IPL news May 21, 2012

Dravid undecided about IPL future

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Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan Royals captain, has said that he is unsure about his role in the future and he's willing to step aside if the franchise finds a younger opener to partner Ajinkya Rahane next season. The Dravid-Rahane combine were the only pair to open in all matches this season, scoring 579 at 36.18.

"I really don't know (about my future). I will have to think it over. I would take a break and decide about my role. I will talk to my family and also the management of the Rajasthan Royals about my role and then I would decide," Dravid said. "My goal is to develop young players. Rahane did a great job with the opportunities we gave him. We identified a couple of players in the other franchises who did not get an opportunity to play.

"I don't know what the rules will be in terms of trades and swaps, but if we can get one or two young players then I can always step back and play a different role. We'd like a good young ambitious guy to come in and open the batting for us with Ajinkya next season," he said. "But if we can't find someone, then there's always the option of me playing, we'll see how it goes."

Dravid, who scored 462 runs from 16 matches at 28.87 this season, said Royals needed to strengthen its batting for next season. "We don't have a young top-order Indian batsman, we are trying to identify someone, there are a couple of good, young middle-order players in [Stuart] Binny and [Ashok] Menaria and we will work on them in the course of the year," he said. "We also have youngsters like Ajit Chandila, Ankit Chavan and Gajendra Singh. I am sorry about the local lad Gajendra Singh who didn't get a chance to play (this season)."

Royals finished seventh this season with seven wins and nine losses. "We lost a few close games like the ones against Delhi, Deccan and Chennai and that hurt us," he said. "I feel our fielding performance and bowling was the worst. I am disappointed but there are some positives too."

Despite the disappointing finish to the season, Dravid said he enjoyed captaining Royals. "It was a pleasure to lead the side and the support from the management and support staff has been top notch," Dravid said. "As far as my own performance is concerned I played my role as the opener with Rahane to satisfaction. I feel batting is one thing and scoring runs is another thing."

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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  • risky1980 on May 24, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Aussasinator, u would have started watching Cricket matches only after 4th April 2012.I dont think u know what u meant when u told RD's slow batting costed us a few test matches .

  • anver777 on May 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Not a bad outing for Dravid in 2012 IPL !!! so why not carry on for another year !!!

  • joseyesu on May 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Royals could have tried Chandimal atleast once after his excellent batting in Aus

  • Jishnu.v.v on May 23, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    i agrre with Jose Puliampatta... Abhinav Mukund and Rahane make a very good opening pair and Mukund has not got his chance in CSK.. Hope he is selected by RR and under the tutelage of Sir Rahul Dravid, they become one of the best Indian opening pairs...

  • Jimmy99 on May 22, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Rahul Wall Dravid "hats of to him" Clam cool & collective great-man on the field and off the field, True Legend and team player through out his career, he batted in every position and did he job !!! talking about his batting skills ? ask any bowler around the world, they will answer it. talking about T20 IPL look at stats Dravid vs Ganguly ? Dhoni learnt from Ganguly joke of the year lol, from who Ganguly learnt :D. there's 10 reasons why he got kicked out of indian team and now pune team too becoz of his weak play lol @ Navneet singh one more blind Ganguly fan :D Dhoni got mature cricket under Dravid's captainship and gr8 help from Sachin check out how many games Dhoni played with dravid:x

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    well he still has a lot of cricket left in him.... and IPL is the only chance where we get to see our favorite players.... plz do continue

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    ganguly you should learn from dravid

  • TheGecko on May 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I'm not a Dravid fan, but I can safely say that Dravid ultimately became too good at something that made him look apparently weak. He became such a good team player that it eventually caused his own undoing. Its really interesting to note that, in India's away series to Pakistan a few years ago, Dravid had the courage to call back someone like Sachin, who was on the verge of scoring a double century just because he felt that a declaration at that point was good for the team. Not even Ganguly would've dared to do that. How ironic it is that he is being called a coward now! And yes, India won away tours to England and Pakistan under his watch.

  • on May 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Rd is a great and selfless person hope he will achieve whatever he wants in his life.....

