Australia in India 2009-10 October 15, 2009

Dravid dropped for Australia ODIs

Cricinfo staff

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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  • naveed 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.

  • Leslie 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.

  • Ravish 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.

  • Suhas 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.

  • prad 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 !

  • Balaji 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 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

  • Cambridge 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.

  • Bhaskar 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

  • Sharon 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.

  • Krishna 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..

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