February 11, 2012

Does rotation work for India?

Why the idea of having those in the top order take turns at playing is flawed
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Of late, Indian cricket seems to have completely wrapped itself around the idea of the rotation policy. A good time to ask exactly what this policy is.

The concept took form when Australian cricket reached its crescendo in the early 2000s. Those were times when not only were they indomitable both home and away, the manner in which they destroyed oppositions gave them an aura of invincibility. Teams seemed to turn up against them merely to participate, not compete; the winner was usually decided before the first ball was bowled. Australia's record of winning World Cups without dropping a single match on their way to the title epitomised their dominance. They had got to a stage where the only way to improve was to compete with themselves. They needed to find ways to raise the already high bar further.

That's when they introduced a rotation policy for their in-form cricketers - essentially as a means to further boost their unequalled eminence. It meant a player would be rested after a few games, regardless of his sterling performances, in order to give an opportunity to his peers. The idea was to keep each of them on their toes, and more importantly to maintain their form.

Does this policy hold any relevance for India - especially now, when the team is under fire? We have been told that the three senior players at the top of the order will not all play at the same time. The rationale for this rotation is to give the youngsters an extended run, allowing them a cushion to fail in the middle order without worrying too much about getting the sack.

Noble thought, one would say, but isn't a fundamental principle of a rotation policy - alternating in-form players - being inverted completely in this case? Ironically, India are rotating the players who are already struggling for form, which means they are almost resigned to losing an early wicket each time. That is a concern in itself, but the bigger concern is that a player will end up being rested after a solitary botched outing, thereby depriving him of the opportunity to play enough to rediscover form. It's easier for an in-form player to find his feet after a break than for one who is not among the runs.

If India still want to continue rotating players, they must give a few more opportunities to a player before dropping him for the next in line, rather than "resting" him after only a couple of failures

Principally the policy is both pragmatic and persuasive, but its use in India has been quite inappropriate. They had a golden opportunity to employ it in the Test series against West Indies at home. India should have decided to play only two of the three pillars in the middle order in any given match, which would have allowed both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to play all three matches in the series. They could also have allowed Ajinkya Rahane to open in at least a couple of Test matches by rotating the openers. They could have done all that because West Indies weren't that big a threat, and a little tinkering with the batting line-up wouldn't have cost India a match, playing at home as they were. Had they tried these men then, as part of the rotation policy, perhaps they could have fielded them in Australia too.

Applying the policy at the top has also sent a wrong message to the middle order. They are most likely to think that regardless of the errors they commit, they are guaranteed a place in the starting XI. Is that acceptable? While I understand there is a need to prepare for the future, does it have to be at the cost of sacrificing the present?

If India need to rotate players, they must do it with players who are in form and have earned a break. And if there's anyone in the current line-up who is in prime form, and hence can be rotated, it is Kohli, and we are told that his place in the side is sacrosanct.

If India still want to continue rotating players, they must give a few more opportunities to a player before dropping him for the next in line, rather than "resting" him after only a couple of failures. It makes little sense to rotate players after just one or two outings. There should be a method to this madness.

Also, if the idea is to placate the fans, who have been quite vocal in criticising the senior players for the Test debacle, by resting those seniors, it is a short-term solution. If India don't get back to winning ways, the fans will criticise not just the cricketers but also the unfathomable strategies employed by the team.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • time_out on February 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @VK10 "Had Dravid & VVS performed like him over the last year, they would have been kicked out. Time to kick SRT out of at least ODI's now." ----- Really?? Tendulkar's ODI loss of form is exactly 2 matches old... He scored 48 in the first game of this series and the last time he played an ODI prior to that was in the world cup where he was the 2nd highest scorer at 982 (18 behind Dilshan), with 2 centuries and 2 fifties. I'm not saying he merits a place because of what he did in the WC, but your comment reeks of so much bias that I just HAD to call it out.

  • VK10 on February 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    SRT, and the lobby behind him, is the only reason why this farce exists. Gambhir is only 30 yrs old and Sehwag 33 yrs old. They both have a shot at playing the 2014 WC in Oz-NZ and should therefore play the whole tri-series now. SRT is almost 39 yrs old, has no shot at the 2014 WC, and has been rank ordinary for a year now. Had Dravid & VVS performed like him over the last year, they would have been kicked out. Time to kick SRT out of at least ODI's now. He should focus on tests only, which is a better test for the true art of batting anyway.

  • zig1 on February 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    If BCCI is serious about India's cericket future then it should make mandatory for players to go through rotation policy for IPL matches and not ODIs.

  • Ariftikhar on February 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Well there is always that thin line when to drop when to give the player another chance. overall this is a just another gamble. it pays off the captain is good it doesn't the captain has to be in the line of fire.

  • SatyajitM on February 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    The roration policy, just like most of the other things has it's merit and demerits. On the Pro side, Rohit and Raina get an extended run irrespective or their failures which would give them the sense of security and they won't get desperate with one/two failures. On the cons side, the team may not always be the best 11 as you are experimenting. Also Rohit and Raina (and even Jadeja) may not put the extra effort knowing their position is safe. @LillianThomson, do little more study before you put your comments. Lara actually has a worse 4th inning record (close to 35), Kallis has slightly better (around 42) but not spectacular record. Ponting has very good career 4th inning record (@53) but if you choose last five years (not a short period) this drops interestingly to 38.5! My theory on this is that players in better teams get a more achievable 4th innings target which they often surpass and remain not out pushing up the avg. Same player when playing for a weaker team start failing.

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    I think Sehwag has to go. He needs to go back to basics when he is playing on bouncy tracks. He is a phenomenal cricketer on low bounce tracks, but he is powerless on such tracks. We need him for the next Australia tour (WorldCup) and to do that he has to go back to drawing board and revamp his strategy. That takes some time.

  • ravi-1967 on February 13, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    It is good to give an extended run for people like Raina and Rohit so that they get used to playing. Virat was persisted with in the test series and it has yeilded results and the same logic holds good for the others.

    Also keeping in mind that the next world cup is in AUs this is a good move and so far has yeilded results. May instead of rotating the seniors drop Sehwag as he is terrible.

  • vineetkarthi on February 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    The truth of the matter is this: the player who most deserves to be dropped under rotation policy is the Captain himself and the second most deserving is the Vice-Captain. And yet they will find excuses for dropping Sachin. If not for the fact that these players represent India, I would have wished them the worst. One thought that Mohinder Amarnath as a Selector would show more courage and intelligence. So far, no good...

  • on February 13, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Don't you get it?? India has never been too keen in rotation policy.. The problem is certain sachin tendulkar who is not ready to let go. And all three openers are out of form but have too high stature to kick them out of the team. Previously India has played them all with gauti batting at no. 3 but playing all the three togather is not intelligent any more not to give youngsters a chance but becoz it'd be stupid to play 3 out of form openers. Hence the excuse of rotation policy. Once the so-called god retires 10-20 yrs later, the rotation policy wud be scrapped. Btw how can you even think about resting the only in form player virat?

  • desireuben1 on February 13, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    rotation policy is good when all three players are playing well. but in this case, sehwag is just waste. I would say just drop him out of the series and let him watch how others play. Sehwag has got enough time to get acquainted with the australian conditions and bowlers, he must sit out and rethink his technique.

