16 October 2007

Why's everyone taking aim at Dravid?

Many television (and random) commentators still make the mistake of seeing Dravid as a one-dimensional batsman. Perhaps they're still stuck with the image of Dravid as an accumulator, fooled by his nickname into underestimating his run-scoring abilities. Bad form cannot be the reason to spread all kinds of misinformation and lies about players. I am so glad that Sanjay Jagdale decided to stand up for Dravid, reminding everyone of the explosive 92* at Bristol. Coming at three or four down in England, he averaged 37.16 - which is not too bad. The only problem is that Dravid did not play in the T20 World Cup, and now there is a clamour for his removal, forced resignation blah. Dravid, along with Yuvraj and Tendulkar are still India's best ODI batsmen. Uthappa and Gambhir have scarcely promised more than Dravid has delivered.
Patience, is all I can say.

12 comments:

Stuart said...

In fairness, Dravid does look out of form at the moment. He is clearly not at his peak, and this is underpining at least part of the calls for his head.

Having said that, Dravid is a class player, and I am sure he will come back to his normal high level.

Sumit Chakraberty said...

dravid has been underperforming for quite some time now. rohit sharma should've played in his place by now in the series. but at least he's less selfish than the other two seniors who've placed self-preservation above the run rate they are required to maintain. now we have three sheet anchors in the team! i think all three should now only play test cricket.

Uncle J rod said...

Is there any reason he needs to be playing One day cricket, its not like he'll be around for the next world cup.

Why bother, play real cricket i say, leave this shite to the kiddies...

John said...

What he should or should not play is a decision Dravid has to make. No one can make that for him.

Straight Point said...

no its not the decision of dravid...

its abot team india and any decision which involves a team cant be individual decision...

when one says dravid should have been rested its not he is not a class player that everyboday know how much a goold player he is...

but tell me who other team whould have risked going down in a series when its amply clear that one player (who even he is) is just not doing well nor in preventing collapse like nagpur neither raising the run rate as in last ODI and fielding at best is we all know ..so what he is bringing to the table...

why so much fixation with individuals why cant we look beyond them and see what is good for the team...

Tarun said...

As one of the posts says, it is simply a question of whether or not his playing for the team is a good idea or not. While no one debates his class, or the fact that he is much more than just an accumulator, in present form he is not going to get runs. For his sake perhaps, it is best that someone else is given a chance then? In this series, both Tendulkar and Ganguly look like they belong- Dravid simply doesnt- and we are losing matches because we are getting no runs off his blade. Good thing they dropped him then- pray for some good form in the test series

John said...

Thanks, Tarun. Point taken. If 'rotation' had been the logic, then I would be too happy that Sharma, Karthik and Badri could get a chance to play in place of those rested. But dropping him for bad form is just not on!

John said...

Straight Point, the name Brad Hodge springs to mind.

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Sumit Chakraberty said...

john, the aussies get a lot of things right - like forcing even an iconic figure like steve waugh to retire pretty much within one or two seasons of his decline in form. once in a while they get something wrong, like persisting with brad hodge in this series, which probably cost them a game or two - and you want us to copy that mistake?

John said...

What about Marvan Attapattu?

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