Northampton: Even 24 hours before the ODI squad was announced on Saturday, Dravid's name was not doing the rounds among the All-India Selection Committee members. There was only one debate among selectors: to find a replacement for the injured Yuvraj Singh.
There were three or four candidates to replace Yuvraj -- Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane had emerged a strong contender, and Yusuf Pathan was another name discussed. However, Dravid was never in
In fact, most selectors had forgotten that Dravid was still 'available' to play for India in limited-overs cricket as he had not yet retired from the format. Dravid's fitness was never a concern as he has kept wickets, opened the batting, and lasted 866 minutes at the crease in the two Tests thus far.