always on (August 6, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

I think the selectors are giving him a chance to retire from ODIs like Srilanka did to Jayasuriya..this man really deserves that..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

only he cn save INDIA !!! widout him india will loose d seris by 4-1 !!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

hey where is yusuf pathan here so embarrass to see selectors ignores this big booster

Posted by littlesweetie on (August 6, 2011, 16:55 GMT)

Hey selectors Good selection., Dravid is back thats nice not a bad selection., but i think that they gone once more in wrong way Dravid is a good selection but think about the future., they have a another choices like Mohammed kaif(reason to become natwest champions) or Badrinath., five fast bowlers are ok., once again no all rounders i think Irfan pathan will be better options than Vinay kumar or ishant sharma both in batting and bowling.,

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Its an unwrittern rule when played in Swinging/Testing conditions to batsmen they need Rahul dravid

Posted by charming_maverick on (August 6, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

Great Wall back to a Great team. A right decision at a right time. This will certainly work as he is a savior i n many historic matches.

Posted by blondblackberry on (August 6, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

do u think sehwag is playing with a tight technique, but he won 2 wisden player of awards continously. he scored everywhere smashed sorry terrorized the best and he is part of all time best "test" team as an opener even dravid is not is the belief,passion,accepting one's mistake weighing oneself,concentration etc., r the answers not form,technique or others.even india had some technichally correct openers who just survived few balls even less than a tailender in the whole series.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

Call all senior players... it would be best for future... the selectors have no clue on the side...

Posted by sashi94 on (August 6, 2011, 16:27 GMT)

It is only appropriate for Rahul Dravid to be called back to the ODI team after being dropped unceremoniously. Being such a great Icon in the shadows of Sachin, He deserved a better farewell. To give you a glimpse of his contribution to Indian cricket.. When Sachin scored 186* (his previous highest before the double century), Dravid partnered him and scored 153. When Sourav Ganguly scored his highest 183, Dravid scored 145 with him. When Laxman hit 281, Dravid hit 180. There is no better proof than these 3 innings which highlight his presence in the Indian cricket team as a solid back bone.

Give the man his due credit. Let him retire on his own terms. As much as i like the younger players (being 25 myself), These Rainas, Rohits and Virats wont bring India the glory that he brought.

Posted by shakir23 on (August 6, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

its unfortunate that yusuf pathan is left out..ppl say he failed in the world cup and west indies..but u gotta see what number he comes to bat in and what is the asking rate at that time..also he dont have partners at the other end..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

i think india needs the players like dravid mangrekar is gone mad. Dravid has made 100000+ runs in ODIs and how many mangrekar has scored?

Posted by gautam1 on (August 6, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

its nice to see him back in side. but why he wasnt selected 4 wc?why he was dropped 4m side.................?

Posted by Aussasinator on (August 6, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

This is ill-advised, bringing Dravid in for the ODIs. He's gonna slow down the run rate after good starts or drag the team to about 200 runs if everyone fails. He should not play ODIs. He could not win India a test, how can he win India an ODI.

Posted by K.A.K on (August 6, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

@AndyZaltzmannsHair - :) You forgot Patudi, may be he can make a comeback too, after all, the series is named after him.

Posted by K.A.K on (August 6, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

It is a strong line up in any format of cricket. Dravid brings the experience and calibre like no other person on the team. Great time to do a comeback. If the team comes together, and find their rhythm, it will be an awesome one day series. Looking forward to some very exciting cricket from the top dogs.

Posted by ashvenky on (August 6, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

How should ODI selection be done? Do guys who do well in tests or T20s that should be given a chance in 50 overs!

I had same confusion when ganguly prepferred Dinesh Mongia to VVS for WC 2003. For all Laxman had done sincerely done for India he can't fulfill his dream of playing even as a substitue in WC. he may not bother abut partilaity or not getting commercial ads. But yes it was unfair..........

I certainly do not beleive the commercial BCCI will be able to buy people for too long................

Golden era strted when Kapil won WC......... Likely to end soon..........

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

Iyer...I agree.. Dravid should keep the wickets and thus making Dhoni an outstanding captain lol

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

Still they have to rely on Dravid. No more big words from Dhoni atleast!

Posted by googlyball on (August 6, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

well said salimath

Posted by shekhar36 on (August 6, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

why not Y.pathan................SAD??

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

dear dear at laaast, wall is only the hope give a break for tendulkar look at dravid he is the real champion who never lost his charm he is the real cricketing god loveeeeeeeeee u dravid

Posted by rashid_aboobacker_dubai on (August 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

You are right Sree. No worries at this time. You can comeback if you do well in your next opportunities.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

This is not ridiculous it is STRAIGHT FORWARD..............

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt), Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar will be the best team

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

Hello guys I think dravid is gonna retire after this England series... SO why selector called him up...

Posted by Bhiku on (August 6, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Eventually,the fact that dravid's class is still fruitful in the modern cricket has been felt by the selectors which i heartly team with playing order would be-sehwag,sachin,gambhir,dravid,kohli,,dhoni,amit,aswin,zaheer,praveen and munaf

Posted by US_Indian on (August 6, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

What ever the indian public or the media call Sachin, but the selectors have shown what you need to make a team a strong wall and the dependability of Dravid. good decisiion though but my best suggestion would have been bringing in guys like Mohd.Kaif because he has lots of cricket left in him, the best ever fielder India has produced, runs saved are run scored, just like Jonty and to compensate for the shoddy treatment meted out to him in the past, who can play anchor as time and again proved specially who will forget the Natwest trophy and also he is more technically correct in the Dravid mould along with Rayudu or Uthappa also in instead of Raina.I still have my doubts on Rohit/Raina. On the bowling front they could have brought back either Irfan or RPS (most likely Irfan for his all round skills and for goodness sake the first 6 should be like this 1,Sehwag, 2,Gambhir, 3.Dravid,4. Virat, 5,Raina/Rohit, 6.Sachin... let us see how he handles the tail and bats the last overs.

Posted by Krishstar on (August 6, 2011, 15:44 GMT)

Where is Dinesh Kartik? Will selectors bring him midway as they did in Asia Cup in Srilanka? DK has good expeprience in playing in English conditions. People must not have forgotten that he had best test average in the last English series. Dhoni is in poor form and his wicket keeping is found wanting. When all the star cricketers like Gambhir, Tendulkarm MS Dhoni are unable to face the English fire power, it is hight time that the Indian team selection does a soul searching to bring in players like DK, Uthappa, Irfan and Ambati Rayudu.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

this can be happy and sad news for RD, this may turn the wheel of fortune towards him or it can be the last nail in the coffin, if he fails to score he may not be selected again, pressure is more on him. he has to fight to keep his place not to prove his credentials, because we all know that he is truly the great wall of india.

Posted by Iyer on (August 6, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

It would also be nice if we could ask Rahul Dravid to keep behind the wickets like good old days. That would help us get rid of Dhoni and play a specialist middle order batsman.

Posted by sriram_cricinfo on (August 6, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

Nice Selection ..... :) but the selection committee showing some partiality for their wom sportsmens... they are not considering the talent while selecting the team for such an important n challenging series...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

Come on Dravid you can make good records...... try to write poets on the England ground with your stylish bating .....

Posted by on (August 6, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

Please don't call him the Wall. He is 'The Great Wall'.

Posted by salimath on (August 6, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

By looking at the way Rahul is talking starting from West Indies tour, I feel Dravid has decided a timeline to retire and probably BCCI know about it. With that in mind Dravid getting a chance in ODI to play for his country is good way of giving farewell to a great batsman who has more than 10000 runs in both ODI and Test format. I am sure he will do well in ODI even though he is coming back after 2 years. Though I am happy to see dravid in ODI team, idea of his retirement scarce me, need to make most of it while he is still on. So him playing ODI is chance for fans and viewers to see him bit more. I am sure Indian ODI team will benefit from this in the short run if not for the long run - may be a lesson or two for youngsters to see how a ODI can be played differently than what they have learnt and still be successful. All the best Dravid and team India.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (August 6, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

BREAKING NEWS: Kapil Dev makes return to Team India. BCCI says the team needs a good all-rounder. Srinivasan says Bishan Bedi may well replace Harbhajan Singh as well.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

Disgraceful to the young Indian players. These IPL stars can only bat on highways. I am not surprised if rahul dravid selected after 2 year as opening bowler for India and I am sure he will accepts it and give a tough fight. I salute RAHUL DRAVID. your one for the nation.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:18 GMT)


Posted by zico123 on (August 6, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

very good selection, i am happy

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 6, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

Is this the way to treat a player par excellence? Use him for the conditions and ditch him for the world cup? How cruel! Fantastic news for Dravid and his fans across the globe who are dying and praying to see him in ODIs. Dhoni and Kirsten.... are you guys for real for recommending to the selectors that you both didn't want Dravid for ODIs and consequently for the world cup? How tragic for Dravid! Welcome back dude Rahul! I'm very happy for him and for myself. This news made my day.

Posted by dimni on (August 6, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

am reading this article and other related news of great walls comeback again and again cant express the happiness thank u god thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

Defensive Defensive .....and just only defensive. I'm sorry to say but Mr. Fletcher is the next Greig Chappel for Team India. Bad days are just started.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

no doubt about that Rahul Dravid is a great player I would say one of the best batsman India has produced a far better than SRT , VVS, Ganguly and even Gavaskar.. Please have him in ODIs he is capable of anchoring the inngs. But, I would say again .. Team India does not deserve no. 1 spot.. England does and they will steel it from Indians.. I bet.. Check score card of practice match 201/0 northempton wow.... Indian bowling exposed and I guess ZK is again injured please give players a little rest otherwise they will burn out as it seems Harbhajan is burn out... and many others about to burn out..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

My best player in cricket is rahul dravid. I respect him. And he will be the only one who will give a heart attack to england players. so, i will pray to god please this could happen!!!!

And after this he will be back to indian cricket team in every match till to his retirement.

Posted by Bilbin on (August 6, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

He made it again..The Wall s bak again.Rahul,u r a real inspiration for all of us..u proved it again tat hard wrk is d only easiest way to reach heights.....I m really Happy that Rahul Dravid a real team man,self less player is bak in the team. We all kno this might be ur last series in ODI(i really don't wnt tat 2 hpn),but do it for us Rahul. Like in Tests b the top rungetter n show ur critics vt u r capable evn at this stage of ur career.we need more n more runs from ur bat in tests for atleast 2 more yrs. Waiting 4 ur 35th Test Century in this series itself...Good Luck Rahul.

Posted by siddhant328 on (August 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

THANKS GOOOOOOOODDDDD !!!! I am pleased. Dravid now have received an opportunity to retire with much broader smile. As they say :- " The candle sparkles with full vitality before damping down". We are waiting for an exceptional comeback. Kudos...

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (August 6, 2011, 14:59 GMT)

India lose Test series 4-0 ODI series 5-0. Because of Dravid blocking and fragile appearance bowlers get their tail up.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

Rahul Dravid was an ideal person for all time cricket classic....... After 15 years,..If India need some stability playersn make them to perform for decade ,they vl again rush to request for Rahul Dravid as coach..No more wonder... he is an Open book...

