The Wall Is Back In The ODI Squad
Have you read the news of have you heard it?
Is it true?
Yes it is true.
Rahul Dravid has been included in the Indian ODI squad for the ICC Champions Trophy and the Tri-Series in Sri Lanka. Both these events are taking place next month.
Dravid, who played his last ODI against Australia in October 2007, was going through a bad phase at that time. India lost the seven match series 4-2.
Dravid, who became captain in late 2005, took good responsibility for his team. He was in a good form at that time. Let us see the performance in ODIs of the team under this great captain.
Tour of West Indies
India played a five-match ODI series against West Indies which it lost 4-1. But the one match it won was mainly because of Rahul Dravid who scored a brilliant 104 of 102 balls to guide India to a narrow victory. Dravid was under pressure after Chris Gayle had played a brilliant innings of 123 of 130 balls and West Indies had posted a competitive total of 251/6.
India had just lost an ODI series against Pakistan and a tri series involving Zimbabwe, New Zealand and itself. But Dravid kept his calm and played his innings to guide India to this win.
Except for this century Dravid did not play well in the other four matches but it was his first tour as captain and he managed the team well.
DLF Cup in Malaysia
Dravid played terribly in that series. Most of the times he got out in single figures. India did manage to win a match in the series but unfortunately it faced bad luck in the rest of the matches.
ICC Champions Trophy 2006
Dravid played an innings of 49 and 52 in two of the three matches India played in this tournament. In the third match Dravid did not play well. Though India was out in the group stages but Dravid was regaining his form.
South African Tour
Dravid only hit a single half century in the two matches he played in the series. India lost the five match series 4-0.
West Indies vs India
Finally India and Dravid regained their form in January 2007. India won the four match series 3-1. Dravid hit three fifties and in the first math he hit a quick fifty.
India vs Sri Lanka
As the World Cup was approaching India had to regain its form fully and players had to get prepared. The series against Sri Lanka was a good opportunity to get prepared. Dravid hit a useful fifty in the second match. The innings was a much needed one.
ICC Cricket World Cup
Nothing needs to be said about India's performance in the World Cup. Dravid got two chances to show his magic but unfortunately both times he failed.
India finally had to seek revenge for the humiliating 4-0 defeat in 2006. The Proteas defeated India in the first match but Dravid hit a good 74 and India put up a good fight. But in the rest of the series he couldn't manage big scores.
Nat West Series
India then went to England where it lost the seven match series 4-3. But Dravid put up a good show in the first three matches. He also earned the Man of the Match award in the second match.
Finally Dravid resigned from captaincy. But we should still take a brief look at his performance in the ODIs as a player.
Future Cup Against Australia
Dravid's performance had gone down and in this series he played terribly. His highest score was 31.
Finally Dravid was chucked out of the team. Now we should look at the recent domestic T20 and ODI tournaments that Dravid has played and judge his performance for the upcoming series.
Deodhar Trophy 2008
Dravid hit a good fifty in the math against Central Zone. His team lost but his innings was a good one.
Indian Premier League
Dravid played a few useful and match winning knocks. His team reached the finals but he didn't have a major role to play in its road to the finals.
So finally we come to the conclusion that of Dravid aka The Wall concentrates on his game he can help team India win.
Best of Luck Dravid! Best of Luck team India.
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