Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 15, 2012

Dhoni sticks by openers' rotation policy

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MS Dhoni has defended the rotation policy between the three senior India openers in the triangular series, which may suggest that Gautam Gambhir might be rested for the next game despite consecutive scores in the 90s from him. After India tied their fourth match of the tournament, against Sri Lanka, Dhoni was asked if it made a lot of sense resting a batsman who had hit form. Dhoni's argument remained that the youngsters should keep getting more chances.

"What we want is, all the players should be fit by the time we come into the finals," Dhoni said. "All of them should be scoring runs by that time. It's a good exposure. Rohit [Sharma] is a very talented guy. Manoj Tiwary is on the bench. He scored in the last series that he played, so we are giving ample chances to them because these are players who, for sure, will come back to Australia once we play the next World Cup. There is no surety that some of us who are playing [will return], Sachin [Tendulkar] or Viru [Virender Sehwag] or even Gautam, all of us are 30-plus, and it's big out-fields out here. So it's about giving the youngsters a fair exposure as to how difficult it is or how easy it is, or how different it is to play here."

How difficult is it to rest a batsman who has scored 92 and 91 in his previous two outings? "As I said, what's important is to get everybody going," Dhoni said. "What may also happen is the guy who is playing all the games may get injured by the finals, and you will find someone coming in his place who has not played many games and not scored runs.

"It's a long tournament. It's four games against each opposition before the finals. The first series that I played was three games against Bangladesh, so this is equivalent to three series and then the finals. It's a very demanding tournament, in the sense that the out-fields are very big, the batsmen put pressure on you, you can get injured at any time. If you are looking to save that one run and you are in a bad position to throw, you may get injured. We want all the guys to be fit, and at the same time for the youngsters to get exposure by the start of the finals… if we reach the finals."

Moreover, Dhoni said, India could afford to experiment a bit now that they have had a decent start to the tournament, winning two and tying one of their first four matches. "The interest of the team comes first," he said. "This is the time when we can really look to do that [experiment], because if were in a bad shape by the end of the fourth game, it would have been fair to say we wouldn't really be in a position to give that chance to the other players. And we would have had to be careful.

"Now we are in a position where we can do that. It's good to see Gautam scoring runs. We want to see Viru get runs and Sachin also to get runs so that the best XI comes and plays the finals."

Dhoni was full of praise for Gambhir. "It [his coming into form] is really good because once he gets going he comes out with a big score, and he looks to play more than 35 to 40 overs, it allows the other batsmen to come in and play a bit freely. Of course the difficulty is, we have been chasing so you can't always express yourself.

"It's good to have someone like Gautam in the side. Plays the spinners really well, and he runs well between the wickets well. It gives the team a chance to come back just in case a couple of batsmen make mistakes in the middle of the innings, because you have someone who is on one side going through with his innings."

After the previous game against Australia, though, which India won in the 50th over, Gambhir had said that India should have finished it off around the 48th over. It was Dhoni who had delayed the final assault, cutting it too tight before finishing it off in typical style. At the toss of the next game, against Sri Lanka, Dhoni said that if a batsman scores about 50 he should make sure he finishes the game off. Dhoni was asked if everything was fine between him and Gambhir.

"There is nothing [uneasy between us]," Dhoni said. "It's different when you are playing in the middle. If you see his innings today, he also found it difficult to rotate the strike consistently, and once you are in that situation it is very difficult to play a big shot. You can easily play big shots, but the difference is it always has to pay off. If it doesn't, what do you say?

"So I am never in a hurry to finish it in the 48th over or 47th over. Even if it goes to the 49th or 50th over, I am quite happy. [Since I bat down the order] I don't have the luxury of batsmen behind me. If I go in to bat, I like to finish the job. It's different with different people. Some people like to finish the game early, take a bit more risk in the middle and finish off the game, but I have a different perspective about it.

"It's a very individual thing. There's nothing wrong. If you ask Viru pa [Sehwag], he would have said 'why not 25 overs?'"

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • SachisKing on February 18, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Rotation policy should be for all from Sachin down to Manoj Tiwary. Rotation is good provided it is fair. Veru and Sachin still have a lot to offer and you still need them. They are still very much an opposition's nightmare when they get going and they will get going. It's a matter of time. Sachin played well in every game but got out. He stroked the ball very well. Veru too got out to poor shot selection. Gautam is is usual best. These are still assets we need to preserve while we train the next generation. So take it easy fellows, be patient. No politics in cricket - MS Dhoni, we will loose it all. It's happened before. Take care

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    first of all its called a rotation policy, for all you folks out there who are after dhoni for dropping gambir, just cause a player performs, two games, you dn't kill the policy. and he is playing this game because sehwag is injured. zaheer is making a comback, i dont think Iirfan pathan should be rested, and he shud be there along with vinay kumar. he produces a bat in the linup as well. its time to rest raina, and give manoj tiwari a chance. although i am a big fan of umesh yadav, i dont think they will play him in place of zaheer.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 18, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Agree with @RK.Chandru...just look at the numbers of Jadeja, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Sehawag, Tendulkar, and PK. They don't deserve another chance. Please play Pathan instead of Jadeja, Yadav in place of PK, Parthiv Patel in place of Sehwag/Tendulkar, Manoj Tiwary in place of Sharma/Raina.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    kick out rohit useless sharma and bring in manoj tiwary .enough of saying rohit has the talent !! whts the use of talent when he gifts his wcket with a rash shot ?? whats the use of a talent when it cant win the matches for india ?? only against westindies wow !! manoj tiwary is benched for too long we need to giv him chances and how long rohit wants to play till he gains experience ?? we have ample number of options like rahane,tiwary etc but still sticking on to an non performer like rohit a complete waste of place in the team .rohit never had an fight and intent for his spot he just has lazyness with him he shd learn frm kohli and rohit and even jadeja who atleast have a pride to play for the country i dont see tht in rohit .

    he only luks promising on paper but useless on field

  • cricindian123 on February 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Stop the rotation policy nd doin experiment with two big teams aussies nd srilnaka.....play with best 11 players....WC is far long...and rotation should b given to non performing players...nd not for Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,and Zaheer..If its for youngsters, they should compete with seniors and make their position in the team ..lik Kohli....he z now n team bcs f his talent...Why always Sharma ???even he z not performing well...Why not givng chance for Irfan Pathan??????He z proven all rounder and third seemer is need in australin pitches than spinners...

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @wjkalana In the test we did not have many young players.First look at your team If all of our players start performing simultaneouslythen we can easily get to 400

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 18, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @Naresh28 : Because there are some talented players like Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, Badrinath who didn't have the luxury of 74 ODI games to show their worth

  • Naresh28 on February 17, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Why talk about dropping ROHIT SHARMA? He is the most talented youngster I have seen in the Indian team. He just needs to hit one hundred and then he will show everyone. To me Raina, Kohli, Gambhir, Rohit and Jadeja - are good ODI players. Sachin and Shewag have given us enough and should retire in games in INDIA. While we look at our batting it is the BOWLING that needs the most attention.

  • lordrudraksh on February 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    not playing gambhir in the odi against australia on sunday.It is suicidal.Take out the only batsmen in form. Instead take out an out of form batsmen.Also why is manoj tiwari not being played.He got a hundred in his last odi.

  • on February 17, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Today's match (17-02-2012) Sri Lanka included Mahroof and Mathews, Perera, and also Nuwan Kulasekhara; all are medium fast bowler all rounder's that was succeeded in this match. Australia has Watson and Christian too. India has only one person Irfan Pathan (If he include), like that players can utilize Australian pitches. India includes only pure bowler or batsman. Why selectors not think about medium fast all rounders. Then include in place of Zaheer or Umesh Yadav. Against Sri Lanka crucial time Irfan hit one six. Otherwise the result was different. Sri Lanka's and Australia's target is next world cup. What about India?????????

  • SachisKing on February 18, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Rotation policy should be for all from Sachin down to Manoj Tiwary. Rotation is good provided it is fair. Veru and Sachin still have a lot to offer and you still need them. They are still very much an opposition's nightmare when they get going and they will get going. It's a matter of time. Sachin played well in every game but got out. He stroked the ball very well. Veru too got out to poor shot selection. Gautam is is usual best. These are still assets we need to preserve while we train the next generation. So take it easy fellows, be patient. No politics in cricket - MS Dhoni, we will loose it all. It's happened before. Take care

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    first of all its called a rotation policy, for all you folks out there who are after dhoni for dropping gambir, just cause a player performs, two games, you dn't kill the policy. and he is playing this game because sehwag is injured. zaheer is making a comback, i dont think Iirfan pathan should be rested, and he shud be there along with vinay kumar. he produces a bat in the linup as well. its time to rest raina, and give manoj tiwari a chance. although i am a big fan of umesh yadav, i dont think they will play him in place of zaheer.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 18, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Agree with @RK.Chandru...just look at the numbers of Jadeja, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Sehawag, Tendulkar, and PK. They don't deserve another chance. Please play Pathan instead of Jadeja, Yadav in place of PK, Parthiv Patel in place of Sehwag/Tendulkar, Manoj Tiwary in place of Sharma/Raina.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    kick out rohit useless sharma and bring in manoj tiwary .enough of saying rohit has the talent !! whts the use of talent when he gifts his wcket with a rash shot ?? whats the use of a talent when it cant win the matches for india ?? only against westindies wow !! manoj tiwary is benched for too long we need to giv him chances and how long rohit wants to play till he gains experience ?? we have ample number of options like rahane,tiwary etc but still sticking on to an non performer like rohit a complete waste of place in the team .rohit never had an fight and intent for his spot he just has lazyness with him he shd learn frm kohli and rohit and even jadeja who atleast have a pride to play for the country i dont see tht in rohit .

    he only luks promising on paper but useless on field

  • cricindian123 on February 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Stop the rotation policy nd doin experiment with two big teams aussies nd srilnaka.....play with best 11 players....WC is far long...and rotation should b given to non performing players...nd not for Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,and Zaheer..If its for youngsters, they should compete with seniors and make their position in the team ..lik Kohli....he z now n team bcs f his talent...Why always Sharma ???even he z not performing well...Why not givng chance for Irfan Pathan??????He z proven all rounder and third seemer is need in australin pitches than spinners...

