Selectors meet: D-Day for Dravid

The national selectors will meet in Mohali today to name India's new Test cricket captain

updated: November 09, 2007 14:13 IST
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New Delhi:

The national selectors will meet in Mohali today to name India's new Test cricket captain and will also announce the squad for the last three one dayers against Pakistan.

With a winning combination in hand, which won the first ODI in Guwahati in the ODI match series agaist Pakistan, the selectors might hardly make any major changes.

Virender Sehwag may play in Mohali

Sources have told NDTV that selectors want Virender Sehwag to play in the second ODI in Mohali.

Murali Karthik might make way for Sehwag, sources have said.

Rahul Dravid making a strong case

Former skipper Rahul Dravid is certainly making a strong case. Dravid's response to the Karnataka versus Mumbai Ranji challenge has been 254 runs in two innings for Karnataka.

He has been silent throughout the huge furor that followed his dropping and barely managed a word or two post the double ton. He has kept his side of the bargain.

The question is will the selectors keep their promise to recall him now that is he's found form.

"We have decided to give him a break. He is a class player and I am sure he will come back to the Indian team," said Dilip Vengsarkar, Chairman, BCCI Selection Committee.

What is standing between Dravid and a place on the ODI squad is the squad that won India the first match against Pakistan.

Amidst the players -- M S Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Murali Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Virendra Sehwag, RP Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, S Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan -- who do the selectors throw out to accomodate Rahul Dravid?

Even if Dravid does get a recall, what if he is not included in the playing 11, would that not be rubbing more salt into an already painful wound.

And make no mistake, a move like that would probably create a bigger uproar and former players who came out in support of Dravid would have a lot more to say than this.

Ravi Shastri was one of the few former cricketers who supported Dravid's dropping for the first and second ODIs. He said he has the greatest regard for Rahul, but still he sees him primarily in a Test role.

So come Thursday, it is another tough call before the selectors as they set out to choose the squad for the last three ODIs. And this time around, it is not Dravid, but the five wise men, who will come under the scanner.