February 20, 2012

Why Dhoni sticks to Rohit, Raina, Jadeja

Even though India won two matches in the tri-series so far and played an exciting TIE, the batting line-up of the team looks quite fragile. Barring Gambhir and Dhoni, no other Indian batsmen have lived up to the expectations.

Tendulkar and Sehwag, are playing on a rotational basis, have failed to produce any good innings. Virat Kohli's bat has become silent. Raina's poor form continues, while Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have failed in all matches.

Still, skipper MS Dhoni stuck to Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja because of their agile fielding. Dhoni has downgraded Sehwag and Tendulkar's fielding abilities, saying they remain slow on the field.

On the other hand, the youngsters are quick and nimble. Dhoni believes that they make a difference by saving at least 20-40 runs in every match. So, he is unwilling to let them go.

Dhoni is out of the next match against Sri Lanka due to a slow over-rate ban. Sehwag will lead the team in his absence. It would be interesting to see whether Rohit Sharma can retain his place in the team despite a poor form. Australia dared to drop Ponting, but Indian selectors can't even drop new players like Rohit, Raina and Jadeja.

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