India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Perth February 7, 2012

India will rotate openers - Sehwag

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Call it a lesson learned from the Test series or the importance of fielding in one-day cricket, but India are going to give their young batsmen a long run in the ODI series. That is an important call especially considering the return of Sachin Tendulkar to the ODI fold. In normal circumstances one of the youngsters would have had to make way for him, but now India are looking to rotate the openers - Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar.

It also explains why Sehwag didn't play the previous ODI, at the MCG. It also indicates that either Gambhir or Tendulkar will sit out if Sehwag is to play. "We are giving breaks to top three batsmen," Sehwag said. "Maybe tomorrow is somebody else's turn. Either Gautam or Tendulkar will take a break, and maybe I can play." Indications, though, are Sehwag will play, and Gambhir will rest.

Sehwag explained the thinking behind the concept of resting one of the top-order batsmen, and not one out or Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. "We want to give chances to the youngsters because the next World Cup is here [in Australia and New Zealand]," Sehwag said. "Make sure all the youngsters can play all the matches here, and get used to the conditions for the time they come to play for the next World Cup. It is good thinking.

"We have good youngsters. [What is] important is, they have to play more one-dayers so they have experience when the World Cup comes. That's our aim. When the World Cup is there, they should have played at least 75-100 ODIs, so they are ready for the World Cup."

It is worth noting that in the Test series India didn't change their batting line-up or the order despite continued failures. It showed a distinct lack of faith in Rohit Sharma's ability as a batsman. As of now, the ODI side is reacting differently although there are calls for rotating the youngsters too after their performance in the Melbourne ODI. Suresh Raina fell to the short ball again, and Rohit didn't look comfortable either. However, to act so hastily would be akin to having dropped Virat Kohli after the MCG Test, the demerits of which Kohli demonstrated in the rest of the series.

About his own break, Sehwag said he felt good for it. "Sometimes it is good. You are playing four Test matches and then Twenty20s and then you play in one-dayers" Sehwag said. "If you get a break, the body's fatigue, the mental fatigue, goes away. That break is good for the players. That's why we decided the top three batsmen can be given breaks. We can rotate Tendulkar, Gambhir, Sehwag. Then all the youngsters can play."

There is another set of thinking that has been harder to fathom, though. It is the use of two specialist spinners when the side already has two part-time spinners, and the selection of the spinning allrounder, Ravindra Jadeja, on top of that, ahead of the seaming allrounder, Irfan Pathan. Sehwag said there was no imbalance in the squad. "We are clear from day one we are going to play with two spinners if the wicket is dry, and Jadeja is an allrounder," Sehwag said. "[It looks] pretty good at the moment."

However, Sehwag said the side was not set on the strategy of playing two spinners by default. "Tomorrow we can see the wicket. Captain will see the wicket, and make the decision. Maybe Perth is different so we can play three or four fast bowlers here."

When asked why there was such a change in tactics, considering India often play three seamers even in the slower conditions at home, Sehwag said it was part of a plan. "It's captain, coach and team management strategy that we can play with two spinners, especially in Melbourne with big boundaries," Sehwag said. "The wicket was dry, the ball was, maybe, stopping and coming. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. In India it is difficult with spinners bowling in Powerplays. We played with two spinners [in India] too. Ashwin and Harbhajan played against Australia in [the World Cup] quarterfinals."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | February 8, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with ROHIT SHARMA. He just needs the chances to play than be bandied around. In the tour games before the test matches he stood out. Young players going in/out of team is not good - they will lose the confidence rather than gain. Gambhir seriousily needs to work on his weaknesses. In my opinion - all the seniors should play their last farewell games in India. Youth infusion is the need of the hour in fielding as well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Rotation policy to rest one of Sehwag/Sachin/Gambhir means we are always playing one opener short! Given our recent track record, we need at least 3 openers in the playing eleven :-)

    With just two openers, we will keep exposing our cotton-wool accustomed middle order to the shining Kookaburra ball

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    what this tendulkar is doing in the tean he should have retired long time back. this leech is denying place to youngers

  • POSTED BY vshan1314 on | February 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    "Stop crying at the legend and start admiring his desire to still play n win matches for india"

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    lol shame on tenducker. he should hav retired earlier itself(aftr 2011 WC) atleast frm ODIs

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | February 8, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @ j gupta: i wonder how jadeja can be kept out of 11. he is our best allrounder at present moment..

