Was it a harsh decision to drop Rahul Dravid? Since January 2006, his batting average has dropped below 30 just thrice in 17 series — against Australia and the West Indies. Gambhir (6 series), Sehwag (5) and Yuvraj (4) have fared worse. In this period, Dravid — 1742 runs at 36.29 and a fifty every third innings — seems to have done better.
We compare his numbers with those of India’s other leading batsmen in the period. The figures tell their own story. Let them judge whether Dravid deserved a better deal or not.