@ Holmes and MaddyDravid :
Dravid has been a class act all these years but the hard fact is that he is not growing any younger. We must accept this fact that there has been a little decline in his performance graph. Fall all 10 wickets, Dravid will be the one to remain not out, that’s the confidence we had in him. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said looking at Dravid’s current form. But that does not mean that Dravid’s career has come to an end. He still has lot to offer and the one who can rightly predict when Dravid should quit is Dravid himself. Players like Sachin, Dravid, Kumble are respected not only by Indians but opposition as well.That is because of their integrity and commitment to the game. So we can never question Dravid’s integrity. Whenever he feels that he has no more to offer to the Indian cricket, believe me, he will quit by himself. He would never hold on to his place just to grab a spot which otherwise should go to any youngster.
Coming to Dravid-Pujara debate, I am of strong opinion that Pujara is the right person to grab number 3 spot whenever Dravid quits.
Holmes somewhere above mentioned that Pujara sent ahead of Dravid in Bangalore Test was a matter of concern. I would prefer to call it a strategy. There was not a wicket to fall during the first session during the first three days of Bangalore test. It was easier to score runs when the ball was new and tough. For someone making his debut, you would not want him to come at number 5 in the fourth innings and on top of that, have a target to win as well. That would have been asking too much from the young lad. So the best option was to send him at number 3 if the opening wicket falls early. Practically it was a moment when Pujara would have had least pressure on him because of assurance that Sachin, Dravid , Raina and Dhoni are yet to bat, even if he falls early.