Will Rahul Dravid accept captaincy of Indian team again?
April 6, 2007 4:49am CST
There is a strong possibility that Rahul Dravid might not accept the captaincy if it was offered to him. "The Wall" apparently has been a bemused spectator at the "volley of words" flying back and forth between Greg Chappell and Sachin Tendulkar with possibly no-one deeming it fit to consult him. Neither the Chappell leaks nor Tendulkar's stance has been at the behest of Dravid nor was he taken into confidence. This when Dravid had made a personal request to all in the Indian dressing room to avoid the "blame-game" after the team had been annihilated by Sri Lanka on March 23. Dravid had then thanked everyone in the squad and requested them not to indulge in mud-slinging in public as he suspected, rightly so as borne by events, that accusations would fly thick and fast. Dravid will also have to consider if it would be right for him to accept captaincy if he doesn't have the support of key members of the squad. A senior board official has confirmed that there would be a concerted effort on Board's part to ensure that Dravid doesn't refuse captaincy if it was offered to him. Meanwhile a senior member of the Indian cricket team has denounced suggestions that Sachin Tendulkar accepted vice-captaincy in order to further his own personal ambitions. "Tendulkar accepted vice-captaincy because he wasn't quite happy with the tactical nuances of Dravid and Chappell during a game and wanted to have his input on those matters," said the senior member. According to this cricketer, Tendulkar was unhappy that he wasn't given to bowl against South Africa in their second innings in the Cape Town Test when the match was hanging in balance. Tendulkar apparently wanted to bowl but he was not encouraged by the team management of Dravid and Chappell. He was brought on very late and by then South Africa had more or less been assured of victory. Later home captain Graeme Smith was to say that things would have been different had Tendulkar bowled 15 or 20 overs. "That's the reason he accepted vice-captaincy. It wasn't as if he was keen to be captain of India," remarked the senior member. Apparently Tendulkar was also upset that he was asked to bat in the middle-order when 37 of his 41 hundreds had been scored as an opener. He could have also felt that Ian Chappell's recent attack on him, asking him to retire, had been at the behest of his younger brother Greg Chappell.