Northampton, Aug 6: With eye-brows among the cricketing fraternity heading north over Rahul Dravid's recall for the upcoming ODI series against England, the Wall has been wiping the sweat of his own tortured brow. Even as he enters the twilight of his career as a Test batsman, the Indian ODI scene has beckoned him for one last hurray. After all, he has made his bones in both the longer and shorter form of the game, crossing a career aggregate of 10,000 runs in each.
And as he exudes a long and illustrious history against England, who better to turn to for some reliable run-security at the top of the Indian order. Indeed, on the pacy strips of Old Blighty, Dravid has arguably been India's top gun. From his visits in the period stretching from 1996 to 2007, one can observe that he has scored over 1,000 ODI runs at a healthy average of 50.63 and an astounding strike rate of 81.1 (far above his mean of 71 -odd)!
Indeed, it has been a rosy few tours for Dravid in the island's international limited overs scenario. There is something about this neck of the woods that evokes the very best in the right-hander. And now not surprisingly, with India weighing under the burden of wishy-washy batsmanship, the Indian selectors are inclined on playing one of the oldest trump cards.
But for a man hat thrives on striking long partnerips, one will have to wait and see whether he can revive his chemistry with stalwarts such as Sachin Tendulkar apart from consolidating with the newer batsman on offer like Rohit Sharma. All yees will be on Dravid's strokemaking which he will have to readapt to in order to make a last impression in the one-day game.