Rotation policy is a remedy for burnout: Dhoni

Published: Sunday, May 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Players' burnout maybe a concern for other sides but with a rotation policy in place, it is not an issue for Team India, according to swashbuckling stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

After signing up with NDTV for what the channell's Chairman Prannoy Roy described as a ''symbiotic association', Dhoni told reporters that rotation policy is the panacea for the ill of cricket's overkill.

''With a rotation policy there, I don't think Indian players are facing this problem. The rotation policy ensures you get enough rest in between series and gives everybody a chance. That's the best part of it,'' he said.

''If you continue with the same set of 11 players, they are bound to get stressed and burnt out. So rotation policy is the only way out,'' he elaborated.

When pointed that the same rotation policy saw RP Singh losing momentum once he had to pave way for other pace colleagues, Dhoni argued, ''But take the case of Irfan Pathan. He got rest and is bowling so well now.'' Dhoni felt while the fast bowlers are the soft victims of too much of cricket, others also face the heat to some extent as it wears them out in the psyche.

He, however, denied that rotation policy would create a sense of insecurity among the cricketers.

''There should not be any insecurity among the players. We have to understand that this is aimed at helping us and keeping us fit for the long run,'' he added.

Talking on the West Indies tour, Dhoni said he was looking forward to do well outside the sub-continent.

''I have been twice to Zimbabwe and to Kenya and have done well outside the sub-continent. But West Indies tour would be very important from our 2007 World Cup point of view.

We would learn a lot about the tracks and the weather there and that would help our World Cup campaign.'' ''We have been doing well in the last 14 months but we can do even better. There is no limit to that and there is no permanent benchmark. We are gelling well as a team, have faith in each other and we have not reached the point of saturation,'' he elaborated.

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