Sehwag and captain Dhoni at loggerheads?

Posted by:
Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 16:18 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Sehwag and Dhoni not on good terms?

Brisbane, Feb 22: All is not well in Team India. If you go by the statements made by stand-in captain Virender Sehwag, it is clearly evident that he and the regular skipper MS Dhoni are not on the same page as far as selection matters are concerned.

Once the tri-series in Australia commenced, India opted for a rotation policy when it was necessary for a team to pick their best XI and win matches. Rotation policy is changing with different captains in the team as Sehwag did not stick to Dhoni's way of handling things.

Dhoni made it clear that the rotation policy would be restricted to only the top three batsmen in the team. It meant that Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had to take turns to accommodate other younger batsmen in the squad, Rohit Sharma in particular.

It was Sehwag's turn to warm the benches first and then Gambhir followed by Tendulkar. However, Sehwag had to miss two games in a row due to back spasms and was back in the team only when Dhoni was handed a ban for slow over rate.

Sehwag took over the captaincy for Sri Lanka game on Tuesday and scored a duck. It has been a miserable tour for the dashing opener with just 30 runs in three games.

Tendulkar too is lagging behind in the run charts with just 90 runs from five games without a half century.

Gambhir is the top run-getter in the team with 222 runs with a couple of 90s. If the rotation policy had to be adhered to, it was the left-hander's turn to sit out on Tuesday. Instead, it was shocking to see Rohit getting rest.

After the toss on Tuesday, Sehwag said Rohit had been "given a break." One wonders how did Rohit come into the picture when it was decided by Dhoni that only the top three would get rest.

There are some reports coming out of Australia that Dhoni and Sehwag differed on selection matters ahead of the Sri Lanka game. While Dhoni wanted Rohit to play, Sehwag, being the skipper, chose to drop the youngster.

For the entire duration of the Test series, Rohit had only drinks duties to do and after playing five games in the tri-series, does he really need rest?

The Mumbai right-hander has just 79 runs to his name in those games and it shows that he was dropped due to lack of form and not rested.

Former Australian cricketer turned commentator, Tom Moody felt Rohit was dropped and not rested. He tweeted (@TomMoodyCricket): "Rohit Sharma rested at the sprightly age of 24!! I think dropped is a better word for it??"

After the 51-run loss in Brisbane, Sehwag exposed his captain by saying the rotation policy was in place to give chance for youngsters and not because they were slow in the field as stated by Dhoni.

"He chatted with everyone, with Gautam and me and Tendulkar, he (said) he wanted to give chance to youngsters so they can play all the matches and prepare themselves for the next World Cup (in Australia and New Zealand in 2015). They would have an idea how the wicket behaves in Australia."

On the top three's "slow" fielding, Sehwag retorted: "we have been fielding the same way for the last 10 years."

Dhoni had called Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir "slow movers" which was costing the team 20 runs in each match.

Now, India have a tough ask of winning their last two games in order to have a chance of qualifying for the finals. Will the team still stick to the original plan or take a different approach is to be seen.

With Dhoni set to return as the leader of the team, will he drop or rest Sehwag for the next game to bring back Rohit?

The captain and vice-captain need to sort out their differences soon in the best interest of Indian cricket.


Write Comments