Ravi Shastri, the former Indian all-rounder-turned-commentator, has stated that Rahul Dravid needed to assert himself more as captain of the team.
Shastri came down heavily on India’s team management in the wake of their disappointing showing in the recently concluded DLF Cup. “It’s time Dravid exerted himself and told Chappell that in future he will call the shots,” Shastri told Gulf News after India failed to qualify for the final of the tri-series. “A coach must only help the captain but the final decision must rest with Dravid. He should decide who should bat at No. 3 and not the coach. Dravid should stand up and say that he is the boss and that he controls matters once he crosses the boundary line. He should get an eleven of his choice.”
India experimented with Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar opening the batting and Virender Sehwag at No.4 in all the matches except the last against Australia when Sehwag opened with Tendulkar.
“It’s time Chappell stopped his experiments. I cannot understand how he could send Sehwag at No 4. I will always prefer Sehwag as an opener. If he gets going even three out of ten times, it would bring victory to the team,” he said. “To ask Dravid, known as the world’s finest middle-order batsman, to open the innings, is a big blunder. One must have a solid batsman like Dravid coming in at No. 4.”
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