  • on May 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @Navneet: FYI, RD has a better Win-loss ratio than Ganguly in test matches. Under RD's captaincy, India set the record for successfully chasing in 17 ODIs, won test series in England and WI. Yes he did make some mistakes like demoting SRT to no. 4 and a few other blemishes. And so did Ganguly at certain times. But no one here is stupid enough to not give any credit to Ganguly's leadership skill or RD's contribution. For those critical of RD's strike rate, he and Sourav Ganguly have almost the same strike rate in their ODI career. Sourav loved to hit boundaries and would not rotate strike, while Dravid was an accumulator who ran for most of his runs. In fact I would rate RD as even a better ODI player than Ganguly as he scored a lot 40-50-60s under pressure as compared to those lifeless 100s that Ganguly scored against teams like Zim, Kenya, NZ. RD is the only man in history to be invloved in two 300+ partnerships in ODIs, holds record for 2nd fastest 50 for India in ODIs.

  • risky1980 on May 24, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Aussasinator, u would have started watching Cricket matches only after 4th April 2012.I dont think u know what u meant when u told RD's slow batting costed us a few test matches .

  • anver777 on May 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Not a bad outing for Dravid in 2012 IPL !!! so why not carry on for another year !!!

  • joseyesu on May 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Royals could have tried Chandimal atleast once after his excellent batting in Aus

  • Jishnu.v.v on May 23, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    i agrre with Jose Puliampatta... Abhinav Mukund and Rahane make a very good opening pair and Mukund has not got his chance in CSK.. Hope he is selected by RR and under the tutelage of Sir Rahul Dravid, they become one of the best Indian opening pairs...

  • Jimmy99 on May 22, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Rahul Wall Dravid "hats of to him" Clam cool & collective great-man on the field and off the field, True Legend and team player through out his career, he batted in every position and did he job !!! talking about his batting skills ? ask any bowler around the world, they will answer it. talking about T20 IPL look at stats Dravid vs Ganguly ? Dhoni learnt from Ganguly joke of the year lol, from who Ganguly learnt :D. there's 10 reasons why he got kicked out of indian team and now pune team too becoz of his weak play lol @ Navneet singh one more blind Ganguly fan :D Dhoni got mature cricket under Dravid's captainship and gr8 help from Sachin check out how many games Dhoni played with dravid:x

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    well he still has a lot of cricket left in him.... and IPL is the only chance where we get to see our favorite players.... plz do continue

  • on May 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    ganguly you should learn from dravid

  • TheGecko on May 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I'm not a Dravid fan, but I can safely say that Dravid ultimately became too good at something that made him look apparently weak. He became such a good team player that it eventually caused his own undoing. Its really interesting to note that, in India's away series to Pakistan a few years ago, Dravid had the courage to call back someone like Sachin, who was on the verge of scoring a double century just because he felt that a declaration at that point was good for the team. Not even Ganguly would've dared to do that. How ironic it is that he is being called a coward now! And yes, India won away tours to England and Pakistan under his watch.

  • on May 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Rd is a great and selfless person hope he will achieve whatever he wants in his life.....

  • on May 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @Navneet: FYI, RD has a better Win-loss ratio than Ganguly in test matches. Under RD's captaincy, India set the record for successfully chasing in 17 ODIs, won test series in England and WI. Yes he did make some mistakes like demoting SRT to no. 4 and a few other blemishes. And so did Ganguly at certain times. But no one here is stupid enough to not give any credit to Ganguly's leadership skill or RD's contribution. For those critical of RD's strike rate, he and Sourav Ganguly have almost the same strike rate in their ODI career. Sourav loved to hit boundaries and would not rotate strike, while Dravid was an accumulator who ran for most of his runs. In fact I would rate RD as even a better ODI player than Ganguly as he scored a lot 40-50-60s under pressure as compared to those lifeless 100s that Ganguly scored against teams like Zim, Kenya, NZ. RD is the only man in history to be invloved in two 300+ partnerships in ODIs, holds record for 2nd fastest 50 for India in ODIs.

  • Aussasinator on May 22, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @vinay_india-cricket. thanks. Now how did I miss that. wrote that thread in a drowsy mood perhaps. But all n all, Dravid's scoring rate has already pinched RR hard, like it did India in both Tests and ODis alike. Good if he leaves.

  • TheMeanMachine on May 22, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Dravid should captain RR and continue to open with Rahane. the problem this season for RR was better overseas players, Watson arrived very late and Tait is characteristically unpredictable. Shah and Hodge faded away after good starts to the season. Morover both Hogg and Botha were disappointing and the bowling continued to suffer. We need better fast bowlers who can bowl at death.

    We need more impact players like Watson in the team and then Dravid's role would be to play the anchor man, which he has done all these years for India.

  • nareshgb1 on May 22, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    "My goal is to develop young players" - one thing is for sure, Wall Sir is with the right franchise. Salute.

