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Dravid: Youngsters performing straightaway good sign for India

Rahul Dravid looks back on India's 4-0 Test series victory over Australia (00:00)

March 25, 2013

Posted by Rajsap on (March 26, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

With all humbleness i would beg to differ with Rahul, I still feel this youngster especially Jadeja, Vijay, Shikhar, and to some extent Ashwin will tumble in Foreign countries i.e. South Africa or Australia..honestly I f players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin. Yuvraj, Bhajji, Zaheer, will play against this Indian side will definitely beat'em. I know its a good sign 4-0 whitewash is no mean achievement but look at the pitches and opponent. Hope i may be 100% wrong...Let's wait n watch.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

I'm disappointed that they didn't acknowledge Vijays performance... I'm not from Tamilnad or a Vijay fan... But I felt, we all knew what Pujara could do... But it was a pleasant surprise that Vijay could control himself and build an innings and that is the highlight of this series... Happy that he did that in every inning he played...

Compare him with the most talented- Rohit Sharma. Talent is one thing but we have seen a 'less talented ' Virat kohli succeed. So I'm excited another 'less talented' Vijay following Virat. ( I'm not against Rohit...and equally excited about his talented, But his attitude is wrong... ) When some put so much effort, fight against their natural instinct and do something special...!! we need to acknowledge that...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

It would seem that Pujara is the outsider in whats looks very much like an indian t20 side playing tests. If one day tracks are going to be used for tests then this is a stroke of genius. Otherwise I'd caution reading anything into this other than India have a great one day side.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Almost the entire Indian team who played this series, except Sachin, Dhoni, & Harbhajan should be sent on an "A" Tour to South Africa, a few months before the official tour.

At leat in that team, we should try out batsmen like Rahane, Raina, & Tiwari along with Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, & Kohli.

For spinners, add Rasool / Jalaj along with Ashwin, Ojha, & Jadeja. Same is the case with pace bowlers: I don't know who to add to the pace bowling group along with Bhuvi & Ishant, since no one seems to know who is fit and who is not. If fit, Yadav & Irfan should be added.

For wicket keeping two out of the three- Parthiv, Karthick & Saha can be chosen. Kohli could be the Captain of that "A" Team

Selectors should choose the touring national team to play SA, ONLY after seeing, who can adapt and who can not. BCCI has the money. SA is a friendly with BCCI to accommodate such a request. To find a window, if any existing tournament is to be dropped, the first candidate is the Champians Trophy

Posted by austentayshus on (March 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

With All due respect to you Mr Dravid .. But I beg to disagree

Same team played against quality england opposition and what was the result

This was the weakest aussie side to tour with no genuine spinner ... them

test them in New zeealnd .. Kiwis will walk them over let alone saffas

Jadeja will be smashed everywhere .. Pujara will edge regularly in slip cordon

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (March 25, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

It is nice that someone like Rahul Dravid has touched upon this aspect because many influential people, like Dilip Vengsarkar and Krish Srikanth have lamented the emptiness of the talent cupboard not too long ago.The point is that there is enough good talent in India. It is just timely recognition that is needed. I am glad that Patil and Co are showing the vision in identifying youngsters who have sound potential and giving them enough chances to come good. I have always maintained that Jadeja will be a champion if he is encouraged to evolve. Even if it is said in hindsight, I think India would have beaten England in Mumbai if Jadeja had been in the team.Similarly, Pujara should have been playing for India in 2008 actually.But the selectors of that time did not think he was ready then. I believe that recognition is a great motivating factor and someone like Pujara would have made his mark all over the world had he been baptised earlier. I wish the selectors would blood players early.

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