Rotation Policy-Why it is good?
Indian team has just won the one day series against Srilanka 6-1 drew 2-2 with South Africa and won comprehensively against Srilanka in Test. India started the series against Srilanka as underdogs as they were ranked 2nd in the world behind Aussies.
How could we achieve this? I believe that the policy of rotation clicked here. Having more than one person for a particular spot motivates every player to do his best. That means complacency never creeps in. Till this series "Super Stars" of Indian cricket have taken their place for granted. Now they know if they don’t play they will be kicked out of the team.
Again the new Indian coach Greg Chappell has given importance to current performance and form rather than "fame" of a player in selecting him to the Indian team. I think this is very important. This is the main reason why Australia is the best team in the world. Steve Waugh was dropped from the Aussies one day team when he played below potential in just one tournament. The Australian selectors always give importance to performance rather than the previous reputation of the players and the results are here for us to see.
Having more than one person for a position is good in another respect. Take the core of Indian batting in Test Cricket: Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly (of course if he gets selected again). They are all around 32 and will have to retire in 3 to 4 years. If we don’t groom youngsters now the "Team India" will be like present West Indies team.
West Indies was the best team in the world till the early nineties. They had world class players. They had Desmond Haynes, Greenidge, Richards, Richardson, Clive Lloyd, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Walsh etc etc. They forgot to bring in young talents to the team when these greats were there. They all retired by the early nineties and from them on this team is struggling.
Aussies have never felled into this trap. Even the players like Allan Border, Mark Waugh, Lehman were dropped and they were forced to retire. Who can forget about Jason Gillespie, who had one bad Ashes tour and he is out of Austrialian squad.
YES, CHAPPEL AND DRAVID ARE TAKING INDIA IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH THE NEW POLICY OF ROTATION.