Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rahul Dravid: Ricky Ponting is still the best

Posted by Admin On 10:14 AM

Rahul Dravid has come out in support of Ricky Ponting, insisting the Indian team fears resurgence from the under pressure batsman in the upcoming Test series, starting on December 26.I think he is still a great player. His show in the couple of Test matches that he played against us in India that he is still - I'd say he is still - the best Australian batsman,Dravid was quoted.

Dravid's assessment came close on the heels of former players Ian Chappell and Geoff Lawson's observations that Ponting should call it quits now. The 37-year-old Tasmanian has not scored a century for the last 32 innings straddling almost two years.

The former Australian skipper's most successful series in recent times was against India in October last year, when he scored 224 runs at 56 in a two-Test series. While scoff at proposal that Ponting is too old to recall his peak form at Test level, Dravid said.

I hoped he would score runs in the next Test and then take a bit of a break against us.The 38-year-old Dravid has scored 1067 runs this year with five centuries.

Chappell had on Tuesday admitted that the Ponting is presently under pressure to find his feet in Test cricket and theoretical that the time has come for him to bid goodbye. Lawson had said that if Ponting doesn't withdraw, the selectors need to make the tough decision.

He's been out of form now for a pair of years. The average is down 35% in the last two years; that's a big drop.The earlier selection group couldn't make tough decisions. We know they were very poor and very poor at creation tough decisions. You can't play forever it's just about that time.

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