The veteran Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a staunch believer in giving his fellow cricketers long period of tough work and that is why, even after confirming the top most position in the group stage and sealing the quarter final berth, he is reluctant to bring forth any changes in the playing XI for their next ICC Cricket World Cup match against Zimbabwe on Saturday unless there are some serious issues of injury to any player in the team.

If one goes by Dhoni’s philosophy on chopping and changing, it seems that Ambati Rayudu, Akshar Patel, Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will find it rather difficult to break into the winning team.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, though played a match in Mohammed Shami‘s absence but he certainly is a notch below the trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Mohit Sharma.

Even Dhoni made it clear that he is not in a mood to rest one of the regulars and try out one from the bench.

Bench strength will always warm the bench; and he had put it almost bluntly after their match against West Indies in Perth.

It was after the game against Ireland in Hamilton that the Indian skipper explained in all possible details as to why he is not a big advocate of experimenting with the playing XI even in a not so important game.

Asked, if there’s a temptation to rest the players, Dhoni has said that they need the physio’s input in this matter though. If the physio by any chance, feels any player is in danger of breaking down, we will be resting him only in that occasion. Otherwise, if everyone is fit and available for selection, we’ll field the best XI. Because there are already long breaks between matches — that much rest should be adequate. If there is no risk of injury, the Men in Blue will then continue to field our best eleven.

While the pitch at the Seddon Park stadium in Hamilton was a flat one, Dhoni expects the Eden Park wicket to have good bounce and carry.


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