  • time_out on February 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @VK10 "Had Dravid & VVS performed like him over the last year, they would have been kicked out. Time to kick SRT out of at least ODI's now." ----- Really?? Tendulkar's ODI loss of form is exactly 2 matches old... He scored 48 in the first game of this series and the last time he played an ODI prior to that was in the world cup where he was the 2nd highest scorer at 982 (18 behind Dilshan), with 2 centuries and 2 fifties. I'm not saying he merits a place because of what he did in the WC, but your comment reeks of so much bias that I just HAD to call it out.

  • VK10 on February 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    SRT, and the lobby behind him, is the only reason why this farce exists. Gambhir is only 30 yrs old and Sehwag 33 yrs old. They both have a shot at playing the 2014 WC in Oz-NZ and should therefore play the whole tri-series now. SRT is almost 39 yrs old, has no shot at the 2014 WC, and has been rank ordinary for a year now. Had Dravid & VVS performed like him over the last year, they would have been kicked out. Time to kick SRT out of at least ODI's now. He should focus on tests only, which is a better test for the true art of batting anyway.

  • zig1 on February 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    If BCCI is serious about India's cericket future then it should make mandatory for players to go through rotation policy for IPL matches and not ODIs.

  • Ariftikhar on February 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Well there is always that thin line when to drop when to give the player another chance. overall this is a just another gamble. it pays off the captain is good it doesn't the captain has to be in the line of fire.

  • SatyajitM on February 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    The roration policy, just like most of the other things has it's merit and demerits. On the Pro side, Rohit and Raina get an extended run irrespective or their failures which would give them the sense of security and they won't get desperate with one/two failures. On the cons side, the team may not always be the best 11 as you are experimenting. Also Rohit and Raina (and even Jadeja) may not put the extra effort knowing their position is safe. @LillianThomson, do little more study before you put your comments. Lara actually has a worse 4th inning record (close to 35), Kallis has slightly better (around 42) but not spectacular record. Ponting has very good career 4th inning record (@53) but if you choose last five years (not a short period) this drops interestingly to 38.5! My theory on this is that players in better teams get a more achievable 4th innings target which they often surpass and remain not out pushing up the avg. Same player when playing for a weaker team start failing.

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    I think Sehwag has to go. He needs to go back to basics when he is playing on bouncy tracks. He is a phenomenal cricketer on low bounce tracks, but he is powerless on such tracks. We need him for the next Australia tour (WorldCup) and to do that he has to go back to drawing board and revamp his strategy. That takes some time.

  • ravi-1967 on February 13, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    It is good to give an extended run for people like Raina and Rohit so that they get used to playing. Virat was persisted with in the test series and it has yeilded results and the same logic holds good for the others.

    Also keeping in mind that the next world cup is in AUs this is a good move and so far has yeilded results. May instead of rotating the seniors drop Sehwag as he is terrible.

  • vineetkarthi on February 13, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    The truth of the matter is this: the player who most deserves to be dropped under rotation policy is the Captain himself and the second most deserving is the Vice-Captain. And yet they will find excuses for dropping Sachin. If not for the fact that these players represent India, I would have wished them the worst. One thought that Mohinder Amarnath as a Selector would show more courage and intelligence. So far, no good...

  • on February 13, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Don't you get it?? India has never been too keen in rotation policy.. The problem is certain sachin tendulkar who is not ready to let go. And all three openers are out of form but have too high stature to kick them out of the team. Previously India has played them all with gauti batting at no. 3 but playing all the three togather is not intelligent any more not to give youngsters a chance but becoz it'd be stupid to play 3 out of form openers. Hence the excuse of rotation policy. Once the so-called god retires 10-20 yrs later, the rotation policy wud be scrapped. Btw how can you even think about resting the only in form player virat?

  • desireuben1 on February 13, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    rotation policy is good when all three players are playing well. but in this case, sehwag is just waste. I would say just drop him out of the series and let him watch how others play. Sehwag has got enough time to get acquainted with the australian conditions and bowlers, he must sit out and rethink his technique.

  • CaughtAndBowled on February 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    2 wins out of 3 matches is not all that bad !!! We didn't follow the rotation policy in England and we lost all the 5 one dayers. It is naive to suggest we should opted for rotation policy against West Indies!! What do you expect to gain from that?? You need to test a stable middle order against a better opposition in alien condition. That is what happened exactly and I am sure this will serve India's purpose in long run considering few of the middle order players playing test cricket are going to disappear in the next year or so and also the next world cup is going to be played in Australia so trying the youngesters in such condition is a good idea

  • Tiptop32 on February 12, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    The moment Sachin's turn came for rotation all cricket pundits came up with lot of thought processes. Where were you when other players were rested. In a country where even cricket logic is thought around one individual person, I don't think we can expect any team spirit. Shame on you Akash for writing this kind of article.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 12, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    india is rotating one player - that too in a real predictable manner...and there is so much hue and cry about it....if india were serious about rotation, they should make 3-4 categories (openers, middle order, all rounder, bowlers) and have candidates in each category and play in situations (form and conditions) that are best suited for them.

  • Leggie on February 12, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Fully agree with Aakash Chopra. This Indian team is struggling to put in a win on board in the first place, and only a *settled* lineup can make winning a habit. Of course, this team is not winning and changes have to be made to get to a combination that starts winning. Experimenting to just get to this point should be just fine. But then, if there is a policy that Sehwag/gambhir/Sachin will be rotated at any cost, then it will be nothing less than a joke. All three are not definite starters in the lineup based on their current form and it will definitely not be rotation to leave one of them each game. All three needs a decent run to get to form. Or they need to be rested to get away from their misery.

  • on February 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Its not about rotations or resting or dropping or retiring players... the problem lies with their attitude... they are all STARS... they dont like criticism... if they are not performing its not their fault... "we won 2-0 at home..." to quote Sehwag... I have a suggestion dont drop them dont rotate them dont rest or retire them... just STOP them from playing IPL... I'll bet all my saving (which might not even be Tendulkar's one match fee... ;) ) they WILL perform... BCCI has always said that your first duty is your country... well... NOW is the time to prove that... If as the BCCI say IPL is not just about money... then dont let these players play in IPL... on the other hand if they do play and perform in the IPL then... IPL must be mightier than India... you decide... INDIA or IPL...

  • Rahul_78 on February 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Dont agree with you on this one Aakash. The 3 seniors have already had 8 outings in the tests and few tour games to get back in the form but they couldn't. So how does one expect them to get into form by playing the ODI's.Also today's ODI games have evolved spectaculary and one needs to be an excellent fielder to compete. With Indias fast bowlers and Ashwin being ordinary in the field you cant afford to carry more passengers. And how does it convey the message to Rohit, Jadeja, Raina and Tiwari that irrespective of how many errors they commit they will still be selected, as any young batsmen who is struggling to make his place in the side needs backing and assurance from the team management that they will certainly get a long rope and should try and play their natural game and not worry about being dropped. This worked for Kohli as he got in to the form. The botttom line is this issue wouldnt have cropped up if Sachin had retired after the world cup. What is there left to be achieved?

  • LillianThomson on February 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @SRT-Genius thinks that Tendulkar's pursuit of personal milestones helps the team "90% of the time". That's interesting. Tendulkar's average score in the fourth innings of Tests is a pathetic 38.12, which is far below Kallis, Lara and Ponting and reduces him to his true team value, which is even inferior to players like Ijaz Ahmed, Mohammed Yousaf and Gary Kirsten. So we are talking about a player long past his best who was not a 4th innings matchwinner anyway, who is obstructing the progress of players like Rohit Sharma who are unlikely to be any worse in the 4th innings.

