Monday, May 12, 2008

Dravid's job on the line?

It's been more than six months since Rahul Dravid gave up the Indian team captaincy but the man known as the wall is once again under the spotlight for his captaincy in the DLF IPL. In the last one week, he has had to justify the 18.6 crore rupees spent on his team's star players, he has lost a CEO who was seen as supportive and he has had to endure criticism of leading a Test team in a T20 competition. Yet, the Bangalore icon player chose to remain steadfast in the defence of his team.

Dravid, in his trademark stoic style has defended himself and his team, by saying that they are a great bunch of players; they just haven't managed to get the right combination yet. He said he has full faith in his team and that they would fight back.

He has seen his Bangalore Royal Challengers side completely go to pieces and with mounting pressure over the selection of players in the team, Dravid will need a special performance from his players today against a strong Kings XI Punjab outfit if they want to entertain any chances of advancing to the semifinal.

"We are not playing good cricket so people are obviously going to comment, there are other teams rated much higher than we were who are not doing well. I believe we have quality players and we will fight back," he said.

Any addition to the six losses that Bangalore have already suffered will mean that the Royal Challengers will leave themselves just too much to do to qualify for the last four.

Their opponents, the Kings XI Punjab might have lost to Chennai on Saturday. But exactly a week ago, they trounced the Royal Challengers by six wickets and they'll be confident of repeating the feat given their firepower at the top of their batting line up.