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Do not read too much into rotation row, says Sachin

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2012 01:50 IST
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As much as India's tour to Australia was about the prolonged wait for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international century and the team's disastrous performances, it was also about the differences between the senior members of the team coming out in the open.

As a result, in the midst of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir having a go at captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the CB Series, Tendulkar was dragged into the controversy over the rotation policy adopted among the three senior openers.

Don't mind sitting out
But the veteran batsman said on Sunday he had no problems in being benched, something that had never been done in the first 22 years of his international career.

"It was discussed among the senior players, the captain and the management. It was clear we wanted all the guys to play because in a tournament like that, when there are no long breaks between the games, then you also need to look at injuries," he said. "I am not saying the players were injured but then there are some borderline cases which you need to look at, and that is what we were looking to do. It was not a question of dropping someone but it was about taking care of those borderline cases."

Don't reveal it
At the same, Tendulkar agreed that certain things should not have come into the public domain?

"Yes, I'm a believer of that, that certain things should not leave the dressing room. But every individual will have a different opinion, every individual will react differently and he means different things. So,

I can't answer for people who have spoken about it as to what they intended to say. I don't know."

When suggested that it appeared from the war of words between Dhoni and Sehwag-Gambhir that someone was trying to attack the senior players, he said, "Honestly, I can't fill in those blanks. Only that individual would know what he was trying to say. If anything is there then, we travel in the same bus, sit in thedressing room, we would share those things."

Dressing room drama