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Tough to say if Dhoni was behind Viru's ouster: Dada
New Delhi, March 10, 2013
First Published: 23:49 IST(10/3/2013)
Last Updated: 23:50 IST(10/3/2013)

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly sought to clarify his statement on Virender Sehwag's ouster from the Test squad, saying he had never categorically stated that MS Dhoni had a hand in the opener's omission.

A day before, Ganguly hinted that Dhoni had a hand in his the player's removal from the team and also said that if Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni are being "persisted" despite poor run of form, then why not with Sehwag.

On Sunday, Ganguly clarified, "It's very difficult to say whether Dhoni has a hand in Sehwag's exclusion but normally captains do have a say in team selection.

"That's been the case with all captains, whether it is me, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kumble, Dhoni, Azhar or captains around world cricket. They normally have an opinion and a say about team selection," he stated.

Having said that Ganguly also said that the selectors do not always agree with the demands of a captain. "That doesn't mean that captains' opinion is taken all the time by the selectors. At times, they do listen and at times they don't. So it's very difficult to say whether Dhoni had a hand in Sehwag's exclusion."

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