Home > News >

India needed ICC Champions Trophy 2013 win after IPL spot-fixing scandal: Rahul Dravid

India needed ICC Champions Trophy 2013 win after IPL spot-fixing scandal: Rahul Dravid

India remained unbeaten in the ICC Champions Trohpy 2013 tournament © Getty Images

Mumbai: Jun 27, 2013

Former skipper Rahul Dravid on Thursday hailed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team’s triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy and said this was a much-needed shot in the arm for Indian cricket in the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

“I think we needed a good positive story. We needed some cheer in our cricket. We needed some happiness in our cricket. There is no doubt about that. I think it’s great that we had lot of positive stories to write about in these two or three weeks,” Dravid said.

“As an Indian fan, it was a heartening tournament to watch for me personally, just to see how well the team played but also from a point of view that it was a great story for Indian cricket at a time like this,” Dravid told reporters at a Gillette event.

The Indian team enjoyed an unbeaten run at the eight-team ICC event and capped its brilliant performance by lifting the trophy for the first time outright by beating hosts England by five runs in a truncated final at Birmingham last Sunday.

The team had departed to England in the wake of a spot-fixing and betting scandal in IPL that resulted in the arrest of three players from Rajasthan Royals, a team led by Dravid in the T20 league, as well as Chennai Super Kings team principal and son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, throwing Indian cricket into deep turmoil.

The 40-year-old former batting mainstay further hailed the selectors for their bold decision to induct young legs in the team but did not rule out the possibility of axed seniors like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh from making a comeback.

“I think hats off to the selectors in this particular Champions Trophy. They have been brave and they made some calls in which they could have been criticised. But it has worked out for them. When they do those things, you need to give them credit.

“I think credit to the team, Dhoni and his boys for playing one of the finest overseas tournament I have seen, any Indian team play in a long long time,” he said.

Dravid added, “I think it has been a fantastic tournament for India. They have played exceptional cricket. By far, they were the dominating team in the competition. Dhoni has done a great job with the team.

“As well as I thought, all the youngsters who have got the opportunity have looked up to their potential in this tournament. It is really exciting times for Indian cricket.”

Asked if the victorious bunch was the team for the future, Dravid said the youngsters need to capitalise on the start they have got.

“We would like to believe that (this is the team for the future). But as you know in cricket, you have to keep performing all the time. As fans of the game and as fans of Indian cricket, we can hope that these guys go on and establish themselves and build on the start that they have got,” he said.

The ‘Wall’ also said the seniors who were dropped from the side could make a comeback but said it would be difficult for them as those who were picked in their place had performed well.

“There is never an end for anybody. I have been around cricket long enough to know things can change very quickly.

And all the players who missed out are class players. You can never say when they perform and when they come back. Never say never for anybody.

“Obviously the guys are performing and it has become difficult. There is still some lot of quality and class in people who were left out. They may bounce back as well,” he said.

Dravid also said he will play in the Champions League T20 tournament.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Sourav Ganguly: Hope India-Pakistan cricket starts soon

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 Match 3: Cape Cobras’ likely XI

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Herbert Chang: The Jamaican of Chinese origin who wasted his life in South Africa

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) in CLT20 2014 – Highlights

Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 CSK vs KKR Hobart Hurricanes Kings XI Punjab Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes KKR vs CSK Kolkata Knight Riders Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Pakistan West Indies

Gautam Gambhir lauds Andre Russell’s power-hitting skills

Saeed Ajmal’s mental strength would be tested in this phase, feels Muttiah Muralitharan

Sachin Tendulkar helps Virat Kohli iron out wrinkles outside off-stump

Yorkshire support Andrew Gale in the light of racism allegations

CLT20 2014: George Bailey promises better show

Sourav Ganguly: Hope India-Pakistan cricket starts soon

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 Match 3: Cape Cobras’ likely XI

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Herbert Chang: The Jamaican of Chinese origin who wasted his life in South Africa

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) in CLT20 2014 – Highlights

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

636 Posts | 8 Fans

Video highlights: Ander Russell 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014

Scotland votes against independence: BBC forecast

Motorola Moto 360 gets listed on Flipkart

Parineeti Chopra: When I get ready, I expect people to see what I am wearing and comment on it!

Rupee up 10 paise against dollar in early trade

Deepika Padukone gives her last word on the ‘cleavage controversy’; doesn’t want it to get more ‘undeserved headlines’

Weight Loss Tip #56: Consume lentils to lose weight

Bill Gates praised Modi government, speaking about health structure in India

Is Facebook Messenger app tracking your privacy?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here