Ganguly backs India's rotation policy

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Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 14:48 [IST]
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'Rotate all players, not only top order'

Mumbai, Feb 18: Former skipper Sourav Ganguly backs India's rotation policy which has been adopted to give all players a chance, as it would also help to keep them 'mentally fresh' before the finals of the tri-series.

Also Read: Rotation policy should be flexible: Srinath

"It's a good thing and should happen. It has been a long tour and India lost four consecutive Test matches, which can be mentally very draining. For the guys who have been there from the 8th of December, its been almost two and half months," Ganguly told reporters in Mumbai.

"It's good that every one is getting a chance. All players will be mentally fresh for the final stages of the tournament."

The elegant batsman, who has played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs with over 7212 and 11,363 runs respectively felt that every spot in the team should be rotated rather than adopting the policy only for the top order.

"Rotation should happen everywhere. I hope Manoj Tiwary gets a chance. He got a hundred in his last game. So why he can't get a chance in this team is difficult to understand."

He further added that the team management should not get carried away with India's good show in the ODIs as they have lost eight away Tests in a row, leading to two consecutive series whitewash.

"It's still early days, its a different format. India will have to address their Test issues. They have suffered eight losses in eight games and they have been hard losses," he said.

"So they will have to address the issue whatever happens in the one-dayers. I have always said India is a good one-day side because the captain is a good one-day player. So from that point of view, we expect them to play well," said the 39 year old.

With former players Srinath and Ganguly supporting the rotation policy adopted by the team management, for the on-going ODI series in Australia it remains to be seen how far it will be successful as only top order slots are rotated as Ganguly has pointed out.


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