  • musingsofamoron on February 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Rotation of Players at the top is the right way to go. It would show how inadequate our pack of youngsters are and stop this imprudent clamouring for youngsters to be roped in (just because they are young).

  • xylo on February 12, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @Aakash... the easiest way out would be for Sachin to hang up his boots. But when he is keen on making himself available after not reaching a personal milestone during the test series, the captain needs to be able to ascertain himself. He does understand that not selecting Sachin for any matches would spark a riot gleefully incited by Gavaskar and Co. So, he is playing a fine balancing act.

  • sg05 on February 12, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    ROTATION POLICY IS WORST 1 ,sachin TENDULKAR will be rotated means WHY not DHONI have to be replaced by P.PATEL , sehwag has a worst records in AUS but SACHIN is the man having greatest records in aus ,WHAT A hell going on ,Dhoni strategies going Wrong ,worst policies BECOZ of dhoni s words give pressure to sachin AND he feel uncomfortable now he got REST by his mindset..........

  • sachin86 on February 12, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @al_bundy1

    Really funny.Seems you're still stuck in 2007.Have you atleast had a chance to look up the stats of sachin past 5 years let alone watching the matches he played?He scored 1500+ runs in 2010 which is his highest run aggregate in a calender year in his entire career.Ponting,if not for this series would've been dropped.He has been without a century for more than 2 years before this series.Goes to show how much pressure sachin endures compared to all others.Can you just imagine sachin having same form as ponting?he would've been slayed by now by media and people like you.

  • aswin.mohan2 on February 12, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1, how is it?? where was the so called GOD in 2007 world cup? huh, how about 2003?? now plz dnt argue that he didnt play in the final... u may say that it was the time team needed him. can i ask u 1 questn, is it the final that all matters n not the way to finals, without him the team wouldnt have reached the finals. Now what, to provide oppurtunities 4 youngsters..that's the reason y he retired from t20 intentionally and not by the pressure from the team, in the case where he wins in the purple cap in ipl 2010, and the 2nd highest scorer in 2011 ipl(still calling selfish). onething too, many ask the same question, how many matches the team won when he has played a reasonable innings... just think y is everyone selecting sachin 4 dis comparison? it can be anyone else....still sachin, due to his excellence and dependence on him. Looking forward to the negatives of a man who is the soul of a nation is pathetic. WINNING IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A TEAM AND NOT AN INDIVIDUAL'S.

  • landl47 on February 12, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    I can't see any rational thinking in what Aakash Chopra is saying. He puts forward no alternative to what India is doing, he just simply says it is wrong. He seems muddled about the difference between Australia in 2000, who were so good that they could afford to give players a break, and India in 2011/12 who are so old and so bad that half the team needs to be replaced. Australia's policy was designed to rest players; India's is designed to give young players experience while not putting them in the position of having to carry the side. The old guard might hang around a bit longer, but not much; the young players aren't ready yet. Trying to make the transition gradual is simple common sense. India are going to lose some series, but at the end of it hopefully they will come back with a good young squad.

  • zenboomerang on February 12, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    At present, Oz is going through a slow & painful rebuilding phase of its 3 national teams... CA has followed (sometimes) the Argus report & is looking to build squads of 16 players for each team that can slot in without causing undue problems... This allows for out of form players & retirements, so when that happens you do not see the collapse of the team like what occurred from 2007... It looks like India may be following a similar approach - especially when playing at home...

  • zenboomerang on February 12, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @Aakash Chopra :- "the idea of having those in the top order take turns at playing is flawed"... Not from what you have written... If India make it to the finals they could play possibly 21 innings over a period of 10 weeks... That is a lot of cricket & a lot of travelling... Considering the top 3 haven't fired so far, it is a good time to look at trying the younger brigade with 8 matches before the finals... If the youngsters fire up great, if not you still have your experienced older players to fall back on...

  • zenboomerang on February 12, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @Harry_Kool... Yes with the 3 formats there is the possibility of 25 innings over the whole summer for cricketers playing for Oz... Burn out would be expected - so we need rotation...

  • zenboomerang on February 12, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @Nampally... Agree, the whole team (ex capt) should be looked at & their current form when selecting for future games...

  • raj60 on February 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    @Nitin Sawhney Some interesting stats on Irfan under Dhoni's captaincy; 34 matches, 362 runs at 18 and 37 wkts at 42.35. No wonder he is not one of Dhoni's Fav.

  • on February 12, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Contd... And coming your so called ponting... I believ you dont know the fact that he was about to be dropped at the start of the series. That was his situation... He couldn't score a century in about more than 15-16 months.... For that matter not many half centuries as well.. pathetic average.... coming to playing when needed for team and all.. What has he done when the team needed him against mediocore NZ... how about in Ashes.... It is the pathetic indian bowling line up that provided him the much needed break. that to he got it in home ...and now also in odi's three single digits... but still he earned his place in team .. according to u.. the fact is that when team is winning.. nothing seems a problem. but if it starts losing... then only these questions wil come... Given the conditions.. except sachin,kohli and ashwin.. no other current player can win match for india..And if india wants to win this series stick with these atleast til thy reach final. my sincere advise.be logical

  • on February 12, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @al_bundy1 ... I Just can't stop laughing reading your mediocore comments.. no offences though.... Similarly i just want to ask few questions the way u asked...where was your so called dhoni,guati before thw c final.. and for your information .. yuvi has not done anthing amazing in the final either.. It is at the mercy of Sachin and Yuvi.that india was in WC final.. and these two were the main contenders for the Man of the Tournament award as well.. And coming to 2007 wc... So you asking Sachin to play all the matches starting from Holland,bangaldesh to SA and AUS and get those hendreds in each and every wc match and simply giv the cup to india? Come on man.. be practical. Its a team game and what the hell other players are doing?? Guys like you pin point his failure leaving others failures no matter how often they are done by others. This itself proves that everybody has got that innate acceptable feeling that Sachin is the best and becuase of some other feeling you cant accept fact

  • on February 12, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    The writer seems to have completely missed the point - one is rested in turn and not based upon performance. Also, just for a match and then he is back for the next two matches. And as it turns out the policy has been extended to bowlers too with Praveen being rested and Umesh coming in. Why not for the middle order? Good question. They shd apply the policy for the middle order too. Yes, the policy shd hv ben tried out against the WI at home but after the drubbing in England I think they just wanted to make sure that they win everything possible to get rid off that bad memories!

  • manoj.aspen on February 12, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Thakur Suraj Singh Bundela: Dhoni has always been like that. he played games with yuvraj and now playing with Sehwag. if Dhoni wants to give chance to Rohit for next World cup then why he came ahead of Rohit in 2nd 20/20 when 40 odd runs were needed to win in 7 overs. why double standard??

  • crick_wizard on February 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    why dont the rotate the selectors? we will get some respite from Mr Srikanth..:)

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    sehwag and gambhir should go play country cricket india should give chance to guys like rahane, manoj tiwary etc but we are missing yuvi though

  • Alexk400 on February 12, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    if i were sehwag , i will sit out against australia . Let someone be scapegoat. Hahaha. Sachin need a century so he want to play every game. No one dare to bench sachin. So it will be sehwag or gambhir will sit out again. I think sehwag should. anyway he is not performing even against srilanka.. i think it is good for sehwag. Sehwag normally play well when team behind him strong. When team is weak like now , he won't perform. So i would bench sehwag whole ODI series all test series in overseas until he learns to play for the team. Sachin also play for himself just for his stats. Atleast he score something , sehwag gets out if things don't go his way. I think rest is better for sehwag and i am sehwag hardcore fan. I think he should come back to india and ready for IPL.

