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Dhoni backs Viru for a change

india Updated: Feb 26, 2012 00:56 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag may not be on the same page on many issues. But Dhoni fully backed the latter's decision to withdraw a run out appeal against Lahiru Thirimanne as the stand-in captain on Tuesday.

“It was important to appeal. The reason being it’s in the law that the batsman can’t go out (of the crease). Often it (the blame) is put on the opposition captain, for example on Sehwag, saying, you know it’s wrong,” Dhoni said, reacting to the bowler R Ashwin taking the bails off after the non-striker had backed up too far.

“If it's part of the rule, it's not wrong. To take the decision or not is something different. If you say somebody was cheating... the batsman is the one who is cheating. So it was a fair thing to do.

“You can’t always have the batsman going so far ahead because he is in a better position to complete the run. I think it was a good decision that in the end he was not taken out by our skipper.”

Dhoni slammed the umpires for asking Sehwag if he wanted to withdraw the appeal. “Either there should be rules or there shouldn't be. Why are you asking the captain? Why are you putting him in a (difficult) position?”

Gift for Sachin from the Bradmans

The SCG website’s home page has been promoting India’s CB Series tie against Australia on Sunday as ‘your last chance to see Sachin live in Sydney’.

Sachin Tendulkar will be receive the honorary life membership of the Sydney Cricket Club before start of play at a ground where he struck 241*, his 2nd highest Test score, eight years ago.
HT has learnt he is also in for a “surprise gift” from the family of Bradman, who had told his wife that Tendulkar’s batting resembled his own. Tendulkar calls SCG one of his favourite venue