West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica, 4th day June 23, 2011

Dravid impressed with India's young talent

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Rahul Dravid, India's batting hero in their victory in the first Test against West Indies, has come out in support of the young talent breaking into the national team. India entered the series with a depleted side in the absence of first-choice players Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, and it took a typically determined second-innings century from Dravid to set up the 63-run win in Jamaica. The young batsmen who came into the XI - with the exception of Suresh Raina in the first innings - wasted the opportunity to impress, but Dravid was confident that they would come good if backed consistently.

"These youngsters are even better than we were, in terms of talent," Dravid said after the match. "We put too much pressure on youngsters; we need to relax and give them time, we need to be patient with them, and we can't be questioning them after every one or two matches."

The Kingston Test marks 15 years since Dravid debuted along with Sourav Ganguly at Lord's in 1996, a series in which both did exceptionally well. VVS Laxman also debuted the same year, completing the core of what was to eventually become a world-class middle order, along with Tendulkar.

Dravid said the next generation of players had the potential to surpass even the class of 96. "We all needed time - we have been around for 15 years since we were given a bit of time and you can't expect performances straight away," Dravid said. "To be fair to these guys, they have been performing brilliantly in ODIs and I believe Indian cricket is in good hands and these youngsters are going to perform much better than we did even."

Dravid, along with VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni, played in Kingston without much time to acclimatise to the Caribbean or playing practice games. Dravid said it was one of the issues the team grappled with in Jamaica and hoped for improvements before the second Test in Barbados from the 28th.

"We know we need to do better than we did in this Test," Dravid said. "If we are honest we know there are areas we need to improve on, and hopefully we will get that right in Barbados. It has not been easy: a lot of guys have come off a flight two-three days before the Test and there's been no practice game. Hopefully this win is a good lead-up, and the guys will do better in the next game."

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  • binojpeter on June 27, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Also your comment about great Steyn and Morkel is applicable to Sachin also. It will not be possible to shield the tailender against their likes. To shield the tailender, you should be able to play a single shot of a particular delivery without losing your wicket. And if the bowlers are good enough, they will make sure that you are not able to do so due to their sheer brilliance. Also not running a single when there is a single is most painful thing to watch. About time we did way with that practice.

  • sachin86 on June 27, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Why doesn't dravid retire if he realizes there is a lot of young talent?His selfish nature has cost us so many times in the past 5 years and it's killing the careers of young talent.It's time you hang up your boots sir.Atleast we get to have some young talent who can score at decent strike rate and not look for his personal records. @gautam sukumaran

    lol!sachin's performance not top class in the recent past?which sachin are you talking about?

  • binojpeter on June 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas New ball was not taken when Sachin batted on that day with tailenders. It was taken much much before. The argument that Mishra is better than Unadkat and it was not new ball is just an argument to support your case. I don't buy it. If Mishra was dismissed in the first four overs you would not have said that. Inadvertently it was Mishra who faced the first new ball. Dravid shielded him only for two overs even that Dravid takes long time to score and hence it cannot be said for sure that he was shielding the tailender. The fact is that we have for a while abandoned the practice of shielding the tailender which is a good thing. It was always painful to see as a spectator when they used to do that.

  • ambica.prasad on June 27, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Some one commented that the current WI attack is club class and hence there is no need to go gaga on RD's knock. It is this club-class attack that reduced us for 85/6 (until Raina and Bhajji saved us) and the same attack exposed the chinks in our batting lineup. Had RD not applied himself and scored a century, we would be trailing 1-0 against this club-class WI attack.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 27, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @binojpeter, the batting credentials of Mishra and Ishant are much better than Unadkat and the Windies bowling is much inferior to Steyn and Co. Given this scenario Dravid could give some freedom to Mishra. But once the new ball was taken, Dravid kept denying strike to Mishra. Contrast this approach of Dravid to that of Sachin who didn't care what the shaken debutant is capable of against Steyn and Co.

  • binojpeter on June 26, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Go to the Cricinfo commentary and look at the first four overs (76, 77, 78, 79) in the second innings after Mishra came into crease. Dravid took the single in the first or second delivery in each and it was Mishra who fended the rest of the deliveries in the over. If you are not shielding a tailender in his first four overs how is it called shielding the tailender?

  • on June 26, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    We the indians are obsessed with this idea of Dravid is great. This man scores a hundred against a less than club class side, and is called great again. Bishoo lured him into a false shot. Fidel was troubling him all along. He scores a hundred against this side, who are worse than Bangladesh, on a low bounce wicket, we say Dravid is our greatest. We say he is greater than sunny, that is criminal. Sunil Gavaskar was better than any one when facing up to the fast bowlers of the West indies. Our Dravid would not have averaged 10 against that side. Still we talk numbers and averages. West Indies side, which has Ravi rampaul, Bishoo as its spearheads, these two bowlers may not take 150 test wickets, when compared to the pace merchants of earstwhile West Indies. The Garners, Roberts, Marshalls would have dismissed the likes of Dravid with in single digits.

    Comparing Sunil Gavaskar's achievements with Dravid's is criminal.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on June 26, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I think we all have had the previlage of watching one of the stubborn & fighting innings from Dravid, and it helped Team India not to start of the series 0-1 overseas (which most often happens to our Team and then they fight back). After a very long time we managed to win the first overseas test even without the regulars (SACH, VIRU, GAUTI & ZAK). Thanks Jammy for coming out with an exceptional performance under the circumstances. You always deserve greater place in Indian / World Crickrting History.

    As far as the comparison of Dravid shielding Mishra (or) Sachin not shielding Sreesanth / Unadkat in SA, I think we are all wasting our time to argue for the sake of arguing / debating. Both God & Rahuls entertain (Highest partnership runs in histpry of test cricket between them) us and let's savour it. I really wonder how can you question the Intent & Integrity of these legends by taking up a useless event of not shielding tailenders. Common Guys Cheers, and hope for 3-0 score line

  • MrUmp on June 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Ever the diplomat is Dravid. Alas, he spoke for the team rather than fact. Let us be frank, India are number one due to a dearth in quality pace pitches around the world and the lack of quality seamers. Preparation of cricket squares around the world to accomodate ODI's and T20 games have killed off a generation of quality bowlers appearing on the world stage. Alas while IPL makes money - nobody will look at the bigger picture - the ultimate death of cricket. Looking at the new tours programme and just appears to me that the ICC has been made toothless with other boards so that the BCCI can strengthen its Frakenstein.

