IPL news May 18, 2011

Lack of experience hurt us - Dravid

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Rahul Dravid has said the lack of experience in the Rajasthan Royals squad hampered the team's performance but was confident of a better show in the next season. Rajasthan were top of the table midway through the season but four straight defeats have put them out of contention for a play-off spot.

"Our side has got a little bit of inexperience," Dravid said on Tuesday. "There are 10 teams and at the end of the day other teams probably had more experienced players in this competition." While most of the other franchises picked up at least a dozen players in January's auction of top cricketers, Rajasthan were content with buying only six players with international experience and building the squad with lesser-known Indians.

Even a victory in Rajasthan's final league match, against Mumbai Indians on Friday, won't lift them above sixth spot. Dravid, though, said there were bright spots for Rajasthan in the campaign such as the performances of 20-year-old Ashok Menaria and 22-year-old Ajinkya Rahane.

"We have some youngsters doing well for us. We can improve next year," he said. "Happy to see some young players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria come through ... they have shown a glimpse of what they can do. Rahane has done well for Mumbai in Ranji and domestic cricket while Menaria has done well for Rajasthan."

After the IPL, Dravid's next engagement is the West Indies tour, with the Tests starting June 20. One of his career highlights was leading India to their first Test series win in the Caribbean in 35 years when they toured five years ago, and Dravid hoped the team could repeat that success.

"We won the series there last time around, but I hope we will do better this time," he said. "If the West Indies play their full strength side, they will be a tough team to beat. But it will be interesting to see if they have their full side."

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  • D.Sharma on May 21, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Well what do you know? Dravid has a high SR than Tendulkar and Kallis.

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    well the main problem with rr was the bad form of taylor. also they did'nt have any bench strength bcoz of the 2 million cut they sufferred just before ipl auction

  • indianpunter on May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @balu bhat.. Speak for urself, mate!! And your ignorance is obvious. Not blissful anymore.

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    RR has the weakest team in ipl in bowling and also a chain of inexperienced players compared to the other teams.So what rahul said is absolutely true.People should comment on this remark and not about anything unnecessary.Discrediting a player who has served India for the last 15 years honestly on meaningless remarks shows the stupidity of those who criticize him.

  • on May 19, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    RR should have tried this team Ajinkya Rahane,Shane Watson (as openers),Rahul Dravid (at one down ),Ross Taylor,Ashok Menaria,Pinal Shah (middle order),botha/Shaun Tait,shane warne,deepak chahar,trivedi. still one one slot is emmty in tht slot thy would tried some allrounder.this team is the combination experienced and inexperienced candidates.

  • varunvm on May 19, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    A team with Shane Warne,Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, J. Botha and S. Tait is less with experience? Dravid is trying to defend the poor form of some all these players in this ipl with this comment. Remember what was the experience of RR in the first season. Compared to sides like KTK, RR was having well experienced outfit.

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Worst buy of the IPL... S.Warne($1.8million) J.Botha($9million) Watson($1.2million) and Dravid ... how can they win match with such a team having their best players like this...

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Seriously! What is with the Dravid bashing?! He certainly was one of the better performers in the RR line up and as regarding his form when he was absent for a Test against SA, we got wrecked with the likes of Vijay, Badrinath and Saha (Why the hell is he in the team with Rahane in line!) completely clueless against Dale Steyn's bowling on the Nagpur Track.

  • D.Sharma on May 18, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    What's up with all this Dravid bashing? Dravid has done just as well as Tendulkar in the IPL. He just doesn't average as much as Sachin because Dravid didn't get enough time in the middle when he was with RCB. Check the stats, they're similar.

  • bismoy on May 18, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Dravid has not done anything in the last 4 year,sorry to say that he failed vs sl in sl very badly,not done well vs australia in india also was in awful form vs SA in SA,,,,, yes he scored heavily vs weak NZ side in Indian piches,,,,,,, To all Dravid fans who think that he is better than sachin in test, please have reality check....Sachin avg more than dravid and had 3 phenomenal year in test ....also not to forget that sachin is currently no 1 test ranking player....poor sachin alway taken for granted...other even scored a 100 is remembered for 4 years....

