I don’t want to be captain: Sehwag – Cricket News Update
Virender Sehwag has denied Greg Chappell’s accusation about how he was looking to become skipper of the team after Test captain Anil Kumble retired in 2008, saying he had harboured no such ambition.
Chappell, a former Indian coach, had previously slammed Sehwag for having hurt the side with his ambitions, leading to dissent in the squad. However, Sehwag denied the charges completely.
“I have always said I don’t want to be the captain,” he said. “I am a senior player and it is my duty to score runs whether I am the vice captain or not. If I have any suggestion, I will tell the captain irrespective of who the captain is.”
He also went on to deny any reports of a rift in the dressing room, saying the whole issue had been nothing more than a media fabrication.
“I don't think there is any rift. It was created by the media. We will continue to play like we did earlier. We have spoken about this in Australia and also over here. There is no rift among any player,” he clarified.
Rumours of unrest emerged during the Commonwealth Bank series Down Under, when Gautam Gambhir criticized skipper MS Dhoni’s strategies which involved dragging matches on until the last over.
These comments were followed by a misunderstanding regarding the controversial rotation policy which was put into effect, and involved the interchanging of the three senior players on the squad, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sehwag, between matches.
When asked to justify the policy, which received a lot of flak from media, experts, and fans, Dhoni claimed it had been implemented because the senior players were slow on the field.
However, this triggered a harsh response from 33-year-old, who claimed that he was not aware this was the reason. He revealed that the skipper had told the seniors they were being rested in order to give younger players a chance to gain some experience on
Speculations reached a peak point when the opener was rested for the upcoming Asia Cup, with reports that that he had been dropped from the squad owing to a disagreement with Dhoni and the BCCI.
However, the confusion was later clarified by the veteran batsman himself, who explained that he had been rested because on the team physio’s advice.