Sehwag's absence cost India in T20 World Cup

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 12:23 [IST]
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Viru's absence badly hurt India: Ganguly

London: Former captain Sourav Ganguly today dismissed the reports that fatigue was the reason by India's early ouster said Team India missed Virender Sehwag badly in the tournament.

Indian coach Gary Kirsten blamed IPL for the cause of India's disappointing performance in the world cup t20 world cup.

Ganguly differed with Kirsten on the cause of India's debacle and said a young team like India, fatigue can't be an excuse.

"I don't agree with this because they are young boys. They are just 22, 23 years old and have just started their career."

Ganguly felt Sehwag's absence made a major difference in realizing the fortune of the team in the biennial event.

"Sehwag makes a major difference in the team. Rohit (Sharma) was opening the batting for the first time but he didn't do well in the last three matches.

Sehwag, Sachin (Tendulkar), and Gambhir (Gautam) are key part of the Indian team in the shorter format of the game.

With those two (Sehwag and Tendulkar) missing, obviously there was a bit of weakness," the former India skipper said.

Ganguly, however, refused to draw any adverse conclusion from the World Cup debacle and feels the real test for India is five-day game and One-day Internationals, not Twenty20.

"This things happen in sport. Just like any Indian supporter you feel bad, but this team has done well in the past one, one-and-a-half year."


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