There is no rift among any player, says Sehwag

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Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 18:49 [IST]
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Sehwag denies reports of rift in team

Mumbai, Mar 10: Senior India batsman Virender Sehwag on Saturday, denied speculations of any rift in the team or with MS Dhoni during India's 4-0 drubbing Down Under, saying they were created by media.

"I don't think there is any rift. It was created by the media. We will continue to play like we did earlier. We have spoken about this in Australia and also over here. There is no rift among any player," Sehwag told reporters at a promotional event here.

Reports of dissensions in the squad sparked after the team management introduced the rotation policy for senior batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - during the tri-series Down Under.

Firstly, Gambhir took a dig at skipper MS Dhoni for not finishing the game soon enough. Secondly, Dhoni criticised senior players fielding ability by terming them as 'slow' and could cost the team 20 runs extra.

But Sehwag opposed Dhoni's claims by saying that the seniors were never told that fielding was an issue when the rotation policy was introduced.

Sehwag also denied former coach Greg Chappell's view that he wanted to become the captain of the team when Anil Kumble had stepped down from the post a few years ago.

"I have always said I don't want to be the captain. I am a senior player and it is my duty to score runs whether I am the vice-captain or not. If I have any suggestion, I will tell the captain irrespective of who the captain is," he countered when asked for his reaction to Chappell's comments.


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