Australia in India 2009-10 October 15, 2009

Dravid dropped for Australia ODIs

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Rahul Dravid, brought in to shore up the middle order in bowler-friendly conditions in South Africa, has been dropped for the first two ODIs against Australia, a home series expected to be played on flat tracks. Both Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh made comebacks from their injuries, taking the places of Dinesh Karthik and Dravid.

Yusuf Pathan and RP Singh - struggling for form - and Abhishek Nayar, tried only for three overs in three games, have been dropped for Ravindra Jadeja, Munaf Patel and the uncapped Sudeep Tyagi. Ishant Sharma has been persisted with despite his struggles in the limited-overs format.

The thorniest question of the selection, though, remained Dravid. Since his comeback, he has scored 14, 47, 39, 76 and 4 in five innings; the 39 came in a crucial 95-run opening stand in the final of the tri-series in Sri Lanka. It was expected that Sehwag and Yuvraj would replace Karthik and Virat Kohli, their original replacements, but the selectors put faith in Kohli.

RP and Yusuf have been disappointing and added to India's struggles in the last few months. RP, after his comeback in the West Indies, averaged 53.20 and gave away 5.91 runs an over. Yusuf, in his last 11 innings, reached double-figures twice, and in 30 matches overall has sent down 111.2 overs. It does not reflect his captain's faith in his bowling. The same applied for Nayar, who has been in the squad for three different series did not score a run or take a wicket.

Jadeja, Munaf and Tyagi, their replacements, all impressed during the Irani Cup and Challenger Trophy. Jadeja's 77, scored with the lower order in company, and Munaf's five-for got Rest of India the match-winning first-innings lead in the Irani tie. Munaf was the highest wicket-taker in the Challenger Trophy, while Tyagi's five wickets came at 18 apiece and Jadeja bowled 20 overs at an economy-rate of 3.7.

India squad MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Sudeep Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra.

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  • rocket123 on October 16, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    What a shame that Dravid has been ousted unceremoniously. He is the batting giant of all times. I believe that cricketing history remains incomplete without a mention of formidable No.3 batsman "Rahul Dravid". Coming back to his ODI calibre and strike rate of 71.10 must be of no concern. He provides the nucleus and foundation around which other players build and play their game without worrying of any collapse at the other end. In addition, Tendulkar does not have a strike rate of 100% or more and same applies to Ricky Ponting. These both modern greats have a strike rate hovering around (Tendulkar) 85% and (Ponting) 80%. There is not a huge difference in strike rates. If one wants to debate about Dravid's ability to play dominating innings then he has played many in recent memories in ODIs. I do not understand what the fuss is about. Dravid has nothing to prove about his capabilities in ODI. And, please let the great enjoy his final days in both tests and ODIs per his terms.

  • Beltran on October 16, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    The most important - Dravid. He is too much of a gentleman thats why the BCCI has taken advantage of USING him when they are in trouble ONLY. KUDOS to you Dravid and SHAME ON YOU BCCI. Why was Venkatesh Prasa not dropped when he was doing a good job. Is he to be blamed or the Selection Committee for giving him the PLAYERS to work with???Maybe the Selection Committee should be dropped and players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Kumble put in their place.

  • TwitterJitter on October 16, 2009, 3:35 GMT

    While pimping for Dravid, many people throw out most banal line I have heard over and over.. one that this is not a way to treat a player who scored 10+k runs. Only in India we look for personal statistics to judge whether a player needs to be in the squad. How about how many one days did he help India win with his knock? That is more important than how many runs or centuries he scored which is one of the most selfish statistic around and we seem to be obsessed with personal records irrespective of team performances. Bringing back Dravid was a wrong choice in the first place. He does not fit in modern one day squad where you need to score atleast at a 100.00 strike rate if you gobble up more than 30 balls. He barely touches 60 or 70 strike rate at his best. The selectors have just rectified their earlier mistake. Ishant is a puzzling choice. He is lucky. His selection has more to do with potential than actual performance on show. Harbhajan needs competition for his spot.

  • coolsuhas on October 16, 2009, 3:10 GMT

    It was really interesting to read the comments of many who said Dravid was a good player to have in SA and others saying we need those who could maintain a strike rate of about 100 on India's flat pitches and so his exclusion is worth it. I am a member of the 'NO-Dravid-in-ODIs' club. In fact I hate him. But I know something must be wrong with my thoughts given that Dravid was in the side for about 10 years. So....I believe India's selection process lacks the context most of the times. Assuming everything is fair, the selection process is purely merit based: If you score more or get more wickets, you are in the side. All good. But this is a one-size-fits-all formula. All know Dravid was in the side for the last two series to replace those injured. Had he been in the side for the tour of SA and out because the tour is in India, that would have made sense. No point in arguing if he is the best player of all times. Because to swat a fly you need a swatter not a sledge hammer.

  • footyexpert on October 16, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    EXCELLENT JOB SELECTORS !? Time to give the youngsters a chance ,especially after watching the comedy show in SA ,i.e the fielding by the old men ,Dravid & Tendulkar. Having a Kohli or other youngster in the side would save over 20 runs per game ,so one could excuse them if they had a much lower avg. than Dravid. Good fielding helps build up pressure , especially given the weak bowling attack. Harbhajan should be shown the door, him & Sreesanth could launch their careers in WWF, given how oppositons like to slap their bowling around , it would give them a chance to do some b@*%? slapping of their own. Ishant playing gives the oppositon another free 20+ runs with his woeful fielding & wayward bowling. I'll just sit back , bet on the opposition and ca$h in, cheers selectors !

  • 6x_CS_King on October 16, 2009, 2:35 GMT

    keeping ishant is bad move ... but i m okay with dropping dravid ...... im a really big fan of dravid in tests ... even though he has scored 10000+ runs in ODI's ....i feel some of india's younger players need to play with good teams like australia and get a feel about international cricket at high standards .... and in the match against pakistan ...in ICC champions trophy is an typical example of dravid ... he stays in till 8 th 0r 9 th wicket and gets out and the team loses.. whats the use .. u can say that no one supported him but it his responsibility to talk to player(younger) at the crease and advice him what best to do ... like yusuf pathan played one of worst shots to get out ... if you talk about holding the innings , you have to finish it. but many times i have seen dravid playing till end and team losing (in ODI's) not many players do it successfully ....guys like brain lara steve waugh did it , , so they were in the team and they are amongst the BESTS in ODI's

  • cambridgesound on October 16, 2009, 2:21 GMT

    I think its the faith of Dhoni in Kohli that he is still in the team. In the Champions trophy, Kohli was selected as the replacement for Yuvraj, yet he played the first game. Abhishek Nayar who topscored for India in the warmup match against New Zealand was dropped for Kohli. That was ridiculous. And this time, I think Dravid has to sacrifice for Kohli. I dont know why Kohli. Let him play some morefirst class cricket and be mature. Thats what I think.

  • finalwarrior on October 16, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    This is really harsh and unforgivable treatment towards Rahul Dravid .if they were going to drop him, then why the hell they selected him in the team. The selectors regained the title "A Pack of Jokers"

    RD We love you dude... please retire from Tests too..they dont know how to treat a player like you..Shame on Selectors, Shame on Dhoni for playing dirty politics to such a gentleman of Indian Cricket Team

  • Romeo248 on October 16, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    Does indian tailenders know how to hold a bat. This is a big problem for Indian cricket. India needs a good fast bowling all rounder. Does the selection committee still remember a name, Irfan Pathan. Why was he dropped. There is no answer not because he did not do well because if he dont owl well he makes up the runs with the bat. He should have been brought back. This is politics from selection panel. they select the player who they favors. That happened for long time. Where is Zaheer Khan. He should have been back. He can bat quite well at the end of the innings. India will have a good pace attack if its lead by zaheer khan following by asish nehra and then irfan pathan. The only good thing about this selection is yuvraj and sehwag is back and the selection of tyagi. He is a good bowler who has a lot of talents. India can be number one team if Irfan Pathan, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer khan is back for atleast next series coming up.

  • keecha on October 16, 2009, 0:44 GMT

    Well guys, Dravid was not dropped now. He just got a chance to play ODI again during the last 2 series as 2 key players were injured. It is almost certain that he would have been breifed about this move earlier. No hard feelings. New talents need to be tried and nurtured for sure. AM Nayar is a bit unlucky for he did not get much chance in main matches, though he impressed in practice games. Every tournament is a different customer and the dimensions are different. The tailor has made a good dress and lets hope it fits perfectly on the day of the play........Good luck India..

  • rocket123 on October 16, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    What a shame that Dravid has been ousted unceremoniously. He is the batting giant of all times. I believe that cricketing history remains incomplete without a mention of formidable No.3 batsman "Rahul Dravid". Coming back to his ODI calibre and strike rate of 71.10 must be of no concern. He provides the nucleus and foundation around which other players build and play their game without worrying of any collapse at the other end. In addition, Tendulkar does not have a strike rate of 100% or more and same applies to Ricky Ponting. These both modern greats have a strike rate hovering around (Tendulkar) 85% and (Ponting) 80%. There is not a huge difference in strike rates. If one wants to debate about Dravid's ability to play dominating innings then he has played many in recent memories in ODIs. I do not understand what the fuss is about. Dravid has nothing to prove about his capabilities in ODI. And, please let the great enjoy his final days in both tests and ODIs per his terms.

  • Beltran on October 16, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    The most important - Dravid. He is too much of a gentleman thats why the BCCI has taken advantage of USING him when they are in trouble ONLY. KUDOS to you Dravid and SHAME ON YOU BCCI. Why was Venkatesh Prasa not dropped when he was doing a good job. Is he to be blamed or the Selection Committee for giving him the PLAYERS to work with???Maybe the Selection Committee should be dropped and players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Kumble put in their place.

  • TwitterJitter on October 16, 2009, 3:35 GMT

    While pimping for Dravid, many people throw out most banal line I have heard over and over.. one that this is not a way to treat a player who scored 10+k runs. Only in India we look for personal statistics to judge whether a player needs to be in the squad. How about how many one days did he help India win with his knock? That is more important than how many runs or centuries he scored which is one of the most selfish statistic around and we seem to be obsessed with personal records irrespective of team performances. Bringing back Dravid was a wrong choice in the first place. He does not fit in modern one day squad where you need to score atleast at a 100.00 strike rate if you gobble up more than 30 balls. He barely touches 60 or 70 strike rate at his best. The selectors have just rectified their earlier mistake. Ishant is a puzzling choice. He is lucky. His selection has more to do with potential than actual performance on show. Harbhajan needs competition for his spot.

  • coolsuhas on October 16, 2009, 3:10 GMT

    It was really interesting to read the comments of many who said Dravid was a good player to have in SA and others saying we need those who could maintain a strike rate of about 100 on India's flat pitches and so his exclusion is worth it. I am a member of the 'NO-Dravid-in-ODIs' club. In fact I hate him. But I know something must be wrong with my thoughts given that Dravid was in the side for about 10 years. So....I believe India's selection process lacks the context most of the times. Assuming everything is fair, the selection process is purely merit based: If you score more or get more wickets, you are in the side. All good. But this is a one-size-fits-all formula. All know Dravid was in the side for the last two series to replace those injured. Had he been in the side for the tour of SA and out because the tour is in India, that would have made sense. No point in arguing if he is the best player of all times. Because to swat a fly you need a swatter not a sledge hammer.

  • footyexpert on October 16, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    EXCELLENT JOB SELECTORS !? Time to give the youngsters a chance ,especially after watching the comedy show in SA ,i.e the fielding by the old men ,Dravid & Tendulkar. Having a Kohli or other youngster in the side would save over 20 runs per game ,so one could excuse them if they had a much lower avg. than Dravid. Good fielding helps build up pressure , especially given the weak bowling attack. Harbhajan should be shown the door, him & Sreesanth could launch their careers in WWF, given how oppositons like to slap their bowling around , it would give them a chance to do some b@*%? slapping of their own. Ishant playing gives the oppositon another free 20+ runs with his woeful fielding & wayward bowling. I'll just sit back , bet on the opposition and ca$h in, cheers selectors !

  • 6x_CS_King on October 16, 2009, 2:35 GMT

    keeping ishant is bad move ... but i m okay with dropping dravid ...... im a really big fan of dravid in tests ... even though he has scored 10000+ runs in ODI's ....i feel some of india's younger players need to play with good teams like australia and get a feel about international cricket at high standards .... and in the match against pakistan ...in ICC champions trophy is an typical example of dravid ... he stays in till 8 th 0r 9 th wicket and gets out and the team loses.. whats the use .. u can say that no one supported him but it his responsibility to talk to player(younger) at the crease and advice him what best to do ... like yusuf pathan played one of worst shots to get out ... if you talk about holding the innings , you have to finish it. but many times i have seen dravid playing till end and team losing (in ODI's) not many players do it successfully ....guys like brain lara steve waugh did it , , so they were in the team and they are amongst the BESTS in ODI's

  • cambridgesound on October 16, 2009, 2:21 GMT

    I think its the faith of Dhoni in Kohli that he is still in the team. In the Champions trophy, Kohli was selected as the replacement for Yuvraj, yet he played the first game. Abhishek Nayar who topscored for India in the warmup match against New Zealand was dropped for Kohli. That was ridiculous. And this time, I think Dravid has to sacrifice for Kohli. I dont know why Kohli. Let him play some morefirst class cricket and be mature. Thats what I think.

  • finalwarrior on October 16, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    This is really harsh and unforgivable treatment towards Rahul Dravid .if they were going to drop him, then why the hell they selected him in the team. The selectors regained the title "A Pack of Jokers"

    RD We love you dude... please retire from Tests too..they dont know how to treat a player like you..Shame on Selectors, Shame on Dhoni for playing dirty politics to such a gentleman of Indian Cricket Team

  • Romeo248 on October 16, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    Does indian tailenders know how to hold a bat. This is a big problem for Indian cricket. India needs a good fast bowling all rounder. Does the selection committee still remember a name, Irfan Pathan. Why was he dropped. There is no answer not because he did not do well because if he dont owl well he makes up the runs with the bat. He should have been brought back. This is politics from selection panel. they select the player who they favors. That happened for long time. Where is Zaheer Khan. He should have been back. He can bat quite well at the end of the innings. India will have a good pace attack if its lead by zaheer khan following by asish nehra and then irfan pathan. The only good thing about this selection is yuvraj and sehwag is back and the selection of tyagi. He is a good bowler who has a lot of talents. India can be number one team if Irfan Pathan, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer khan is back for atleast next series coming up.

  • keecha on October 16, 2009, 0:44 GMT

    Well guys, Dravid was not dropped now. He just got a chance to play ODI again during the last 2 series as 2 key players were injured. It is almost certain that he would have been breifed about this move earlier. No hard feelings. New talents need to be tried and nurtured for sure. AM Nayar is a bit unlucky for he did not get much chance in main matches, though he impressed in practice games. Every tournament is a different customer and the dimensions are different. The tailor has made a good dress and lets hope it fits perfectly on the day of the play........Good luck India..

  • Romeo248 on October 16, 2009, 0:38 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous in fact politics...Is there any reason rahud should be dropped. Not even.Kohli made a 76 after long time. Even if he dint made that 76 india would have won. West indies bowling attack was low on confidence. Look at dravids comeback. He made since his comeback, he has scored 14, 47, 39, 76 and 4. Few times he wasnt out and umpire gave him. Thats not his mistake. He is still the wall of Indian Cricket. I am not at all fan of Dravid but he should have been in team instead of Kohli. Munaf is coming back instead of rp singh. Munaf is not at all a good international player. He can only do good in domestic. "The same applied for Nayar, who has been in the squad for three different series did not score a run or take a wicket." Did he had enugh chances. Only one match. He bowled 3 overs and batted and he was 4 not out. He never had a chance to prove himself. Dhoni should have gave him more chances

  • getgopi on October 16, 2009, 0:22 GMT

    India CAN'T keep going back to Dravid. The new generation of Indian cricketers will need to be out there playing international cricket, if they are to improve in the long run. At this stage of his career, Dravid doesn't have anything to prove but he is in a position to contribute his experience to the younger cricketers. He can be included now and then as he can provide in-match guidance to other younger players right on the track. But the selectors should clearly communicate any such special role to Dravid so he understands that he has a bigger role to play than just an anchoring role.

    I see some folks here questioning Raina's form. Other than his woes with shortpitched bowling, he has been a much more consistent performer than Rohit, Yusuf and Jadeja. Remember his stunning assault on Pakistan in the Champions trophy and his 98 in IPL2. Raina should be played at No.3 all the time.

    Karthik should have been included instead of Jadeja. He shows good temperament. And where is Badrinath?