  • INSIDEOUT19 on May 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    As a true fan of RSD, I would want him to hang-up his boots, specially after such a wonderful IPL. As a Cricketer and a great Ambassador of the game, he should fell proud of so many achievements, and one such achievement is being in the list of top 10 run scorers in IPL 5. RR will go on even without RSD, they might struggle a little but eventually will be up there, with Shane Watson leading them. The reason why I am hell bent about RSD retiring is, I do not want him to struggle in the next IPL season, just like the way other senior players (most of us know who these players are) have done this season :) RSD please take up some other role in any of the Franchise, but take a break. You have entertained us and we would miss you for sure.

  • Jishnu.v.v on May 22, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    i agrre with Jose Puliampatta... Abhinav Mukund and Rahane make a very good opening pair and Mukund has not got his chance in CSK.. Hope he is selected by RR and under the tutelage of Sir Rahul Dravid, they become one of the best Indian opening pairs...

  • ThatzMyView on May 22, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    As a Rajasthan Fan, i feel Dravid should continue to Captain and Play for RR, superb player, none can replace. it would be our privilege to watch such a legendary player play fr Rajasthan. I would any day pay and watch Dravids batting, rather than Ganguly/Sachin/Dhoni etc.

  • CSK_Boy on May 22, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    i think,Mr.Navneet Singh A is an exact person to lead indian Cricket Team Or we can suggest to BCCI members to appoint him as a Coach for Indian Team... Then India will win All the games........

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    completely disagree with all the comments of Mr. Navneet Singh A. Dravid is such a class player and India has never seen or will never see a player like him. Its not that dravid does not fire when it is required. Dravid's job in the Indian cricket team was the keep the wicket together and stay till last. He has done just the right thing what the team has asked him to. When he was the captain, he has come many times down the order and crashed many half centuries in ODI in 40-50 balls. He plays according to situation. Respect to the great man !!

  • on May 22, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a good cricketer and he is also done well in this ipl season and my wish is Always Rahane and Dravid should open the innings for Rajastan Royals

  • sanghvir on May 22, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Ajit Chandila a Youngster... wow.. ESPNcricinfo has him as 28 years 169 days....

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is a true gentleman and legend.Better other seniors learn something from him.He was the first to own up and retire after failing in Australia.

  • on May 22, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I don't want this fella to coach any side.. He was never a leader.. thats all i wanna say.. he always needed a support to perform..

  • sks_sinha on May 22, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    I think Mr @NavneetSinghA has very little understanding of the game...especially the one who can help taking this dump and highly over-rated indian side...I may be wrong about you sir, but ur comments certainly reflect that.

  • Aravind_always on May 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    I think RR should go for Pujara next season..he is wasted at RCB..and a season with RR and Rahul Dravid will make Pujara a complete player..hope to see a Rahane-Pujara opening combination next season..

  • on May 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    On any day.. anybody can be better than Rahul Dravid.. He is a coward fellow.. can not coach any team.. forget about coaching India.. Or he will make all the players like him.. who would not generate any win any team.. just kept on playing like machines.. dravid played so well in england everybody says.. then y dint India won any match there.. simple answer because dravid can play only he can not lead.. he can not generate a win from his play.. watever dhoni has learnt it is from ganguly only.. he would surely love to work with ganguly but not wid dravid for sure..

  • risky1980 on May 22, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @Navneet Singh A Ganguly great thinker of the game ????????Ur sense of humor is appreciated:) .I agree that he is not a good choice for Indian team coach. Such a frank attitude, down to earth nature may not be needed for indian System. Indian team needs people like John wright and Gary who will not have any say in any matter and stick to their jobs without doing any chnages . He will be needed in a system where Professionalism exists . So he is not the right choice . but ur reasons were pathetic. As far as your suggestion abt sourav, dont even dream abt him being coach. MSD will not tolerate him for sure.

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Unnecessarily you have played in this format after announcing your retirement from International cricket.. Facts & figures cannot be denied that his slow scoring has cost RR few matches in this tournament.. time to go for him.. atleast depart him from captaining any side.. which i dont think rahul is fit to do.. he can play for few more seasons for RR but not as a captain.. he did not use international as well as local lads wisely.. few dint get a chance to play & even foreign players like Ian botha was kept out in most of the matches.. poor team selection & poor batting order they followed.. not a good captaincy by him at all..

