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Dhoni Says Players Overworked, Wants Rotation Policy

PTI 30 Aug 2011, 20:12:59 IST

Manchester, Aug 30:   Hit hard by injuries woes in the disastrous tour of England so far, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today conceded that the players were overworked as he called for a rotation policy to give them rest.

India lost six regular players Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan due to injuries in the four-match Test series which India lost 0-4 and Dhoni hinted that the hectic schedule had exhausted the players.

“We will have to rotate. It's important that players get rest. Raina has been participating in all formats. It's more to do with the mental rather than the physical aspect. Good rest helps you keep the injuries away,” Dhoni said ahead of the Twenty20 International against England here tomorrow.

Dhoni himself has been on the road for a long time and his fingers are battered, causing a fall in his usually high standards of wicketkeeping, as was pointed out by former Leicestershire keeper Paul Nixon recently.

“If majority of your 10 fingers are overworked then it becomes difficult (to keep) in these conditions. But I have more problem with Ishant than with Sreesanth or Praveen Kumar.  May be it's the wobble in these conditions which make it difficult,” said the Indian captain.

Dhoni revealed that Rahul Dravid would be making his debut in Twenty20 Internationals tomorrow but Sachin Tendulkar is not playing. It means young Ajinkya Rahane would get his first game in India cap tomorrow.

Gautam Gambhir is surely out of tomorrow's match but Dhoni did not sound too confident that left-hander would be available at all in the forthcoming ODI series.

“It's a big loss. He has done really well not only as an opener but also when he batted at number three when Sehwag and Tendulkar were opening the innings. He also plays spin very well,” said Dhoni. PTI