    To be frank, Raina is good - but I technically see him a poorer player of the short ball and seam bowling more so than Saurav Ganguly in his day. The latter at least was beligerent in overcoming - something which Raina still has not done. If this is what is quality in today's pro-batsman pitches - then the quicker cricket dies the better.

  • on June 26, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @ sachin86: can you tell the same to Sachin? Why doesn't Sachin leave his place for other youngsters? his performance has also not been top class in the recent past...Why does everyone want to pick on Rahul, In spite of being highly talented, Rahul gets targeted. Laxman too saved two test matches for us. But where is Sachin when it comes to crunch games? always gets out for single digit score.

  • binojpeter on June 27, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Also your comment about great Steyn and Morkel is applicable to Sachin also. It will not be possible to shield the tailender against their likes. To shield the tailender, you should be able to play a single shot of a particular delivery without losing your wicket. And if the bowlers are good enough, they will make sure that you are not able to do so due to their sheer brilliance. Also not running a single when there is a single is most painful thing to watch. About time we did way with that practice.

  • sachin86 on June 27, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Why doesn't dravid retire if he realizes there is a lot of young talent?His selfish nature has cost us so many times in the past 5 years and it's killing the careers of young talent.It's time you hang up your boots sir.Atleast we get to have some young talent who can score at decent strike rate and not look for his personal records. @gautam sukumaran

    lol!sachin's performance not top class in the recent past?which sachin are you talking about?

  • binojpeter on June 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas New ball was not taken when Sachin batted on that day with tailenders. It was taken much much before. The argument that Mishra is better than Unadkat and it was not new ball is just an argument to support your case. I don't buy it. If Mishra was dismissed in the first four overs you would not have said that. Inadvertently it was Mishra who faced the first new ball. Dravid shielded him only for two overs even that Dravid takes long time to score and hence it cannot be said for sure that he was shielding the tailender. The fact is that we have for a while abandoned the practice of shielding the tailender which is a good thing. It was always painful to see as a spectator when they used to do that.

  • ambica.prasad on June 27, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Some one commented that the current WI attack is club class and hence there is no need to go gaga on RD's knock. It is this club-class attack that reduced us for 85/6 (until Raina and Bhajji saved us) and the same attack exposed the chinks in our batting lineup. Had RD not applied himself and scored a century, we would be trailing 1-0 against this club-class WI attack.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 27, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @binojpeter, the batting credentials of Mishra and Ishant are much better than Unadkat and the Windies bowling is much inferior to Steyn and Co. Given this scenario Dravid could give some freedom to Mishra. But once the new ball was taken, Dravid kept denying strike to Mishra. Contrast this approach of Dravid to that of Sachin who didn't care what the shaken debutant is capable of against Steyn and Co.

  • binojpeter on June 26, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Go to the Cricinfo commentary and look at the first four overs (76, 77, 78, 79) in the second innings after Mishra came into crease. Dravid took the single in the first or second delivery in each and it was Mishra who fended the rest of the deliveries in the over. If you are not shielding a tailender in his first four overs how is it called shielding the tailender?

  • on June 26, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    We the indians are obsessed with this idea of Dravid is great. This man scores a hundred against a less than club class side, and is called great again. Bishoo lured him into a false shot. Fidel was troubling him all along. He scores a hundred against this side, who are worse than Bangladesh, on a low bounce wicket, we say Dravid is our greatest. We say he is greater than sunny, that is criminal. Sunil Gavaskar was better than any one when facing up to the fast bowlers of the West indies. Our Dravid would not have averaged 10 against that side. Still we talk numbers and averages. West Indies side, which has Ravi rampaul, Bishoo as its spearheads, these two bowlers may not take 150 test wickets, when compared to the pace merchants of earstwhile West Indies. The Garners, Roberts, Marshalls would have dismissed the likes of Dravid with in single digits.

    Comparing Sunil Gavaskar's achievements with Dravid's is criminal.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on June 26, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I think we all have had the previlage of watching one of the stubborn & fighting innings from Dravid, and it helped Team India not to start of the series 0-1 overseas (which most often happens to our Team and then they fight back). After a very long time we managed to win the first overseas test even without the regulars (SACH, VIRU, GAUTI & ZAK). Thanks Jammy for coming out with an exceptional performance under the circumstances. You always deserve greater place in Indian / World Crickrting History.

    As far as the comparison of Dravid shielding Mishra (or) Sachin not shielding Sreesanth / Unadkat in SA, I think we are all wasting our time to argue for the sake of arguing / debating. Both God & Rahuls entertain (Highest partnership runs in histpry of test cricket between them) us and let's savour it. I really wonder how can you question the Intent & Integrity of these legends by taking up a useless event of not shielding tailenders. Common Guys Cheers, and hope for 3-0 score line

  • MrUmp on June 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Ever the diplomat is Dravid. Alas, he spoke for the team rather than fact. Let us be frank, India are number one due to a dearth in quality pace pitches around the world and the lack of quality seamers. Preparation of cricket squares around the world to accomodate ODI's and T20 games have killed off a generation of quality bowlers appearing on the world stage. Alas while IPL makes money - nobody will look at the bigger picture - the ultimate death of cricket. Looking at the new tours programme and just appears to me that the ICC has been made toothless with other boards so that the BCCI can strengthen its Frakenstein.

    To be frank, Raina is good - but I technically see him a poorer player of the short ball and seam bowling more so than Saurav Ganguly in his day. The latter at least was beligerent in overcoming - something which Raina still has not done. If this is what is quality in today's pro-batsman pitches - then the quicker cricket dies the better.

  • on June 26, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @ sachin86: can you tell the same to Sachin? Why doesn't Sachin leave his place for other youngsters? his performance has also not been top class in the recent past...Why does everyone want to pick on Rahul, In spite of being highly talented, Rahul gets targeted. Laxman too saved two test matches for us. But where is Sachin when it comes to crunch games? always gets out for single digit score.