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    no one can raise the finger on rahul commitment and sincerity if he move on we will surely miss him rahul and saurabh are pole apart one put his team first and another put himself first

  • vish57 on May 22, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Amoung all legends who represented IPL-5 Dravid indeed performed better; though comparision is meangingless, he out performed Ganguly, Tendulkar, Gilchrist. Rajasthan Royals won the fair play mainly because of this legendary cricketer. Rajasthan can consider hiring players like Abhinav Mukund who have played for India but yet to debut in IPL bacuse of extra strong bench strength of Chennai; similarly Bangalore, Mumbai are also having large bench strength depriving teams like Hyd, Punjab and Rajasthan with better players. Like Cap on foreigh Players to 10-11, IPL should enforce cap on Indian contracted players to 6-8 per team to make the contest.

  • vijaytsg on May 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I feel Rahul should continue to the next IPL , After longtime we had enjoy the Royal matches because they played gentlemen cricket, no contravention all player are behaved like a professional .Royal Team discipline is so good.Some close games are lost by royal other wise Royal in finals ,team work is amazing ,Hard work never fails all other team except royal, every one depends on luck ,sentiment (like foreign players dependencies more). If IPL really to give a chance to Indian players? other players.

    Mumbai - blindly depending on Pollard and malinga

    Kolkata - Depending on Kallis and Sunil Narine

    Delhi - KP , jayawardane and Ross Taylor .

    chennai - bravo and DU pless

    Banglore - Gayle

    If really IPL is for Indian players grow up let's think about all franchises are work out for the Indian players .

    Above franchises are not confident on indian players ,That is the reason they are depending on Foreign players .With out these players franchises are performed

  • on May 22, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    somebody mentioned that rahul dravid should coach indian team in years to come.. i completely disagree with that.. he is not the right guy for that job.. such a critical position should be given to some one like ganguly.. who are great thinkers of this game.. ganguly's leadership skill are well known.. we grew to the top in his times only.. dravid has no proper attitude to coach indian side.. pls remember the times of chappel.. wen dravid succumbed to each & everything said by chappel.. & stopped using his wit.. even chappel brought few changes in indian ODI batting order (which lots of ppl opposed but dravid dint utter even a single word).. like sachin demotion to 4th place in ODI.. which i think cost india a match against bangladesh.. & straight outta world cup.. he is not fit to coach indian side.. he doesn't have proper leadership qualities.. pls stop saying all this crap..

  • on May 22, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I think dravid should go out.. sooner or later he has to leave this form of cricket also.. this form doesn't suit his batting style.. although he played decently but couldn't generate win for RR.. additionally after the arrival of watson he should have promoted him directly to open the innings along with rahane.. which he did not do & continue to open the innings.. few mistakes by him as a captain has cost RR place in play offs.. his slow batting has also cost them a match which they lost against DD by 1 run.. he may play next year also but not as captain of RR.. he fails to read the critical conditions while captaining the side..

  • risky1980 on May 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @Ravi Darira, Before critising Dravid's captaincy, you need to know what one needs to captain team in T20 match . He was far better than the so called instinct captain Dhoniin that regards. Dont put lossely without knowing anything .

  • on May 22, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    I am sure Shilpa Shetty/Raj Kundra will insist Dravid to accept the captaincy in the next IPL also, and Dravid should accept it. If Dravid had not anounced his retirement from Tests, he could have continued atleast for another one year, the way he batted in this IPL. Give him, a Malinga or a Steyn, Dravid will take RR to the finals in IPL VI. No Match Fixing and No. 1 in Fair Play again.

  • anantxv on May 22, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    dravid did far better than his indian contemporaries and highly-hyped juniors like raina, kohli, jadeja etc. keep going rahul.

  • Min2_cric on May 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Dravid should leave the dirty IPL and come back to play tests for India.I dont think India now has any quality test player and i m not sure it will produce any good ones if IPL continues for even 2 more years.Youngsters just dont want to play for the country.All international teams have good test players.WI have Chanderpaul,England has Strauss,Cook,Trott and Australia with Ponting,Clarke and many more.

  • on May 22, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @ravi darira. wat yo are speaking is completely absurd. with this squad & just 5 or 6 international players in the playing xi of every game, wat RR achieved is really great. dravid cant be blamed for anything... except watson v dont hav any other good hitters in the team. in the last 2 or 3 games shah's strike rate was lesser than rahul's ... all these batsmen yo mentioned are just struggling to hit runs in the finishing overs.

