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Friday, July 6, 2007

Why no Dravid?

The ongoing SriLanka-Bangladesh series is no doubt a joke on the face of cricket. Everybody knows what the result will be and yet the two teams put on a facade of 'battling it out' and play out the whole test match as some sort of a routine. But as if to push that joke aside. Here is another joke.

Frankly, I don't understand much about the need for coming up with dream teams at the drop of a hat. But apparently some men have some together to form an all-time great India XI:

To mark 75 years since India played its first cricket match against England in 1932, eight former Indian captains -- G R Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, S Venkataraghavan, K Srikkanth, Ajit Wadekar, Nari Contractor, Syed Kirmani and Abbas Ali Baig -- were requested to pick their all-time India best Test XI.
And the joke is that the list of players left out of the XI also includes, wait for it, Rahul Dravid!

Here is the team:
Sunil Gavaskar (captain), Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Hazare (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammed Azharuddin, G R Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, Syed Kirmani (wk), Javagal Srinath, EAS Prasanna, Subash Gupte. 12th Man: Vijay Manjrekar.

No doubt these are big names and I don't claim myself to be an authority on Indian cricket. But given the sheer number of away victories Rahul Dravid has won for us alone, I think it should only be logical that Rahul Dravid should figure in the XI. Any list of Indian greats without that name has to be a joke.

1 comment:

Sportsnob said...

England, Australia, West Indies, Pakistan- this man has won us test matches all over world and he doesn't find a place in this squad? What a BLOODY JOKE!