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    For Shayad: Do you want our Indian team to be completely vanished by ausis by your squad.What made you to think Kohli as a captain for INDIA. He is always a good batsman . May be Gambir would be the right choice.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Every sportsman has a day, and its about time for some to finally call it a day. India's bigger problem may be that its one of the best opener iin the world Sehwag is not performing. better luck.....

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 8, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I don't think Manoj tiwari is good. I think he is physically very strong, mental aspect i find him weak. But he should be given enough chances before we throw him out.

  • POSTED BY a1234s on | February 8, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This was an excellent chance to bring in new people. Send Sehwag or tendulkar and gautam back.. At least they dint call dravid back... So that is one step forward...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | February 8, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with ROHIT SHARMA. He just needs the chances to play than be bandied around. In the tour games before the test matches he stood out. Young players going in/out of team is not good - they will lose the confidence rather than gain. Gambhir seriousily needs to work on his weaknesses. In my opinion - all the seniors should play their last farewell games in India. Youth infusion is the need of the hour in fielding as well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Rotation policy to rest one of Sehwag/Sachin/Gambhir means we are always playing one opener short! Given our recent track record, we need at least 3 openers in the playing eleven :-)

    With just two openers, we will keep exposing our cotton-wool accustomed middle order to the shining Kookaburra ball

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    what this tendulkar is doing in the tean he should have retired long time back. this leech is denying place to youngers

  • POSTED BY vshan1314 on | February 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    "Stop crying at the legend and start admiring his desire to still play n win matches for india"

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    lol shame on tenducker. he should hav retired earlier itself(aftr 2011 WC) atleast frm ODIs

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | February 8, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @ j gupta: i wonder how jadeja can be kept out of 11. he is our best allrounder at present moment..

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    For Shayad: Do you want our Indian team to be completely vanished by ausis by your squad.What made you to think Kohli as a captain for INDIA. He is always a good batsman . May be Gambir would be the right choice.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Every sportsman has a day, and its about time for some to finally call it a day. India's bigger problem may be that its one of the best opener iin the world Sehwag is not performing. better luck.....

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 8, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    I don't think Manoj tiwari is good. I think he is physically very strong, mental aspect i find him weak. But he should be given enough chances before we throw him out.

  • POSTED BY a1234s on | February 8, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This was an excellent chance to bring in new people. Send Sehwag or tendulkar and gautam back.. At least they dint call dravid back... So that is one step forward...

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 8, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    sachin need century he won't rotate unless someone puts the pressure.

  • POSTED BY .vaka. on | February 8, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    this policy is good....but we want to see u more often

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    I find it funny that Sehwag is talking about his "time off". Time off from what? - not only has he barely spent time in the middle with the bat, his fielding more often than not involves falling over, misfielding, and letting a boundary rider gather the ball. I think the top order should stay unchanged, or Rahane shud be played.

  • POSTED BY uday_kiran_reddy on | February 8, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Best 11 now Sachin Gambhir Kohli Dhoni Sehwag Rohith Sharma Irfan Praveen Vinay Rahul Umesh

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Gambhir should play in this match and Sehwag should sit out. His 97 in the world cup final against Sri Lanka shows the talent he has against Sri Lankan bowlers. He is the reason we are one day champions. I know he is not in the greatest of forms but he should not be dropped in this match. He is a great player and has a lot of talent.

  • POSTED BY bombay4u on | February 8, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    What shevag is saying is that he is a garenteed spod between Tendulker, Gambhir and him, i would say, think again, neighter Shevag or Gambhir is garanteed to start, India could drop both of them and try someon else, why does he think he can play whenever he wants too. As far as giving chance to younsters, why do he says you need to play 100 matches to be in world 11 ? look at Wade and Lyons, they only played handfull of games and Wade was man of the match and looked better then all, why this mentality that you need to play so many games, if you are selected as youngster do you get 100 games before you have to perform ? what kind of message are you giving Shevag. I do not agree with two spinners with so many part time bowler, i belive they need to play one spinner , and then allrounder in that position. Team India get it right for once -god sake, do you want me to select the team for you ?

