Selectors need to assess MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh’s role before 2019 World Cup, says Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid has called on the selectors and the team management to take a call on the future of the team as the team is built for the 2019 World Cup. He has laid specific focus on Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni who are pushing 36 years old.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 20, 2017 7:35 pm
yuvraj singh, india vs pakistan, icc champions trophy 2017, indian express Yuvraj Singh struck a rapidfire fifty to give India the edge over Pakistan. (Source: AP)

Rahul Dravid has urged the Indian selectors to take a call regarding the future of the team – especially MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh – by keeping an eye on the 2019 World Cup. Both of them were part of the squad that featured in the ICC Champions Trophy that culminated on Sunday. Dhoni scored 67 runs in two innings while Yuvraj scored 105 runs during the tournament in four innings. But their inclusion in the squad for future tours need to be carefully assessed as both Yuvraj and Dhoni are now 35.

“It is a call that is got to be taken by the selectors and the management,” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo when asked about future of Yuvraj and Dhoni, who were the team’s number four and five in the Champions Trophy. “And what they see as the road map for Indian cricket, and where they see the role of both these cricketers going ahead for the next couple of years. Is there a place for both of them? Is there a place for only one of them? Do you want to reassess it in a year’s time, six months’ time? Do you want to look at the available talent and see what they have to offer before going back to these two players,” he said.

He urged selectors and team management push youngsters in the team. Dravid believes that will be good to build players of tomorrow and even if the young guns don’t perform, Dhoni and Yuvraj remain strong fallback options. “They have taken a decision to go to the West Indies with a full-strength squad. I really hope they are willing to experiment at least in the playing XI and give more opportunities to people. If you don’t do that, suddenly you don’t want to come to a situation and, say, in a year’s time, where you say, ‘We haven’t given people chances so these are the only guys we have got.’

“Better position to be in: ‘We have tried everything else, but we still feel that Yuvi and Dhoni are fit, they are playing very well, and they are the guys to see us through.’ And no one will complain about that,” he said.

Dravid pushed for more mystery spinners, such as Kuldeep Yadav, and wrist spinners to come into the side after the duopoly of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t get much help from the flat surfaces in England. “We are playing on really flat wickets. It is tough on them, and … it is not happening. If you want wickets in the middle, wrist-spinners and mystery spinners are the ones who look like taking wickets on some of these flat wickets with the fielding restrictions.

“It is nice to have Kuldeep Yadav coming in. He needs to be given a lot more game time. He has got ability, he has got a bit of mystery about him,” he added.

India’s series against West Indies begins on June 23 where they play five ODIs and a T20I. Kuldeep has been drawn into the squad alongside Rishabh Pant in place of Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah who have been rested.

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  1. T
    Jun 21, 2017 at 5:34 am
    Good call. The primary reason we lost the final is cause we didnt select the right 11. India should look at 3 formats independently, and try to find the best team for each format. India should start respecting BOWLERS and include attacking bowlers in the team. If India is the best batting outfit, how can they not have enough confidence to include one more specialized bowler. Yuvraj should not have been included in the team. MS should retire. Ashwin should be dropped from the one day team.
    1. K
      Jun 21, 2017 at 2:10 am
      Good call Dravid. Keeping either can be dangerous - specially when the team needs it. Many a time top soured cricketers have played well and ensured their team still loses. They will perform well but in critical matches the real feelings can overtake the task at hand - nothing new to Desi cricket. Gav did the similar acts maybe - we forget very easily.
      1. C
        Jun 21, 2017 at 12:36 am
        Dhoni and Yuvraj should call it quits when the going is good. They were great cricketers but are now in the team because of the captain's rapport with them. It seems Virat Kohli is calling the shots in the team's selection and the selectors and coach do not have much say in the matter.
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          Ashwinkumar Patil
          Jun 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm
          You forgot Ajay Jadeja. He seems to have lost appe e to perform. You also forgot Kedar Jadhav. He seems play his own game irrespective of the match situation. That's dumb for an international cricketer
          1. K
            Jun 21, 2017 at 2:11 am
            Well said, jdj can fail when team needs it.
          2. A
            Jun 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm
            Our team players are the richest in the world and they had a job to do and they failed !! We have to rework our team perhaps starting with the captain Kohli who seems to have mastered the art of giving speeches after a loss since the IPL !! Yuvraj was always an all rounder but I have not seen him bowl in any of these games and his fielding has become slow - Krunal Pandya would be an apt replacement and soon !! Dhoni has certainly mellowed in batting as well as in spirit it seems - Rishab Pant must come to the rescue. Younger players must always be in the wings so that every player keeps feeling that his place is not guaranteed without consistent performance !!! Sarfraz Khan needs to come into the team. Washington Sundar would make a good replacement for Ashwin. A Captain who is effusive in his praise for the opposition can only be termed as having lost his fighting spirit !! Ajinkya Rahane has great fighting spirit though he appears 'the silent type' would make a better ODI Captain !!
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              Paddy Singh
              Jun 21, 2017 at 3:24 am
              And they are now forming a Union which means more demands and more pedestals to be put on. I have a lot of respect for Dhoni and Yuvraj, the latter for what he went through, but they should call it quits
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