Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir slow on field: MS Dhoni

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Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 13:03 [IST]
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'Sachin is slow on field': Dhoni

Brisbane, Feb 20: Indian skipper MS Dhoni defended the team's rotation policy for the top order as he explained the reason for resting one of the top order batsmen every match.

Dhoni further stressed on not playing all the three (Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag) together since their inclusion in the playing XI might bring down the efficiency on field, as they are slow.

"It might happen (they playing together, but) it would affect our fielding in a big way, it's not only these three, there are quite a few other players who are also slow on the field. If you really add it up, you would have only two or three good fielders."

"These fielders are not bad but on these big fields, they are slightly on the slower side. They would be exploited once the ball goes to them, the Australians and Sri Lankans would look for those two or three runs to put pressure on their body. Their throwing and diving needs to be good," Dhoni said.

Captain cool, has received a lot of criticism on resting the senior players but has further backed the team's policy as he said, fielding on Australian grounds would lead to breakdown.

"They are safe fielders on the slower side. The pressure would be on them. They would have to throw from positions where there would be pressure on them. There would be breakdowns. It's not like India where the ball goes to a boundary and you just throw it back. Here, you can pull muscle or a hamstring," Dhoni added.


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