Thursday, February 9, 2012

Don't rest Tendulkar, says Gavaskar

India should not rest record-chasing Sachin Tendulkar as part of a Tendulkar heads to the pavilion after being bowled against Sri Lanka during the Perth ODIrotation policy in the ongoing tri-series in Australia, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said on Thursday.

Visitors rested Virender Sehwag in the opening game against Australia and Gautam Gambhir for the next match against Sri Lanka, but Gavaskar said India needed to field a balanced hand.

The former opener Tendulkar said, looking a century unprecedented 100 international, should not lose any game amid speculation that he may be rested against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday. "I think Sachin should play in every game," Gavaskar told the NDTV news channel. "If you want to use a rotation policy, then it should be used for all players. I think Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag should play and perhaps one of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina have to stay out."

Tendulkar, who hit 51 Test and 48 one-day hundreds, looked impressive in making 48 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday before being thrown by seamer Angelo Mathews.

Millions of fans were waiting deep in March from the whisk Master Tendulkar hammered his 99th international century in a World Cup match against South Africa in Nagpur in March 2011. He has now gone without a hundred in 21 test innings and six one-dayers.

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Pakistan fast bowling great Wasim Akram said that India is fielding its best side in the tri-series. "I do not think this is a good idea for teams like India or Pakistan to rotate players in a series as big as this. We do not have such a culture," Akram wrote in The Times of India. Especially when the team is not going well, the focus has to be in the best XI to play at all times to restore confidence. In a series like this, the hosts can afford to experiment, but a side trip. "

Tendulkar is the world's top scorer in both Tests (15,470 plays) and one day international (18,161).

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