Sehwag backs Tendulkar’s decision, blasts media for “twisting” comments on Dhoni.posted under: India | All news
|In a conference, India’s returning opening batsman Virender Sehwag spoke about a lot of things, including Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to make himself unavailable for the ODI series in Sri Lanka. Some comments on the Indian captain MS Dhoni were also brought to light, but more on that later.
The swashbuckling opener for the World Champions said that he backed Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to sit out of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, where they play 5 ODIs and a Twenty20 International against the hosts.
“Not only me, but the entire country will miss him playing in Sri Lanka. Sachin is 39 now and one must consider that he needs rest and has to choose the series he wants to play (in). Hopefully, he will be back for the Tests this season,” Sehwag said.
But nothing got the media’s attention more than the comments made by him about skipper MS Dhoni. He was quoted saying: “I think Dhoni had a very strong team. And it's always easier to win with such a strong team, just as Australia were doing at one point. Australia won three World Cups because they had a strong team and not just because of the captain. We believe we have a very strong team and that's why we won two World Cups (ODI and T20), backed by MS Dhoni's captaincy.”
When news reports came out about Sehwag suggesting that it was “a strong Indian team” rather than the skipper’s tactical skills that had won the Nation the World Cup, bringing out the rift between Sehwag and Dhoni that had started after India’s disastrous tour of Australia, Sehwag immediately chose to issue a clarification. He tweeted: “Unfortunate when a comment is twisted to make it newsworthy. Gist of what I said: we had a great team and thus we have won two World Cups under MSD.”
“MSD is a good captain and one of the most successful captains we have had. To imply anything else from my statement was irresponsible,” he added.
Sehwag will be making a comeback into the ODI format, and when asked about his fitness, he was quoted saying: “I played the entire IPL and I bowled as well. The question about my fitness doesn't arise now. The ODI tour of Sri Lanka will also help me in preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held there.”
He also spoke about the troubles of the India A team in the Caribbean and said: “Some do well on these kind of tours and some don't. That doesn't mean they are not good players. It (growth of the batsmen) will happen with exposure. It's up to them to rectify their mistakes on these tours and come back and keep performing in the domestic circuit.”