Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day January 28, 2012

No need for anyone to retire - Sehwag

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None of the senior players is retiring as of now, the India team has said. There have been reports during the series that VVS Laxman (during Perth) and Rahul Dravid (during Adelaide) might have played their last Test match. After India's 0-4 whitewash, though, the team spokesperson read out a statement saying the reports were rumour and incorrect.

"The team takes note of the stories in the media suggesting the imminent retirement of a member of the Indian team," the spokesperson said. "We would like to clarify the situation by stating categorically that these are not correct and are baseless." The statement didn't name any of the players. "No players from the Indian team will be retiring. It is a rumour. Baseless. Incorrect."

Virender Sehwag, the stand-in captain, said, "I clarify that there is no need for retirement from anybody in this team. And they will take their call when they need it and when they think that their time is up."

The speculation, though, remains rife, especially because India don't play an away Test for the next two years, and it doesn't make sense to carry any player further unless he will be fit and ready for those overseas tours. When asked if he felt the seniors should be phased out, Sehwag said it wasn't his decision. "That's the team management and selectors who will decide," he said. "It is not me or anyone else who will decide. If they think we need something to change, they will do that. If they think we should carry on with the same, and just wait for other players to perform, and if you perform, they will take the call."

Sehwag also supported coach Duncan Fletcher, under whom India have lost eight away Tests in a row. Fletcher's record as a coach in Australia now reads one Test win and 13 losses. "He is a good coach," Sehwag said. "He is talking to a lot of the batsmen and giving his input and making a lot of strategy. When you can't execute your strategy, nothing happens.

"Why should I blame him [Fletcher]? It's the players who let the team down, not the support staff. They are very good. They are giving everything the players ask for. They were throwing to a lot of the batsmen. Thanks to the support staff. They are working hard to make sure the players perform. Make sure they give a good atmosphere for the players to perform."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ChrisDane on January 30, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @ chenchukrishna : now they were playing the Ausi series. when they were playing also, picture went dirty. Right ?? So, no any difference is there. Even when they were playing, same thing happened. Lost in a worst way. Cannot depend on same people everyday. Still Bradman z not playing for Ausi. They have done and they have played well. Appreciate them. but, They have to admit that they made mistake and they should try to correct it or they should leave the place giving a chance to some one if they can't correct it.

  • m_ilind on January 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    and keep minting money, I suppose.

  • dummy4fb on January 30, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    I saw guys are commenting about IPL. Please stop playing IPL then you(India) can protect your cricket as well as countries Like West Indies and Sri Lanka can protect their cricket. The IPL is suck...

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    While we are about the task of clarification, let me clarify some things for the BCCI. The only vital things to do right now are for Dravid to move down the batting order to Laxman's position, and for Laxman to retire with dignity. These selfless and necessary steps will undoubtedly benefit Indian cricket and send the right messages to younger players, particularly Virat Kohli, who needs to assume the mantle of Dravid's old place at #3. Sachin can still be Sachin, at least for a little while longer. Tendulkar has what it takes to do what Ricky Ponting has done so well in the just-concluded series: reinvent himself as a wise old batsman hungry for big runs. In this department, Dravid is a long shot at best, and Laxman is not in the running at all. If there is to be any sort of orderly changing of the guard in Indian cricket, with no lingering hard feelings toward the great players of the past, the moment for true clarity has definitely come. BCCI, step aside!

  • dummy4fb on January 30, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    This happens only in India

  • Nandika on January 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    bad luck for india.i think india has been given 110 matches till 2020 and other coutries pakistan srilanka 88 matches by ICC that is unfair.others also should be given like india.sure ly indians are no capable of playing under fast bounce wickets.but they can play under flat spinng wicket .but sri lanka lost only one game 1-0 in englnad and south africa 2-1 .also pakistan did well last few months but india two white washes 4-0 in uk and aussi.so icc pls give more matches to other countries.they only think about india because they have money and IPL everything

  • ptnair on January 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @rko_rules please do boycott... NOBODY cares ... LOL

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 30, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    yeah...they needn't retire...a couple of them better be dropped.

  • nickcarter80 on January 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    These greedy Indians will never retire unless they get axed. I'm sure Tendulkar will not retire without getting his 100th century even it takes another 10 series losses for India. Please give youngsters a chance. Need to think about the country before individuals.

  • dummy4fb on January 30, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Please tell me why Laxman should not ?

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