  • harshalb on June 26, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    @xampl2001 - like many, you belong to the new generation of fans who have ONLY seen cricket on flat tracks. What happened to Segwag on the last tour of SA? or the previous ones? He is a very good player on flat wickets and a naturally attacking one so obviously has a higher strike rate while Sunny G played in another era. You should read my earlier comment carefully to first understand the differences in the playing conditions. As for Pakistan tour, your ignorance shows because Imran and Sarfraz were at their best ever with the help of ball doctoring and the ball was swinging windly like of which you have not seen before. Amarnath scored 3 centuries and Sunny G two in one of which he carried his bat. Entire Indian middle order had become spectators against that bowling. As for Sehwag, let us see hm in Englinad...if he does not withdraw.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 26, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Part 3: @binojpeter, the total number of runs that India added in SA for 9th and 10th wickets was 9 and the total number of runs that India added in WI for the 9th and 10th wickets is 69. I'm not saying this will happen everytime. Even in Kingston India might have just added 9 runs only for those two wickets. But what is needed is fighting it out by the senior batsman till the end instead of hiding at the non-striker's end or coming back to strike for the 6th ball. We can't compare an utterly disgraceful approach to an approach that isn't rocket science and a common practice in cricket. In fact, such shameful approaches by Sachin makes Dravid look like a bigger hero and a Loyal Son of India than what he actually might be. India might still lose in Kingston even after scoring those extra 69 runs, but did Dravid put in those hard miles or not is the point. India might still lose by innings in SA, but did Sachin put in those hard miles or not is the point. People are not blind. (The End)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 26, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Part 2: @binojpeter, compare that with Dravid and Mishra. Mishra is no slouch at batting and neither is Ishant. Inspite of that, Dravid denied taking many singles. Later, when the new ball was taken, he was even more forthcoming in denying. Even for his 100th run, Dravid wasn't prepared to take the single and by the time Dravid completed that shot and looked up Mishra was almost half way down. Dravid gave in. Now when the 11th batsman comes in, Dravid (remember that Dravid didn't hook until when his was on 98), tries an extravagant shot and loses his wicket instead of doing what Sachin did in SA. Dravid's approach was diametrically opposite to that of Sachin. I don't know if not shielding the tailenders is good or bad, but there certainly is a way to go about that and Sachin didn't care to see what's happening to his tailenders and how well he can take it forward to save the face of India. I'm sorry, but I humbly disagree with you Mr. binojpeter. (End of Part 2) To continue part3

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 26, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @binojpeter, on the 5th day Sachin's approach has changed completely. He gives a maiden to Morkel off 124th over by shouldering arms off the 6th ball without trying to take a single off the 5th or 6th balls. Sreesanth barely survives 125th over. Then, Sachin takes a single off the 3rd ball off the 126th over and Sreesanth walks back to pavilion within two balls. In walks Unadkat and survives the last ball off Morkel. Next over Sachin takes a single off the very first ball leaving Unadkat with 5 Steyn deliveries. Unadkat barely survives as pointed out by the commentary on cricinfo also. Next, Sachin goes off the strike the second ball off 128th over and calls for a single from the non-striker's end off the 5th ball and blocks the 6th ball. Utter shame, especially when the tailender was obviously shaken up in the middle. Steyn plucks him out the first ball off 129th over. He obviously didn't care what's going on with his tailenders in the middle. That was tasteless. (End of part1)

  • binojpeter on June 25, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas Sachin did exactly what Dravid did in the last test match. Did not try to shield the tailenders. Only difference is that Mishra stood upto the challenge, Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Unadkat in that match could not. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it does not. The fact is that India for a while has stopped the practice of shielding the tailenders, sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Whatever happens, we take it in our stride. But I feel it is a good thing that we are not trying to shield the tailenders anymore.

  • binojpeter on June 25, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @Kaundinya Sistla In the Adeleide test you are mentioning, majority of those runs was from Dravid's partnership with Kumble. If you go and look at Cricinfo commentary, you can see Kumble fended equal amount of deliveries with Dravid. Also in the match against Australia where we won by 1 wicket, tailenders were fending equal amount of deliveries with Laxman. Kudos to them. If Laxman were shielding the tailenders, we would not have gone down to 9 wickets in that match. Since the time when foreign coaches started taking over, we started phasing out the old practice of protecting the tailenders. If you have to shield the tailenders to avoid innings defeat in a match, that means the entire team failed miserably in that match. Face it rather than chicken out.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 25, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @cricketisagame, can't agree more. It's not about whether India would save that innings defeat or not in SA. It's about the means that Sachin chose. That was in a very poor taste. People are not blind. He is technically very good. But you want him at the crease to save India's face and lose with some respectability? Most certainly not because he has shown that he couldn't care less in trying to see how far he can take the inning. What a contrast between him and Dravid!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 25, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Thank you Dravid for giving us the joy of victory. Several youngsters who got a chance in the absence of regulars didn't withstand the storm. Wonder why those youngsters who replaced other regulars shouldn't perform! Were they told not to? I find it very entertaining that people have to cry hoarse that there is some enigmatic youngster hiding somewhere in India who would have performed in your place. Aren't the youngsters happy in the dressing room in their chairs and you on the field? Wonder whose place you took! Looks like the problem is you performing more than anything else. If not for you, India would have fallen on her face in the Caribbean. We play to win or draw at all costs or lose by fighting it out but not by hiding at the non-striker's end. As your admirer I take immense pleasure in an Indian victory or losing by fighting till the end rather than your personal mile-stones. Mile-stones would just be an icing on the cake. Way to go Dravid! You made your admirers proud.

  • on June 25, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    enjoy the Indian victory don't waste time for if it happens. Indian young players will correct their mistakes because this is their do or die battle.

  • sachin86 on June 25, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Please let the talented youngsters take over your place now dravid.It's time you retired.You have been selfishly occupying the place for 5 years now with a below average performance.

  • xampl2001 on June 25, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    rajnish.sinha I still feel all are talented & all can play test cricket,problem with us is we are comparing them with legends,that is not fare,lets wait & see how much they will improve.We don't have many test players,less than 300in more than 50years,lets allowe youngesters to improve,not give everything to great players

  • rsrinath on June 25, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Ganguly: Do or Die Sehwag: Do Before U Die Tendulkar: Don't Die Until U Do Rahul Dravid: Play Until Bowlers Die !!! The wall never cracks it always rocks!!!!!!!!

  • theswami on June 25, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Useless guys, not giving Badri an opportunity in Tests, he is a quintessential Test player.Instead they give it to Test-incompatible batsmen who fail miserably ..... they don't give the right talent an opportunity.