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @wjkalana In the test we did not have many young players.First look at your team If all of our players start performing simultaneouslythen we can easily get to 400

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 18, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @Naresh28 : Because there are some talented players like Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, Badrinath who didn't have the luxury of 74 ODI games to show their worth

  • Naresh28 on February 17, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Why talk about dropping ROHIT SHARMA? He is the most talented youngster I have seen in the Indian team. He just needs to hit one hundred and then he will show everyone. To me Raina, Kohli, Gambhir, Rohit and Jadeja - are good ODI players. Sachin and Shewag have given us enough and should retire in games in INDIA. While we look at our batting it is the BOWLING that needs the most attention.

  • lordrudraksh on February 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    not playing gambhir in the odi against australia on sunday.It is suicidal.Take out the only batsmen in form. Instead take out an out of form batsmen.Also why is manoj tiwari not being played.He got a hundred in his last odi.

  • on February 17, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Today's match (17-02-2012) Sri Lanka included Mahroof and Mathews, Perera, and also Nuwan Kulasekhara; all are medium fast bowler all rounder's that was succeeded in this match. Australia has Watson and Christian too. India has only one person Irfan Pathan (If he include), like that players can utilize Australian pitches. India includes only pure bowler or batsman. Why selectors not think about medium fast all rounders. Then include in place of Zaheer or Umesh Yadav. Against Sri Lanka crucial time Irfan hit one six. Otherwise the result was different. Sri Lanka's and Australia's target is next world cup. What about India?????????

  • RK.Chandru on February 17, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Waste Fellows in this team whose poor performance is covered up under some better performance of others : 1. Ravi Jadeja : 58 runsfrom 4 matches at an average of 19 and 1 wkt @ 190 runs with an economy of 6 R.P.O 2. S.K. Raina : 74 runs @ 18.5 3. R.G. Sharma : 79 runs from 4 matches @ 19 runs average 4. V. Sehwag : 30 from 2 @ 15 5. SRT : 65 from 3 @ 21.6 6. Praveen Kumar : No wickets yet

    Why are we still playing these people in spite of their repeated failures? Haven't we learnt any lesson from the test matches? What are we doing with the Tiwary's, Rahanes and Pathans? Wake up selectors and the team management! Dump and discard the non performers please....

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    indian team will soon be called CSK-india team.. these 4 guys are permanent even if they dont perform..

  • coverdrive86 on February 17, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I'm thinking that maybe Sachin should rest instead of rotating the top three. He is really out of sorts at the moment and at his age he would be required to rest more frequently to prolong his career. I don't think we should be worried about him making his 100th century. He is one of two batmens in this era that stood above all else and he will make that 100 sooner or later but he is really close to retirement and the selectors should use him alot wiser than they currently are. Sehwag haven't did much I know but this is why you must have persons knocking on the door to grasp any oppurtunity they get to shine. India has these guys in Rohit, Suresh, Rahane and Kholi, but barring kholi, I don't think these guys is putting enough pressure on the current batch of ageing players. To push guys like Sehwag on the edge of the selection seat, the replacement should at least show a measure of consistency of which I don't think any of the current replacements is doing a good job.

  • Sagay-Ed on February 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @wjkalana Just keep dreaming...

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    i dont understnd why dhoni sticking to jadeja alway and he is given the most chances.instead he need to give more chances to pathan,who is better than him as a allrounder.

  • wjkalana on February 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Hello my fellow Indian friends thats how you win against australia not a last over win , won by 8 wickets with 101 balls to spare, It took 9 innings (4tests and 1T20) for indians to beat Australia and sri lanka just did it in 2nd match. Thats why wevsay indians are flat track bullies. so get ready to get hammered in rest of the tournament. India gonna loose all the games from here on. Pack u r bags and get ready to go home.

  • crazycricketlover20-20 on February 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    INDIA'S 4 and 5 th Position must be stabilized.We need JADEJA and PATHAN also.

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    i dont know but please tell me atleast you think that jadeja is a batter cricketer than irfan pathan???to me its ok playing two spinning allrrounders in subcontinent but why playing them on bouncy pitches together and here except jadeja and ashwin ,i m not calling raina and rohit as a spinning allrounder as they can easily roll their arms too, i seriously thinks that dhoni got a issue with pathan brothers,1st wen yusuf got failed in few one dayers,he gave statement that player from ipl shud not be picked directly beforehand they perform well in domestic circuit....to me yusuf/irfan and dinda deserves a place in side and more than the batsman ,its bowler who need to get the benefits of rotation policies...umesh is the guy shud be rested more and we shud pick up more seamers for abroad so that can rotate them easily(god knows where bcci is spending money,bng the richest baord in the world)

  • cricbee on February 17, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Its quite appalling for the selective memory of some people here while comparing Rohit and Manoj tiwary. They just brush out Rohit's performances in a highly pressure situation calling it as against a weak team and in India. At the same time they say Manoj should be replaced who has only one century against the same weak team enjoying the luxury of 1st batting.

  • mrgupta on February 17, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    All is well that ends well. If India goes on to Win this series then everyone here would be praising Dhoni for his rotation policy else he will be heavily criticized. I feel more games to Sharma and Raina won't do them any good as Raina is good only in the subcontinent and Sharma hasn't done anything even after 60+ matches so far. Manoj Tiwari, Pathan and Saha deserve chances in next few matches. It was good to see Pathan coming back in Indian team and performing decently. I think given his big hitting he should bat before Jadeja.

  • karthik_raja on February 17, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    There r many questioning abt SRT's place in this XI, since (they themselves decide that) he wont play in next WC.. So, u all mean to say that a player should retire only on the day of a WC final.. Any player who retires in the 4 year period between WCs will b called selfish.?? Ridiculous thinking I would say.. I want to remind every1 that there was similar thought that he wont b playing 2011 WC.. Guess wt happened..?? He was one among the top scorers in that WC..

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    The guys asking why not rotation policy in test series : Why can't you consider the rotation policy as a lesson learnt from the test series? Now, we can atleast have the players getting most games in these conditions and prove themselves rather than waiting for seniors to retire and make way.. However, i do agree we need to find a place for Tiwary.. His last score was over 100 and is now in bench.. I would love to see Tiwary play in place of Rohit next couple of matches.. Raina is a different case actually.. His game is different from everyone and i wish the team is sensible to use his game to best.. Dhoni should come in earlier to allow Raina to bat in batting powerplay.. Raina can be a real enforcer during end of innings..

  • Satv007 on February 17, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    I like captain cool's statement about gambir - " good player of spin :)" makes me laugh. I could understand that everyone needs publicity from what gambir has quoted. To Gambir - not everyone could captain the side...you did not do any justice in the test series...now you are dictating terms to the captain after scoring two nineties...come on...please be matured...

  • Satv007 on February 17, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    MSD is right regarding rotation. When a captain has a plan TI must allow him to implement it. Team is producing good results in the tournament so why spoil that. Manoj tiwary is very talented, let him get his due.

  • on February 17, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Ashok Dinda deserves a place in the team, he should be in place of Vinay/Praveen

  • on February 17, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Ashok Dinda deserves a place in the team, he should be in place of Vinay/Praveen

  • srinideva on February 17, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    many of you critizing the attitude of dhoni and raina`s place in the team... i will tell you something. Raina is senior player for rohit and virat. he used to play 3rd and 4th position in his early career. now he went to 5th or 6th position to provide a place for those young players. raina played very well in 3rd position. now he came to bat when the team needed some quick runs and he doing that and he capable of that. he has the maturity to paly down the order. and the same to dhoni, he can play very well and score a many ...centuries in this format of the game. but he gave the first preference to the team that some one need to be down the order who can finish the game. and he chose the raina nad himself to bat down the order. and the same he did to yuvraj. just respect what he doing in the mddle and selection. he can1`t satisfy everyone ..remember that.. My man pls publish CI

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 17, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Why is Sachin in this series if he isn't going to play next world cup? Ridiculous!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 17, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Best rotation policy - rotate SRT and Viru out of this team! Both are pathetic fielders and are a shadow of their former selves as batsmen. These days even Parthiv Patel, who might score once in 4 innings, is a better batsmen than these two. I am sure he can field better than these 2.

  • only_sehwag on February 17, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Some people are criticizing Rohit - this is not right..after all how matches one-dayers has he played ? only 60-65 ..he should be be given more chances, maybe another 200...then he will come good...

  • on February 16, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I agree with this ROTATION POLICY but i insist and am sure that lot of people will agree with me that this ROTATION POLICY should be limited between SEHWAG and SACHIN. GAUTAM GAMBHIR should hold permanent place as OPENER and his performance in CB series speak itself. Please go thru the last 4 match scores of this three indian openers. GAMBHIR 188 RUNS (3 ODI) SACHIN 65 RUNS (3 ODI) SEHWAG 30 RUNS (2 ODI)

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 16, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    There's no need for rotation - drop Sachin and Viru all together. They are a liability in the field, and they are a liability with the bat. Please invest in the future and give chance to a youngster like Manoj. Maybe Virat can open with Gauti.

  • Rohanbandekar on February 16, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    I just cant understand people criticizing Dhoni for taking the last two games till the last over. Atleast he didnt give up by throwing his wicket away.Also playing in the middle with all that pressure and no regular batsman to follow, I admire the man in MSD.

  • on February 16, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    According to him the seniors may or may not be there during the world cup and thats the reason this rotation policy is used so that youngsters can get used to Australian conditions. But what about the Keeper? He dint allow anyone to even peek into that position so far. What will happen if he is not playing in the World cup. If he is really using rotation policy for that reason then he should groom a wicket keeper as well. Rest yourself Mr.MSD and allow the reserve keeper to play.

  • Romenevans on February 16, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    It is a good policy, because it will help us to slowly and steadily kick sehwag out of the team , who has been nothing but a liability on the team. Good job Dhoni and after sehwag its time to do that to all the other oldies in Tests as well.

  • on February 16, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    We need Rotation policy 4 CAPTAINSHIP.....Please replace Dhoni.....

  • on February 16, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Rotation policy should apply to all players, why only restricting to openers? Opening slot is the very important position, you people making fun of it by rotating players. Instead drop jadeja and rohit, stop this stupid concept of rotation policy. World cup will be played in 2015, why you want to give other players use this tournament as practice match and experiment with playing XI, there is no common sense prevails. No one is guaranteed to play in world cup which is three years away, even dhoni could get axed, many players might not even find a place in next year, then why looking for future, just try to win each match by playing best XI all time. I wont agree with gambhir commenting this is the best playing XI, how could you say a team without sachin is best XI, this is totally unacceptable. Look at your form in test, you should have been dropped instead putting more pressure on sachin by calling this team as best XI.