  • ggcricket on October 15, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Indian team should have a pool of 25- 30 players n ROTAION POLICY should be adopted. There is so much cricket- FTP, Champions Trophy, T20 n 50 overs World Cups, IPL, CLT20. This leads to so much workload on players, n also pressure of Indian fans. Besides same bunch of 15 players can perform consistently at most for 2 years max. But if u have a large pool, then there will be less injuries n more consistent perfomances. So there is a strong need of rotation policy. An advice to BCCI n selectors.

  • gmangunit on October 15, 2009, 21:59 GMT

    well bcci has taken awful decisions in past but i think this one of the most matured selections done . as for now dravid is he best yo can have around but current teams always depend on allrounders and dravid is not one of them for eg jadeja kohli raina yuvraj sehwag and harbu is turning in to one too. so i won blame bcci for this as its a good decision and dravid is the WALL u need him test match where he is the best you can get.so bcci good work and hope TEAM INDIA PEAKS ITS PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE SIDE AUSSIES CURRENTLY AND BECOME NO:-1. ALL THE BEST.

  • borninthetimeofSRT on October 15, 2009, 21:55 GMT

    It seems like BCCI selection committee needs some young blood itself and somebody should sack them, may be the Govt. of India or somebody. Oh well, we are back to the same old Indian mindset - "someone's gotta be answerable." Dravid's axing and non-inclusion of Pathan and RP seems more like a punishment than looking ahead to the future. Somebody had to pay, why not Dravid. He is not around for too long anyway. BCCI is overwhelmed by the influx of talent and it shows in its actions. There are too many needing a chance to prove themselves. Surprisingly Virat found his place on a century he mad against weakened WI. It was his duty to see India through the chase against Pakistan. He has been rewarded for what he did not accomplish - he had a night one gets to become a hero. I am excited by Tyagi's inclusion but Pathan could be lethal. Ishant will struggle on Indian wickets and Dhoni's side will be depending on the toss a 100 times more than the Aussies. Team changing is not Team building

  • Hardy_1984 on October 15, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    Anyway , This is very Selected Team for India. I am very happy for coming back Bigg hitter for cricket ball VIRENDER SHEWAG & 6 HTTTER YUVRAJ SINGH. I love to watch these two guy's there hitting is brilliant if one of guy is click sure India will win the match. You guy's know if YUVRAJ will make 50 sure India will win the match. According to his record from his total fittes 40 fiftees he made India won the match. These guy's are amazing hitter of Cricket ball they can't scared from any blower from the world. So, i am very excited they will crush Australia i know. And i am REALLY Big fan of MR.WALL (RAHUL DRAVID) he is great player from the world. He is very sound & technical guy from the India team. But you know his destiny is not going his way. So, he would have specialist player for test only in upcoming for India and everybody knows. So, guy's be ready to watch Shewag & Yuvraj. Regarding Harbhajan i would say he is brilliant blower and good guy and Dhoni other player believi

  • sanzo5 on October 15, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    To be honest i dont like the exclusion of dravid... the reason is that if u consider teams such as south africa or australia who are doing well in internatioanal cricket.. they do not see if a player is 18 or 28 or 40 years old.. cricket is all about playing 11 fit player in the middle are mentally physically and technically fit to face the requirements of internatioanl challenge... whats wrong in keeping dravid in the playing 11 when is fit and scoring runs.. he is not in a bad patch like ishant sharma.. virat scored runs against below par west indies but could not stand up in the pressure match with pakistan.. but he is still in the team.... the selection team has to think more... and dhoni too....

  • GokulKrish on October 15, 2009, 21:10 GMT

    Selectors say they are looking for the future...Then is the present does not have any worth or significance??Was Dravid young when he was picked for CT and Lankan tour?Ishanth is given chance to learn at the national team then what is done at domestic level and why don't this apply for others??Why is Dhoni still retained with captaincy when he has failed in the two world events?Why does the age criteria not considered with the case of Sachin??What is the use of having a will be fit(Yuvraj) player when when lot of fit ones(Badri,Rahane,...) are waiting for their chances?Is fitness not a concern for selection??Why were Prasad and Robin dropped while Kristen walks free??Well this is for just two odi's if the team fails will they recall Dravid(excluding his age out of selection)??When will the Indian selectors become sensible??Please do some come up with your replies......

  • gooey_kablooie on October 15, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    I don't see the point in filling up the team with five pacers (or so to say medium pacers) when only two (spin will be favoured) will get the chance. And instead, Virat Kohli (who is just a shadow of Rahul Dravid) has been brought in though both have to serve the same purpose of holding the innings together in a team full of blasters and hence Dravid was the man with his experience. I totally disagree with appajik for not considering this as an important series as they are going to play one of the best sides at present. Harbhajan needsto be shown that his place isn't secure with spinners like Ojha waiting to grab any opportunity that comes their way. Ojha should have been the obvious choice before Harbhajan. The biggest concern though is the performance of tail-enders with the bat. If such a situation comes (I dearly hope it doesn't) then its game over for India any day against any side set aside Australia.

  • Jigkam on October 15, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    I think selectors have made a mistake by dropping him. As we have seen recently, with the advent of 20-20, most of the teams are bowled out by 36-37 overs. We need someone who can hold up one end while players can score from other end. His experience is vital and he can play big shots when required. Who can forget the thrashing he gave Allan Donald on South Africa. If the team gets bowled out inside 50 overs, he may be recalled.

  • Rajesh. on October 15, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous ! I thought this selection committee headed by Kris Srikanth was reasonable than many of its predecessors......... but may be I judged them too early.

    If I can speak to Srikanth I'm curious to ask what did Virat Kohli do that Rahul didn't to retain his place....

    As for Ishant Sharma & Harbhajan Singh, one is plain lucky to be selected and the other is perhaps one of the most over-rated players to have played for India.

  • KKeskar on October 15, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    Only one disappointment, that still Virat Kohli. This guy is not good at anything except for his fielding. Not skillful to find gaps, Not a big hitter also and very ordinary bowling. He do not deserve his place in Indian team. I don't get it how this guy keep finding his place rather that Rohit Sharma or Abhishek Nayar; this guy deserves a lot after good domestic performance.

    I am sorry but Virat is disappointing, and may be needs to play domestic cricket for sometime.

  • Smelly on October 15, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    This thing is being blown waaaay out of proportion!!

    People - Sehwag was injured. Dravid was brought in as his replacement. Sehwag is healthy - Dravid goes out. Is anyone here really claiming that Dravid deserves to be in the ODI team ahead of Sehwag????

    Look at it from a practical standpoint. What's the point of having Dravid in the team and not playing him? When Sehwag went out, we needed someone at the top of the order (in fact I think even Gambhir was out for a while). Now that they are both back, and no way Sachin gets dropped, the rest of the batting line up set, what will we do with Dravid? Make him take water and gloves out to the youngsters?

    Come on ... this is not right or wrong. Its the only move.

  • GokulKrish on October 15, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    And they still persist with Ishant saying he is young and he has to learn things but when will he learn things???Well then most of them in the team are young so let all of them to be in the team for ever and learn things...They have brought in Yuvraj when he is not even fit and the decision to play him will be taken before the match.how the hell can you pick a player when he is not fit???Good thing is Sehwag is back..Karthick dropped after he performed decently after sumtime..Why in a fear he may be a threat to dhoni's place??Dhoni he has never performs in the World Cup,CT but he will dash the ball in the flat tracks against weak bowling attacks...And as a captain he has run out of his luck he has not even any sensible decision in the recent past..Fortunately Rohit has not rerturned back to the team..Bhajji has to prove his worth ahead of the young budding spinners.Poor Nayar was not given enough of chance dropped for poor performace....Huh!

  • GokulKrish on October 15, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    The selectors have made a mockery out of it!!!Dravid was the one who saved the face of indian team in the CT against pak else india would have been drubbed to their feet!!Well they say the youngsters are not upto their expectations just a month back and just after a month after humiliating first round exit from the CT they sy that it is time to look at the future..whatz dat???India fighting for a place to play in CT and world cup.Obviously these selectors will suceed if they continue to be dis way...Dravid was dropped for the reason that he is not young enough ok you may be right Mr.Srikanth but what about Sachin he performs k.. but is he younger than Dravid???Does anyone of the selectors really have the gutts to say sachin is old and we are looking at the future so we would like leave him out to bring in fresh legs???.Dravid is being humiliated for all the commitment,dedication and contribution he has given to the team..Dhoni he is just paralysing indian cricket..........

  • ravichakra on October 15, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Agree with Farce_Follower, Tendulkar and Yuvraj will score on flat batting beauties and increase their averages, strike rates. Wonder why Harbhajan gets picked in all matches despite his poor performances in big matches. Maybe because he is Sachin's friend and like his friend, he too does not believe in scoring in crucial / big matches.

  • AvidCricFan on October 15, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Its not a bad selection except for Dravid getting short changed. I am glad to see Karthik, RP Singh, and Y Pathan shown door for now. I can understand Dravid being dropped. He is not getting any younger and sharp fielding is critical. We can hide one or two average/weak fielders but not 4 to 5 without it impacting the game. Just remember, an average Indian fielder is below average when compared with Aussies and SA players.

  • krissh86in on October 15, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    The opaque selection policies in Indian Cricket would continue to ruin the game and enhance the ego of players .....

  • Params7 on October 15, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    I was afraid this would happen. BCCI also sacked Venaktesh Prasad and kept Ishant in, so I'm cheering for Australia now :D

  • sumitagrawal75 on October 15, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    Dear Ravi okie agree Malik's avg wasn't gud till 45th over, but finally he made up for it, can u guarnatee that dravid too can do it at the end of the innings, the moment he tries to catch up with run rate he flops. it's not juss shooting comments, it a proven fact.

  • ravichakra on October 15, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    AsherCA, I think your knowledge of cricket can be kept to yourself. Check statistics and chases above 275. See who is better, Sachin or Dravid.

  • ravichakra on October 15, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    TequilaGuy, you hit the nail on the head. Sachin should have been dropped long back. It took him 20 years of cricket to score his first ton in Australia. Flat batting surfaces, batting first, he can score tons of runs (bulk of his runs are on flat batting tracks).

    Another example is Yuvraj. Just have a look at his 25 innings before the hundred he scored against England at home. It had only 3 scores above 50. Yet he was not dropped. People talk about Dravid's strike rate. Just bring out Dhoni's strike rate in his last 15 matches. His strike rate has been pathetic than that of Dravid.

  • mgkappan on October 15, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    I completely agree with the selectors in selecting Dravid for SL and SA and dropping him for the home series, one because of the expected nature of the pitches and secondly since Sehvag and Yuvraj are back. The interest of the team is more important than the individual.Maybe they couldhave given a break(not drop,but rest) Ishant.

  • krissh86in on October 15, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    Pathetic Selection . Have Selectors become puppets dancing to the tunes of MS Dhoni. Better BCCI could dissolve the selection panel and handover the so called mantle to the captain and coach. Why is Virat Kohli in the team ? If the Indian selectors are planning to groom him for the future as a replacement for the Seniors in verge of retirement why did the BCCI provide a incremental contact to Badrinath who is for long fighting his cause to be in the team and has just been overlooked everytime there is a vacany which gets filled in by a player from Delhi or Mumbai. If playing for Delhi or Mumbai is the shortcut to Indian team better dissolve the ranji leagues. A BCCI official comes with a opinion that players are more interested in IPL rather than Ranji leagues , how would they be when the IPL funds them as well as turns out to be a shortcut metric to land up in the team. What good did Ravindra Jadeja do to be in the team when Rajat Bhatia and Ashwin are battling their heart out. Sad

  • melvn on October 15, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    Finally the selectors have corrected their mistake. Yes ofcourse Dravid is a great player.To score 10000+ runs in both formats of the game is a remarkable achievement, but the team is more important and not the player. He is no more good enough for the oneday format as even 300 has become a normal score(But still a very efficient test player as the strike rate doesnt matter really in that format). why is India performing extremely well in the last 2 years? Because we have young blood and all the players maintains a good strike rate. IS it acceptable to score 70 runs from 100 balls when we are chasing a score of above 300!!!!!!!!! By doing so he is putting more pressure on the batsman at the other end and it makes the bowlers to regain their rythm &we accept the defeat in the start itself.So such attitude wont help the modern ODI cricket. But still it's a great humiliation for such a nice player to be called in for just a series& thrown away after that.

  • ravichakra on October 15, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    Sumit Agrawal needs to be shown the statistics in CT to prove that his strike rate has been better than that of Dhoni and Sachin at times. When you are chasing 300 and above, you cannot go slam bang all the time. What was Shoaib Malik's strike rate till the 45th over when the set 308 to win? Don't shoot off in the air without proper analysis.

  • appajik on October 15, 2009, 19:07 GMT

    Its ok to drop dravid for now. Its not any world cup or mini WC to worry about winning or loosing the cup.Given his caliber and experience, he can be included in big series in future anyime.Mean while its always better to try and experiment with new guys. India need another anchor in the team.Dhoni is good player in ODIs, but he cant fill Dravids shoe.We need young guys like Kohli, who is technically sound.Given few chances, he can prove his mettle and who knows he might out future Dravid.We dont really need Dravid for facing present sparkless Aussies.Dravid is anyway playing champions T20 and IPL for shorter format practice.The same applies to sachin as well.If we have to preserve sachin for the next world cup,he should be given ample rest.He shouldnt be used for small tournaments.Of course,in that case he may miss few centuries on the way.But I guess he already scored ample centuries in ODIs,which can never be broken.Anyway BCCI is doing good job at the moment.

  • GunturBlues on October 15, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    Dudes - I support dropping Dravid from the team. You guys just thinking about the shot term solution of including Dravid into limited over side. We have been relying on Dravid and Sachin from the past 15 years almost. They are the best and there is no question about this and they have given their best to India. But there should be some point , we have to look for some strong substitute players to replace em. Did you forget our victories in the past 2 years after replacing ganguly,dravid ,laxman with some new youngsters ? . Look waht happened in recent T20 world cup and Champions trophy, One of the good reasons for our failure is definetly due to the absence of Zaheer, Yuvi,and Viru . To get much stronger side, we have to rest some key players repeatedly and try some new blood such that we should have some good replacements and strong bench even if the key players are absent

  • RaviReddy on October 15, 2009, 18:54 GMT

    After the performances in Champions Trophy, I cannot believe Harbhajan retains his place. I would have picked any young spinner over him,, Ojha, Piyush, the left arme spinner who plays for Chennai Super kings etc..

  • chandsin on October 15, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    Dropping Dravid is a bold but good decision. On flat pitches, You just need those batsman who have the ability to stay at the wicket with a strike rate around 100. You don't need the wall who stays on the pitch with a strike rate around 60 -70. In this situation, other batsman may feel more pressure to score the runs. Selecting Kohli as compared to Dravid is just beacuse kohli may warm the bench but if Dravid is in the team, he will be in 11. And in flat wickets if u have 6 batsman like Sachin,sehwag,raine,gambhir,youraj and Dhoni , u realy don't need Rahul.

  • MahendraSinghisKinng on October 15, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    Regarding Dravid , the selectors have made the right decision now. The earlier decision to bring him in does not fit in the plans of setting up a future team. But agree that this could hurt dravid and next time when he is selected (if at all) Dravid should stand up and say I m not gonna play. Regarding the other selections Yusuf Axed - good job RP Axed - good job Ishant continued - bad decision ( Still desperately wanting to believe that he is good), bowling coach and fielding coach sacked very good job. Match after match Dhoni kep sayin today we didnt field well, they has a bad day. Harbajan - not axed , this is a tough decision that has to be made. Harbajan is a good test bowler. the good things stop right there. When it comes to ODI he is a knee jerk bowler always trying to force it thru the air and contol the runs,in which he fails miserably. the job of a spinner is to take wickets - not only controlling runs. He has established himself as a lead spinner somehow. continued

  • rdr_1019 on October 15, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    I totally agree with "yaseenk2002 ". This is nothing but an insult. Only thing BCCI wants s to make more an more money. They don;t want the good ol classic cricketer, they want players who can only hit 6's and 4's. Virat Kohli is a great young talent, but you cannot pick him over Dravid, who has been a complete team player and never backed away from a any situation. Hopefully, the selectors will think over their decision, and who knows, he might comeback for the rest of the series.

  • aryaman1994 on October 15, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    The selectors have made a mockery of indian cricket. A guy is picked, plays a couple of matches, poor guy bowls a few overs, doesnt get to bat, gets dropped. Another guy is picked for a couple of matches based on 1 good performance. This is totally against Dhoni's successful theory of backing a player to perform. Meanwhile one of crickets all time greats is picked for tough pitches and dropped when the pitches get easier. This clearly gives the message that the players selected here cant perform on bouncy tracks. And what happens if they fail in first two ODIs? Call Dravid back?

