Rahul Dravid's retirement March 12, 2012

Opinions divided on Dravid's replacement

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Rahul Dravid left cricket assuring everyone that India had an abundance of batting talent which could easily fill in the No. 3 slot he has left vacant. The pundits however find it hard to arrive at a consensus over the most likely candidate capable of filling the void created by Dravid's departure. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, S Badrinath, Ajinkya Rahane and even VVS Laxman were all the names that came up as men well-equipped in both mind and with bat in hand to tackle the various hurdles faced by a one-down batsman.

"The first and obvious choices would be some of the guys who were already there in the reserves in Australia," a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. He said even the likes of Manoj Tiwary and Punjab youngster Mandeep Singh were on the selectors' roster along with the above names. "People who are performing at the domestic level would be in the fray. Finally it depends on who clicks at the right time," the source said.

The chief parameter the selectors would look out for, the board insider said, was the player's ability to perform on the overseas tours especially in Australia, England and South Africa. "One of the most important things is batsman needs to be a good player of fast and short bowling on overseas wickets. At home it is easy. Except for Sachin [Tendulkar] and Rahul, nobody averages above 50 overseas," he said.

Pujara, after his determined 72 on debut against Australia in the Bangalore Test that India won, would seem to be a readymade replacement for Dravid. Again though, not everyone was in agreement. "He has not scored runs in the Ranji Trophy matches after he came back from injury. Also, he has had two surgeries, so with regards to fitness, he could be a concern," the board official said. Pujara played four Ranji Trophy matches for Saurashtra this season and scored just 200 runs with two fifties. Subsequently, he led West Zone in the Duleep Trophy quarterfinals, but scored just 57 runs in the two innings with 55 in the first.

VB Chandrasekhar, the former national selector, said it would not be a bad idea to reinstate Laxman to the No.3 spot. "If they are going to still continue with Laxman, he should be the No.3 for the short term," he said. But the board official disagreed, saying a more healthy approach would be to think long-term. With India playing their next three Test series (against New Zealand, England and Australia) at home, the selectors had a good opportunity to blood a young talent.

What also does not help Laxman's cause is that he has weaker away record compared to batting at the No. 3 spot at home. Overall, Laxman has made 1611 runs across 23 Tests in that position at an average of 44.75 with four centuries. But in 28 away innings, he averages only 34.40 with a tally of 929 runs compared to 682 runs at 75.77 in nine innings in India, including his highest Test score of 281 in 2001 against Australia at Kolkata. And outside Asia, in 24 innings he has just 797 runs at 33.20 with two hundreds.

If he has to look beyond Laxman, Chandrasekhar said he cannot see too many choices beyond Kohli or Rohit. Chandrasekhar qualified his answer by citing the parameters necessary to be a one-down batsman. "Dravid was successful for two reasons primarily. Considering India had a host of top-order batsmen who were aggressive and if there was an early loss of a wicket, it (situation) required him to come and stonewall. Also, if India had a good start, the team needed someone to sustain the momentum and Dravid did the job successfully again."

Aakash Chopra, the former Indian Test opener, said the selectors had the right opportunity now to actually hit upon a long-term No.3 batsman. Though he is a fan of Pujara, Chopra said his other choice would be Badrinath, who played two Tests in the homes series against South Africa in 2010 but never played again. "He has been the prolific batsman on the domestic circuit," Chopra said. "Allow him to be there for a while and see how it goes."

Chopra said even if age was not exactly on his side, Badrinath had the right fitness, attitude and experience to compete with the youth. "He might be on the wrong side of 30s so to speak, but he is as fit as, or even fitter, than anybody else. And he knows how to score big runs."

Badrinath's case inside the board, however, does not have much support. "Not only is he 30-plus, but he has been tested already. He is a good player at domestic level but unfortunately does not seem to fit at the highest level." The official said the selectors would not be bothered even if the player was inexperienced as long as they felt he had the X-factor. He even cited the example of the Rahul Sharma, the Punjab legspinner, who was criticised as a gamble.

"Some have that and some don't. When the selectors picked Rahul Sharma, they were criticised because he had only played a handful of first-class matches and hardly got any wickets. But he has bowled well in whatever matches he has played. It was a gamble but the selectors had faith in him," the official said.

Asked if Kohli was not being groomed for the No.4 slot once Sachin Tendulkar retires, the board source said the selectors would have to keep their options open. "Depends. Three to six are slots where a lot of places would open up as the selectors would have to look beyond the seniors."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Dhoni and only Dhoni should be considered for no 3 slot, no one else, Kohli can become the captain, but Dhoni for no 3...

  • SumanPaul on March 14, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    why cant put dinesh karthik good batsman and keeper...........He also got runs under his belt in the ranji trophy..........

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Virat Kohli has already replaced Dravid. People suggesting 10dulkar and VVS as replacement for Dravid are out of their mind. 10dulkar and VVS have to go NOW. We need to find replacements for them.

  • here2rock on March 13, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Laxman is not a solution. He is not going to be around for a long time, infact it is time for him to retire from test matches just like Dravid.

  • on March 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    why they are not considering abhinav mukund. He consistantly doing well in internal matches and also international matches he performed better than many players. why they not giving more chance to him. Why cannot think about one allrounder spinner in top order. then in foreign countries like south africa, west indies, australia three fast bowlers, aswin and these all rounder can do his role too. So many option we have now but they will not think about that. They thinking about pure batsman. Here thinking about Dravid place only, after some time Laxman and sachin places need replacement.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    There is plenty of confusion here and I think it's down to the title. Dravid is irreplaceable but not the numer 3 slot. Dravid is the last of the links to the classical batsmen. He was a matchwinner, matchsaver, technically excellent, a champion and master batsman, the glue that held the team together, a consummate professional, well-read, articulate and intelligent and a gentleman on and off the field. So no point wasting time looking for something that is not there. Many of you have Sehwag, Gambhir,Tendulkar, Laxman as automatic choices even after the Australia tour. That being the case, the only small crumb of comfort I take in RD's retirement is that he will no longer have any association with humiliations such as the most recent England and Australian tours that these players and the Indian selectors have contributed to.

  • on March 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Alright, let me summarize what all my other reader friends have said. This is high time, we need to get rid of age barrier coming in for team selection. Look at Mike Hussey, selection of Doherty, Ed Cowan, Marcus North, all of them are technically sound in their departments. In addition to this, I strongly agree selection of Badrinath at No. 3. At this position in the lineup, you need someone who can stabilise the ship, absorb the pressure, is a good leaver of the ball, values his wicket and most importantly has a solid defense. Badri is OK on this checklist.

  • on March 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    chateshwqar is a good stroke-maker and i think that he'll be a fine replacement...!!!

  • GoodSelector on March 13, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    The best option is to shuffle the batting order and then include rohit sharma in the middle order. virat kohli bats at 3 or 4 in ODI's so he is ready to play at 3 in test matches, Rohit can fit in at 5 and Laxman should move down to 6. When Sachin and Laxman retire then the next in line would be Rahane who might have to bat at 4 to fit him in the side. Next best after Rahane is i feel Abhinav Mukund but he is a opening batsman and im not sure how he would go at number 6 which is where the next position will open up after the seniors go, this being the case Manoj Tiwary might get a go at 6 as he has been scoring heavily and has a ODI hundred. The other main options mentioned where Pujara and Badrinath, well Pujara has not been in top form since injury so he needs to score heavily to get selected and with Badrinath i think he should have been in the side 2 years ago at number 6 instead of trying raina, yuvraj and others in this slot. Now he is getting older

  • alonetiger on March 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    IPL will kick out more lazy old players like rahul dravid...keep watching fellows..india is full of talent and there many many v good batsman who r just waiting for a single chance..

  • on March 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Dhoni and only Dhoni should be considered for no 3 slot, no one else, Kohli can become the captain, but Dhoni for no 3...

  • SumanPaul on March 14, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    why cant put dinesh karthik good batsman and keeper...........He also got runs under his belt in the ranji trophy..........

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Virat Kohli has already replaced Dravid. People suggesting 10dulkar and VVS as replacement for Dravid are out of their mind. 10dulkar and VVS have to go NOW. We need to find replacements for them.

  • here2rock on March 13, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Laxman is not a solution. He is not going to be around for a long time, infact it is time for him to retire from test matches just like Dravid.

