Almost as soon as news spread that Rahul Dravid was 'rested' for the final India-Australia one-dayer, almost every cricket follower started reeling out his opinion about the decision. Endless reams of paper have been devoted to discussing the issue and the majority verdict is that the omission was unfair and undeserving of Dravid.
Now, here are my two cents.
Dravid is undoubtedly a great batsman and has been a determined soldier for the team for a long time now. He also, probably, has many more jaw-dropping performances in store to offer to Indian cricket. But then there is also the irrefutable fact that his average from his last ten ODI innings is a paltry 9 runs. Plus, it is also a fact that a whole lot of talented players are waiting at the sidelines.
Ofcourse, it is only a temporary loss of form that Dravid is suffering from and as the selectors themselves say, the odds of Dravid making a comeback are very high. But surely, the process of regaining form does not need only international cricket. Domestic cricket can do the job just as well.
Also, it surely is not necessary to carry an out-of-form batsman in the team while many other capable players, if included, could do a better job.
Additionally, the decision will also send out a strong message to the players that Vengsarkar's recent threats about nobody's place in the team being permanent is not just a toothless remark.
Who knows, Rahul Dravid could come back to international cricket as a more stronger batsman and that could only be good news for India. So all things considered, Rahul Dravid's 'resting' may only be for the greater good.
By the way, on a side note, there is also the lingering question of why Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly were spared by the selectors even when they went through even longer stretches of even poorer form. But lets push that question aside for now!!