Edgbaston (Birmingham): Three youngsters in India's one-day squad would be looking at veteran Rahul Dravid's inclusion with little amusement and enormous anxiety, come next month.

One in Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma ought to lose his place in the forthcoming one-day series against England due to Dravid's inclusion in the squad for the limited overs series starting August 31 with a one-off Twenty20 match.

The world's oldest international cricketer -- Dravid is older to the likes of Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman -- has been summoned to bail the team out within three months of claiming the biggest one-day trophy.

Raina has critics on his back after his unconvincing, ungainly style against rising deliveries, particularly in the Trent Bridge Test.

At best, he has only an innings or two left in the series to regain his team's confidence.

In the shifting sands of international cricket, he would be the first one to admit he can't take his one-day place as guaranteed.

It is a critical moment in the career of a spunky young cricketer whose contribution in India's World Cup campaign was second to none and who has shown remarkable physical resistance after being on the road almost non-stop for the last year or so.

Virat Kohli's trial can come earlier than the day of the first one-dayer on September 3. His Test baptism in the Caribbean showed the first cracks in his assured persona.

He could secure no better than an average of 15 in three Tests but his bodywork of 59 one-dayers, 2153 runs at 43.94 with five centuries is solid enough to mark him as an automatic starter.

Whether he bats at his customary number three position or somewhere else now that Dravid is back though is another issue to ponder.

Rohit Sharma was not a part of India's World Cup campaign but he made the most befitting of replies in the Caribbean where he was man of the series for his 257 runs and a stunning average of 128.50.

More than his figures, it was his authoritative style which made coach Duncan Fletcher say more than once that he "was a quality player."

It would be unfair if Sharma is overlooked as, on paper, Dravid is a direct swap to injured Yuvraj Singh. But those who saw Sharma in the Caribbean were actually disappointed he didn't make the cut to the Test squad for the England tour.

To think he could now sit out of the one-day XI from the outset would be difficult to explain, more so since he is a handy bowler and can also keep wickets.

The other option of course is to keep Dravid out of the one-day playing eleven. In the world of Indian cricket, nothing could be discounted but it appears a remote possibility.

Dravid's final one-day hurray would have an emotional outpouring in the cricketing world and it would be difficult for any team management to go against the grain.

Dravid's subsequent announcement to retire was a reflection he wasn't prepared to be India's backup boy anymore.

He is no longer prepared his credentials as India's finest one-day batsman must go unrecognised even though his strike-rate is no inferior to Sourav Ganguly, viewed by everyone as an explosive and immensely successful ODI batsman.

Or that he once scored 50 off 22 balls against New Zealand.

Or that he is considered good to play ODIs only in England and nowhere else.

On a positive note, whoever two of the three young men are chosen for the ODI playing eleven, it would be an education for them to watch the batting legend in action at the other end.

The future belongs to them but for the present, they must seek out the guidance from the past.

(Agencies)