Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has once again slammed MS Dhoni for the infamous rotation policy during the 2012 CB series in Australia. Dhoni had infamously rotated Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in the playing eleven.
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The former India skipper apparently had a meeting with Gambhir, Sehwag and Sachin before the series where he stated that playing all three would cost 20 runs in the field in Australian conditions which is why he wanted to rotate the three openers in the series. But towards the end of the series, Dhoni ditched his plans.
Gambhir and Tendulkar eventually got to play 7 matches in the series while Sehwag featured in 5. Gambhir amassed 308 runs at an average of 44 and was the second highest run-scorer for India behind Virat Kohli while Tendulkar and Sehwag failed with the bat, scoring just 143 and 65 runs respectively. India got knocked out in the CB series with Australia and Sri Lanka qualifying for the best-of-three finals. Australia had won the series after winning the finals 2-1.
Gambhir has now once again questioned Dhoni’s rotation policy, making it clear that he was not at all impressed with it. The legendary batsman also said that Dhoni should have stuck with his rotation policy even when the team was in trouble. Gambhir started by claiming that he was made to feel secure about his place in the team just once during his international career.
“I was made to feel secure just once. During that phase only, I became the ICC Test Player of the Year. India won the triangular series just once in Australia and I was the highest run-scorer. India won a Test series once in 40 years in New Zealand and I was the Man of the Series. I score five consecutive hundreds. This is why it is important to make young players feel secured,” Gautam Gambhir told The Lallantop.
“As far as the rotation policy is concerned, it was absolutely cr*p,” Gambhir added before being asked whether he told the same to Dhoni.
In reply, the World Cup-winner said:
“Yes. I believe that one should follow the captain’s decision but it was complete cr*p. You started with the rotation policy but played all the three in the must-win games. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it.”
Here is the full interview of Gautam Gambhir: