Dravid knows that Tendulkar will break out of his batting slump
Former India batsman Rahul Dravid believes that the national team need veteran Sachin Tendulkar to start firing on all cylinders now more than ever, especially since they were humiliated in front of their home fans by suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of England.
Tendulkar only had one bright moment throughout the entire four-Test series, which came in the first innings of the third Test at Kolkata where the ‘Little Master’ made a brilliant 76.
However, for many cricket pundits, one good innings throughout an entire four-Test series is just not good enough and there have been mounting calls for Tendulkar to consider announcing his retirement from international cricket, but Dravid has backed the ‘Little Master’ to regain his form.
Compared to his performance against New Zealand, Dravid noted that Tendulkar looked more comfortable at the crease and his strokeplay tended to be much more precise and fluent.
“I thought he was a little scratchy and looked a little under-prepared against New Zealand,” Dravid said. “Here, I know it seems strange to say after he’s had three failures, but he’s actually looking quite good.
“He’s played a couple of straight drives, he’s played a couple of shots that when I was playing with him, you knew he was playing well if he was playing those shots.”
Dravid also admitted that Tendulkar had been a little unlucky throughout the Test series against England.
“He’ll be disappointed with the shot he played to get out in Ahmedabad on a relatively flatter wicket, and then to see other people score runs,” Dravid added. “Here, he was a bit unlucky: the first ball that really spun on the first morning was the one that got him. Until then there weren’t too many balls spinning. And then he played for the spin in the second innings and the ball straightened on a track on which every ball was spinning.
“India need him now more than ever. It’s going to be very important for senior players to stand up and who better than Sachin to do that.”
The former India batsman also believes that India learnt a very important lesson during the second Test at Mumbai, which was that they don’t need three specialist spinners in the side since the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha are more than capable of doing some serious damage with the ball.
“I think that’s a blessing in disguise from India’s point of view,” Dravid said. “They might have to work harder for the wins but it’ll also give their batsmen a chance to be able to put up big scores, and to be able to show they are good players of spin.”
Dravid also conceded that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had not used his spinners well, which was a key reason as to why they lost the series.
“”He’s going to have to re-look at his combination, simply because it’s going to be difficult to manage three spinners and especially having Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag in the side who can also bowl spin,” Dravid added. “The combination they had in Ahmedabad was the best one, where they had two seamers and two spinners.”