  • henchart on February 12, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Perish the thought of dropping Tendulkar.No one in the current or past team can touch his achievements with beanpole.His presence itself motivates his team and puts fear of devil among the opponents.Manchester1990,Perth1992,Johannesburg1992,Edgbaston1996,Newlands1997,Madras1999,Melbourne 1999 were all his gem knocks and the list is quite lengthy.He excels where rest flounder.Centurion2010 is a recent example where the Wall,stylish Hyderabadi could not put bat on ball withhout trouble but SRT scored a century.SRT is the Best .

  • tanweeralam on February 12, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    What an Idea Sirjeeee!!! Dropping future and In-form Player's like Kohli for out of form and sedated players like Sehwag/Gambhir/ Tendulkar who can not last for more than 2 years? Tendulkar of-course can play till 50 on his laurels. And how selfish he has been can be proved by his intention to play tri-series.

  • moBlue on February 12, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @al_bundy1: not so fast! i looked up statsguru... between 25 jan. 2010 and 24 jan 2011, sachin averaged 77 in test cricket!!! sure in the next 1 year, he averaged only 37 over 11 tests... guess how much the other stalwarts in team IND averaged over that same time period? i don't guess, i looked... sehwag averaged 28, gambhir 25, dravid 51 [though dravid had averaged 37 in the previous year], laxman 37 as well, and dhoni 28... so the trinity is still #1, 2 and 3 over the last year, and certainly emphatically so in the year before that. so... why are you totally ignoring sachin's monumental average a year before and focusing on him when there are 3 other batsmen who are clearly under-performing him even at the present moment, abd definitely they *all* did so a year previously [in fact, most if not all batters in the world did so a year ago]?!? do you not recognize once-in-a-lifetime "class" if it comes and bites you in the rear? btw, sachin has not at all been in poor form even lately!

  • Mitcher on February 12, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Obviously much easier to convince the average boosters to fill their boots against weak WI opposition on featherbeds tracks than against an in form side in slightly challenging conditions. The cult of individual record worship is to blame as much as anything.

  • anand32026 on February 11, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    rotation in team India no....why rotation in between opners not for middle order all rounders and bowlers..rohit and raina? pathan an jadeja? vinay and yadav?why alwys opner shoule rotates...why not this peoples rotates.Rotation policy is for winning team not for loosing team.we go always best 11 not go for rotation.

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 11, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @sachin86 : Sachin is obviously an all time great and there is no need to chant about it. And him chasing records often helps the team.. probably 90% of the times. The question is Is Sachin putting himself ahead of the team the remaining 10% of the occasions ? Also, making himself "available" in Aus, when youngsters should have been tried out, one of those selfish occasions ? Thoughts ?

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 11, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    @sachin86, Nobody can call Ponting or Kallis selfish because of the simple reason - they are still performing for their team. Ponting and Kallis recently scored centuries and double centuries for their country, when their country needed them. When was the last time the so-called GOD of cricket scored a century for India when India needed it? In past 1 year, he hasn't helped India win a match, or even draw one. Sure, he was great 10 years ago, but so was Gavaskar 30 years ago. Do u want Gavaskar to open the batting for India now? Plus, have you seen Ponting's fielding? He's like a tiger on the field - taking impossible catches and preventing sure boundaries.

  • Harry_Kool on February 11, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    With so many games in 3 formats in so many differing conditions, I would suggest rotation is the only way to keep standards up otherwise burn-out will occur. Not sure India would be any different, the article should have plainly said rotation for any team other than India. But to each their own, India's problem & they can work on solutions, I am happy with what our guys are doing.

  • BravoBravo on February 11, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    As said in last sentence of the article "If India don't get back to winning ways" is kind of hype. As for, IND winning ways were limited to home games, not outside the cozy comfort of their home grounds. These kind of articles create a total misconception about a team which is a below average team, has been and will remain so. As long as Shewag and Tendul in team, IND does not have a chance tow win, they are huge liabilities. Anyway, we are only few hours away before IND looses this ODI too. Good luck to AUS and IND both.

  • on February 11, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    In this ODI team except Tendulkar , Kholi no one has the technique to bat in Aus. Also Sachin match wining rate go with only indian team match wining ratio. India only won matches here and there. What you expect? Ponting story is diffrent. He played with Mcrath/Warne/Hyden/Gilly. Even some one batted well , you need to get 20 wickets. Can any indian bowlers do in overseas. In every matches , oppostion bowlers do so many preplans to get Tendulkar's wicket. That's tells his tallent.

    Dhoni want to bring his CSK as indian team. That is all.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 11, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @henchart, Where was your so-called GOD of cricket in 2007 World cup. How is it, that when HE plays GODS watch, could not even score a few runs against Bangladesh in 2007 World Cup? Where was he against Sri Lanka in 2011 World Cup final? A star is some one who plays when his team needs him, but this non-performing star ditched his team when they needed him. If it wasn't for youngsters like Gauti, Virat, Dhoni and Yuvi, we would have lost 2011 World Cup final. Zaheer Khan and company did an excellent job of limiting Sri Lanka to a manageable total.

  • Vilander on February 11, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    If you don't believe in something don't write an article on it. Weak arguments, bad article. Everyone should just let this one go as if this article never existed,Akash never wrote it, BCCI for once is doing the right thing.

  • AvidCricFan on February 11, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Where ever seniors are included, including Shewag, rotation should be included to give young talent chances. As is Shewag's rate of firing once in 6-7 innings he plays. Its not like he will be missed a lot. Gambhir is also in the same boat, specially against AUS. They have sorted out both very well.

  • on February 11, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Why is Irfan Pathan in Australia? To bowl in the nets?

  • Kapil_Choudhary on February 11, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    This "rotation policy" is just being hyped by the media and articles like these. Its only purpose is to give both Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina a consistent run in Australia. Kohli undoubtedly deserves a place on merit, Jadeja provides an all-rounder option and India is just not bold enough to "drop" Gambhir or Sehwag yet. As far as Sachin goes, no one truly expects him to play in all the 8 league matches. He was anyways going to be rested for 2-3 of those games. You can bet your last dollar that in the finals (or in a must win match to get to the final), the one with the worst performance till then out of Rohit, Raina, Gambhir and Jadeja will be dropped (though officially he may still be "rested")

  • Nampally on February 11, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    The idea of rotating players is not new. India is the last country who are cottoning on to it. England, Australia, SA & even Pakistan do it. These Nations have separate captains & teams for each format. India is still sticking on to Dhoni despite his totally unimaginative captaincy. Rotation in true sense must have 3 teams for Tests, ODI's & t-20's. Some of the players may be common. This gives sufficient rest for players because they are not playing all formats.I do not think the Test players should be allowed to play IPL - T-20. This is corrupting their game.I also do not agree for rotation only amongst top 3 guys. Why not full XI? What about the fast bowlers who get injured due to too much cricket?" Rest" the outstanding players but do not call it "Rested" when a player is dropped due to poor form. Also select the player on Fitness & Form - not on past reputation & indifferent current form. Age should not be the criterion as long the player is fit & in form.Let it be even field.