  • veerakannadiga on May 22, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    I am sorry about the local lad Gajendra Singh who didn't get a chance to play (this season).". This one statement in itself sums up what a great human being he is. How many other captains have admitted that they have not played the younger players? Whatever you do, we will always be behind you.If RD disassociates himself from cricket, it is cricket's loss, not RD's loss.We were, we are & we always will be Rahul Dravid's fans. Long live this fantastic human being.AMEN.

  • on May 22, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, U have done a great job as a Captain and an Opener,well done...we want to see u again and again...............

  • Narbavi on May 22, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    @Ravi Darira: check ur stats right dude!! he scored 462 at a strike rate of 112 and not 105, he was one of the main architects behind RR's success, as someone rightly said, if u r hating rahul u got to be a huge sachin or dada fan or not a proper follower of Indian cricket!! I sincerely hope wall plays next season!!

  • pureatichowdary on May 22, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Dravid is a real class player, Even in T20 format also he is more than usefull. He needs to play one more year and try to find a hard hitting opener if possible bring YUSUF back to RR and Give him chance as a opener, so he can get his rytham back. In KKR he is not suit for his role.

  • Mandavya on May 22, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    "I feel batting is one thing and scoring runs is another thing." - The above statement is a real testimony for The Wall's epic career.. U can't expect this from anyone else...

  • imdenzil on May 22, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Having followed Dravid all through his illustrious career, I have a gut feeling that he is going to make use of the time till the next IPL to work on his hitting and come out all guns blazing to stump all the nay-sayers.

  • on May 22, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Dravid shud be the next coach of indian cricket team... he has the right attitude and skills to take india to a new heights... if he become coach of indian cricket team, team india will achieve success more than wat india achieves under gary kristen.. kirsten is great but dravid has the right temparment to handle indians and to take forward the indian cricket team to a greater heights

  • Nadeem1976 on May 22, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    IPL is for the benefit of Indian players why would Dravid not play next IPL if he is not playing any other cricket. He should play IPL for two three more years. Earn good money for future and live better life. Dravid played well in this IPL and hope he will be back next season to open again. It's not the fault of Dravid that his team is not in play offs.

  • AjitNarayan on May 21, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Dravid did better than Tendulkar, Ganguly, Raina, Kohli and the list can go on and on, so I don't know why people aren't complaining about them. However, he should have just thrown the bat after the first six overs, no point playing on after that.

  • on May 21, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    The ones who talk about Dravid's runrate need a reality check ! What better did hiiters like Sachin, Dhoni, Dilshan, Kohli, Uthappa and Raina achieve. All have almost same Strike Rates. At least Dravid is among top finishers. And his cautious hitting gave RR a good start.

  • vinay_india_cricket on May 21, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    @Aussasinator: Please be advised that Yusuf Pathan plays for KKR now and has not been with RR since 2 years.

  • on May 21, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    400 runs at a strike rate of 105 cost RR the play off spot. Not to forget he had the most number of dot balls which in this format is like gold for opposition. He played too many balls in the first six overs and left nothing for the likes of Shah, Binny and Menaria. Watson opening the innings could have made the big difference too, as start is everything in T20. Every innings, after the power play he could not score any boundaries and depended on field restrictions to score the one or two he managed. He could have kept wickets and helped add a batsman or bowler but did not. His captaincy was ordinary which can be seen with the 7 place finish, inspite of having a decent bowling attack and good batters like rahane, shah, watson...

  • satyachowdary on May 21, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Words of a true gentleman...Don't why everything Dravid does sound's so perfect to my ears....

  • Htc-Baseball on May 21, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    a person who hates dravid has to be one who hates cricket or loves sachin more..Dravid will remain the true legend of whole cricketing world.Thanku man,,lucky your sons for getttin such a dad..

  • RGee on May 21, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    dravid needs to retire gracefully, and join as the batting coach or commentary.......

  • on May 21, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Loved watching RD bat in this IPL. That pull off Steyn was truly remarkable.Hope he plays in the next edition as well. Long Live RD!

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Its well known fact that, Dravid where ever and what ever the circumstances it might be, will give his best to Cricket. As his compatriot Shane Watson said, If permitted Dravid will play cricket till his last breath. He has given a glimpse of that in this edition of IPL (IPL5) and it tells us that how good a T20 cricketer Rahul is. Nobody expected that Rahul will score 462 runs finishing 7th , one among the top 10 batters, well done Wall.

