decoding dravid selection...

shared by straight point on Sunday, August 16, 2009

so dravid returns to don blue colors after two years of exile...

once he was included in the list of probables for champions trophy his final selection in the team was a forgone conclusion...coz you don't put a legend's name on probables list for decoration purpose...

though i have already posted my first hand reaction on his inclusion in probables on bored...but today i will try to find out why selectors made him wear blue jersey...again...

first and foremost i don't see his selection is due to the alleged failure of youngsters in facing short pitch stuff...for the simple reason that we have not lost a single odi series in past one year...with relatively young middle order...

i said alleged coz first its not only indians who have some problems facing quality short pitch bowling... second...the inclusion of dravid alone can not guaranty that the overall performance of team against short pitch bowling will improve... third...we would not have won 5 series on trot with sachin tendulkar effectively making contribution only in nz series... and last being...how come this short coming of our youngsters escaped being noticed...in the age of 'laptop' coaching and instant analysis for such a long time...?

the reason could be...with the injury of sehwag...sachin's deteriorating body...one can not be 100% assured that he will last the distance...raina too coming in after layoff coz of injury...rohit not scoring consistently... and not so great form of gambhir which was putting too much pressure on dhoni and yuvraj would have put selectors in a bit of quandary...and instead of throwing another youngster in a high pressure world event they decided to go with the proven experience of dravid...

now it remains to be seen that whether dravid's selection is one-off thing thereby giving him platform to bid adieu in style from one day internationals or visualising his role till 2011 world cup...

8 comments:

Prafs said...

To tell you the truth SP,the stability that RD would bring to the middle seems to be the only reason.
i'm just sick of hearing thathe is there coz others cant play short pitched stuff

straight point said...

exactly prafs...the stability...

nothing less...nothing more...

Naked Cricket said...

Like with all things Dravid, we'll never know - but if you simplify, his IPL form pushed him thru.

Soulberry said...

When someone isn't in good form continually or inadeqaute, he must be given the time and opportunity to repair himself and someone has to play in his place. One of the better bets, from the considered pool, is RD.

Either one continues unshakeably with the philosophy one has set out on or make modifications. They could have brought in more youth...other youth but I guess they want to win one of these as well and try out others later.

AM Nayar is a continuation with young potential.

straight point said...

yes NC his ipl performance did help him but...wasn't he scoring the same way in first season too...?

his selection is the result of various reasons not just one...

straight point said...

yes SB! i hope the break will make RS think his approach towards game but going by his statement after getting dropped...i was left disappointed...

RD for RS is anyway better trade off any day... :)

Vikas said...

He should not just be included in probables but also included in XI bacause if he will be thrown out of team he should have nothing to say and declare himself to be retiring for one day cricket.

straight point said...

yes vikas...that's why i said you don't announce dravid name in probables only to discard him later...

i hope he justifies his selection coz otherwise there will be calls even for his test spot...

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