Sachin should not be rested, says Gavaskar

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Published: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 13:08 [IST]
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'Sachin should play all matches'

New Delhi, Feb 9: With two openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir who were already rotated for the first two matches, its now time for Sachin Tendulkar to be rested but former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said on Wednesday that Tendulkar should not miss any of the ODIs in the tri-series.

Tendulkar batted well scoring 48 before being bowled by Angelo Matthews but it is not sure whether the veteran will play the next ODI or not.

The team management has opted for rotation policy as Virender Sehwag was rested in the first match against Australia and Gautam Gambhir was rested for Wednesday's match.

"I think Sachin should be playing in all the matches. If you want to use rotation policy then it should be used to rotate and field all the players. I believe that Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag should play and may be one among Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina has to sit out," Gavaskar told NDTV on Wednesday.

"When you are choosing a squad of 16 and then you have to select the most balanced side. If someone is not performing then you should change him. But one needs to be upfront about it that you are dropping a player and not resting him. If someone is not performing he can be dropped and that's a fair call."

Gavaskar was impressed by Tamil Nadu all-rounder R Ashwin for his Man-of-the-match performance claiming three wickets and then an unbeaten 30 runs with the bat.

"Ashwin looked to be back at his best. The bouncy strip at the Perth also helped his bowling. He looked to be back to an easy action. I am glad that he is the Man of the Match as he showed a lot of courage during batting and also ice-cool temperament," Gavaskar said.

He also lauded Virat Kohli's knock of 77.

"Virat is a quick learner. Today, he ran for a non-existent single but from next time he would realise that if he has pushed the ball that hard, he wouldn't like to take risk," Gavaskar added.


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