India news February 22, 2012

No rift in team, Sehwag 'misquoted' - Rajiv Shukla


The BCCI top brass have denied reports of an alleged rift in the Indian team, saying that the media have taken an "exaggerated" stand in the wake of stand-in captain Virender Sehwag's contentious comments following India's defeat to Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Sehwag had said that he was unaware that one of reasons MS Dhoni wanted to rotate the three openers (Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir) was because he feared they would leak at least 20 runs in the field.

"I don't think there is any rift within the team," Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president who was meeting with other board officials in Mumbai at the IPL governing council meet, said. "It is only speculation by a section of the media. The team is united. So I don't think there is a problem."

Shukla said the board was constantly in touch with the team management. "From what we have understood, Sehwag has been misquoted."

Sehwag had lead India against Sri Lanka in the absence of Dhoni, who was serving a one-match ban for not meeting the required over-rate in the previous game against Australia. In the post-match media conference, speaking on the rotation policy, Sehwag said that Dhoni had had chats with him, Tendulkar and Gambhir individually, telling them that the young players in the squad should get enough exposure in Australian conditions, keeping in mind that the next World Cup will be played in Australia and New Zealand. Sehwag said he was fine with that reasoning, but was unaware that Dhoni had said, after the February 19 match against Australia, that he could not fit all three openers into the XI because of their slowness in the field. That statement sparked speculation in the media, raising the question as to whether there was a divide in the team.

The BCCI president, N Srinivasan, said there was nothing to be "concerned" about. "We have to see what exactly they [Sehwag and Dhoni] have said. They were responding to some question in a press conference. I have spoken to the media manager there [in Australia]. I think the reports here are exaggerated."

Asked if the pair of Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni had informed the board of their plans to try out the younger players and adopt the rotation policy, Shukla said that matter was entirely the decision of the tour selection committee, comprising the captain, coach and team manager. "It is for the coach and captain to decide on the team composition," Shukla said.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • avaneesh on February 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It is still very difficult to pick the best 11 from Indian players. When we think seniors are not playing, juniors also utterly fail. When we think top order not doing wel, middle irder miserably fails. When we think batting is a serious concern bowling fails. When we think spinners are not bowling properly pacers' bowl hapazardly. Problem everywhere. end result out of the tournament and into IPL dhamaka. forget the problems!!!let them persist.

  • Asad on February 25, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Sehwag was misquoted, Dhoni was misheard, Gautam was mistaken, Tendulkar was misread, but most importantly the Indian Team was MISMATCHED -- they should have been playing Zimbabwe and Bangladesh !!

  • Ramakrishnan on February 25, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    I thought the words "misquoted by the media" often and most conveniently used by politicians to wriggle out of awkward situations is now being used by cricketers nowadays. If every tom, dick and harry is allowed to talk to the media, these situations are bound to happen. It is the team management who is to take the blame for allowing players like Ashwin, Gambhir and others to address the media.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    All this trouble is perhaps because of Sachin Tendulkar - looks like Dhoni wants him out! While I agree that SRTs over caution for getting 100 is hampering India, but not all can be decided for WC 2015 when you have below par "youngsters" in the team.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    sachin is the greatest ever cricketer, no one can replace him, not even bradman or viv richards, i m pakistani, but i love sachin more than cricket, i watched his more then 3oo innings, i prefered watching him play over my studies or job, cricket is incomplete without him...

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Leave it this all issueesssssss.... try to pass our next 2 exams with any of xi.

  • Anoop on February 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Think what would have happened if all the seniors were playing and still India were losing (there is high probability). People would be asking why youngsters are not given a chance at least they would get exposure playing in Australia which is good for next world Cup! That is life.

  • Anoop on February 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I find Dhoni's logic reasonable. In Test matches he has no power since he himself does not perform and hence had to hang on to the seniors. In ODIs he has power and he wants at least to make a good show in the next world cup as the defending champions and hence he is giving maximum exposure the young players. His policy is to give a long run to youngsters like Jadeja, Vinay Kumar, Rohit, Kohli and Yadav, even if they fail which is fair. Remember how Kohli was the centurion in the last test against Australia when many people had written him off. So Dhoni is expecting something similar from the youngsters in the ODIs too so that he will have at least a chance in the next world cup. Don't expect Sachin to be around after 3 years and Sehwag with current from no way. Currently everything has gone into a mess because neither seniors nor youngsters are performing except Gambhir and Dhoni. Kohli's slump in the ODI's in Australia hasn't helped anything better. (Contd.)

  • puneet on February 24, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I am still wondering what should be our playing 11??? For this all important game against Australia on Sunday- Seriously this fake rotation fiasco, seniors not getting along, media controversies, blah blah....Point Blank-" We need the best available 11 to play the next two games"- with or without any personal favors and's about time people should leave their personal differences for the sake of nation and die-hard fans...history proves it that Whenever India is in this sort of dire situation where it's do or die- they do perform 8 out of 10 let's hope for the best...!!!!!

  • nisar on February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I Think India's Sellection Panell Is Not Doing Good Job,As A Sellector They Need Best Top 6 Batsman&4Bowler But They Are With The Same old faces,Tendulkar Is Playing For His Own Game Not For the Team,Just Drop Him And Bring Pujara in,Jadeja And Bring Pathan In,But no Tendulkar In The Team Any More,Drop him,Dravid &Laxman From All formate And give Chance TO Pujara ,Saha,Rehane, Thats My Point Of View.Bye

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