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  • Narendra 10:33 pm on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, , Virat Kohli   

    Who will be the next ‘Rahul Dravid’ ? 

    Now that India’s greatest and most successful No.3 Batsman, Rahul Dravid has ended his Cricketing expedition. Team India is in the hunt for a suitable replacement. Rahul’s demanor and conduct maybe unmatchable, as Sachin put things into perspective ‘ There can be no other Rahul Dravid’ however, we’re in urgent need for a player who can score runs, good behavior will be a bonus though.

    Here is a list of few players who come to mind who might go on to fill the void.

    Virat Kohli: He’s already a regular in the ODI side. His recent Test hundred against Australia in Australia is enough proof of his batting credentials. In terms of scoring runs especially under pressure, he looks the best bet. Virat has matured into an excellent Batsmen who is able to convert starts into 100’s quite regularly however, he will have to master the art of making big hundred’s. If you were to ask me today, who would replace Dravid? I won’t think twice to say ‘Virat’.

    Suresh Raina: If you can take back your memory to mid & late 90’s, Rahul Dravid was just a shade of what he ended up achieving. In his early days Rahul wasn’t exactly a feisty batsman even his Test knocks were labored and mostly came against lesser teams ( Zim & NZ ). So if you compare Rahul and Raina at the age of 25, Raina would lead the tally by a decent margin. Suresh may not have the technique of Rahul but he posses an important arsenal which distinguishes heroes from zeroes at the top level – ‘Ability’. With his limited technique Raina has already cemented his place in the ODI side plus, he made a century on his Test debut. He for sure has the ‘ability’ to do well at the top level.

    Rohit Sharma: Rohit is pitted to be the ‘Next Big Thing’ however, since his debut in 2007 he has done very little to justify that tag. Cricket pundits still haven’t lost faith in him for he has been plundering runs at the domestic circuit ( He averages a mind boggling 63.52  out of 47matches ). He is yet to make his Test debut, I would like to believe Tests might just bring the best out of him. If he clicks there is no doubt in my mind that he will end up with no less than 10K runs in Tests.

    Cheteswar Pujara: My personal favorite. He has been murdering bowlers across the nation at will, a magnificent run machine. He is the only Indian player to score 3 triple tons in one season. His debut was as dramatic as his domestic career, sent in at No.3 against mighty Aussie’s in a tricky fourth-inning’s chase, he creamed the bowlers all over the park to a delightful 72. Most Cricket fans haven’t forgotten his innings yet, we’re all waiting with bated breath for him to take center stage and show case his amazing run making abilities. Like Rahul he’s technically correct infact he looks much more composed and fluent. He maintains an extremely calm demeanor, I have never seen him sledge or go over board on the field. We can expect to see him play in the Test side later this year. Personally, I am extremely keen to seem him do well, in him I see a gentleman which World Cricket badly deserves.

    However, we will have to wait atleast 3-4 years to see who will eventually wear the hat of Mr.Dependable. Only time will tell…

     

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    • sufia 2:24 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      would be hard to replace the wall, but then as you said only time will tell.

      • narendra 3:55 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        There will some new kid who will start scoring runs. It’s his Aura and persona which will be truly missed..

  • Narendra 10:14 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kapil Dev, , , Rahul Dravid, ,   

    Is this the beginning of the end for Mahendra Singh Dhoni? 

    When India won the WC in 1983, everyone went ga-ga over the then captain Kapil Dev, however little do people remember, he was fired from captaincy in less than a year times. India was marauded by the West Indies and Kapil was abruptly terminated from the top job.

    Fast forward to 2011, India’ s favorite son M S Dhoni helped India lift the WC after 28 years and months later he’s faced with the biggest crisis of his captaincy career, he has lost his first Test series as a captain, India has be dethroned from the No.1 slot, most of his team mates are out with injuries and a set of legends are on the verge of retirement. M S Dhoni is staring down the barrel.

    However, one has to remember a captain is as good as his team. Prime example is Ricky Ponting, he was a nothing captain once his top men retired. Moreover, in this particular series batsmen has collectively failed and that doesn’t help the cause. No captain can do anything if 4 of his top 5 batsmen aren’t scoring runs.

    Just drifting a little from the main subject, there’s needless talk about IPL, CL and ODI overkill. Just by loosing one serious entire system doesn’t fail. And few nuts have to realize that we were No.1 in Tests for more than an year, plus we won the WC. Public just needs to take a chill pill and accept the fact that Cricket is a sport and there will be times when the team will be miserable.

    Going back to MSD, he’s by the far the best captain India ever had simply because he successfully utilized the potential of many bits n pieces players. Unlike Saurav, MSD has a team of ageing superstars ( who are still the best in the business ) and a mix of unpredictable young talent. Winning and winning continuously has been his hallmark and it’s ridiculous for people to compare him with Dada. What Dada did for team India is sacrosanct, so stop the foolish comparisons.

    Running down MSD is inappropriate, if people are talking about respecting Rahul Dravid for his contribution, don’t you think MSD deserves the same, this guy won you the World Cup.

    Few Cricketing experts have written about his field placings and resource utilization skills. Well, if Steve waugh had taken off 1 slip and placed him in the mid wicket boundary, he would have conquered the final frontier. But, he didn’t because he believed Laxman or Dravid would nick one to the slips whereas they looted scores of runs through the mid wicket. So, there’s no point freaking out on MSD’s field placements.

    Criticism has gone to nonsensical levels, mostly it is unintelligent and plain stupid. Personally, I do not believe it is the end of the road for MSD, he will bounce back. I share Sachin’s sentiment – He’s the best Captain India ever had. Remember Cricket’s favorite One liner ‘ Form is temporary, Class is permanent‘. MSD shall rise again.

     
    • sufia 10:26 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      public opinion is fickle….and considering MSD was the only one who seemed to care abt making an effort and salvaging some pride for india, criticism is VERY unfair. hes a human being, not god…and he isnt infallible. this was the first test series hes lost as captain, he really deserves some slack.

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