I never thought of hearing any better news than this today. Rahul Dravid the wall, has made a comeback into the Indian ODI team after almost two years. Dravid who was included in the 30 probables for the Champions Trophy has now been selected in the final 15 headed to South Africa. He replaces the inconsistent Rohit Sharma.
Being India's batting backbone for the last decade, Dravid now finds himself in the same place. Will he again revel in his No.3 place is to be seen. But I bet that Cheeka (K. Srikanth) and his men are sure of it. I just hope this becomes an huge turning point in Indian cricket like Saurav's comeback in South Africa was.
How I missed Dravid's elegant square cuts and his pull shots!
Sachin Tendulkar along with Raina also make their way back into the team, and left arm spinner Ohja has been replaced by Amit Mishra. Sehwag would be missing the action along with Zaheer Khan.
The Indian batting looks steady and strong, but the bowling is lacking any inspiration. Nehra would be the spearhead once again, with Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, and RP Singh under him. Bowling in death a huge factor in ODI's is always where the Indian bowlers falter. I pray that Ishant, and R.P. Singh will be consistent unlike the way hey bowled in the Windies.
Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said it was the "best possible Indian team". "It's a very balanced team and we are confident they would go on to win the Champions Trophy in South Africa." Surely this is the best possible team and should be able to salvage the lost pride in the T20 World Cup.
India one-day squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, RP Singh, Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, and Abhishek Nayar