  • on March 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    why they are not considering abhinav mukund. He consistantly doing well in internal matches and also international matches he performed better than many players. why they not giving more chance to him. Why cannot think about one allrounder spinner in top order. then in foreign countries like south africa, west indies, australia three fast bowlers, aswin and these all rounder can do his role too. So many option we have now but they will not think about that. They thinking about pure batsman. Here thinking about Dravid place only, after some time Laxman and sachin places need replacement.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 13, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    There is plenty of confusion here and I think it's down to the title. Dravid is irreplaceable but not the numer 3 slot. Dravid is the last of the links to the classical batsmen. He was a matchwinner, matchsaver, technically excellent, a champion and master batsman, the glue that held the team together, a consummate professional, well-read, articulate and intelligent and a gentleman on and off the field. So no point wasting time looking for something that is not there. Many of you have Sehwag, Gambhir,Tendulkar, Laxman as automatic choices even after the Australia tour. That being the case, the only small crumb of comfort I take in RD's retirement is that he will no longer have any association with humiliations such as the most recent England and Australian tours that these players and the Indian selectors have contributed to.

  • on March 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Alright, let me summarize what all my other reader friends have said. This is high time, we need to get rid of age barrier coming in for team selection. Look at Mike Hussey, selection of Doherty, Ed Cowan, Marcus North, all of them are technically sound in their departments. In addition to this, I strongly agree selection of Badrinath at No. 3. At this position in the lineup, you need someone who can stabilise the ship, absorb the pressure, is a good leaver of the ball, values his wicket and most importantly has a solid defense. Badri is OK on this checklist.

  • on March 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    chateshwqar is a good stroke-maker and i think that he'll be a fine replacement...!!!

  • GoodSelector on March 13, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    The best option is to shuffle the batting order and then include rohit sharma in the middle order. virat kohli bats at 3 or 4 in ODI's so he is ready to play at 3 in test matches, Rohit can fit in at 5 and Laxman should move down to 6. When Sachin and Laxman retire then the next in line would be Rahane who might have to bat at 4 to fit him in the side. Next best after Rahane is i feel Abhinav Mukund but he is a opening batsman and im not sure how he would go at number 6 which is where the next position will open up after the seniors go, this being the case Manoj Tiwary might get a go at 6 as he has been scoring heavily and has a ODI hundred. The other main options mentioned where Pujara and Badrinath, well Pujara has not been in top form since injury so he needs to score heavily to get selected and with Badrinath i think he should have been in the side 2 years ago at number 6 instead of trying raina, yuvraj and others in this slot. Now he is getting older

  • alonetiger on March 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    IPL will kick out more lazy old players like rahul dravid...keep watching fellows..india is full of talent and there many many v good batsman who r just waiting for a single chance..

  • RoJayao on March 13, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Can't believe you're still talking about VVS in the team let alone at no.3! He's done, only ego won't let him retire. Move on India, leave past glories and recent disgraces behind once and for all, lest you continue to be a laughing stock away from your weak, featherbed pitches!

  • on March 13, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Test team should be sehwag rohit sharma gambhir sachin virat vvs dhoni ashwin zak praveen and umesh yadav

  • KTKAndy on March 13, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Badrinath is far better player than Pujara and Rohit Sharma.He should be given fair chance in international cricket.

  • Varun_R123 on March 13, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @CricCrazyINsunnyvale : Please see the Ranji Records for the past three to five years. Badri was injured for most of the early part of this season. You can't do injustice to a prolific run scorer in the Ranji. The same was done with S.Sharath some years back. inspite of having a First class average of nearly 56 to 60, he was not given his India cap.

  • wild_wild_best on March 13, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Why not make Yousuf Pathan a regular no. 3 batsmen? He deserves some chances in tests, too. If Raina, Yuvraj can be given extended runs in tests, why not him? If nothing, atleast it will help his one-day game.

  • on March 13, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Gambhir is good to play at no 3 he can play solid innings as dravid did in past remember naiper innings he cann't adopt to situations .he is playing 3 rd position in odi's why not in test

  • on March 13, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    For the time being VVS Laxman should be tried both at No3 and No5 place alternately in home series and that would give options for few others.we will see how they are performing, each option should be tried for at least 3 tests each.

  • kurups on March 13, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Chetan...Uthappa in place of Sehwag?...Uthappa is aggessive but will be a horror failure on bouncy overseas pitches...so not a long term option. Uthappa lacks the technique of back foot play...almost all are front foot hits which has brought his downfall more often than not! time to again think of how much the great dravid meant to the indian team!! a true great!

  • johnathonjosephs on March 13, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Should be (in order of availability): Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, Badrinath. Though Badrinath is more consistent than Pujara, he is older and Pujara has more technique than Tiwary, so Pujara would be the best bet outside the country, but you never know until you try

  • on March 13, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    My Ream for tests....Rahane, Gambhir, Pujara, Sachin, Sehwag, Kohli, D. Karthik, P Kumar, Rahul Sharma, P. Ojha, Yadav Reserves... Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Z Khan

  • jam-11 on March 13, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    no one can replace wall. my 11 is rahane,mukund,gauti,sachin(badri),kohli,viru,saha,aswin.yadav,zaheer,ishant/sreeshanth/ojha(depending on condition) gauti captain,kohli v.capt.

  • PointFielder on March 13, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    It would be wise to go for a No3 , who would be a long term option. I am not sure Rohit has the temperament and shot selection for No 3 batsman. Ajinkya should be given the first try. The other long term options are Pujara and Abhinav.

  • TRAM on March 13, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    X-factor means bigshots' recommendation. Badrinath scored so many centuries and scored well against SA best bowling. Just 3 innings guys, just 3 Test innings guys, and he was dropped for no reason!!! Compare that with the chances EVERY other new players got. Now they are saying he is 30+ !! Is it?? He is fitter than the most CURRENT India players and double fit compared to the 4 legend Indian 30+ age players!. And he has been captain for TN & South Zone in so many tournaments.

  • Percy_Fender on March 13, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    The expression 'technique' is bandied about often without people saying what their concept of technique is. The MCC coaching manual is supposed to be the batsman's bible on the art of correct batting, It is this methodology that has come to be associated with the great batsmen from Mumbai like Vijay Merchant,Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. What is often overlooked is that while it is a great recipe for longevity of any batsman at the highest level, it is the art of defense that is most important in this book, The forward defensive and the backfoot defensive shot that lets a bowler know that the concerned batsman is up for it. Similarly the art of leaving a ball outside the off stump is an indispensable requirement in all batsman. The No 3 batsman has to be perfect in all these qualities apart. When we consider the replacement for Rahul Dravid, for the time being let us just consider the aforementioned abilities not his qualities as a human being or as a gentleman.

  • on March 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    In case of Badrinath, it would be ridiculous to say that he doesn't have the substance after just two matches. I felt for a long time that Badrinath should have played for India a long back even in ODIs as he is like Mike Hussey, manures the ball and keeps going unlike Rohit Sharma who just plays flamboyant and throws it away.He should be the next number 3 as rightly said by Aakash Chopra.

  • theswami on March 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Laxman @ 3, Badri @ 5, Kohli @ 6

  • rastafarians on March 13, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    how bout manish pandey as laxman's repalcement at 6 ????

  • SajinVarghese on March 13, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Cricket Australia has brought Ed Cowan as Opener, aged 30 for their test team without any hesitation. Why Indians can't bring Badrinath who have abundant domestic & some international experience into test side and give a fair run of matches to prove his excel. Those who have seen how Badrinath was fighting against Dale Steyn's furious fast swinging spells, wouldn't have another opinion. i suggest all ESPNCricinfo readers to support Badrinath for this job and say goodbye to Laxman

  • Chetan007 on March 13, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Better Pujara should come at no. 3 and M. Tiwari for no. 4 postion. Kohli is a player much suited to play a knock at no. 6.After the retirement of Laxman and Sachin, I didn't find a guy who can fit at no. 5 position. Give uthappa a chance to play in place of Shewag if the latter is not fit. Since both of them were aggressive and India need a aggressive opener. May be he take time to settle but be aggressive afterwards. Also, groom for a good all rounder who can be better suited at no. 7. He has to play aggressive. I find Paul to be fit at that position. Since he is a batting all rounder and can be handy with ball too. If Gambhir is not fit give Rahane a go. Mukund needs to travel alongwith India team same as Rohit Sharma to get used to the other conditions. Both of them has to be more consistent at highest level.Right now I find Pujara a better player to play at no. 3. We can able to find a replacement of a legend like Dravid but we may find someone close to him.

