The BCCI drama continues: starring Rahul Dravid and Dilip Vengsarkar

Vengsarkar bowled a beamer, as the squad for the first two ODIs in the upcoming Pakistan tour was announced, with the target being ex-captain Rahul Dravid. What was the need for this bizarre knee-jerk reaction? One bad series against the world’s best ODI side should not lead to being dropped; not for a class batsman like Dravid. After all, the story could have been different if it hadn’t been for a stunning catch near the boundary line in the Kochi ODI and Aleem Dar’s shocker lbw in Vadodara. The plot seems to thicken as media reports storm in which suggest that some selectors were looking to drop Ganguly but Vengsarkar insisted on Dravid. Adding to this is captain Dhoni insisting that his former skipper was being “rested”. Does an out-of-form Dravid need rest? Logically, the best way to get Dravid out of his lean path would be to demonstrate some faith in him and play him in a few ODIs or to have had him tart part in the Challenger series. But sadly, BCCI and logic are poles apart from one another!

What is more appalling than dropping Dravid, is some of the statements made by the chairman of selectors. Here is the worst; according to Vengsarkar, Dravid is “not adding value to the one-day side” (check out the TimesNow article for details). All this is being said of the man who not too long ago, pulled out a blistering 92 at Bristol and was captain of the side less than six-weeks ago. Says Vengsarkar of Dravid, ” he is a good player and has a good chance of coming back.” Honestly, that doesn’t really sound like a chance. All this politic-ing begs the question, if Sachin had had a bad series, would he have been given the same treatment?

While we digest the shock, consider the balance of the ODI squad that has been announced. Siddartha Vaidhyanathan pens a gem for Cricinfo here and I join him in asking a key question. Why are there five openers in this team (Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag, Gambhir, Uthappa)? Add new comer Praveen Kumar, that makes six openers. Who will play the sheet-anchor role of #3 (ironically, the other man being dropped, Dinesh Karthik is also a #3 batsman)? The temperment for being #3 is not in Yuvraj yet, with flash-bang being his current mantra; there is potential indeed, but there is also plenty of scope for improvement. I had written earlier that India missed its #3 batsmen in the recent series against Australia and I have a feeling they will continue to miss that dependable #3 should the selectors persist on this route.

Check out more reactions on this:

Ex-cricketers criticize exclusion

‘Floater’s role took him nowhere’

Dravid shoud have been selfish

While the cricketing fraternity seems to be screaming about the shocker that is Dravid’s exclusion, only time can tell of what will be the fate of Dravid (as far as ODIs are concerned). A few middle order collapses in the first two ODIs against Pakistan may bring a flicker of hope for Dravid, but even one victory (however that may come) may see The Wall droop even more. God save Indian cricket from Vengsarkar!


10 Responses to The BCCI drama continues: starring Rahul Dravid and Dilip Vengsarkar

  1. idlidosa says:

    I guess the BCCI is used to stuff like this…they like showing off their power as the world’s richest sports board….I guess the media is also to be blamed…fine..rahul didn’t do well in the series against aus…but what about the series in england….he was at his best…the media tends to forget things according to their convinience…if they dont have anything to write about cricket…they pick on pple..’oh so…who hasnt done well in the recent aus series…rahul? rahul..yes…forget what he has done in the past…lets just fill up the headlines with him…’ and then the BCCI sacks him…who cares if rahul made india win a few times…who cares if he was an ex-captain…who cares if he is one of the best players in the world…we are the bcci..we have the money…and so we rule!

  2. Ottayan says:


    There is a huge melodrama regarding Dravid.

    There is nothing wrong in dropping Dravid.

    Let us see whether the selectors have the gumption to do the same to others namely Ganguly.,

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  4. vmminerva says:

    Ottayan, in as much as it is melodramatic, I believe the best way to have gotten Dravid out of his bad patch would have been to play him.

  5. vmminerva says:

    Idlidosa, I agree with your point on media playing its part. The segment which featured Dravid’s exclusion shows clips where he plays some very positive/attacking shots, on the other hand, when he stepped down from captaincy, they showed clips of a frustrated Dravid scratching his head and a droopy man walking off after having gotten out for a duck. Both add to the hype.

  6. kvhurin says:

    You know what Minerva, i feel that perhaps Vengsarkar has gone the More way even though Rahul certainly dint go the Saurav way…what I mean is that Rahul Dravid sacrificed his captaincy for the team’s betterment and he has played many a great innings in England n dat too when every one else failed….moreover the media over hyped Rahul’s failure and completely overlooked that horrendous Dar decision….

    And equally shocking was the inclusion of Sehwag…well what the hell did Sehwag do to get the team berth..he played only one good knock in the challenger trophy…and even in the domestic levels he was a let down….This is no child’s play.

    I will conclude by saying that…GROW UP BCCI and GROW UP VENGY…or the team will suffer.

  7. vmminerva says:

    Agreed, kvhurin. There doesn’t seem to be too much rationale behind picking Sehwag (other than his average against Pak).

  8. Cricket Fan says:

    Its disappointing that Rahul Dravid is dropped. I feel BCCI is not concentrating on strategies, they only wanna make huge money. I remember one of the indian cricket great telling that Class is what’s permanent and Form is Temporary. I feel that Form depends on mental strength. Rahul Dravid is a great player, he is experienced, it would not take much time for him to regain his form and for that to happen BCCI should show some confidence in him which they are not doing. Their behavoiur towards him will not do any good to boost his confidence level.

    This is cricket and not politics, If this is understood by some key people in BCCI everything will be fine.

    When other players are not in form, BCCI considers their previous records and statistics…Check out Rahul Dravid’s statistics and records as well.

  9. […] you unceremoniously dropped the same man with over 10,000 runs in ODI cricket, who had produced a blistering 92 at a strike rate of over 80, […]

  10. Deepak says:

    How much vengserkar knows to play cricket….& how much he has playe …he is just jealous of dravid….stupid man character he is disposing …let his maratha tricks be with him

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