  • on June 25, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    @anilkanduri: it was pacy and bouncy only on the first day!!pacy and a bouncy pitch?? Saf lost just 4 wickets in the match!! india were doing very well for a second innings !! people did not expect sachin to win the match for them!! atleast they cud have made it tough!!atleast they cud have made saf bat in the second innings only 29 to get!! see with the last 3 wickets dravid managed to take india's score from 473 to 523 in australia!! dravid was on 190!! he batted with tail enders well!! laxman did the same against aus in india!! 1 wicket!! i didnt know that after ms dhoni there is just one more wicket!! it is a matter of exposing to steyn and morekel when sachin was well settled and batting on hundred!! he himself was capable of frustrating them right??

  • on June 25, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I fail 2 fathom why do u guys keep comparing one player 2 another. And 2 compare guy's form different playing era's is absurd, or to b blunt utter foolishness. Agreed each of u fancy ur own favourite players, but pls dont down-grade other player. cricket is a team sport & more often than not, a team effort wins rather than individual briliance. They r all playing for a team bcos they share something common in them interms of ability. each one has a role & they play accordingly. so guys chill & enjoy cricket.

  • rajnish.sinha on June 25, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    sachin vs dravid.... sehwag vs gavaskar. the discussion board is getting interesting. but why waste time comparing legends. simple fact of the matter is the incoming generation of batsmen look very incapable of playing test cricket especially overseas whatever dravid says. out of the big 4 only laxman took a few yrs to settle down. others were well settled since the beginning. with laxman at least his technique had no major flaws. these guys cannot perform against seaming deliveries, against swinging deliveries, against bouncy deliveries. and once they get set they throw away wkts playing a 20-20 shot. out of vijay, yuvi, virat, raina, rohit and pujara, who is an exciting test match prospect??

  • rahulcricindia on June 25, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    SRT is the definition of pure batsman ship.....greatest batsman of all time ever seen ....no one can argue that..

  • anilkanduri on June 25, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    @cricketisagame PLEASE,don't compare Sachin and Dravid.It sounds naive to compare SA test (where IND had 1 wicket and 90overs to defend against on-song Steyn,Morkel,that too on a pacy,bouncy deck )with this WI test.If our bowlers would have picked 20 SA wickets, IND would have won that game handsomely(SA bowlers bowled IND out for 136,whereas our bowlers conceded 620!!).Again,here in WI,if Praveen and Ishant had not bowled as well as they did,WI would have won and Dravid's ton would have come in a loosing cause.I hope you are getting my point. My sincere request to all the people who compare Sachin's knocks to that of Dravid's,pls check our bowler's performance as well and then comment on Sachin's match winning ability.Lastly,if u say Sachin is selfish,it simply proves that you know nothing about cricket.

  • xampl2001 on June 25, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    harshalb..nobody denies fact that Sunny was great batsman but at the same time we cannot compare him with Sehwag.Sunny did a lot but he was not a match winner compared to Sehwag,who is.Remember that test against England just after 26/11,match was heading towords draw but Sehwag did convert same in a geat win.Remember that last series which Sunny played in Pakistan,he scored many centurais,but could not convert any of those into a win,hope you do remember Galle test where all batsmen failed,Sehwag single handedly scored a double hundred & we won that match,Sehwag is not as talented as SG was but he has capability to score on any kind of pitch,whether that is falt green top or flat pitch,he did score two hundreds in NZ on pure green top pitches,also compare strike rate of both,SG is far behind,also having three score of 290+ is not easy,just Breadman or Sehwag can do it

  • NRI- on June 25, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Sehwag has been spectacularly successful in Australia and also against SA bowling in India. Sunny G was also great in his own right as he had to face Marshall, Roberts, Lillee, Holding, Imran and Thomson. But on Indian tracks, he batted slow even against average bowling. On his first WI tour, it was just Boyce, Holder and Julian. So Sehwag is not inferior to anyone - his record in England and Australia is outstanding.

  • on June 25, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Even though India beaten West Indeis Fair and Square in the 1st test at Kingston but still there are many loopholes rather than achievement in this test for India.India may be without their first choice players Tendulkar,Sehwag,Gambhir and Zaheer khan,but still have ample ammuniation,class, nand skill to maul this inexperienced but most weakest West Indian line up much more easily.Two factors have been turn the match in Indias favour First the a sole unexpected 145 run seventh run partenership in atereible batting condition after India reeling 85-6 at one stage brought them back in this game and further Centurian Rahul dravid drop at 6 were the body blow for the side had these two things were not occures West Indies would have secured victory...Still Well won India

  • on June 25, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    @ravi darira : and yet he averages more than hundred in the tests that india won under ganguly's captaincy!! and yet india lost only one match when he makes a hundred!! and you definitely do not know what test cricket is !! get a life dude!!

  • on June 25, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @aadhavan Palaniappan : once they start justifying that talent!!

  • on June 25, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    nice to hear those frank words from Dravid, atleast now...btw when he is planning to retire?

  • harshalb on June 25, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Someone here ignorantly compared Segwag with Sunny G. While I like Sehwag, it is also a fact that he has consistently failed on bouncy tracks of South Africa and his record in NZ is also bad. Sunny G, played well every where, against sping, pace, bounce, swing whatever came his way. He did not wear a helmet while facing the West Indian pace battery and played in the time of uncovered grassy wickets. There is no comparison. Sunny G is THE GREATEST batsman INDIA has ever produced and as per Gary SOBERS, the greatest ever in the WORLD.

  • on June 25, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Very well said by Dravid, every new player who comes in is always in tremendous pressure to perform, and its harsh when we start judging on their performance in one or two matches. Badrinath is specially a very capable batsmen, hope he proves himself in the coming matches.

  • rahulcricindia on June 25, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @Tennyson..perfect comment mate what kohli did was embarrassing ..guy like malcom marshal would have blown his lips off with the series of feircing bouncers and he would have forgot to kiss anybody in life....even edwards blow him off with his bouncers.....no matter how talented he is this kind of attitude he is not going to survive in test cricket for long.....better start learning from the legend like rahul how to play real cricket..

  • Baundele on June 25, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    The current crop of Indian players are not even half the players of the like of Tendulkar, (even) Kambli, Kumble, Dravid, Dada or Laxman. Raina, Kohli, Rohit, Vijay, Yusuf all come in the team because of their T20 performances and in the longer version they are pretty inconsistent and lack patience. India is winning because of Dhoni's captaincy and the decline of Aus, SA, NZ, Pak and WI cricket.

