Former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, as well as classy middle-order batsman VVS Laxman are definitely still on the Indian selectors' radar for Test cricket, but when it comes to the one-day and Twenty20 formats, the selectors have made their preference for younger players known to all and sundry.
Laxman last played an ODI on December 3, 2006 against South Africa at Centurion, while Dravid's last appearence in the 50-overs format was against the Aussies in Nagpur in October 2007 and Ganguly last played an ODI for India against Pakistan in November 2007.
To be fair to Laxman, he hasn't been given a regular run in one-dayers, as can be gauged by the fact that he has featured on only 86 ODIs during his 12 years as an international cricketer, in which he scored 2338 runs including six centuries and 10 half-centuries at an average of 30.76 and a strike rate of 71.23.
Dravid and Ganguly, on the other hand, have both played more than 300 one-dayers, and have enjoyed immense success in this format of the game. Ganguly formed one half of the all-time greatest opening partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar in the 50-overs format, while Dravid changed his style of play to suit the requirements of one-day cricket. Both Dravid and Ganguly have also been successful captains for India in this format of the game.
But are the selectors just looking for younger team w/o considering experience of players who can be very handy and really moral giving players who have played 300+ games together.
Dravid has scored 10,585 runs in 333 ODIs with 12 centuries and 81 half-centuries at an average of 39.49, while Ganguly has 11,363 runs with 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries at an average of 41.02 along with 100 wickets to show from his 311 one-dayers.
Compairing Mr.sanath Jayasuraya from Sri-Lanka,a person with 38 Years with such a power and agrression in top form. But why is indian team still going with youngsters?
If we compare younger seeds average that with sourav and dravid,i guess dada's current average is better than anyone of the players in recent indian team.
one of the interview,Dada had said,"Performance mattars,Not the age" and i really support him with this.I really do.As he was in superb form when he made comeback last year.
I m eagerly waiting to see dada in one day squard as soon as possible