Dhoni praises Sehwag, does it clear rift rumours?

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Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012, 15:57 [IST]
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Viru's mindset makes him special: Dhoni

Mumbai, Nov 22: Team India skipper MS Dhoni on Thursday said that dashing opener Virender Sehwag's distinct mindset helped the Delhi batsman to stay positive even during his lean patches, which makes him stand apart from other cricketers.

Dhoni during an interaction with media persons in Mumbai ahead of the second Test against England, lavished praise on the dashing opener, who will be playing his 100th Test, only the ninth Indian cricketer to have got the opportunity to play the 100th Test match.

"The crucial decision that he made in his career was when he decided that he will open the innings. I think that was a big challenge for him but he accepted it. His stats are one of the best stats that you can see. He is someone who is very different to a lot of individuals. His thinking is entirely different," Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference at Mumbai on Thursday.

Talking about Sehwag's role in the team, Dhoni explained saying that the Delhi opener plays a vital role as he is determined to give India a perfect start everytime he is at the crease.

"He has got a very important role right from the very start. He is someone who can play shots right from the very first delivery, which means if the bowler is off target, he looks to put pressure on the bowler," Dhoni said.

When asked about Sehwag's form, Team India skipper said form doesn't matter to Sehwag as his mindset helps him stay positive which makes him very special.

"When you talk about the mindset, that is why he is so special. Whether he is in form or not in form, it does not really bother him. He just keeps thinking positive. He was working a lot on his batting but still his approach remained the same," said Dhoni after the practice session.

Moreover, Dhoni also added that people take more time to understand the dashing opener's mindset

"When it comes to Viru, you need a bit more time to understand him. All the players who have played with him and shared the dressing room with realise the fact that his mindset is completely different from maybe all the cricketers around the world," the skipper said.

"He is very positive and he backs his stint and looks forward to score runs. It doesn't matter whether the wicket is seaming or turning or doing anything. He goes in with one purpose and that is to score runs," he explained.

Dhoni's comments on Sehwag's form and his batting approach also suggested that the so called rift between the two cricketers that started during India's tour Down Under (2011) as a couple of incidents and comments led to a heated debate followed by Sehwag's poor form. Now, with skipper praising the Delhi opener, looks like he has cleared the air about rift rumours.


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