Selectors to choose Indian captain

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

The Indian selectors meet in Mohali today to appoint the Indian cricket captain for the seven one-dayers against Sri Lanka.

Selectors to choose Indian captain

Mohali:

The Indian selectors meet in Mohali today to appoint the Indian cricket captain for the seven one-dayers against Sri Lanka.Given Sourav Ganguly's injury, the selectors have a couple of choices to appoint Rahul Dravid as captain for the entire series or appoint him for the first few games till Sourav recovers. The selectors could also take the boldest decision of them all and name Dravid as captain for an even longer duration.Banking on DravidThe chairman has already clarified that news reports about Dravid taking over as captain were wrong.However, many suspect that the denial was not needed since the five wise men won't have much of an option but to announce Rahul Dravid as captain. The BCCI has also gone on record saying that they want a captain appointed for the entire series rather than match by match.The selection of the captain will take place today and Sourav's next fitness test on his elbow is likely to be on October 18. Assuming he clears that and plays a Duleep Trophy game to prove his fitness from October 20-22, there will only be two days left before the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka on October 25. Clearly, the maths is not adding up for Sourav.The big questionRahul Dravid is no stranger to the task of captaincy. Ganguly's frequent injuries and suspensions have meant that he's already been in charge for 17 one-dayers and five tests. But now the real tough job is for the selectors. Do they appoint Dravid on a long-term basis and if so what is Ganguly's future in the team as a batsman? Whatever the decision, it's clearly not happy times for India's longest serving and most successful captain.Worrying formGanguly's recent batting from has certainly been a worry. In his last ten one-dayers he's made just 178 runs at an average of just under 20 with one half century.However, his over all career average is still impressive at just over 40. Of course he's only second to Sachin Tendulkar in terms of most one day hundreds scored. He's also one of four players to have made more than 10,000 one-day runs.



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