The Rotation System Policy for the Commonwealth Bank Series
The Commonwealth Bank One-Day series began with a lots of hopes and confidence that after a very poor Test series India would fair well in this format after being the World Cup Champions last year in 2011.
India were to play their first match against Australia and to everyone's
surprise Sehwag was left out of the playing 11 and Sachin Tendulkar and
Gautam Gambhir opened the batting were India were bowled out for just
In the 2nd game against Sri Lanka every one's eyebrows were
raised when they saw Gambhir sitting our after just one failure and
Sehwag opening with Sachin in the match were star RCBian Virat Kohli
made 77 and had lead India to victory along with Sachin(48).
When India took on Australia in their 3rd outing it was shocking to see
Sachin being left out after he made a match winning 48 runs. M S Dhoni
was questioned on this change in playing 11 to which he addressed it as a
"Rotation System Policy for the Series". The reason was only one, Dhoni
wanted to give Rohit Sharma a go in every game along with other
youngsters to give them experience for the next World Cup happening in
Australia in 2015. This system of Rotation was not liked by the Indian fans and everyone thought it to be as ridiculous.
How could a player of calibre of Sachin who made a match winning 48 runs be left out in an all important game against Australia just to accomodate a youngster in every game. This was the first time too when Sachin Tendulkar would have been "dropped" or "rested" in his career. Again in the next game Sachin came in and Sehwag was left out as Gambhir went on to score back to back match winning 90's in both the matches. Being kept constantly in and out of the team was not helping the "3-Seniors" in the side whereas Rohit Sharma kept failing in all the games he played still being given chances.After seeing Gambhir make back to back match winning knock and it was his turn to rest next but he was not rested and Sehwag sat out yet again being deprived of his turn.
This system created many displeasure among the public and in the team too to some extent. Dhoni had given an explanation that he wanted the youngsters to be prepared for the next World Cup but he said the worst of all that he did not want all "3-seniors" "Sachin-Sehwag-Gambhir" to be playing in the team together as they were "slow" and would give away 20 extra runs in the field. This comment was shocking to be heard by one and all as in the next match when Dhoni was banned for one game for slow over rate we saw all the three seniors in the team. Though they could not do anything much in the game they fielded well and Sehwag had quoted saying that even he had taken a superb catch in the game.
Now the big question is was this "Rotation System Policy" been used too early on in the series or should it have been used once team India had ensured their place in the finals. What is this system was a hit and Rohit Shamra would have been a key for India then Dhoni would have never been questioned about it. Since this has failed it is a cause of concern as it has broken the balance in the batting line up and being kept out of the team for every second game has not helped the seniors much either. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are not youngsters be it even for Jadeja as they have played lot of ODI's. They just needed to be given good exposure instead of being termed it to be as experience. Even Manoj Tiwary is waiting in the line-up to be given a good exposure in the playing 11 and maybe he could be given a chance after Jadeja's repeated failures with the bat.
The "3-Seniors" were all right on giving younger guns a chance and were ready to be rotated but being termed as "slow" did not do too good to them. One good thing was that GS Walia, India's media manager on tour in Australia, addressed the
press on behalf of the team to try to douse reports of a communication
breakdown between the senior players. Not the captain, coach, senior
players or team manager, but the media manager was entrusted with a
responsibility of such delicate nature. It settled down the matter and things should be going good now and India should stay positive and play on to seal a birth in the finals and win the series along.
So RCBians, " We would like to hear from you on your thoughts on this famous "Rotation System Policy for the series". Will we be seeing "Sachin-Sehwag-Gambhir" play together as they did in last game again in the series or will the Rotation system continue.