In the wake of Team India’s humiliating defeat in the first Test, several sections have urged the BCCI to send batting legend Rahul Dravid to Australia to help the batsmen. India suffered a humiliating collapse in the Adelaide Test as Australia thrashed them by eight wickets to take the lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
India’s bowlers had put them on top by bowling out Australia for a modest 191 in the first innings and giving the team a handy lead of 53 runs. However, the batsmen failed to make the most of the opportunity as Australia bowled out India for a paltry 36, their lowest ever score in Tests. India’s previous lowest score in Tests was 42 they had scored against England way back in 1974.
Following the defeat, there have been calls to send Dravid to Australia and help the Indian batsmen. Former India skipper and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has led the calls as he suggested the BCCI to seek help from Dravid and save the Indian team from further embarrassment. Vengsarkar, in an interview to Times of India, said that Dravid’s presence in the nets will be a huge boost to the men in blue.
“The BCCI must rush Dravid to Australia to help the team. No one can guide the batsmen better on how to play the moving ball in those conditions. His presence will be a huge boost to the Indian team in the nets. In any case, the NCA has been shut due to Covid for the past nine months, leaving him with little to do,” Vengsarkar said.
Will Rahul Dravid be sent to Australia?:
Set to be elected as the new Vice-President of the BCCI, Rajeev Shukla has announced that ‘nobody will be flown to Australia, thus ruling out any possibility of seeing Rahul Dravid with the Indian team for the remainder of the series. The former IPL chairman also stated that the BCCI top brass has been ‘concerned’ by the recent performance.
“We are not happy, it was not a good score and we are really concerned. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are concerned about it and both are working on some plans through which the performance can be improved. They will obviously be in touch with team management. I am quite optimistic and hopeful that in the next Test match we will definitely do better,” Shukla told ANI.
“Nobody will be flown to Australia, our performance in the first innings against the hosts was good, we even took the lead but in the second innings we collapsed, it happens sometimes, after that all the corrective measures have been taken and I think our players are capable of improving the performance and they will definitely look at the wicket conditions in Melbourne and accordingly a composition of the squad will be worked up,” he added.