  • SajinVarghese on March 13, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    My team is Mukund, Gambhir, Badrinath,Sachin,Sehwag, Kohli,Saha,Ashwin,Rahul,Dinda,Yadav for the next test series against New Zealand unless BCCI wants Laxman a farewell test match. Since Dhoni is not interested to play test matches outside India, he is not at all considered for the home matches. Saha who is far better than Dhoni in keeping and foreign conditions as test batsman

  • on March 13, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    No one can replace Dravid... He can bat any order. I would like see R Jadeja in that spot.. Not any senior player.

  • SajinVarghese on March 13, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Those who supports Laxman and citing age constraint of Badrinath, please note that laxman's career is over and Badrinath got only few chances and how can u forget his fighting fifty against Dale Steyn & co. He has got all capabilities of a batsman who can in distant horizon to replace dravid except his tackling of shortpitch bowling. But, how many of us in the present team can better tackle short pitch bowl. so, Badrinath & Pujara are my favourites, however, Pujara, back from surgery, has not find his real form so far.

  • on March 13, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Pujara, Pujara, Pujara! At least give him a shot.

  • posybeon123 on March 13, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    ALL ABOUT PUJARA HE IS AWESOME

  • Preciouss on March 13, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    These are the top run getters in First class for this season. Badri is not in top 30 also. How about Akash Chopra himself? Most runs

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s

    R Bist 10 16 4 1034 176 86.16 2223 46.51 4 4 1 117 7 (Rajasthan) VA Saxena 10 18 1 897 257 52.76 2270 39.51 2 5 1 110 2 (Rajasthan) A Mukund 9 15 3 872 220 72.66 1435 60.76 2 3 1 118 7 (Tamil Nadu) SA Yadav 9 11 0 754 200 68.54 887 85.00 2 5 0 115 6 (Mumbai) STR Binny 8 11 0 742 189 67.45 889 83.46 3 3 1 98 14 (Karnataka) NV Ojha 7 11 0 668 160 60.72 1279 52.22 3 2 1 77 16 (Madhya Pradesh) KB Pawan 8 13 2 659 251* 59.90 1452 45.38 2 2 2 83 1 (Karnataka) M Sidhana 7 12 1 636 122 57.81 1166 54.54 1 4 0 84 3 (Punjab) N Saini 8 16 0 631 112 39.43 1261 50.03 1 5 1 87 3 (Haryana) KD Karthik 9 12 0 624 156 52.00 1097 56.88 3 2 1 77 9 (Tamil Nadu) AM Nayar 6 8 1 621 243 88.71 898 69.15 2 2 0 78 5 (Mumbai) A Chopra 9 16 2 615 142 43.92 1647 37.34 2 2 1 72 2

  • on March 13, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Badri's stat in last 10 matches. Based on this he does not deserve a place in TN team either, forget about India team.

    Recent matches

    Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard

    0/5, 14 Tamil Nadu v Hyderabad Bangalore 26 Feb 2012 List A

    2 Tamil Nadu v Kerala Bangalore 24 Feb 2012 List A

    1 Tamil Nadu v Karnataka Bangalore 23 Feb 2012 List A

    8, 0/17 Tamil Nadu v Goa Bangalore 21 Feb 2012 List A

    9 Tamil Nadu v Andhra Bangalore 20 Feb 2012 List A 8, 58* South Zone v Central Zone Chennai 4 Feb 2012 First-class 6, 0* Tamil Nadu v Rajasthan Chennai 19 Jan 2012 First-class 56, 23 Tamil Nadu v Mumbai Mumbai 10 Jan 2012 First-class 49 Tamil Nadu v Maharashtra Chennai 2 Jan 2012 First-class 32, 0 Tamil Nadu v M. Pradesh Chennai 21 Dec 2011 First-class

  • on March 13, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    i dont know why selectors still thinking about VVS , they need to set the expectation properly.Its time to think about future and there should be a plan to phase out senior's. Atleast dravid did the right thing and set a example.Slectors need to give a long run for couple of youngsters and see they have the talent for international level.Pujara , Rohit sharma , Raina and manoj thivary should be the front runners for a place in the side. May be try tendulkar up in the order why he need to stuck into one position.

  • Tramadol on March 13, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Kohli - Pujara - Rohit Sharma - Manoj Tiwari - Suresh Raina ---- These r the 5 batsmen Indian who will hold India's batting mantle for the next 5-6 years.....Pujara is a terrific player.... give him some time....Manoj has tremendous hunger to prove himself .... Rohit and Suresh is super talented -- just needs to use their heads a bit more - let us not talk about Kohli by now we all know about his capabilities....i have not seen the ball come out of someones bat like his for a long long time.....Laxman just dont fit the bill anymore.... badri i cannot comment on him -- i think one of the most unfortunate cases in indian cricket is he....scores tons of tuns in domestic circle but has failed in the internation arena with the limited opportunities that he got....

  • MinusZero on March 13, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    I would like to state right now that Kohli is the future mega star of Indian cricket. He will be a legend alongside the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Sehwag when he retires

  • agupta429 on March 13, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Pujara all the way pleaseee

  • Meety on March 13, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Had it not been for injury, I would of had Pujarra hands down for that slot. I think VVS would be a retrograde step as he is almost finished & needs to bat in the lower order if persisted with. IMO, Kholi would be a very good #3, but would that be considered a rsiky move given he is JUST starting to produce the goods down the order. I would suggest (unlikely), that Sachin moves to #5, & Kholi to #4. Then maybe a short term stint for Badrinath. Not sure on Tiawry or Rahane. Maybe Sehwag needs to drop to #3? My preferred side would be (assuming no injuries) 1. Gambhir, 2. Rahane, 3. Sehwag, 4. Kholi, 5. SRT, 6. Raina, 7. Dhoni, 8. Ojha, 9. Yadav, 10. Zaheer, 11. Praveen - with the 2nd spinner if two are required being Ashwin. I'd seriously look at Irfan for a test recall he seemed to me to have real fight in him.

  • on March 13, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    i cant digest anyone except Kohli in place of Legend Dravid or as no.3 batsman.please all keep quiet,the legend himself says Kohli as a better replacement and even said Kohli will do better than himself.

  • playitstraight on March 13, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Still they are talking about Laxman, seriously? His days are long gone, he should have been the first to retire but now that Dravid has shown the way, it is time Laxman also moves on from his glorious days. To move on to the main topic, I think Virat Kohli would do very well to replace Dravid. He has the technique and the temperament, although a lot more attitude than Dravid :).

  • AvidCricFan on March 13, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Its too late to think about Badri. The choice should be between Pujara and Manoj Tiwari. Rohit Sharma should also be made to play more for India A overseas until he gets his head straight. So far, he has proven to be disgrace for all talent talk about him. Shewag, Raina and Gambhir are questionable for test, specially on non-subcontinent tours. Rahane should be given more opportunities.

  • on March 12, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer should be given a chance at #3. He is the highest run getter in Ranji and have exposure at highest level. Being a opener, he easily fits at #3 slot.

  • RogerC on March 12, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    My respect for Akash Chopra has gone up hugely after reading this article.

  • on March 12, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    none other than Kaif Kaif Kaif

  • A.Ak on March 12, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    This shows how partial the board is. Havent they seen Badrinath made a fighting half century on debut against the fiery fast bowling of the best bowler in the world now. Obviously, there is NO ONE in the present or past player can fill the roll left by the great Dravid.

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on March 12, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Definitely not Laxman. He is past his use by date. Selectors need to find young, steadfast player with the ability to hold the fort for long periods.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 12, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    I would like to see a top 6 of 1. Jaffer 2. Mukund 3. Badrinath 4. Sharma 5. Kohli 6. Pujara / Tiwary / Rahane. All other so-called established players would have to prove themselves again to win a place in the squad.

  • KTKAndy on March 12, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Test team for next series should be 1. Sehwag,2.Gambir,3.Badrinath,4.Sachin,5.Virat,6.Raina,7.Dhoni,8.Jadeja,9.Ashwin,10.Umesh yadav,11.Zaheer12.Praveen,13.Varoon,14.Manoj Tiway,Abinav Mukund.

  • KTKAndy on March 12, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    S. Badrinatha is the best choice to play @ No.3.