Posted by SajidMohammed on (August 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

Dravid lil bit sounds good, coz we have no option left as per the present perfomance....y parthiv patel, y ashwin, y amit mishra,,,,,,y not Rayudu, manoj tiwary, pathan

Posted by sairamreddy.s on (August 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

the wall is back to save india and win d odi series

Posted by Nampally on (August 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

The team is exactly as that I predicted in my comments to Cricinfo yesterday, but for 2 surprises - Zaheer & Vinay kumar. Zaheer is unfit and should finish his season now or else he will be finished,- with permanent damage. Secondly Vinay Kumar's selection is total surprise.If they wanted someone to stand by Umesh Jadev would have been my choice. So I feel India wasted 2 places because Zaheer will limp off soon even in the Northants game or in the Birmingham test match. Why not stay with Sree?.I would have ojha instead of Vinay because he can keep one end tied up. The dropping of Harbhajan shows that the selectors are finally accepting his days are over. Ashwin is a good choice.Yuvraj of course is injured and needs a break.Dravid is currently the only Indian batsman who is consistently scoring. Also he has already scored centuries in England test series. India needs areliable batsman like Dravid as long as he can play.I rate Dravid above Sachin. Good Luck India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

very very good with this team no other team can defeat india............INDIA ROCKZZZZZZZZZZZZ................

SEHWAG should fire........LOVE U sehwag.............

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

This clearly shows panic ... but I hope others will learn some technique from him...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

DRAVID's stats in England from-1996-2007 Played-27 Runs-1114 Highest-145 Avg-50.63 100's-2 Catches-19 Stumps-3

Posted by Valavan on (August 6, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Rahul is back to teach the indian youngsters to teach how to play in English wickets and to anchor the innings if sehwag falls cheaply. Its not the dust bowls so sehwag can score heavily. Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Kohli will have a lesson or 2 from Dravid in English batting conditions. Good move.

Posted by fahad.noor on (August 6, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

People who are opposing this decision just ans some qus......RD has over 10,000 ODI run. If RD is not a good a ODI batsman than where these runs came from?? From moon??? Another qus is why not people opposing qus against SRT? He is also aged like RD. RD always justified his position in the team. Another thing show me another player who puts his team ahead of his personal mild stone.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

When will this try to win somehow attitude change from Indian team. We have already won the biggest Trophy of all 50 over World Cup. Please give chance to new talent and groom them. Remember how happy we all are when we see a new bloke performs well When will this try to win somehow attitude change from Indian team. We have already won the biggest Trophy of all 50 over World Cup. Please give chance to new talent and groom them. Remember how happy we all are when we see a new bloke performs well

Posted by cricketSB on (August 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

Is it a rule now to have at least six Chennai Super Kings players in the team?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

Stats of DRAVID in England from-1996-2007 Matches-27 Runs-1114 Highest-145 Bat.Avg-50.63 100's-2 Catches-19 Stumps-3 Isn't it enough for all you people who are opposing the decision...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

wooooohooooooooo waiting for last 2 years... finally will get to see dravid in colors.... happy...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Excited about Dravid's return in ODI's......

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Great come back from a great man...... Awaiting for the ODI series...... India'll surely win this ODI series,,,,,,,, Its a really Good selection

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

So much for our fabled batting strength that every time we run into such wickets we need Dravid in the team. Speaks so much of the capability of the others. Dravid will add teeth not only to the batting but to the slip catching.

Posted by ramesh.k on (August 6, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

I'm huge fan of Rahul Dravid, Myself doesn't like dravid's inclusion in ODI. Let Dravid concentrate on Test. ODI opportunity should go to Youngsters. This is backward thinking decision

Posted by anilsamra09 on (August 6, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

i think its retirement call for rahul dravid

Posted by ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on (August 6, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

We Miss Dravid In World Cup too. He May had Made Some ODI Really Easy not too close & we also had won again ENgland in World Cup... England be ready for Whitewash with World Champion with its BEST ........

Posted by avis_2010 on (August 6, 2011, 14:14 GMT)

@CRICSL - Why Sanga and Jayawardene still playing even T20 for Sri Lanka.. In fact they brought in Jayasurya as well for couple of matches during England tour...In Indian ODI team Sachin is the only senior player who plays and even he too is very ir-regular and play only selected ODIs (not even T20s). In English conditions you do need somebody to anchor the innings. isnt it ? For rest of ODI team - Sewhag, Gambhir, Virat, Raina, Rohit, Ashwin, Parveen, Vinay Kumar, Ishant, Dhoni, Patel etc can be termed as ageing players !

Posted by anilsamra09 on (August 6, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

the wall is back again and back with bang i am really happy to see rahul dravid comeback in one day international. come on rahul

Posted by shrastogi on (August 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Though he is man in form Dravid selection is a step backwards. His place should have gone to someone young like Ajinkya Rahane who is doing well in Australia.Zaheer Khan also could have been rested.Rest of the team looks alright.

Posted by TRAM on (August 6, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

Pujara was hailed as 'future dravid' by vested commentators. Why not they send him now in the ENG testing conditions?? Shows they "know" their candidates Pujaras, Tiwary's, RSharmas, etc would also fail like others?

Dravid must have requested for a farewell tour. He too struggled with umpteen beaten deliveries. With his determination and lucky dropped catches, he managed to score runs in Eng. He also dropped catches. So I wish he retires gracefully after this tour rather than waiting for another drop by selectors. I wish SRT bids farewell too. I would rather see a 99 from him and Ind level this series rather than wait for him to come back to flat track and score his 100th 100 and wave his bat !!

Posted by kingcobra85 on (August 6, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

may be BCCI might have thought of an fairwell series for Rahul.Where else can you take a chance than at england who are hopeless in limited overs crikcet

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (August 6, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

Regressive step. Now where is Gauti going to bat? Is Dravid going to bat at #6? He is a great doubt. But this inclusion is coming at a wrong time IMHO.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

Where is Sreee He is an Asset to the team.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

this show how much faith india has on its youngsters....ears are souring coz of frequent praises and songns sung abt rohit sharma, kohli, raina, tiwari, panday, and etc and in the end wat they do is select soemone who is indeed for brillaince of dravid but wat it tells is the confusion and panic in indian camp despite being world champs

Posted by nkoch on (August 6, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

Dravid's there to make sure India does not fold in 30 overs. All the best to this team, they'll pull a SL on England.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

No issues with dravid being picked,d strongest wall of india,but now that he is picked,how can a captain drop someone as legendary as dravid,i m extremely happy with dravid's selection but still some youngster like say rahane,pujara,jadeja,irfan pathan or may be the out-of-form yusuf pathan,surely dravid cannot play d 2015 world cup,so we should start making a build up for that,so that we can defend our title

Posted by ajitht on (August 6, 2011, 13:53 GMT)


Posted by Manas888 on (August 6, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

I think..its a sensible move by Indian selectors...someone like Dravid will make the difference in these conditions in which batsman are tested and and in terms of experience he had enough runs in his kitty to i have no doubts he will be key member Indian line for next few years....!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

It is not surprising for me as RAHUL DRAVID is one of the best players in the world..Eveyone has some bad days but now he is rocking as everyone is seeing in the previous matches...THE WALL is returning..He is the only player who can bring the team to victory even under pressure ...... I am very much happy with his return.................

Posted by shahid_0070 on (August 6, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

wow Dravid in the squad tats great....I think selectors have done good work by picking the great wall.Compare to all others he is best .

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

My Dravid back to ODIs.. SO i am gonna start looking at the ODIs after couple of years...... Thanks to the selection committeeeeee.....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

what is the point of playing domestic cricket & IPL....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

dravid will play @ no. 4.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

may be takes reties officially aftr dis tour

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Age should never be a factor long as player is performing. Dravid didn't do bad before he dropped, he just kept promoting dhoni n others to get more runs n win matches, while he was captain, that cost him his place as he had to come low down the order few time, where he failed to push the tempo.

Posted by mrms on (August 6, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Good selection. I am surprised, but happy. The English conditions and the "capability" of the Indian middle order may require someone to anchor the innings. Rahul can be ideal for this. Also, It will allow Sachin to play his own game. There are 7 batsmen, and 6 of them will be in the playing 11. I believe either of Kohli and Rohit, most likely Rohit, will make way for Rahul.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

Congratulations Not for RD, but for all his team members, to have a quite good opportunity to learn the tactics of Cricket from RD on the PITCH. All the young players in the team PLEASE LEARN FROM RD. This may be a last chances to you learn from HIM (the only RAHUL DRAVID).

Posted by CRICSL on (August 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

TEAM INDIA have no trust in youth.. Very Sad for world no 1 team..LOL

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

i dun understand why people are opposing this decision..... its a fair move.....playing dravid would mean strengthening your middle order and those who claim to speak against his caliber should better check on the stats and put off the blind fold from their eyes......its really sad to see the disrespect given to a self less player who has always sacrificed everything for the nation .......grow up people....he has earned his place again....

Posted by VinodS83 on (August 6, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

RD had been legendary player for all formats of cricket. He had been a true team man as well. His being dropped from one day format may have any reason but I believe, he is real legend. I think, its golden opportunity for RD to perform the dreamed n touch glorious high end of one day career before saying good bye to this format of cricket..!

Posted by ajitht on (August 6, 2011, 13:31 GMT)


Posted by Neelay_Jain on (August 6, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

In bad and uncertain times, people run towards safe haven.. Latest examples..: Investors going to Gold and Indian selectors going to Rahul Dravid

Posted by atiq_nhs123 on (August 6, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

Thats gr8888888.....With Rahul Dravid in the team...We gona sure win ODIs...

luvly come back...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

This is great !! .. expecting Dravid to make the best of his opportunity . All the Best !!! MY LEGEND !! :)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

The Wall Is Back....!!! And LOL at RD Haters.....The Wall Is Back To Save India Again :P

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

all the best dravid, thnx to selectors

Posted by ajitht on (August 6, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

THE WALL IS BACK..............................

This is great !! .. expecting Dravid to make the best of his opportunity . All the Best !!! MY LEGEND........

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

i really refuses de RD selection for ODI'S.selectors has take a wrong decision.they need to givede plenty of oppertunities for young cricketers by looking future advantages

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Well Done Selectors..The Wall deserves a farewell series...!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

this is not good choice,yousuf pathan very importan , all the best ,

Posted by Harsha_Reddy on (August 6, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

I think this is the last series of legend and they want to give him a proper farewell....

Posted by ashu.lifeisbeautiful on (August 6, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Good they selected Dravid ! .... I guess they ran out of options ! Anyways... I guess common sense has prevailed.

Also, for the remaining 2 tests we should have got back Wasim Jaffer (remember him ?? he was a good opening bat) in the team. I guess he is forgotten after one bad series. He now plays for mumbai in the middle order, so would have fulfilled the opening slot or as no. 6 to tackle the 'menacing' 2nd new ball.

Also... TIL that Wasim Jaffer is currently playing for some club in England. Good Heavens he was a call away !!!

Posted by ramsharat on (August 6, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

This is what is called earning a place. Dravid out for 2 years and with good performances recently forced the selectors to consider him and won a place in the side. All the young indian players should learn from this and try to earn their places. DRAVID u r AWESOME!!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

superb dravid again u come back to odi squad

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

they would have better taken laxman in team istead of dravid as laxman is bit more aggressive then dravid or some youngsters like saurabh tiwary

Posted by stambake on (August 6, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

good to see "the wall " is back in ODI .... after all we need a batsman who can bat in middle order..... he is only player has been consistent from the west indies... and strange that yusuf pathan is not in the ODI team....

Posted by harshizzle5 on (August 6, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Again, the selectors absolutely refuse to give Badrinath a chance. One of the best domestic players is again ignored.