  • Madhavkhanna on October 15, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    Dravid being dropped was perhaps a good thing in the long run. But he has clearly got a raw deal. He did his job. There are a few other players who should have been put on notice.I am not too sure about Kholi. Guy doesent seem to be hungry enough.

  • CiMP on October 15, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    I thought this selection committee was doing better than many of its predecessors... but it has shown its true colors - that of a clown! A strong side Australia will need a technically sound batsman to hold the innings when everyone decides to have an off day as happens with Indian batsmen not infrequently. That role has been filled admirably by Rahul Dravid over the years (decades?). Alas we have wise men, the unwise and then the selectors!

  • dipsi on October 15, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    The indian selectors have made a royal mess of their selections...... RAHUL DRAVID is more than just a legend, he does not deserve to be used & then dropped like this, i for one have lost all faith in this current selection panel for india. DRAVID certainly deserves better than this :( Just don't go knocking on DRAVID's door when india performs badly in yet another tournament 'coz then it will be too l8.

  • sumitagrawal75 on October 15, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    Well most of us are criticising Dravid being dropped and appreciating his form during CT. but if we closely analyse his contribution i dont think he has done indian team favour with his batting, for last 2 yrs. During CT agreed he was consistent, but just think of the number of batsmen that got out b'cos of him playing unneccesary shots to catch up with the required run rate cos at the other end Dravid was not firing, not even making run a ball. No one considers this ALAS!!!! what the use of holding onto one end when b'cos of him we are a pack of cards at the other. If he even manages run a ball there wudn't b any kindda pressure at other end, so none will play rediculous shots. but his strike rate is hardly ever above 70. So other end has to do the scoring of his share as well.

  • Dubby49 on October 15, 2009, 17:48 GMT

    Will our selectors never change. The faces do, but not their ways. Keep Dravid out for two years (fine - you need new blood for the future). Then bring him back becuase the young blood hasn't delivered. Then drop him when he has contributed to team victories. (Past ill treatment of this fine player have been amply listed so they won't be repeated. They did the same with Ganguly. Dropped him (because he wasn't performing) and then reinstated him without him playing a single match in the interim. At least Ganguly had a fairly decent run before the final curtain.

    I would suggest, Dravid announces his retirement from limited (50/20) over internationals and let the selectors stew when their blue eyed boys fail to deliver.

  • klol on October 15, 2009, 17:45 GMT

    Im really surprised to see Dravid get dropped! But i was kind of expecting this decision. Even though Dravid played really well against pakistan and had given some hopes till the end, Dhoni never mentioned a word about him in the post match presentation. If Dravid was dropped because the team is playing on flat pitches at home, then Dhoni should never be allowed to tour outside sub continent. Look at his footwork, its awful!

    Batsmen Average in last 5 innings: (*Not out considered as an innings) Sachin: 76.4 Dravid: 36 Dhoni: 29.6 Gambhir:24 Kohli:24 Yousuf: 3.5

  • NaniIndCri on October 15, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    Indian team, i think is the weakest team at present with all the changes happening. There is security for anyone in the team which is building lots of pressure on players.And also the experimenting by dhoni is posing a real threat to team stability and consistency.Now no one is sure who will be playing in which position because of dhonis short term thinking.

  • rakeshkanuri on October 15, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    sreeshanth bowled far better than Sudeep Tyagi in challengers trophy and irani trophy,Sudeep Tyagi bowled well in only one match!,they should have taken sreeshanth than tyagi.first of all they should drop haribhajan singh and bring some like Pragyan Ojha who flights the ball very well.haribhajan doesnt like to flight the ball ,he just want to stop the runs and bothered of taking the wickets

  • luckyrock on October 15, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    I dont feel this is a bad decison. The way i feel is that its good that we are giving chances to youngousters, but at what cost. As we can't forget our freedom fighters in the similar manner we can not under estimate the role of Rahul Dravid in todays cricket. He is the role model for many of us. He should quit 1 yr. back by his own rather than this happen. This is a decison for future and i hope this fits well in indians team otherwise again question will raise??????????????????????????????

  • BharatKaSher on October 15, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    The great Indian selectors have messed up again !. Dravid did well in the recent opportunities provided to him.The selectors should know that it is performance and not age that should be given prominence. Keep the players who perform consistently. Nobody should have control on a players selection except his performance. Hope the selectors realize this. I would love to see Dravid play in 2011 world cup.

  • raj_che on October 15, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    There are some serious questions in the team selection, why were players like dravid and karthik who performed well dropped and not players like ishant. really wondering why ravindra jadeja was picked, the guy has already been tested and hasnt been good enough to play international cricket. I strongly felt dravid and karthik should have been retained and jadeja and kohli should have been dropped. Kohli is another example who has failed time and again and has been given N number of chances.Also feel bad for Nayar who has been dropped without given much of a chance. Droppig yusuf and rp singh was a good move Its high time people consider the likes of Vijay, Badrinath who have been performinh consistently for some time now, poor badrinath would have definitely been selected ahead of Kohli. I sense theres more of North flavour in this team inspite of a south indian(Srikkanth) as chairman of selectors.Its good theres no favoritism here but stil talent needs to be rewarded.

  • Guruprasad XI on October 15, 2009, 17:17 GMT

    It is really harsh on Rahul Dravid. If the selectors intention is to promote youngsters and having an eye on the World cup 2011, then why did they selected him for Sri lanks series and Champion Trophy? After performing so well and to be axed is a hard thing to stomach. Rahul Dravid being a gentleman and exemplary cricketer he will take this in his stride and move on.

  • LoftedShot on October 15, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    Dropping Dravid is a perfectly sensible move. When pitches are different, conditions are drastically different, obviously a horses for courses policy has to be adopted. Any fluent stroke player would do better on flat Indian tracks while Dravid would do a better job in seaming / pacy tracks of England / South Africa. Where is the confusion?

    Yusuf, though has been poor for some time, should have been given one more chance on flat Indian tracks. RP's sacking is welcome...how on earth this guy kept getting picked ahead of Praveen Kumar is a mystery...(Dhoni only can explain this one). Thank God, quota Karthik has atlast been dropped!

  • zingaroo on October 15, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    Selecting Dravid means India going back,its good to have young players in the team as World Cup is ahead,more chance to young player is needed to gain experience.One or two selection here and there,otherwise a good team.

  • Lollu on October 15, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    So what happen to P.Ojha he was not selected,why they stick on Ishant ,why can't they drop him.

  • dandavidd on October 15, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    I don't understand how a player who has set such high standards in international cricket in both forms of the game can be dropped for the crucial series against the world's best team..if you look at the recently concluded champions trophy Dravid was the top run getter amongst all his team mates..Its just RIDICULOUS!! the bottomline is that selectors have made Dravid the scapegoat over the past few years..he never gets the recognition he sets for the team!!

  • HariRao on October 15, 2009, 16:48 GMT

    I am rather shocked that Rahul Dravid is dropped from the one day side against the Australia. He is a on off kind and has repeatedly demonstrated his capability time and again. But he is treated very badly. First of all why did they select him in to the team in the South Africa. It is because every oone knew that he was the only one who could master any type of bowling, when tghe so called youngster were toyed out by the rising ball outside the off stump. Raina, Dhoni, Yovraj etc were just coiuld not play, and the the first Twenty 20 champions were humiliated. So Dravid had to be played in. When he was the sole performer in South Africa, now he is axed for no reason at all. What is happening to the great selectors of Inicket team, where there is not even one, who can compare with the Great Dravid, who has more than 10,000 runs in both forms of the Game. God save Indian Cricket. Hari Rao

  • AsherCA on October 15, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    From a cricket knowledge perspective, I agree with the selectors, Dravid should not represent India in India in Limited Overs games. Dravid is probably India's best bet in bowler-friendly conditions. However, he is unable to score at a pace that would allow India to win matches for India under Indian Batsmen Friendly conditions. His technical excellence which stands him in good stead in bowler-friendly conditions would slow down his scoring to such an extent that he can lose matches for India by succeeding with the bat. Batsmen following him would have only 2 options - Option 1 - Pressure due to wickets fallen since he has failed & Option 2 - run rate pressure since Dravid has consumed a lot of balls without scoring requisite # of runs.

  • Cricboy_Andie on October 15, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    I dont know whats bugging the selection panel but i have been noticing it from quite sometime that they have been ignoring robin utthappa.I mean despite of performing respectable in IPL,Corporate Tophy and Champions league T20 hes still not able to make it to the indian squad.and when it comes to finding replacements they go for kartik n kohli...... gimmi a break.//

  • gmoturu on October 15, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    why munaf patel, he was given a lot of chances before and he never seemed like a good player. i have never seen him contributing to the team. why seriously ishant should be dropped. he is good in tests but not in ODIs and even in tests he is good in few spells. he has talent, but he should be allowed to play domestic or send him to england to play counties.

  • wilecoyote on October 15, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    Piece by piece the old guard is going, first Ganguly, now its Dravid's turn. I wonder how much longer before it's Tendulkar's turn. It will happen.

  • Nampally on October 15, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    Dravid is still one of the leading batsmen in the world. The present team is godd but has too many bowlers, some of them are in poor form. One bowler could have been easily dropped to make room for a batsmen like Dravid. Along with Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj, Rahul is definitely in good form and is one of the top indian bartsmen. He is also a great slip fielder. He should have replaced Kohli in the batting line up.

    Replacing Pathan & RP with Jadeja and Munaf is a good move. Presumably Zaheer is still unfit. Hopefully Nehra will do a good job in absence of other pace bowlers. Return of Sehwag & Yuvraj is great confidence booster for India. The indian team may look: Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Kohli, Harbhajan, Nehra, Patel,& Sharma/Tyagi. Jadeja or Mishra will only come in if one of the batsmen is dropped. Sehwag, Yuvraj and Raina can provide at least 4 overs each, of spin bowling. Indian fielding has to be good to win matches.

  • SUNNY221 on October 15, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    Enough is written about Rahul Dravid , The WALL ! But what reasoning the selectors have to justify the inclusion of Ishant Sharma in the team ? A total failure with a big ZERO result. May be he is the new blue eyed boy ? Even a half fit Zaheer is better than him.

  • skrcks on October 15, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    Well I'm not suprised, but I hope that selectors did have a word with Dravid telling what was his role and that he would be dropped soon. There is one more way to see this since Sehwag and Sachin are back top order looks better and less suscpetible to short bowling. But still DRAVID ur the man for every season...hope to see u back in the Indian ODI team soon.

  • NewYorkCricket on October 15, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    Dravid does not field well and does not bowl. You really have to be like Sachin or Gambhir to make it to the Indian team in that case. It was a wrong decision to get him on board in the first place. Ravinder Jadeja is the perfect number 7 batsman in Indian conditions. Remember Dhoni was looking for a bowling alrounder. I think they should look to get Irfan Pathan in on seaming wickets. Rohit Sharma is great talent has been unlucky. Ishant has never done well in one day matches so don't understand all the fuss. This team will do well against Australia. I will predict a 5-2 win for the Indian team.

  • skotadia on October 15, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    Thank God that they haven't drop Sachin for RV Uthappa !!!!

  • JoysonD on October 15, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    I'm not sure about what exactly the selector's want because when there is a difficult situation they go back to Dravid and when the going is easy they just drop him. If they really wanted the youngsters to learn then they should have been thrown into the difficult situation. Dravid has kept proving people wrong by not just playing in the ODI but also scoring over 10,000 runs. That coming from a player who people said wasnt good enough for ODI's. He was even made to keep wickets to retain his place in the squad. The fact that he did it shows his dedication to the team. And this is the way the selectors choose to repay him. Why not just allow Dravid to retire on his own terms. The day he feels he is not scoring enough runs and doing justice for the team he will step down. Till then let the youngster's learn from the man called the "WALL".

  • REYHHH on October 15, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    Dravid has been a pillar for the Indian cricket side for a long time in all both ODIs as well as tests. Dropping him against a powerful side (Australia) which India is going to face upcoming was not a good decision made by the selectors. Dravid who has ability to tackle the Australian bowlers and the quality to give the middle order a boost. Virat Kohli has been not performing good recently and R.Jadeja did not keep up the expectations before. So I think Selectors must include Dravid for other ODIs.

  • pdambal on October 15, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    Virat kohli is a very immature player. Always tries to go for big shots without, that too when there is absolutely no problem with the run rate. Just now he got out in the champs league like a fool ....while Dravid is still rocking!

    Another choice am concerned about is of Ishant! I am surprised. Irfan pathan is any day better coz if he gives away 50 runs as a bowler, he has the ability to score at least 30 as a batsman. Ishant on the other hand is just capable of giving away 60 runs !

    Not sure what Dhoni is thinking. One silly thought that comes to my mind is that if Dravid is in the team, he should be in the playing eleven. However, Virat kohli need not. That might be the reason for his selection :-). I mean, he can be made to sit out.

  • LeaderARH on October 15, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    It is shameful of the selectors to have dropped Rahul Dravid inspite of his performance in the recent series he played.Virat Kohli might be going well as of now,but he is certainly no match for Dravid.We all know of Rahul Dravid's contribution to Indian Cricket.He is and will forever remain one of the finest players India has ever produced.But what is the use of performing well if you get dropped just because you need 'YOUTH' in the team?Very very poor decision by the selectors.Remember,he is one player who has the best fitness and almost nil injury record(He played almost 90+ test matches on a trot).Hope the selectors learn from their mistake!

  • arn79 on October 15, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    KUDOS to selectors for dropping Dravid for one days. Its every much evident from the innings he played recently that he is not any more fit for one dayers. Also India's early exit from the Champion's Trophy last month can be attributed only to the horrible innings he played against Pakisthan. Gambhir and Raina were tried their level best to bring down the run rate below 6, but once its brought down around 6, Dravid pokes the next 10 balls almost without scoring a single run. Finally India lost and eventually out of the tournament too because of that single loss.

  • harisha27 on October 15, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    It is hurting to see the BCCI wants to weaken the wall. There should be another anchor (Dravid) if one fails (Tendulkar). They both have done well on ground and have ability to stop the opponents. BCCI should shuffle between among other players. Enough chances has been given to Raina but seems he has strong support at his back. We desperately need all rounder at his place. We have many all rounders & needs to give them chance & replace one batsman & one bowler with them as last 4 out of 11 can not bat for long.

  • pankajkumarsingh on October 15, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    We can question why Dravid was dropped. I can probably understand. On what position will Dravid bat? Opener's slot is gone. With Sachin at 3 and Yuvraj at 4, Dravid cannot bat at 5 at maybe 30th/35th over. Being a Dravid fan I could've put Dravid at 3 and put Tendulkar at 4 and Yuvraj at 5. Its a great line-up. Sachin and Dravid could stabilize the innings between 15th and 35th over. That is what most of the ODI teams are doing now, stabilizing the middle order. Obviously, selectors don't share the same point of view.

    Ishant and Munaf is in probably because of "who else" factor. Ravindra Jadeja and Sudeep Tyagi are probably filling the gap. I dont see them playing any game.

    Rest looks good, except Zaheer Khan. Dare I say, he probably is the only bowler with aggression, talent and brains.

  • prabhsharan on October 15, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    can munaf bat= no,can ishant bat=no,can irfan bat=yes.Indian selectors need to select him,there is no reason why he should'nt be selected, he bowls at the same quality as these guys do.Prove me wrong,someone

  • rookie4u on October 15, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Well, I understand that Dravid played reasonably well during the last Champions Trophy and made plently runs. But, I would like to point out that even though he made those runs, I didn't find him very comfortable. Even the 76 runs against Pakistan didn't made much difference because he didn't de-moralised any bowlers. I agree that he did his best but he needed someone like Sachin or Yuraj to play blinder at the other end to win from there. I would've very surprised if India would've won the even if Dravid stayed till the very end. Thats the problem with him even the selectors understood he needs someone to play very well to win matches with scores over 300. He is really good player but will only benefit India at Test level. Selectors are right to get some fresh players and persist with a few to make a great team. India's biggest problem over the years has been that they want to win everything and that course are too afraid to give chance to newcomers.

  • fanofteamindia on October 15, 2009, 14:55 GMT

    I see too many people saying we need Dravid.C'mon guys we are going to play on flat tracks and with sehwag and yuvi in where will you slot him???Also i think it is time to look forward.We should not disturb the set team combination for one man.

  • POND on October 15, 2009, 14:47 GMT

    We all know what Rahul Dravid has contributed towards Indian Cricket. He is player of those categoty, who was in & out from Indian ODI side but has completed 10,000 runs in both form of the Games. He is the not only pillar but pill for the Indian Cricket team. BCCI should think on this, for not selecting the legendary player like Dravid.

