Seniors' retirement, 'baseless' reports: Sehwag

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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 12:07 [IST]
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Sehwag denies seniors' retirement

Adelaide, Jan 28: A dismal show from India's batting greats "the BIG three" in the tour Down Under led to speculations of their retirement after humiliating defeats in the Test series against Australia, however, the Indian team management on Saturday rejected the specualtion as "baseless" and refused to answer further.

India suffered a 4-0 whitewash for the second consecutive time in a Test series away from home and the senior batting legends Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were heavily criticised for their poor performance.

Their performances, most probably their last tour of Australia have led to speculations that the three could retire after the series, but the team management rubbished the rumours.

"The team management categorically denies this. Reports about senior players retiring are baseless," said team manager G S Walia in the post-match press conference on Saturday.

Walia denied these speculations and refused to answer saying that there was no truth in the reports.

India's stand-in skipper virender Sehwag, who addressed the media post match, also denied reports of seniors players' retirement.

"Some reports have said that senior players will retire after this series. No such thing has happened and this is a decision that they will take," said the dashing opener, who is himself under immense pressure after an unimpressive show in the series.

"These are rumours created by the media," he added.

Rahul dravid who has already announced his retirement from one-day cricket and Twenty20. Reports claim that the 39-year-old, one of the games greatest batsmen, had told some his teammates that he had decided to retire from Test cricket.

Like most other Indian batsmen, Dravid also had a poor series with the bat scoring 194 runs with an average of 24.25 in the series.

Nicknamed 'The Wall' for his defence, Dravid is the second highest run getter in Test history with 13,288 runs, behind only Tendulkar who has 15,470 runs with 36 Test centuries, a highest score of 270 and an average of 52.31.

Dravid has played 164 Test matches since his debut against England at Lord's in 1996.

VVS Laxman also had miserable tour Down Under but there was no word yet about his future plans.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is also under pressure with his elusive 100th century in the waiting list. Tendulkar scored his last century almost a year back.


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