Don't rest Tendulkar now: Gavaskar
Says resting Tendulkar will spoil balance of the team
Should he be rested?
India’s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaksar has insisted that Sachin Tendulkar should not be rested by India as a part of the rotation policy for the top order.
The Indian team management’s rotation policy in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series has seen dynamic Virender Sehwag miss the first ODI while Gambhir was on the sidelines for the second ODI against Sri Lanka.
And quite obviously, it looks as if it would be 38-year-old Tendulkar’s turn now to watch the game from the pavilion. But Gavaskar believes India will lose balance in their squad if Sachin, who is chasing his landmark 100th ton, is rested.
Gavaskar, who was officially inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, said while speaking to News channel: “I think Sachin should be playing in all matches. If you want to use a rotation policy, then it should be used for all the players.”
While suggesting that the trio of Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir should all play for India to perform better, the former Indian opener spoke about the need to make the tough decision to rest either of Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma.
He said, “I believe that Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag should play and maybe one among Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina has to sit out.”
Gavaskar’s opinion on this rotation policy in the Indian ODI team came a day ago after he was officially presented with the Hall of Fame cap by none other than India’s former all-rounder and first-ever World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.
At the ceremony, where ICC’s chief executive Harron Lorgat was present, Gavaskar spoke about the ecstasy after receiving the honour from world top cricketing body. The 62-year-old said, “It is a huge honour because it is the peers in the game who decide who is going to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
“It has taken some time to co-ordinate the presentation but finally it is there and I am delighted that I have been inducted.”