  • jango_moh on February 11, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    who is managing this indian team??? even if they were rotating for rohit, y the hell would u say that in public and put pressure on rohit..... its crazy!!! and no irfan pathan as an allrounder in Australian coniditions?? somebody needs to step in and take hold of this indian team..... all this puts Ganguly's captaincy into perspective.... Dhoni like average cricketers... anybody remember Joginder sharma in T20 WC?? although he did a good last over in the final, he still wasnt international quality....

  • on February 11, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Raina can be rested against aussies as we need to strngthen top order .. Raina can always play against srilankan spinners, If they play spinners. Would like to see Irfan a chance in place of praveen may be against srilanka..

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Akash chopra makes a weak case against the rotation policy.Ideally,investing in promising youngsters is a great idea.Rotation need not be an invincible team's forte.It is merely a method to ensure that the bench also gets match practice.Ideally,Sehwag in onedayers and Laxman in tests must be dropped based on their current form.Ashwin must be promoted up the order,if only to give us an extra batsman.The focus must be on restricting the aussies by bowling wicket to wicket and seam bowling instead of swing...

  • SaneVoice on February 11, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @henchart, @SRThero, - Kohli scored a hundred in tests and your hero couldn't. How do you explain it? Never knew the almighty couldn't handle a rookie attack.

  • VickGower on February 11, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    I am fed up of these substandard articles. " The rationale for this rotation is to give the youngsters an extended run, allowing them a cushion to fail in the middle order without worrying too much about getting the sack." A significant part of the rationale that you missed is, as Dhoni/Sehwag said, 2014 world cup will be happening in Australia, and it is very important for the trio of Raina/Kohli/Rohit to gain some ODI experience in these conditions. Now you may have issues with that too, but the point is, that its inaccurate/lazy journalism to base a whole article on a premise that is totally inaccurate.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    I think these players and the board have turned shameless, even all the experts and former players have said all that can be done to save indian cricket, but all in deaf ears !!! Sehwag, gambhir, dhoni should be done, and i dont know what pride sachin will get by scoring that ton coz he hasnt even saved a single match, truly selfish

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    It is ridiculous statement by Shehwag who has no clue of batting in aus piteches. It is Shehwag and Gambhirs poor performance resulted in white wash in test series. They are consistan tin failing in every innings and it became so predictable the indian batting after 1st session of every innings. The prrssure was straigtaway pu ton middle order ever time. Shewag doesnt deserve plac ein the team in the first place and he is not getting younger any more. Rotating Tendulkr in the top for poor form Shehwag and Gambir , Indi aonly making sure they lose all thjose matches. When tendulkar not playuing in ODI in subcontinent last 2 yrs and not going to play many matches what sthe poin tin rotating him when we know he is the only player who has the right technique and experirnce in aus pitches to score runs.

  • SRThero on February 11, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @henchart you are awesome.I agreed with you. Sehwag must be dropped.

  • on February 11, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Let Gautam and Sachin open.Indians do not have guts to drop Sachin. No matter what. He want his 100th Century. Let Sehway come in middle order. I bet India will win this match. Try it. You are loosing very match against Australia anyway,

  • Vishal_07 on February 11, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Some good points made by Akash. Indian cricket is in total funk and nobody has any idea what the team management is thinking, if any thinking is being done that is. I put this squarely on coach's shoulders who has been nothing but detrimental to the side that won the WC, and became #1 in Test!

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Excellent writeup - rotation makes sense among in-form players and when you are spoiled for choices. Youngsters must make their mark in whatever chances they get and be served on platter with extended run w/o performing. That is how previous greats got into team, it should not be any different for current generation.

  • hagar009 on February 11, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Who are Match Winner's, Record says it all…. Tendulkar 51- Test 100's IND has won 20 Matches Ponting 41-Test 100's AUS has won 27 Matches Kallis 41-Test 100's SA has won 19 Matches Inzamam-ul-Haq 25-Test 100's Pak has won 17 Matches

  • Adityacrkt on February 11, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    I wish Akash sir loooks at my views... The rotation for India works if it's properly planned and worked out.. Thnx to the Indian Mgmt for availing the rotation policy now.. I totally agree with the approach towards for giving ampple chances to the youngsters.. The reason behind giving them ample chances is to find the better replacmnts for the greats of Indian Crkt... As of now i bet u none of the player deserves to replace the Indian Greats whoever it may be-Viru, Sachin, Dravid VVS... Its a fact to be accepted both in ODIS AND TESTS.... The reason behind the failure to find replacements for them is fault of both the mgmt and the youngsters whoever were gvn chance... Murali Vijay, Uthappa, dhawan, badrinath, mukund, rahane, rohith, Saurabh tiwary, Naman ojha, Yusuf pathan-If these players wud have clkd whenever they were provided the opportunities u wud have seen a much more strong Indian side in all ways and a Younger side infact and u wud have had a good competition btwn them..

  • sachin86 on February 11, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @Ganjack

    Funny how people here say sachin is selfish.Aren't ponting and kallis still playing who are close to 37?Another ridiculous thing people here say is sachin isn't a match-winner.I think people who haven't seen cricket in their life would say such utter ignorant comments.I mean 99 tons and more than 150 50s and they're nothing?So,in that sense justin langer and damien martyn are light years ahead of Lara,sachin and dravid combined as they've "won" many more matches than these guys combined. Winning is dependent on the team not on an individual.A batsman's job is to score runs and sachin did it consistently more than any other batsman.Which is why he is the greatest.

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    bring johinder sharma!!!!!! dhoni's lucky charmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    As per the rotation policy of Team India to give more chances to Youngsters, it is Tendulkar's turn to sit out in the crucial match against Australia.

  • harekare on February 11, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Dhoni also should be dropped. Saw his callous batting in the last odi. Aweful. But for 3 players Kohli ,Jadeja and Ashwin India would have lost.

  • SagirParkar on February 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    i agree with Akash that the rotation should have been done against the West Indies at home in the test matches.. this rotation business in the ODIs seems a farce to me. and it appears that only Sehwag and Gambhir are rotating..Tendulkar appears to enjoy the favour of the Board and seems to be given an extended leash to try and get that monkey off his back - you know the much hyped 100th hundred.. Agree with GanJack that if Dravid and Laxman are to be left out of the test squad, so should Tendulkar, if not imminently then atleast the right preparation should be started..

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Rotation policy is good one and i agree with chopra that it should have been implied long ago in WI or even ENG tour . regarding rotating only top 3 is bit mysterious why not rotating middle order if its not delivering . People are raising voice against big 3 but i am surprised what sehwag has offered overseas in last couple of years with average in 20 s and still he is always forgiven v strange but true fact.

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

    No one is scoring except Kohli and Tendulkar to some extent. Henc give youngsters a chance rather than stickking to the old unfit players with big tummy(Laxman for instance)Gambhir, shewag, should depart immidiately! Now.

  • on February 11, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Rotation policy is good move by India. It would help to avoid injuries and will help in India registering wins if the rotation is done in right way. Looking at number of injuries in the last year, its good to have such a policy in place.

  • sudhindranath on February 11, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Well, "rotation" is another way of saying "we can't drop some players even though they are too old and are not playing well, so we came up with a compromise formula". If you have a surplus pool of young talents, I can understand the idea of rotation. But we are rotating older players, which only means they are not good enough and we can't the muster the courage to tell them they are being dropped from the team.

