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Dravid urges Gambhir not to feel left out

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Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 11:06 [IST]
 
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Gambhir shouldn't feel left out: Dravid

Mumbai, Mar 6: Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, feels Gautam Gambhir not to feel left out of the squad, after Delhi lad Virat Kohli was appointed as vice-captain for the Asia Cup by the selectors.

Dravid further added that Kohli's performance Down Under was impressive and he has been rewarded with the new role though he felt the youngster needs to establish himself.

Gambhir was the vice-captain of the Indian team and has now been ignored by the selectors for that role.

"He (Kohli) has had a great tour of Australia. He has done incredibly well in Tests and in the ODIs. The selectors have given him a bit of reward," said Dravid.

"Having said that, Virat is the first to recognise that he has got to establish himself to go another step further. I think we know from the past that by just being the vice-captain you are not going to be the next captain.

"It's a good recognition for his form, I feel people like Gautam shouldn't feel left out from the team. But at the moment Dhoni is doing a good job, so you don't need to look anywhere else," Dravid said at a function to unveil Rajasthan Royals' team jersey ahead of IPL 5.

Termed as Mr Consistent, Draivd also tried his hand at captaincy but his stint as captain wasn't quite successful as he stepped down from the national captaincy in September 2007, saying he was not enjoying the job anymore.

Dravid, with over 24,000 runs in International cricket, with 48 tons, has said Rajasthan Royals' team is a blend of youth and experience, has a good bunch of players, who can easily get into the top four.

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