Rotation can ease burnout: Dhoni

This will also help in prolonging the careers of many a cricketer, says the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 16:58 IST

Dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said burnout of players could be countered with an effective rotation policy, which would also help in prolonging the careers of many a cricketer.

Dhoni said the Indian team management had been trying out a rotation formula to ensure the players got enough rest between matches.

"When a rotation policy is there, there is no issue of burnout. We get enough rest in between (matches) to recharge our batteries," Dhoni said.

"It (rotation) gives every player a chance to excel. If the same eleven are playing continously, the players will get burn out," he said.

"Rotation allows other guys in the 14-15 member squad a chance to gain experience so that when the right time comes he can also excel.

"It gives much needed rest as well, particularly to fast bowlers who really need a break given the workload on them."

Dhoni did not think that rotation might lead to insecurity among players about their places in the side.

"There should not be any insecurity. It (rotation) is for their own good, for a long career you need to preserve yourself."

A day after his vice-captain Virender Sehwag disclosed that he and skipper Rahul Dravid had taken up the burnout issue with the Board, Dhoni said he was not aware of it.

First Published: May 07, 2006 15:57 IST