  • on June 25, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS, WHENEVER INDIA DRIVES A CAR ; AND IF THERE IS ANY MISTAKE OR BRAKEDOWN OR PUNCTURE OR EVEN BLAST IN THE CAR. IT HAS ONLY ONE MECHANIC TO RELY ON.....

    AND HIS NAME IS RAHUL DRAVID.

  • Percy_Fender on June 25, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is as well respected for his batting as he is for his humilty. While the current crop are pretty good I cannot agree with him that they are better than the champions who wore India colours of his time. What the younger generation may have acquired more is probably their attitude because of their self belief which in itself is probably because of them being economically sound and possibly because of playing with some very good players in the IPL. Of course the flip side of the coin is that some of them have also picked up some traits which are highly un-Indian. Like blowing kisses to an opposing fast bowler. I wonder if Mohinder Amarnath ever did this to Malcolm Marshall. Even without such silly gestures, Dilip Vengsarkar was always the worst off when Marshall was around.I only wish that all these young cricketers of promise hone up their skills rather than pick up such abraisive qualities. Rahul Dravid should be set in stone as the role model for all youngsters.

  • JohnBlr on June 25, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    @"ATrueLegend" and "Vidur Tangri", Sachin no doubt has better talent and perhaps is a better batsman than the class of '96. But the value added to Indian team by the class of '96 is far greater than what Sachin did. The media and the advertising industry (with lots of support from Gavaskar) has picked up an excellent icon in Sachin and hyped him up to be greater than the team itself. Its time we stopped introducing Sachin into any topic of discussion. For example, this article has nothing to do with Sachin.

  • A.Rahman.Sabir on June 25, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Rahul DRAVID, has once again proved that "OLD IS GOLD". I think the youngsters need to learn from their seniors on how to deal with challenging pitches outside India. Because you don't always play on home pitches. Think without the great knock from the WALL, what would have been the result??? Probably world-champions 1 down against a struggling WI. And that could have really bad effected the team moral for the upcoming England series. Common, Lets be realistic...

  • JackJak on June 25, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Rohit Sharma out of the lot probably can improve if he were to face good quality bowling day in day out..but where do they have to face quality bowlers and bowling like in the past anymore. Bowlers are mediocre and the ball everywhere except England bounces knee high. All the pitches have been made uniform and India has become #1. Economics dictates that India be #1 and the BCCI muscles the ICC and every other board to cater to their whims and fancies. The days of quality cricket has long gone when we still Mohinder Amarnath playing the hook shot against Malcolm Marshall's bouncer and hitting it for 6. Marshall never used to waste a bouncer..everything used to come neck high..you either had to have good technique to leave or hook. These guys of today would be dead sitting ducks if they had to deal with that! Gatting broke his nose twice..Hussain broke his fingers twice all this while playing in the West Indies.Now the ball rolls on the ground..like how children play called urtal

  • NRI- on June 25, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    If they select the best - Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane & Manish Pandey - then yes, the talent is there but what about the application? Dont ignore Sehwag - perhaps India's greatest ever batsman or at least an equal to Sachin & Sunil G. Of course, Gavaskar & Sehwag have had to open the innings and Sachin has been spared that problem.

  • JackJak on June 25, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Yeah the current lot including Sehwag and the new guys haven't ever faced genuine class bowling..they have faced Wasim Akram when he was past his prime..Waqar Younis too past his prime...Donald past it..Shoaib Akhthar and Brett lee were the only fast ones..but not classy bowlers. McGrath was okay in his perfect line and length way but not somebody who you would get scared of. If they had to face Marshall and a few others most of them would have quit cricket..and those days were played generally without proper helmets too!

  • fanofjam on June 25, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    "JAM" i am a huge fan of your batting, your temperament, your technique and most of all your patiance you are simply outstanding you are the only player among the current Indian team to have performed better overseas than at home. You are a complete batsman having won games for India in Australia, South africa and WestIndies. Please give some valuable tips to the younger generation so that when you retire we can atleast put up a fight against some quality bowlers and teams. I am eagerly awaiting for India's tour down under this summer and watching you bat probably one last time at the "Gabba" would bring tears to my eyes.Test cricket is the real cricket mate, i don't believe in 20's and the one dayers, a true batsman is tested in "Test cricket" and you certainly have withstood all the challanges in Test cricket and conquered them in flying colours. GOOD LUCK Champ

  • on June 25, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    let God be God and Tendulkar be Tendulkar. He is a very very good batsman indeed but if he was God he would not even need to bat he will just wish and things will be done isnt it?! I think we Indians get too emotional about things and on top of all we tend be experts in Cricket.I like the game a lot and have played a lot of gully cricket along with some school level cricket never went beyond that.So I definitely can not be so confident in my claims about Dravid and Tendulkar and definitely can not give so much expert opinions like many people have given here. Give things a break and take a break yourselves guys..! at the end of the day it is just a game..!

  • maddy20 on June 25, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    There's nothing to worry about Laxman. He will come good sooner than later. Remember he does best onlightning fast and/or bouncy pitches.

  • AvidCricFan on June 25, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    The real issue with the Indian test team is how long they should continue with the old guard. Sachin, Dravid are almost 38 years old and VVS 36. At this age, a little bit of lapse in physical fitness can impact a lot. VVS was completely out of sorts and looked physically unprepared. He was very poor in fielding and failed miserably with the bat. Will be glad to see how he performs in the next game. Its time to rebuild the team and give young guns more opportunities.

  • on June 25, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Thanks "ATrueLegend". Also I wanted to point out another thing. Dravid said the youngsters will be better than "class of 96" which includes Dravid, laxman n ganguly. Even he doesn't say there is a youngster out there that is better than Sachin. I am proud to say that I have seen God....he opens for Mumbai Indians in IPL!

  • on June 25, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    @ATrueLegend I really liked your comment - "Problem is every Tom, Dick and Harry without proper cricket knowledge has computer to type anything they want" ha ha.. awesome!!!

    Even I have always felt the same.. Last time when Laxman scored a hundred,there were comments against Sachin, accusing him of being selfish.. Not sure what these guys really need!!!