  • ravi.rtr on October 15, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    having vast international experience he (Dravid) is compared with virat kohli whose performance at international level is known to every one. and it is shameful on selectors those who played a lot of cricket and watched a lot of it to be doing this to Dravid, a very fine Batsmen and anchored the innings many a time when our team mostly needed it. selectors need no sixth sense, they just need common sense.

  • randy_ren on October 15, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    why on earth is ishant sharma selected,munaf is an excellent choice

  • givemefood on October 15, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    I'm not a cricket player so i don't want to question the rationale behind some of the selections. But i'd like to understand the following:

    If they had to recall Ravindra Jadeja why did they drop him in the first place? Why did they recall him? Has he gotten better?

    What has Munaf done to earn a recall?

    Good decision on dropping the fielding coach, who was nothing but a slob. Compare his observations during a game to another fielding coach (Rhodes).

    Even though they dropped Dravid, Dravid should feel pride in knowing that he has been used as a "Ramu on the spot". Whenever a game or a tour or a set of players are in trouble, they always bring him in. Like how yaseenk2002 pointed out... he has been used but only used to India's advantage, which is a good thing for him. Two thumbs up for Dravid !!

  • AncientAstronaut on October 15, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    It's a shame that Dravid has been dropped again. Totally agree with yaseenk2002. Dravid has performed so many roles for India in ODIs, but he has still never been able to book a permanent place in the ODI team. So much for scoring 10,000 runs for the country.

  • mushendiparam on October 15, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    Rahul Dravid has done well and has played beyond his trademark Wall in the just concluded Champion Trophy held in South Africa. The selectors as they are called have not done justice on Rahul Dravid.

  • Quazar on October 15, 2009, 14:21 GMT

    A real pity for Rahul Dravid...but he remains a modern great of Indian cricket, and as exemplary a cricketer (and role model) as a country could wish for. Let's hope the younger players like Raina and Kohli get the best out of themselves. (PS: @farce-follower - do you actually expect real cricket followers to take you seriously after making ludicrous comments like 'Dhoni is a joke', 'Sachin is a flat track bully', etc.??? Even Chappelli, who still rates both Dhoni and Sachin very highly, would consider your comments farcical!)

  • FcukUXI on October 15, 2009, 14:19 GMT

    Its quiet embarrassing to know that a legendary player like Rahul Dravid is show the exit door. BCCI has goofed the game of cricket. Its not a sport of professionals anymore, its a commercial sport. People dont want to see the class and touch of a player, rather they want to see big shot in a non-traditional way. Rahul is a player with tremendous potential, style and class. He's attitude towards the game has changed alot, physically and mentally. I feel sorry for him and wish to see him back in the side with all colors.

  • randy_ren on October 15, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    firstly they should be dropping harbhanjan singh and bring in pragyan ojha who is really bowling well,coz harbhajan has not done anything significant he was thrashed in south africa,omitting dravid was a big mistake instead of virat kohli,and hope dhoni looks at his own performnance instead of blaming his bowlers and fielders

  • sharpe007 on October 15, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    @Balaji

    I think there are more ppl ahead of manish pandey waiting to get a chance, like A.mukund,dhawan, rohit sharma, badrinath, m.vijay, uthappa these guys really performed this season and its not a biased view if u think 3 are from chennai(you can check their form this season).... and not everyone who shines in the IPL should be forwarded to the Indian team.. and i still don't understand why RAVINDRA JADEJA IS CHOSEN?

  • suyanids on October 15, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    Selectors job is a hell of a job.Any time any noted player is dropped there is hue and cry but think if they do not give chance to new talent how they are going to find the replacements.They have given enough chance to Yosuf Pathan and Rohit,Raina and co.At least they are trying to get success on paper In real it is player on the day that how they perform.Everybody fails on bad day.Lets hope they have success and good luck to team INDIA

  • Bond_Sachin36 on October 15, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    But the most shocking news was to drop Dravid. Why you need to drop a guy, who comes in from a gap of 2 years and straightway plays few beutiful innings to contribute heavily in the Compaq Cup Win. A steady performance in the Champions Trophy as well. the selectors should rethink before taking such decision. And what was wrong with the poor chap Nayar. Did he got a chance to prove himself any of the matches he featured in. This is dumb the players morale, when he sees that he has done nothing at all in the series other than carrying water and has been dropped. Give them fair number of chances to prove themself and still they fail, then look for the options.

  • Bond_Sachin36 on October 15, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    Good to see that Selection is showing confidence in the new blood. This will keep the seniors on their toes to perform better to keep their place in the national side. Nice to hear the return of the batting Power houses Veeru and Yuvi. Also great comebacks by Munaf and Jadeja. And grant welcome to the New Comer Tyagi. Yusuf and Raina were lacking form and to some extent the decision was right to keep them away. Yusuf was struggling in every department and needs some repair work to regain his place. However I believe, Raina is always a useful player. He can save you those crucial runs with his electrifying fielding, chip in with few quick quite overs. And can lift the run rate up if required with his power hitting. He should have been given once chance for sure to prove himself and come up with the kind of performer he is. to be continued...

  • SunilPotnis on October 15, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    I don't support incl. of Dravid, Tendulkar as they old even though playing well. I love the Pakistan & Australian approach of bringing in new talent at an early age and persisting with them. Dravid/Tendulkar although playing well can max go on for a year or so from today. Instead use that span to give many chances to the upcoming cricketers. Maintaining Dravid & Tendulkar is not going to damage or bring any new glory to the Indian cricket. However not playing young talent is detrimental to the future of Indian cricket. Rohit Sharma needs more chances. I think Yusuf Pathan is streaky and not a mature & disciplined cricketer. Just play the new talent

  • yaseenk2002 on October 15, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    When there are no openers, you ask Dravid to open. When you want extra batsman, you ask him to keep wickets. When you are going to SA in bowling friendly conditions, you bring him in the team. When India is 150/1 in batting friendly conditions you send someone else in one down and push Dravid to bat at 6. When India loses first wicket in first over and the ball is swinging you send him in. In spite of all this, he scores runs. And then you drop him because he is 'not required' on flat tracks. This is nothing but insult.

  • sachin300 on October 15, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    All the fans should understand that cricket is very much a 'condition-dependent' game. Droping Dravid while playing in india is not a bad decision. But Dropping YP on the basis of his performances in England and SA is not wise. It should be clear to selectors that some batsman can do better in india and some can do better on fast pitches outside the subcontinent (Only few can do well in all conditions). Example, even if Raina scores 4 centuries in India, dont take him to a series in Australia...(sounds silly but this should be a part of tactics and informed to the players), same for the bowlers. Some teams started to have different teams for test and ODI and T20. India needs to have different teams for 'subcontinent' and 'away' series! Raina, Uthapa, Rohit, YP, Yuvi and many others are all kings on subcontinent wickets. This series is not a problem, but I dont see quality players who can do well on fast wickets. India needs quality players for away tournaments.

  • Kaykayam on October 15, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    I think it is average selection not the best.Dravid should not be dropped because he is the main pillar of batting.We have to face team like AUS so Dravid should be selected.Recently in Srilanka he gave a consistant performance.Although he slow but can u take a name who dropped for his slowness.It happens only in India.I think Ishant should be omitted.He had no speed,line and length recently.We have to wait till the results to know whether we miss Dravid or not.Good luck team India.

  • Balaji on October 15, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    1.Selectors Please respect the senior players . Dravid should be there in 2011 WC if we want to get it . Raina , Yousuf and Kohli Will not be a good middle order . 2. Ishant and RP are talents but they dont have the idea to deliver . Seniors please help them in moulding them out . 3. Dont experiment too much players , then 2011 WC outcome will be same as 2007 WC exit . 4. Rohit Sharma Should be Given lot of advices from seniors , since he is a gifted stylish player . Only approach matters for him . Only he can replace dravid . Consistency is the problem for him . 5. Karthik , yusuf are only IPL stars They wont shine in Intl Cricket . 6. Dhoni's thinking should be of Consistent Victories AND ABOUT wc 2011 . 7. Manish Pandey should be picked soon . GIve Him a chance soon SELECTORS.

  • Kaykayam on October 15, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    I think it is average selection not the best.Dravid should not be dropped because he is the main pillar of batting.We have to face team like AUS so Dravid should be selected.Recently in Srilanka he gave a consistant performance.Although he slow but can u take a name who dropped for his slowness.It happens only in India.I think Ishant should be omitted.He had no speed,line and length recently.We have to wait till the results to know whether we miss Dravid or not.Good luck team India.

  • Percy_Fender on October 15, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    The selection seems a good one even if I personally feel sad that a batsman as accomplished asDravid has to make way for someone else.I would see it more as a horses for courses policy and not be carried over by emotions. More than anyone else, I think Rahul will understand this considering how intelligent and mature he is.I think the team will do well regardless of the nay sayers of whom there seem so many.And by the way, in the Champion's Trophy, against Pakistan, till Dravid was tragically run out, we were ahead of the required run rate. I wish to clarify this to someone who has written to the contrary.

  • thaiyoob on October 15, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    What Happen to Zahirkhan

  • RBHk on October 15, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    Its totally useless to score more than 10000 runs in odi and test cricket.Rahul Dravid in spite of being an icon and a Legend, he was treated as a substitute player he was only picked as solution for Indian batting line up to face the fast pitches of South Africa.Dravid would be thinking that it is ridiculous to be a player of Indian cricket team.That is the main difference between Australia and India.Within 1 year australia has rebuilt its new team while India is still struggling to do that.

  • Nishana on October 15, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Yuvrag, But I think he needs to lose some weight to get back with good form with the bat and in the field.

  • fanofteamindia on October 15, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    Finally selectors have rewarded those who had good domestic matches.Dravid was always a mis-fit in this Indian odi setup.It was a backward step while they brought him back for champions trophy and they have quickly realised he has nothing special to offer in odis.His running between the wickets in the pakistan match was pathetic and the way he got out was another example.Look at tendulkar's running between wickets.He is also 36.Also we have good scope to improve our fielding.And finally selectors have dropped yusuf and rp.I have never seen yusuf make a contribution excet in the sri lanka 20-20.In my opinion they could have gone in in for sreesanth than munaf or tyagi.So,overall good squad selection in my view.Well done kris and team!!!!

  • chintumani on October 15, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    This is total crap selection. But very good for Indian team. I am a great fan of Indian team and for the first time I feel India should lose the matches against Australia and Dhoni gets dropped (or atleast starts playing well rather than batting for his averages and sponsors). ONce that happend everything will be in place. If they win this series, they will persist with the team and captain , and wen they travel to bouncy pitches scoreline would be 5-0 .And Dhoni would bring on Kohli as one change bowler when its 50/5. Something has to go wrong to get everything right for Indian team.

  • kumseee on October 15, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    how the hell can tat looser dhoni drop dravid wen he had an avg of 36 in the last 5 matches.tis is ridiculous to drop an inform batsmen.it would hav been better if dhoni was dropped out of the team.and selectin ishanth is an other humbug our team has done.givin chance for few games and chuckin immediately will really frustate the senior players.if india has to improve, the captain should be changed.

  • riffy on October 15, 2009, 13:43 GMT

    This is truly Rubbish!!! Dravid is currently the Back Bone of this Indian Unit. His return was exceptional, for the selectors to this to him again is really terrible. If it's anyone to be replaced it should have been Kohli because he's really not that consistent of a player. Also what about Ojha, this is a very fine bowler who always has a share of the wickets. I think the captain and selectors have misread this one..... I still wish them the best however on their tour, hopefully Dravid's exclusion would not cost them too much.......

  • Rockfort on October 15, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    Dropping of Dravid is on expected lines. I like Dravid so much but I wonder why is he still hanging on there. I do not think he has much to achieve unless he wants to overtake Sachin Tendulkar in runs aggregate. It is time he got the message from the selectors.

  • Hashwanth_26 on October 15, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    I think Dravid was much like used only for playing in South Africa's tough pitches and throwing him out when India needs to play in flat pitches at home because they have specialist like Raina and other youngsters who scores bulk of runs here with ease at home. But anyway this decision was much expected.

  • btv42 on October 15, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    It was not necessary to include Dravid in the squad as many youngsters are waiting for their chance. But Dravid served Indian team for more than a decade and deserve more from the selectors. He was, sorry he is still a team man- unlike the bunch of selfish players what selectors call 'YOUNGSTERS' who are poor in fitness and dropping sitters. Dravid should be treated same as Sachin. And I wish Dhoni's fate also same like that of Dravid and Ganguly.

  • akbhatt on October 15, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    I think the dropping of dravid is a damning indication of the faith (or rather the lack of it) the selectors have in our young brigade in playing on tough wickets...their message to dravid seems to be "if the wicket is flat and does nothing thanks we dont need you but you should bail us out when the wickets are lively and difficult to bat on"...Dont be surprised if the selectors do a volte face and recall him if the young brigade finds the going tough against Lee&Co..Shabby treatment to a man who does not deserve it one bit after all that he has done for the team...

  • vs2009 on October 15, 2009, 13:35 GMT

    Mostly the team is looking settled. However If you look at the World Cup 2011 , you may want to add a few players to this . Zak of course, Rohit , Robbin, Ojha & Sreesanth. Jadeja is a move that will not fire. He chickened in World t20 , so he is not made for big stage temperament. Even in IPL he never won a match for his team and always contributed in bits and pieces.Munaf is always a tough call. The oldest 25 year old player i have seen.Tyagi looks promising but so did all the other pacers when they first came on the scene. Oh yes and Irfan Pathan needs a look in again sometime. Unfortunately we dont have a better alrounder than him in India. Only if he gets his bowling right.

  • zulash on October 15, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    It was high time and its was good know that Prasad has been sacked as the BOWLING COACH. Funny..that they had hired him in the very first place. A fast bowler who did not have the best of best records and didn't know when/what to comment ...in reference to an article recently posted on cricinfo about Ishant Sharma!!! It would be wiser of the selectors to drop ISHANT as well....the kid has been given too many chances. Its about time that DHONI - the stiff wicket-keeping clown of a captain quit his favourism towards to Ishant. The selectors ought to put an axe on Dhoni's wicketkeeping too......he has been awful in recent past. Dinesh Karthik should be given the gloves!!!!

  • criccrook on October 15, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    well, i think BCCI has taken some decisions in a hurry,but i feel sorry for dravid, he was not given a fair chance

  • Raj_pandian on October 15, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Very very bad selection . Five quickies in the squad for a series in India? I wonder why? M.Vijay, S.Badrinath, S.Dhawan, at least one of these three should be given a chance. I really don't understand why Raina and Jadeja are given so many chances? Both of them performed really very bad in the Challengers trophy. I don't think tyagi will get a chance to play in the Australia series. The same thing happened to kulkarni who was selected for the squad in newzeland tour and he was not given a single chance. I wonder why these people are being selected to the squad and not given any chance to perform. Munaf back to team. Good joke. He is a very very lazy cricketer. Don't we have any other quality fast bowlers in india?

  • PunJab4EveR on October 15, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    Let's don't mark Dhoni as a negative captain. Personally for me Dhoni is a great captain; I think everyone will agree with me. Come on guys before Dhoni took over as a captain INDIA ranked 7th or 8th in ODI table, but Dhoni as captain INDIA has reached 2nd in ODI, and that's a great achievement by team INDIA. I am proud of it. If we look back in the past, team INDIA has won back-to-back ODI tournaments, that's something to cheer about. I think there is a reason that DRAVID is not playing, selectors have to look the recent performance, not just the name RAHUL DRAVID. Ishant Sharma should be out, no doubt. I miss Zaheer Khan, hopefully he comes back. Irfan Pathan should be in place for Ishant Sharma. Anyways, we should all cheer team INIDA, and let's kick Australia's Ass. JAI HO!!

  • RDLikesCricket on October 15, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Hello folks More than the team selection, it seems that Dravid being dropped is grabbing headlines. Maybe he will come back later in the series. Offlate (especially under MS captaincy) Dravid looks pretty much out of place. Hez not remained the same confident Dravid. I hope he does not take this disappointment into today's T20 match. Dravid bhai, You are a class act. Play with gay abandon. On a larger note, with Yuvi and Sehwag fit and back in the squad, it looks stronger. Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja should get their opportunities. Good Luck Team India.

  • saif_napZter on October 15, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    well .. i am not very happy with the team , especially the decision of dropping Dravid. We need Dravid at no 4 to keep the runs coming. And a person with such immense experience should never be ignored while playing against Australia. According to me , Raina should be dropped or even Dhoni if performances of last matches are taken into consideration. Irfan Pathan should not be ignored and i don't know why is he not taken into consideration, its weird.And why not UTHAPPA in place of Kohli , there are far too many errors made by the selection panel and i just hope this decision of dropping dravid and retaining out of form batsman ( raina ) and bowler ( ishant) should come under serious criticism.

