Mumbai:Rahul Dravid gets a great chance to rediscover his golden touch when he turns out for Karnataka in their opening Elite Division Group A Ranji Trophy tie against holders Mumbai starting on Saturday.
The former India skipper, omitted from the Indian one-day team for the first two ties against arch foes Pakistan in the upcoming five-match rubber, will play under another stalwart Anil Kumble to give their state team a look of class against the 37-time winners and hosts in the four-day league tie.
The first class game at the Wankhede Stadium is the ideal stage for Dravid, who had a lean time with the bat in the seven-match ODI series against Australia which concluded on October 17, to get among the runs ahead of the tough battles ahead in the season, including the three-Test rubber against Pakistan which follows after the conclusion of the ODI series.
The last time Dravid had turned out for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy was at Rajkot for last season's league clash against Saurashtra.
Also keen to get into the groove for the Test series along with Dravid would be Kumble, who would be playing his first Ranji tie for Karnataka in two seasons and his opening competitive long-duration tie after returning home from England at the end of the Test series in August.
The ace leg spinner has turned out for the All Star team in the Sixes event at Hong Kong, but had played little else since India's last Test rubber.
The visitors would be banking a lot on this duo, as well as on another seasoned and ex-India campaigner Sunil Joshi, with back-up from the younger lot to get off to a good start against Mumbai.