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | February 7, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    What is the point of the article. Let's see what this rotation/resting does in this ODI and forthcoming ODI of the series. If IND looses then resting/rotation policy will be criticized. Is there prediction about weather and pich condition?

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Lets bus drop Dhoni (what did he do anyway) instead of Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    @Jay Gupta I like your team, I would vote for you.

  • POSTED BY prabha_tc on | February 7, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    I agree with Jay Gupta........ his choice of team combination is good..... but instead of Yadav/Vinay..... we can go for Jadeja (all rounder) or ashwin?...... No need of 4 seamers in our team. Rahul sharma is very good.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    I dont see Tendulkar rotating. Sehwag and Gambhir will do the rotation unless Sachin gets injured.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    IRFAN IS BETTER THAN JADEJA .. JADEJA WAS PELTED FOR SIXES IN LAST MATCH AND CONCEDED 15 RUNS PER OVER ... THAT TORTOISE ASHWIN DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO BOWL

    IRFAN CAN PICK WICKETS UPFRONT WITH THE NEW BALL -- JADEJA CAN'T IRFAN CAN BOWL IN DEATH OVERS WITH HIS GOOD VARIATIONS-- JADEJA CAN'T YOU HAVE TO REALISE THIS MR. DHONI PLEASE PERSIST WITH RAHUL SHARMA AND PICK PRAVEEN ,VINAY , UMESH

    ZAHEER CAN PLAY IN PLACE OF UMESH IF HE IS 100% FIT

    BUT PLEASE DROP JADEJA AND ASHWIN

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    My team would be- 1.SEHWAG 2. SACHIN. 3. KOHLI. 4. DHONI (please bat at 4) 5. ROHIT 6. RAINA 7. IRFAN 8. RAHUL SHARMA ( legend in making) 9. PRAVEEN 10. VINAY 11. UMESH YADAV UNFIT ZAHEER SHOULD SIT OUT AND MAKE WAY FOR YADAV.. NOW THIS TEAM HAS 5 GENUINE BOWLERS .... DHONI U CAN ALSO PLAY MANOJ TIWARY IN PLACE OF YADAV AT 6 & RAINA AT 7

    GET RID OF JADEJA & ASHWIN QUICKLY

  • POSTED BY srisri on | February 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Dhoni for some reason won't include Pathan in the XI. I am a physicist, trying hard to understand his immense love for Sir Ravindra Jadeja. And of course, its no secret: one bouncer is enough to get rid off Gambhir and Raina.

  • POSTED BY npse on | February 7, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    If India wins any matches it would be just by chance or if other sides plays badly. Jadeja and Ashwin must be castigated for their shameless bowling in the previous match. Pathetic indian bowling and luck by chance captaincy are the key reasons for the decimation and humiliation of the Indian team. I dont see this changing in the near future and more embarssment is in store. Poor Irfan he will not get a single game as if he is playing with world class bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    I really feel so bad to watch team India playing cric.. Every one in the team dont deserve to be in the world champion team....

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Hi Flat There are over 1000 Million ppl in India. and I bet India will be the winners in the CB. Just wait and watch!

  • POSTED BY ccrriicc on | February 7, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    I think that Sehwag is a phenomenal player - no matter what - but here I think he is wrong - 3 spinners, 4 fast bowlers - that doesn't make sense. Three spinners? Then why was Rohit Sharma bowling? This Indian Think Tank is Thunk Tonk - there needs to be a sea change - ---On a slightly different yet connected note - rotating the openers is fine, - Gambhir, Sehwag and Tendulkar - with due respect to all these highly accomplished cricketers - please, please get a new face in the opener's slot - for now however, we must persist with ST, he must get that hundred - he may be your GOD but he is human - he deserves the milestone. As soon as that happens then experiment with the opening and the middle order, even rest Tendulkar, we know that he will not mind - by the way, why not rest Dhoni a couple of games and play one more youngster (preferably a batkeeper - do we have any? Don't do Mahi Mahi, please).

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | February 7, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Give all three "top" batsmen the break. Because they are now "bottom". Let us try some young blood, give them all a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    It's the right thing to do. Can't see Tendulkar playing till the next world cup and he is not consistent as he was.What India also need to do is identify a future captain from this bunch.

