India news March 6, 2012

Kohli's elevation shouldn't dispirit Gambhir - Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has said the selectors' decision to appoint Virat Kohli as India's vice-captain for the Asia Cup is a just reward for the Delhi batsman, who was the only India player to hit a century on the tour to Australia - he had scored one hundred apiece in the Test and one-day series. At the same time, Dravid pointed out that Gautam Gambhir, who was earmarked as a future captain by the selectors in the past, should not be discouraged by Kohli's elevation.

"He [Kohli] has had a great tour of Australia. He has done incredibly well in the Tests and in the ODIs. The selectors have given him a bit of reward," Dravid said in Mumbai, at an event organised by his IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals. "Having said that, Virat is the first to recognise that he has got to establish himself to go a step further. I think we know from the past that by just being the vice-captain, you are not going to be the next captain. [And so] I feel people like Gautam shouldn't feel left out. But at the moment Dhoni is doing a good job, so you don't need to look anywhere else."

Dravid, who was a part of the two teams that suffered whitewashes in the Test series in Australia and before that in England, said that the poor results were "really tough" on the players, who always entered the field with just one thought: "to win". "First England and then Australia - we suffered that string of losses on both the tours and believe me, we feel very deeply about it," Dravid said.

The lack of big innings from Sachin Tendulkar was not a concern, Dravid said. Tendulkar, for the first time in five tours to Australia, did not score a ton, leading to much speculation regarding the pressure on him as he continues to search for his 100th international century. He has now gone 32 innings without a hundred, the last time he got to the landmark being against South Africa in the World Cup a year ago.

"Having shared the dressing-room with Sachin, I don't think Sachin himself is thinking about it [scoring the 100th century]," Dravid said. "Every time, a batsman wants to go out and score a century to help the team win. It [the landmark] will happen.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

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  • Desmond on March 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Rooboy: given 21 have come against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya and Namibia. These are 4 teams. Other 78 have come against the mighty Aus, SA, Eng, WI, Pak, SL & NZ (7 teams). 78/7 > 21/4; so what's your point?

  • Saurabh on March 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    As a Indian the future of cricket looks quite doom. Oldies are in the team for their Personal records, Captain have no interest in Test matches, Intermediates are living in their past glory+have no clue on how to play overseas, Youngsters not getting enough chances ,No Fast bowling talent, No quality Spinning, No allrounders, Selectors prime concern-Not to lose on Flat tracks, BCCI-IPL, Still fans are not ready to Admit it.

  • Arul on March 7, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Statistically, Kholi is the only other batsman to score a hundred in a away test in the past three away tours, Dravid is the other one, as usual. Lack of score from other batsman is the reason behind this poor performance. Bowlers did well though.

  • surya on March 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    One series you say we have seniors in the team so we can't win, when they go out you will say there is no seniors in the team so we lose. Until you find the right reason you can't win dominantly. See the captaincy of Mahela even if he lose its worth watching.

  • Thyagarajan on March 7, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Virat has been a great match winner in ODIs for India. He has scored so many centuries for winning cause. The only issue is, this is his first success overseas. He didn't do well in WI, not in England and so should have waited a little longer before he was handed the VC.

  • Max on March 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    kohli is a average cricketer. shakib, umar akmal, chandimal are 1000 times better than kohli

  • Syed on March 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Dravid is a true legend from India, no doubt that the 8 test defeats in the presence of Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Shewag, Gambir & Dhoni is heart breaking for Indian fans and proving the critics that above great bats can play only in Indian grounds and against the big sides of Australia,England & South Africa they simply failed characters. Cricket is a fast moving game and the Indian team has to forget this past performance and should learn from England that after being whitewashed from Pak how they performed in ODI and T20, so team india should also work on their weakness, bring new players and they have the potential to perform better in future under Dhoni leadership.Dhoni captaincy is still marvellous, he is a cool and down to earth crickter and should be retained as captain for his spelendid services of past performances.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    This is wat called as rousing the spirits of gambhir to create further!

  • Shekhar on March 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Dhoni is doing a good job? He must be watching some other game. Look, I have utmost respect for Dravid and all other oldies but at least call it as you see it. Dhoni does not understand test cricket.

  • Nathan on March 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I have the utmost respect for Rahul Dravid, but I have difficulty believing his statement that 'I don't think Sachin himself is thinking about it [scoring the 100th century]'. Tendulkar played quite well early on in the tour of Aus but he tightened up palpably and changed his approach on the occassions he approached a century. He's choked in the 90s several times against other teams recently too. I also saw things quite out of character, like shaking his head and carrying on after correctly being given out lbw in the fourth test. As an outsider it seems that this '100th 100' (which is a contrived figure anyway, given 21 have come against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya and Namibia) is having a huge effect, and it's making it harder to deny he's selfish and not team oriented.

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