  • D.Sharma on May 21, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Well what do you know? Dravid has a high SR than Tendulkar and Kallis.

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    well the main problem with rr was the bad form of taylor. also they did'nt have any bench strength bcoz of the 2 million cut they sufferred just before ipl auction

  • indianpunter on May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @balu bhat.. Speak for urself, mate!! And your ignorance is obvious. Not blissful anymore.

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    RR has the weakest team in ipl in bowling and also a chain of inexperienced players compared to the other teams.So what rahul said is absolutely true.People should comment on this remark and not about anything unnecessary.Discrediting a player who has served India for the last 15 years honestly on meaningless remarks shows the stupidity of those who criticize him.

  • on May 19, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    RR should have tried this team Ajinkya Rahane,Shane Watson (as openers),Rahul Dravid (at one down ),Ross Taylor,Ashok Menaria,Pinal Shah (middle order),botha/Shaun Tait,shane warne,deepak chahar,trivedi. still one one slot is emmty in tht slot thy would tried some allrounder.this team is the combination experienced and inexperienced candidates.

  • varunvm on May 19, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    A team with Shane Warne,Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, J. Botha and S. Tait is less with experience? Dravid is trying to defend the poor form of some all these players in this ipl with this comment. Remember what was the experience of RR in the first season. Compared to sides like KTK, RR was having well experienced outfit.

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Worst buy of the IPL... S.Warne($1.8million) J.Botha($9million) Watson($1.2million) and Dravid ... how can they win match with such a team having their best players like this...

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Seriously! What is with the Dravid bashing?! He certainly was one of the better performers in the RR line up and as regarding his form when he was absent for a Test against SA, we got wrecked with the likes of Vijay, Badrinath and Saha (Why the hell is he in the team with Rahane in line!) completely clueless against Dale Steyn's bowling on the Nagpur Track.

  • D.Sharma on May 18, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    What's up with all this Dravid bashing? Dravid has done just as well as Tendulkar in the IPL. He just doesn't average as much as Sachin because Dravid didn't get enough time in the middle when he was with RCB. Check the stats, they're similar.

  • bismoy on May 18, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Dravid has not done anything in the last 4 year,sorry to say that he failed vs sl in sl very badly,not done well vs australia in india also was in awful form vs SA in SA,,,,, yes he scored heavily vs weak NZ side in Indian piches,,,,,,, To all Dravid fans who think that he is better than sachin in test, please have reality check....Sachin avg more than dravid and had 3 phenomenal year in test ....also not to forget that sachin is currently no 1 test ranking player....poor sachin alway taken for granted...other even scored a 100 is remembered for 4 years....

  • chililones on May 18, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    i am a big fan of rahul dravid but i am feeling sad to say that now dravid is not fit for his nick name the wall...............he has lost his form and he should get retire before being dropped............i wish dravid u score heavily as before u hv done otherwise u should get retire and make way for young guns dnt give chance to people to make any question mark on ur repution for what u are known

  • dimni on May 18, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    well said rahul give warne a good sent off as captain with a win over mumbai

  • on May 18, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    I think Dravid doesn't fit into any of the limited overs format. RR could have choose VVS in place of him. Warne did a brilliant job of making them win at least some games. I think the problem is not with the experience, Its WATSON/TAYLOR who didn't perform like they used to in previous versions.

    Goodluck Dravid for IPL5, God bless you.

  • indianpunter on May 18, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    i cannot believe that RD is still playing T20 cricket. he is well past his use by date in all forms of the game and should consider himself extremely lucky to get on the plane to the west indies. i predicted, along with a few others, on this forum that he will flop miserably in south africa, and he did indeed. Dravid has been indian crickets farce for the last 4 yrs. people say he doesnt get credit for his deeds, but on the same token,he is still in the team for deeds done >5 yrs ago. I will stick my neck out and say that he will score some meaningless 50s against the hapless west indian team, and will get on the plane to England where he will meet his cricketing waterloo. why dont you retire, RD? money, surely !

  • coolio78 on May 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Rahul the next RR captain...! I hope RR don't consider Watson to be a better captain than Rahul. And hopefully for next yea, they'll actually use some money buy some good players in the auction.. if there is one coming up!

