Not many takers for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s rotation policy among former cricketers

New Delhi: The rotation policy of Team India has drawn a lot of flak from former players who think that resting players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will do no good to already sagging fortune of India Down Under. According to the experts, if India is to make a mark in the ongoing Tri-series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to rely on their top three batsmen who not very long ago had won India the World Cup.

According to the rotation policy Virender Sehwag was rested in the first match against Australia and Gautam Gambhir was rested for Wednesday's match against Sri Lanka and there is a speculation that Sachin Tendulkar may be rested for the next match on Sunday.

Dhoni too had defended the decision and had said in Perth that India could afford to do that in the first leg of the tournament. Virender Sehwag, too, had spoken in support of the policy in a press conference saying, “The break is good. You are playing Tests, then Twenty20s and now ODIs. The body can be fatigued and a mental break is also good. So top three can get a break and all the youngsters can play and they need to because they have just arrived. We want to give chance to youngsters. The next World Cup is here, all the youngsters this way can play and get used to the conditions here.”

But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar isn’t too amused with team management’s decision to rest senior players like Sachin Tendulkar.  "I think Sachin should be playing in all the matches. If you want to use rotation policy then it should be used to rotate and field all the players. I believe that Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag should play and may be one among Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina has to sit out," Gavaskar said.

Corroborating Gavaskar, former Pakistani all-rounder Wasim Akram also slammed the policy as a formula for self-destruction for a champion outfit that is already low on confidence. Chetan Chauhan, Gavaskar’s opening partner during the playing days, too said that he could not fathom the idea of rotating players in so important matches. “Especially with Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir I want them to continue because we have won World Cup in this order.”