Who will be the next ‘Rahul Dravid’ ?
Date: 3/10/2012 5:03:17 PM
Now that India’s greatest and most successful No.3 Batsman, Rahul Dravid has ended his Cricketing expedition. Team India is in the hunt for a suitable replacement. Rahul’s demanor and conduct maybe unmatchable, as Sachin put things into perspective ‘ There can be no other Rahul Dravid’ however, we’re in urgent need for a player who can score runs, good behavior will be a bonus though.
Here is a list of few players who come to mind who might go on to fill the void.
Virat Kohli: He’s already a regular in the ODI side. His recent Test hundred against Australia in Australia is enough proof of his batting credentials. In terms of scoring runs especially under pressure, he looks the best bet. Virat has matured into an excellent Batsmen who is able to convert starts into 100′s quite regularly however, he will have to master the art of making big hundred’s. If you were to ask me today, who would replace Dravid? I won’t think twice to say ‘Virat’.
Suresh Raina: If you can take back your memory to mid & late 90′s, Rahul Dravid was just a shade of what he ended up achieving. In his early days Rahul wasn’t exactly a feisty batsman even his Test knocks were labored and mostly came against lesser teams ( Zim & NZ ). So if you compare Rahul and Raina at the age of 25, Raina would lead the tally by a decent margin. Suresh may not have the technique of Rahul but he posses an important arsenal which distinguishes heroes from zeroes at the top level – ‘Ability’. With his limited technique Raina has already cemented his place in the ODI side plus, he made a century on his Test debut. He for sure has the ‘ability’ to do well at the top level.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit is pitted to be the ‘Next Big Thing’ however, since his debut in 2007 he has done very little to justify that tag. Cricket pundits still haven’t lost faith in him for he has been plundering runs at the domestic circuit ( He averages a mind boggling 63.52 out of 47matches ). He is yet to make his Test debut, I would like to believe Tests might just bring the best out of him. If he clicks there is no doubt in my mind that he will end up with no less than 10K runs in Tests.
Cheteswar Pujara: My personal favorite. He has been murdering bowlers across the nation at will, a magnificent run machine. He is the only Indian player to score 3 triple tons in one season. His debut was as dramatic as his domestic career, sent in at No.3 against mighty Aussie’s in a tricky fourth-inning’s chase, he creamed the bowlers all over the park to a delightful 72. Most Cricket fans haven’t forgotten his innings yet, we’re all waiting with bated breath for him to take center stage and show case his amazing run making abilities. Like Rahul he’s technically correct infact he looks much more composed and fluent. He maintains an extremely calm demeanor, I have never seen him sledge or go over board on the field. We can expect to see him play in the Test side later this year. Personally, I am extremely keen to seem him do well, in him I see a gentleman which World Cricket badly deserves.
However, we will have to wait atleast 3-4 years to see who will eventually wear the hat of Mr.Dependable. Only time will tell…