Legendary Indian cricketer, Kapil Dev has reacted to the possibility of rotation policy being adopted by Team India to manage the workload of its players. With the Indian team playing near-endless matches across the calendar, the term workload management has never been more significant. With India having ample depth and no shortage of talent, with a pool of almost 50 players ready to play international cricket, rotation policy seems to be a viable option in the near future for Indian cricket.
During a recent chat with Uncut, Kapil Dev said, “I am not too sure about it (rotating Indian players). I guess the people within the BCCI can take a call on it. I should not be a single person’s thought process. A group of players and BCCI officials should sit and figure out the amount of cricket that needs to be played. If you rotate players, it can land you in tricky positions.”
The rotation policy was once adopted by Indian cricket under the captaincy of MS Dhoni when India visited Australia in 2012 to play the VB triangular series and it had received mixed reactions. In that tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and hosts Australia, India’s top three featuring Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, and Gautam Gambhir were rotated.
More recently, the England cricket team had opted for the rotation policy and it got immensely scrutinized during their tour of India earlier this year. Like Kapil Dev mentioned, rotating players can lead to plenty of confusion and discord, but if the players feel it can be opted by the board.
Kapil Dev explained, “What if it is a final and you are forced to drop both Rohit and Kohli? There is going to be endless criticism. That is why this rotation policy is beyond me. Like I said, group of players should get together and if they believe it is the right way forward, then why not.”