Former chief of selectors for India, Dilip Vengsarkar has said that Rahul Dravid’s re-entry into the ODI side was a worrying sign for Indian cricket. Vengsarkar was the selector who had earlier axed the Dravid from the ODI side in 2007, and that meant that the star batsman remained out of the ODI for two years. >
Vengsarkar said that it was the thought process that was an issue with Dravid’s selection. He said that if Dravid had been selected in the team because a few of the batsmen couldn’t play the short ball, then it only showed that the Indian cupboard was bare and this was rather worrying. He said, “If Rahul is back because he plays the short balls well, it is a matter of great concern for Indian cricket.”
He also added that there were cricketers like Virat Kohli, Piyush Chawla, Ajinkya Rahane and Dhaval Kulkarni, who needed to be afforded the chances. Speaking about Rohit Sharma, Vengsarkar said that he had gone into a comfort zone, and that was the reason why he was dropped.
He signed off by saying, “I hope, wish and expect him to do well,” he said. “Rahul is a great batsman with a very sound technique. The ODIs, unlike the Tests, is a batsman’s game. Unless you make mistakes you don’t get out. Rahul doesn’t commit too many mistakes.”
Earlier, Dravid had said that he had no point to prove to anybody.