  • on February 16, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    when u follow d rotation policy...thn y nt u rotate raina, dhoni n jadeja?..n there iz no place 4 jadeja in this team..IRFAN PATHAN must come at no. 7 instat of jadeja...!!!!!!

  • on February 16, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Rohit sharma and sehwag should be rested permanently while sachin and tiwary should play continously.in this way sachin will get the chance to hit his hundredth ton while tiwary will get the exposure.

  • on February 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    I dont understand why the indian team is going with this rotation policy.Why cant they just stick with their world cup winning 1,2 and 3 sehwag sachin and gambhir when all three are fit and raring to go.With the rotation policy there is always an in onsistency in this indian batting line up.let they be the top 3 with virat kohli at 4,rohit aharma at 5 dhoni at 6 and pathan instead of jadeja at 7.

  • indianzen on February 16, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Dhoni you beauty... good thinking.. but rather than sehwag, I would try Manoj tiwary and sachin combination...

  • pan_vtm76 on February 16, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Some protest against retirement of Sachin, as if the wohl world will stop playing and watching cricket. Mastro's desire to play cricket is good for him but does no good for construction of team. cricket is not formel 1. In formel 1 whether Schumacher drives or not, he does not block the chances of others. But in Cricket Sachin does block.

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Tell me any new player in Indian cricket in past few years who has had his last 6 innings as 27,21,21,10,33,15 and still manage to be in the team ? Rohit is the next in a long series of Bombay players who get preferential treatment. And there is a player who has scored a century in last match and hasnt got a chance yet in this series ( MTiwari ). Is there any justice in Indian cricket ?

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Rotation policy is good. But have to rotate Rohit/Raina as well & give chance to Tiwary who is a very promising player. At No.7 Pathan has to play ahead of Jadeja. Jadeja is good for playing in India only.

  • Texmex on February 16, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Rotation is great. They should have done it in Tests with big 3. for last 2 years

  • npse on February 16, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Dhoni is speaking rubbish. Why not the rotation policy also apply to the bowlers? The 2 million dollar man, the way he is bowling, no one buy him even from a reject shop.

    Dhoni its not about you but the Indian team, you cannot stretch a game till 50 overs if it can be won in few overs less.

  • on February 16, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    With the help of rotation plan dhoni is making sure that all the chennai players gets good chance of batting practice before IPL by playing all the games.. raina and jadeja should be the sitting out for rohit and manoj tiwary...

  • coppyshoppy on February 16, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    As per golden days of Dhoni if a match becomes tie, the the cup willbe for dhoni. Eg: 20-20 world cup IPL CL World cup

  • on February 16, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Dear dhoni, why dont you take some rest, so that we can finish the matches in 47-48 overs rather than making them ties or 50th over win ?

  • thinktank1 on February 16, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Sachin is blocking an youngster.. He has achieved everything. He should retire on high.

  • HateIPL on February 16, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    I dont understand why you all want Sachin to be fired from International cricket. I bet cricket will take a huge dip in veiwership in India once sachin, majority of us who are commenting in this thread would have stared watching cricket because of Sachin,all we knew was Sachin, initially.Removing Sachin will bring no great changes in the team. When a man is watched by an entire nation for his 100th hundred and who is always under the scanner of critics, there will be high pressure.Sachin is an icon beyond cricketing standards,let him play his game until he wants to. Who are we to push a man out of the team, who made the game of cricket so irresistably watchable??

  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 16, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I think this rotation policy is good, if we use more appropriately. The rotation policy should not be limited to only opening pair but for all players including Dhoni. Because keeping for 50 overs and again batting is not an easy task. So Dhoni needs rest as well. Talking about Sachin's 100th century is useless because making is not at all a big deal for the batsman who has scored 99 centuries. It is useless pressure. I forget about it just enjoying his batting.

    Siva

  • on February 16, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    But rotation applies for younger players as well. For next game,if zaheer back into the team, we can replace raina with tiwary and jadeja with pathan... but no change in the openers....

  • amit0806 on February 16, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    i dont understand why rotation is needed... what is jadeja doing in the team....he is a good fielder no doubt but that work he can do as a 12th man also....with the type of batting being done by kohli, raina, rohit, sachin and sehwag it is necessary that india have the extra batsman. dhoni is making large cries about the world cup... probably he has forgotten that right now he needs to win the CB series first...with all due respect to the last two innings by dhoni

  • VAS4 on February 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Looks like no one wants Sehwag, and rightly so. Time for him to have a break. I totally agree with the rotation policy. But disagree with resting Gambhir for the coming games. I pray to God that Tendulkar score his century and retire asap. I hope Team India uses the rotation policy in the middle order too. Raina to rest in the next game to make way to Manoj. Also rotate the bowlers. Irfan pathan should get more chances. Gabba pitch wont suit Sehwag or Raina.

    Disagree with Dhoni's comments on Gambhir's inability to rotate strike. I don't understand what he means. GAmbhir scored majority of his runs in singles.

    I am extremely thankful to Dhoni for the two worldcups he brought us and I will never say a word against him or Gambhir as long as I am alive. Good luck Team India!

  • on February 16, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    What is next dhoni rotation Policy ?

    I Think Suresh Raina & rohit sharma giving more chance but he is not performing well every game So both batsman give rest next two match & give the chance Manoj Tiwari & Sachin Tendulkar playing Xi

    but Dhoni not doing the same becuase Raina his IPL Team Member Chennai Super King that's reason he is not change postion Raina.

  • on February 16, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    I have no issues with this rotation policy unless its done with the batting maestro Sachin Ramesh tendulkar. He had done a lot better in the last CB series, and Rotating his spot just to give chances to the young guns cannot be accepted. What Sehwag has done to the team in this Aussie tour? You can say confidently, Nothing!

  • msaurav on February 16, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    I think gambhir should play and rotation should be made between sachin and sehwag.And tiwari should come in place of rohit and raina.Tiwari can also do a bit of part time leg spin which adds variety to the spin attack.And also a good fielder.

  • on February 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Sandyn88 - I am not a massive Dhoni fan but He is indeed the owner as he is the captain who needs to think of these thinks. His job is to make India try and win the tournament. As far as he / I am concerned Tendulkar can sit on 99 hundreds for the rest of his life.

  • on February 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Saw a comment ^^that sachin is of no use.Totally inagree ,(( as we've started hearing this even since he was caught with tennis elbow))..but see how he still goes on ..Another thing , doesn't rotation imply giving a fare opportunity for Tiwary,Irfan to play more ??? I guess ,itz a rite decision made by dhoni to rest Zak to give way to Irfan ,and they can even think of resting Jadeja to open up a place for either Tiwary or Rahul...Itz great to see Irfan bowling like he's done before ,but he should elevated in the batting order to regroom his batting skills, Isn't it important , since he's the only genuine fast bowling all rounder India have !

  • Bruisers on February 16, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    @Imrazf - "Tendulkar is of no use now" What a ridiculous comment.. Looks like you haven't been watching any cricket lately.

  • importfan on February 16, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Just enjoy the game people, winning or losing does not matter! Its how we play the game and i must say with pride, the Indians have kept the game a gentlemans game whether we win or lose....

  • vak1997 on February 16, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    gambhir should play the next game as he is the one player in the indian top order who is in-form. either raina or rohit will have to make way for playing sehwag, ganbhir and tendulkar..

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on February 16, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Ya, talking about Rohit Sharma, Yes he has got few good innings around his belt recently. His scores post World cup are 68*,7*,86*,39,57,0*,72,90*,95,27,21,21,10,33,15. Looks ok? Check the opposition on hif good performances, it was Westindies, a history, currently struggling to live up to the test status. He failed in all other mathes he played against England, Srilanka and Australia. If we need some who can score against weak bowling attack, my first pick would be Dinesh Mongia. That proves a point?

  • yusuf97 on February 16, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    just go on a tour to any weak country or invite them give sachin a chance to bat let him make hi century and then drop him.. atleast he can make a century against kenya or canada and get his 100th 100.

  • ooper_cut on February 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Why do we need to prepare for the WC which is years away and lose all the matches leading to that ? I don't understand why only one tournament could be the only reason for putting together a team ? Understood, when Gary was there, India was down and we needed a goal to lift ourselves up and that was accomplished. Now get on with it. Play the BEST XI even if you have to get Gavaskar Thatha in.

  • Sandyn88 on February 16, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    I think it is time someone tells Dhoni that he is not the 'owner' of the team. he is showing his arrogance in different ways now. resting just the top 3 and no one else in the middle order? that doesn't make sense does it? Especially when 1 guy scores 2 90s in a row and the other is sitting on 99 centuries looking for some form of continuity. in my opinion Dhoni is fast becoming the Indian version of Chappel...it is just my opinion so constructive criticism only please.

  • on February 16, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    MS Dhoni your rotation policy between the three senior India openers in the triangular series it's working right know but if India in final and your openers will not click then is very difficult to handle to pressure of final for middle order batsmen. I think Sachin Tendulkar play in the middle of the inning and Gautam Gambhir & Virender Sehwag will play as much as he could.

  • Imrazf on February 16, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Tendulakar is of no use now. Should be dropped from all formats n youngsters should be given a chance

  • raama153 on February 16, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    When I read through the comments posted by many guys, I feel many write rubbish for the sake of writing.. Am a fan of Indian cricket team, even if they lose, or win, i watch a complete match hoping till last ball something happens... Rotation policy is something which I feel is a best thing to give all a chance.. and he wise enough to rotate the seniors so that the youngsters gets going in this pitch.. same way, bowlers should also be rotated.. Rest Vinay, Ashwin(both proved their fitness & ability so far). And there should be a rotation for the youngsters as well.. btwn Kholi, Rohit, Raina, Tiwary.. so they can experiment different type of 11's actually.. and pls for gods sake dont tell to drop any one.. I fell one of the best squad which India have now.. in all departments, we've experience and youngsters.. and am sure until the seniors feel tired, they don't need to retire and server for the nation.. All is well!!

  • shrastogi on February 16, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Three senior players rotation was important as they were short of runs in test series and if they had failed collectively it would have put tremendous pressure on middle and lower order where even Dhoni had struggled in tests though Dhoni is a different player with white ball. World Cup in 2015 is important but the immediate target is to do well in this series hence first ensure qualification to final. Thus when Gambhir has come into form persist with him and rotate Sehwag and Tendulkar. I'm not against backing young players in middle order but at somepoint in time even Manoj Tiwari should get a look in - perhaps when India has made sure of finals - It is for team management to decide.