  • POSTED BY shayad on | February 7, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    1.P Patel(wk) 2.RG Sharma 3.V Kohli (c) 4.M Tiwary 5.I Pathan 6.R Jadeja 7.R Ashwin 8.P Kumar 9.R Vinaykumar 10.R Sharma 11.U Yadav

  • POSTED BY MitenD on | February 7, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Why is India so scared of an overhaul? They need to get the non performers out and test out new talent! There is always enough seniority in Indian cricket. We don't need guys who have played 400 ODIs! Someone with 150 ODIs under their belt is a senior too!

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Excellent plan. I have one suggestion - rotate Tendulkar out of this team. Why is he even playing in ODI? He won't be around for the next world cup - so why give a spot to a proven non-performer?

  • POSTED BY amitksingh on | February 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Ravindra jadeja is just an waste of player,, cant bat,,, cant bowl. lol allounder . he is only good for plying 10 over gully cricket u know y? cuz he cant even occasionally hit big hits that can go far to cross long boundaries in Australian grounds.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | February 7, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    75-100 ODIs! Should be no probs. BCCI will arrange 15 ODis each with England/ SL/ BD/ Canada/ Zimbabwe. All home series of course. Raina will again claim to have been 'practising' for the short ball. Of course, when the ball is really flying Raina will be nowhere to be seen. Dhoni is so confident of playing till 2015 he is already talking of the next WC. All these players are now talking like selectors, and the selectors are not talking at all. Looks like another sound thrashing is around the corner.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    can India first think of winning two consecutive games...why are they thinking of world cup now....raina made his debut in 2005 rohit in 2007,kohli ,tiwari in 2008...will India continue losing just to give these guys some more time to stabilize their place in the playing 11.

  • POSTED BY SalilN on | February 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    We need Yuvraj back.....The team India is missing his presence..Wish he gets well soon..Also as a youngster Kohli has good aggression, so he shd be selected as vice-captain!!!!

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | February 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Let Suresh Raina take the break,a permanent break from the Indian team.Shikhar Dhawan or Unmukt Chand should be given the oppurtunity to open in ODIs.Sehwag & Gambhir have not performed in any format,persisting with them seems to hurt India more than it helps.Sachin Tendulkar should not have returned to ODIs after the world cup,that was really his perfect oppurtunity to retire since he had nothing more to gain.Ravindra Jadeja is an almost allrounder,he isnt quite effective enough as a bowler or a batsmen to be an allrounder & Irfan Pathan is a lot more a bowler than an allrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Too many changes makes difficult for play. No security then it gives youngsters low in confidence. India need couple of wins in a row. Only wins can bring stability in the team. They need not rotate if India keep WINNING, they can play with winning team. "We loose and we rotate is meaningless." START WINNING, retain same team for the next match.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | February 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    LOL. After spending most of the tour showing R sharma how he is there only to make up numbers. Now they want to give him chances? Rotating batsmen was tried out by Steve Waugh in the same tournament, with disastrous results.

  • POSTED BY Reverse_Bat on | February 7, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Dhoni must be sacked!!!....it is very clear that he got issues with Irfan and Sreesanth.....I bet with all I have even my BEEMER 2011 (5 series)...India will never enter the final in this CB Series...PERIOD. Sri Lanka have better bowlers than us. Dhoni is embarassing 100 million people in India and 50 million India's abroad.

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    There is a saying in tamil that when a blacksmith comes across soft iron, he will jump while beating it. Sri Lanka might be that soft iron for india tomorrow. :0

  • POSTED BY Gdesai on | February 7, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Who is that youngster Sehwag is referring to here? Everybody has played atleast 70 matches already.. Although we want to experiment for the future, we should still try to win atleast a game now!

  • POSTED BY NSGD on | February 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    this is good thinking by the the management hopefully they will know that they need to play at-least 3 seamers in AUS. give million dollar baby(RJ) a break, give pathan a chance, and vinay kumar took wickets but were not promising wicket one would hope from a opening bowler.

  • POSTED BY Street_Hawk on | February 7, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    if this is about giving opportunities to the players, esp. the young ones to acclimatize themselves to the condition in Australia because the next WC is also there, why is Tendulkar still in the team? Is he going to play in the next WC? otherwise, he should not waste a spot to achieve his own personal goal (read 100th century)

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    y dey r resting openers...dnt dey want to win d series...?