  • Jobtom on October 15, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    Guys,

    Ridiculous, cant understand why Jadeja is in , is he replacing Dravid? On what basis and quality? Rohit would have been the replacement if they really wanted to, Sad on Indian Selectors, The only advantage they have now is Sehwag and Yuvraj is back. If they win any it will be only because of that, Belive me the days of Dhoni are counted. He is trying to dismantle Indian Cricket, and trying to be the power of Indian cricket for which BCCI is bowing down. This is not good for Indian cricket. By throwing away old guys he is trying to put everything in control. Next turn is Sachin and if any chance Sehwag and Bhaji. Let us wait and see.

  • DareDevilFighter on October 15, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Idon knw why dravid has been dropped he is in form n playing well so on what basis has the BCCI dropped him and there are rumours of dhoni himsel insisting not to have him in the squad then i think he is absolutely wrong he has been the backbone of INDIAN TEAM and kohli has been chosen over him is not acceptable at all if he is selected on basis of the tournament he played against the West Indies then it is just RIDICULOUS mind u tht it was a weak team n nw u r against the world champions so u cant rely on him.....bad luck Dravid Feel Sorry for you

  • Shankarcps on October 15, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    This is ridiculous ...Dhoni who scores 'Quick Singles' is the reason for dravid's omission.I am alredy aware of that omission while dhoni speaking in a press meet.. He (dhoni) can only score singles and fade our winning chances in t20 world cup and he should be go out first. The only thing Sachin did wrong in cricket (was,is ,will be)suggesting dhoni as a indian captain while dravid resigned. I know well Sri kant would do these silly things.

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on October 15, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    Well this can't be the best team selected from available players barring those injured but still its a good team. Yeah we ll miss Zak sorely. Lets see how Tyagi does provided he gets a chance. As for Dravid , I hope he should have been informed well in advance by the Selectos because we need to build a team keeping in mind the injuries which ight arise even during 2011 WC. Maybe the flat tracks of India are the reason why he is not there. He might be there during Overseas tours which are ought to be tough. Only the man to miss it is Dinesh Karthik who ld be better bet than Kohli for incase our captain wants to do some comedies like he did agianst WI in CT n also in Challenger's trophy. Also I feel Ojha must have got nod ahead of Mishra for he is more economical. Anyways this team mostly ld be in place only for cpouple of ODI's. We can expect a lot of shuffling. The guys like Rohith and Mukund can also be tried. Its the bowling esp Pace attack that looks Pale.

  • hemu1128 on October 15, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    this is good and decent selection.I would be happy if rohith(or)dravid is in instead of ravinder.lets see what dis guys dooooooooooooooooooo.rohith&dravid both are classic and dangerous batsman's.

  • wildcricketfan on October 15, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Good thing done by keeping Dravid out of the ODI squad. Dravid, who is responsible for the champions trophy loss to pakistan, played very slow and killed the momentum going. But again again Ishant, once dangerous, now bowling the way without anysort of improvement being giving chance is ridiculous. Drop him, making him learn and earn the place. A.Nayar who bowled three overs without any batting chance is dropped. R.jadeja, very young , v have tried him but no success is again given a chance. Come-on BCCI, teach , make them learn and earn their place and not earn the place to learn .

  • csubrama on October 15, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    I agree with the thought process of the India Team Selectors. I think Dravid needs to step aside to give a chance for younsters. Dravid's run rate can be a stumbling block for India to pursue victory aggresivel against the Australians. At the same time Sures Raina Ishant should be given a break and help them get back after 2-3 ODI games. Good Luck to Team India. I am hoping for a 7-0 Win against Australia.

  • Idol on October 15, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    It is not new to see a lack of consistency in Indian team selections. Talk of having non-zone based selections which had reached a crescendo after the World Cup 2007 loss, have long since petered out. It is still the same now. Clearly, the selectors refuse to learn. They are always willing to have a lot of passenger sin the squad. fat chance that people like Tyagi, Kohli will get a look in against a team like Australia. So are they being groomed? Interesting way to groom them by not making them play. Kohli has been given enough chances and clearly he suffers from bad temperament. Ishant surely deserved rest, now he may completely ruin himself. As for Dravid, I feel its better that he was dropped. It is ridiculus to have a player of his class on the bench. He has been used and now thrown.Obviously performance is not the criteria for selection.The next time India plays on bouncy tracks we will again realise the uselessness of people like Yuvraj and Kohli.

  • Chennai_Voice on October 15, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    You need to be youth and friend of Dhoni for you to make it to the squad. Dhoni does the team selection as if he was picking his best friends in the class. Who will pick the professor in the class (Dravid's experience)

    DHONI and Team India Sucks!

  • krans on October 15, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    i think dravid only be useful in conditions like england south africa and australia where rising ball tend to play tricks. i think place like india where flat tracks can be done by players we have kohli,raina.selectors done a good job.!!

  • dimmyghai on October 15, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    comon guys? i think selector have done a good job. i am not against dravid but you need to give youngster a chance, how long can you go for dravid, for me its time for him to go from odi? i would keep him in test , but not in odi. let the younger generation show what they are made off.

    All the best India Team

  • Bharat1981 on October 15, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Firstly, when a youngster is selected, proper chance should be given. Abhishek Nayar like many others to quote one, Badrinath has not been given proper chance. there was no need to select Jadeja and that too ahead of Abhishek Nayar, when you are dropping a big hitter like Yousuf pathan. Pathan would have been better than Ravinder Jadeja anyway. Ishant's selection is baffling, rather Sreesanth deserved a recall. Virat Kohli has been picked, it is fine but should be given proper chance. Many of the comments point out to Dravid's inning against Pakistan as slow. That was a very fine innings and gave chance to Gambhir and Rain to hit out when Sachin and Dhoni got out early. Against such bowling a strike rate of 76 was very fine and was unluckily got run out at a wrong time. After 33 over India was 199, needing 100 odd runs in 17 overs, not at all a great ask when chasing over 300. India was in a winnable situation because of Dravid's innings in addition to Gambhir and Raina's brisk knocks.

  • Kh.Anjum on October 15, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    I think, in flat wickets of India, There was no need of dravid, now it is a vital opportunity for other new lads to perform against world champion and develop their confidence. Anjum (Pakistan)

  • harshan. on October 15, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Surely a Star such as Dravid deserves much better than that.There is no proper justification for his exclusion.It just isn't right to axe Dravid after having a decent run in the recent ODIs. Its high time people learn to give proper treatment to the seniors of the game.

  • nair_ottappalam on October 15, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    MOST ERRATIC RUBBISH. that's what we could term the omission of Dravid. He is the player India would ever miss. Retaining players like S K Raina & Virat Kohli as batsmen and Ishant Sharma as a bowler, is only the dictative attitude of Dhoni which is never in the interest of the nation. Australia is still the team to beat and with the return of its key players, it would be more formidable. If age is a factor, then Sachin and Dravid are in the same bracket. If form is a factor, Dravid had not been in a lean patch in the last ODI series. However, Raina,Kohli, Pathan & Ishant fall way back in the form factor. A word to Dhoni, leading Indian Cricket team is not like writing with ceilo pens or riding some bikes. Millions of cricket lovers have great expectations of the men in blue. You could not just forget the heavy loss suffered recently at the hands of Pakistan, probably the first time in a mega event. Dhoni, Indian team is not for your liking. we are all Indians

  • karthik__007 on October 15, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    Now in indian team out of form is dhoni not dravid. In recent matches his captency is not good. In T20 world cup dhoni played like a test cricket. In champions Trophy VS pakistan he don't know to play spin bowling.He is playing like a child. he only not playing important games properly but blaming others.He don't know to take a team.shall i help him. Ishant out of form but he is in team but in form dravid not in the team. I thing he don't like dravid so only he eliminated dravid. he should not treat senior players like that................

  • sendanoop on October 15, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dravid. i always hoped that he will make a honorous exit from the team. But I am afraid that he also.. like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Saurav Ganguly, will be forced out of the team.

    We indians dont know when to say Stop or No.

    Its quite right on the part of the management to drop Dravid as he was not up to the task. The strike rate was quite pathetic, and he was not able to be a decisive factor in any match. Esp the match against Pakistan....

  • aryaan on October 15, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    well in the given situation selectors done a very good job except one or two like they dropped out all the out of form players like RP SINGH,YOUSUF PATHAN,RAHUL DRAVID,ABHISHEK NAYYAR & Dinesh Karthik. well i would say about dravid after he came back to the team he has just proformed avg. also with low strike rate as we expected flat tracks in india virat kohli is better than dravid in these condition as he is a good hitter of the cricket ball. well i would say dinesh karthik is bit a unlucky as he is improoving his batting.but only question i would ask about ravindra jadeja as we know he is not very good batsman ya but he is a good economical bowler but certainly he is not qualified as a allrounder.abishek nayyar could be a better choice as he is good stiker of the ball dhoni didn;t give him enough chances of bowling as he has not given enough chances or irfan could be better bet but he is injured. keep a eye on the future matches as ishant & raina also not performing well.

  • arunprasath86 on October 15, 2009, 12:14 GMT

    I really do not understand why they have selected Ravindra Jadeja... he is waste fellow..instead of him they may retain dravid .. what happened to badrinath ? Ravindra Jadeja is not fit for any form of game.......worst..he cant play big shots.. I dont want to see him again in indian team..

  • Ashwin_Kumar on October 15, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    We were told that people at the helm are preparing the team for subcontinental world cup in 2011. Where is the team building happening? India faltered only to deceive in the T-20 format, in ODIs played on foreign tracks they look like cycles in a bicycle stand, 1st one falls the rest 10 fall, test they somehow seem to hold together, there is no team building happening there as well no one seems to know how they will fill the void of 28000 test runs which will be created soon. Rahul Dravid missed a trick by not announcing his retirement from shorter format when he resigned from his captaincy. It is no secret that Dhoni has no respect for him. Rahul is only doing injustice to himself by being pulled from this side to that side by incompetent jerks. It is indeed sad for jammy and his fans.

  • sachinbubun on October 15, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    i think india should loose and dhoni should be dropped he has not doing anything. dravid has done a wonderful job and he should be retained the indian selectors have loose their mind.

    if india needs to win the the worldcup then 1st thing they should do is change captain

  • paulmilan_2008 on October 15, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    well to start of with, i think the squad that is right now put up is theee best. they have quality batsmen and quality bowlers though. the all rounders in the team are plenty as well. Dhoni can step in at No 5 by allowing the sehwag, gambhir, yuvi and raina to build up a good foundation. sad to know that yusuf is not there in the team but even then taking ishant is of no use as he is not in form at all. praveen kumar will do a good job as we had seen in the CT. the squa will be good if it goes this way 1. Gambhir 2. Sehway 3. Raina 4. Yuvaraj 5. Dhoni 6. Jadeja 7. Kohli 8. Harbhajan 9. Mishra 10. Praveen Kumar 11. Tyagi This will do a good job if everything is executed well.

  • timus6778 on October 15, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    the selectors have lost their mind or probably they are playing into the hands of Dhoni,who was always averse to dravid's inclusion in the team,whichever format it maybe.you just can't do that to a player of Rahul's caliber.why is he being made the scapegoat.earlier it was Ganguly and this time around Dravid....seriously wtf..the seniors have always returned the faith shown in them,be it sachin,sourav or laxman..and the ever dependable Dravid...seriously a shame for indian selectors to axe dravid from the ODIs.

  • insightfulcricketer on October 15, 2009, 12:05 GMT

    I feel very sad on the exclusion of Dravid. But I sincerely hope Srikkanth the Chairman of Selectors had a personal meeting with Dravid and explained the reasons. Dravid is a titan of Indian cricket and cannot be treated like any other cricketer . Especially that he is not being dropped for performance reasons but for the reality of playing in Indian pitches. You need 6 sloggers in the team and Dravid was never a slogger. I also hope somebody tells Dhoni to come clean on why he chooses to come out at No.3 when the wicket is flat and runs for the taking . Is it for personal glory ? Also Bhajji's performance should be viewed very closely. Ojha should be in the plans after the 2 ODIs should Bhajji fail to flight the ball against quality batsman.

  • subinit on October 15, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    hey selectors the man who will run on fire if his team wants to do so is Rahul dravid.I think he is the only one who batted at no 7 when he was captain to give chance to young guys.he kept wickets when team wanted.Men who say dravid is not fit 4 Odi's check the record .dravid scored a lot quicker runs than Dhoni himself.its dhoni's politics which is doing such things.Today you can mark that dhoni has lost power of hitting sixes but dravid has not.i would request guys to take a mission to revolt against BCCI for this kind of ill treatment to such a guy who has sacrificed everything 4 his team

  • yaseenk2002 on October 15, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    A very shabby treatment to Rahul Dravid and as usual he will have to take it in his stride. He played better than the others and still can't find a place in the team. I thank cricinfo and I admire their courage for writing such a perfect first sentence to this article. I hope many people read this and root for Dravid and give him the support he deserves. I really feel for the man who has done no wrong and has to suffer disrespect at the hands of people like Dhoni. Kohli and Dravid are in same team today (RCB). Just imagine how lowly Dravid must be feeling when u newbie like Kohli can boost of a place in national One Day side and Dravid can't. This is insult to him.

  • Nicknight on October 15, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    Dravid, the man in form dropped. I don't know what is going in the mind of selectors. I thought Ishant would be going OUT! He was poor with his bowling in Compaq Cup as well as in Champions Trophy 2009.

  • 12kris on October 15, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    Well done selectors! If Praveen kumar or Harbhajan Singh can be sent out as a pinch hitter, we will seem to have more depth in batting. It can read like Gambhir, Sehwag, Praveen, Tendulkar, Raina, Yuvraj,Kohli, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Nehra, Munaf/Ishant/Misra. Wow! The 5 bowlers can be Munaf, Nehra, Bhajji, Praveen, Yuvraj/Sehwag/Raina. If anybody feels Dravid has been traumatised, it was done when he was brought back into the one day team. In limited over matches, his scores are not the issue, but the rate in the context. Against Pakistan in South Africa, he may have looked like the saviour, but he is the one who drove the partners to indiscretion. He is a Test player and all the best to him in the Tests. Sreesanth bowls well to right-handers with his outswingers, but goes all over the place with lefties. He should work on it.

  • Winfried on October 15, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    I would use stronger language, if I could. Rahul Dravid has done everything right since they picked him again. It is a bad decision to drop him. Let him show the youngsters the way. Dravid is the man.

  • Bharat1981 on October 15, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    Is it the way to treat a legendary player like Dravid, You drop him strangely in 2007, then pick him up when your blue-eyed boys could not perform in lively, fast and swinging pitches. you call the legend for 'strengthening the middle order'. He was by far the best batsman in South Africa. Now, you reward him by dropping from the squad. Since the squad has been selected for only the first two matches and Yuvraj is not fully fit, Dravid should have been picked. Yusuf, Sreesanth and Abhishek Nayar should have been picked. Ishant should have been given a break. Jadeja has not done anything worthy in international level.

  • dada_on_fire on October 15, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    Guys I think Dhoni has a big role in Dravid's omission from the Indian squad. Coach Gary Kirsten and Dhoni were not in support of the selection when Dravid was picked up for the Sri Lanka Tour and the Champions Trophy. Although Dravid played a crucial knock against Pakistan .. It was too slow an innings that allowed the run rate to rise. I am a big fan of Dravid and I am really disappointed with the team selection this time around. Picking up Munaf was a good decision though ground fielding is his weakness. We need to take 10 wickets for winning a match.... something which our bowlers were not successful at. Munaf bowls a excellent line and length and always look like a bowler who is hungry for wickets. I hope our team will do well this time around. But dropping Dravid is a big mistake ... selectors please dont play with the emotion of such a great players like Dravid. He really deserves better. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA !!!!!

  • sharpe007 on October 15, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    What has jadeja, raina and kohli have done to justify their places? raina's last good performance was in the Asia Cup which was way back! jadeja never provided anything to cheer about ever since he started playing.. i don't think india really need an allrounder since yuvraj and sehawag can bowl and harbhajan is a rather effective batsmen..they could really do with a proper 5th bowler or a 7th batsmen to shore up the batting...yusuf and ravindra never did both of their jobs adequetly to add to India's line-up.

    M.Vijay, R.Sharma, S.Badrinath, S.Dhawan, A.Mukund all should be given a chance right?

    my personal opinion is mishra should stick to tests and ojha should be in the ODI squad instead , like j.Botha and harris for S.Africa and India will certainly miss ZAK. and dravis's ommision is good and bad, if india loose wickets cause of the short ball Dravid will come back if not he'll not be missed that much

  • Anee.. on October 15, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    Rubbish !! If u are considering the performance of a player, the first man to go out should be Mr.Dhoni not Dravid.And I dont understand what 'guyfrmktm' mean by "in-form Dhoni".And what is the big thing in Ishant Sharma to retain in the squad?Just check the wickets taken and runs conceded by him in the recent tours.Abhishek Nayar has not given a chance to prove his ability and now he is out. Where is Irfan...The only correct decision is not to include Sreesanth.

