Dravid questions Dhoni”s & Yuvraj”s role in India”s 2019 World Cup plans: Indian Cricket Team”s humiliating loss against Pakistan in the Champion Trophy final left fans all across the country fuming and severely disappointed. While lots of supporters are always high on emotions during an Indo-Pak clash, Experts all over the country too were surprised by the manner of the defeat.
From limited overs” cricket perspective, almost all the pundits are now looking ahead to ICC world cup to be held in England as well in 2019. While dissecting the Indian team”s defeat and looking ahead to the future, Indian cricket legend Rahul Dravid questioned the Indian management”s future planning by not experimenting with the team for the Windies tour starting in a couple of days time.
Rahul was uncertain about the senior players Dhoni and Yuvraj in the middle order and urged the BCCI to provide young talent with more opportunities in the middle order grooming them for the next world cup.
“Is there a place for both of them? Is there a place for only one of them? Do you want to reassess it in a year”s time, six months” time?
“Do you want to look at the available talent and see what they have to offer before going back to these two players?”
“They have taken a decision to go to the West Indies with a full-strength squad. I really hope they are willing to experiment at least in the playing XI and give more opportunities to people.
“If you don”t do that, suddenly you don”t want to come to a situation and, say, in a year”s time, where you say, “We haven”t given people chances so these are the only guys we have got.”
Dravid was also quick to remind about the fact that if after giving chances to the youngsters, the two veterans are India”s best bet then so be it, but an opportunity should not be missed with the major event still a couple of years ahead.
“Better position to be in would be, We have tried everything else, but we still feel that Yuvi and Dhoni are fit, they are playing very well, and they are the guys to see us through. And no one will complain about that.”
Both Dhoni and Yuvraj did not have many opportunities in the concluded Champions Trophy to show their skills but were way below par in the crunch game against Pakistan in the finals.
There is no doubt about the fact that age is catching up with these two legends of Indian cricket, and that along with their waning powers with the bat, questions will be asked about their role in the team in the near future as well.