  • on May 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    What was the Value add Rahul Dravid did on his own in Rajasthan Batting lineup , and why was his international expertise not effectively used to reach some where top of the table ..

  • on May 18, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    What dravid said is 100% true...

  • on May 18, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    rajstan side is very good in making or inroducing talented player in ipl ..im sure they are going to do well next season..they lacks players like mumbai indians n csk but always rely on team performers rather than individual(gayle-bangalore,malinga-mumbai indians,punjab(shaun marsh)kochi(mccullum) etc..only thing rajsthan wants is genuine indian fast bowler or atleast bowler who could bowl above 135' ks..manaria,dravid,botha,watson,taylor,rahanecollingwood yeah they have good batting for t20's

  • Percy_Fender on May 18, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    While I fully agree with Rahul Dravid that Ajinkya Rahane is the future of the Indian top order Menaria could bevery useful in limited over formats. But the question that arises in my mind is, what happened to the man we wayted to see. Atul Sharma who in Youtube has been written of so much. Is he a fictional charecter. Could someone pl clarify.

  • on May 18, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    I think they jumbled up the batting line up. Why on earth Dravid was opening the batting? They had Watson and Rahane (another fine talent). Moreover, they had no batting depth, no all rounders, no quality seamers. The budget being reduced to half saw only five foreign signings. Jacob Oram didn't get any opportunities. Collingwood opted out. Overall a sad season.

  • mohan7 on May 18, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    U rockkk rahul....wat he said abt rajasthan was exactly right

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  • mohan7 on May 18, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    U rockkk rahul....wat he said abt rajasthan was exactly right

  • on May 18, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    I think they jumbled up the batting line up. Why on earth Dravid was opening the batting? They had Watson and Rahane (another fine talent). Moreover, they had no batting depth, no all rounders, no quality seamers. The budget being reduced to half saw only five foreign signings. Jacob Oram didn't get any opportunities. Collingwood opted out. Overall a sad season.

  • Percy_Fender on May 18, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    While I fully agree with Rahul Dravid that Ajinkya Rahane is the future of the Indian top order Menaria could bevery useful in limited over formats. But the question that arises in my mind is, what happened to the man we wayted to see. Atul Sharma who in Youtube has been written of so much. Is he a fictional charecter. Could someone pl clarify.

  • on May 18, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    rajstan side is very good in making or inroducing talented player in ipl ..im sure they are going to do well next season..they lacks players like mumbai indians n csk but always rely on team performers rather than individual(gayle-bangalore,malinga-mumbai indians,punjab(shaun marsh)kochi(mccullum) etc..only thing rajsthan wants is genuine indian fast bowler or atleast bowler who could bowl above 135' ks..manaria,dravid,botha,watson,taylor,rahanecollingwood yeah they have good batting for t20's

  • on May 18, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    What dravid said is 100% true...

  • on May 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    What was the Value add Rahul Dravid did on his own in Rajasthan Batting lineup , and why was his international expertise not effectively used to reach some where top of the table ..

  • coolio78 on May 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Rahul the next RR captain...! I hope RR don't consider Watson to be a better captain than Rahul. And hopefully for next yea, they'll actually use some money buy some good players in the auction.. if there is one coming up!

  • indianpunter on May 18, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    i cannot believe that RD is still playing T20 cricket. he is well past his use by date in all forms of the game and should consider himself extremely lucky to get on the plane to the west indies. i predicted, along with a few others, on this forum that he will flop miserably in south africa, and he did indeed. Dravid has been indian crickets farce for the last 4 yrs. people say he doesnt get credit for his deeds, but on the same token,he is still in the team for deeds done >5 yrs ago. I will stick my neck out and say that he will score some meaningless 50s against the hapless west indian team, and will get on the plane to England where he will meet his cricketing waterloo. why dont you retire, RD? money, surely !

  • on May 18, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    I think Dravid doesn't fit into any of the limited overs format. RR could have choose VVS in place of him. Warne did a brilliant job of making them win at least some games. I think the problem is not with the experience, Its WATSON/TAYLOR who didn't perform like they used to in previous versions.

    Goodluck Dravid for IPL5, God bless you.

  • dimni on May 18, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    well said rahul give warne a good sent off as captain with a win over mumbai