    Now..retirement is d best way for Dravid ...

  • howizzat on October 15, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    LOOKS LIKE ITS DHONI ALL THE WAY AND THE WISE MEN HAVE VERY LITTLE SAY. Changes may come in the squad in more installments as the series progress. Hopefully players like Chawla, Ojha, Uthappa, Rohit and Irfan wont be ignored and sidelined. Virat Kohli looks like the latest blue eyed boy for DHONI. Overall a good team and Dhoni should not be complaining. Now onwards whatever happens Dhoni should be accountable. I wish all the best for DHONOBOYZ.

  • Pawan1993 on October 15, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    Dravid doesn't deserve a drop. If anyone it should be Kohli or Raina. Recently Raina hasn't done well. And Kohli done well against a weak West Indies side only. Dravid though is like the backbone. He's held it all up. Against every attack he can survive and make runs.

  • Vnott on October 15, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Dravid is a Icon. His performance on his short comeback ( including the Champions Trophy) was good and consistent... Given that the One day Series against Australia is in India on flat wickets and given the sheer volume of cricket being played, it is nevertheless a good decision to rest Dravid. I hope the selectors actually informed him and told him so. The rest of the team looks good. Munaf has done well in the domestic competitoons and inspite of his poor fielding has looked the sharpest bowler. The only other contentious decision is possibly that of retaining Ishant Sharma. It is important to protect him. I would rather have played Sreesanth. He has looked sharp and warnings or otherwise if looked after, he can serve India for a long time.

  • anandg197 on October 15, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    what happened to ojha??? he is economical and picks up wickets every now and then! would have been a great pick for sure.

  • thwacked on October 15, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    i think overall it is a nice move for the indian team. Being from the neighbouring country I have been an all time fan of a few Indian batsmen which definitely includes Dravid. I guess removing Dravid is not a good move as there should always be someone who can peg back at the crease and let the youngsters score around him and Dravid is one of the most reliable batsmen in the Indian dressing room. He may not score at the rate of Sehwag or Yuvraj but his expertise in the game is equivalent to none. He may not be a strong contender for the next world cup but his experience, by that time should be shared with the youngsters in the Indian line up. This always have been the problem with both neighbouring cricket boards, they have never handled such players with care. See what happened with the two W's, Inzi or now we can see Younis. They shared same fate with Ganguly or now Dravid. Dravid should make the team along with the likes of Kohli. He is a great asset to Indian cricket.

  • cricmypassion on October 15, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    @ farce-follower, I really do not understand your complaint against Sachin and why you seem to target him. True, Rahul Dravid getting the axe is shabby treatment against a great professional, but Sachin and Yuvraj have earned some of their accolades. I agree with your assessment of the Indian selectors, but seriously some of your ire is misdirected. Sachin is no flat track bully alone (Yuvraj probably is) and if you have convincing reasons to believe so, perhaps you should present them. And again, just because I contradict your views, don't get personal or abusive with me like you have with "eventual".

  • biswa26 on October 15, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    1.thats shows the difference between Indian selectors and Australian.When Australia dropped Steve Waugh from one day they never called him back and then he continued as test captain for few years and took retirement from cricket with respect.But Indian selectors will call u back and will throw u out like this which is quite frustrating for seniors. 2. Players like Rohit, Kohli, Uthappa will perform in first 10 or 20 matches then their luster will be lost in front of quality attack.It has already happened with rohit and Uthappa and also will happen to kohili very soon. 3.Reason for the second point is in Australia players like hussy are picked up after scoring 29000 first class runs.In india players are judged by a performance of 10 first class game or ipl. 4.All people are worried about world cup.How many are thinking what will happen to indian middle order in test cricket after retirement of dravid,laxman,sachin.Ever selector thoght about that..to be continued..

  • avkris on October 15, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    The selectors are confused. They really don't know what to do. This is clearly reflected in the fact that series after series, a new guy is selected to sit on the bench and then dropped after that without giving enough opportunities. Ojha and Nayar have been the unlucky guys in this regard. Who replaces Nayar? The selfish and wasteful Jadeja!! He has done nothing to earn a recall after being dropped after that dismal T20 WC. Its high time the selectors applied some sense, otherwise we will end up wasting the talented youngsters. Its time that we groom some replacements for players like Sachin, Zaheer and Sehwag, who are all above 30 and injury prone. The 2011 World Cup should be the focus and there should be no excuse if don't win the trophy in our own soil. Its time for some long term thinking.

  • Ajay.Ramesh on October 15, 2009, 11:23 GMT

    First of all why does players from chennai super kings keep making into indian team, may be because of Dhoni's influence. Second Munaf Patel is just not good enough for international cricket, he does not field well (looks like a lazy pro on field) and does not bat well, all he can do is bowl and that too he does not gurantee that he would not go for runs. It is so sad to see Dravid getting such an ill-treatment every time from BCCI. I don't what Dravid has to do to get in good books of BCCI ? Ishant Sharma, sad after that Australian performance not done anything special. Thank God series is India, now Indian Team can play aada-Teda on these flat Indian Tracks and get back the fame. They weren't really tested until they went to England for T20 WC and south Africa. Last time in Australia it was sachin who scored 95 to win the series. Not new youngsters. Sehwag back is good news and Indian Cricket Team cannot play without sehwag and Yuvraj is bad news.

  • najnad on October 15, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    selectors not keep their faith as usual. why ishant?? why not RP? remove the name of Ishant from this team then OK... I am sure he is not able to pick in playing eleven top of Nehra and Munaf and even Tyagi.

  • mudd on October 15, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    Dravid deserves great respect, and all his fans do so...except the bunch of selectors. Not able to understand the point in bringing him back and not judging on his performance. Need to know whats role dhoni playing behind this ? Kohli is surely future of indian middle order, not far from leading one day.

  • rainmaker86 on October 15, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    This is very stupid on part of BCCI. Dravid is required till world cup atleast. One cannot keep faith in youngsters more, they will play for like 2 games n fail continuously for next 10 games. Can they even match caliber of Rahul Dravid. Calling Dravid back was good front step, but now again a back step. I cant understand mentality of BCCI. Earlier they had dropped Pragyan Ojha, even after impressive performances, for Amit Mishra. Even after performances if one is not been able to hold his place, where is Indian team going.??

  • hathim on October 15, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Mr Jambukka, I consider ur point, Dravid will be 38 yrs in 2011. But he is the fittest person in Indian squad, he has never dropped out of the team due to any injury for 11 yrs, unlike sehwag and yuvraj. If you ask me , it is yuvi and sehwag who will be more doubtful considering the fitness compared to Dravid. Draivd is the Jayasuriys of Indian team. Dont bring Age concerns here. It is all fitness that matters.

  • AnanthKumarM on October 15, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    I think it is a good decision to bring in Sudeep Tyagi as he deserves a chance in the big games. However, I feel the selectors should have retained Dinesh Karthik in the squad,instead of bringing in Ravindra Jadeja.Robin singh and Venkatesh Prasad never deserved to be sacked as they played a crucial role in shaping this Indian side.There have been imprivements in both fielding and bowling performances.

  • EverythingsEventual on October 15, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    Again @ Farce-Follower : If you want to express displeasure over Dravids exclusion,by all means do so.But please get off Sachins back.

    Dravid is a great player,there is no doubt about that.But he has never been a great one-day player.In tests he is the best,yes,maybe even better than Sachin.

    So stop criticizing others just for the heck of it.

  • Harish8207 on October 15, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    Well done by Indian Selectors... If Dravid been selected there would not been a batting spot 4 him as Gambhir will bat No.3... You also can't depend on dravid to bat no.5,6,7&finish the game.... But selecting Sudeep Tyagi is of no use... May be sreesanth or some other.. Amit Mishy could have been replaced by Ojha...

  • Srikee1987 on October 15, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    This is one of the bad selection process by the selectors. How can u play Ishant, when he is leaking too many runs? You need Dravid to play in the seaming conditions in SA, as middle order was a bit brittle. Nayar should have been in the team, as he batted 7 balls and bowled 18 balls in his 3 games.

  • chitraj on October 15, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    This is a travesty! How can the BCCI justify dropping Dravid? Where they not there in South Africa, are they blind? The entire team was crumbling. The only player who showed some back bone was Dravid. Sure, his running between the wickets left a few questions- but thats the BCCI's fault. He doesnt get enough match practice, and its impossible to judge runs if you are not at the fore.Its demotivating for dravid, selfish, directionless of the selectors. Youth Shmouth- hes doing well, play him.And hes not as slow as people make out. His SR in the last 3 years has hovered around 80- which is pretty good for what his role in the team is. As a yardstick-Sachin's SR is 85! Same thing happened to Kaif after the windies tour (where he was the best batsman). If you want players to perform, back them and their abilities. Its unfair to bring them for a game here and a game there when you need them and then say "good job but pack up your bags, you are not playing again". Why? " Because we said so"

  • Andz on October 15, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    something is wrong with our selection commitee;when they wanted dravd,they recalled him now dravid is dropped without a reason this is absolutely nonsense.we should give respect to him afterall he has done a lot for indian cricket .....why there is ishant sharma? i m sure that he wont do anything against aussies he doesnt deserve place in this squad......anyways indian team is well balanced they have a good ability to beat aus;good luck INDIA!!!

  • AjayB on October 15, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    It is strange. Dravid is now the latest use and throw towel the Indian Selectors have. For all that man has done for the Indian cricket team, treat him with respect.

    I have watched cricket for a long time and followed it quite avidly, but I have rarely seen a player give 100% of his ability on while batting. In an era where fat checks and rock star status dominates cricket in India, Dravid is a standout example of attitude, which is lacking in the new kids. Amusing that Krish Srikanth who himself was a victim of selection whims, is now the one doling out such treatment.

    Perhaps his dropping is understandable, but still very unfair to Dravid nevertheless. After all that he has done for Indian Cricket, he just does not deserve it. He kept wickets when needed. He opened when no one was keen to face the new ball. He dropped down to 7 to accommodate others, what more do you want him to do? He came back after 2 years - and still played well. Sorry, he does not deserve this..

  • prabhu25 on October 15, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    Good Selection. only the bad news is zaheer missing. Yusaf and RP wasted their chances.

  • Azweer on October 15, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    Its a well balanced team to face world champions... The BAtting strength is back with Viru n Yuvi In... even an allrounder slot is filled by both these players... But as per Dhoni's request tht Team India is in need of an bowling all-rounder, Irfan Pathan must be the man who cud fit the slot very well... I wish, he shud not be neglected for a long time... regarding Jadeja, he fits for ODI and Tests, he is not a T20 player.. He fits the slot of an all-rounder too... the Best Xi to face Aussies wud be Gauti, Viru, Raina, Sachin, Yuvi, Mahi, Jadeja, Bhajji, Kumar/Ishant, Munaf, Nehra. Ishant n Kumar must be given chance alternatively... The Team shud hav the feeling tht its the final stage of preparation for 2011 WC.. No other go... they hav lost too many ICC events so far, not even crossed league stage in some, too... So now thier focus must be to get back on winning streak...All the best Team India...

  • guyfromktm on October 15, 2009, 11:03 GMT

    Batting looks firm with Tendulkar at number three followed by Yuvraj and Raina/Kohli followed by in-form Dhoni. The tail now does look a bit weak with the exclusion of some bowling all-rounders. It will probably mean that India will try to play seven batsmen and 4 bowlers. This will mean only two pacers between Nehra, Munaf and pedestrian Praveen will get a look in along side two spinners Harbhajan and Amit Mishra. This will also mean other pedestrians in Sehwag, Yuvraj and may be Jadeja will have to roll their arms. What this means is that no matter how much run the batsmen will put on board, the Aussies will chase it down. batting first, India's so called strong batting line-up never comes good in big matches anyway. If India bowl first, then get ready for the unfit Indian players to chase the leather. India needs to improve its fielding and running between the wickets dramatically to be a force to reckon with. Unfit and lazy players never make a winning team.

  • rzi-BDML on October 15, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    ohhhh not again, it is such a disappointment for the cricket lovers. we the Pakistanis love sachin and Dravid, specially THE WALL, he's been brilliant in CT. see wat he did against the best of the pace attacks in the world: he handled Rana, Amir, Gul, Afridi and Ajaml so well that he almost clinched the match from us. results of the match do not show wat a close match it was. It was Rahul who holded his nerves in such a crucial match. HE REALLY DESERVES A PLACE IN INDIAN CRICKET TEAM

  • hathim on October 15, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    Good. Keep up the good work BCCI. Dropping Dravid was the correct decision to lose all the 7 ODIs. And all those who said dropping dravid was correct, this situation came for ganguly, now dravid and in future to Sachin too. Let me see hw we all Indians react to it?

  • ebynair on October 15, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Sreesanth was by far the best bowler in Irani trophy. But it seems some vested interests are in play to keep him out of the squad

  • subinit on October 15, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    ok you few guys support dravid's exclusion becoz he is too old to survive in shorter formats.but anyone explain me why munaf patel is in the team even if he is the worst fielder india has ever produced.Rahul is pbviously better fielder than munaf and has all the shots in the book and no one can question his versatility.jadeja as we all know is a player who has shown that he cant hit big.even yuvi can bowl gud left arm spin so why to take jadeja?why not badri ?selectors are definitely frustrating some good players.

  • arup_g on October 15, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    Although Dravid is a class player, he is only a stop gap filler at the moment so makes sense to drop him. I don't know about dropping Yusuf because he is more likely to finish an innings off on Indian soil then Jadeja, but Jadeja is a better bowler so its a hard decision. Im happy RP has been dropped, cos he has been pure rubbish lately. Team should be Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvi, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Munaf, Ishant and Nehra. Use Jadeja as the 2nd spinner and actually use sehwag and yuvi in the middle overs, they're both just as effective! Dhoni needs to be more shrude with his captaincy if he wants to beat Australia.

  • sunnystandsfordravid on October 15, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Why are the selectors so rude to Dravid? If Dravid is out of form (which he is not seeing his batting in South Africa and Champions League) or if they think he has to retire, the same should apply to Sachin too. I am not against Sachin both Sachin and Dravid are required in the team at least till World Cup. May be few players are performing now, but can any one guarantee their consistency when compared to Dravid, can any one rely on them in crunch situations but everyone can rely on Dravid in any conditions. I dont know why selectors are missing out the point that Dravid is an ace of technique. Dravid is the wall which holds Indian batting lineup when wickets are tumbling, Dravid is Mr.Dependable. Without Dravid Indian Cricket Team is never complete. Hope the team will be complete at least for the WORLD CUP.

  • jambukka on October 15, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Selectors have done very well by picking this team. I reckon selectors have done a good job by dropping Dravid. There is no doubt that Dravid is a great player. But there is only one and a half years to go to 2011 world cup. Dravid will be 38 years by then. I don't see Dravid in the Indian colours for that mega event. I am happy to see that Ishant Sharma has been retained for the Australian series. He has a brilliant record against the Aussies. Sudip Tyagi has earned the Indian cap by bowling superbly for UP and in the challenger series. He is a brilliant bowler. But he needs to improve his fielding. It is good to see young Jadeja included in the squad. Yusuf Pathan was given a long run. But his bowling efforts has been below par. Jadeja is a better fielder than Pathan. I think they could have given Abhinav Mukund a chance in the Indian squad. But on the other hand Abhinav is an opener and the top three places are booked already.

  • Jagan009 on October 15, 2009, 10:56 GMT

    i dont think that Sehwag and Yuvraj are back i think that they should give chance to Praveen, Amit, Munaf for playing also. But still India will miss Zaheer very badly.

  • Ravi7 on October 15, 2009, 10:56 GMT

    WATCH THIS FRIENDS: Whats the qualification of these selectors?Did any one among the selectors scored more than 1000 runs in one day &test cricket,or I doubt did they even ever play a single match.This is a very poor & pity selection especially in case of non-selection of Rahul Dravid.They are simply teasing a genius like Rahul Dravid These selectors dont even know the basics of cricket.Replace them & get some new ones,those who has some knowledge about cricket like the GREAT Ravi Shasthri&Sunil Gavaskar.

  • www.sunil.com on October 15, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Venu Gopal Rao ... where is his name?? The more I see of this guy playing IPL & now Champions tropy the more I am impressed by him .. he does scores quickly !!

  • Farce-Follower on October 15, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    @ Eventual : Thanks for being so perceptive. You act as if the very mention of Sachin as a flat track bully is sacrilege. Read the post properly. That was one inference. And your shallow slavishness shows in your comment : we have mediocre private lives and hence cannot comment on Sachin. That may be you. And you will forever be that.

