Speculation rife on next captain

Updated: 06 November 2007 14:48 IST

Rahul Dravid's decision to step down as India Captain has put the BCCI in a bit of a catch 22 situation and has created huge speculation over who will be I

Speculation rife on next captain

New Delhi:

Rahul Dravid's decision to step down as India Captain has put the BCCI in a bit of a catch 22 situation and has created huge speculation over who will be India's next captain.

But if BCCI sources are to be believed, they have already spoken with Sachin Tendulkar who is their first choice.

Rahul Dravid has been quoted as saying that the enjoyment has gone out of a tough captaining job.

So why was he not enjoying the captaincy? Is it because of too much criticism about him being a defensive captain or too little support from his team.

Talking to NDTV before the World Cup Dravid had said: "I do enjoy the captaincy, I see it as a great honour and privilege and think I have enjoyed everything that comes with it. You got have to accept that there will be tough days as a captain."

"You turn from being a good boy to everyone's whipping boy. I don't take it personally though there will be a captain after me and he'll go through the same thing, the captain before me went through it as well. It's not about Rahul Dravid but the position that one inherits," Dravid added.

That was before the World Cup, Rahul Dravid offered to resign after the disastrous first round exit but was persuaded to stay on.

Greg Chappell however had great faith in Dravid's captaincy implying that it was the destructive influence of seniors that prevented him from doing his job.

While Dravid had test series wins in West Indies and England he was also criticized for being too defensive as a captain.

Rahul Dravid as captain:
  • Did not enforce the follow-on in the Oval Test
  • Toss error allowed England to win the Mumbai test in 2006
  • Toss error in the Lord's game
  • England won ODIs 4-3
However Dravid continuing as captain was never in doubt despite some of the mixed results but there was always speculation that he couldn't quite marshal the team and didn't always enjoy their support.

Dravid's problems:
  • Zaheer said 'bowlers were not tired' in the Oval test contradicting him
  • Dravid pulled up Ganguly for dressing room leaks
  • Dravid pulled up players for 'torn' jeans and using I-pods
.The speculation will continue unless Dravid sets the record straight himself.

However in the eyes of former cricketers and fans he was always the right man for the job given his ability to lead from the front.

He had no hesitation in declaring in the Multan Test when Tendulkar was on 194 not out and he had no hesitation in declaring in the Sydney Test when he was himself on 91 not out.

And it was this public stature that got Gillette to pick him as part of their campaign of global ambassadors for the game along with Roger Federer and Thierry Henry.

No doubt he's still the best a man can get, just that Dravid thinks he's the best at batting rather than at captaincy.

Topics : Cricket Rahul Dravid
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