The Indian cricket team's rotation policy has attracted some spicy comments from former players and armchair critics. Doubtless, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's thinking of keeping players fresh for the second half of the tournament is laced with good intentions. However, this policy should not make India a laughing stock, which it did in a way, well before Dhoni walked off the field under the floodlights of the Adelaide Oval yesterday with glee after a thrilling win over Michael Clarke's Australians.
Sachin Tendulkar being rested for a crucial game naturally attracted some hard talk and it is highly unlikely that the batting great would have relished the idea of sitting in the pavilion while his mates were out on the field. Tendulkar is not exactly out of form. At best, he is short of runs. Not to take away the focus of team goals, his 100th international hundred needs to be scored as quickly as possible because that will put himself and the team more at ease. He ought to play every game unless he is woefully out of form.
Dhoni's thinking doesn't align with the experts though. Instead of going on with this controversial rotation policy, Dhoni should facilitate some ruthless selection when it comes to the playing XI. Virender Sehwag's form is a worry and if he has to be dropped, it won't be because of rotation because he has already had his off-day (the first ODI at Melbourne on February 5).
All the same, Dhoni, must be credited for the way he guided his team while chasing a formidable score under lights. His six in the last over of the game was a tremendous show of courage. Maybe he needs to tweak his rotation policy a bit and call it Captain's Selection Policy. Meanwhile, well done Team India! You did justice to the tag of world champions.
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