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Shastri slams Dravid's captaincy

September 24, 2006 18:54 IST

India skipper Rahul Dravid has come under flak from former all-rounder Ravi Shastri, who says it is time he asserts himself and calls the shots instead of coach Greg Chappell.

"It's time Dravid exerted himself and told Chappell that in future he will call the shots," Shastri said in the wake of India's debacle in the tri-series in Malaysia.

"A coach must only help the captain but the final decision must rest with Dravid. He should decide who should bat at No 3 and not the coach," he was quoted as saying by the Gulf News on Sunday.

The cricketer-turned-commentator said Dravid should be allowed to field an eleven of his choice.

"Dravid should stand up and say that he is the boss and that he controls matters once he crosses the boundary line. He should get an eleven of his choice," he said.

Shastri also slammed Chappell's experiments with the batting order of Virender Sehwag and Dravid, which, he believes, put paid to India's chances in the tri-series.

"It's time Chappell stopped his experiments with the team. I cannot understand how he could send Virender Sehwag at No 4. I will always prefer Sehwag as an opener. If he gets going even three out of ten times, it would bring victory to the team," he said.

He said Chappell's decision to make Dravid open was shocking.

"To ask Dravid, known as the world's finest middle order batsmen, to open the innings, is a big blunder. One must have a solid batsman like Dravid coming in at No 4."

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I think if player has potential then he can bat any where, there should not be any cemented place, this will make the player to ...

Posted by Sanjeev

Sub: It is nothing wriong with shastri's comments...

it was a blunder to send dravid as an opener and sehwag as a middle order batsman.on what basis he was put dravid and sehwag ...

Posted by koti

Sub: Remove Sehwag

We don't want a player who plays after 20 match. We want a batsman who can play atleast 4 out of 10.

Posted by Fundu_Man

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It is easy for people like Shastri to blame the captain and coach. There were strategic errors made by Dravid and Greg Chappell in the ...

Posted by Govind

Sub: Nothing wrong with Shastri's Statement

The time at which Shastri opined about captaincy is fair enough. We just look great under Chappel but actual results are not there. And Dravid ...

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