May 14, 2010

Indian cricket

Mum’s the (final) word

Akhila Ranganna

Following India’s disastrous performance in the ICC World Twenty20 criticism and advice have been coming from all quarters, from former players to filmstars. And from Sehwag’s mum, who has picked on India’s new Public Enemy No 1, the post-match IPL parties. Something of an urban legend since a series of ads that played on her son’s homespun image, Krishna Sehwag has some typically straightforward advice. “"[The players should] Stay away from girls, partying and fights," she told the Indian TV channel Headlines Today. "They have their families' image to protect”. The solution: don’t organise such parties. ”The players go to such parties because they are organised." Not that she’s worried about her son - "Sehwag stays away from women and is happy with his family".

While Sehwag may welcome mum’s endorsement of his family values, he may not be so happy to hear her speak on the national team captaincy. Amid speculation that Dhoni might be removed as India captain in the shorter formats, she has a replacement in mind: "I will be very happy if Virender becomes captain.” While reports suggest that Sehwag is not really interested in the captaincy – national, IPL or otherwise, his mother sings a different tune. “He [Sehwag] does not want to be vice-captain, “she says. “He wants to be the captain of all teams, not just Ranji or IPL."

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