  • Aussasinator on May 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    High time Dravid realised he's of no use anymore in this format too. better to avoid absolute humiliation. RR can start off next year by opening the batting with Yusuf Pathan, like they did in the inaugural IPL. Pathan met with huge successs and was instrumental in many wins.

  • bumsonseats on May 21, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    im affraid rahul after 20 years of playing correct cricket shots mean that the ipl is not for you. your runs per bowls over the ipl means that you just dont score fast enough leave the other guys more to do towards the end of the innings.

  • eGVishal on May 21, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    A words of true legend and gentleman......

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    dravid rocks and he should continue playing...

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Dravid's strike rate is toooo low for 20-20 cricket

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    legend. You guided Rajasthan's young lads well. Specially Rahane.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Dravid, Please cont., batting as captain, opener or whatever, in any team. We Just want to see those stylish batting from you.

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    When Rahul says, that RR has to find a young Indian opener, and also about good prospects who did not get a chance to play in other franchises, the first name which comes to my mind is Abhinav Mukund. Developing Rahane- Mukund pair for opening under Dravid's tutelage will be good not only for RR, but also for Indian national test team, for the future. Among the 'seniors' Gambhir is still young enough to continue. So, I am looking for the following batting order for India. Rahane, Mukund, Gamhbir, Kohli, Rohit, as the top five. Frankly, I want Sehwag to come at 6 to hit out, get some fast runs, and possibly demoralise the opposition.

  • Romenevans on May 21, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The legacy of this legend will always be alive, no matter he plays it more or not. WALL forever!

  • StatisticsRocks on May 21, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Thank you Sir Dravid for all you have done for India or for the team that you played for. You are the pillar of Indian cricket and you presence in any role will greatly enhance the quality of cricket and also play a huge role in developing not just cricketers but personalities and human beings like yourself. I sincerely feel, being a huge fan of Dravid, that it is time he takes up the role of mentoring youngster's like he has said and I hope he also plays a huge role in team selection to play test matches for India. I hope BCCI sees Rahane as the next possible #3 or even as an opener in test matches and give him the chance to play. Rahane's technique (& temparament) is better than that of Raina in test matches. Give this youngster a chance before it is too late. Salute to Sir Dravid.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Rahul Dravid never ceases to amaze me with his balanced and honest views and all along not losing site of the small matter of putting team interests first. Take a bow My Dearest Legend. I sincerely hope you will play the next edition of IPL.

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Rahul Dravid never ceases to amaze me with his balanced and honest views and all along not losing site of the small matter of putting team interests first. Take a bow My Dearest Legend. I sincerely hope you will play the next edition of IPL.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 21, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Thank you Sir Dravid for all you have done for India or for the team that you played for. You are the pillar of Indian cricket and you presence in any role will greatly enhance the quality of cricket and also play a huge role in developing not just cricketers but personalities and human beings like yourself. I sincerely feel, being a huge fan of Dravid, that it is time he takes up the role of mentoring youngster's like he has said and I hope he also plays a huge role in team selection to play test matches for India. I hope BCCI sees Rahane as the next possible #3 or even as an opener in test matches and give him the chance to play. Rahane's technique (& temparament) is better than that of Raina in test matches. Give this youngster a chance before it is too late. Salute to Sir Dravid.

  • Romenevans on May 21, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The legacy of this legend will always be alive, no matter he plays it more or not. WALL forever!

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    When Rahul says, that RR has to find a young Indian opener, and also about good prospects who did not get a chance to play in other franchises, the first name which comes to my mind is Abhinav Mukund. Developing Rahane- Mukund pair for opening under Dravid's tutelage will be good not only for RR, but also for Indian national test team, for the future. Among the 'seniors' Gambhir is still young enough to continue. So, I am looking for the following batting order for India. Rahane, Mukund, Gamhbir, Kohli, Rohit, as the top five. Frankly, I want Sehwag to come at 6 to hit out, get some fast runs, and possibly demoralise the opposition.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Dravid, Please cont., batting as captain, opener or whatever, in any team. We Just want to see those stylish batting from you.

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    legend. You guided Rajasthan's young lads well. Specially Rahane.

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Dravid's strike rate is toooo low for 20-20 cricket

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    dravid rocks and he should continue playing...

  • eGVishal on May 21, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    A words of true legend and gentleman......

  • bumsonseats on May 21, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    im affraid rahul after 20 years of playing correct cricket shots mean that the ipl is not for you. your runs per bowls over the ipl means that you just dont score fast enough leave the other guys more to do towards the end of the innings.