Posted by KDR6 on (August 6, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

This is really good. At the time when indian ODI upper middle order is struggling.,his experience will help players like virat kohli ,rohit sharma

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

India Seems In Big trouble As 5th Bowlers' Slot Seems Completely Neglected. Either Yusuf Pathan Or Ravindra Jadeja Or Any Other Young 'All Rounder' Player Should Have Been In.

Posted by Vardhaman on (August 6, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

I Expected this!!!... RD is back... n why not.. Seeing Indian Youngsters poor performance to handle the pace n bounce in England... You need some one like the Great Wall to anchor the Innings... I hope and wish that Dravid makes this oppurtunity count.. all the best RD.. :)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

Given that the series is in England, I would have preferred Irfan Pathan to Dravid. Maybe Pathan's pace has fallen off, but he was a more than competent bat and a much better fielder than Dravid ever was / will be. Rahane / Tiwari / Raidu would also be good options. With all due respect for Dravid - he is way past his best. Adding to his recent unwillingness / inability to hit the ball off the square of late, he has also dropped catches on key occassions during the test series. A bowling attack that is not god's gift to mankind requires support in the close-in cordon that Rahul is unable to provide. I have never seen him in the deep & so cannot comment on how he would do if asked to operate as a boundary rider.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

Best of luck ......... Mr Wall you deserve it , let people talk , just concentrate on your performances .

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

i don't know why people r surprised to see him Back.... we need performance ..we don't need only names in Team.. if you notice people got selected with names like Vijay ... Yusuf Pathan ... from IPL fame.... and the one with performance at the highest level of cricket is selected people raise eyebrows ... Hypocrite people... when it comes to tests they bend on knees and ask him to play coz they know no one can last long ...yet Great to have Dravid back in ODI team :) . .

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

the greatest wall come back i am loven it

Posted by Sam_Patel_US on (August 6, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

No disrespect to Legend like Dravid, But I feel like opportunity has been missed here by BCCI....They could have selected one of the youngster instead of dravid...bcoz tendulkar , sehwag and gambhir are still playing....It would have been a good experience for the new young player to play in english conditions and he could have learned lot of things from players like sachin. So, in the future whenever India is touring England...we will have players with the experience of playing in english conditions. Dravid will perform....but he won't be there next time around...This is the time BCCI look forward rather than keep going back to Dravid whenever going is tough for India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

What a turn around by the BCCI's youth policy. When India is doing well they root for the young players for ODIs & T20s, and when they are not, they come back to Dravid for some help & assistance, similar to what they did back in 2009, and axed him again after Champions Trophy though he was the only player to perform well scoring a 76* against Pakistan in CT'09.

Posted by landl47 on (August 6, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

So this is basically the test side (as it is now) with Rohit Sharma, Parthiv, Ashwin and Vinay Kumar added, all of whom are probably there as reserves, although Ashwin might get a game if they go in with two spinners. It will be interesting to see how they do against an England team who are on the rise as an ODI side, having beaten the other WC finalists in a 5-game series.

Posted by anurag4u10 on (August 6, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

our selctrs seems absolutly stupid. rd shud hav been pickd on wi tour where there was no srt, viru, yuvi, gauti or dhoni. he cud hav dere wlked into d team nd showed us his worth. now dat evryone is bk how will one justify selectn of rd over kohli or raina in d playin 11 nd if he doesnt make into a playing 11 it will be an insult to a player who has more than 10000 odi runs nd truly a good anchor on which any team can rely upon

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

this is not a smart decision to pick dravid for odis.although he is the best performer for india in england till now bt it doesnt mean tht he sud b picked for odis too in the age of 38.its totally a nonsense tht u r again going backward with someone who hasnt played any odi since last 2 years,moreover if dravid can make a comeback then why not laxman.he is also a very good player even if is 36. weather we wanna creat a future team or want to carry on with 2-3 players.i dont even think this is the correct time for srt to play in odis then dravid can not b a fair selection.ok youngsters r not performing tht well bt if they r nt given chances then how can they turn themself as a good player from a avg player yusuf sud have been in the team looking at the fact tht he provides a balance to the team spacially in the absence of yuvi and on his day wht he is capable of doing...well i dnt need to write anythng abt it we might endup winning the odi series but still it is not a smart move at all.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

I think - dravid's selection is some thing related to his ODI retairment aswell. He may choose his current good form to say goodbye to ODI. And selectors might given him a chance to say goodbye.He will be the perfect one down for this series.Well done dravid, Sign off with a typical dravid century when others (for sure) straggles.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

This is the difference between Australians and Indians. Indian selectors always tend to think about the future while Indians focus only on the current scenario.

When will the likes of Kohli, Raina, and the new generation learn how to play on a Green top with a good bounce?

God help India...

Posted by KapilJoshi on (August 6, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

The selectors might have given him a farewell tour...A chance for him to retire from ODIs gracefully... I wont be surprised if he retires from ODI at the end of this series.

Posted by tmartis on (August 6, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

I think this is a set back in terms of future prospects. But if Dravid does play I don't think he will be negative. His performances in the IPL has shown us he can mix responsibility and strike rate together. I think he will do well if given the chance to play.

Posted by streetblader on (August 6, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

He may be the wall... but walls are not required in One Day Internationals.. If Dhoni has any sense left in him, the Wall will Warm the bench...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

If any senior batsman injured, then only there is a place for Dravid

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

Good Decision. Surprised to not to see Laxman too in the squad... Farewell to Dravid for ODI's. All the best.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Good move by selectors to bring in Dravid for English conditions. No problem in him being included in tough tours and then rested on flat pitches. Selectors should pick the best side for the conditions and not guided by emotions. Sehwag as VC instead of Gambhir is surprise. With Parthiv in the side, I have a feeling Dhoni might rest for first 2 ODIs. Kohli/Raina/Rohit will battle for 2 remaining spots (number 5 and 6) in batting.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Good to see another genuine batsman in a bully-studded line up

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

Guys u all getting wrong. Rohit is not the 1st preference. It'll be Rahul Dravid in the team. Guys u all getting wrong. Rohit is not the 1st preference. It'll be Rahul Dravid in the team.

Posted by xenon555 on (August 6, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

Good selection. You have to keep in mind India will struggle on the England pitches except for Dravid. You could go on about how great Sachin is but only Dravid can play to his best on these pitches and thats a fact. He will be an anchor and provide leadership for the entire team. Team: 1) Sehwag 2) Tendulkar 3) Gambhir 4) Kohli 5) Raina 6) Dravid 7) Dhoni 8) Zaheer 9) Mishra/Ashwin 10) PK 11) Munaf/Mishra/Ashwin.

Posted by kancnaic on (August 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

Who is the fifth bowler for India?Either Raina or Rohit..very ordinary bowlers.When there are players like Broad,Bressnan and Bobara we should have atleast Irfan Pathan.

Posted by AlpiBhalla on (August 6, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

What a great surprise is comeback of the Wall , when all were almost sure that his ODI career is over!!! Kudos to selectors for such a brave and unconventional selection. Though I disagree with exclusion of Nehra , especially on seaming England tracks!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

Where is yousuf????????????

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

this is sheer waste of a spot and a backward step really...hopefully this guy retires after this.

Posted by Nalinikanta on (August 6, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

This is a very nice move concerning the condition out there in England where our youth brigade is finding it hard, better to say other batsmen. Check it out for his scores in IPL you will see huge improvement in his strike rate which is more than enough for ODI. If he is in team he will play. Rahul, show the others what you can do, which others canot do.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:29 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Rahane or Manoj Tiwary should have been there instead. This is a step backwards and a disappointing one.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

ow wat a moveeee getting senior player in to the team will boost the teammmmm india will rockkk in odiiiii for sure in englandddddd WALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL will rockkkk

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

He's the unsung hero of Indian cricket. The man who goes about his work with old-fashioned dedication and sincerity but never gets the praise he so richly deserves. Our selectors are happy to drop him when youngsters needs to be given a chance and call him back when they fail. They ask him to open the innings in Tests when others are scared or incompetent. And Rahul delivers.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Excellent move to bring back Dravid. He can really hold the team around him with his experience and if not stopping the batting collapse, he can atleast fight against it. Perfect man for the perfect ocassion. This proves that form is temporary, but class is permanent..

RD's class had to be noticed atlast.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

Its great to see Dravid Comming back ! BEST OF LUCK :)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

Best decision after a long time. The T20 matches have spoiled the real sport of cricket. The technique and planning is lost & only rough shots and fluke boundaries are only showing up as top batsman these days which will not last for long and end up only in injuries, we always need a player of good quality in a long run to maitain the position. Dravid come back will bolster the need of such talent, I can see only Kohli in his position no one else will be able to replace Dravid in near future.

Welcome back Dravid, wish u success.

Posted by RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on (August 6, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

best team .this is the fist time that sreekanth selected best team after world cup aquard . but i dont know any adjustment behind this like in 2008 ganguley selection in the australian seres.but they can wait for youvaraj singh. i think rahul in for to give stability because he needed for the absence of UV singh.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 6, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Given the poor form of all batsmen except Dravid and to some extent Laxman, selecting RD was forced on selectors. Having selected him, the team must play or else it makes no sense at all. At least if he plays, there is hope Ind will 50 overs. On the same grounds, Laxman should also have been selected in place of Raina for ODIs.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

again a poor selection.what will be the final 11 without Yuvraj..,no scope of picking 7 batsmen as Raina cant ball the full 10 overs,no planning again by selectors..And about Dravid,what can i say..BCCI always gives an insulting tribute to a player of same caliber as that of Sachin...But personally,I m happy to see him in the squad.But i will be hell disappointed when he'll be dropped when we play at home, in-spite the performance he'll give.This clearly shows that we could had never won a world cup if it was supposed to be played outside India....

Posted by dimni on (August 6, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

great surprise well done selectors thank u god

Posted by pranab708 on (August 6, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

I'm an ardent Dravid fan. From his very first innings in first class cricket I'm smitten by this most disciplined of batsmen. But his time in ODIs was long over. Bringing him back is a serious regressive move. Moreover our ODI team has been doing fine without him. Remember we won the world cup with the younger players only. I don't how much he himself will benefit from this. Can the selectors guarantee him a long run in the ODI team this time around? Whatever cricket he has left in him, should be utilised fully in the longest format of the game, where technical competency and patience are priceless. They should have gone with someone like Manish Pandey or extended the lifeline to guys like Shikhar Dhawan, Saurabh Tiwary who didn't get uninterrupted stints in the national team.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

The wall back again.. if selectors pick the wall in the ODI series against WI na, we would win the series 5-0. All the best rahul.. jai ho

Posted by KALPANA. on (August 6, 2011, 12:14 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

on one side this can be a farewell to end dravid's ODI career, but on the other side, Is their no other players to select? i think India are a very good one day side and its too early to predict youngsters fate. One day or the other the fab 3 has to retire and at that time we should not search for players. anyway may all wish rahul retires by this series and leave way for younsters

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

@5why: Yes they gained by winning World Cup and everything else.

