India's WC win not due to captain alone: Sehwag

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Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012, 17:23 [IST]
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Sehwag takes a dig at MS Dhoni again

New Delhi, Jul 6: India's dashing opener Virender Sehwag on Friday took a dig at skipper MS Dhoni, as he said that India's World Cup win was a team effort and cannot be credited to the captain alone.

Virender Sehwag's comments come in the wake of BCCI retaining Virat Kohli as vice captain for India's tour of Sri Lanka as the Delhi openers, Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag both were snubbed by BCCI and were denied vice-captaincy.

When asked him what has been the Indian skipper's strength as he had led the Indian team to two World Cup wins (2007-Twenty20 World Cup and World Cup 2011) Sehwag said, "Dhoni got a very strong team. When you get a strong team, it is easier to perform well just like Australia did at one point of time. We won World Cup because we had a very strong team which was ably backed by Dhoni's leadership.

"World Cup win a team effort", says Sehwag

Sehwag stressed on the fact that it was not Dhoni's effort that won India the World Cup but the credit should go to the entire team as everyone contributed to the win.

"We did well because we had a good team," stressed Sehwag.

"World Cup win not due to captain alone, it was a team effort," said Sehwag.

A couple of months ago, Sehwag and Dhoni were involved in a verbal spat during their tour of Australia, as it clearly showed the two star batsmen were at loggerheads.

The rift between them emerged due to the rotational policy during the ODI tri-series in Australia and Dhoni's comments on seniors' fielding was interpreted in a different manner which created a flutter in the team which pointed to rift rumours.

Though Dhoni cleared the air saying that there was no rift in the team, it was evident that the skipper did not want to make it public.

Now, with such a comment, Virender Sehwag has raised a few eyebrows on the issue again, which makes us think that all is not well between these cricketers.


Story first published:  Friday, July 6, 2012, 14:37 [IST]
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