  • POSTED BY Whip on | February 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    India ODI Team Gautam Gambhir (rotate w/ Sachin Tendulkar because he is adamant of playing) Ajinkya Rahane Virat Kohli Virender Sehwag Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni Irfan Pathan Ravindra Jadeja Praveen Kumar Vinay Kumar Rahul Sharma

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Challenge the Only 2 Double centurions in the history of the ODI, Tendulkar & Sehwag, to rep[roduce their magic with at least centuries in Australia. They were arguably the 2 best openers in ODI & it is time for these 2 to stand up & be counted.Your past is the best predicter of the future. So SRT & Viru please lead the way as you did in the past. The Youngsters need a role model who can light up the batting line up with Centuries. It is critical & only way for India to win. The team on paper is strong but has never shown up in batting right thru' this tour. As for the bowling India should focus on restricting the opposition to <200 runs so that they can be competitive. Dhoni has to be disciplined in sticking to his line up of specialist bowlers.ZAK, Vinay, Rahul sharma, Yadev + all rounder should be used effectively.The glut of off spinners need to be sorted out.Sehwag is now almost a regular off spinner to enable Ashwin being rested.Lot of variety in bowlers but need exploiting!

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I saw so many big talks from shewag.... he needs the captaincy (:D) ....lions should ignore these talks and concerntrate the game and win tommorrow.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | February 7, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    How about you take a longer break? May be like a permanent one?

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Why u guys need rest. Hardly u r playing 30-40 balls per match and this is not enough to tried someone. There is only one reason for losing match is u guys are not confident enough to play cricket. Take Ramdev Baba as team physio.

    Pls BCCI think abt this.

    Sudeepta Majhee, Cuttack, Odisha

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    winning is important than testing. so sewag, sachin and gambir should be played.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    top order should be fixed no more experiments please. take irfan instead of jadeja and sachin and sehwag thats it. they will definitly win for sure.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | February 7, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I would play Viru and Gauti as openers and drop Sachin to No. 4, and leave out either Raina or Jadeja. I don't see any point in rotating between your top three ODI batsmen.

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Do not give rest to Sachin please, let him make his 100th 100 and retire from cricket then. He should not waste time any more and give his place to youngster after completing the milestone. Enough is enough.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 7, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Why does Gambhir need to be rotated if he is suppose to play the next WC? What is the need of SRT in the squad? Are they still relying on past glories of Sachin playing well in Aus conditions as an excuse to let him play to cover up the fact that they all want Sachin to get his 100th 100. Seems like a team decision but if Sachin isn't rested in ANY of the upcoming matches, we all clearly will know for sure that everything revolves around him. I hope that I am wrong, and Sachin is rested for future player's sake. Please publish

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    sehwag and gambhir both should be dropped they should go play county cricket or something they have been out of form for a long time and tendulkar should retire

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 7, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    WHY IS MANOJ TIWARI NOT IN SQUAD ?HE IS BETTER PLAYER OF PULL SHOT THAN RAINA . DROP RAINA & GET MANOJ TIWARI .

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    indian selection howler!!!!!!!!trouble is with the indian board.... !!!

  • POSTED BY ElvisKing on | February 7, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    It is funny that Sehwag says they are going to be rotating top players and not the youngsters! Well if you are thinking of giving them a chance then let them play in this series, specially the opening slot player MK Tewari. But there is no indication to this effect. If Tewari is going to sit out the games and wait for someone to get injured or indisposed to get his chance will be frustrating, like it happened with Rohit. If I were the captain I would have given MK Tewari first preference over Gambhir in the 1st ODI , at the most he would have failed like Gambhir and there would not have been any difference to the team! The management needs drastic changes in their thinking, wake up !

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Irfan pathan is a good all-rounder than Ravindra jadeja.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Peoples who blaming don't forget sehwag's 219.....he is a game changer within 10 overs. So stop blaming sehwag. He is a gr8 of al except sachin.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | February 7, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    What nautanki rotation without Rahane as a constant opener???? Hypocrites!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | February 7, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    India bowling is too heavy on spinners and too light on seam bowling, India should play Zaheer, Praveen/ Irfan, Vinay/ Yadav, Rahul Sharma, Jadeja/Ashwin, then there is Raina, so India will have 3 seamers and 3 spinners.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | February 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    good decision to rotate the openers, specially given reckless shots Sehwag continues to play and terrible habit of Gambhir poking at new ball when slips are waiting.

