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Never said no to captaining India: Sehwag

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2009 23:11 IST
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Explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag has denied saying no to Indian captaincy, insisting that he is open to taking up the job as and when required.

"All I had said was that I didn't want to be vice-captain of the Indian team and that it should go to a younger player who can be groomed as captain for years to come. But if an opportunity arises and the team needs it, I can lead the side," Sehwag said.

However, the right-hander, who is presently recuperating from a shoulder injury , doesn't want to step into Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shoes right now.

"Right now, I don't think Dhoni should be replaced as captain but at some stage if something happens to him or he gets injured and I if I am offered the captaincy, I will take it," he told Aaj Tak.

Sehwag picked fellow opener Gautam Gambhir, who replaced him as captain of the Delhi Daredevils team, as a future captain of the national side.

"Gautam has the talent and I have seen and observed him from close quarters. His thinking towards the game is very positive and he has leadership skills also," he said.