  • on February 11, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    If u drop Tendulkar , then no one in indian team. I am not a indian cricket fan but Tendulkar fan. We only watch tv when he play. Can any one tell me , in this indian team anyone else ready to stay in cricket for 15 years at least (Dhoni debut Dec 24 2004 already talk about quit). We watching him since 1989 . Still he has the same passion for cricket. He is an IDOL for the world cricket. Anyone want to compete him , only go with merit not like age or anything else.Do not compare Ghambir or Shewag or Dhoni to Tendulkar. Give me a good reason to keep Dhoni in the team. We have to wait and see how long luck will work for Dhoni. Last world cup , he did not do in the final, but without him team can not get in to the final. vs Aus/ vs Pak. No one in indian cricket can not tell him to cricket bcz he is the perfect man.

    a) No scandals in 23 years carear b) The most wanted cricketer in and out side of india by people ,players, management,media

  • correctcall on February 11, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @LilllianThomson re your first comment do you think SRT is likely to "take one for the team" and allow Srini and Dhoni to accept DRS in an effort to enhance Ashwin and Ojha's LBW haul at home. Given previous form of self interest first it is an interesting conundrum.

  • playitstraight on February 11, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    This rotation policy is fair enough, but it applies for everyone, and that includes the little big man waiting for that hundred. Seriously, Sachin needs to be rotated as well, he can't take another 45-50 matches just to get that hundred. Gambhir and Viru need to get their chances as well. It is better if Rohit, Raina, and Virat stay in the side for a long time without being dropped and give them an extended run even if they do not perform. The reason is, is that they will perform well at some time and get back into form. It is a good plan, and they are the future of Indian cricket. Once Sachin gets his hundred, it's time to retire not only from ODIs but also from Tests, gradually. We need some more young talent, badly. There are so many youngsters, eagerly waiting for a chance. One day, I hope the team will look like this: Gambhir (c), Sehwag, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Saha (wk), Irfan, Ashwin, Ishant, Praveen, and Yadav.

  • chapathishot on February 11, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @LilianThomson: What do you meant as sporting tracks ,the tracks in Sub continent also are sporting but it is because of some of the so called greatest ineptitude to play spin bowling it is called doctored .We don't hide our players ineptitude in facing good seam bowling in lively tracks as doctored green tracks.One more thing if England played the team consisting of the current bowling form They should also have been beaten 5-0 in the Ashes.So savior that win because it will take another 25 years to win one more

  • TonyRai on February 11, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    So when will Irfan Pathan ever get a chance? Doesn't seem any rotation for him. Maybe Dhoni should put personal likes and dislikes aside and think abut what is best for Winning.

  • joseyesu on February 11, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I agree with the authour. Why you need rotation when nobody is performing? I opt for Sachin, Sehwag, Gambir, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Irfan, Jadeja, Ashwin/Rahul, Zak, Prav/Yadav. If want to make a choice then do with Irfan and Jadeja. Dhoni is making mistakes and at the same time he is repeating it to prove that he is right. If Ind would have lost last match, he would be thrashed.

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    BCCI has adopted this rotation policy to keep cricketers out of injury for IPL. Whether this rotation policy is useful for Team or not is concerned for IPL. They want these cricketers fit for IPL. This Team India is IPL servant and completely unfit and useless to play International Cricket or Test Cricket. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Giving a chance to younger players when WI toured India would have been right except for the fact that India just had a dismal tour of England getting a whitewash. Perhaps the team management wanted to play it safe against WI even thought they were seen as a the weaker team and play the stalwarts. It should left to the players to decide if they want to include IPL in their strenuous schedule or sit out. No one who is overstretched by playing in IPL should be included in a test series for at least the next 3 months.

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    mr. manoj.aspen i think you are suffering from brain cancer...you have no right to use such words against dhoni who incidentally won two world cups for india...here i want so say one thing that is don't rotate who are in form..

  • hsitasP on February 11, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    One of the Big 4 (Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag) should have been rested one Test each in the Ind Aus Test series itself. This should given a chance for Rohit to play in every match and atleast we would have found out by now (like Kohli) if he is good enough for Tests.

  • on February 11, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    The rotation policy should be simple. Play the best team. If somebody performs badly for five six matches consecutively change him and bring in somebody else. So also if somebody is injured, has a niggle ar just plain tired after playing too many consecutive matches give him a rest and bring somebody else in. Now Sachin Tendulkar has already retired from T20, he is not playing any of the easy ODIs India has. What else do you want. It is not enough to just blood youngsters. You need people like Sachin to guide them against teams like Australia in Australia. And by the by Raina, Kohli and Rohit are not new comers or inexperienced to talk about giving them opportunities and extended runs. One has played more than a 100 internationals and the other two are also closing in on the milestone. So if they don't perform just dump them and bring in others like Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwari or the like.

  • henchart on February 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Tendulkar steered India to win against Eng at Chepauk in late 2008.Sehwag laid the platform then and Yuvraj singh supported Tendulkar admirably.But folks,Tendulkar is notch above both Dravid and VVS put together as a batsman and has no flaw ,well almost ,in his technique.Tendulkar can still serve India for atleast 2 more years in Tests,ODI and must come out of retirement inT20s also.Tendulkar anyday compared to Sharma,Raina and Tiwary.Go maestro ,go

  • on February 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    What Dhoni has done, is at least start the process of getting Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin sorted out, if Gambhir cant get a big score, then he and Sehwag must sit out during India ODI's. Indian Team needs to start somehwere, last game the match was won by two guys whom we least expected to do something, give an idea its chance to prove itself wrong.

  • SaneVoice on February 11, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    You don't want to give youngsters a chance in tests and now even in ODIs and then blame them to look forward to the IPL. What do they do if they can't play because a certain Tendulkar doesn't want to retire. A simple mention of the word policy is enough to have these experts on the edge! In the entire test series the seniors were played without any policy and we all know the result! No expert in India has the courage to ask Sachin to retire it seems!!!

  • S.Jagernath on February 11, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @GanJack...People that believe that Sachin Tendulkar's value is less due to the lack of match winning innings should consider the fact that his consistent batting in all conditions usually gets them into positions from which the others can then play their roles in winning the match.About the rotation,Chopra is correct in that India should have allowed the rotation during the series against the West Indies,it would have prepared Rahane &Sharma to be a little more ready if called upon in Australia.The young bowlers are not getting any oppurtunities as mediocrity is being accepted from Vinay Kumar,Abhimanyu Mithun & mainly Ishant Sharma,I can't understand how he warranted his selection for the Australian tour after the West Indian batsmen batterred him.The player that needs to be "rotated" all the way from Adelaide to Uttar Pradesh is Suresh Raina!

  • on February 11, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Indian Lineup for the tri-series final - Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Sehwag, Sharma, Dhoni, Irfan, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zaheer & Vinay / Praveen.... We'll let Dhoni, Srikanth & Srinivasan mess around with everything in between. If they manage to keep India out of the finals, we should then Indians should ask for Srikanth & Srinivasan's heads....all else will fall in place automatically. I understand Raina is a key member of CSK & Srikanth / Srinivasan would like him to be a key player in the next WC..but given that all he needs to get out is 2 / 3 short-of-length deliveries...He does not seem to last long enough to figure out what to do & refuses to try anything different once he is out to a bouncer. It is the same shot next time he receives a bouncer & more often than not, the same impact. Not sure of the value of giving him more opportunities, beyond a free wicket for opposition fast bowlers....Yes he is a well above average fielder, but do we need a Specialist Fielder ?

