Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. Image-PTI

Former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev opined that the players do need to be rested but the controversial rotation policy is not the way to do it. England has adopted the rotation policy quite often in recent times but it has come under scrutiny more often than not.

With the depth in talent that Indian cricket has, it might seem like a tempting option for the BCCI but there are a lot more factors to consider before implementing the same. Kapil feels that a unanimous decision should be made by the BCCI officials and the players before any drastic changes are made.

India Team
India Team (Credits: Twitter)

I am not too sure about it (rotating Indian players). I guess the people within the BCCI can take a call on it. I should not be a single person’s thought process. A group of players and BCCI officials should sit and figure out the amount of cricket that needs to be played. If you rotate players, it can land you in tricky positions,” Kapil said on Uncut.

“What if it’s a final and you have to drop Rohit and Kohli” – Kapil Dev

Previously, the Indian team had tested the rotation policy back when they toured Australia in 2012 to play the VB tri-series comprising of Australia and Sri Lanka. The Men in Blue led by MS Dhoni rotated between the openers – Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar – which wasn’t well received.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: BCCI

What if it is a final and you are forced to drop both Rohit and Kohli? There is going to be endless criticism. That is why this rotation policy is beyond me. Like I said, group of players should get together and if they believe it is the right way forward, then why not,” Kapil further mentioned.

As of now, the Indian players are taking breaks from the bio-bubbles for the entire series instead of sitting out particular games. This is a much better idea as the players can mentally reset anytime they feel a break is necessary.

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