All's not well with team, hints Viru
Indicating that Dhoni's remarks were uncalled for, Sehwag said, "We've been the same for the past 10 years. Nothing has changed. We played together in the World Cup and we won games." Amol Karhadkar reports.india Updated: Feb 22, 2012 01:19 IST
If the Indian cricket team isn't letting its opponents feel the heat on the ground, the sparks are certainly flying off it.
Gautam Gambhir's outburst over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni delaying the victory against Australia was followed by Dhoni referring to Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar as "safe but slow fielders" on Sunday.
And if that wasn't enough for anyone to guess there were simmering differences within the team, Sehwag's counter-argument to Dhoni's remark appeared to seal all doubts about the lack of unity in the team.
Dhoni, defending the rotation policy for the three openers, had said on Friday that he would prefer a youngster who saves 20 runs in the field over the triumvirate as they are slow fielders.
Sehwag, however, claimed ignorance about his captain's remarks: "No, we didn't know that. I didn't know what he said."
Indicating that Dhoni's remarks were uncalled for, Sehwag said, "We've been the same for the past 10 years. Nothing has changed. We played together in the World Cup and we won games."
Despite the captain and seniors trading scathing remarks in public, Sehwag didn't feel the need to walk up to his captain and discuss the issue.
"Why should I have a chat with him? He has said he is the captain, he is the leader. If he and the coach think we should give breaks to the top order, that's fine, I'm okay with that," Sehwag said.
"I am available for all the matches. It depends on the captain and the coach what eleven they pick. If they say they want to give a chance to the youngsters and we should take a break, I'm happy with that," he added.
But despite the loaded remarks, Sehwag claimed the team was happy and united. "We are one unit. We are very happy. He is the captain. He can say whatever he wants to and he has been addressing the media for the past couple of years. We are okay with that," he said.
First Published: Feb 22, 2012 01:16 IST