  • LillianThomson on February 11, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Put differently, almost the entire Test team has been exposed as inadequate over the last two tours. Laxman, Sehwag, Dravid and Tendulkar are in steep and terminal decline, and are only going to get worse. Zaheer isn't fit enough to play international cricket. Gambhir, Raina, Dhoni, Ishant, Ashwin, Yadav and two Kumars aren't good enough to succeed in Test cricket against good opposition on sporting tracks. So what is the point of retaining any of them? They aren't good enough, and they are losing every single away Test match anyway, so what is the point of retaining any of them? Keep a few for what Thommo famously called "hit and giggle" cricket, but try youngsters in the Test team - they can't be any worse than the losers currently embarrassing their fans.

  • on February 11, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    This rotation policy is not going to work for us. If any player couldn't capitalize his first 5 matches he should be dropped. Enough we already heard about Rohit. He is having talent but he couldn't justify it. His last two dismissals really showed how much he is confident enough at this level. Another wrong selection is Raina. He already exposed his weakness and each and every team started exploting it. I don't believe in the long term policies for team selection and you cant say now only who will be right form and right fitness after 3 years. During 2015 whoever in the form need to be in your playing XI. Ravindra Jadeja is another crazy guy (allrounder?) and no body knows what he will do at any moment of the game. Continuos ignoring of Pathan brothers also showing MSD's personal motive. He wants to keep all CSK team members whether they performing or not. Raina never clicked in SA and still he is direct selection.

  • Gizza on February 11, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    How is this article pointless? You can definitely say you disagree with what Akash is saying everyone has a right to do that but it is clear Akash is against the current rotation policy at the top of the order for India in the current series. @GanJack, I agree. I seriously don't know why nobody talks about Tendulkar retiring. Although I agree Laxman is currently the weakest out of the oldies Sachin is always protected for no real reason except he is "God". I do have a feeling his 99 hundreds record will remain. It will be his Bradman-like statistic. Now even he's in the 40's he starts worrying about his 50 and gets out. Imagine how bad he will bat the next time he reaches 90 if at all!

  • on February 11, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Raina should be dropped and Rohit should be played in next match. Compare the performance of Rohit and Raina since world cup victory player Matches Runs Avg Raina 22 565 29.73 Rohit 13 593 74.12

    Rohit made more runs than Raina in just 13 matches and with outstanding average compared to Raina

  • on February 11, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Well said @GanJack. I don't recall many innings Tendulkar has won for the nation. The last one he was involved in winning was a few years ago in Chennai against England in a test match when India had to chase around 300. That too was possible only because of a blistering 80-odd by Sehwag on the 4th day which gave ample time for Tendulkar to take the country to victory. How many innings he has played like this ? For a cricketer who is considered God to the people of India, in a career spanning 150 test matches, he has played very few match winning innings. Had Sehwag not scored that 80-odd, I'm sure Tendulkar would not have won that match. Even in ODIs, when India has batted first, he has won many matches. When India had chased, he has come off poorly. Under pressure situation, he almost always fails. Even after playing for 22 years, he still wants to stick to his slot. After being in the winning team of world cup, where is the need to carry on further in ODIs ?

  • JesseV on February 11, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    NO ROTATING PLAYERS IN TEST MATCHES! They are for the best possible XI, and mean more than ODI and so much more than T20 cricket. I think Tendulkar should just concentrate on Test cricket, and Rahane should be in the ODI sides for the tri series. Gambhir is on his last legs. I would love to see Dravid regain his English form, but Laxman is probably gone for good.

  • manoj.aspen on February 11, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    It's all because of Dhoni- Sehwag rift. Dhoni took 1st chance and dropped Sehwag in 1st ODI. when Sehwag turn came he reacted by saying all three openers will be rotated in the Media. Now it's Team Management helpless to honour Sehwag comment in the Media. To me, best player to be rested is Dhoni himself. he just takes advantage of being Captain of the team and plays up and down in the order to keep his own statistics good, like he did in 2nd 20/20. Dhoni is cancer in the team he should be dropped immediately from the team. He manipulate and takes undue advantage of being captain of the team and manage his position intact.

  • zenboomerang on February 11, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    I always laugh when batsmen say they don't like rotation, yet bowlers are subject to it frequently... Why is it that in all other professional team sports players out of form get dropped for a few games, while in cricket they get dozens of games to get that elusive score?... M Hussey gets dropped for Adelaide while a non-performer in Ponting gets more games to find form... lol... Rediculous... Whats more important - the team winning or massaging a batsman's ego... Batsmen sound like a group of powder puffs that sulk at the thought of being rested when out of form...

  • crikbuff on February 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Pls understand that rotation is needed to ensure that our top players remain fresh for the great IPL! BCCI cannot afford any top player to get injured before IPL, because IPL is more important than World Cup! If ppl (Sehwag, Gambhir, zaheer) get injured during IPL, they can miss other less-important cricket like test matches and ODI. But IPL is of topmost priority!

  • GanJack on February 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    In my opinion, Tendulkar has to go, at least from Test cricket. People like Manjrekar keep harping on that Dravid and Laxman should hang up their boots but Sachin should stay longer. I don't get the logic in this statement. Has Sachin ever won a Test for the nation ? I cant seem to recall a single innings ! However, Dravid and Laxman have played several innings that have directly resulted in a test victory. Though I'm not saying that Dravid and Lax should definitely stay, I am appalled at the lack of analytical sense on the part of the majority of the country and more importantly, from so called 'pundits' of Indian cricket. and to top it all, we have people like Akash Chopra (Having a laugh are ya) presenting views which dont matter. I mean, he talks of a rotation policy when the national test squad has hit an absolute nadir.

  • kasyapm on February 11, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Well, I always liked Akash's articles, but this one seems pointless. The team has adopted a strategy and they want to give players like Rohit Sharma an extended run - that has always been the trend of Dhoni as a captain and there is nothing new in that. The players that India is rotating are 3 of our seniors and they should be able to adjust to the 'resting'. True, Sehwag & Gambhir are not in the best of form, but it is better to rotate them, in my opinion, than guys like Kohli. Lets support the team instead of calling this trial a 'madness' .

  • chapathishot on February 11, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Lialian Thomson : England white washing India in India ,It will happen in your dream only.Even without the so called names not playing also they will get thrashed in India.So stop dreaming and live in the present where England where thrashed by Pakistan in Test and wont even compete as Afganistan in the ODIs also .I will leave a comment for you after the first ODI.Also a second line Indian team trashed England 5-0 in ODIs in India have you forgot that

  • rkannancrown on February 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    The fact is both Sehwag & Gambhir have poor batting records in Australia. The word rotation is used just to avoid stating that they are going to be left out for want of form. it would be good to see some changes in the team for the next game - Rahane or Parthiv to open with Sachin and Manoj Tiwari in place of Rohit. These changes would give India a 15 -20 run head start as Sehwag, Gambhir & Rohit are average fielders. raina gets my vote over Rohit only because as fielders there is a great difference - as batsmen both have temperamental limitations. it may also be a good idea to bring in Pathan at the expense of Raina giving the team an added bowler while pushing jadeja up to no.5 which will give him time to settle down & play his normal game. Irfan would be a better finisher at no.7 as he has better ability to swing at the ball in the last few overs.

  • GanJack on February 11, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    What a pointless article ! well done Akash Chopra, you continue to dazzle us all.