  • usre27 on February 16, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    The rotation system looks good and why don't Sachin can be rested for the whole series and play him in the upcoming home series. Its look like he is loosing his own game. Also i donot understand the way the selection is done, if if you are really trying with some youngsters bring some one new who shines in the local matches..the importance given to Rohit is still mystery. Players struggling for the bouncing pitches is also not understandable since we are playing for a long period of time...

  • on February 16, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    india team should be 1.kohli 2.gambir 3.irfan pathan 4.rohit sharma 5.manoj tiwari 6. m.s dhoni 7.jadeja/ 8. ashwin 9.zaheer 10.vinay kumar 11.umesh yadav THIS IN MY OPNION IS OUR STRONGEST TEAM, AND KOHLI OPENING IS NOT AN ISSUE, BECAUSE SEHWAG THROWS AWAY HIS WICKET EARLY, SO KOHLI IS TRAINED TO PLAY THE NEW BALL, IRFAN HAS BATTED WELL AT 3 BEFORE.

  • vinayespn on February 16, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    MSD gives a lot of freedom to youngsters to express themselves in their own way without any restriction.. he shows lot of faith and belief in his team.. its high time for Rainas, Jadejas and Sharmas to take a leaf out of his book and look to finish the games without taking any undue risks in the middle overs.. @Pranothi Biswas : hope all your senses are working well.. saurav is doing gr8 in the commentary box.. let him be there.. saurav himself wud laugh to your idea!!

  • Ribs on February 16, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    I don't know who initiated the great idea of this stupid rotation policy. India wants to fix their WC XI now itself it is merely impossible. Rotation policy for seniors and not for youngsters. Rohit play for another 15 years even if he is not deliver anything to the indian team. He is very talented? the way he utilized his chances is a fine evident. The problem with MSD he wants to select the playing XI based on his preference and not on the performance. Rohit, Raina, Aswin and the great Jadeja becomes direct pick whether they performing or not. Irfan and Tiwary needs wait to get some one injured like Irfan included in place of Zak. MSD started thinking about future WC it is too long to go and we need to select the team based on their form at that point. If Imran Khan only picks good fielder in the WC-92 he won't include Inzi in the team at all. Fielding is very important for any oneday players but at the same time it is not everything. All the teams started exploiting Raina's weakness

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    i am the biggest fan of umesh yadav, but even a bigger fan of irfan pathan, idk what india needs to do, but drop zaheer umesh , or jadeja in next match so irfan can play. i know umesh struggled but he shud be given chance, go with the four fast bowlers and ashwin, irfan is all rounder so no problem with that. and drop raina, and give maoj tiwari a chance to play raina, has really struggled.

  • mbbalu on February 16, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Form and momentum are important. We know for sure that Sewag is a match winner and never a consistent performer and therefore he deserves a place in the playing eleven. Gambhir is performing well and has to remain in the eleven. If Dhnoi wants to rotate players and give chance to others on the bench, then its time that players who have been getting out due to poor shot selection on consistent basis need to sit out to give chance to other players instead of rotating just the openers which is certainly a poor statergy. Also lets not make too much out of statements made by Dhoni and Gambhir about when to finsish. It is individual thinking and both are respected players nothing to read as problem between the players.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Dhoni should give rest to Rohit sharma bcoz he has utterly failed so for.tiwary and sachin should play continously.

  • Mali-T658 on February 16, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    (1) It would be in the benefits of team if Sachin sticks just to Tests and opt out from ODIs so that an youngster can be given chance in his place. I highly doubt if he's going to appear in the next World Cup too (2) As much as I admire Sehwag's blazing style of batting I'm sick of him giving away his wicket cheaply most of the times. If we have to go by the rotation policy, Sehwag should be played against Sri Lanka and rested against Australia. No disrespect to him, but he's nothing more than a walking wicket against Australian pace bowlers. (3) No point in bashing up Dhoni. Admit it or not, the man is a good finisher. Add to that his Captaincy and decent wicket-keeping skills, he's more of a vital cog in the team. (5) Rotation policy should be made applicable to youngsters too. Manoj Tiwary and Rahul Sharma can be tried in places of S.Raina and R.Jadeja respectively. (6) I.Pathan should be given more confidence by giving him more chances in the playing XI.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    what about raina, rohit and kohil still they out form. goutham is good form hat up to him. Dhoni not a match winner last two matches goutham is match winner. he played wonder.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Dhoni is out of his mind. he is resting players in form like Gambhir and is giving chance to Raina, Jadeja who are yet to make their mark in this series. Also his rotation policy only includes Batsmen @ top order. Why not Drop Jadeja and play Pathan who is a better bowler & batman. Tiwary for Raina. His rotation is only for few selected players like Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer and Praveen kumar. Not for the non performing players. 1. G gambhir, 2. S. tendulkar, 3. V. sehwag, 4. V. kohli ,5. M. tiwari, 6. Rohit, 7. MS. Dhoni, 8. I. Pathan, 09. R ashwin, 10. V. kumar, 11. Z. khan.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    In my view sachin should come one down and rohit should be replaced by manoj tiwary.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    In my view sachin should come at one down and rohit should be replaced by manoj tiwari for the next match.

  • AbAdvani on February 16, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Saurav Da -really ? The grounds in Australia are too big to hide Saurav Da in the field. As is, India is averaging 3-4 run outs a match -with Saurav Da opening (and trying to compete with Dhon in finishing the game), India will average 7-8 run outs per match. Also, with Vinay Kumar having picked up pace, who wil Saurav Da compete with in bowling his dibbly dobblies ?

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 16, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    rotation is fine. but don't make it so predictable....and why use rotation only for the top 3? i'd say rest kolhi, get tiwary; drop jadeja and get rahul sharma. kohli has been playing well all through...that creates lesser pressure on the remaining middle order....if kohli is rested, we'll know the real worth of rohit, raina and tiwari. most of raina's good ODI innings have been cameos - quick 40-50 (best eg. WC Quarter Final). i can't remember an innings where the team is 20/2 chasing 280 and then Raina comes in and gets a patient 90 off 110 balls with only 5-6 boundaries....if kohli is rested and raina plays at 3, we'll find if Raina's and Rohit's temperament is rightly suited for ODIs

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    India loves him not only for his style of play, which is aggressive and fashionable, but also for the way he behaves off the field. He is respectful and one of the most humble guy you would come across. He does not flaunt his wealth, he leads a private life and guards himself from any controversy at all times.

    The famous BBC Sport quote will perfectly sum up this article in one line, "Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure."

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    We as humans really do not know how to respect or take care of our heroes, whoever it is; whether he is a social worker or a cricketer. We seem to have a problem with successful people. We are always trying to bring down our current stars via suspicion or jealousy, or whatever other reason, after putting them on a pedestal ourselves.

    Most appearances in ODI's, most ODI hundreds, most Test hundreds, most international hundreds, most runs in Test and one day-cricket history, most runs in a calendar year, most runs in any World Cup, the pages of record books would prove to be insufficient to record the achievements of this cricketing feat and then also people think he plays for record. Even if he plays, what's the problem with it? He is making those runs for TEAM INDIA and contributing for his country, not for any rival nation.

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    If one has to describe Sachin Tendulkar as a player, he would soon run out of adjectives; words like awesome, brilliant, magnificent are certain to cross your mind, though. He is a genius, with God-given talent no doubt. He stands at the crease, with such wonderful balance and poise and at the same time intimidating the bowlers and dare I say, he can still give the best of the bowlers nightmares.

    He has carried the burden of expectations on his broad shoulders and no testimony is required to prove his contribution. He is miles ahead not only in the Indian team, but there is broad daylight between him and the rest of the batsmen who have played the game.

    Has Sachin even once said that he is looking forward to that milestone century? Has he even once said to call him God? Has he even once asked to be termed the greatest batsman of the time? No, it's the media that is putting words in his mouth

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    I wonder how the experts got into Sachin's head and predicted that the 100th ton is troubling the little master. Even if Sachin gets out on well made 30s, 70s and 80s, they all blame the hundred! Why? He has been out in the 90s many times before when he was no way near this landmark, so what was weighing on his mind then? Will any critic stand up and answer that?

    If the ton weighs on his mind all the time, how does he produce such miraculous shots from the very first ball he faces? Shots which the Chappells, Shastris, Manjerekars and Arun Lals have never played or can play to even school kids bowling?

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Whether it is batting, bowling or fielding, this man has everything to help India win. He is the one person capable of bringing his country to a standstill. Whenever Sachin strides into the middle, the crowd goes berserk, TRP ratings and TV volumes go through the roof, tension levels hit an all time high and expectations increase to unprecedented levels.

    From a child to an 80-year-old man, all have their sights set on Sachin. Every single time he walks onto the field, why do we expect him to score a ton? Why do we expect him to be a match-winner every time?

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    rohit and raina are the right hands of dhoni they fail all c .B series dhoni not droped these twodhoni playing his own team see the bio data of raina every time he fail now rohit played only in india these are bouncy track he not manage well please regular first three special batsmen sachin sehwag gambhir kolhi these r regular after that chance to raina r rohit in fast track why u take 3 spinners in aus give achance to irfan pathan head of jadega rahul sharma is better than jadeja in routin policy these batsmen are not perform well

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Critics over the last six months have gone overboard and day after day they have been criticising the "Master Blaster" on one thing or the other. Do these critics really understand the game? Have they ever played this game? This is not the tennis-ball gully cricket in which you can chase down 180 in 10 overs. This is a man's game.

    For over 20 years, the modern-day Bradman has tormented attacks around the world. Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were no match for him. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis did their best but with no reward. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath tried as hard as they could but they were against the best.

  • gg.sharma85 on February 16, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Think before criticising Tendulkar

    For heaven's sake, someone should remind these self-proclaimed critics that Tendulkar is a human and not a run machine. Before criticising him, these pundits should remember one simple thing - name a better player than him to play cricket beside Sir Don Bradman or maybe Sir Vivian Richards. A man who started playing for India at the age of 16, Tendulkar hardly had an adolescence before he was shouldering the expectations of billions of Indians, when most of these critics were trying to date their school or college sweethearts. At that time this gentleman was busy setting standards for the whole world to follow, and people think he is being affected by the numbers game, namely his 100th international century? Oh please, give me and his hard core fans a break.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    i love dis guy and his way of implementing things for the future

  • arijitmandal007 on February 16, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Rotation policy is an innovative idea from Dhoni. But one thing I coundnt understand, why he applied rotation policy only to 3 openers?? why not in middle order?? why not he is applying rotation policy for Rohit/Raina/Manoj. Really surprise to see, one player who scored century in his last match is not getting chance and after continuous failing from Raina....he is getting chance. Is Dhoni biased over Raina???