  • KTKAndy on March 12, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    C.Pujara haven't done anything better than Badrinath in terms of runs or having experience. Also he is not in form at the moment. So please don't bring Pujara in the mix. He needs to perform in Ranji level and prove his form again. Rohit Sharma another batsman, he doesn't have any self confidence at all.He's been with the team travelling and playing, he has played 77 ODI since 2007 and his average is only 33. He's more like a T20 and ODI utility player. he don't have temperament to score big in Test cricket. period. He's not the smartest among the talent we have now. He injure himself a lot and he's not a good runner between wickets, he isn't athletic player.For a man whole played 77 ODI (Ignore the 2 hundered he made in Zimbabwae against A teams) he should established himself as an asset in the middle order by now.So, Rohit Sharma is not a good choice either alongside C.Pujara.It's best we have Badrinath, Kohli, Raina, Manoj Tiwary.These are the 4 players to pick out when talent hunt

  • nakihunter on March 12, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Do we not have a good opening batsman around? Now that Dravid is no longer there at the top to hold the team up in case we lose an early wicket, I would like to see Sehwag play at 5. If the top order can get the team to 175 for 3, then Sehwag can come in do the damage later with the older ball and less fresh bowlers.

  • on March 12, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    rahane,gambir,pujara,kohli,badri,raydu,dhoni,irfan,aswin,ishant,rp

  • kenishah on March 12, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    this is hard but i think the test team shud be 1.gambhir 2.sehwag 3.manoj tiwari 4.tendulkar 5.laxman 6. kohli 7. dhoni 8.ashwin 9.zahher 10. ishant 11.yadav ... tough team n anway the selecters can try out new things like for 1 test put raina at 6 n kohli at 3 or 1 day put pujara 6 n rahane 3 soo this way young blood has a chance 2 cement there place in the sqauad like dravid did n hold it

  • MVRMurty on March 12, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    There are some things which cannot be replaced. We should include youngsters in the team keeping in view of the future. Manoj Tiwary, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ch. Pujara, Raina, Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey... and many to name. 2 seniors, 2 experienced and the rest should be fast and furious feet.

  • JoydeepGupta on March 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Have Wriddhiman Saha replace Dhoni first!

  • skijock82 on March 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    I have played with Badri many years ago during school cricket when he was already playing for Tamil Nadu in the junior age groups. He is almost a carbon copy of Dravid when it comes to temperament, attitude and commitment to technique. I was actually surprised when he was considered more as a T20 player, because his real nature and core competency is water tight technique and temperament. He is also a perfectionist like Dravid insofar as not being lazy and training like a maniac, although Dravid is an extreme case. Only caveat is Badri's shot selection at the international level should probably improve so that he can settle in early in his innings.

  • S.Jagernath on March 12, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane are the best batsmen technically & should be given these important roles.Virat Kohli would be a better #5 than #4.Rahane would suit #3 better than Pujara,who seems the perfect #4.Pujara can hook & pull & so can Rahane.Rohit Sharma struggles against opposition with good bowlers so he cannot be given the #3 spot,let alone a test spot.Badrinath is old & not well sorted technically,he looked very poor in the West Indies.Mandeep Singh,by reputation sounds amazing,he might be groomed into a quality middle order batsmen.Manoj Tiwary seems to really dislike bounce,not as much as Suresh Raina but Tiwary is not comfortable with pace,he might bat at #6 & probably unsuccessfully.Pujara is an excellent player of spin & has the ability to be good against pace.

  • on March 12, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    as\long as sachin is in thehe should be at no.3

  • Lord_Dravid on March 12, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    there is no replacement for dravid, he was a full package..look around the world you wont find any.

  • on March 12, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    No one can become Rahul in a day or a year or even in 10 years...Rahul is a a class batsman who had had some remarkable talent and techniques and more over temperament and concentration....my opinion is replace with tiwary he is a talented guy !!

  • Mr.Rupesh on March 12, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary will be a better choice.

  • on March 12, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    I feel this XI will be good for future .....

    Sehwage Gambhir Bhadrinath< He Needs to give more chance then others bcz he is the only player who knoks the door more then anybdy .And Age is not matter if he plays good ...> Sachin VVS Kohli/Rsharma Dhoni<Its time to look for some other w/k in tests > harbhajan Irfan zaheer umesh/varun aron Ashwin/Ojha

  • on March 12, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Who used to play at No 3 (test) before Dravid and after Vengsarkar ?

  • aravabalaji on March 12, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Badrinath is way ahead of others in all terms. First of all why was Badrinath left out in the immediate series in SL after his impressive debut half century against Steyn, Morkel & co.? He was 28 then, after he was made to wait even after years of toil. What nonsense is this X-factor? I dont think Dravid had it but Raina/Jadeja said to be possess them. But you know who performed at crunch situations. Probably X-factor means potential to earn Ad endorsements? This is not the way you treat a man who has more than 30 centuries to his credit and has done nothing wrong. Even after playing 100 ODIs, Raina could not cope with Test match cricket so as Dhoni and they came croppers. Badri is far more superior to them in terms of technic & temperament. He is the first choice replacement for Dravid rightfully so! Enough of politics.

  • on March 12, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    In my view the future test team for India...

    1.Dinesh Kartik(Already proven in SA n ENG) 2.Gautam Gambhir(captain) 3.Pujara/Manish pandey/Ajinkya 4.Virat Kohli(v.c.) 5.Badri/Mukund/Robin Bist 6.Sreevatsa Goswami(wk) 7.Irfan Pathan 8.Pragyan Ojha/R.Ashwin 9.Umesh Yadev 10. Varun Aaron 11.Praveen Kumar

    Batting Coach........ Rahul Dravid Bowling Coach........Zahir Khan Fielding coach.........Robin Singh Head Coach...........Sandip Patil

  • KTKAndy on March 12, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Akash Chopra is right, Badrinath is the right man to play @ No.3 slot. he has the talent, temperament, experience, fitness and hunger to perform in international lever.Fod God's sake, please give him 2 series and you can see where he takes the indian team in test arena. He deserves another big chance. He is a real fighter. He will make it count.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    virat kohli can be the future no.3 , looks good enough to me ,he may be an indian ponting in the making .. And rohit sharma has to play test cricket , he was in gr8 form when he went to Australia but our selectors made him sit out on bench for 1 month and that affected his form..too good a talent to be left out...

  • KTKAndy on March 12, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    The right choice for a batsman to come in @ No.3 is S.Badrinath, In this report saying he was tested already, played only 3 innings and 6 ODI innings is that what test given to S.Badrinath to prove his ability. C'mon guys, He is the best batsman we have in our country after Virat Kohli in the young fold. And he is the fittest cricket you can see in the current talent pool we have now.He definitely have 4 good years of cricket left in him and that will bring India in a positive direction. He is very solid, very soundly in technique and he can score big runs as you can see most of his innings in domestic he has played 2 full days and more straight thru. He's more like Dravid as he's the "Test Cricket". He can occupy the crease and make the bowlers tired and start cash heavily once everything falls on his way. remember the Quote from Sachin in 2006, "Badrinath is a special talent". Look at the first innings he played against SA and scored a fluent 56, where the entire middle order failed

  • MaruthuDelft on March 12, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I think people think about age a little too much. There are footballers who played for high profile clubs into their forties. It is criminal to waste Badrinath. Give Badrinath a full 3 test series. If he doesn't come up with a good 150+ then close the door. Please stop giving any chances to Rohit and Raina for at least 1 year. Selectors must be fair first. This x factor argument is not credible.

  • Mr_Anonymous on March 12, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    This is a hard call again and it feels like nothing is easy when it comes to the team selection. I understand the board official's point that Laxman hasn't done well abroad at no. 3 but why is that important for the next roughly 20 months as India don't have an abroad test tour. Also I believe Sehwag wants to move to the middle order (I don't know what his preferred slot is but let's say its no. 5 since Tendulkar is at 4) which opens up a position for Rahane at the top. That means that either Kohli or Laxman would have to be moved to 3. Its a toss-up. Personally, I think Kohli should be no. 3 (rather than no. 6) as it will mean more playing opportunities/time in the middle but it could go either way. Also, no. 6 slot might suit Sehwag better (in which case Kohli at 3, Laxman at 5).

    Also between Pujara/Raina/Rahane/Rayudu/Badrinath/Rohit Sharma/Tiwary there are only 3 slots (short term in Tests) so a couple people will lose out so they need to make the most of their opportunities.