  • ATrueLegend on June 25, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    @Vidur tangri, I agree with you. Some people just look opportunity to criticize a great batsman like Sachin. If he does not perform in 1 or 2 matches, he gets criticism and even if somebody else performs he gets criticism. Problem is every Tom, Dick and Harry without proper cricket knowledge has computer to type anything they want. I consider Dravid a great and his contributions are immense and really want him to stay there for some more years. Sachin has contributed a lot not only to Indian cricket but world cricket. Most current generation including Sehwag has taken him as a role model while growing up. People who have followed last 20 years of cricket know how cricket got popular and got richer just because Sachin was there.

  • Munkeymomo on June 24, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    Huge Dravid fan, underrated imho even though he is the third highest test run scorer of all time. Quality batsman and a joy to watch (at times, other times, a bit of a bore but you can always appreciate his talent). Hope to see him score a lot in England, he is a true giant of the game.

  • karthikr315 on June 24, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Don't think Dravid is right here. He is as always trying to be supportive and humble. What a man to have in the team. This Indian team will be a cropper once Dravid and VVS hang their boots. Together they have more match winning innings than i can see from the balance 9 in the team right now.More important they play these knocks under pressure. I don't see the test class technique in anybody's game right now. Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit - everyone has a strange technique with their bat lifts etc. Raina has a better technique bat lift wise but no feet movement. India can hope to be No1 till VVS & Dravid go, post which we can concentrate on ODI's & T20 and forget test wins as majority in the country does now. I will miss great Indian test match wins after this season's Oz tour.

  • gerardpereira20 on June 24, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Dravid is being polite .Players like Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Laxman and Kumble come along once in a life time. Luckly India has had two golden generations of players Gavasker, Vengsarker, Amernath, Azarudin, Shastri and Kapil were just as good, unluckily for them the West Indians, Australians, and Pakistanis they played against were even better. The current crop come nowhere close, too many IPL games have destroyed their test match temperament. Kholi, Raina, Rohit Sherma have all been exposed by mediocre quick bowlers I wonder how long they would have lasted against the likes of Michael holding, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Ambrose , Walsh and Lillie..

  • indianpunter on June 24, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    The future is bright, take cue, RD. Time to go ! thanks for the memories. Now , on your bike and off you go!

  • binojpeter on June 24, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    @cricketisagame Also if match practice alone was enough, Abhinav Mukund with a first class average of 58 with 13 centuries within 3 seasons will be scoring atleast a 50 in his first test match.

  • on June 24, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    This is the first time I have ever written on cricinfo...thanks to the comment from cricketisagame. Well I just wAnted to point out a few things to u...do u know the reason why harbhajan scored 2 centuries in tests? Do u know who taught yuvraj how to play mendis? Umm..n you call sachin selfish...do u remember who scored the only 200 in ODIs?? Yea it was the God of Cricket....Sachin! Bro have u been watching cricket for the past 20 years...if not...I will tell u the highlights...Sachin owns every record that a player would like to achieve in his career....

    At the same time....I want to point out Dravid is a gem of a player...prolly one of the top ever produced by Indian cricket....but it's just UNFAIR to compare these two idols of cricket!!

    Get your facts straight before u write anything man...

  • binojpeter on June 24, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    cricketisagame Go to the Cricinfo commentary and look at the first four overs after Mishra came into crease. Dravid took the single in the first or second delivery in each and it was Mishra who fended the rest of the delivery. However match practice you get at the nets, you won't learn anything unless you actually face the deliveries in the actual test situation. Match practice will only equip you for the actual match situation, only actual match situation will help you develop as a batsmen.

  • cricketisagame on June 24, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    @binojpeter, I think you have not watched the live matches when Mishra and Ishanth were batting with RD. I do agree with you that the tailenders must bat but when the top order batsmen fails with this kind of bowler friendly pitches, it will be too much ask from them and Mishra did well but unfortunately you were not watching live. Anyway, the top order batsmen should shield the tailenders when necessary. Bowlers should practice more at the nets not in a critical situation in a test...

  • praghunathan on June 24, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    The question is not just about the talent, but the drive. Milind Rege was a prodigy who was easily expected to outshine Sunil Gavaskar. How many folks remember Milind Rege? And how many know the name Sunil Gavaskar?

    Rathore became captain of the India A team with Ganguly and Dravid somewhere behind. How many folks remember Vikram Rathore?

    The youngsters need to drive themselves.

  • binojpeter on June 24, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @cricketisgame What are you talking about? I did not see Dravid shielding the tailenders in the last match. He was taking singles at his will. Kudos to Mishra who stood against WI bowling so that Dravid could complete his hundred. Tailenders should never be protected. Otherwise they will not have any exposure to quality bowling and their batting skills will never improve. All the tailenders should improve at least to the level of Harbhajan and Kumble during the latter part of their career scoring at least a century.

  • cricketisagame on June 24, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Its nice too see Dravid in form again. He could have scored more than what his scoreline says since he sacrificed few runs to shield the tail, and even somewhat sacrificed his wicket going for a shot that he do not usually go for, while India was in a dominating position in the test. On the other hand in South Africa Sachin Exposed the tail in a test where India was struggling to save, just to increase his second innings average. What a contrast between the great WALL and the so called master BLASTer. I have yet to see a cricketer more selfish than Sachin. Its Dravid's greatness to say these youngsters are even better than him and Sourav and Laxman. The curator said that India likes slow pitch and he made a bouncy pitch and we know now how bouncy pitch it was. Now the slower pitches awaits and we know on whose shoulder the Indian batting depends.. the one who is taking rest in India or the one who is playing the test.

  • on June 24, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Well this is what I like the most of this gentleman in the game of gentlemen....May be you have a reason to say that new comers today are talented than you guys; we often see them do well in this latest invention of the game...IPL....But my question here is Can these new comers be a Human like you guys????? I feel so happy when the star players both of the yester years and present talk about You and the likes of Sachin and VVS....You guys are simply the best....neither did we have nor will we have......but yes today's players are sure to receive a lot from you all coz You guys know what it is 'Cricket' to the country and the countrymen...

  • nlambda on June 24, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Sorry, I disagree with Dravid. With him and Ganguly, it was clear from the 1st innings that they were good. Ganguly's average in fact did not drop below 55 for 3 years. Today's youngsters seem to need 5-10 innings just to get a 50 if they play outside India which certainly raises questions about how talented/skilled/competent they are. This is not looking good for the future...

  • donda on June 24, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    As long as India has IPL keep on running they will keep on producing talented young players. When a young player plays with a great legend from another country i.e Kallis , he learns alot and become a better quality and mature player.

    IPL has changed the face of Indian cricket and i think its best for BCCI to keep on playing IPL and stay on the top of Cricket.

    I love Dravid comments, definitely these new guys are more talented because they have IPL experience behind them. Oldies never had that experience.

  • suyog86 on June 24, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Yeah, I agree with Dravid. Though he may have said it to be supportive; I believe, the current batch of players are more talented. Thinking it through logically, today there is more competition coupled with more opportunities and good coaching/ grooming from young age. Together, this forms a potent tonic for a system to churn out hugely talented people. Batch of 96 did yield those great players. But, besides them, the other players (like V Rathore, D Mongia, P Mhambrey etc) of that era dont even find a mention- because, honestly, not only they lack in their chosen skills but also lacked in intent, team spirit and field presence. Compared batch to batch, I believe India has lot more talent in the new players now than it had ever!

  • CricketChat on June 24, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    I don't agree with Dravid's statement about newer players better than him, Ganguly or Laxman for that matter. I can understand that he was trying to encourage the new comers, but the facts are different. Once the likes of Ponting, Hussey, Cook, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Kallis, etc. retire, the classical style of play will slowly fade, at least in Tests. We are in for a fast paced, result oriented games in Tests. It is time to take cricket in a different direction based on modern time.

  • on June 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @samya : Time and luck play important role........You remember only Muzumdar.....He was not only one who was unlucky to be playing at wrong time......Padmakar Shivalkar, Raju Kulkarni and few more missed out despite being talented. But its not only cricket.......competition is very high in all professions now and because of that chances are very less and need to be grabbed quiclkly nowdays or someone else will grab it.

  • Longmemory on June 24, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Rahul Dravid oozes class - whether on or off the field. The comment is typically Dravid - gracious, self-effacing and utterly supportive of his team and the youngsters in it. Guys like Virat and others got an incredible education on how to build an innings and how to come through on a tough wicket - all they had to do was to watch Dravid in this test. We will miss this guy - and the rest of his classy cohort - in years to come but lets enjoy him while we still can. As for those who find him boring etc. - all I can say is "please tune out and go back to those meaningless contests in colored clothes with cheerleaders."

  • on June 24, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    FUTURE SPINNERS: Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Rahul Sharma, and Iqbal Abdulla

  • samya1980 on June 24, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    well, if dada would not make a debut hundred..no prize for guessing what would have happened with him...TIME, time is the key...undoubtedly 1996 batch was better than this 2011 of three debutants...only god knows when the next time mukund will get his next chance, let kohli make another 16 and 21, well pujaras, rohits are waiting.the three gentlemen of 1996 from the region of rasogolla, biryani and dhosa made their presence felt at early stage.certain hugely tallented amal mazumder didnt get TIME even

  • Rahulbose on June 24, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    What a great gesture from Dravid. India might produce players with more skill than him in the future but they will struggle to produce players with the same strength of character.

  • on June 24, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ Ravi Darira .What do you mean by least talented ....we are discussing test cricket here and not ODIs or T20 where any average player can make runs by slogging.India has not even found a replacement for Ganguly and you want Dravid to make way for others ...If not for dravid we would have lost the Jamaica test not only in this series but also in 2006 where again he was Man of the Match .Have knowledge about the game before you make stupid comments about a LEGEND.

  • kickapakibutt on June 24, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    All hail the wall. Humble, modest and dignified as expected. Great player but even a better human

  • spiscean2002 on June 24, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    What made people like Dravid, Sachin, Anil, Lax, Dada is honesty,simplicity, way they think and approached thier game, apart from cricketing talent. They are role models because of their on and off field behaviour. They have never been out on moon or air, thats what youngerst need to learn if they are to fill Fab 5 shoe. Even today they are very much grounded and focused on the game or what ever task they have. India will surely miss honest cricketers one they are retired. We have loads of cricketing talent, any one who follow these Fab 5 foot step would greatly benifit, no doubt about that.

  • on June 24, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Talent isn't lacking but there are a couple of more T's (Temperament and Tenacity) which forms the core of a successful career. Tendulkar had more natural talent, Laxman had a gift of timing, Ganguly had natural aggression, then there was Kumble - our stock and strike bowler rolled into one. The biggest common thread among them was, however, that they didn't represent Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, or Bangalore - they stood for India. They were proud about an Indian team achievement. In the IPL environment it might be a little more tough to rise above your money masters and feel the same pride. And as Dravid showed again there is always room to hone your temperament and tenacity.

  • SachinsCup on June 24, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Typical Dravid! Always encouraging and unfailingly polite. Once again, in an overseas test, when we needed him most, he shook off his recent bad form and delivered. Even if the younger lot is more talented skill-wise but do any of them have the gumption and the temperament to endure like this legend has....for Indian cricket's sake, I sure hope so!

  • CricEshwar on June 24, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    An year back, everyone said a few cracks were visible on the wall. It just takes one performance for all to take a u-turn. He was spot on not to judge a player by very few performances. Indian players do not walk in to the side with a couple of domestic performances. Most are earmarked for greatness and we should be patient and support them to let them what they are capable of.

  • on June 24, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    The core of Indian test batting in future in couple of years will be Gambhir,Sehwag(Later on Mkund ),Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Pujara,Dhoni (purely for captaincy and wk)..with Manoj Tiwari and Rayudu as backups.

    The ODI and test team will feature Yuvraj ,Raina and will most likely replace Rahane and Pujara..who will likely be the test specialists like VVS and Dravid...which is a good thing.

  • rustyryan on June 24, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Modesty Personified. Youngsters can be better than SRT, VVS, Dada and Dravid in terms of Technique. But what about Character and attitude and winning spirit? I guess no youngster would even come close to fab 5 including kumble in terms of their behavior. SRT, VVS and Dravid are the last breed of gentlemen in Indian team. I'm sure in future the team with Gauti, Virat, Sree, Bajji, Praveen would become worse than Mark taylor's aussies line up in terms of on-field behavior. You cal it aggression. But they wont be respected as much as fab 5.

  • Kothandaram on June 24, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Dravid has done wonderfully well and is a true GREAT of Indian cricket. he has never let the team down... man for all seasons. it will be tough to replace him. have to see how the likes of Raina, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara measure up in the long run...