  • rsurya on February 16, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    If Gambhir failed early in both the innings then the story is same as test and our captain cool would have said what all could go wrong, went wrong. If dhoni does not have the luxury of batsman behind him, why can't he come atleast before raina and alrounder jadeja (2million man) and pace his innings so that we win safely. He is doing things differently for the sake of doing something different. No plan will end up in 13 runs of last over, and he is speaking of plan what a funny cool we have.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Well said Dhoni :) But Monoj Tiwary should be given chance to prove his Talents. And no one is taking care of Bowlers rotation.

  • venbas on February 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    I fervently hope that Sachin gets his century and retires after this series. It pains to see an idol being smashed thus. He has performed well enough for 20yrs. His records especially in ODI will NEVER be broken in totality. He does not need to prove a point to anybody and has already earned enough money for generations to come. He should gracefully retire and pass on the mantle to younger generation.

  • mTw_cheetah on February 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Wow ... everyone is going berserk after these senior players. Kick out Sachin , Sehwag? When India started their stint in Australia, it was Sachin who was pulling things out, not that he went out to score a 3 digit ,but he was connecting well , the drives came great and everything ! When u need them,its alright , since no one crosses a double digit mark , its good to use these senior players and when it goes the other way , kick them out. At least maintain the respect people for a guy who has served the INDIAN crowd for so long , cant deny that you were in the first place coaxed to cricket b'cz there was a Sachin who performed God on nights that were his. He is a performer of a very high caliber, he'll come back again , just believe . And abt the Dhoni's gr8nes, his only aim is to go not out at 50* so that his average is same as some greats as Bevan ,though, technically he's no way near him , just lucky to have reached there !

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on February 16, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Quite funny to see people instructing MSD how to do, what to do and blah blah! To The man who brought two world cups and several other trophies :)

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    While I agree with the rotation policy, Dhoni is utterly wrong in wanting to delay until the 49th over to get going. We lost a winning opportunity against SL in the last match because Dhoni wasted too many dot balls in the previous overs when he should have been more aggressive looking for singles and two's.

  • BobbyRao on February 16, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Why not rest DHONI .In fact, if it is not for Dhoni, India should have won the last match and the previous one by 47-48th over.

  • Cric-enthusiast on February 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Dhoni is talking about giving chance to everybody and the danger of someone playing continuously playing getting injured before the finals. BUT WHAT ABOUT HIMSELF...why doesn't he give himself rest, especially when there is another wicket-keeper (Parthiv Patel) on the benches? Is he too scared to risk his place? Hypocrite.

  • posybeon123 on February 16, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    pathetic . you never rest a person who has scored consecutive 90's. So he is saying if sachin scores anothe150, then he will still bench him???

  • on February 16, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    When Dhoni finished the game against Australia, I should say he had the luxury of falling back on 4 other wickets if he were to try and finish the match in the 48th over and fails! Consider the noball benefit he got when we were to get 6 runs out of 3 balls... If it were not a noball, then he would have eroded our chances of winning after all. In retrospect, given a successful chase, he can say all he wants about planning to finish in the 50th over. But everyone knows he was "lucky" enough to pull it off in the last over! I think he did good to act with a cool head - not discounting for it, his attribution that 50th over finish is a plan is a total Joke!

  • Harishonthemic on February 16, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    To all those talking of rotating the middle order, I don't know what has gotten into you guys, but the very purpose of rotating the top order is to keep the middle order unchanged and improve their batting. If you have seen the last two matches, Rohit and Raina are improving. Rohit played some awesome shots and would have gone to hit a 50 in SL match, if not for the hare-brained running. Raina pitched in with useful score to win the Aussies match. Dhoni is doing a commendable job by supporting these guys and soaking in all the pressure of their failures (to make big scores) by batting long. I don't see any other captain capable of doing it. As for Viru-for-captaincy, let him hit a 50+ score in an innings first. I believe Manoj Tiwari and Rahul Sharma will also get their chances as did Irfan Pathan going by the Captain's logic. Cricinfo, pls publish.

  • on February 16, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    According to me, it is not Dhoni who is interested in rotation policy perhaps it is in the interest of BCCI/ IPL Franchise that these things are happening. They are doing this to avoid any injuries to any of their ICONIC players.

    You can even see that even in Australian camp where Hussey/ Ryan Harris two of the prime performers for their franchise were made to sit out on rotation policy.

    BCCI / ACB are all money minded people.

  • AK1318 on February 16, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @Pranothi Biswas : Bengali bakwas. M bewildered by regionalism in Indian cricket fans. Bengalis hate Dhoni cz they feel Dada to b bst captain ever, and despise all praise on Dhoni. Sachin Fans couldn't digest that Dhoni is more earning and lot discussed and popular than Scahin (but forget that Captain always is in limelight.) This increases no. of Dhoni Basher manyfold. People begin to compare Dhoni and achin's contri wid bat (utterly rubbish to compare #4 &#7WK Bat). Dhoni has done a lot of great things. Lets appreciate that. Even in last 2 games He won and tied the matches for India. Still Dhoni is criticized more on regionalism and fan following basis than on pure cricketing logics !!!!!!!

  • on February 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I agree with dhoni. It is a good strategy . youngsters will get the chance and seniors will get the rest. Both of them 'll get positive energy.

  • OkyaBokya on February 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Dhoni is right in his thinking. He is not biased at least. In test series he gave Virat long run and stood his stance of giving youngster a long run. Rohit was waiting at that time. Now its right that Rohit is getting opportunities. These are Rohit's scores post world cup - 68*,7*,86*,39,57,0*,72,90*,95,27,21,21,10,33,15. He has been man of the series in 2 full series he played. He will come good sooner. Also he has affected 3 run outs 2 catches and 1 wicket also. Have some patience.

  • on February 16, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Its really so sad to read some comments by our fellow Indians... You might be a dhoni hater but so what.. Giving credit to a performing guy is not a sin.. Currently there's no one to replace dhoni in the side.. And he is also a super fit cricketer who can virtually keep playing all matches.. He is the one guy who plays for India in all the formats of the guy irrespective of the team's performances..

    You might find some players pulling off saying they are injured either if they are not doing well or if the team is struggling to win matches.. But we all know dhoni is a fighter and he keeps playing all difficult matches with out resting him as he knows there's no one to fill his place as a caption and a fierce finisher with his wicket keeping abilities too.. Virtually he fills in the place of three players in the team.. So India will find it very difficult to win games without Dhoni..

    Dhoni always rest him when playing sides like Zimbabwe and West Indies.. Salutes to the real master.

  • magie on February 16, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @sam pol jos: Do u remember the last indian tour to newzeland, when batsmen from both sides were struggling to put bat to ball, sehwag was the only prolific scorer making batting so easy with his hand eye co-ordination.......dont write him off entirely...his first century as a opener was also against moving ball in southafrica...form is temperory, class is permanent.

  • Lankanforever on February 16, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Just forget Dhoni and GAmbir. Had some news about Yuvi. They say it is good news. I am personnaly not a Yuvi lover. But hope he will get well soon and play again to become Lance aArmstrong of Cricket.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 16, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    now cricket world come with dhoni . after sucess of rotation polidy in odi we will see the rotation in test matches between dravid,sachin, and laksman. hope rotation will also suceed in test matches and keep older player away from injury

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Very well said "DHONI" we could have called Varun Aron also...............

  • krishstarofcricinfo on February 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    My Eleven: Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Manoj, Dhoni, Ashwin, Irfan, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer, Umesh

    Sehwag doesn't deserve place even in Top 15 Jadeja is a T20 player

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on February 16, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Few questions posted here gave me a surprise, let me answer few of them in an interesting and funny way.

    1. Why Sachin is still playing? Reason is that, despite I'm not a big fan of Sachin, he is the God of the game, no one can really decide on his inclusion. :) 2. Sehwag? Come on, show me a guy in the word cricket who can wack the ball through Covers without moving his feet. Then I will accept Viru should be sacked. He is a master of his own class. 3. Jadeja should be rested, ok, Pathan got skill, but proved very little, Jadeja when first picked was not a big success, he should have got picked. But now, I'm impressed, an Orthodox left arm spinner, to be honest India failed to produce a reasonable All rounder at the moment. 4. I'm only worried when will Rohit get some runs?

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Precioustar84, what r u talking.. sachin faild 2matchs.t . its true . but he played very well agiainst sreelanka with 48. how u speak against sachin. why dhoni rotation policy only to sevag, sachin & gambeer , why he will not chance to yengsters of his place.he winning last 2 matches. but as a player he not well. all r taking about sachin 's ton. but he playing for the country. he is national hero of all indians and he is the roal model of india for the youth. dont forget the past. only one feeling for him ...cricket... and his nation ..thats sachin. he very well in the running between the wicket better than yengsters at the age of 38. can run out him for srilanans & australians .. no chance. he very fit to paly for the avery game. he thinking about cricket . if he do not well he will stp the game.thats sachin .

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Bring back Saurav Da, everyone else is useless, Throw out Sachin, Dhoni, Sehwag

  • Rahul_78 on February 16, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    MSD is making lot of sense here...it is indeed a very, very, very loooong tournament. It is good to know that he is confident of making it to the finals and is planning accordingly by trying to give everyone a chance and keep his inform player fresh by providing odd break between the games. It is imperative for India that Sachin and Sehwag should start scoring some runs so that in the final stage of the tournament India can put its best side on the park with seniors in reasonable form backed by youngsters.

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    First of all Dhoni,sachin,shewag has played so much of ODIs we shuld not doubt their decision of playing or not.If we say Bevan(231 ODI) was a gud finisher than Dhoni can be compared to him after 200 ODIs .Both stand at same position currently.His versatile thinking is infact best ever by any indian cricketers start from 90's till to day.If he says seniors need to be rested ,he is right, in saying rotation is most important, otherwise what happened to test side will happen to india in ODIs also.If Dhoni himself get rested than I don't think there is 1% chance of india winning in crunch situation.Neither his captaincy nor his late finishing abilities are present in any of the current players.It looks Dhoni and Gambhir will be part of indian side in 2015 world cup for now.So its important to win atleast 1 game out of 4 in this series and keep an eye on 2015 WC.So mix is utmost important.I too think Raina and Rohit shuld also start shuffling and give tiwary and parthiv the chances.

