Have always been an avid admirer of Rahul Dravid and mainly because of his professionalism both on and off the field.
Lots have been said and written about Dravid’s dropping from the team. But something that stands out is the way he’s handled it. Not a word to the press and when queried it was more of “have been talking to you for 2 years. Now I want to spend some time with friends”.
And the mark of a professional is there to be seen. He’s back in the Karnataka team working his way into the team. No tantrums, no screams of injustice or about being treated badly. He surely has shown his class the way he’s handled things on being dropped.
As for the dropping, when players like Tendulkar have gone for months without scoring well, and always popping up discussions of retirements, and still have been automatic choices, why did it take just 4 ODIs to decide to drop Dravid?
IMHO, dropping Dravid in a way is good. It would definitely give him sometime on his own to regroup and come up as a much improved player. Also, it will help the team realize the weight of his contributions and presence in the lineup. His body language in the series was far from normal and he seemed a man dogged by worries, whatever they might be. Let’s face it, he can’t be kept out for too long. Even the selectors know it. It might just be a much needed break for Dravid to regroup and come back stronger.