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Wives and girlfriends on tour don't affect player performance: Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid came to Virat Kohli's aid on Friday, dismissing the notion that the presence of wives or girlfriends on tour is a reason for poor performances.

cricket Updated: Sep 13, 2014 16:18 IST
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After the disastrous Test series against England, knives were out dissecting India's 3-1 defeat, which saw a rare failure from Virat Kohli.

Virat, who has established himself as the batting lynchpin of the India team, could manage only 134 runs in 10 innings during the five-Test tour.

As criticism grew, the batsman's failure was also linked to the presence of his girlfriend on the tour, which was approved by the BCCI.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid came to Virat's aid on Friday, dismissing the notion that the presence of wives or girlfriends on tour is a reason for poor performances.

"On a serious side, cricketers travel 11 months in a year, I think wives and girlfriends should be allowed to travel with players. You can't start blaming wives or girlfriends for performances, that's not done," said Dravid after delivering the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture.

"I am a married man, do you think I would have any other answer? If you don't allow wives or girlfriends on tour, I think that will be a bigger problem," said Dravid with a tinge of humour.

Too many ODIs

With three formats and franchise-based T20 tournaments leaving no breathing space in the calendar, Dravid also called for a reduction in the five-over format.

"ODI cricket without a context will struggle, you look at the Champions Trophy or you look at the World Cup, I think it (ODIs) is relevant. All other ODI cricket should be geared towards playing these two tournaments. Then you have Tests and T20," said the 41-year-old.

"Meaningless and too many ODIs can actually be a problem. People can play lesser ODIs (series) and play more tournaments," he added.

To improve the standard of domestic cricket, Dravid suggested the inclusion of foreign players in state sides.