CHENNAI // The former India captain Rahul Dravid has nothing to prove to his critics and says he is just glad to be back in the one-day side. Dravid has been recalled for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka, which also includes New Zealand, and the Champions Trophy in South Africa. The 36-year-old batsman's last one-day appearance was in October 2007 before selectors dropped him to blood a more youthful side with an eye on the 2011 World Cup.
"I have never played my cricket that way, wanting to prove a point," Dravid told the Deccan Herald newspaper today. "To me, it's about trying your best to be the best you can be, day after day, in whichever format you are playing and for whichever team you are playing." Dravid is only the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to score over 10,000 runs in Test and one-day cricket. A young Indian batting unit struggled against short-pitched bowling at the Twenty20 World Cup in England in June, forcing Indian selectors to go back to Dravid in the one-day format with explosive Virender Sehwag injured.
"It's nice to be back, I am very happy," Dravid said. The tri-series in Sri Lanka will be held from September 8-14, while the Champions Trophy runs from September 22-October 5. * Reuters