  • POSTED BY melody86 on | February 7, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    a wise and well thought words by Sehwag. Indian future lies in the hands presents youngsters, so giving more chances is a wise move. i get a feel that giving chance to Irfan will be more useful, because he has experience in bowling in Australia earlier years. let us hope for the better result... hoping for the better play and a victory...

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | February 7, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    No Sehwag and Tendulkar please. Drop both and get Ajinkya with Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY ArivGovind on | February 7, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    So Mr.sehwag came to prove that there is no rift between him and dhoni, if it's true that's good sign for india, This is the perfect time for india to show his potential and character. Go India Go.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Shewag is still in denial as he has earlier during test series that nothing is wrong with the team. The selection of three spinners in the first ODI was wrong. It doesn't make sense to sit Pathan who can contribute with bat in the low order, specially when batting is struggling. With two allrounders, Jadeja and Pathan, India can have better options with resources. Ashwin is proving very average, specially with his poor fielding. Umesh Yadav is also a poor fielder. This needs to be taken in consideration when the final 11 players are selected.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    kohli should be made vice captain

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    It is good to play youngsters in the XI as long it does not disturb the team balance. If Raina, Rohit & Sehwag play, then Ashwin is redundant as an off spinner. Also seeing Raina's susceptability to pace bowling, I would rather play Tiwary, a much better batsman.India need to strike a balance in bowling using one of the 2 all-rounders. On a seamers' wicket, Pathan plays not Jadeja.Vinay is bowling better than Kumar. So on form Vinay plays.Yadev should be one of the seamers used in short shock spells of 3 or 4 overs. ZAK should use the new ball. Now for the other bowlers, Rahul should be one of the spinners because he takes wickets and is an ideal spinner on Aussie wkts. These are 4 bowling specialists +Sehwag +all rounder. Dhoni should stick to these & not get any other bowlers.Tendulkar & Sehwag open followed by Kohli, Rohit, Raina/Tiwary, Dhoni, Pathan/Jadeja +4 bowlers.Experimenting is fine as long as the team is balanced & strong.Dhoni needs to have a strategy & tactics.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | February 7, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    its so pity to hear that the world of cricket has to rely on such kind of tours to get used to any conditions, this is what makes the overseas tours harder for the visitors, specially subcontinent teams in England and Australia, and vice versa. To solve this problem all the boards should allow their domestic teams to travel overseas more often, that will make cricketing world more competitive and entertaining, and domination of home teams will not be frequent

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | February 7, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Will they give chance to Manoj Tiwari too? Who will they rest to accomodate him, yes Virat should be rested for him, Virat has played non stop on this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    is ravindra jadeja really an allrounder???

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Rotating openers means rotating your chance of winning! Indian team needs stability at top, so top three batsman must be fixed. Sachin,Sehwag & Gambhir these three must be at that spot.M S Dhoni & Duncan Fletcher both are missing tricks here, they must realize that if they do well in this Tri-Series, then people of India will forgive then whitewash in test series. By dropping Sehwag in first ODI they made a mistake & now they are playing with batting order. DISGUSTING!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Sachin can take rest as he will not play against srilanka

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 7, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Nothing wrong in trying youngsters but we need to perform better on these tracks if you are going to announce your arrival to this stage.. Better luck next time team.. Pep talk is fine.. Lets hope we show it in result..

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    what about top 3 bowlers? they wont get rest?

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    It seems ridiculous to say rested for Sehwag. Because dropped is more appropriate for him. He hardly played anything of significance in the series and he is feeling mental and physical fatigue. Team is losing almost every match and they want to give chance to youngsters by resting Sehwag. To whom they are fooling I don't know?

