Rahul Dravid will not be playing for the first two ODIs against Pakistan.
No, he’s not injured- he’s been dropped. Yes, you read that right- he’s been dropped. According to chief selector Mr. Dilip Vengsarkar, Rahul’s a ‘one dimensional player’.
Really? ‘One dimensional’? Well, according to me, Mr Vengsarkar, you’re playing out a personal vendetta against Rahul, a player whose dedication to Indian cricket cannot be questioned by anyone.
Ever since he came into the team, the bloke’s been used as a sacrificial lamb, and just like the marked animal, he’s never said anything about what he actually wanted to do. Rahul, can you open the innings? Sure; Rahul, can you bat at one down? Two down? No problem; hey Rahul, can you go in at no. 5? No. 6? No. 7? Can you be a floater? Can you keep wickets please? We really need an extra batsman… yes, yes, yes. With him it’s always been “The team needs this, so of course I’ll do it.”
I really want to ask the selectors how could they forget his contributions to the team? This is ungrateful at best. How much leeway was given to Virender Sehwag, I want to ask? The guy deserved the axe some six months before he actually got it. Rahul struggled in four games, and he’s been ‘rested’. Obviously, Rahul is paying for making the powers that be of Indian cricket look stupid by suddenly giving up captaincy. Most of us don’t know him, but the way in which he gave it up, the country pretty much knew for a certainty that he was being asked to compromise himself for the post. He didn’t do it. And now Mr. Vengsarkar feels he’s the only one not ‘adding value’ to the team.
It was heartbreaking to see Rahul after the news came out, with our godforsaken media hounding him for a reaction.
To the media: Please leave him alone. He didn’t ask for this.
To the selectors: It’s a stupid decision that defies all cricketing logic. You people have much to answer for.
To Rahul: I know the chances of your ever reading this piece are pretty low, but I know you’ll make it out of this. Champ that you are, I know we’ll see you soon. Good Luck.