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    i think guati is right should have finished in the 48th over itself... dhoni is such a slug and he is never a proper finisher.. might a win a few games for india playing the role of a finisher ..but i don't think he is a finisher..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 16, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    "If you ask Viru pa [Sehwag], he would have said 'why not 25 overs?'" LOL He would like to finish it in within the first PP overs!. Nice to see Dhoni interested to give chgance to everyone. Hope he too will get rest in any one remaining ODIs and will be ready for the finals. All the best!

  • on February 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    i remeber during test matches..there were many people critisising gambhir,and all of a sudden gambhir becomes hero..the same is the case of sehwag and sachin...give them also some chance...after all we have seen hw viru would ddamge the bowlers if he is in form.have some belief in our players...and stop crictising all the cricket buffs and ...

  • satanswish on February 16, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Tendulkar has flopped miserably this tour, rest him forever and you could save one spot for rotation.

  • Romenevans on February 16, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Good....But why not doing that in Tests also? We need a same approach in Tests also.

  • on February 16, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    I agree with Precioustar84. Sachin can play Test cricket and give his ODI place to youngsters like Manoj Tiwari, Rihane. Even I am not sure what Sachin wants to prove in ODI version.. Surely no one will reach his ODI milestone. Nowadays Sachin is more cautious and he is not playing his natural game. Dhoni is doing wicket keeper/captain job in all formats.. BCCI can reduce Dhoni's burden by giving captain job to Sachin.. As a senior player, Sachin should have done this at least two years back..

  • Vishal2305 on February 16, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    How many chances will rohit get? He should be playing for team from country like Canada or Kenya

  • ToTellUTheTruth on February 16, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    ok. So, Mister Captain, can you tell us when we get to see Anjikya, Tiwari, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Raina, U. Yadav, Irfan are going to be in the same team, along with yourself, Gauti, Jadeja and Ashwin?

    Do we get to atleast see one ODI with the above combo?

  • on February 16, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    What about giving a chance to Tiwary? Giving a few matches ( not just one in a blue moon) to Irfan? What about Rohit Sharma ( who can replace, say, Jadeja if not Ashwin,, at least in a couple of games ?

  • on February 16, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Mk tiwary shud play in place of Jadeja. Dhoni shud also rest n let parthiv patel play.

  • on February 16, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    At least by this policy, Rohit has got some chance or else he will be warming the benches. Hope Tiwary also plays sometime as the tournament progresses. And yes, Dhoni is spot on most of them would not be playing the next world cup, himself included.

  • on February 16, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    The rotation policy is absolutely needed. Leaving out a player who scored a century in his last outing ( Tiwary ) is to be seriously considered. Similarly for Rahane. I just dont understand why they added Sachin to this ODI series. I think they are throwing a bone for his records. And Sehwag is a waste of time. There are better technical batsmen who we need to prepare for the next world cup. Dhoni has it right - we need to focus longer term. And for folks who are bashing Jadeja, look where he comes in to bat - usually in the end. And he is a good fielder. I think except for Tendulkar/Sehwag ( old and slow on field ) we have the right mix in the team.

  • ultimatewarrior on February 16, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Its a very good policy to rotate the most senior players, but why are u giving raina/sharma/jadeja an extended run? why not u rotate these people too? Its now high time that India should follow rotation policy from top to bottom....from batsman to bowler....why not india is giving rest to virat kohli? he is the only player, playing non-stop since last year.......

  • addsmiles on February 16, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    It's a long series with big grounds - agreed. People need to be rotated - agreed. But why just the openers? The logic is flawed. Moreover, it doesn't seem to be working, so rather switch to plan B. Probably there is no plan B or we are just being obstinate. Why not retain Gambhir and play both Sehwaag and Sachin in the next game with Sehwaag batting down the order as he has struggled against the moving ball. Rotation should only be based on form or injury. In form players should be allowed to make hay while the sun shines. There are far too many games hence Jadeja and Sharma can do with a break too.

  • TRAM on February 16, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Since NSrinivsan has already observed that India is doing good nowadays, why dont you people keep quiet ?? :-)

  • CandidIndian on February 16, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Well Rahane or Mukund should have been selected as openers,this rotation policy is to accommodate Sehwag who is in extremely poor form and he has proved since tour of SA that against any good bowler or on a testing pitch he wont survive more than 4 overs.Such a shame! As far as Sachin is concerned he has not played ODI since World cup ,expecting him to do well straight away , that too in Aus along with this rotation poilicy where he has to sit out every second game is too much to ask even from SRT.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 16, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    As long as we don't rotate back under-performers. Based on my recent posts for a Peformance Based Culture, Sehwag should not be "rotated" back until one of the young ones persistently under-performns thereby vacating a slot. That slot may then be considered for Sehwag or someone else based on their proven recent performance record.

  • Hurricane08 on February 16, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Just shows lack of spine to pull out Tendulkar and Sehwag because of non-performance and admit to it.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 16, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    MSD is the best Indian captain and player for ODIs. Test matches are a different story. This rotation policy was put in place to rotate known non-performers like Gauti, Viru and Sachin. Now that Gauti has started performing, Team management should modify this policy to rotate the remaining 2 non-performers - Viru and Sachin. As Imran Khan mentioned - Sachin should have retired after the World Cup on a high. By playing on - he is only making a fool of himself.

  • on February 16, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    i am a fan of this guy and my respect for him is increasing day by day..he never shows any emotions...i mean, to repeat performance in a tense situation and at least make sure that team is not losing is marvellous..though on that day, one ball was not even counted

  • neerajprasher on February 16, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    After all dhoni didn't talk about Raina.MR.DHONI why cant you replace him with Manoj Tiwary.you said above Rohit is taleneted guy.my team 1 gautam 2 sehwag 3 kohli 4 rohit 5 tiwary 6 dhoni 7 ashwin 8 pathan 9 yadav 10 vinay 11 khan good luck team INDIA.We dont need Raina in team.plz u can rotate him too he is in the team on fielding basis.

  • hm_usa on February 16, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    I don't agree with Dhoni waiting till 50th over to finish the game. One mistake or one good over by bowler and you lose the game.

  • on February 16, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @Precioustar84. Apart from trying to get the 100th ton, he may also be trying to get his 50th ODI ton, which means he needs two more ODI tons, then he'll retire. Another reason is all 3 openers, Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar are in their 30s so to have two openers playing continuously would be too demanding on their bodies in the One day game. The rotation relieves them of the stress and strain that they have to go through and provides them with adequate rest in between games. This also reduces the risk of injury. Try standing in the field for 50 overs and do the fielding, chasing balls to the boundary, throwing the ball to the keeper, bowler then bat for 50 overs and running between wickets. Do that for the first class games and domestic one day games, then test matches and ODI's. For some cricketers it means their bodies will be overworked and this means they lose form. For Tendulkar to play for 20+ years, it means he's a very fit cricketer and always in top form.

  • on February 16, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    we have lost the test series,now we doing fair enough in cb series. i think we should support M S DHONI ,let him try this rotation policy we got nothing to lose?other hand look at england side,after beating india at home. they got hammered in dubai against pakistan. south africa could win test series against australia at home.and sri lankans gave them hard time.all of us need to remember indian cricketer play more cricket than any other nation. GO DHONI I KNOW YOU GONNA WIN THE CB SERIES THIS TIME TOO LIKE 2008

  • ramab on February 16, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Playing at Gabba, it would be better to sit Gambhir due to his deficiencies in playing the short ball. Adelaide is much of a slower track which is similar to subcontinent conditions and both his good scores were at Adelaide. Also giving Manoj Tiwary instead of Raina at Gabba would be a better option due to the bouncy pitch at Gabba. It would be better to go with 4 seamers there, drop Jadeja and bring in Zaheer into the mix.

  • donda on February 16, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    He is right, every player has it's own prospective when to win the match. Opener always think as soon as possible and lower order always think some how at any cost before the very end.

    Gautam was right , he opener and he felt bad both times when the match went into last over. But Dhoni is right to first match he won it and last won get tie.

    Just give credit to Dhoni for being there, look at Pakistan Misbah or afridi were not able to stay and Pakistan lost it.

  • Nampally on February 16, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    @Gizza: Of course Gambhir will be playing the WC in 2015.Gambhir @30 is 3 months younger than Dhoni!. Why did 3 guys over 37 years formed the heart of the Indian batting in the 4 Tests? Why were they not rotated to give chances to younger players especially when they were out of form? I can recall the hue & cry from the Indian Fans as well as the cricinfo writers to drop Laxman.When 37 year olds are not rotated, why a 30 year old guy should fall into rotation Mumbo Jumbo?In that case even Dhoni should join the rotation. When Jadeja is a regular with batting scores of 12 & 5, Plus bowling at 6 runs/over (No Wkts.) how come a guy who got 2 successive 90's falls into rotation. Rotate logically by all means but don't hurt the teams chances of winning. India got 6 points in last 2 ODI's because of Gambhir & Dhoni's batting (both 30). If you don't produce you are Out irrespective of your age! Rotate to give neglected talent like Rahul, Tiwary, Pathan a fair crack at the whip!. Thats the Way.

  • lokphy on February 16, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Dropping gambhir is BIG mistake now. He is is form and should be allowed to carry on with the momentum. Play sachin also. Don't include Jadeja and Raina. Instead bring Tiwari and rahane. Rohit can bowl similar to jadeja. Open with rahane and gambhir, then sachin, virat, rohit, manoj, dhoni, pathan, ashwin, vinay, and zaheer/umesh.

  • mjshaheed on February 16, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    It's hightime our Great Sachin understood that he is the hindrance in a youngster getting a chance to play a game. As Precioustar84 points out, what else has he to prove except getting that 100th 100? None! It would be better for him and others in the Team if he only starts concentrates on playing Test Cricket. Then he will have all the time in the World to get that milestone. Anyways we are going to play tons of International Cricket in India in the next 2 years...he can definitely get his 100th 100 in India. It would be even better if he plays only plays in India.

  • Precioustar84 on February 16, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Rotation policy is what they call when Indian management has no guts to drop Sehwag and Sachin. Senority rules hints Dhoni!!

  • Precioustar84 on February 16, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @netcricketfan4ever - Its because neither BCCI, nor Dhoni CARE about Tests format. IMO ultimate goal was to win WC and stick with ODIs. Seldom these days do we hear any Indian cricketer say that succeeding in Tests is their ultimate goal. Those that do care have shown slight effort, and couple players that have expressed interest are not the best suitable type for that format. Majority nowadays seem to care to play T20s or maybe even ODIs because its less work with more pay.

  • on February 16, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Good to see senior players in the rotation policy. This theory applies to MS as well, what if, MS gets injured?