Posted by spinkingKK on (August 6, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Why not Laxman as well? Because, in the seaming conditions, we may not as many classy batsmen as we could. I can't beleive they left out Sreesanth in this seaming conditions. May be the captain asked for it. Srikanth says that he is selecting a team for the conditions. Please give us a break. Why do you want to drop Sreesanth if you are selecting for the conditions. Srikanth is trying to show that he is not biased towards the south players by omitting Sreesanth and KKD.Karthik. Parthiv should be omitted for life for doing what he did in that Australia series in 2004. You just can't compare Vinay Kumar with Sreesanth, let alone select the former over the later.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

He did well in the IPl and has been in good batting form. Is a good slip fielder too. In English conditions it wouldnt have been a good idea to expose Badri, Tiwari & Dhawan.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (August 6, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

Dropping Dravid was a mistake in the first place. Selecters are now realizing their mistake

Posted by DhroovS on (August 6, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

I dont think dravid shoud play. He plays good in tests but i think he would waste balls in limited overs.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

happy for the fact that Dravid will be playing in the ODI's , but sad thinking about the future of Indian cricket...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

Nice to see 'The Wall' back. I guess he may like to retire on top from ODI's after this series. But the sad part is we don't have quality youngsters to play swing & short balls. In this squad we don't have a quality all rounder. No Yuvi hence they should have picked a good all rounder like R Jadeja or someone. India will def miss a 5th bowler & yet again will struggle in England.

Posted by DaredevilsUnlimited on (August 6, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

Nice to know RD iis back but shows the young guns in poor light what it means is it is the technique what matters and not IPL money/cross batted strokes

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

the selection of dravid should be welcomed by all!!!!!!!! indeed a man of greater experience will add more value to the middle order and also it would allow his partners to play their natural game! excellent call!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

In past two years Indian XI failed to play full 50 overs in ODIs.Even in WC2011 which they won,cudnt complete 50 overs in some matches.Its good to bring in Dravid who can also keep wickets in Dhoni''s absence so there was no need to pick Parthiv Patel. Instead some experienced batsman like VVS cud be picked. Overall this team is balanced and probably the best available.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

This is not ridiculous it is STRAIGHT FORWARD..............

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Yeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhh. . .Very happy news for all indians. .The Wall is back again. .All the best dravid sir. . .But dada we miss you a lot. .Why you retired soon. . :-(

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

I am happy that THE WALL COME BACK in ODI

Posted by Rajeev129 on (August 6, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Though i am among the 100 best fans of Rahul i really would like to see the Indian middle order with the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Raina and Dhoni. And he can't be a one down batsman as well, since the top order should able to accommodate Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir. However he will be very useful for these juniors in dressing room.

Posted by nicks72 on (August 6, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Well its really a wonderful news that Wall is back in Indian team after 2 years of gap. i should say say one more thing that sachin needs a break because he failed to show his class from many years. he is just a luggage for Indian team and occupying a place of young players. for what he is waiting to get retire how many records he wants in his pocket. i will like to request ICC that please give him all the records whatever he wants but please sachin retire from Indian team its a humble request i can't do more then that , why you are playing only for records play for Indian Team also just learn from Rahul Dravid what kind of performance he has done in past many years but no credit to him .

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

wrong decision....we want attacking batsmen nd the youth were performing well so no point in including dravid...

Posted by Green_Devils on (August 6, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

I am a huge fan of Rahul Dravid. Still, I believe selecting him for the ODI series is a negative step by the selectors. For a team fresh out of a World Cup triumph, this is clearly a sign of panic. Moreover, we all saw how Dravid was called up on a use-and-throw basis for the Champions' Trophy 2009. By the looks of it, this is going to be no different. Clearly, a step in the wrong direction!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

need a person like dravid !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by on (August 6, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

selectors have done the right thing by dropping harbhajan singh part time spinner suresh raina bowls better than him.ashwin is a great choice he is the best off spinner. and very handy with the bat

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

I will agree with nitin kamat comments

Posted by BULTY on (August 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

The team on paper appears good. One or two observations from my side. First, as a huge fan of Dravid, I am happy to see him back in ODI side. But as timus6778 has remarked, he is being treated shabbily as far as ODI selection is concerned. Even now, he is drafted to overcome a crisis and I also get the feeling that he is included in ODI side, to overload him and ultimately make him tired for important test series later in the year. Is it fair? Second, why 5 seamers. You can do away with either Munaf or Ishant and draft in Pragyan Ojha as the third spinner. Parthiv is a good selection as second wicket keeper batsman. Dhoni needs to think hard on playing all the 5 ODIs. Any way my best wishes to Team India, especially Dravid. Hope he doesn't get burned out for the Test Series later this year.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

What is with the selectors.......... Selecting Dravid is a indeed a negative approach..... Very sad.....

Posted by aravabalaji on (August 6, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

It may look retrograde step to go back to RD but reality bites. Perhaps they know that without him, the writing is on the WALL! He is the only one standing up at the moment. I have a hunch feeling that he may hang his boots very soon. This is also reality. For this legend, we can only do this, TAKE A BOW!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 6, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

why selectors pick dravid ? he is 38 years old now and playing continously in wi, eng test series . he has spent more time on crease then others and should give him a rest . this is ridiculous . dhoni is 29 years old & he saya he wants rest then what about dravid .india had good bench strength in odis like kohli, rohit ,parthiv raina .

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

It was bound to happen, No one can hide the talent. Talent is like smell of Flower, it can not be hide. Rahul is a true talent. He was out from team because of politics but he is in because of his talent. Now Dravid should capitalise on this opportunity and prove the selectors decision of keeping him out wrong.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

superb dravid again u come back to odi squad. plz dravid this odi........ need 100 out of maximum 150 balls. not more than 200 balls

Posted by PeddaBokka on (August 6, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

Why Selection commitee doesnot respect dravid?I cant see spot for dravid in playing 11 in ODI's unless someone perticularly toporder batsmen gets injured or playing 11 is Sehwag,Sachin,Gambhir,Kholi,Rohit,Dhoni,Raina,Mishra/Ashwin,Praveen, Zaheer,MunaF.So How Dravid comes in the toporder?He may be in reserve for the batsmen justlike Parthiv for dhoni which is a not proper for such a worldclass batsmen. and without any proper reason dropping Dravid for the next series is very bad

Posted by vijujack on (August 6, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

Considering the middle order collapses, this is a very sensible move. If someone thinks of this as a step backward, perish the thought. Kohli & Raina can learn from him how to build an innings and bat around him. Should Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir fall early, Dravid is the ideal batsman to dispel panic. One has to remember that Yuvi is not there and who better than RD to marshall the innings! A good decision was to drop Harbhajan and that gives him the space to work out his game & attitude...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

The selection of "Great Wall" is really a surprise! Dravid has played in 339 ODI's and scored 10765 runs at an average of 39.43 and a strike rate of 71.17. In 313 innings he has hit 12 centuries and 82 fifties and remained not out on 40 occassions. He made his debut in ODI against SriLanka in 1996 and his last ODI was against in 2009. He has the ability to score runs fast, if the occassion demands. He can open the innings. He can play at any slot. A Cricketer par Excellence!! Overall he is a team man!!! I wish him good luck!

Posted by rkannancrown on (August 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

The decision with Dravid is strange. With sachin, Sehwag & Gambhir at the top, Kohli, Sharma, dhoni & Raina form the middle order. What was needed was a back up batsman. Given Dravid's seniority, he cannot be expected to carry drinks. His presence will weaken the fielding which is a big issue in ODIs. As world champions, india should be looking to defend its cup in 2015 and should be looking ahead. Sachin & Dravid will surely not be around in 2015 and what was needed was to persist with youngsters like Saurabh Tiwari or bring in some fresh faces like Ajinkya Rihane or Manish Pandey.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

This is great !! .. expecting Dravid to make the best of his opportunity . All the Best !!! MY LEGEND !! :)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:35 GMT)


Posted by HarshaVReddy on (August 6, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

Welcome to TRUE LEGEND in Blue jersey. May be selectors given chance for GREAT WALL to give a good/respectful sendoff to his mammoth ODI career. Hope RD enjoys one last time.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:34 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

choosing Rahul dravid is a good move but we should look into the future, we have more than capable back up.... raina, rohit sharma, kohli,..... plus rahul in ODI big question mark...

Posted by KALPANA. on (August 6, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

I am a huge fan of Dravid and respect him very much. but i feel that for the sake of his prestige, Dravid should NOT have agreed to play in the ODI's against England. Most of us know that he will be dropped again after this series and that is a huge disrespect to Him. Now that he will play in this series, I wish that he scores more runs than any other player and then Gracefully RETIRE from odi's so that being dropped again does not affect him. Or else he can wait because i am sure that He will be recalled for the odi's against Australia

Posted by vivekviswanathan on (August 6, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Think that DRAVID may announce his retirement !!!!! Letz see...

Posted by impanther on (August 6, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

good news for Rahul Dravid, but its pathetic on India's future plans... we dont have player who can play swing and bouncy balls? that we need to go back to old blood? sad to know this

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

Surprise surprise!!! A welcome change.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

yahooooooooo my favorite player is playing in ODI after 2 years.Lets say congrates to him.I like it.Selection committe took a good decision for including a wall to the indian cricket team.I appreciate him. Dravid u r the champion.

Posted by CharlinJoe on (August 6, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

Finally... The day comes for me.... I will start seeing the ODI matches too..... Recently I am watching only the test matches because Dravid is playing only in test matches

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

Dravid truly deserves to be the ODI squad..but I believe this is more of an opportunity provided by the BCCI which should be duly given to such a legend like him so that he can announce his retirement from the ODI format gracefully. However, its high time that youngsters like Virat, Rohit & Raina start dishing out decent performances outside the subcontinent or else, the situation is likely to proceed worser than wht it is presently!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

Very Happy for RD..Excited to see him donning the Blue.. Idle man to tackle the seaming conditions in Eng. But I doubt, whether he will b playing in all ODI's. I'm also afraid that he will be dropped again when we play ODI's in our own backyard. RD shud teach selectors a lesson by declining this offer... as he was dropped for No reason..

Posted by here2rock on (August 6, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

It is time India has professional selectors and cricket board who can think out side the square. Picking Dravid is a backward step. They need to be bold and pick younger players. England will thrash them in ODIs as well. Go England!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

nice to see Rahul in odi team. i was waiting for this moments from last two years he really deserve a place in odi format also. v pray for his success .

Posted by 5why on (August 6, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Now is the time to ask the selectors ( nicknamed Jokers, once ) why was Saurav Ganguly forced to retire in 2008 ? Did Indian cricket gain ? Let Srikkanth come up with an honest answer.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Zaheer is injured and it is a known fact. Why persisting on him, when so much cricket is ahead? What is the reason for not considering Irfan Pathan? Is not he as better as srisanth or vinay? I think, this is a clear case of discrimination against Irfan. It seems, Irfan Pathan did not "satisfy" the selection committee. What Irfan?

Posted by VEXXZ on (August 6, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Desperate India pulling out all STOPS . Cricket is a game where you must be at your best at all times .The writing was on from way back in the West Indies , now trying to play catch-up .

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (August 6, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

I hope Dravid is selected for even future series, i hope he is not dropped for upcoming home series......

Posted by simpleadmin on (August 6, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

Well selection of Dravid is a huge joke of the year,,,This is ridiculous,,,,India is a World champion team,,,BY selecting him they have sent a negative msg to other teams that we dont have bench strength while key players get Injured in overseas tour,,,I think shri and co must have forgotten the champion trophy 2009 where India lost crucial match against Pakistan due to dravid,,,,Dravid is a class player no doubt,But at this stage i dont think he fits into one day scheme of things,,,They could have selected some good young batsmen like saurabh,manoj...Nothing wrong happened in one day format,we have won so many one day series after dropping dravid from the end of 2007,But his selection is real mystery,,,,

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

Good to see that run machine & a fabulas slip man is back to haunt the englishers...

