By Syed Khalid Mahmood
I think Dravid will help the Indian cause much better on the bouncy pitches of South Africa where any youngster, no matter how capable, would have struggled playing their first time.
The Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, had paid rich tribute to Dravid whose innings of 191 played a pivotal role in guiding the hosts to a convincing victory over New Zealand in the third and final Test at Nagpur.
India could have got away with it even if Dravid was not there in the home series against New Zealand but they would need his genius on that demanding tour of South Africa where the ball is more likely to fly rather than stay low.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are two exceptionally talented opening batsmen who can score briskly on all kind of surfaces. Their skills and temperament will be tested by the South African speed merchants with the new ball.
He has played in South Africa quite a few times and now it’s the time for him to come good again. Another successful series could extend his career by at least a couple of more years.