  • on February 16, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Hardly as a fielder in a good <field position>,he can save 20 odd runs.Ok fine saving runs also kind of making runs.Well in that case as a given chance batsman should make at least 60 runs.Why Raina or Jadeja in this conditions?.Give a chance to any other younger batsman or allrounder.

  • AvidCricFan on February 16, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    If the logic is applied, why is rotation not done for the middle order who is not performing and also for wicketkeeping? Both Raina and Rohit Sharma are not performing. Rotate these two with Tiwari. It was good to see Irfan Pathan getting a chance. His performance was reasonable considering that he is coming back in international arena after a long gap.

  • on February 16, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Good captaincy from Dhoni..He is intelligent...Good luck.

  • netcricketfan4ever on February 16, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    I am not a MSD fan but what he says makes sense (somewhat). Why doesn't BCCI and MSD show the same level of concern and planning for the Test series. Is it because they know they are not good at that level?

  • on February 16, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    rest sehwag...sehwag is a guy who cant play the moving ball...he only marvels in india...so its better to sack sehwag to give the youngsters a chance...

  • Rahulbose on February 16, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Well rotation policy is fine for Seniors. But why doesn't Dhoni apply it to himself, is Parthiv patel going to get any games? Dhoni has already accepted that he might not play the next WC. Same goes for his Chennal kings buddy Jaddu, why is he playing every match? Won't a promotion in batting order and proper role of all rounder work for Pathan?

  • fijianbinnu on February 16, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    ravindra jadeja should be left out in the next match

  • on February 16, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    I do respect Dhoni's opinion on this - You cant keep playing your best guys all the time especially in the lead stages of the tournament and especially when looking good - all the players need to get exposure and pick up momentum. In my opion he is still BY FAR the best leader in the indian team - He is thinking long term without sacrificing shortterm - Very few captians have the courage to think and act that way. You have to continously infuse new talent into the team for Indian Cricket to be successful in the long term. He can definitely improve on rotating the strike as a batsman but sometimes it is hard to do and you cant do that very efficiently when you have a tail-ender on the other side.

  • on February 16, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @nampally - fantastic analysis and spot on too. The insult to injury if I may add is the MOMatch to MSD

  • MOHDsarfaraz on February 16, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    dhoni is going well now a days,,but he need to think about manoj tiwari,he done well with westindis,with gautam he can opne bcoz both sachin and sehwag is not performing,pathan did his job he can also bat,so just give chance to rahul sharma, in this condition they could have 8 batsman including pathan & aswin and 5 bowler, jai hind

  • Precioustar84 on February 16, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Can anyone please tell us fans WHY is Sachin playing ODIs? What is his purpose really? What does he have left to prove that majority of us can't understand? He is only adding insult to injury now by playing in this format and proving to some fans like me who WERE non-believers that he was not after the 100th 100. If Sachin gets that ton, what else will he have really contributed to the team in the entire ODI series? So far answer is nothing. If WC is the next goal to allow youngsters a chance with this non-sense rotation policy, then what good do Sehwag/Sachin bring as they both will not or hopefully not be playing WC 2015? We fans cannot accept losses and even certain wins when we know there's 1 or 2 spots that can be filled by couple players that still warming up the bench for the 100th time.

  • Gizza on February 16, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Surely Gambhir will be playing the 2015 World Cup. Rest Sehwag and Tendulkar 50% of the time instead of Gambhir, Sehwag and Tedulkar one-third of the time each. Gambhir also needs practice and has to learn to how finish an ODI innings and get a hundred on these pitches.

  • on February 16, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    wow....after Gautam hitting 90's we start winning...now Dhoni want him to get rest..so basically DHONI DON'T WANT TO INDIA WIN....

  • world.cricketer on February 16, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    The BIGGEST JOKE is player may get Injured playing all games. Why Not Dhoni is Resting Out of Form Raina/jadeja/himself?????(partiv/maoj will gey a chance). India's next match is On sunday 5 days gap in between Is this not enough For a player (like GAMBIR)to take Rest.

  • wjkalana on February 16, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Ha ha flat track bully gets a rest on a seam and swing track so he dont have to worry about getting out cheaply. Mark my words even if gambir plays on next game he will score less than 25. But he will score some runs in sydney. I dont see india wining any of the remaining 4 matches.

  • on February 15, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Playing 11 should be as follows : 1. Gambhir 2. Sachin 3. Kohli 4. Dhoni 5. Rohit 6. Raina 7. Ashwin 8. Pathan 9. Jadeja 10. Vinay Kumar 11. Zaheer I wouldn't rotate the batsmen for the next match ... Only change the line-up a little bit ... Also Jadeja should be played as a left arm spinner as Ashwin's and Pathan's batting skills are far better than his ... Also, after 2 good games I would rest Umesh as we don't want him crumbling with injuries and the work load before the finals ... So in comes Zaheer

  • ranjithsnair on February 15, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    I hope Sachin will follow Dravid and hang his bat after reaching his personal milestone. He's causing many youngsters to sit out.

  • Vijayaanto on February 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    My playing XI Sehwag, Sachin, Gambir, kohli, Raina/Rohit, Dhoni, Pathan/Vinay kumar, , Aswin, Zaheer, Umesh yadav

    Honestly Ravindra jadeja is not even a club cricketer

  • sidsathya on February 15, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    If you have consecutive 90s you shouldn't be left out at least he should come as a 1st down batsmen once again.

  • Nampally on February 15, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Dhoni's comment about Gambhir is strange --"If you see his innings today, he also found it difficult to rotate strike consistently and once you are in that situation it is very difficult to play a big shot." Dhoni had a S/R of 76 for his 44 runs whilst Gambhir had a S/R of 86 for his 92 against Australia. Even against SL Gambhir maintained a S/R of 85!. So it is difficult to understand what Dhoni is referring to. Gambhir had only half his runs in 4's. So his strike rotation has to be good to get a S/R of 86.Gambhir thought the game would finish early assuming Dhoni would maintain Gambhir's S/R.But Dhoni could not match Gambhir's S/R . Hence the game went to 49.4 overs. That is the real story instead of Dhoni's contention.Also if only Dhoni did not run out Gambhir, India would have cruised to WIN. Dhoni's plea for the set batsmen to stay at the crease is bit rich when he runs out 3 guys for foolish singles. Runouts must be avoided at all costs. 4 Runouts cost India the match vs.SL.

  • vishwanath.sreeraman on February 15, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    i guess what he's really saying is " i dont know why tendulkar is even playing this series. he's opted out of every series since WC, and if there's one series where he shouldn't be playing, its this one -( in australia: where we can try giving a new player some serious exposure to groom him for the 2015 WC)- but now that tendulkar's decided that he has to play every series -test or ODIs- so as to not miss out on that 100th ton, we are left with no option but to drop him occasionally in the name of rotation and give youngsters a chance."

  • CaptainKool on February 15, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Well MS needs to drop Jadeja and then Viru, Gautam and Sachin should be in the team. Jadeja is a total waste in Australian conditions. If he could have either batted or bowled reasonably well then there was different thing but he didn't so why not stick with in-form Gautam and two seniors. Rotate the under-perform Jadeja.

  • Alexk400 on February 15, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Dhoni is 100% right. That said i would bench sehwag. I still don't like his attitude of i hit in the air because i can. We need bit more responsibilty from sehwag. Yes when he plays well , it is like tonic for 1 billion. Most enjoyable to watch. But he fails too much now. The same sehwag would have scored centuries in india but in australia he has to respect opposition because home team always have more energy naturally. Aussies are trapping sehwag...i will play sehwag in finals bench in preliminary rounds to test tiwari and rahane. WHy dhoni did n't play younsters in Test series? Simple. For dhoni result is a known thing. Now who ever they play , they going to lose. It is more of going to be blame game. Instead he played all oldies and made oldies get the blame for not playing well. Otherwise people still would be praising sachin, dravid and vvs to eternity. They are old and done with. We need new young athletic blood.

  • CSK_chennai on February 15, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Raina can be rested. give chance to other young player,.. he played more games then anyother at his caliber.

  • Herath-UK on February 15, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Good but in the same sense what about him giving the captaincy to other guys for experience in a game or two? Ranil Herath - Kent

  • NewYorkCricket on February 15, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Stop the rotation policy now. Pick the best 11 and if you are through to the finals, then experiment. Resting Sachin is absolutely ridiculous. It is like telling him he is too old.

  • umbuly on February 15, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Dhoni has become an unlikely hero after the two ODIs. This is really not good given that the strategy he used and the statements he is making in defending it don't sound convincing at all. What is the use of openers giving a good start if he comes and gifts so many dot balls and slows down the momentum. Also there seems to be some friction between him and Gambhir, each making critical statements of the other publicly. Hope the team scores a victory in a clean manner against AUS.

  • 30-30-150 on February 15, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    "What may also happen is the guy who is playing all the games may get injured by the finals" YOU HAVEN'T YET REACHED THE FINALS MY DEAR.. The last thing that I wanna see is Gambhir lose his form by this rotation policy.. Then why did he mention the name of Tiwary..? How come Tiwary gets a chance by this openers' rotation policy??

  • AnoMaLy on February 15, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    oh and maybe give manoj tiwari a chance in place of raina

  • on February 15, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Whatever Dhoni or Team management is doing is not good at all.he is not supposed to rest any of the top order, if they want to test youngsters they should plan for more team A series not team India series.We need the best team playing as Indian Team not somebody trying or experimental teams,this is why TRP ratings are going down.

  • spinkingKK on February 15, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Its good to know that the comments by Gambhir was taken sportive by Dhoni. Also, it was good that Gambhir made those remarks. Because, it shows that he also didn't find anything wrong in saying his preferred approach. Rotation policy is a very good thing and I agree wtih Dhoni completely. Only thing I don't like with Dhoni is his treatement of Pathan. Finally when he got a chance, he was picked as a specialist bowler and had to bat behind Ashwin. Then when he started to get going, Dhoni made him sacrifice his wicket. Pathan should be playing all the matches. I suggest getting rid off Jadeja for few games. Jadeja is a good player, but he is a misfit at Number 7. Maybe he can play as a batsman by replacing one of the batsmen. But, not regularly. Good thing about Jadeja is that he is a great fielder and therefore he can always contribute.

