Dravid thinking too much about his bad-patch: Former players

Updated: 17 December 2008 12:39 IST

Rahul Dravid is perhaps thinking too much about his bad patch and trying hard to come out of it which is making his job more difficult, feel former players

Dravid thinking too much about his bad-patch: Former players

New Delhi:

Off-colour India batsman Rahul Dravid is perhaps thinking too much about his bad patch and trying hard to come out of it which is making his job more difficult, feel former players.

Dravid is having a prolonged drought of runs, including scores of 3 and 4 in the two innings of the first Test against England, raising a big question mark about his place in the team.

"Dravid is certainly going through a bad time, which is affecting his confidence as well. But we should not forget that Dravid has led India to win on a number of occasions during his long career," said Kirti Azad, member of the 1983 World Cup winning team.

"I think, he is a quite experienced batsman and would be able to regain his touch very soon," he said when asked about ex-selection panel chief Dilip Vengsarkar's advice that Dravid should take a break to recapture his form.

He also felt that Dravid, who has more than 10,000 runs in Tests and one-day format each, need not ponder about taking rest as keeping himself away from the 22-yards will not help him any way.

"I don't understand how a cricketer will recover his form by staying away from the game he plays," Azad said when asked about former Test captain and ex-selection panel chief Dilip Vengsarkar's advice that it would be wise to take a break to recapture his form.

However, the Delhi cricketer thinks Dravid himself is the best judge to decide about when he would call it a quit.

"Let him decide when he wants to retire from cricket," Azad said.

Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim said the experienced cricketer should be given time till India's tour of New Zealand early next year.

"It would be wrong to force Dravid to sit out right now, when the team is really doing well. Before taking any such decision he should given time till the away series against New Zealand," said Saba, who has played 34 ODIs.

"Cricket is a team game where all the eleven members can't perform all the time. He (Dravid) is probably thinking too much about the bad patch he is going through.

"He should enjoy the game fully and everything else will fall in place automatically," Saba insisted.



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