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Since 1st March, 1999
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The Engineer theory

Mumbai: The debate over who should keep wickets for India in one-dayers continues and former India stumper Farokh Engineer has entered the ring, saying Rahul Dravid should be the man.

Engineer said Dravid did a good job with the big gloves in the World Cup and should continue doing so till India find a wicketkeeper who can also contribute with the bat.

“There is no doubt that Parthiv Patel, the No. 1 wicketkeeper in Tests, is a fine prospect and looks very competent behind the stumps. But to accommodate an additional batsman or a bowler in one-dayers, Dravid has to continue keeping wickets for the sake of the team,” he said.

“Parthiv will be very successful infuture and has a very flexible body with fine movement, though he is still to adjust to one-day cricket. In ODIs, a wicketkeeper has to bat like a top-order batsman, stroking the ball hard and not slice the ball like Parthiv does,” Engineer said. (PTI)

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