Monday, August 17, 2009

Dravid is back

So Rahul Dravid has finally staged a comeback and the trail will be at least 5 matches long. Dravid fans are excited as expected. Well, I am also a Dravid fan and believe he is the greatest test batsman I have ever seen playing in last two decades. Yes, I have seen Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting bat. But this time around, the decision to bring Dravid back appears to be a knee-jerk reaction on account of supposed failure of youth brigade against short stuff. I don't think there is a need to press panic button right now. Even Aussies used the short stuff in 2008-09 tri-series against India. Those who saw that series would remember how well Gambhir and Sharma handled that stuff. I agree Raina appears to have some problem against short stuff but its not alarming. Ganguly looked far more uncomfortable playing short deliveries than Raina and he went on to score over 10k runs.
But now that Dravid is back and is expected to provide some freedom to Dhoni, he should be in team for some considerable time rather than a one-off appearance provided his form is not a handicap for balance of the team. In fact he is the fittest of Big Three (others being Tendulkar and Laxman).