Posted by mrsaha on (August 6, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

its nice to see rahul back in the squad but why we need rahul dravid against england, we r world cup winning team

we should give chances to fresh blood like rahane,tiwary....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Wow... Great...... Team India deserves Dravid in One day squad. A good decision by the Selectors. We could enjoy some better cricket(esp Batting) from Team India coz DRAVID IS BACK......

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Selectors done good job, i think selectors loose their confidence on youngsters... what i think, let youngsters play only IPL and other committed senior players play test and ODI.

Posted by timus6778 on (August 6, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

I am a big fan of RD...But this time, I am not happy with the way he is being played with...every time there is a crisis,u look up to Dravid...But as soon as the crisis is resolved, u kick him out without owing him an explanation...The latter part is disturbing....You just can't keep calling him back and load him with tons of responsibility and ask him to excel throughout...i know that the critics are bound to criticize his fielding in ODIs...Although not very agile, but he is a good fielder...but people will never understand that....What i think is best for RD and BCCI is that they give him a fitting farewell which he so deserves...and what better place than in England,the home to cricket>>..RD are the greatest.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

wow!! I like it...Wanna see in real action:)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

Yuvraj is in gud form... y the selecters omiting him...he has the capability to survive india now and after seniors left... surely it bcoz of sme bakeground push...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Welcome back to Rahul Dravid, i hope this time he will tell his answers to Selectors by his Bat. Best Of Luck Rahul.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Congratulation Rahul Dravid It's really nice to see u again ODI after two years. Still You r one of best player for INDIAN Team. Waiting to watch your batting in ODI!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

bring it on .. all you dravid bashers.. bring it on .. lets see what you've all got..

Posted by arun249 on (August 6, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

Bad new dhoni... The ODI team does not have a 5th bowling option except raina which was so vital in India's WC success.... This is to Mr. srikanth.." please keep so method when your selecting the team"..

Posted by ramli on (August 6, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

A totally unexpected news .. but a definitely backward step. One feels for many a good youngsters waiting in the wings. This is the example of how injuries can play truant to a settled squad. Dravid is a quality test player no doubt. But he has done nothing of late to bolster a comeback in ODIs. May be, he is given a chance to say goodbye and bow out of ODIs with grace... something that Saurav had to fight for to get. Good luck Dravid.

Posted by karthik_dravid on (August 6, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

It's great to see dravid back....welcome back rahul to odi format.. i would love to see you scoring many runs there in england.. you are the true servant of indian cricket for more than a decade.. may be you can't figur in odi team for so long,so please teach the youngsters how to play in tough conditions with the swing and the even after you and sachin,go behind the scenes india can perform well.........congrats and all the best rahul.......

Posted by Arsalanthechamp on (August 6, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

they had include dravid during champions trophy when they were uncertain about there odi batting line up in SA and now they had done a same thing from no where dravid has been included in odi side....

Posted by arpzzz on (August 6, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

Dravid deserves respect in ODI team. Last time during Champions trophy, when sehwag and Yuvraj were injured, selectors picked him, because he is utility player on bouncy pithces, Dravid scored a half century in the opening game against Pak. Just after that he was again dropped by selectors, when Yuvi and sehwag returned. so, there are chances that when yuvraj return, he will be again dropped. What wrong he has done?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

Nice team on the paper, but hard to field the Best Team. Happy to see Dravid back in the squad. Harish Katragadda said no fifth bowler but Suresh Raina is there to fill this Position. ALL THE BEST TO THE INDIAN TEAM TO WIN THE ODI SERIES AND DRAW THE TEST SERIES.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

bcci finally grew a few more brain cells after 2 years.......dhoni is useless in these conditions and he knows it!

Posted by bbn007 on (August 6, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

i hope this guyz wil make their good time in england. at last they picked the"wall", so hapy to c him in blue... and am pretty hapy with the selectors that atlast they did't picked yousaf.... if i got a chance to select team i will give a chance for "irfan"... so sad about him......:-)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

it will be interesting to see whether Dravid will play at number 3 or not...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

rahul dravid,odi cricket has got its class after 2yrs.rahul dravid,odi cricket has got its class after 2yrs.

Posted by licec on (August 6, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

I am not at all pleased with the recall of RD. Once any home ODI series begins, he will be unceremoniously and ungratefully dropped in favour of the flat track bullies. RD should have declined the recall unless, of course, he is gonna retire (Which I hope doesn't happen so soon).

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:59 GMT)


Posted by analyseabhishek on (August 6, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

This is a retrograde step and more of an insult to Dravid than an honour.They dumped him for good and now keep bringing him back- only to drop him unceremoniously again, like in 2009. And when the going gets tough, like it is in England, he gets picked again. It clearly shows that there is a dearth of fresh ideas in the Indian selection panel.

In Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina and Dhoni, the top 6 are pretty settled- only an explosive batter/all rounder no 7 is required. Surely Dravid cannot filled that spot. And if the top 6 is settled, then would Dravid warm the benches and carry drinks? Or may be he is there only as an "insurance" against Tendulkar's injury? No praise is high enough for this selfless team man who does all the odd-jobs for the country but he surely deserves better. Perhaps announcing his retirement from ODIs would be a right step, else he will keep being treated like expendable.

Posted by sachin1bradman2 on (August 6, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

Mishra and Ashwin are pretty good bowlers, but they are under so much pressure to perform, that if India lose this series, the fans will turn against them as well. Very disappointing to see the pathetic and immature criticism of Bhajji and Dhoni in recent times. I became a fan of Harbhajan because of they way he responds to high octave situations (remember the wc semi final when he got rid of kamran akmal when he was threatening to take the game away from India, and later on scalped afridi as well). And Dhoni played a stunning innings in the finals (after India had lost both Tendulkar and Sehwag). The Indian fans should guard against being perceived as shallow, disloyal and thankless, it's just one bad series (and it aint over yet), these guys have done the country proud on numerous occasions and should be treated with more respect... btw Dravid, the way he is going, could play the next world cup!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Whenever india get failed in batting immediately indian selectors remember experience players... Old is Gold.. But dravid is wall of india.. welcome man.. and will rock once again..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Happy to see dravid back in squad !!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

I amgetting mixed emotions with the selectionof ODI team. At the out set I am one of the hard core fan of Dravid. I am extremely happy to see play Dravid in ODI I can I hope I can personally watch him in Rose Bowl. To the second part of by bad emotions. I agree with Janreddy in his comments how a player like Dravid has been treated. When they want to perform in tough condition, these novice young brigades couldnt just even face an over, then u need Dravid and when going back to flat pitches in India they drop Dravid again and bring back their favourites and shows nepotism. I started hating Sreekanth and may be BCCI I too felt that by selecting Dravid it is a disrespect shown to Dravid. Lastly I prefer more longivity for Dravid and if he is just persisting with test alone results are so many. Look at last five tests and more over he will play more tests as he wont be injured or fatigue by keeping away from ODI, and he will be fit to fight a battle or two in SA and Australia.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

england conditions need experience ,,,,Rahul right selection for ODI squad......

Posted by PrameshP on (August 6, 2011, 10:50 GMT)

I don't know they did well or not after picking Dravid. I would prefer not to take Sachin & Dravid in ODI after Australia tour. Certainly they can play another 2-3 year in test cricket.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

D.R.A.V.I.D smelling Fishy.... it seems v all might b seein the last of this Man, atlest in Odi. Hemight Retire frm odi's after this series. Lets keep our fingers crossed tht he does nt retire frm Test matches...... our Test tem still needs him, atleast for couple of Seasons!

Posted by sanjuprajapati on (August 6, 2011, 10:46 GMT)


Posted by pudukkudikaryansujith on (August 6, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

Inclusion of Dravid is a good move. Though he consumes balls but can really anchor the innings allowing the other-end partner to strike the ball. He is the only one adept to handle the devastating English seamers. Nobody else seem to be able to read the swing and length of the delivery. They have done a good thing by not bringing someone like Pathan as he is a slogger of the ball and can be restricted by good length balls which the English seems to have expertised.

Posted by Patlolla on (August 6, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

its nice to see dravid ....i kinda sense that this could be his last international tour....and probably BCCI is giving the farewell..dravid started his career with england tour in 1996 and ended his captaincy in 2007...and may be 2011 england tour might be his last...lets hope its wud be tough to replace dravid with a youngster...

Posted by Lindt_Excellence on (August 6, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

Dravid's omission two years ago, his absence for two years from LOI (ODI) scene and now his inclusion in the team when the weather seems rough for the world champs, speaks volumes about the sorry state of BCCI think-tank. I'm glad to see him back though. As they say - you can't leave out the class even if the form is not great!!

Posted by vak1997 on (August 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

we wanna see some big knocks from rahul

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

very happy to see Dravid is Back in to ODI's.......

Posted by bashu22 on (August 6, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

y ambati raydu from MUMbai indians s nt been given a chance..??

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

good selection by selectors by selecting dravid and leaving yusuf.... they hav given many chances to yusuf but excluding SA tour he didnt done wel. and also in england conditions dravid is better look player to play in the middle order.. al d best rahul.. but dravid plz remember this is a ODI game NOT TEST MATCH.....go ahead

Posted by Lindt_Excellence on (August 6, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Dravid's omission two years ago, his absence for two years from LOI (ODI) scene and now his inclusion in the team when the weather seems rough for the world champs, speaks volumes about the sorry state of BCCI think-tank.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

absence of yusuf pathan is a biggest loss for India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

i am sooooooooooo so happy that my fav player is back that is rahul dravid the wall

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

nice to see dravid in odis........we miss you yusuf

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (August 6, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

This makes no sense. Dravid's ODI career is over long time ago. Problem with selecting Dravid is that he is a libaility in the outfield. A brilliant catcher in slips but a poor outfielder. Dravid is also too slow to score runs in the middle order and will simply stall the inning's momentum. Dravid is not Mibah Ul Haq who can hit big sixes apart from being a usually slow goer. Indian selectors have made yet another blunder. If they have no bench strength that seems to be case with Indian team then they were better off to select VVS Laxman who atleast can score little faster...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

What about young players Saurav Tiwari, Ambati Rayudu and V Aaron?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

I think dravid is a better batsman than tendulkar purely becase he is harder for the bowler to dismiss.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

Rahul Dravid's comeback will surely put India in a strong position against the english attack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by nikunj_coer on (August 6, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

I would say this is the backword step from BCCI..Dravid should not be included for the ODI squad. I am a big fan of rahul dravid and there is no doubt abt the capabliity of him but recalling him at the age 38 would take indian cricket 4 year back...we all know when the tough gets gong selector have nobody else to bank pon other then mr rahul..If you rember in champion trophy 2009 everybody were struglling aganist the short pitch ball, Dravid gets the call in the ODI...same ting wll happen again after the england series..selector will again gonna ignore there is no point selecting a player only for 1 series..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

my fav dravid is back thank god best of luck dravid

Posted by Vaib90 on (August 6, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

With no offense and all due respect to "WALL"...i dont think its a positive step for indian cricket

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

well.. what the hell??? bring ganguly also then....VVS too... wat are the selectors thinking????

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

can someone tell me the most probable side? cheers (:

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

vry happy to see dravid back in absence of much hyped youngsters now dhoni is dependant on experienced players.....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

I am happy with the come back of Dravid but afraid too for the future of team india "when these youngsters will show their gusts & how long will these dravids & tendulkars pilot??????????"

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

dravid even a gamble after 2 yrs is still the best choice that the selectors hv made ........