  • AnoMaLy on February 15, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I see Dhoni haters out in full force here. Whats wrong with his keeping Rush2Venky? His stumping abilities are amongst the best in the world right now if you havent already witnessed his lightning quick stumpings. He isn't dropping any catches either so maybe looks elsewhere if you want to hate. Also Rahul Sharma should be given a chance. He looked really good in the 2-3 games he played. He was consistently beating the batsman. Maybe put him in place of Jadeja for a game. Not like Jadeja has been taking 5 wicket hauls anyways. Worth giving Rahul Sharma a chance.

  • on February 15, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Raina is Dhoni's CSK buddy. He is also the only LH batsman in the middle order. So, he is not going to be sat by the skipper. Neither is Jadeja -- another Dhoni buddy (now also in CSK). We replaced the old relics from test team with young blood in the middle order. I don't see any improvement in performance of the middle order at all. Rohit, Raina and Jadeja continue to struggle.

  • on February 15, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    sachin sehwag gambhir kohli sharma dhoni irfan ashwin vinay zahir umesh............

  • xylo on February 15, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @ProdigyBuz: Using your own logic, I could say that this rotation policy is to benefit Sachin getting to his personal milestone. At least Sehwag did score a century in ODI cricket at least once in the last three months. Now, when was the last time Sachin scored a century in any form of the game? Lets leave the rotation and how and why it is done to a captain who knows a thing or two about winning one, or even two world cups.

  • on February 15, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Dhobi needs to rest himself and give chances to another wicket-keeping batsmen

  • on February 15, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    We want to see Viru get runs and Sachin also to get runs so that the best XI comes and plays the finals."

    Sorry our school boy isnt fit now

  • on February 15, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    virendra sehwag- why not 1st two over ?...then he gets out and bye bye strategy

  • Whale_Fart on February 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Rotation of senior players hmmmm... what is it with Dhoni and senior player syndrome? Soon he wiil be senior too and then would he rotate himself? There will be balance of senior and young player always in the team. Today's youngsters will be tomorrows senior. Dhoni thinks he is thinking ahead I think he is running into danger of creating a West Indies type of side who has just all youngsters at one point without any senior. The right combination is to have good numbers of seniors with youngsters who can be groomed by seniors in the team. Look at Gambhir when he came most people were senior in the team and what grooming he got. Now kohli is a great example. Insert one more once a senior retires and Gambhir and kohli will groom him. We are playing 11, even if 3 people are not playing 4 years from now we still have 8 who will be. If he thinks they need more exposure to Australian grounds, right thing to do is to have a tournament closer to World cup in Australia to expose all possible 11

  • BurningBright on February 15, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    <b>ProdigyBuz </b> Well said, couldnt agree more.

  • vishwanath.sreeraman on February 15, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    i guess what he's really saying is " i dont know why tendulkar is even playing this series. he's opted out of every series since WC, and if there's one series where he shouldn't be playing, its this one -( in australia: where we can try giving a newer player some more exposure to groom him for the 2015 WC)- but now that tendulkar's decided that he has to play every series -test or ODIs- so as to not miss out on that 100th ton, we are left with no option but to drop him occasionally in the name of rotation and give youngsters a chance."

  • CricketFanUSA on February 15, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    I agree with MSD ... He is trying to do what is best to the Team ..

  • Nampally on February 15, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    All Indian cricket fans were endorsing rotation of players in these very columns for the past 12 months & their pleas were blatantly refused by Dhoni.Now Dhoni adopts a policy of rotating only the top 3, which is equally crazy!The purpose of rotation is (a) to make players realize that their place in the XI is performance dependent (b) to find the best possible XI by trying all potential guys.Now Gambhir has put back to back 90's & his place in XI is by rotation? Firstly rotation should apply to bowlers, all rounders & batsmen- not just top 3. Rotation of players is done by all Nations & Dhoni is the only guy playing with unchanged XI - win or loss - as in 4 Test series. Why was Rohit ignored?Tiwary, Rahul & Pathan need more chances to show their talent. Rahul & Pathan have played only one game & Tiwary NONE!.Jadeja & Raina have played all 4. With glut of Off Spinners, Why doesn't Rahul get in XI? Dhoni needs to attend courses to update his understanding of tactics & strategies.

  • raks_pace on February 15, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    "It's different when you are playing in the middle"... bang on... very well said MSD. It is easy for other players, commentators, media guys and audience to comment from out side that Dhoni should have finished the match early by 48th over but as player on the field all you can do is as per the situation. It was funny that MSD said Viru will say finish the match by 25 overs... haha .. LOL

  • ProdigyA on February 15, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    More than anything, i think this rotation policy is being used to breath life into Sehwag's career. More than him, i think Manoj Tiwary and Rahane should be given a chance. Sachin is not really a worry, Im sure he is due for something big, its not often he goes without scoring for a long time. Cause i dont think we will be seeing him in action in ODI's for a long time after this series.

  • ProudDesi on February 15, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Dhoni's comments are very illogical considering the statergy that was used for Test matches. Only reason the senior players where being played in all the matches because they had a decent track in the previous past. Why were the younger players sitting and waiting for their chance ALL SERIES when the senior players were persisted with even though they were playing after continuous failures? Or is Dhoni trying to correct his mistakes based on Lessons learned from the Test Debacle?. Also logic of most of the top three players not being guarenteed for world cup does not stand except for Tendulkar...I LOVE TENDULKAR but i love the Future of India too...I would expect Tendulkar to step up in this scenario and say please consider Gambhir instead of dropping him for the next match..i know i am dreaming but what else can you do being a ARDENT Indian fan.

  • on February 15, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Haha... loved the last line :)

  • Nampally on February 15, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    India had choice to experiment even against WI. But they kept with the same XI & the same guys benched. I remember Rahul Sharma was benched for 10 matches in a row between England & WI successive matches. So what is new now? Why was Rohit denied spot in Tests?Jadeja & Raina keep playing whether they produce or not. Why rotate just the top 3, MSD? Rotate the middle order instead of benching Tiwary consistently 4 games in a row. Rotate the 2 all rounders & 5 seamers. While rotating the players, India must be building towards the XI for the Finals as well. Dhoni's comments about Gambhir not rotating strike does not make much sense nor his comments about not finishing the game early. Gambhir's strike rate was better than Dhoni's.One thing Dhoni must remember is Wkts. in hand are far more crucial than risky singles & losing wkts. Dhoni ran out 3 batsmen - Gambhir, Pathan & Vinay for singles that were not there -" Penny wise Pound foolish". This is poor way of rotating strike, MSD!

  • kiran9563 on February 15, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Dhoni is doing everything right so far in the ODI series. But i believe some one else has to take over the test captain responsibilities!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 15, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Dhoni is out of his mind. he is resting players in form like Gambhir and is giving chance to Raina, Jadeja who are yet to make their mark in this series. Also his rotation policy only includes Batsmen @ top order. Why not rest Jadeja and give Rahul Sharma a chance. His rotation is only for few selected players like Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer and Praveen kumar. Not for the non performing players.

  • Rush2Venky on February 15, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Bravo! How about wicketkeeping and captaincy? Any plans to put in a rotation on these?

  • rahulcricket007 on February 15, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    PLEASE ALLOW ROTATION POLICY IN MIDDLE ORDER ALSO , RAINA SHOULD BE REPLACED BY TIWARI .

  • wolf777 on February 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    How about rotating non-performing Suresh Raina out for Manoj Tiwari?

  • amersohail8 on February 15, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Dhoni you better rest and give youngsters more opportunities

  • StopSmoking on February 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    btw. I like the rotation policy as well, that was the best thing our think-tank did after long time ... like say final of the world cup.

  • SomeCents on February 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Why not 25 overs indeed???? Very funny stuff. Did you ever think that perhaps Dhoni gets an adrenalin rush when the overs run out and that is when he is able to perform magic? He uses the adrenalin to his advantage! At least the guy doesn't slow down for landmarks or try to remain not outs for his average. You have to believe he is doing what he believes gives the team the best chance to win. Top order batsmen (like Gambhir) shouldn't utter a word about this approach since they are speaking from...the PAVILLION!

  • on February 15, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Well said MSD ....,,....................................................

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  • on February 15, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Well said MSD ....,,....................................................

  • SomeCents on February 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Why not 25 overs indeed???? Very funny stuff. Did you ever think that perhaps Dhoni gets an adrenalin rush when the overs run out and that is when he is able to perform magic? He uses the adrenalin to his advantage! At least the guy doesn't slow down for landmarks or try to remain not outs for his average. You have to believe he is doing what he believes gives the team the best chance to win. Top order batsmen (like Gambhir) shouldn't utter a word about this approach since they are speaking from...the PAVILLION!

  • StopSmoking on February 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    btw. I like the rotation policy as well, that was the best thing our think-tank did after long time ... like say final of the world cup.

  • amersohail8 on February 15, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Dhoni you better rest and give youngsters more opportunities

  • wolf777 on February 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    How about rotating non-performing Suresh Raina out for Manoj Tiwari?

  • rahulcricket007 on February 15, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    PLEASE ALLOW ROTATION POLICY IN MIDDLE ORDER ALSO , RAINA SHOULD BE REPLACED BY TIWARI .

  • Rush2Venky on February 15, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Bravo! How about wicketkeeping and captaincy? Any plans to put in a rotation on these?

  • on February 15, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Dhoni is out of his mind. he is resting players in form like Gambhir and is giving chance to Raina, Jadeja who are yet to make their mark in this series. Also his rotation policy only includes Batsmen @ top order. Why not rest Jadeja and give Rahul Sharma a chance. His rotation is only for few selected players like Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer and Praveen kumar. Not for the non performing players.

  • kiran9563 on February 15, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Dhoni is doing everything right so far in the ODI series. But i believe some one else has to take over the test captain responsibilities!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nampally on February 15, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    India had choice to experiment even against WI. But they kept with the same XI & the same guys benched. I remember Rahul Sharma was benched for 10 matches in a row between England & WI successive matches. So what is new now? Why was Rohit denied spot in Tests?Jadeja & Raina keep playing whether they produce or not. Why rotate just the top 3, MSD? Rotate the middle order instead of benching Tiwary consistently 4 games in a row. Rotate the 2 all rounders & 5 seamers. While rotating the players, India must be building towards the XI for the Finals as well. Dhoni's comments about Gambhir not rotating strike does not make much sense nor his comments about not finishing the game early. Gambhir's strike rate was better than Dhoni's.One thing Dhoni must remember is Wkts. in hand are far more crucial than risky singles & losing wkts. Dhoni ran out 3 batsmen - Gambhir, Pathan & Vinay for singles that were not there -" Penny wise Pound foolish". This is poor way of rotating strike, MSD!