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Well said Aakash! Even now for the Adelaide ODI, the Aussies are resting Mike Hussey because he is perennially in-from and can always come back and deliver. And by sending out the message that they will carry 2 w-keepers to WI, both Haddin & Wade will be on their toes! The bowling injury crisis here also seems to be keeping that competition going indirectly! If Aus had a full strength squad, we would be seeing Pattinson, Cummins, Lee, Johnson, Starc, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, McKay, Cutting, McDermott, Harris, Copeland, Faulkner and Coulter-Nile pushing for 4 spots!

  • natasrik on February 11, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    This policy is adopted only for ODI's that too from this CB series. This is basically to prepare the team for next bigger events that is T20 in Aug-Sep and WC in AUS-NZ 2015. The cream of middle order for these event is going to be the present squad. The 3 openers are in Australia for long time and still they have not produced any innigs of substance and added to that we lost all the 4 tests, so it is better to try all the young guns. Next it is clear indication to sachin that time has come for you to say good bye atleast from ODI'S such that the team can become a more settled unit for the bigger events.

  • NALINWIJ on February 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Rotation policy depends on the type of cricket [test,odi,or t20], opposition and the perceived plans to the future. The main structure of the team must remain. It would be messy to rest Dhoni and leaving Tendulkar out could backfire unless he choses to do so in t20 or weak opposition. I agree Kohli and Sharma playing regularly and rotating Laxman and Dravid in test and leaving both out in ODI and t20. The t20 allows greater scope for rotation [who cares if you lose] than test cricket where the players need to be solid with batsmen having good technique and bowlers able to sustain the pressure.Not the temporary hit and giggle of t20. India''s future depends on the development of players like Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Pujara.Sooner the better!!

  • LillianThomson on February 11, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    India has left it far too late for a rotation policy, as Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag and Laxman are no longer anywhere near the standard of Test-class cricketers and Zaheer Khan is no longer fit enough to play international cricket. India already loses every away Test it plays anyway, and without DRS they are likely to be whitewashed in India by an England team which will have just played 5 Tests in Asia - and has already come close to winning its last two against a Pakistan team which is far, far stronger than India. If India adopts DRS they will at least get Bell and Pietersen and Trott lbw like Pakistan did - if they don't accept DRS they will have to get used to England scoring over 500 per innings against them in India just like they did in England. They need to build a new team around a core of Kohli, Rohit and Irfan Pathan, which already leaves eight vacancies for their team-mates, without any need for rotation!

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  • LillianThomson on February 11, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    India has left it far too late for a rotation policy, as Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag and Laxman are no longer anywhere near the standard of Test-class cricketers and Zaheer Khan is no longer fit enough to play international cricket. India already loses every away Test it plays anyway, and without DRS they are likely to be whitewashed in India by an England team which will have just played 5 Tests in Asia - and has already come close to winning its last two against a Pakistan team which is far, far stronger than India. If India adopts DRS they will at least get Bell and Pietersen and Trott lbw like Pakistan did - if they don't accept DRS they will have to get used to England scoring over 500 per innings against them in India just like they did in England. They need to build a new team around a core of Kohli, Rohit and Irfan Pathan, which already leaves eight vacancies for their team-mates, without any need for rotation!

  • NALINWIJ on February 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Rotation policy depends on the type of cricket [test,odi,or t20], opposition and the perceived plans to the future. The main structure of the team must remain. It would be messy to rest Dhoni and leaving Tendulkar out could backfire unless he choses to do so in t20 or weak opposition. I agree Kohli and Sharma playing regularly and rotating Laxman and Dravid in test and leaving both out in ODI and t20. The t20 allows greater scope for rotation [who cares if you lose] than test cricket where the players need to be solid with batsmen having good technique and bowlers able to sustain the pressure.Not the temporary hit and giggle of t20. India''s future depends on the development of players like Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Pujara.Sooner the better!!

  • natasrik on February 11, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    This policy is adopted only for ODI's that too from this CB series. This is basically to prepare the team for next bigger events that is T20 in Aug-Sep and WC in AUS-NZ 2015. The cream of middle order for these event is going to be the present squad. The 3 openers are in Australia for long time and still they have not produced any innigs of substance and added to that we lost all the 4 tests, so it is better to try all the young guns. Next it is clear indication to sachin that time has come for you to say good bye atleast from ODI'S such that the team can become a more settled unit for the bigger events.

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Well said Aakash! Even now for the Adelaide ODI, the Aussies are resting Mike Hussey because he is perennially in-from and can always come back and deliver. And by sending out the message that they will carry 2 w-keepers to WI, both Haddin & Wade will be on their toes! The bowling injury crisis here also seems to be keeping that competition going indirectly! If Aus had a full strength squad, we would be seeing Pattinson, Cummins, Lee, Johnson, Starc, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, McKay, Cutting, McDermott, Harris, Copeland, Faulkner and Coulter-Nile pushing for 4 spots!

  • GanJack on February 11, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    What a pointless article ! well done Akash Chopra, you continue to dazzle us all.

  • rkannancrown on February 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    The fact is both Sehwag & Gambhir have poor batting records in Australia. The word rotation is used just to avoid stating that they are going to be left out for want of form. it would be good to see some changes in the team for the next game - Rahane or Parthiv to open with Sachin and Manoj Tiwari in place of Rohit. These changes would give India a 15 -20 run head start as Sehwag, Gambhir & Rohit are average fielders. raina gets my vote over Rohit only because as fielders there is a great difference - as batsmen both have temperamental limitations. it may also be a good idea to bring in Pathan at the expense of Raina giving the team an added bowler while pushing jadeja up to no.5 which will give him time to settle down & play his normal game. Irfan would be a better finisher at no.7 as he has better ability to swing at the ball in the last few overs.

  • chapathishot on February 11, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @Lialian Thomson : England white washing India in India ,It will happen in your dream only.Even without the so called names not playing also they will get thrashed in India.So stop dreaming and live in the present where England where thrashed by Pakistan in Test and wont even compete as Afganistan in the ODIs also .I will leave a comment for you after the first ODI.Also a second line Indian team trashed England 5-0 in ODIs in India have you forgot that

  • kasyapm on February 11, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Well, I always liked Akash's articles, but this one seems pointless. The team has adopted a strategy and they want to give players like Rohit Sharma an extended run - that has always been the trend of Dhoni as a captain and there is nothing new in that. The players that India is rotating are 3 of our seniors and they should be able to adjust to the 'resting'. True, Sehwag & Gambhir are not in the best of form, but it is better to rotate them, in my opinion, than guys like Kohli. Lets support the team instead of calling this trial a 'madness' .

  • GanJack on February 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    In my opinion, Tendulkar has to go, at least from Test cricket. People like Manjrekar keep harping on that Dravid and Laxman should hang up their boots but Sachin should stay longer. I don't get the logic in this statement. Has Sachin ever won a Test for the nation ? I cant seem to recall a single innings ! However, Dravid and Laxman have played several innings that have directly resulted in a test victory. Though I'm not saying that Dravid and Lax should definitely stay, I am appalled at the lack of analytical sense on the part of the majority of the country and more importantly, from so called 'pundits' of Indian cricket. and to top it all, we have people like Akash Chopra (Having a laugh are ya) presenting views which dont matter. I mean, he talks of a rotation policy when the national test squad has hit an absolute nadir.

  • crikbuff on February 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Pls understand that rotation is needed to ensure that our top players remain fresh for the great IPL! BCCI cannot afford any top player to get injured before IPL, because IPL is more important than World Cup! If ppl (Sehwag, Gambhir, zaheer) get injured during IPL, they can miss other less-important cricket like test matches and ODI. But IPL is of topmost priority!