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

Welcome back wall of indian cricket to ODI.Hope this time u need to prove ur efficient stylish batting for us.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:24 GMT)


Posted by fkauser on (August 6, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

Mr Srikanth its good that u included Mr Wall from ...but the best team would be .......Shewag,Gambhir,Dravid,Kohli,Tendulkar,Raina,Dhoni,Ashwin,Irfan,Zaheer,Sreesanth,Ishanth,Praveen,Mishra,Rohit,Praveen........and good u didnt added ur son... :) ......Irfan i have added coz india will never get a all rounder like him and he is fit think about it ......Dhoni should be out if he dont perform in this series.

Posted by KjM4trix on (August 6, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

Great news. Rahul Dravid has done so well. He has played one down, opened the innings, kept wickets and made so many victories possible. He is the kind of cricketer who does well in all forms of cricket.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

The wall back as the young bricks have fallen apart. He's the unsung hero of Indian cricket. The man who goes about his work with old-fashioned dedication and sincerity but never gets the praise he so richly deserves. Our selectors are happy to drop him when youngsters needs to be given a chance and call him back when they fail. They ask him to open the innings in Tests when others are scared or incompetent. And Rahul delivers.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

If it was out of respect he should have been in WC squad ! He would have gracefully retired.... now it seems we need wall only when we are at the threat of being robbed !!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

It's right decision."when the doors of the temples are closed even GOD is behind THE WALL"

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

i am very happy to see "THE WALL" back in ODIs

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

The next step will be to bring LAXMAN and irfan pathan back. great to see rahul back..i hope he makes it into the playing XI.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

Inclusion of dravid is baffling. He is a fantastic player but then he's always been that way. why bring him now ? just bcos he had good tour till now, but then he has rarely failed, so why did they drop him for ODI in SA & WC.I doubt in which position he will have 2 bat or will he be warming the bench? that would be embarassing for him as well as for the team mangement.funny brains u know !

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

Atlast the selectors took some sensible decision bringing quality player like rahul back. Now everyone realizes that form is temporary and class is permanent. The young turks have proven themselves on pitches only favourable to batting but when the real cricket pitches come only the real batsmen will come handy. The poms will make sure that even the ODI pitches favour some seam movement, and on such pitches imagining yusuf n co. batting is a laughable notion.

Posted by ksrk81 on (August 6, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

In the present circumstances he is probably the best bet as a replacement. But what will it take for Cheteshwar Pujara to get a chance to play for India in the longer format. I was expecting he will be called as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh.. Another player to wonder about is Varun Aaron. When will he get a chance and what is Vinay Kumar doing in the side. Wriddhiman Saha has been waiting on the sidelines for the entire tour and he is sent back after having a nicely arranged sight seeing tour of England! What were the selectors thinking when the ODI team was chosen and if players are chosen on form then what is MS Dhoni doing in the squad let alone team? I guess because he is the captain!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

Best of luck to Mr. WALL of world cricket

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

why yousf miss i dont know

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

dravid is best batsman india ever produced.....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Why d hell many people want yusuf pathan in d squad wen we have such gud batting line up.. He is of no use especially in front of this english bowling attack..Why d hell many people want yusuf pathan in d squad wen we have such gud batting line up.. He is of no use especially in front of this english bowling attack..

Posted by sifter132 on (August 6, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Big Dravid fan, but this seems like an indictment on India's young batsmen more than anything. Why not give Badrinath or Tiwary another shot? If they don't work, then Yuvraj will come back anyway.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Nice to See Rahul Dravid Back. I think Vinay is also a nice Pick. Selector Should think about Murli Karthik because he has good experience of English Pitches.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

who will bowl the 5th bowlers quota in the absence of yusuf & yuvraj ...... seems like selectors have forgotten To pick an allrounder. This will hurt the indians a lot.

Posted by faix on (August 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

i wonder ,how can they left yusuf pathan,who is the genuine allrounder in the side if yuvraj is also not there.I m very sure they are gonna miss yusuf.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Great news .. Dravid deserves it :) very happy to see "the wall" in ODI. But where is yushuf ??????????????????????????????????????????????????? we will miss him a lot?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Dravid may retire from ODI with this series..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Welcome back Dravid. ODI can remain as classy as its meant to be, when people like Dravids playing!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Dravid's inclusion is inevitable since dhoni has limited resource in batting dept. The spinners will not be as effective as they are when bowling in seamer friendly wits, they should have got varun aeron and umesh yadav, with unadket with sreeshant rp Singh and nehra

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

nice to see Dravid in the indian squad!!

Posted by Nehreer on (August 6, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

this does look a balanced side. Though there is enough fire power in raina and dhoni to counter yusuf's absence . God save the queen

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

What happened to Irfan Pathan ? He is good Left arm bowler who can swing the ball in England

Posted by suhail1987 on (August 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

this is really a badnews, INDIA still depends on OLD MACHINE, they have to give chance to the young blood so they can prove themsleves .

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (August 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

I think it is mistake to leave out Yousuf Pathan from the ODI team. He can be devastating lower down the order in batting and quite useful with a few overs of part-time bowling.

Posted by janreddy on (August 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

I am soooooooooooooo happy guys. Dravid is back in the ODI'S. Now my heart is somewhat beating for India. I was waiting for this moment from last 2 years. And i am sure that he will perform very well in the ODI'S.

Posted by hyperneo on (August 6, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

dravid all d best of luck

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

rahul sir desrves a place in odis man gud yusuf nt there will have spoiled itt

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

fifth bowler options are limited here. Dhoni will struggle to get 10 overs out of the fifth bowler and England will look to exploit the option. There will be big scores unless the rest of the four picked bowlers do very well, This is a test to Indian batting order, the four bowlers and Dhoni's tactics.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

Picking Dravid is an excellent move.You need his class and stability though does not have the flair as others in the team;Sri Lanka did the same bringing Samaraweera to the WC team.However Yuraj's loss in the ODI team is a significant void;to note no dasher who excelled in the IPL has really made to the team yet;Raina looks a terrible failure in the Tests so far. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Dravid = horses for courses selection for english pitches, but in a way his selection is a damning indictment on India's up & coming young batsmen

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

This is a step backward Completely discouraging sign for Indian Cricket

Posted by mritunjai on (August 6, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

This news cheers me up even more than the recent world cup win. "The Wall" has been restored. At the same time, its time for the young men of our team to do some soul searching. Its a sorry state of affairs that we have to keep falling back to the Gods of our cricket whenever the going gets tough. WAKE UP YOUNGSTERS.

Posted by zero_knowledge on (August 6, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

though i like to see the wall playing i feel this is ridiculous to say the least.. select him when the going is tough and then drop him unceremoniously.. if i were dravid i'd have declared my retirement as soon as this news came just to show the stupid selectors their place.. but then the gentleman he is dravid would put the team first and will take this in stride

Posted by obsessedwithcricket on (August 6, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

This is the worst selection committee in a long time. I cannot believe they recalled Dravid, unceremoniously dropped him and have recalled him again. The problem is not Dravid's selection per se, but the way the selectors have gone about.They are not sending the right signals. If there is a clear message, it is that the selectors are a confused lot. This is not a solitary case. Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat were all preferred ahead of Praveen Kumar while selecting Test squads in the past and we all know, at least now, what Praveen is capable of.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

so much for promoting the youngsters... i think indians dont want a thrashing in odis as well thats why theve recalled dravid...

Posted by karan1609 on (August 6, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Can't figure where the selectors are heading...Make no mistake, am a Dravid fan...but just feels that this is a step backwards...

Posted by bismoy on (August 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

Why they brought dravid in odi??He was not good enough in WC which india won...again India won in wi...they should have tried with some youngster, if yuvraj not fit to play.This is odi series and india will trash english,,,,let not forget india is World champions.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

Dravid still has a better record in ODIs than Yuvraj, Raina & Co. even in the pre-IPL era when a strike rate of 75 was very much tolerable ..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

Great news .. Dravid deserves it :)

Posted by guesswhoitsmeabhi on (August 6, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

squad is as expected overall with some sticking points- rahul dravid again a stop gap arrangement,used to shore up the middle order in testing conditions?will he again be left out for easier assignments on sub continent??if yes,i regret the treatment being meted out to a great. 2.what has vinay kumar done to deserve selection again n again??y do we need an army of military medium pacers,keeping in mind the similar roles played by munaf n praveen? 3.has irfan pathan slipped down the pecking order so much to not even deserve a spot above vinay??specially when we dearly need our lower order to fire.baffling

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

Wow ... anything can happen in Indian cricket ... rightly so 'intimidated India' has called back for Dravid's services since the same set of pacers would be bouncing out the Indian batsmen in ODIs!

Posted by Rajesh. on (August 6, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Poor Dravid.......... now sensing that others (read lesser batsmen) may not be able to cope with the seaming conditions in England the selectors have recalled Rahul. He will be axed again when they return to play some inconsequential one-dayers on the belters back home. Not the way to treat a player of his class and stature.....

Posted by asif2311 on (August 6, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

nice selection but still no place for ambathi rayudu....taking dravid is going 2 steps bak

Posted by rashmil09 on (August 6, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

great to see rahul back..i hope he makes it into the playing XI..and continues his gud run in d final 2 tests and also take it into the one-dayers!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

where is Yusuf Pathan? at least he deserved place in T-20 team.

Posted by sweetspot on (August 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

As good a team as there can be. Now that Dravid is available, it will be hard to leave him out of the playing 11. Maybe in tougher batting conditions, this is what India needs at the moment. Kohli, Raina and Sharma will have to provide the end overs energy. If Dravid grinds, India is dead though.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

Again Indian cricket going Back..lets dravid to continue only TEst , he is doing well there does not mean to get him over load with ODI..I think again selector are doing same mistake what did in past

Posted by RNikh on (August 6, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

WOW,this is HUGE, kudos to the selectors for recalling him and having faith in the greatest team man ever. Welcome back dravid.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

By including dravid in ODI squad, i dont think selectors has done a great job.Why Dravid is in the ODI when too many youngster are waiting like vijay, yousaf pathan.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

where is irfan pathan , why does selectors does not give second chance to him , he is a genuine swing bowler , he usually gets early wickets . and he has a good batting ability too . i don't know when this politics will end in India.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

Very nice to see 'The Wall' back in ODI plans. Experience always counts.

Posted by MijanurRahman on (August 6, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

The next step will be to bring LAXMAN back, I think. Where is Yusuf Pathan?

Posted by vimal4cricket on (August 6, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

this is terrific news..the wall deserved a better farewell to the ODI side....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Welcome back Jammieeeee.... But we miss yusuf a lot.....

Dravid deserve for the place in the squad as the pitch and conditions suits him very much more than anyone in our Indian side....

It would be good if Yusuf makes his place in the 16 members Squad for Vinay or Ishanth

Posted by Rajit on (August 6, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

With all due respect to Rahu Dravid,this is a bad call to select him in the ODI team considering we need to keep an eye on future.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (August 6, 2011, 9:41 GMT)


Posted by RDH1 on (August 6, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Perfect reward for the class and consistency exhibited by the greatest servant of Indian Cricket. Should be a perfect No. 4 in the ODI Side in English Conditions

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Dravid thoroughly deserves it ...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Rahul Dravid making yet another comeback to the ODIS squad seems like a step backwards to me. India are world champions in the 50 over format and they should have stuck to the same squad that gave them success. Also, Rahul is an absolute necessity in the top order in Tests, and India needs him in the coming months like they've never needed him before.

