i agree ganguly was good enuf to play 2 more years when force retired. on same token dravid also has another 1 year more cricket. its just one series (aus) he failed
the idea is you are blocking a youngster's place. dravid has categorically mentioned he wont play for k'taka as it would block one slot
Dravid is defnitely good to play FC for several more years and hold a place on merit.
blocking a slot......is a personal concept.....I beleive slots should be earned.
the only recent examples of blockign a slot that I have seen was Harbhajan for a long, long time...not holding a place on merit.
nor Raina recently
Blocking a slot was definitely an issue, for the simple reason a young player is never given a long run.
Imagine a guy like Ganguly or Dravid not being given a run after their successful English tour of 96.(They didn't exactly set the world on fire after that for a couple of years).
Again, it's not just batting alone. It also lies in the field. Dravid's 20 or so dropped catches in the last 20 games should play a factor.
If it is purely based on merit, then when Dravid endured a fallow run in the period 07-09, he should have been dropped right then.
Yet it doesn't seem to work that way: "he's earned his place, so he gets a long rope...." seems to be the refrain
I don't think it works both ways: merit won't count when giving a long rope to a senior, yet it should when it comes to dropping them?
24 needed with a bunny coming in at 11? No problem!