Sehwag hits back at Dhoni's 'slow' remark

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Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 13:32 [IST]
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'For past 10 years, my fielding is same'

Brisbane, Feb 21: Virender Sehwag has said that India's rotation policy for seniors was aimed at helping the youngsters play more in Australian conditions as the next 50-over World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. However, Sehwag dismissed MS Dhoni's theory of resting seniors due to their slow movements on the field.

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Sehwag, who captained India in Dhoni's absence against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, said he was not aware of what his skipper had told in the media about the rotation policy. He also added that he, along with the other two in the top order, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, have been fielding in the same way for the past 10 years.

Dhoni had said that Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir were on the slower side in the field which was costing the team 20 runs.

"I did not know what he (Dhoni) said and what's going on in media. He told us he wanted to give chance to youngsters who will come here and play the next World Cup. That's what he told us," Sehwag said on Tuesday.

In an apparent bid to hit back at Dhoni, Sehwag asked: "Have you seen my catch?" and added "we have been fielding the same way for the last 10 years."

Sehwag was referring to his diving catch at midwicket to dismiss Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene in Brisbane. He dived full length to his left to complete a sensational catch.

Sehwag was asked as to what he thought could be the reasons for Dhoni to suggest that they were costing the team 20 runs in the field.

"But you have to ask Dhoni again. What he told us was to give chance to youngsters and come here and play the next World Cup. That was what he told us," said Sehwag.

"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. They would have an idea how the wicket behaves in Australia."

On queried whether he would speak to Dhoni to clear the confusion surrounding the rotation policy, he said "Why should I have chat with him? He is the captain and leader. If he and coach think they need to give break to top order, I am okay with it, I have no problem with it."

"I am available for all the matches. It depends on the captain and coach what 11 they pick. If they give me a reason that we are giving chance to youngsters and we take a break, I am happy with that," he said.

Sehwag said there was no rift within the team. "We are one unit, we are happy. He (Dhoni) is the captain, he can say whatever he wants to say. He addresses the media, has been doing it for the last two years, and we are okay with it," he said.


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