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Dhoni had a strong team, that's how we won the World Cup: Viru

Saturday, July 07, 2021

New Delhi: Virender Sehwag's penchant for plain speaking is rather well known but his comments on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has all signs it could open up old wounds at the start of a new season.

After a fair amount of back and forth during the disastrous Australia tour early this year, where Sehwag felt it was his responsibility to dispel suggestions by Dhoni that the rotation involving him, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the order, was because they were too slow on the big grounds Down Under.

On Wednesday, two days after the explosive batsman's comeback to the India fold for the limited overs series in Sri Lanka, Sehwag was asked to elaborate on Dhoni's captaincy skills that enabled him to led the team to the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup as well as the ODI World Cup at home last year.

Sehwag explained that it was due to two good teams, of course backed by Dhoni's leadership. But this will only trigger fresh debate whether all is well between the stalwarts in the India team rather than end it.

"Dhoni got a very strong team," Sehwag, speaking at the inauguration of a cricket academy, said.

"When you get a strong team, it is easier to perform well, just like Australia did at one point of time. We won the World Cup because we had a very strong team, which was ably backed by Dhoni's leadership."

With a packed season ahead and India looking to recover lost ground on the disastrous tours of England and Australia, the apparently innocuous comments could prove the trigger for off-pitch jostling.

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