India look to 2007 when planning their future

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The summer of 2007. A young Kanye West was riding high in the charts and foot and mouth was sweeping the nation. In cricket, an India team featuring Rahul Dravid and RP Singh was touring England and enjoying a certain amount of success.

Harking back to those halcyon days, India’s selectors have called up RP Singh to replace Zaheer Khan, while 38-year-old Rahul Dravid has been recalled to the one-day side. Dravid hadn’t bothered to tell anyone that he didn’t want to play one-dayers any more, because he presumed he was never going to get picked again. He will therefore retire from that form of the game at the end of the series, having dutifully played out the embarrassing misunderstanding.

After India’s five-match one-day series in England, they almost immediately host England for a five-match one-day series. We too would quite like to do a Dravid and retire from cricket halfway through.


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  1. “The summer of 2007. A young Kanye West was riding high in the charts and foot and mouth was sweeping the nation.”

    I remember it well. The government set up road blocks in many areas where everyone was obliged to disinfect their ears.

  2. Hope by the end of it they won’t be looking to 1971 and Gavaskar sitting in the commentary box.

  3. I never imagined I would see an American rapper’s name on this website. I don’t know how to feel about this.

  4. It’s an awful comparison. In 2007 I was at Trent Bridge watching England struggle to 169 for 7 on Day 1. Fast forward to Day 1 of the 2011 Trent Bridge test – at seven down England were nowhere near 169.

  5. How much longer does Dalrymple have to wait before he can play for Kenya? I’d love to see him in their side, he’d lower the average age considerably 🙁

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