Zeenews Sports Bureau
Brisbane: Opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored 92 and 91 in his previous two innings, will have to warm the bench when India face Australia on Sunday as per the rotation policy.
This was evident from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s statement after the tied match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday where he defended the rotation policy, saying youngsters should keep getting more chances.
“What we want is, all the players should be fit by the time we come into the finals," Dhoni said.
"All of them should be scoring runs by that time. It`s a good exposure. Rohit [Sharma] is a very talented guy. Manoj Tiwary is on the bench. He scored in the last series that he played, so we are giving ample chances to them because these are players who, for sure, will come back to Australia once we play the next World Cup.”
“There is no surety that some of us who are playing [will return], Sachin [Tendulkar] or Viru [Virender Sehwag] or even Gautam, all of us are 30-plus, and it`s big out-fields out here. So it`s about giving the youngsters a fair exposure as to how difficult it is or how easy it is, or how different it is to play here," he added.