Monday, November 29, 1999

Yuvraj`s form a window for Dravid?

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India's disastrous run in the World T20 in the Caribbean and Yuvraj Singh's indifferent form might have opened a window of hope for Rahul Dravid's inclusion back in the limited overs side, according to sources. Some of the selectors are seriously mulling over bringing the former India skipper back to the ODI fold with an eye on next year's World Cup, according to a source in the BCCI. "Yuvraj Singh looked out of sorts in the Caribbean," a selector told The Sunday Express on conditions of anonymity. "He is a talented cricketer but he is not doing justice to his talent — maybe he needs to return to the drawing board."According to the selector, the left-hander could get the axe for next month's Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, and that might open up a slot in the middle order. "Asia Cup is going to be the litmus test for the team," he said, "and after the Caribbean debacle, the young players will be under pressure. So experience is needed to calm the nerves, and also help (skipper) Mahendra Singh Dhoni in decision-making."Dravid, according to the selector, is "still in our scheme of things as far as ODIs are concerned. I should say he has a fifty-fifty chance of returning to the team for Asia Cup." Incidentally, Dravid was brought back to the ODI squad after last year's World T20 but was dumped after just two series despite a couple of good knocks in the Champions Trophy.

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