Monday, August 17, 2009


So,the Indian team for the Lankan Tri-Series and Champions Trophy has been selected and as usual there has been a huge hue and cry over the selection.This time,the fodder for the media is THE WALL,Mr.DEPENDABLE...who else but Rahul Dravid.To me,his inclusion to the team was imminent ever since Fidel Edwards bowled that fatal bouncer to scalp Gautham Gambhir in the ICC World T20 Super Eight match in England.With Sachin not in the side for the ODI series against the Windies that followed the T20 debacle the "Talented" Indian batsmen struggled once again.So, Rahul is being drafted in to the squad to bolster the batting strength.But I really cant comprehend what his role would be in this team.If it is a stop-gap arrangement to win the Champions trophy,then the selectors have done a grave mistake.Rumours are that Rahul has made a pact with the BCCI to give him a chance so that he could quit the ODI's gracefully,which to me looks childish.Rahul is a legend, no doubt but with his inclusion the selectors have put themselves in a precarious position.For a batsman of his class,he certainly will score runs and guys dont be surprised if he comes out on top of the batting charts in the Champions Trophy.Now what will the selectors do if Rahul performs well?Will they drop him even if he plays well which will certainly be a disgrace to the legend.Iam not asking for them to retain Rohit Sharma,who was simply pathetic,to say the least.But why not guys like Badrinath,Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli who have staked their claim for a spot in the team with tonnes of runs in the domestic circuit?If the selsctors had an eye on the 2011 World cup they should have given a chance to these guys instead of a veteran whose future in the ODI team is rather bleak.But as a fan of Rahul Iam looking forward to see those delicate cuts,wristy flick off the pads which I have been missing.

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