Gambhir to sit out of Australia's clash on Sunday

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Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:39 [IST]
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In-form Gambhir to sit out of Oz clash

Brisbane, Feb 16: After Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag now, its Gambhir's turn to sit out of Australia's clash on Sunday, according to India's rotation policy which is followed in the on-going tri series featuring Sri Lanka and Australia.

Interestingly, Gambhir has been the top run-scorer for India in this series with 188 runs off 3 matches with an average of 62.66 and a highest score of 92 against Australia.

With two half centuries to his credit, Gambhir is the only consistent player who has got 92, 91 in consecutive innings, making him the most reliable player this series.

Though Dhoni has played two superb knocks to guide the team to victory, Gambhir has laid the foundation for the same, which makes his knock more prominent.

With the adoption of rotation policy, though seniors are unhappy as they are forced to rest, to accomodate youngsters and give them an opportunity, there are chances of youngsters failing as they get hardly time to settle down.

To a pointed question that it will be tough to ask Gambhir to sit out, Dhoni said, "Well, if they find it difficult (to sit out) there's no reason why a youngster who has played just 30 or 35 games will find it easier to do that."

The Indian skipper also expressed his team's short-term plan of giving all the players a chance to perform ahead of the tri-series final, while the long term plan was on the wake of the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

"What we also want is to have all the players fit by the finals, if we make it. We should therefore give the youngsters enough exposure. We want all of them to be among runs. Rohit (Sharma) we all know is a very talented player, we also have Manoj Tiwary, who scored a century in the last ODI he had played.

"We are giving ample chances to them because these are the players who will almost certainly come back to Australia when we play the next World Cup. There is no guarantee about some of us, including Sachin (Tendulkar), Viru (Sehwag) and even Gautam (Gambhir) as we are all 30 plus.

He further expressed his views on the new rotation policy that India has adopted for this series, by saying that its good to see players scoring runs, we need to get the same results from other team mates, and the decision to rest Gambhir is only to give others a chance.

"The interest of the team comes first and this is the time we should look to do that. Suppose we have some injuries by the end of the first leg, then we may not be in a position to give others a chance. Now we are in a position where we can do that. It's good to see Gautam getting runs, we want to see Sehwag get runs and Sachin also to get runs. The best eleven will come and play the finals. Ultimately, doing well in the tournament means doing well in the finals also."

When questioned about Sachin Tendulkar being rested unlike the seniors in the Australian team, Dhoni got a bit philosophical.

"Changes are bound to happen. I am here today, (but) may not be there tomorrow. It happens to everyone. All cricketers are not Sachin Tendulkar who can play for 20 to 22 years. Now, with so much cricket being played, you will not see many playing for so long. With three formats being played now, you won't see long careers," he said.


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