  • cric_freak88 on June 24, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    dream player for any team ..

  • on June 24, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    haha dravid is the least talented of them all....he is 38 why doesnt he retire and give someone else a chance like rohit sharma or badri??? he must have killed so many people of boredom of watching him bat...I am sure india will win more test matches (just like ODIs) after he retires....

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    and one more thing i'd like to say is these youngsters need to be given a chnce to play county cricket when they r not in the main team or during off season , they'd learn how to be independent, they'd mature and they will learn to tackle some short bounce balling, they need atleast 2-3 months of county stint, they'd certainly be better players then

  • PremasiriS on June 24, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Well said Mr Dravid. Though I am a Sri Lankan I really admire you neat stroke play. You're an ideal No 3 batsman, however your class of batsmen have no place in the books of Sri Lankan selectors of last 12 years.

  • sameer997 on June 24, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Dravid as usual humble...And giving honest views just hope that India and the young team go onto win 3-0

  • togi on June 24, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    why they r not tring plyers like Amati Raidu, Manish Pande, Tivari,pujara,utappa(much better than Yusaf),Rohit Sharma Indian batting is looking good, Spin also Ashwin, Rahul sharma, Mirsha,Chula........ But what abt Pace attack, No one except Zak,Prveen Kumar,OR some times Sreeshant& Ishant can even bowl in Test This is an Area india really looking forward,

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke : you mean jonathan trott right? :P

  • srikarkav on June 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    This guy has done every thing that is expected of a great cricketer and nothing more to prove to anyone.But look how humble he is! The young indian cricketers need to take a lesson in humility from this proud son of Inida.

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    15 years & on, the Great Wall of India is still standing firmly.

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    The youngsters like Mukund, Raina, Kohli, may have the talent... But what SRT, RD, VVS, SG, AK have shown is meticulous work ethic, tremendous amount of humility (may be not dada)! and a gentleman's attitude in them... I see Pujara, Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane to be the same mould of genuine Test Match Cricketers...

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    as well told by well played batsman, Dravid "india is consistent in talent "

    our indian team need to build up the below youngsters who are consitent but lack of advice and consistent coaching

    I beleive the below mentioned will be a in test XI one day..

    Abhinav mukund,chateeswar pujara;virat kohli; suresh raina;rohit sharma;parthiv patel

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    yeah i agree we musnt be too hard on the new lot, i mean they have tht talent to succeed i mean their class is evident just need some more training ,more hardwork and when they learn to play along with laxman, dravid sachin bet they'd only go up :)so heres hoping they all perform well in the next game it's surely gonna be a test cos this wi team's not tht bad too as it's written on papers :) bowlers rampaul edwards and even bishoo has been gud for them, our bowlers esp spinners need more discipline batting would certainly improve :) and yeah hoping we'd seal the series in the next test :)

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    i like dravid. although he is not as fluent as he was. but he has played more match winning knocks then sachin tendulkar.

    Mansoor 4m pakistan

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on June 24, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Dravid is being modest here! These youngsters cant even hold a candle against 'The great wall of india'!

  • Suman_Sapasetti on June 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Dravid is true in his comments ... India cricket team is in good hands with these young players ... unlike in 90's ... now there is proper bench strength ... in terms of good young players ... who can win matches for India ... in absence of senior players ...

  • crazyworldthis on June 24, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Dravid's played a major role in every single Indian series victory overseas in the past decade. Yes, it's quite obvious these youngsters have more talent, but in tests, ironing out flaws is more important. Dravid, by doing this, became someone whom the Indian team could always depend on. Will these new ones be able to do that?

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Other teams should do as India do. Getting players in their teens into the side. England have a great middle order, but even the "new guys" are in their mi-late 20's. In fact, the whole top 6 other than Cooke will probably be gone in 4 years. India invest in the future and reap the rewards. England wait till a guy in almost 30 and bald on top before giving him a go.

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  • on June 24, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Other teams should do as India do. Getting players in their teens into the side. England have a great middle order, but even the "new guys" are in their mi-late 20's. In fact, the whole top 6 other than Cooke will probably be gone in 4 years. India invest in the future and reap the rewards. England wait till a guy in almost 30 and bald on top before giving him a go.

  • crazyworldthis on June 24, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Dravid's played a major role in every single Indian series victory overseas in the past decade. Yes, it's quite obvious these youngsters have more talent, but in tests, ironing out flaws is more important. Dravid, by doing this, became someone whom the Indian team could always depend on. Will these new ones be able to do that?

  • Suman_Sapasetti on June 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Dravid is true in his comments ... India cricket team is in good hands with these young players ... unlike in 90's ... now there is proper bench strength ... in terms of good young players ... who can win matches for India ... in absence of senior players ...

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on June 24, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Dravid is being modest here! These youngsters cant even hold a candle against 'The great wall of india'!

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    i like dravid. although he is not as fluent as he was. but he has played more match winning knocks then sachin tendulkar.

    Mansoor 4m pakistan

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    yeah i agree we musnt be too hard on the new lot, i mean they have tht talent to succeed i mean their class is evident just need some more training ,more hardwork and when they learn to play along with laxman, dravid sachin bet they'd only go up :)so heres hoping they all perform well in the next game it's surely gonna be a test cos this wi team's not tht bad too as it's written on papers :) bowlers rampaul edwards and even bishoo has been gud for them, our bowlers esp spinners need more discipline batting would certainly improve :) and yeah hoping we'd seal the series in the next test :)

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    as well told by well played batsman, Dravid "india is consistent in talent "

    our indian team need to build up the below youngsters who are consitent but lack of advice and consistent coaching

    I beleive the below mentioned will be a in test XI one day..

    Abhinav mukund,chateeswar pujara;virat kohli; suresh raina;rohit sharma;parthiv patel

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    The youngsters like Mukund, Raina, Kohli, may have the talent... But what SRT, RD, VVS, SG, AK have shown is meticulous work ethic, tremendous amount of humility (may be not dada)! and a gentleman's attitude in them... I see Pujara, Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane to be the same mould of genuine Test Match Cricketers...

  • on June 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    15 years & on, the Great Wall of India is still standing firmly.

  • srikarkav on June 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    This guy has done every thing that is expected of a great cricketer and nothing more to prove to anyone.But look how humble he is! The young indian cricketers need to take a lesson in humility from this proud son of Inida.