NEW DELHI : The time has come for India to take decisions with focus on the 2019 World Cup and that includes a call on the role of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the current team, feels former captain Rahul Dravid.
“It is a call that is got to be taken by the selectors and the management,” Dravid told ESPN Cricinfo when asked about future of Yuvraj and Dhoni, who were the team’s number four and five in the Champions Trophy. “And what they see as the road map for Indian cricket, and where they see the role of both these cricketers going ahead for the next couple of years. 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.”
India will play the limitedover series in the West Indies beginning Friday with a full strength squad.
However, Dravid hopes the youngsters get a chance in the playing eleven. “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.’
“Better position to be in: ‘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,” he said.
Dravid added that time has come to also decide on the spin combination with finger spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja not making much of an impact during the Champions Trophy.
“We are playing on really flat wickets. It is tough on them, and … it is not happening. If you want wickets in the middle, wrist-spinners and mystery spinners are the ones who look like taking wickets on some of these flat wickets with the fielding restrictions.”
AGARKAR HAS DOUBTS
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar too expressed his reservations at having Yuvraj and Dhoni in the playing XI as India. “I am not quite sure MS (Dhoni) and Yuvraj can both bat at 4 and 5,” Agarkar was quoted as saying. “It is not because of the final (that I am saying this); it is almost putting too much pressure on the top three to get the bulk of the runs. Maybe Yuvraj is better off batting lower down at this stage than at No. 4, where he can go and bat freely.”