  • on March 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @Ratwo,i hope you are not refering the bowler from karnataka Abhimanyu Mithun,may be you are refering Abhinav Mukund. Mukund,Rahane,Gambhir,Kohli,Rohith,Shewag,Dhoni,Irfan,Rahul,Aswin/Harbhajan,Zaheer,Umesh will be good 12 for india in the future

  • on March 12, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I agree completely with Gitacharya Vedala.. Manish Pandey has been a consistent and heavy scorer in the Ranji Trophy for the past 3 years.. He is as good as Kohli.. Just bad luck that he has not got into the team whereas Kohli has amassed lots of runs for India.. I think its better to give Manish Pandey a chance.. He is young and has it in him to grow and develop into a better batsman!!

  • on March 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    The team for tests must be : Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rahane, Pujara, Badrinath, Z.Khan, Ashwin, I.Pathan, Yadav and Sreesanth.

  • on March 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    To be correct, it may actually take more than 10 years to find a replacement of Rahul Dravid.

  • Hrit24 on March 12, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    I believe that Manoj Tiwary can bat at No.3. He has that temperament and skills and also the aggression to succeed at the highest level, home or abroad. Rohit Sharma could bat at 5, while Suresh Raina could maybe succeed at 6. Wriddhiman Saha is the perfect, perhaps better replacement for Dhoni if he does retire in 2013. India's pace prospects look exciting; with Dinda, Umesh and Aaron providing a really potent fast-bowling attack. The spin future also looks bright with Ashwin and the highly promising Rahul Sharma.

  • on March 12, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    i think abhinav mukund and rahane are good choices

  • aahahaa on March 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    and I missed D Vasu, how could I, inthe time after Kapi paji when we were looking for an alrounder he was by far the best, i almost played with him once but then had to watch from the benches, he could do everything, bat bowl at fair clip, medium pace, spin, what a pity.

  • aahahaa on March 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    whoever gets the chance is anybody's guess, but am sure it will not be Badri, Mukund or Vijay, simply because they play for the wrong state. btw if the likes Yousf and Irfan can get in the side Karthik (as a bat and keeper) should be a shoo in, but then he plays for the wrong side too, so were Venkatramana, Sunil Subramaniam, Sharath, TE, Sriram and many many others..

  • on March 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Badri, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Kohli , Manoj Tiwari shd be in the team. If we let Dhoni move out of test team as well - then we cud hv Sehwag and Gambhir open, Badri at one drop, Sachin at 4, Virat at 5, Rohit at 6, Dinesh Karthik at 7. Not a bad batting line up given that Dravid is gone and Laxman may go too. Manoj Tiwari and Pujara will get their chances if Badri or Rohit fail.

  • on March 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Team to consider:: (For Subcontinent) Rahane/Mukund/Sehwag Gambhir Pujara/Rahane/M tiwary/Kohli Sachin Kohli/Sehwag(Needs someone more experienced in the middle order) VVS Laxman/Rohit Sharma Saha::Better Batting Skills Ravindra Jadeja/Ashwin/Ojha(any 2 of three) Zak/PK/Umesh/IKP(any 2 of 4)

    My first choice for grooming up youngsters Mukund,Gambhir,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Rohit Sharma/M tiwary,Saha,IKP,Ashwin,PK,Ojha

    First choice XI against Aussies/Eng forthcoming series:: Sehwag/Mukund/Gambhir(Any 2) Rahane/Pujara/M tiwary/R sharma/Laxman(Any 2) Kohli,Sachin,Saha,Ashwin,Zak,PK/Umesh Yadav,OJHA

  • on March 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    What about rayudu guys?

  • johntycodes on March 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    So I don't get it. All this talk of we will go back to india and prepare rank turners because that is the conditions india are used to which is fair enough. But why then do they want to start picking new batsmen who can play short pitched and seam really well, that means they will do well overseas but not so well in home series now.

  • Nampally on March 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    There are a number of names that can play #3 but how many can replace Dravid, the Wall? None at the moment. He was the sheet anchor of the Indian batting for the last 2 decades. Kohli is my #1 choice. But since kohli may be the #4 guy for India, Kathick is my alternate choice. He has played for INdia as an opening batsman many times and is a good player of fast bowling. Secondly he scored lots of runs this year in the Ranji games incvluding a century & a double ton. Indian selectors keep forgetting the guys who were once groomed to be the furure. Karthick is one of those forgotten guys. He is also a good reserve WK.Choice of Laxman is borderline considering the fact that he is on the verge of retirement & is not as good in playing fast bowling..Pujara- an excellent #4 or #5 batsman. Rohit Sharma is far from proven and is a better bet lower down. Gambhir, Sehwag,Karthick, Kohli, Tendulkar, Pujara, Rohit/Dhoni, form the first 7 in that order.Dhoni should focus on ODI & T-20 not Tests.

  • Ratwo on March 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I think the best option would be Abimanyu Mithun at No 3 for now. He has the temperment for big scores, and he could be groomed for the opening spot as well since I don't expect Sehwag to last too long. Pujara for Tendulkar when he retires and Badri for Laxman. Offcourse regional politics will prevent three Tamilnadu players in the team ( includes Ashwin)- That is BCCI politics. Raina, and Rohit are back ups for now for the test team. And please don't forget to plan a replacement for Dhoni - Karthik is the best candidate, although Saha seems to be a serious contender.

  • subbaraogaru on March 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Hard to decide but we have lot of quality players at domestic level think of future don't wait to axe players with previous prides & records Dhoni, Sehwag must be out of the team ...my choice of new test team is 1.Gambhir 2. A.Mukund 3.Virat Kohli 4. Sachin 5. R Bist 6.WP Saha 7. Irfan 8. Ojha/ Ashwin 9. Umesh 10. Varun Aron 11.Ashok Dinda Others to be on the bench Rohit/ Mandeep Singh/ Manoj Tiwari

  • IndianCrazyFan on March 12, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    It would right to give Badri one more chance. For someone who has done so long so consitently in domestic circuit, he atleast needs to be given 5-10 matches before finally taking a call whether to conitnue or not.

    Kohli at no3 no he is a playe who should come down the order may be good for Saurav replacement at no6.

    Pujara will not be back until Laxman is cleared from his spot which means we have 2 spots to take. Yuvi is still one I consider can fill Laxman's spot because he can change game with his aggresive batting.

    Considering Sachin gone in next year, 3 spots for grabs. To me Yuvi,Badri and Pujara/Rohit/Tiwary is right way to go.

    Sehwag is also very near to his career end. With his fitness level I dont see him playing after 2 years. So there will one more fill which should go Rahane/Mukund.

  • RathishCochin on March 12, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I think India should open with Shewag and Rahane/Mukund and Gambhir comes in one down. This strategy will help India to groom a young opener. Gambhir is talented batsman just like Dravid. So that place will suit him very well than a opener. One more change I like to see in batting position is Kohli want to promote to No 5 and Laxman want to bat at No 6. This help Kohli to play a long innings in middle and it help him to earn more experience in test cricket.

  • yorkerboy on March 12, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    What..! BADRI tested already..? 2 tests and five odi s enough..? in that two test, against Steyn and morkel he has scored a fifty..! Two test chances is enough for a prolific run scorer in domestic year after year s not a case for selection means then who.. ? He must be selected for upcoming test to play at 3..! give the half the chances u people gave to rohit, Badri will prove that he is the next Mr.Cricket..!

  • zico123 on March 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    PUJARA should be drafted in at no. 3 as a long term solution. Ajinkye Rahane is my next choice

  • on March 12, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    I would like to see Pujara take over the no3 slot. Ok, he hasn't scored well this season but India needs to adopt the Australian mentality of picking test match cricketers and persisting with them as Allan Border and Bob Simpson did in the 80s. S Waugh was picked after 600 first class runs. Pujara seemed to be mentally there when he was picked for India. Also, if the BCCI wants the batsman to be good overseas players why ban them from English County Cricket? No Australian batsman is banned from that competition. Ban them from IPL if anything.

  • cricketmaniagola on March 12, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is the best choice ..u need experience ...only being young is not a prerequisite for a test batsman...people struggling in ONE day cricket like Rahane, Rohit, Raina ...can not be long term international prospect ...a perfect example is Yuvraj singh..although he is going through a rough patch ...cd never cement his place as a test batsman....Badrinath/Kaif M./ Venugopal Rao can also be discussed ....if youngster is choice then go with Viraat Kohli....anyways ..can some body tell me what is Sehwag doing in Test team after such a monstrous dubbing??????...Pathan, Jadeja, Ashwin must be always picked in XI..as they bring balance in batting and bowling..my team is ... 1 A. Mukund/G Gambhir, 2 A. Rahane, 3 W. Jaffer/ S. Badri/ Venu Rao,4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVs Laxman, 6 Kohli, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Saha, 9 Jadeja/Ashwin, 10 Fast Bowler, 11 Fast Bowler 12 Manoj Tiwary...the criteria for selecting batsman in tests should be ability to play a long innings.........