A tough tour to Australia follows later in the year and Dravid needs to be fit for that. At 38, I'm not too sure he's the guy to have when you need to convert those 1s into 2s

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Dravid's selection is not at all surprising. He has been picked for two reasons- 1. Unavailability of some ODI specialists and 2. The young-guns are totally incapable to handle the seaming conditions. It is again disappointing to see Vinay Kumar and Rohit Sharma in the side.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

great news. it seems the selectors have finally applied their minds in selecting Rahul Dravid, who is still far better than the many batsmen who came and gone since the last 2/3 years. Hope he will be able to play his role to perfection, as usually he does. congrats dravid for comeback to one dayers.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Seen this coming a mile away. Only sad they couldn't include him in the WC Squad in place of Kohli. He is in great form at the moment and look what the IPL has done to him. He can definetely be aggressive when he wants. Only thing is, in chasing scores of 300 or more, I fear he can bog the team down. Other than that, I'm sure he can keep his SR in the mid 80's or even the 90s

Posted by ABP235 on (August 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

This is just perfect. These are tough English conditions with English bowlers gaining in confidence, which requires experience. Who else than Dravid who has shown to everyone that he can adapt to Tests, ODIs and T20s with ease - from a SR of 50 in tests, to a SR of 90-100 in ODIs and a SR of 125+ in IPL shows how fit and efficient he is. India have missed his services due to pretty poor policies of the selectors, led by Vengsarkar. Also happy to see Sachin back in the middle. I havent been a great fan of his, as I had always felt that he is meant for records and not necessarily lucky for India when he scores tons. In the WC he proved it, with 2 matches where he scored tons, India tied in one (from a winning position), lost the other and when he didnt score in SF and Final, India won. I always believed cricket is a team game. However, in this series, if Sachin achieves missing two tons for 50 ODI hundreds, also helping him achieve 100 international tons, nothing else will matter.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

Ashish Nehra Still injured huh.......

Posted by KKRajesh on (August 6, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

Great Great Great .. Dravid come back ...

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Where is U Pathan, Robin Utappa. Selectors need to rethink of playing Robin instead of Dravid. We need to groom more youngster, no need to worry of losing matches, For the next world cup Dravid surely will not play, why you waste time?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

i dont know what selectors doing..nw aftr 1mnth when saha is already there and knws more about eng conditions they selected useless parthiv..and what vinay kumar doing?he takes wickets only when batsman trys to slog n wth kp treating our medium bowlers like spinner we needed u yadav or varun aaron..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

nehra should be inside in place of vinay kumar........

Posted by vatsap on (August 6, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Srikkant is biased. Always picking up people from Tamil Nadu and CSK. Whre is Irfan Pathan. Where is Ajinkya Rahane. Where is Wasim Jaffer. Where is Rohit Sharma (ooops he is there, then why is Srikkanth called biased) Where is Robin Uttappa.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Finally the selectors had done a good decision by including the WALL in the ODI side, where I am sure he will make a great come back in ODI as the young generation will again prove toothless tigers outside sub-continent.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

atlast true warrior of indian cricket recognised

Posted by gannyboy on (August 6, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

Golden Opportunity for Ashwin and Mishra to prove themselves and keep Harbhajan at bay and as far as Dravid's inclusion is concerned its a disappointing move.No doubt Dravid will score runs but it is time that players like Dravid and Tendulkar leave ODIs for the youngsters so that they can be exposed to international cricket and the player who does well there can be selected for the longest form of the game.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

Bad selection, Need to pick Yusuf, Rahane, Raidu and Uthappa. They are in good form and quick run getter. Suitable for ODI.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

Great news, I am sure Dravid will play an important role in the one dayers

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

Grt news!!!.. will Dravid Play!!!

Posted by ronakrd on (August 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

I dont agree with the selectors on Rahul Dravid selection. With all due respect to Rahul Dravid experience. Here there was an opportunity to test youngsters like Virat, Rohit, & Raina. If you see final XI especially in batting line-up Sachin and Viru will open, 3 & 4 will be dravid & gambhir and then raina. After that out of two only one will play i.e. rohit or virat. Now rohit had a fabulous last series where he was awarded with man of the series. Here the confidence is high give him opportunity to play at top of the order. In case of virat on him they have invested so much, he is upcoming player in all form of game & he might not be playing in XI. This was the right situation to give them the exposure to play in this condition. So, I feel dravid inclusion in the team is not justified. And one more thing in bowling department in place of vinay kumar shreesanth would be the better option as per conditions are there.

Posted by rahulcricindia on (August 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

rahul.....great news!!! he is better middle order player than many of other order batsman especially when yuvi is not here.....great opportunity for youngster to learn consistency from him.......kudos to rahul my team-MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel.....go INDIA go

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

congrats Dravid!!!!.. its really a good news that dravid is back to ODI team. Now Dravid should grab this opportunity and mark his point in coming ODI series. If he got some decent runs in this ODI series, then this will give him a confidence and still he can continue his career in upcoming ODI series. I am eager to see the rahul's performance in ODI. I wish him to perform well in this series.All the best!!!

Posted by Aashish_SRT_Tiwari on (August 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

It appears as if Dravid is given a chance to retire from ODI's respectfully, and sure the legend deserves it. Its also an indication that as the new generation is not good enough to fill limited overs spots in the team, its sure we will keep watching and enjoying Sachin, Dravid and Laxman for some more years in the Test thats really cool!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

Very happy to c Dravid back in the ODI team...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

after the inclusion of dravid,i wonder who will bat at no.3....bcoz sachin and sehwag will open for sure followed by three no 3 specialists in gambhir,kohli and dravid...!!! My 11 for ODI's-->Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Dravid,Raina,Dhoni,Mishra,Praveen Kumar,Zak,Ishant......feeling sorry for Rohit Sharma that after a wonderful tour to West Indies,he might have to sit out again....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

Sincere cricketer real gentleman of the game he deserve this. Hope He repeat his 1999 WC heroics after 12 years. Gud Luck Mr. Dravid

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

this one calls for celebrations....hurray

Posted by bharath103 on (August 6, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

welcome back Mr.Wall to ODIs, hope that will strengthen hopeless batting lineup

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

The wall is back...wat a great moment...!!!

Posted by SamRoy on (August 6, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Just shows THE INCOMPETENCE of our SELECTORS and BCCI. Bringing Dravid so that we can at least put up a fight in the ODI's. Does it really matter, whether we win or lose an inconsequential ODI series after test series has almost certainly been lost? Give chance to the youngsters. If they are not good enough bring in other youngsters. Can't keep on going back to the old warhorses no matter how great they are/were. SL played way better than us against England. Even in the cold, damp weather they managed to score 300+ every time except once. Our much heralded batsman failed miserably. Enough of Yuvraj on foreign soil. No need of Raina, either. Mukund, either. Vijay, either. Only play people who have obvious class like Rohit and Virat and persist with them for 15 tests. Drop Dhoni and Harbhajan from test team away from home (and bring in Karthik and Ashwin (or Ojha)). Dhoni is miserable away from the sub-continent unless the pitch is very flat and he has become an unsafe wicket-keeper.

Posted by TheUparcut on (August 6, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

Nice move given the fact that Indian batters are utterly struggling in English conditions. But I wonder if he fits into the line up

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

Welcome Back, Dravid, you do belong here.

Posted by vikrampranav on (August 6, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

the best posile team in the circumstances.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Wow ! Thats a really surprising and good selection... Dravid has to Retire from one day Internationals in a respectful way..So hope in these coming matches Dravid may hint about his retirement ideas from ONE DAY INT alone... :)

Posted by Scrop on (August 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Baffling...!!! BAFFLING...!! Why did the selectors go back to Dravid ? Is he gonna announce ODI retirement after the series ?? or the selectors showing more concerns to the batting failures in the 1st two test matches in England ?

If its not for his retirement series, then its a huge step back by the selectors. Some youngsters like Rahane, Pujara, Rayudu, Tiwarys or Uthappa could have been better choice for preparation of squad for WC 2015.

No Yusuf (not saying he is the best AR in India) or Nehra (he submitted his fitness certificate to BCCI) ? I think Irfan Pathan would have been idle player in place of Vinay Kumar in the squad as back up seamer, he can add flexibility to the team in the absence of so-called "Allrounder" Yusuf Pathan.

Posted by vvs11 on (August 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Dravid is a true legend. But at the age of 38, what is the purpose of bringing him into an ODI line up NOW?? May be another ayasuriya .. lol

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

Aren't we (India) going backwards ?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

Best News I have heard in a long time. Welcome back Dravid ! Looking forward to some great knocks!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

So so so happy for RSD.. But at the same time, surprised that we still need to rely on him to tackle bouncy tracks!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

They really should have looked at Rayadu instead of Patel here...or Dravid. We need to build a team for the future here guys.

When Sachin quits so will Dravid - what happens then?

Posted by ssenthil on (August 6, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

All the Best Indian team. But I can't understand Dravid recall whenever we play in SA or in Eng and in other Flat pitches our youngsters :O

Posted by Sagar_Kamble on (August 6, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

It will be great to watch Dravid back in ODI action. This selection move seems to have been taken to strengthen batting which has looked vulnerable recently. India's batting innings should revolve around Dravid here on.

Posted by sankar8000 on (August 6, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Rahul Dravid's inclusion is Really a Surprise! Nehra dropped??

Posted by hyperneo on (August 6, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

Taking Dravid (THE WALL) is a great job..Finally BCCI understood the importance of this player.He is simply too perfect player on the field and off the field..others should learn from dravid and sachin how to players r good in playing in india..but they dont have ability how to play oversea,that lies the difference bw dravid and sachin..i am happy that finally BCCI realized there mistake and they corrected it..Dravid should have played last world cup..he really deserve in the final 11..anyway atleast now Mr.wall is called back..He will be the back born of his team when playing in england..Dravid we all love you..and like to see your cricket for many more years..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

Who is the all rounder in this?? recently we had several in Yusuf Pathan, Yuvi, Jadeja and Bhajji. Now no one except a few hours from Raina. We badly need a all rounder in all forms of the game, in the likes of Kallis, Watson, Broad, Razzaq or Angela Matthews

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

Wow!! fantastic news!! :) patience pays off for the great man!!

Posted by amit_mangal30 on (August 6, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

Good to the great man back. I was always sure that there's always a place for a player like him in the team. Any Team.

Posted by shrikant1986 on (August 6, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

Very happy to see Mr.Dependable back in the ODI's. One can't forget the knock he had in taunton back in WC 1999 of 145 and on the other hand was our "Dada" who scored 183.

All the best very best Mr. Dependable, hope to see you with many many runs in the ODI's and lastly not to forget the milestone of nine 4's, eight 6's & 4 catches to tally your record to 950, 50 & 200 respectively.

Posted by moturi on (August 6, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

This is quite funny selection panel....Dravid should have been in ODI team from the beginning....after dropping him from ODI team for 2 years...picking him now is crazy..... when will the juniors get experience if the selections are like this....i am a big fan of dravid....but we also need to see the future of Indian Cricket.....

