Dravid to lead Team India

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

The Indian selectors have named Rahul Dravid captain for the next two one-day series against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Dravid to lead Team India

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The Indian selectors have named Rahul Dravid captain for the next two one-day series against Sri Lanka and South Africa.Dravid takes over the captaincy from Sourav Ganguly, who is struggling with an elbow injury.But the selectors made it quite clear that the time has come for change. However, they did say that Ganguly will be considered as a batsman.Fair bit of experienceDravid comes into the job with a fair bit of experience. He has already been stand-in captain in 17 one dayers and five Tests. In one-dayers, his winning percentage is just about 41.His overall career one-day record is terrific - 265 matches, 8429 runs, 10 centuries and 63 half-centuries at an average of just under 40.Dravid is certainly the lynchpin of India's batting in both Tests and one-dayers, which is why it defies logic as to why the selectors didn't name him as captain for both forms of the game and for a longer period.Doors open?Are they still keeping the door open for Ganguly or is that the theory of a different captain for Tests and one-dayers is still being examined? Some theories even suggest that Sachin Tendulkar could be in contention.The first one-dayer against Sri Lanka is on October 25 and India will need the new captain and every one of the players to make sure that they can beat the team ranked second in the world right now.It would seem like Ganguly's days as captain are over for good, but many believe that the man who is only one of four players to score 10,000 one day runs will be back as a player. However, the sad part is that the selectors don't believe in the international tradition of naming a captain for an entire season. Unless that happens, the uncertainty and the intrigue will continue.



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