  • BragBoy on October 15, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    Good move this by the selection committee. Only hole I see here is persisting with Ishant Sharma who has a very poor form with the ball. He has been very inconsistent in the past, probably he should be the one who should have been axed instead of poor RP Singh. The return of Sehwag and Yuvi is sure going to boost the team's batting strength and morale and both will definitely are going to make merry. Guys remember, when last time India and Australia played a 7 match ODIs, Sachin was the top scorer and with Ian Chappell's latest comment on who is better (among Ponting/Sachin), the little master is going to definitely prove and he will!

  • Gwaty on October 15, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    I think selection should be based on merit as well as perfomance and if we look at Dravids perfomance since he was back it shows that he is a player in top form at the current moment and dropping him was not the right decision. He was literally used just because sehwag and yuvraj were not available and now that they are back it seems they have no use for Dravid anymore.

  • arunviru on October 15, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    Good job but few minor errors like sudeep tyagi and jadeja.tyagi doesnt have enough experience in domestic level and out of nowhere he is picked jadeja is only good in ipl and domestic matches which are not upto to international standards.he fails everytime at international level.dropping rahul dravid is justified because recalling him in the first place is not correct.dravid is also one of the reason for India's failure in champions trophy 2009.he scored a 76 of 103 balls with poor strike rate of 70.he totally killed the momentum.and to sagar tendulkar thanks for accepting that sachin tendulkar is a flat track bully.he is also in the same category of dravid fails miserably in big matches and world cup matches and scores only in fit for nothing tri series against weak teams.sachin alsoshould have dropped but no one in bcci and selectors have the guts to drop him

  • Nyt_Rider on October 15, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    Good Team Selection......i think it is final chance for Ishant Sharma to prove himself.....abishek nyar should have been given a chance once again...to prove himslef......

  • getgopi on October 15, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    Look at how Stuart Broad is improving himself. He turned down IPL offers and decided to concentrate on his test career for now. Ishant could do the same and strengthen his skills and temperament.

    Dravid should be used sparingly on foreign pitches depending on how (and until) other batsmen such as Raina, Gambhir and Sharma improve against short-pitch bowling.

    More of a concern are the lack of a true fast bowler and better overall fielding performance.

  • ABP235 on October 15, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    What more can you expect from a bunch once termed as jokers by Jimmy Amarnath? Selectors were depending on Mr Dependable when in need (going to play on bouncy pitches) and now that they have comfortable pitches in India, forget him again? See how a talented Karthik is losing out in selection - right now, he is performing better than Dhoni but has to either sit on the bench or be axed. He has strengthened the middle order for Delhi so well in the absence of their stars. What will the selectors do if one or more of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Sachin and Gambhir get injured? Will they go back to Dravid and Karthik? Tyagi's selection is good, but why on Indian flat pitches? How long he will survive in this musical chairs played by selectors & Dhoni?

  • nishant_g on October 15, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    i don't see a point dropping Abhishek Nayar and Rahul Dravid. Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma have not proven a point in last 6 months where as Rahul Dravid was as consistent as ever, and Nayar needs another chance to prove....certainly Irfan Pathan deserves a place ahead of his brother and Ishant Sharma atleast Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli are big failure at international level

  • K_RAJEEV on October 15, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    Along with Laxman, Dravid has been one of the the best match winners India has seen for many many years. Technically sound and agressive when needed, he is a pleasure to watch. Yes he is not glamarous like some of his contemporaries, I agree but never deserve a treatment of this sort from selectors.Don't lose your heart Dravid. This bunch is going to get hammered badly with Aussies and then they will realize what they were missing again. For now take it easy and relax. We appreciate your contributions and excitement you have provided over the years. I am sure you will be back again. don't even think about retiring Rahul

  • ganeshram78 on October 15, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    ridiculous. how can dravid be dropped? he was the best batsman at SA. expect virat kohli and ravidra jadeja to score against lee and johnson? dravid should retire from one-day cricket and save further humiliation from the stupid selectors.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on October 15, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    droping of dravid is a very bad dicition.he is scored 180 of runs with a avrage of 36% and all the runs are comming from when india strugling. in the five innings 2 times he is run out otherwice his avg should be high.abishak nayar has not get fair chance. in the 3 matches he has not get chance to bat.he is mainley a batsman than a bawler.so he have to give enough chance.giving chance to Sudeep Tyagi not an impressive decition.

  • Farce-Follower on October 15, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    A country whose fans are OK with Dravid's axe, but question why Yusuf Pathan and RP Singh are dropped deserves what it gets : administrators like Pawar and Shetty, selectors like Srikkanth and clowns like Dhoni as captain. But the Indian team should do well - ODIs in India and Bangladesh over the next 6 months. India may lose each series, but Sachin will average over 40. Yuvraj may hit a couple of sixes every match. Everyone is happy, I guess. We are like this only. Rest of the world, go to hell.

  • AniSud on October 15, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    It is not a good sign to cricket. Rahul was not required to be borough to the ODI at all. But since they decided to bring him, they should have given enough time to perform. I Ravindra Jadega is yet to prove his International performance and the entry should have been given for Abhishek Nayar. Ishant need rest and good practice and Sreesanth should have given chance, with some counselling. The most importantly, India should have two different team for ODIs and 20/20s to maintain the spirit and skill as specialists. And evaluating the performances 20/20 version is not correct method to select the ODI teams.

  • Balamons on October 15, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    I don think it was a good decision to call dravid back for the CT. There are instances where such call-backs have backfired, like that of miandad in 1996 WC. I would have gone for the squad of: Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Raina,Yuvi,Dhoni,Uthappa,Kohli,D.Karthik,Harbhajan, Amit mishra, Nehra,Praveen,Sreesanth,R.P.Singh.. Any comments??

  • prasadg79 on October 15, 2009, 10:37 GMT

    What a way to treat the mighty wall??? Selectors need to make sensible decisions, while picking up the team to play a series against the number one team in the world. I feel that lackluster Harbhajan Singh, immature Ishant Sharma and rustic Ravindra Jadeja should have been rested to make way for Pragyan Ohja, Pradeep Sangwan and inform Robin Uthappa. Its high time for Mr Srikkanth and his not so wisemen, to make sensible decisions and select horses for courses, rather than selecting the same old lazy and tired mules. Selectors.....Please wake up!!!!!!!

  • Naveed on October 15, 2009, 10:37 GMT

    They have mentioned "all-rounder's slot is vacant" what a shame for India, after Kapil Dev they have at last found an all-rounder in Irfan Pathan, but just out of fear of injury the so-called experts changed his action to prolong his career. With changed action he has lost his speed and sharpness. Now he is no where in the picture. Wasim Akram has played for almost a dacade with the same action, but just out of fear of injury they destroyed the career of Irfan Pathan. It is not only Pathan's loss its India's loss.

  • gopal83 on October 15, 2009, 10:37 GMT

    wow..wow..wow....what a great news for indian cricket..dravid is dropped.....so dravid will be picked when he next tours south africa....what a strategy..... indian selectors will never from their mistakes....dravid has performed well in SA ...and he is still capable of scoring runs in any form of game....what the hell is wrong with selectors... why the hell abishek nayar is out......he has not been given a chance..atleast he shld hv given 5 matches chance.... i appreciate tyagi's selection..he is emerging fast bowler...i am sure he will perform well.. i also appreciate yousuf pathan's rejection...

    why did they select jadeja.....no clue....i assure u...he is good for IPL not for INTERNATIONAL CRICKET....

    i think Kohli..will emerge as a big player soon like yuvraj...he is future hope of india...

  • Riderstorm on October 15, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Dropping dravid after performing in srilanka and champions trophy has no logic... Have the raina's and so called young brigade got competant enough to face the fast bowling of the aussies after their terrible and forgetful performance of the champions trophy???? And what are ishant and jadeja doing after their dismal performances. I dont think this is a way forward trying to be the number 1 team in the world instead it is the way backward .... :(

  • Rajit on October 15, 2009, 10:31 GMT

    Good selection expect the fact that Ishant Sharma is retained...but the problem is that both Zaheer and Irfan are not fit so Ishant stays for 1st 2 ODIs atleast..but sooner he should be given a break from the shorter format...Well as for Dravid his selection in the first place during CT was wrong and now dropping him without giving any reason is even more ridiculous for someone who has served the country for so long.But I guess its the BCCI gag for selectors which stops them from giving reasons in the media... we should try out young players in this series irrespective of the fact that we win the series or not.

  • Nithincv014 on October 15, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    I am very disappointed to see Dravid being dropped, he has done all good to the team, but I don't why still the Indian selectors consider him as a Test Player, he has played brilliantly in all formats of the game and he is still continuing the same, I felt Dravid deserved a place in the team after a good performance in SA, recalling Jadeja was a bad call, he is not a great player in International level, why is this Ishant still in the Team, must be the laces on his neck doing something to selectors, Its unfair that Balaji and Irfan still not being considered for come back, both are good hitters and best bowlers, Irfan was considered as the best all rounder, both of them have done enough in the domestic level and deserve a recall, Praveen kumar is always picked in the team but never been played in the main matches, no idea why, it should be last chance to Munaf, enough of his injury stories, its better they make their ways to other bowlers.

  • faisalpatel on October 15, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    This is something not done fair with our seniors!!Dravid was wall of ICT ,he is and he wil remain the same for ever!!dropiing YP was ok.sachin,sehwag,ghambr,dravid,yuvraj,raina, dhoni,harbhajan,munaf,ishant nehra...i tik dis XI wil make too stronger.

  • klobania on October 15, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    i thinks its completely nonsense selection as i believe they must left out tendulkar and harbhajan singh as they always fail to deliver in big matches instead they must call ramesh pawar and harmeet singh

  • prabwal on October 15, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Dravid's exclusion is very unfortunate.He should not have been recalled at all if the selection panel didn't have any long term plan for him.And the worst part is this has nothing to do with his performance.May be the selectors thought, even if he had been included in the squad, it would be difficult to find a place for him in the playing xi:hence the decision.Whatever it is, it is a humiliation that a player of the stature of Dravid doesn't deserve.I really feel sorry for him.

  • nuts64 on October 15, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    It is very unfortunate to leave out Rahul. Selectors need to look at the next world cup and start exprimenting with the alrounders and the pace attack. The core of batting,spin and wicket keeper slots are overflowing. May be the rotation policy of the ex-autralian team be tested to cover for injuries & form.It is a wake up call to the likes of RPSingh,Rohit & Yousuf.I Feel for Dinesh Karthik too.

  • SRAM20 on October 15, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Overall, a very good selection. All the right changes being made this time. You feel sorry for Dravid because he hasnt done anything wrong, but he is not a part of India's future ODI plans. And the selectors have emphazized that he will just be a stop gap measure in case anyone is injured. And he is a very reliable replacement for such scenarios. Happy for Tyagi's inclusion. He has been impressing many people recently. Hope we find better allrounder than Jadeja who can be a liability with bat in the end overs where he will come mostly. Zaheer will round off this team and make it world beating.

  • siddulkar on October 15, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    Overall, the team is quite balanced. Most of the players picked themselves without giving any second thought to the selectors. Considering that we are playing at Vododara and Nagpur, I don't understand why Ishant is been picked up. Is Irfan is injured? There is no genuine all-rounder (unless one considers Yuvraj, Sachin, Sehwag or Harbhajan to be one). Jadeja is quite over-rated. Not picking Dravid was mainly to make selectors' and captain's job easier; else they would be in dilemma whom to pick and drop in top 7. So either Kohli or Jadeja will play at number 7 (unless we go with 5 genuine bowlers). Dravid has to be back for Delhi and Mohali games. You can experiment now but not at that time. Munaf should spearhead the attack (given the conditions and opposition) and Praveen/Tyagi and Nehra should support. Let's see how it goes!

  • ashwin_nar on October 15, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    Good decision to drop dravid, who is a great player but is not good enough for the shorter format. For some strange reason, gets run out at crucial times as against Pakistan after he took ages to score 75...Sudeep Tyagi is a good choice. Munaf is a decent bowler but very complacent on the field. He should be given a final chance. harbhajan is also the most inconsistent of all the main bowlers in the world.. never seen anyone whos played for 10 years bowl badly at crucial times such as against pakistan.. 3 feet outside off and then down the leg side. Lve his aggression but he is too overrated.. he needs to be shown videos of young spinners from other countries...just goes to show why he has such a poor overseas record.

  • klobania on October 15, 2009, 10:16 GMT

    i think selectors should left out sachin tendulkar and harbhajan singh as they always fail to deliver in big matches instead they must call ramesh pawar and mohammad kaif as india needs some fresh legs against such a big series

  • riteshjsr on October 15, 2009, 10:16 GMT

    Dravid's exclusion, though expected. is not fair. He played really well in SL and in the Champions Trophy. The return of Sehwag and Yuvraj bolsters the batting. Without these two, the batting looked out of depth in the CT. As expected Sudeep Tyagi and Munaf Patel have found their way into the squad on the back of some good performances in the Irani Trophy and the Challengers. However, without Zaheer Khan, the bowling looks toothless. Sure, Nehra has impressed since his comeback, but none of the other bowlers have lent him any support. Harbhajan was woefully out of form in the CT, but I'm sure, he will still get in the XI ahead of Mishra who bowled quite well. I don't understand Jadeja's inclusion though - he is a bits and pieces player, neither a very good batsman nor a very good bowler. Yet he keeps getting opportunities, whereas proven performers like Badrinath keep getting ignored.

  • Kruttika on October 15, 2009, 10:16 GMT

    the team has been quite unpredictable. Sudeep Tyagi getting a maiden call is a good news but dropping Dravid and keeping out-of-form Ishant Sharma seems to be a bad decision. The comeback of Yuvi n Viru is a good news for the whole team but their fitness seems to be still a concern. Also dropping RP n Yusuf is quite good a decision.

  • Vigneshrocks on October 15, 2009, 10:15 GMT

    Really shocked after dravid is not in 15 member squad. I dont think why Ravindra Jadeja called in 15 member squad. I think Y.Pathan will be gud in indian pitch...

  • OpeninBatsman on October 15, 2009, 10:15 GMT

    where is Sreesanth.. :-( just coz he shiows some agresion on d field doesnt mean he shudnt be picked for ever.. look at how guys like nel,mcgrath n other wo r masters of sledging performed... sreesanth was in great form in County n dis was d right time for his comebak.. atleast he has some pace... munaf patel well he will be there for dis series n will be dropped again.. we need someone with more pace.. and sudeep tyagi is actually a good pick he has pace n xtracts bounce ... all d best tem Inda

  • skodialbail on October 15, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    Strange selection. I feel srikanth and his team has made a lot of flaws. Dropping Dravid and Karthik who are amongst runs not in the team is a surprise coz then what is the criteria for selection. If scoring runs was the criteria then what is suresh raina doing in the side compared to Dinesh karthik or dravid.

  • yasheer on October 15, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    Not a good work done by selectors. I have two questions in mind ... 1. Why DRAVID is dropped. 2. Why NAYAR is dropped.

    I think this is not the way to treat a legend-senior player-A player with 10,000+ runs. If dravid not in the planning of indian cricket then why selectors are showing LADDO to him. This is not just about dravid ... It is also about RAINA, YUSUF, KOHLI too. Selectors dint have faith in them , dats why dravid was selected for the last series. Rahul dravid is one of the batsman who has written his name in golden words in the history of indian cricket. This is the result .....

    Now why abhishekh nayar is dropped without getting proper chance. Same thing was happened to RAVINDRA jadeja, badrinath and manoj tiwari also. Now JADEJA is in for NAYAR. What is it ?? Any one of them should get a clean chance. Its not the way to try players like this.

  • critek on October 15, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    Dravid's selection has become a matter of opinion. What was the point in selecting him for just a couple of months ? HE needs to be in the team thruout - not just abroad. I would like to see Abhishek Nayar given a real chance instead of V.Kohli - who arguably proved himself but has not made himself indispensable. If Nayar does well, it'll put pressure on everybody else to do well. Tyagi is just a swing bowler and will not do well at all if conditions don't favour him - Irfan Pathan is better than him for most conditions (though perhaps not good enough yet).

  • EverythingsEventual on October 15, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    @ Farce-Follower,when will people like you stop questioning the achievements of Sachin?Flat Track bully eh?....so tell me which batsman is comfortable when the ball is swinging/seaming around ? Why not just enjoy the batting of greats like Sachin and Ponting without questioning their achievements.What they have done for their respective countries is beyond what any of us will ever do and they rise above the mediocrity that we settle for in our own private lives.So just out of respect for these players,detractors of either of them should shut the hell up.

