Virender Sehwag’s ongoing tussle with the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association received support from slightly unexpected quarters on Thursday. Former India fast bowler and national selector, and currently in charge of cricket at the Delhi Daredevils team that is based at the Ferozshah Kotla, TA Sekar, told the Hindustan Times that “the impasse between the players and the association should be resolved in the best possible way as soon as possible.”
Sekar was unstinting in his praise of Sehwag, the Daredevils’ captain. “Players like Sehwag don’t come along every day. What he has achieved for the state and the country is well known,” said Sekar. “If Sehwag has raised some concerns about the way things are run, the administrators should listen carefully to what he has to say.”
After Delhi teammates and former cricketers openly came out in support of Sehwag’s stance, some going to the extent of saying that they would be happy to move states along with Sehwag if it came to that, Sekar’s words will please the Delhi skipper.
“The association should understand that Sehwag is a role model for players from the state. He is such an exciting batsman that youngsters around the state will want to grow up to be like him. To lose a player like him would be a big blow.”
Sekar, who has had a good look at the young talent available in the region, warns that it will be impossible to replace players of this calibre in the near future. “Some people say it’s okay if Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and some others move out as there are other players ready to replace them,” said Sekar.
“I don’t think that’s the case. There are talented youngsters about, but no one who can readily step into the shoes of these proven campaigners. Any state in India would be happy to have players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Ishant Sharma. The DDCA should do all it can to sort out whatever concerns these players have raised and do their best to retain them.”
Although complaints about the DDCA are the norm rather than the exception, the fact that the latest round has come from someone of Sehwag’s stature has made everyone sit up and take notice. Sekar has joined that growing group. Now it’s over to the DDCA.