  • on March 12, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    The future Test team must be like this...

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Manish Pandey, Saha, Ashwin, Pathan, Yadav, and Sreesanth.

    I don't know why people often forgot there is a player named Manish Pandey :-O

  • thinktank1 on March 12, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Sehwag, Ghambir, Laxman, Sachin, Dhoni - Old legs under extreme pressure. India has to drop Sehwag until his attitude towards batting changes. Dhoni must take some rest. Sachin and Laxman should retire from cricket. Zaheer can't play for more than 2 yrs. So Indian team must find atleast 2 genuine fast bowlers soon. Rohit Sharma must be given a chance in test cricket. Currently, Indian team looks down, tired and hopeless.

  • MaruthuDelft on March 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    How unfair people are? How can they say Badri has already been tested? Are they blind to compare the chances given to Rohit, Raina and Kohli with just 2 tests and a few overseas internationals given to Badri? And why should India keep Sehwag and Ghambir in the team? Very clearly they don't have what it takes to do well in SA, England and Australia. Laxman too should go. It might sound crazy but if Ashwin survives he will be the second best Indian test batsman. He is very difficult to dislodge and in tests runs come very fast to him.

  • Aju.Nair on March 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Why cant we have an all rounder in the side..????? Consider Bhuvanewhwar Kumar who already performed very well in the domestic circle..... We should give preference the batsman who is in good form. Kohli should have to be elevated to No.3 ....

    Again in the next series also if opening is not going to click then seriously we should have to think about a new opening pair... No doubt our opening batsmen were the main culprit for the recent defeats..

    My selection... :) 1.Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3.Kohli 4. Sachin 5. Lakshman 6.Dhoni 7."Allrounder" 8 and 9 Harbhajan/Aswin/Ojha 10.Zaheer 11.Sreesanth/Umesh

  • here2rock on March 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Laxman should not be in the side, full stop.

  • kingcobra85 on March 12, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Badrinath has been tested? he has hardly played any tests ? He only got one full series that too in the west indies.

  • on March 12, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    indians line up after laxman n tendulkar should be uthappa,rahane,gambhir,sehwag,kohli,rohit sharma/pujara,dhoni/saha,pathan/pk,ashwin,zak/yadav/aaron/ishant(2 out of these 4)..

  • on March 12, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Well my choice would be Badrinath and Rohit Sharma. But if selectors try these two players they must be given at least 3 series for them to judge. Not with just one test these players must be judged. I feel Badrinath would be great choice. Manoj Tiwary is also good choice and even Dinesh Kartick is not bad choice because he once opened the innings and scored very well. In India any player of the above will do well but for away series, it is hard to say who will click. Let us see what selectors have in their minds.

  • vatsap on March 12, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    BCCI official wants X-factor. BCCI official wants someone to score over seas in SA and Australia. Which Indian apart from the ocassional spark done it in the past (not even in recent past) apart from Sachin and on special time Rahul and VVS. So a consistent Badrinath will not be given a choice because he doesnt have the X-factor, where as the likes of Sharmaji and others will be given umpteen opportunities. It is going to be the 1988 - 90 all over for India, will perform well at home with batsmen scoring tons of runs and get kicked all over abroad. The time is called transition.

  • on March 12, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    I think Rahane must be a great choice for No.3. He is very sound technically and would definitely be a assets in tests. Rohit is more of a vvs type of player and I dont see him untill VVS retires. M.K.Tiwary and Pujara though should be included in the squad for the future no.6 position. My top 6 are sehwag,gambhir,rahane,kohli,rohit and anyone from tiwary or pujara. This lineup is once tendulkar and VVS retires.

  • usernames on March 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Replacing Dravid isn't possible -- at least, not right now -- given the current set of players we have. They will take a few years to grow, specially in testing conditions in England, SA, Australia, etc.

    I'd wager on Rahane at #3. Open with Sehwag & Gautam, then Rahane, Sachin, Virat, Tiwary, Saha, Ashwin, Zaheer/IKP, Umesh, Dinda.

    Rahane is the best batsman that we have to take up the #3 slot -- Rohit has horrible temperament and I believe Virat should take up the #4 spot as his game suits that spot more than any other one. Rahane or Pujara are, ideally, the only options that we have, if we are looking at the future.

    It wouldn't hurt to try Tiwary out either -- he has a very, very good record at the FC level, too. But then we have to be patient with this lot -- it'll take time, 2-3 years easily, for them to come to grips with test cricket. Mandeep should play for another couple of years to be in national reckoning, though he's had a decent start to his FC career.

  • symsun on March 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    With Sehwag's poor form and retirements of Sachin and Laxman, except Gambir's and Kohli, you may not be sure of even the names to fill from place 1 to 6. These places will be floating for atleast 3 or 4 years. You cannot expect these T20 specialists who had played local cricket at flat wickets with spineless bowlers, to fill test cricket places easily. It will take a lot for them to adapt to International Test Cricket. No wonder, if Indian Cricket goes down even below Bangladesh / Zimbabwe.

  • symsun on March 12, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @dudex16, hi dude, Sachin cannot face the new ball in test matches. He is more edgy with new balls. Sachin fared in tests mostly because of openers delaying wickets for atleast 10 overs and major credit should go to Dravid.

  • Sano27 on March 12, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Badrinath is the right batsman to succeed Dravid in the test format....!

  • naz-shot on March 12, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Kaif should be inducted,

  • naz-shot on March 12, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    i think should give a chance to kaif as he is a hardworker and in dravid mould, but not exactly as dravid. he deserves another chance.

  • Raghu003 on March 12, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    In matches in Sub Continent mostly players will do well... We have to give them the chance in overseas matches... If a person had to replace Rahul, he will have to play extremely well overseas... I doubt we will get such a player... especially after the introduction on IPL...

  • itsthewayuplay on March 12, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I think Aakash Chopra suggestion for Badrinath is a good one. If the board does indeed think that he is not suitable because is 30+, what about Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman? He was never given a decent run in the team especially when Tendulkar took 70 innings to score his first ODI century. Kohli on the basis of the home and away series against WI did not justify his inclusion for Australia but did relatively well there. Why do some players get the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and not others? This is one of the many problems with Indian cricket. The door closed for some players but permanently open for others? Selection should based on but not limited to form, ability to compete, fitness but not some nonsense X-factor. This is international test cricket not a lame Simon Cowell tv show. Is it any wonder that RD felt the time was right to retire when he is the one of the big 3 that can justify continue playing test match cricket.

  • wolf777 on March 12, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    India should think about adding an allrounder...

  • jyoatlas on March 12, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    1. Shikhar Dewan 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5.Sehwag 6.Rohit 7.Naman Ojah (WK) 8.Irfan 9.Ashwin 10.Zaheer 11.Umesh

  • on March 12, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    No one can replace Dravid as such but we need someone to fill the batting void at No.3

  • on March 12, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    What is the big fuss about dravid's retirement? It is actually a good thing, if you leave out England series, just analyze his performance in the last 5 years, he hasnt been scoring at all and most recently in Australia he was a disgrace getting bowled time and again and dropping important catches all year long. India will be a better test team now, just like how they were a better ODI team after dravid was dropped.

  • arun_nva on March 12, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @dahsut, when Raina played TEST matches in Australia???

  • abhi026 on March 12, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Who is saying Laxman is the option? Laxman cant play more than 1 or 2 series that are coming in the october.We will have to look beyond him. It is the right time to retire for laxman. 3 back to back home series would be a good chance for couple of youngsters to be tested in middle order. Also Dhoni needs to say goodby to test because he himself do'nt want to play (test).Also it will be good for Indian test cricket to see beyond dhoni because home series will be a very good platform for the new caption to get into the mood.Dhoni is not suitable for test cricket abroad. I think Kohli will be very good option at no 3 no doubt.