  • POSTED BY ArivGovind on | February 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    So Mr.sehwag came to prove that there is no rift between him and dhoni, if it's true that's good sign for india, This is the perfect time for india to show his potential and character. Go India Go.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    sehawag statement, a slap on story made by indian media"there are diffrences between dhoni and sehawag

  • POSTED BY trinadhyadav on | February 7, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    this is good sign for india young stars

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    why to rest gambhir ?? srt needs to retire forget abt resting !! enough of his services to the team .honestly its soo selfish of him to still play and blocking the spots for youngsters.even if sachin scores a century will it improve india's future ??

    why no talk of manoj tiwary playing ?? he is a great fielder even better than jadeja his addition to the team will bring another youngster into the mix and improves indian fielding

    ashwin though my fav is all over the place in odi's rahul sharma is a smart bowler than him and jadeja has worst record against aussies !! very pathetic bowling in last match and he is not a gud batsman he cant hit a boundary in large stadiums like mcg,lords etc he is gud only in small stadiums like kochi,bangalore etc.,

    warner and watson hitted jadeja for 6 consecutive 6's in 2010 t20 world cup and last match david hussey almost murdered jadeja !! like he did to ashwin in champs league.

    india need a gud finisher raina cant do it in away pitches

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Suchin i like you a lot as a batsmen if its in a nutshell your the most complete batsmen of our time may be the 3rd of all time after Sir Don And sir VIV But pls now retire coz why Asian legends want to retire like this you entertaind us for so long now it is time to keep that joy in our mind as who you were..now pls retire ...sake of your fans ...from srilanka

  • POSTED BY Don_Simon on | February 7, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Sehwag might call it 'ROTATING THE OPENERS' but fans should call it 'DO NOT HAVE THE GUTS DROP SRT TO EXPOSE THE YOUNGSTERS'. Seriously, what is the use of Sachin's playing this series. He wont be around for the next WC and ís denying the chance of a younger player to get experience in AUS conditions. I think he badly wants to score 100*100 in Australia.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 7, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    YOU SHOULD HAVE WORKED THIS STRATEGY IN TESTS WHERE BOTH OPENERS IN ALL MATCHES WERE BOWLED CHEAPLY.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    y can't he play as 3rd down, just think opening with goutham+ tendulkar and rohith sharman then sehwaq, i bet he can play old ball nicely also he is out of form with new ball,

  • POSTED BY syedmkr on | February 7, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    It is ok for the openers slot to rotate but for bowling unit, it must be minimum 3 seamers and a spinner alongside part-time spinners in Rohit, Raina, Sehwag and Sachin plus Kohli. So no need of spinning all-rounder in Jadeja, better suited on Aussie condition is Irfan Pathan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    It beats pure logic why Ravindra Jadeja, the anti all rounder (can't bat, ball or field) is given chances again and again ... First of all he is NOT an all-rounder, pity, he is not even a cricketer. Sheer dumb luck allowed him to get man of the match in a couple of matches here and there but in the long run, giving chances to a player like him will hurt the team. I do not recall him making a century or even a half century for the country, why is he considered an all rounder ?? What more proof do the selectors need ? He was thrashed for 49 runs in just 2.4 overs in the last match and could score only a 19.

    Why not give Irfan Pathan or Yusuf Pathan a chance, who have a far better record then the anti-all-rounder ??

  • POSTED BY ashish_gajjar on | February 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i am agree with team mangment decisions to rotate-sachin,sehwag and gambhir then we got proper chance proov them self but i wish msd also give chance to irfan my 1st 11 for tomorrow game-sehwag,sachin,virat,msd,rohit,raina,irfan,praveen/vinay,zak,umesh,rahul and dhoni move to up to oder

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    As if India had a good series so far in Aurstralia, Sehwag is saying that they experimenting rotating openers.. What the heck is this? Come on Sehwag, tell the truth that Sachin wants to play this series and someone have to sacrifice for this reason. Come on Sachin, finish your 100th century and give the way to youngsters.. Enough..

  • POSTED BY indiasupbangalore on | February 7, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    I have this strong sense that our one day think tank is much better than test think tank, do feel we need separate teams/specialists for tests and one days like England/Aussies, if we were take test cricket seriously, or bcci can be doing what it is doing now getting deeply immersed in ipl and the revenue.

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | February 7, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Excellent thinking!! I must say I was never expecting such a well thought plan coming from the India. KUDOS to the person who thought of this. Indian fans would love to see more of this type of thinking coming from India.