Posted by azaystha on (August 6, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

DRAVID be aware the BCCI is going to say you good bye from ODI if u dont perform in the current odi best wishes are always with u............... u r my god in the world of cricket...............even sachin comes after in my cricket dictionary.........the 1999 world cup has introduced me n u in the cricket world cup .... me as regular cricket follower and u as the Mr. dependable batsman...........i used to copy u in my cricket career but not succeed even by 1%.........i hope the 2011 year be ur comeback year not ur departure of luck cricket god

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

RD You're the Best!! selectors HI Five

Posted by chandau on (August 6, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

Sachin , Shewag , Gambhir , Kohli/Dravid , Dhoni , Raina ,Rohit/Parthiv , Zaheer , Praveen , Ashwin , Ishant. is the likely XI. Interesting there is no Yousuf Pathan specially with Youvraj out. the #7 position is not good for Rohit or Parthiv so Dhoni may have to drop down. Will Zaheer last the test matches? Good call on baaji - why humilate him more in the short version. Sri Lanka will beat Auzzy at home; India need to do well against the poms. from an asian point of view both teams need to perform to show the WC final was no fluke or just sub continet advantage

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Hip hip hurray Dravid,now let him show how to play for the youngsters clouds come and go but Sun and stars stay for a long time

Posted by maverick_ind on (August 6, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

once again when the fortress seemd to be crumbling, protection in the name of the wall is required!!! shame

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

a very good team,,!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

according to me the Indian Team for ODI's shud be ; 1) Virendra Sehwag 2) Gautam Gambhir 3) Rahul Dravid 4) Sachin Tendulkar 5) MS Dhoni 6) Rohit Sharma 7) Amit Mishra 8) Praveen Kumar 9) Zaheer Khan 10) Munaf Patel 11) Suresh Raina OR Ishant Sharma ( as per conditions )

Posted by aditya_369 on (August 6, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

its really a great moment for 'the wall' and his fans....i am sooo eager to watch him play the limited overs match..hope he makes a great comeback...wish u d best dravid

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

Could this be Dravid's swansong?!?!

Posted by niravdahanu on (August 6, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

Rightly deserved. I was just checking the stats for most catches in ODI(all time). I found that the stats in the tab ALL RECORDS and RAHUL DRAVID differ. Does anyone have a clue if he has the most catches in ODI too??

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Great to see dravid back in ODI...!!!! will make middle order more resistance in english conditions....!!!! UV will be missed as he always has something against england...!!!! best of luck to team India...!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

super like.. I love to see him again in limited overs game... :)

Posted by thiagaraj005 on (August 6, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

I guess this is an opportunity given to Dravid to hang his boots off in style. Welcome back to the Color screen once again.

Posted by janreddy on (August 6, 2011, 9:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

dravid is good choice.good team is selected

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

Legend is back we wish a hearty welcome to Dravid and this time he will not give scope to that bloody selectors to axe on him................Hip hip hurray so we can see his batting in ODIs........................

Posted by farazhasan56 on (August 6, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

cant understand y dravid is back.....................understand that he is a good batsman............but past his use by is wat????????????????...................ganguly??? may be sidhdhu also

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

good good .. he deserves it

Posted by vipin_kataria on (August 6, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

This is not the right way to treat a legend of the game.When the selectors realize that the youngsters in the side have inadequate technique to bat in english conditions they bring back Dravid and i doubt if he would be there when the english travel to india later this year for ODI series.The same thing happened two years ago when he was picket for Champions Trophy where he performed better than any other batsman in the side and was dropped after that when India played in the sub continent.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

gud ............................................................

Posted by madans on (August 6, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

it is glad to have dravid , comeback in ODI . There are players like robin uthappa , Irfan pathan , Rahanne , sourabh tiwary , rayudu, manoj tiwary,pujara . I prefer these are already proved in ranjis and wating for Call to National team . Ahead of dravid these people may cement place , If oppurtunity is given. I hope dravid is a stnd by for dhoni at batting order no.7 . since we have 1)sachin (who always opens) 2)shewag (who too opens) 3)gautam 4)kohli 5)raina 6)rohit/dravid 7)dhoni/dravid/parthiv 8)ashwin 9)zaheer/Ishanth 10)praveen 11) munaf/Ishanth.

But in this sqad also there is no all rounder . hope we c one in near future.and thanks not selecting badri/vijay.

Posted by mits6 on (August 6, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

Good to see dravid back and harbhajan out. Performing players should be appreciated. Out of form bhajji is only killing a place in the team.

Posted by smohx on (August 6, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

Great i am very happy to see him back..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

The IPL has spoiled youngsters mindsets.They are happy with their money in IPL. An youngster shouldn't be allowed to play in IPL if he is in Tests, atleast till he becomes regular in Test squad.See wat happened to Vijay

Posted by sameer997 on (August 6, 2011, 9:00 GMT)


Posted by sanjuprajapati on (August 6, 2011, 9:00 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

In place of Vinay Kumar S Sreesanth would have been a better selection.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

alas Dravid included in Indian ODI team, much to his hard work and dedication.... well high time to blood in spinners who can take wickets rather than containing, bhajji does not deserve a place in the team with his current form, let him focus on his bowling instead of commercials and even his batting skills... bcci should appoint performance monitoring team to focus on the players and should not allow players who are not fit .. Very best of luck Team India

Posted by janreddy on (August 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

it looks like Bhajji is dropped due to poor form and it's good decision.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Congrats Dravid.... Very happy to hear this news ...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Where is ashish nehra??can nebody xplain his selectn ahead of r vinay kumar?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

brilliant work by the selectors. i want Dravid in this inexperienced team in English conditions.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Atlast, BCCI realised the worth of R.Dravid..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Dravids comeback to the ODI side reflects the defensive strategy of Indian team management against the aggressive English team.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

A great decision taken by selector now he can announce his retirement on this format with proud.. the man who did allot for the game and country

Posted by dravid519 on (August 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

wow grt dravid is back on top gear....

Posted by peterss on (August 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Dhoni needs to be dropped or at least stripped of his captaincy

Posted by peterss on (August 6, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

Ashwin is gonna do a much better job and sooner rather than later Dhoni should be dropped or at least stripped of captaincy. He needs a warning stating that his terrible form with the bat and the glove is being looked at seriously

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

good to see dravid in blue jersy . i was expectiong when dravid will come back in odisssssssss

Posted by bijusams on (August 6, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

Why not Sreesanth? How long you can depend zaheer? If he is not fit enough why can't you give chance to Sreeesanth ?. Even if Rahul is good why the selectors not looking in to future?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

yes,,right decision by selector,,we need one like dravid!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

Dravid is a big booster to the Indian line up...the middle order is much more formidable than the one which is available without dravid in it...

Posted by blondblackberry on (August 6, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

ashwin wil question the english.the away going delivery wil b tough to face.don't know why he wasn't selected for the tests.also he can bat a bit,but he got the spirit of coimg back even if hit for 6 sixes.

Posted by D.Sharma on (August 6, 2011, 8:52 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

Good to hear. This might be the last chance for Rahul. Let us see what he'll do.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

pretty much the best squad available now..But where is Robin Uthappa?

Posted by JaspreetS on (August 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

His second coming lasted only six matches and he was axed again following India's early EXIT in that tournament in South Africa.

The word 'exit' is missing in the second paragraph. Looks like someone did not do proof-reading. :-)

Posted by peterss on (August 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Harbhajan has been dropped!!! Not because of injuries but cos of poor performance. He was expecte to be back in 3 weeks anyways. Ashwin shall lead the attack and prosper

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Rahul will provide stability to this side.....hope that he will emerge as the real champion in this series....but Badrinath was to be included in place of parthiv patel....because you have already a replacement keeper as dravid....

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

I love it........... great to see... BCCI selectors finally woke up ....

Posted by fantasy_vinu on (August 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Finally the selection committee of BCCI made a brave decision by including Rahul Dravid in the team..But shree out for the ODi and MUnaf included ! ! !Shree Shanth is one of the bowlers who suitable for English conditions better than Munaf and Vinay Kumar,and Shree is a much better fielder than Munaf.It's good to give Bhaji a break.That's really need for him for his future.Any way it's a balancing team.Thyank god and selection committee chairman for reducing partiality in Indian team.

Posted by rustyryan on (August 6, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

Bajji dropped or rested ?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

dravid ia fighter...i m sure he will add strength to a side who is weak against quality fast swing bowlers

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

nice to see dravid back in squads.missing iqbal abdullah .he is good allrounderrayudu should be given chance also

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Perseverance Personified...Rahul Dravid....In an age of slam bam thank you maam, here is a genuine lover of the game......:)10,00 ODI runs and counting,.

Posted by Cricket_Is_Oxygen on (August 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Great choice by the selectors....Thank god Sreesanth not there

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

congrats dravid and well done selectors

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

Extremely dissapointing decision.a world cup winning team moving back to a player who will definitely not play in the next world cup.that is extreme short sightedness,desperate for winning something in the current tourExtremely dissapointing decision.a world cup winning team moving back to a player who will definitely not play in the next world cup.that is extreme short sightedness,desperate for winning something in the current tour

Posted by Raman.UV on (August 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

I cant understand why vinay kumar is in the side.......

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

again rohit sharma?? wat selectors want from indian ppl,

Posted by indianpunter on (August 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

my goodness.. Dravid back in the ODI team !! Maybe ganguly should pad up too. After all, he is already in england !! poor decision. ODI is a different kettle of fish.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

best thing happened to Cricket.. Rahul Dravid is back.. He will show it now..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

tis sheer stupidity by selectors..wid all due respect to d great man dravid..selectors hav cut a very sorry figure and such a defensive move to hav dravid in odi form as well..r v tlkin abt d same team who juz won a WC??..wen youngster theory has been wrkin fine y go bak to seniors..esp wen u knw they not gonna serve for more thn 2yrs..n def not til d next wc..i fail to und d reason behind tis..lets hav dada too bak plss...

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

calls for celebration......awesome..... over 2years of wait has got u RD

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

good move.....dravid in..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

Dravid in the team is Nothing but Panic Button being pressed seeing Virat Kohli, Raina and Yivraj hop skip and jump in testing conditions and hiostile bowing in WI and Eng.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (August 6, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

I am an Indian and a huge Dravid fan. I think it is seriously disgusting the way he is treated. He was kicked out prematurely to give youngsters a chance. Then when we travelled to SA, he as recalled bcoz conditions were tough and our young guns were not good enough. Then he was promptly kicked out despite decent showing bcoz next series was easier. Now again the same is being repeated. Selectors should stop trying to eat a cake and have it too. Either try Rohit Sharma etc on tough conditions too or tell them to be as good as Dravid and replace him. I really wish he says "go to hell" to Indian selectors. They just don't deserve him.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

wow!! The Wall is back!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

yipeee dravids back in indian odi team .... yeah

Posted by ATG1207 on (August 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

Yippie!!!! Dravid back in the ODI squad, a must in the english conditions where the youngsters certainly wouldnt have been to able to deliver well. Welcome back Dravid!!!!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

wow great news would love to c him scoring a century in a match:)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

Excellent decision by the selectors.. :) Dravid is easily the best player to handle the conditions in England. He's looked the most comfortable in the two tests played till now :) Lets hope he does well, and also hope they dont drop him immediately after this tough tour and play him in other ODI's too.

Posted by vijayshankar2003 on (August 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

surprising.... Rahul is a great player no doubt . but this was not the time for his inclusion in the squad. player who s gonna retiring from international arena soon after some test series is suddenly making a comeback in odi squad. anyways feeling happy for rahul and his form. we should win the odi comfortably with the players we have. happy to miss bhajji with his terrible form .. ashwin will face the challenge of spin in such conditions as lot is expected from him.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

thankgod.. hope he slams a century on comeback.. but i guess, he will again be dropped after this series which should not happen..

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

Good to see Dravid back. But Zaheer should have been rested. I m happy finally harbhajan's out. Send him to domestic cricket.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

Do we really need harbhajan ? its nice reason to make him sit outside..........hope ashwin n mishra wll do better to keep bhajji outside for long time.......

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