  • timohyj on March 12, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Rahane and Rohit don't strike me as having the temperance needed to take over the no. 3 spot. I'd put Badrinath, Abhishek nayar, and Robin Bist as the potential replacements. Rohit and Rahane will have to compete for no. 5 spot when Laxman retires. When Tendulkar goes, Kohli will move up to no. 4 and the no. 6 spot will fought for between rohit or Rahane (one of them should get no. 5), Pujara, and Yuvraj. There is plenty of talent in the domestic circuit but it's a matter of wether any one will stnd up on the international stage

  • joseyesu on March 12, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @dudex16 - When Sehwag, Sachin, Dhoni's futire is at the end, how come they will be the future players. Rahane, Kohli/Pujara, Saha/Karthick could be agood option.

  • howizzat on March 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    If we look for long term solutions, the test squad should look much different from the ODI SQUAD. In Test Eleven, 3, 4, 5 are falling vacant. I would love to see Dhoni gets promoted to Number 3 position and has hitherto under-utilised vast batting potential can be tapped. Kohli at 4 and Pujara at 5 should be the other replacements. This opens up number 6 position wide for likes of Rohit, Tewary, Rahane and Raina or an all-rounder like Irfan. If Sehwag is reluctant to open, Kohli should be groomed as the opener and Viru should come at no 4. So the batting order, GAMBHIR, KOHLI, DHONI,SEHWAG, PUJARA, ROHIT looks very very formidable.

  • sathish008 on March 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Badrinath can be given with that slot. I understand he is aged. but he is still fit to play for some years.

  • spinkingKK on March 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Dravid wasn't an ideal number3 to start with. In my opinion he should have batted at 5 and Laxman at 3. Because, the number 3 batsman should be aggressive and impose the scoring on the opposition. So, now that Dravid is gone, if they are going to persist with Laxman, I will give the number 3 to Laxman. Otherwise, Kohli seems to be the ideal number 3. Gambhir to be at Number 3 is another option with the openers like Mukund, Vijay or Rahane replacing him at the opening slot.

  • Thyagu5432 on March 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    India's problem is not just 1 down, it starts right from 0 down. The way Sehwag is playing these days, I think he should move to where Raina is now and if he doesn't do well there as well, he should move to where Dravid is now. Sachin and VVS anyway have one foot over the exit door. Except Kohli, no young gun has grabbed the chances that have come there way. Badri, Vijay, Rohit, Raina all have been tried, tested and failed. So it appears that, except for a few bowlers, Kohli and Gambhir, India would possibly need a brand new team all together. Any takers?

  • on March 12, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Am a firm believer that the side's best batter comes in at 3, especially in tests. Sachin will most likely finish at No.4, Laxman at 5. Why not bring Kholi up to 3? Throw a real challenge to him and see how he responds. If the Australia tour was any indicator, he'd be just fine. Give him time though.

  • on March 12, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Pujara @ 3, Virat @ 4 followed by Sachin & VVS should be the order.

  • on March 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Move gambhir to no.3 and open with ajinkya Rahane. He proved he is a good player and can play new ball.

  • sacnit11 on March 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Till the day Dravid retired, everyone asked for the retirement of seniors. Now they are looking for a better replacement for Dravid. What will happen when Sachin retires??? My opinion is in place of Dravid, Laxman should have retired coz laxman place is not so hard to fill in. Allowing Kohli and Rohit at No 5 and No 6, so that they can play under the guidance of Sachin or Dravid. Once they get better maybe after 1 year, seniors could have retired. But now time has been passed. Better to have Kohli at No 3 and Rohit at No 5, so that they can play with Sachin or Laxman to get the kind of experience from the seniors. Pujara is not in a good form and his fitness is also a concern here. Whatever the selectors does they should think at a longer run. From now on Indian should concetrate on qulifying for Test chamionships. ICC will miss a great test players in their maiden test championship, what a pity!!!!!

  • on March 12, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    What's wrong in offering one last chance to Mohammad Kaif...? He played well in test matches .... played in england and west indies... and have lot of experience to support his cause.... He's quick in field too.... and more importantly he scored some good runs in this domestic season.....

  • on March 12, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Pujara is the best bet, his recent form notwithstanding. The future Indian team might and should look like this- 1. Rahane 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Tiwari 6. Sharma

    and the rest

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    The replacement for No. 3 slot left vacant by retirement of Rahul Dravid is going to be tough one. You need a player with calm approach for this slot, you cannot just judge someone just he is successful on domestic season, because the local conditions are not similar to conditions all over the world. I think Pujara should considered alongside Rohit Sharma and give them a longer run in this position rather than short sighted vision. It is over a long run that you can judge a players ability not in short term.

  • premendrasinghal on March 12, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    A man who can replace Dravid must have 3 qualities, technically sound batsman, Good Slip catcher and he must value to his wicket.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Its almost 4 year since gangully retired and so far we haven't found his replacement now dravid , by next year its gonna be laxman . At such a pace I think it will take at least 10 years to find the appropriate replacement of the "Indian fab. 4 ".

  • the_wallster on March 12, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    What a luxury to have. The best part of 6 Batsmen could come in and not disgrace themselves at international level. Sehwag and Rahane opening with Gambhir at 3. #3 batsmen need a solid technique, and Gambhir would slot in perfectly. Rahane's time in the top order is present.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Include IKPathan in test team. He will be help in lower order batting

  • joseyesu on March 12, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ crikbuff - That joker has selected the WC2011 team and Badri deserves. Badri/Mukund can be a good option. His (Badri) way of batting also suit's with dravid. Let's not carried away with young players. As of now let Rohit fights for One day and t20 and badrinath/Mukund for test match. The only left out is Pujara, as discussed let him prove his scoring in domestic ratherthan that 1 Aus innings. Sure there seems to be more slot are opening after the current performance of Sehwag, Laxman and unwilling Dhoni. May be in another 1 year time Mukund, Gambir, Badri/Rahane, Kohli, Laxman, Rohit/Pujara, Saha/Karthick, Pathan/Umaesh/Aaron, Ishant, Ashwin/Ojha, Harbajan, Zak/Praveen/Sreesanth be playing for India

  • Noball_Specialist on March 12, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    LOL replace Dravid? Take his batting position - sure. But you can't just 'replace' a batsmen of that sort of calibur that easily. Dravid is one of the true greats of modern day cricket, don't think the next generation T20, ODI batsmen has the sort of temperement these days. That sort of transition has to be more seemless, i.e. there seems to be an obvious ODI replacement for Tendulkar in Kohli, but he is nowhere near his replacement at Test level. VVS should be made to retire now. He has been a fighter for India in the past but he looks rather unfit and out very sluggish. You don't retire someone like Tendulkar as he requires just one innings to come back into form. Dravid was being treated badly by the board - he retired on his own terms. What a great batsmen he was.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    there wont be another dravid. However if any1s capable to bat at No. 3 I feel its out of Kohli , Rahane , Rohit sharma, Manoj tiwary or Pujara. Though ; rahane is more suitable to openers role and pujara at No. 6; the place at which Kohli bats currently in test team. wats the point in replacing Dravid with Laxman ; he will be retiring as well ; in coming yr or two. Its better to give chance to young players like these 4 .I wasnt impressed with bardinath in a test series vs south africa b4 two yrs and also in onedayers agaonst Windies last yr . .Plus looking at his age ; no offence but I feel chances shud be given more to young players.

  • dudex16 on March 12, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    This is our future squad 1 Sehwag 2 Gambhir 3 Sachin 4 Kohli 5 Pujara 6 Rohit 7 Lakshman 8 Dhoni 9 Umesh 10 Zaheer 11 Irfan No need for any sir jadejas and Parthivs and csk

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    considering current form only Virat can fill this position, all others are good in home ground only. i am not expecting any abroad test win for entire 2012-2014. also india may in the bottom of the test rankings

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Selectors should not target to choose players position wise right now.. Long term Batting order can be finalised once you have all 4 slots vacant.. Need to choose best available now.. and those selected should adapt to different situations/ positions in order to prove their cases..

  • RathishCochin on March 12, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    I think India should open with Shewag and Rahane/Mukund and Gambhir comes in one down. This strategy will help India to groom a young opener. Gambhir is talented batsman just like Dravid. So that place will suit him very well than a opener.

    One more change I like to see in batting position is Kohli want to promote to No 5 and Laxman want to bat at No 6. This help Kohli to play a long innings in middle and it help him to earn more experience in test cricket.

  • DAHSUT on March 12, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    only one man can replace dravid and he is called dravid.there is no posible replacement for water in the same way there is no replacement for dravid.as far as the no3 spot is considered i think raina can take over that spot.i really dont know why people are gunning for him he in fact has scored more runs than sachin and rohit sharma on the australia tour

  • dexterous9 on March 12, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    manoj tiwary,kohli for 3rd slot....why so much buzz about rohit sharma...let's see how well he plays in the tests....manoj can successed at thi slevel

  • faisal7 on March 12, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Why not mohammed kaif at no 3 ,an experienced campaigner and a very good fielder. fit for test matches.