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | February 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    So at last after brutal hammering in Test series they come to know how to avoid at least ONE out of form "GREAT PLAYER" in a match.....my only problem is that in the same manner they have given chances to Rohit Sharma by rotating Sachin/Dravid/Laxman.....pls give chances to Manoj Tiwari as he is the man in super form....

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Play this team Mr Sehwag in case you entertain any thoughts of winning- Viru-Gambhir-Kohli-Tiwari-Rohit-Dhoni-Pathan-Ashwin-Praveen-Rahul-Yadav. This will be your first choice in Australia when the WC comes around with possibly Yuvraj coming in as Manoj Tewari as a back up. Raina is never dependable in such bouncy conditions. He needs to go back to the basics. Also, I feel India missed a trick by not trying some raw faces like B Aparajith, Unmukt Chant and a polished batsman like Pujara, who seems to have recovered from his injury

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | February 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Almost everybody is in same condition, the break can get them relax and perpare well

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  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | February 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Almost everybody is in same condition, the break can get them relax and perpare well

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Play this team Mr Sehwag in case you entertain any thoughts of winning- Viru-Gambhir-Kohli-Tiwari-Rohit-Dhoni-Pathan-Ashwin-Praveen-Rahul-Yadav. This will be your first choice in Australia when the WC comes around with possibly Yuvraj coming in as Manoj Tewari as a back up. Raina is never dependable in such bouncy conditions. He needs to go back to the basics. Also, I feel India missed a trick by not trying some raw faces like B Aparajith, Unmukt Chant and a polished batsman like Pujara, who seems to have recovered from his injury

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | February 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    So at last after brutal hammering in Test series they come to know how to avoid at least ONE out of form "GREAT PLAYER" in a match.....my only problem is that in the same manner they have given chances to Rohit Sharma by rotating Sachin/Dravid/Laxman.....pls give chances to Manoj Tiwari as he is the man in super form....

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | February 7, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Excellent thinking!! I must say I was never expecting such a well thought plan coming from the India. KUDOS to the person who thought of this. Indian fans would love to see more of this type of thinking coming from India.

  • POSTED BY indiasupbangalore on | February 7, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    I have this strong sense that our one day think tank is much better than test think tank, do feel we need separate teams/specialists for tests and one days like England/Aussies, if we were take test cricket seriously, or bcci can be doing what it is doing now getting deeply immersed in ipl and the revenue.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    As if India had a good series so far in Aurstralia, Sehwag is saying that they experimenting rotating openers.. What the heck is this? Come on Sehwag, tell the truth that Sachin wants to play this series and someone have to sacrifice for this reason. Come on Sachin, finish your 100th century and give the way to youngsters.. Enough..

  • POSTED BY ashish_gajjar on | February 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i am agree with team mangment decisions to rotate-sachin,sehwag and gambhir then we got proper chance proov them self but i wish msd also give chance to irfan my 1st 11 for tomorrow game-sehwag,sachin,virat,msd,rohit,raina,irfan,praveen/vinay,zak,umesh,rahul and dhoni move to up to oder

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    It beats pure logic why Ravindra Jadeja, the anti all rounder (can't bat, ball or field) is given chances again and again ... First of all he is NOT an all-rounder, pity, he is not even a cricketer. Sheer dumb luck allowed him to get man of the match in a couple of matches here and there but in the long run, giving chances to a player like him will hurt the team. I do not recall him making a century or even a half century for the country, why is he considered an all rounder ?? What more proof do the selectors need ? He was thrashed for 49 runs in just 2.4 overs in the last match and could score only a 19.

    Why not give Irfan Pathan or Yusuf Pathan a chance, who have a far better record then the anti-all-rounder ??

  • POSTED BY syedmkr on | February 7, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    It is ok for the openers slot to rotate but for bowling unit, it must be minimum 3 seamers and a spinner alongside part-time spinners in Rohit, Raina, Sehwag and Sachin plus Kohli. So no need of spinning all-rounder in Jadeja, better suited on Aussie condition is Irfan Pathan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    y can't he play as 3rd down, just think opening with goutham+ tendulkar and rohith sharman then sehwaq, i bet he can play old ball nicely also he is out of form with new ball,