Give Dravid time to settle: Tendulkar

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Melbourne: Indian batting genius Sachin Tendulkar has asked critics to wait until the end of the four-Test series against Australia before making a final call on whether the decision to use Rahul Dravid as a makeshift opener is a success or not.

The usually dependable Dravid, who normally bats at No.3, was promoted to open the innings for the first 3 mobile Test in Melbourne alongside Wasim Jaffer after the touring party left Virender Sehwag on the sidelines.

Although it's not a totally foreign role for the 34-year-old - he has opened in eight of his previous 115 Tests but averages considerably less in that position than his career average of 55.97 - Dravid never looked comfortable at the top of the order.

Infact, it took him 41 deliveries just to get off the mark before he eventually fell lbw to Stuart Clark for five.

Tendulkar, however, believes now is not the time to be passing judgement on his former skipper, who made two centuries as an opener during India's tour of Pakistan last year.


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