  • sampathsl on March 12, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    what about Sir Ravindra Jadeja Doni (his surname must be Doni)?

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    considering that abhinav mukund/ ajikya rehane already played for India in England, they may be no. 3 for India and they could also open if necessity arises due to injury to a regular opener

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    considering that abhinav mukund/ ajikya rehane already played for India in England, they may be no. 3 for India and they could also open if necessity arises due to injury to a regular opener

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Surprised to see that Ajinkya Rahane is not even in the discussion. He's a heavy scorer in domestic cricket, averages around 60 and has done well in the few limited overs and T20 matches he has played. Moreover he's basically an opener who should easily be able to play at No.3 and if requires can open the inning like Rahul Dravid. He's also good technically and can play the short ball well as evident during the England tour last year. He'll be a perfect No.3. I also believe that Yuvraj Singh should be given chance again in Tests if and when he's fully fit. He's performed decently in the few chances he has got in test matches, to be fair to him he did not got much chance at test level to secure his spot. He should be given a last chance to secure his test birth. As far as I'm concerned after the retirement of Sachin and Laxman, this should be the middle order of indian test team - 3 Rahane, 4 Kohli, 5 & 6 Yuvraj/ Rohit /Tiwari/Raina.

  • dudex16 on March 12, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Well to be frank i think sachin should go to no 3 and kohli 4 with pujara 5. Dravid was a legend and will be missed on field and off field...a gentleman

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    What about Sir Ravindra Jadeja?

  • Sachit1979 on March 12, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    I think Laxman would also go soon and then we have spot for both Badri and Pujara. I think Badri should be tried out at number 3 and Pujara should make the case for number 6 with Kohli getting promoted to number 5.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Laxman has to go, he had his time, a true legend.

    Badrinath has served his times, he deserves an extended run now, and he is a good captaincy alternative.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary has been in gr8 form this 2011-12 season.....he deserves the number 3 position....Obviously no.4 must b given 2 Kohli.

  • nikhilbengeri on March 12, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Well I feel they should find a better partner for Viru, playing Gauti at no.3. Gautam can play long innings(he sometimes even bats at no.3 in ODI's) n he knows how to see-off the new ball. Laxman would not be a bad idea as he has already played some handful innings. Playing Lax at no.3 for home series would be a better idea, but in the long term I feel Gautam Gambhir should be considered. This should not be taken as a "replacement" issue, but it should be considered as building phase. So trying a few people at 3 would not be that costly as we have a home series.

  • crikbuff on March 12, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara is the best option. But considering who the chief joker (selector) is, we wont be surprised if Badrinath gets to bat at #3. After all, the yellow jersey rules!

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Technically speaking the current No. 1 to No. 7 slots are all filled by players who are either 30 or are 30 plus. So sooner or later you will have to look out for options. Its like for the past decade there were not vacancies available and all of a sudden all the posts are vacant... !! By the time, the team leaves for South Africa in late 2013, most of the current occupants would have retired, except say Gambhir or Dhoni, both of whom are yet to exude confidence about their respective occupancy in tests. Hence India really needs to look to the test discards for this matter, Shikhar dhawan and Robin Utthappa would be ideal replacements for Gambhir and Sehwag respectively. Pujara, Rohit and Kohli can fill in for Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman with the likes of an Irfan Pathan filling in as an all rounder. India cannot afford to waste talents like Sreesanth and RP singh just because they are brash and undisciplined. Also developing Yadav and Aaron would benefit greatly benefit the team.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    badrinath,raina,jadeja these are not good players facing short balls..butkohli,rohit sharma and uthappa specially uthappa and kohli these 2 stong against fast rising balls..if badrinath at 32 is option for number 3 then why not jaffer,chopra,even dravid ganguly ..if india thinks about future guy must be below 28 so he can play atleast for next 10 years..youngsters to look at when it comes to overseas are pujara,kohli,rohit sharma,rahane,robin uthappa,tiwary,and murali vijay..ideal replace ments for seniours would be sehwag-uthappa,dravid-kohli,laxman-pujara,tendulkar-sehwag(he should play at tendulkars position),ganguly-rohit sharma..

  • on March 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    I would like to see Abhinav Mukund at no3. He looks a solid player and has made big runs in the Ranji trophy. I also think he would make a better number 3 than an opener.

  • on March 12, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    I would like to see Cheteshwar Pujara take Rahul Dravid's spot in the Indian team.. Some others who I like are Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey and Virat Kohli.. All 3 are young and I am sure they will do well both at home and abroad!!

  • class9ryan on March 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Well if u look Virat is d best choice as he has played well in all d one day series in England, South Africa and also Australia. He actually deserves it as Rohit hasn't performed in overseas pitches. I think Rohit should be d man taking Sachin's place. well why not try SEHWAG at no.3 and give Rahane 2 open as Viru has been troubled way too much d new ball?????????????

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  • class9ryan on March 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Well if u look Virat is d best choice as he has played well in all d one day series in England, South Africa and also Australia. He actually deserves it as Rohit hasn't performed in overseas pitches. I think Rohit should be d man taking Sachin's place. well why not try SEHWAG at no.3 and give Rahane 2 open as Viru has been troubled way too much d new ball?????????????

  • on March 12, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    I would like to see Cheteshwar Pujara take Rahul Dravid's spot in the Indian team.. Some others who I like are Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey and Virat Kohli.. All 3 are young and I am sure they will do well both at home and abroad!!

  • on March 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    I would like to see Abhinav Mukund at no3. He looks a solid player and has made big runs in the Ranji trophy. I also think he would make a better number 3 than an opener.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    badrinath,raina,jadeja these are not good players facing short balls..butkohli,rohit sharma and uthappa specially uthappa and kohli these 2 stong against fast rising balls..if badrinath at 32 is option for number 3 then why not jaffer,chopra,even dravid ganguly ..if india thinks about future guy must be below 28 so he can play atleast for next 10 years..youngsters to look at when it comes to overseas are pujara,kohli,rohit sharma,rahane,robin uthappa,tiwary,and murali vijay..ideal replace ments for seniours would be sehwag-uthappa,dravid-kohli,laxman-pujara,tendulkar-sehwag(he should play at tendulkars position),ganguly-rohit sharma..

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Technically speaking the current No. 1 to No. 7 slots are all filled by players who are either 30 or are 30 plus. So sooner or later you will have to look out for options. Its like for the past decade there were not vacancies available and all of a sudden all the posts are vacant... !! By the time, the team leaves for South Africa in late 2013, most of the current occupants would have retired, except say Gambhir or Dhoni, both of whom are yet to exude confidence about their respective occupancy in tests. Hence India really needs to look to the test discards for this matter, Shikhar dhawan and Robin Utthappa would be ideal replacements for Gambhir and Sehwag respectively. Pujara, Rohit and Kohli can fill in for Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman with the likes of an Irfan Pathan filling in as an all rounder. India cannot afford to waste talents like Sreesanth and RP singh just because they are brash and undisciplined. Also developing Yadav and Aaron would benefit greatly benefit the team.

  • crikbuff on March 12, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara is the best option. But considering who the chief joker (selector) is, we wont be surprised if Badrinath gets to bat at #3. After all, the yellow jersey rules!

  • nikhilbengeri on March 12, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Well I feel they should find a better partner for Viru, playing Gauti at no.3. Gautam can play long innings(he sometimes even bats at no.3 in ODI's) n he knows how to see-off the new ball. Laxman would not be a bad idea as he has already played some handful innings. Playing Lax at no.3 for home series would be a better idea, but in the long term I feel Gautam Gambhir should be considered. This should not be taken as a "replacement" issue, but it should be considered as building phase. So trying a few people at 3 would not be that costly as we have a home series.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary has been in gr8 form this 2011-12 season.....he deserves the number 3 position....Obviously no.4 must b given 2 Kohli.

  • on March 12, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Laxman has to go, he had his time, a true legend.

    Badrinath has served his times, he deserves an extended run now, and he is a good captaincy alternative.

  • Sachit1979 on March 12, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    I think Laxman would also go soon and then we have spot for both Badri and Pujara. I think Badri should be tried out at number 3 and Pujara should make the case for number 6 with Kohli getting promoted to number 5.