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Mar 05, 2012 at 08:26pm IST

Gambhir need not feel left out: Dravid

Mumbai: Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Monday asked Gautam Gambhir not to feel left out of the squad as his Delhi mate Virat Kohli is appointed as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's deputy for the Asia Cup.

Although Dravid felt that Kohli had been rewarded for his splendid display in Australia, he said that the former India under-19 captain still had some way to go to establish himself and go a step further.

"He (Kohli) has had a great tour of Australia. He has done incredibly well in Tests and in the ODIs....the selectors have given him a bit of reward," said Dravid.

Gambhir need not feel left out: Dravid

Dravid also feels that Kohli has been rewarded for his splendid display in Australia.

"Having said that, Virat is the first to recognise that he has got to establish himself to go another step further. I think we know from the past that by just being the vice-captain you are not going to be the next captain.

"It's a good recognition for his form, I feel people like Gautam shouldn't feel left out from the team. But at the moment Dhoni is doing a good job, so you don't need to look anywhere else," Dravid further added at a function to unveil Rajasthan Royals' team jersey ahead of the IPL V.

Dravid, who will lead the Royals in the upcoming edition of the IPL, felt that having shared the dressing room recently with Sachin Tendulkar (in the Test rubber in Australia), he can vouch that the champion batsman was not solely focused on getting his 100th international ton.

"Having shared the dressing room with Sachin, I don't think Sachin himself is thinking about it (scoring the 100th century). Every time a batsman wants to go out and score a century to help the team to win. It (the 100th ton) will happen," Dravid said.

About his own decision to accept captaincy of the Royals outfit after the departure of Shane Warne, Dravid said he had put in one year's stint with the Jaipur franchise, and had come to know his teammates, owners; it was an easy decision to make.

"It's a totally different scenario (from the international level) - it's a combination of domestic and international players and I am looking forward to it. I really enjoyed my year in Rajasthan Royals and we have a good bunch of players, so from that point of view it was an easy decision when it was put forward to me."

Dravid had stepped down from the national captaincy in September 2007, saying he was not enjoying the job anymore.

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