  • zulash on October 15, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    The article states that "RP and Yusuf have been disappointing and added to India's struggles in the last few months. RP, after his comeback in the West Indies, averaged 53.20 and gave away 5.91 runs an over." How does one justify ISHANT SHARMA's form?? He has been in terrible form since the IPL 2. I havent seen being lethal or giving trouble to any batsman in the recent past. To be honest, he is no less than a 2nd tier bowler and a far bigger liability to the Indian team. RP Singh - Another unpredicatable specimen has picked a lot many wickets than Ishant hands down but gets DROPPED for valid reasons. Suprizingly Dhoni and the selectors seems to continue to be over-confident with this kid's capabilities...HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AXED AND RESTED TILL HE FINDS SOME CONSISTENT FORM!!!!

  • swapnil0058 on October 15, 2009, 10:01 GMT

    Very Sensible Decision to drop Dravid looking at the future of Indian Team.....

  • SenthilMani on October 15, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    Good that jadeja is back... give him more chances... also irfan pathan should be considered, so that we have seeming all rounder as well, i think he also injured... pace attcak is good, excepting zaheer soon.

  • paringogri on October 15, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    Do selectors want to stabilize the middle order or what are they upto ? Dravid was called in to strengthen the middle order and was successful too, then why is he not desrving a place in the team, forget that not in the squad too. This is sheer insult, Also Selectors shall have a look to his innings in Champions league. Only one inning but very effective. He has proved numerous times that he can play on flat pitches too... This only means that selectors will again look to Dravid if team is goin to play on pitches with more bounce.

  • TellasisPatel on October 15, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    It is indeed shocking to learn that Rahul Dravid is dropped again after a very solid performance in South Africa. His batting skills were on the top, run-rate borderline excellent. Team selectors have overlooked the fact that Dravid was run out twice there, once due to foolishness of Herbhajan Singh. Hope the team will play well and win!

  • deeppitt on October 15, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Yet again Ishant sharma is selected!! ....I dont understand how he gets selected in ODIs after such shameful performances in the past...I would chose a left arm spinner over him..maybe pragyan ojha..btw i feel he is better than bhajji in current form..

  • faisal1986 on October 15, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    the selectors should be give one more chance for dravid. because dravid over all performance against Aussies is good. now Australia have good pace attack like brett lee, siddle. against these kind of bowling attack dravid have good record. also it will give good boost for indian middle order. also who is the better choice for opening. my opinion is gambhir & sehwag. sachin will be bat at No. 3 position is better because of the absence of dravid. why didn't give chance for the pacy man sreeshanth. he must deserve a place like this kind of opponents. dhoni need to utilize the part time bowling of yuvraj, viru & sachin. also give chance for jadeja to prove his performance. if not succeed bring back players like irfan & nair.

  • SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on October 15, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    This is a classic case of the disgusting manner in which Rahul Dravid, one of India's finest servantsever, has been treated by the last two selection panels. On his return Dravid has scored a 47 in a pathetic batting performance from which only he emerged with credit, an important 39 in a crucial opening stand during which he performed exactly the role that he was asked to do, and a 76 against Pakistan which ensured that we avoided complete embarrassment against our rivals. He is dropped for averaging 36 and playing 3 good knocks but Kohli is selected ahead of him based on one innings against a weak West Indies line-up. Kohli's time will come but it should not have been now. This selection only shows that we have moved away from the meritocracy that existed under Ganguly and Wright, and back to the bad old days of favour-based selections and discrimination against experience.

  • ssenthil on October 15, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    I think the selectors have done a good job. But dropping Dravid and keeping the inconsistent Ishant Sharma and recalling Jadeja who is best in domestic and IPL and worst at International level is bad. I think Dravid would not find a place in the batting order consisting Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvi and Dhoni. This top 6 is a world glass with 3 anchors who can play aggressive when needed and 3 stroke makers. So India need to find a fast bowler who can bat a little like Irfan. Fast bowling will get a boost when Zaheer comeback with the likes of Nehra, Praveen, Tyagi and Munaf. I discount Ishant for ODI's. The comeback of Yuvi and Sehwag will help Dhoni to fulfill the 5th bowler.

  • kripra on October 15, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    Over the past few years, the selectors have failed to create teams that will take the performance to another level. After the successful ODI win on Australian soil a few years ago, against a strong Aussie team, Indian cricket has gone sideways. No new spinner, middle order batsman or an allrounder has emerged, even though many have been tried and shown occasional flashes of brilliance. And those that have been given ample chances (Yuvraj) have failed to take their game to another level. There is a problem in Indian cricket - not sure who is to blame, the selectors, the captain, the coaches/trainers, media, the players themselves? When will the next Dravid, or Kumble or Kapil Dev emerge and take the mantle? What do we need to change to make this happen?

  • anderson2010 on October 15, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    Looking forward to proper cricket between proper cricket teams.. Can't believe some people have been judging the performance of their team based on T20. There are only 3 proper teams in the world. Australia, S Africa and India. Rest are only good enough for T20. In last 3 years, Australia, S Africa and India have spanked rest of the teams in ODI series. Rest of the teams simply do not have class.

  • batsmaan on October 15, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    Dravid have to leave soon so i don't mind if he is dropped but Yousuf & RP why? their records are excellent in home grounds. Now I think we are going back in Sir Greg chappel's era.

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on October 15, 2009, 9:38 GMT

    Good Selection, selectors wasn't had much to choose but dropping dravid and karthick. rest are all fine in batting while fast bowling is still have some tendencies in absence of Zaheer Khan.

  • gangi.reddy on October 15, 2009, 9:37 GMT

    Why in the world has Dravid been dropped? He was the only performer for India in the Champions Trophy. Its not the way to treat a player of his stature. Now, I think, he can accounce his retirement.

  • bijit.b on October 15, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    k.srikanth n co.did made good n nice choices.sudeep tyagi was worth a call-up in zaheer's absence.dravid's was a guest appearance,it was inevitable,no hard feelings for that.being picked will do a good lot for ishant's confidence.just wish he get's his business right this time.

  • nvdqa on October 15, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    Good Selection, But some of them are really shocking... Sudeep Tyagi is a youngster and deserve a chance, but Munaf Patel ???

    I certainly say that there are many better bowler than Munaf in India R. P. Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradip Sangwan

    So, Selector should think about the these options

  • TequillaGuy on October 15, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    What a diabolical decision! Message sent to Dravid: "You can perform in whatever way you want, but we will select you only when our so called young brigade has to face real bowlers on real wickets. Otherwise, you can go back to where you came from, Thank U very much!" Why should'nt Dravid not get an opportunity to score runs on batsmen friendly wickets? I was not a big fan of Dravid in ODI's initially but for me, he was doing quite well when he was dropped earlier. People say that Dravid was dropped because he didn't score enough runs in that Australia Series. The stat that is quoted is "80 runs in 10 matches". Just see how and when he got out in those 10 matches. And no one says that in the previous 10 innings he scored 440 runs at an average of 62.85! Are you trying to say that a player with 10,000 runs is not allowed to have 3-4 bad innings!?! Sachin Tendulkar would have been dropped 50 times had that been the sole criteria. Obviously, there were political reasons(Dhoni/Vengsarkar)

  • vcriyas on October 15, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    good selection of team but our selectors are using dravid in the bowler friendly condition and not using him in the typical Indian flat wickets.but its a worry for all our dravid fans.Its a great challenge for our selectors to find out bowling all rounder in the team without that our team not in a very good balance. In modern day cricket its very important tooooooo. The team is really set the competition is in the 7th spot between kohli and jedeja.According to me jedeja will play in the eleven because he can bowl.

    Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt/wk),Suresh Raina,Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh,Praveen Kumar,Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

  • Amit_Cric_Crazy on October 15, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    I thinks its an ideal selection considering the current situation with Zaheer Khan missing. Ishant Sharma probably has the last chance to prove himself or else might end up in the test team forever. Its a bold and quite fair selection. I am not sure why our "Great Wall of India"..Mr.Dravid doesn't seem to bother about the writing on the "Wall" that he should withdraw from ODI's and just confine himself to Tests, he should now gift his place to some youngster as the world cup is not so far. Munaf should take the maximum from this selection if he has to cement his place. I'm not too worried about yusuf as I'm sure he'll come back, he's an excellent ODI player, just going thru a bad phase. This is a very good chance for India to climb up to No. 1 position and a good fielding performance can lift them up in the upcoming series against Aussies as the bowling looks quite weak here and batting alone cannot make us World No. 1...Jai Ho !

  • batsmaan on October 15, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    Selection is always good but no result, why?? we need to find out what is missing.

  • showpundits on October 15, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    Balanced team.. Ishant should have been given a break and Patan should have got another chance on home soil..

  • MST0007 on October 15, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    overall good selection but tyagi is strange inclusion, yusuf should be given a chance against the ozes because he is good striker specially on batting friendly pitches

  • Vishal_Thakkar on October 15, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    Good Selection. But I think Rohit Sharma Should be include in 15 players.Dropping Dravid is not a right choice.It's good for Indian team they got Yuvi & Viru back in thier playing side. Over all its a team,but 2-3 more changes might be a best team.

  • vikrach on October 15, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    I don't know how sudeep tyagi got place in the team. He hardly played any list A games. I think he is qualified because he plays for CSK . Now promising virat kholi looses his place in the 11 because yuvraj is there.. This is happening from long time in Indian cricket .

  • Imran_Panjwani on October 15, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    I think dravid should get one more chance he is well played in last series i think he is very unlucky while the rest squad should be ok

  • SSGupta on October 15, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    I don't know why the selectors are playing with Rahul Dravid. He was included in the team to stabalise the middle order. He did his job well. He had always taken the responsibility on his shoulders - be it be of wicket keeper or opener. He is the real "Wall of India". I think he should have left ODIs, two years back, when he resigned from captaincy after the loss against England. Munaf is again back. Will he be able to cement his place this time in the team??? India is likely to go with following IX - Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Ishant, Munaf and Nehra

  • Ribs on October 15, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    It is the another example of how we are treating our seniors. When they called Dravid they mentioned that they want to strengthen the middle order. Did they already strengthened or what. Actually BCCI killing cricket with their high profile money business. Whenever India playinig in home ground, they will make some run fiest flat tracks, bring more entertainment to the crowds. Once India won they will forget about our fragile batting weakneses in lively track. If they want to improve the standard of our team they need to prepare more and more lively tracks in India. India fail to reach the second round of the two major ICC tournaments and it is showing our real strength. Sachin always fails in crunch matches either it is world cup must win game against lanka same recent must win game against pak. When they decided to drop Dravid they need to drop sachin as well. Why they are making two differant measuring system for Dravid and Sachin. Dravid done more than what Sachin did to the team

  • sansean on October 15, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Dravid's exclusion was obvious but I cannot understanf the removal of Abhishekh Nayar, he is one of the most prolific players in ranji, he is an explosive batsman, how can they exclude someone who has not been given enough opportunities, this is wastage of talent.

  • anuajm on October 15, 2009, 9:07 GMT

    I must say this is an insult to Dravid!! He did well after the comeback and now dropped again!! Not the right thing to do by the selectors. Abhishek Nayar also deserved more and better opportunities!! Team looks good else. Though Ishant should have been give na break and Munaf tested more in domestic before bringing him again in the team only to disappoint!! Cheers!

  • Guhah on October 15, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    I don't really construe the strategy of the selection committee. Why did they call Dravid and now why they have removed him? Is it way to treat a legend... call him when you need and throw him if you don't regardless of his performance and stature.

    Is there anything left for him to prove?

  • DeathRaider on October 15, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    Today I realized y Mohinder Amarnath called the Indian Selectors "a pack of jokers" ...they really are !! nd they proved it again today ! I am not a big fan of Dravid..bt I seriously feel the guy deserves a little more respect ...He has close to 11K runs in both formats of the game ..nd yet he's picked just becoz the selectors think that the rainas nd pathans are incompetent enuf to tackle the bouncy pitches in SA or Aus... I guess we wud see Dravid back in action in ODI's again when the team travels to SA,Aus,NZ or England !! :) though really happy to see yusuf pathan out of the team !! :) :)

  • Farce-Follower on October 15, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    Nice strategy...unleash the bullies like Tendulkar and Yuvraj and get them to build their averages and aggregates in lousy flat tracks...and expect the rest of the world to call them the best and the greatest...and hurl insults at Ian Chappell if he says Ponting is better...way to go, BCCI.

  • rstheboss on October 15, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    Its total absurdity to persist with Ishant after so many failures in one day internationals. He must be dropped and he can play ranji for a year or so. There is sufficient enough bench strength to replace Ishant in the squad.

  • binu.emiliya on October 15, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Good selection.But i will rate three players extreamly unlucky.Manoj Tiwary,Buvaneswar Kumar and Gourav Dhiman.Manoj Tiwary is a good player but very unlucky.He should play the challenger trophy.But he was with DD in CLT20.There he is not getting opportunities to prove his skills.Buvaneswar Kumar can be the allrounder India eagerly looking for.But last minute change he joined in BRC in CLt20.there he is warming the bench.Gourav Dhiman excelled in the KPL but BRC is not giving him any chance to play.

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  • binu.emiliya on October 15, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Good selection.But i will rate three players extreamly unlucky.Manoj Tiwary,Buvaneswar Kumar and Gourav Dhiman.Manoj Tiwary is a good player but very unlucky.He should play the challenger trophy.But he was with DD in CLT20.There he is not getting opportunities to prove his skills.Buvaneswar Kumar can be the allrounder India eagerly looking for.But last minute change he joined in BRC in CLt20.there he is warming the bench.Gourav Dhiman excelled in the KPL but BRC is not giving him any chance to play.

  • rstheboss on October 15, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    Its total absurdity to persist with Ishant after so many failures in one day internationals. He must be dropped and he can play ranji for a year or so. There is sufficient enough bench strength to replace Ishant in the squad.

  • Farce-Follower on October 15, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    Nice strategy...unleash the bullies like Tendulkar and Yuvraj and get them to build their averages and aggregates in lousy flat tracks...and expect the rest of the world to call them the best and the greatest...and hurl insults at Ian Chappell if he says Ponting is better...way to go, BCCI.

  • DeathRaider on October 15, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    Today I realized y Mohinder Amarnath called the Indian Selectors "a pack of jokers" ...they really are !! nd they proved it again today ! I am not a big fan of Dravid..bt I seriously feel the guy deserves a little more respect ...He has close to 11K runs in both formats of the game ..nd yet he's picked just becoz the selectors think that the rainas nd pathans are incompetent enuf to tackle the bouncy pitches in SA or Aus... I guess we wud see Dravid back in action in ODI's again when the team travels to SA,Aus,NZ or England !! :) though really happy to see yusuf pathan out of the team !! :) :)

  • Guhah on October 15, 2009, 9:05 GMT

    I don't really construe the strategy of the selection committee. Why did they call Dravid and now why they have removed him? Is it way to treat a legend... call him when you need and throw him if you don't regardless of his performance and stature.

    Is there anything left for him to prove?

  • anuajm on October 15, 2009, 9:07 GMT

    I must say this is an insult to Dravid!! He did well after the comeback and now dropped again!! Not the right thing to do by the selectors. Abhishek Nayar also deserved more and better opportunities!! Team looks good else. Though Ishant should have been give na break and Munaf tested more in domestic before bringing him again in the team only to disappoint!! Cheers!

  • sansean on October 15, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Dravid's exclusion was obvious but I cannot understanf the removal of Abhishekh Nayar, he is one of the most prolific players in ranji, he is an explosive batsman, how can they exclude someone who has not been given enough opportunities, this is wastage of talent.

  • Ribs on October 15, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    It is the another example of how we are treating our seniors. When they called Dravid they mentioned that they want to strengthen the middle order. Did they already strengthened or what. Actually BCCI killing cricket with their high profile money business. Whenever India playinig in home ground, they will make some run fiest flat tracks, bring more entertainment to the crowds. Once India won they will forget about our fragile batting weakneses in lively track. If they want to improve the standard of our team they need to prepare more and more lively tracks in India. India fail to reach the second round of the two major ICC tournaments and it is showing our real strength. Sachin always fails in crunch matches either it is world cup must win game against lanka same recent must win game against pak. When they decided to drop Dravid they need to drop sachin as well. Why they are making two differant measuring system for Dravid and Sachin. Dravid done more than what Sachin did to the team

  • SSGupta on October 15, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    I don't know why the selectors are playing with Rahul Dravid. He was included in the team to stabalise the middle order. He did his job well. He had always taken the responsibility on his shoulders - be it be of wicket keeper or opener. He is the real "Wall of India". I think he should have left ODIs, two years back, when he resigned from captaincy after the loss against England. Munaf is again back. Will he be able to cement his place this time in the team??? India is likely to go with following IX - Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Ishant, Munaf and Nehra

  • Imran_Panjwani on October 15, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    I think dravid should get one more chance he is well played in last series i think he is very unlucky while the rest squad should be ok