New Delhi: Once hailed as India's batting mainstay and given names like Mr. Dependable, Mr. Reliable and 'The Wall' of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid now looks a pale shadow of what he was in Adelaide, in Rawalpindi or for that matter at the Eden Gardens.
Being miserably out of form for more than a year, Dravid has got nothing going in his favour for the past one year and now selectors are running out of patience. He looks stiff and shaky, his feet are not moving and runs have dried up drastically. In comparison to his career average of 52.19, Dravid averages just 27.87 in 14 Tests that he played in 2008. He has just one century (111) this year to his credit that came against South Africa in March.
The Karnataka batsman had a decent start this year in Australia but by the end of the series things turned grim. When the Proteas toured India for the three-match Test series, Dravid welcomed them with an unbeaten century. His knock silenced his critics and gave solace to his worried fans but that proved to be a flash in the pan and the rest of series went without any rumble.
In the three-match series against Sri Lanka, Dravid aggregated 148 runs with the help of a half-century in six innings. He carried his woeful form against Australia. In the four-Test series, he faired poorly with an average of 17.14 and got just one fifty. He prolonged his slump and failed yet again in the first Test versus England in Chennai. He struggled hard for his innings scores of 3 and 4.
Some experts might suggest that he should take a break and go back to domestic cricket to fix his problems. But that's exactly what he's been doing. Dravid's been out of the ODI side for almost a year. So when the Indian team was playing one-day cricket, Dravid was active in the domestic circuit.
No! He has not lost his talent or technique. And being India's one of the most successful cricketer for more than a decade, none can question his temperament either. So what exactly has gone wrong? Does he just need to tie some loose threads or is it about time he took 'THAT' most important call?