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I wasn’t comfortable with Chappell: Sehwag; Praises Sourav Ganguly

Indian opener Virender Sehwag

Greg Chappell betrayed the trust of players but Gary Kirsten, his successor as Indian cricket coach, is the “best I have ever seen”, India’s dashing opening batsman Virender Sehwag said on Monday (January 19, 2009). The former South African batting star, Kirsten “doesn’t force things on you”, Sehwag said.

Comparing the two coaches, Sehwag indicated that Chappell had tried to get him to change his batting style.

“He had his view on my front-foot play, my footwork. The thing with him (Chappell) was that whatever you shared with him, it was promptly disclosed to media and selectors. He talked and that hurt the trust. I wasn’t comfortable with him,” Sehwag said.

Calling current coach Gary Kirsten as the best coach he has ever seen, Sehwag said, “He is the best coach I have ever seen. He doesn’t force things on you. His basic premise is: you all are international cricketers and you know how to succeed and how important it is to succeed. So I won’t thrust myself on you. But whenever you need me, for practice, throwing balls, sharing ideas, worries, I am always there.”

“During Test matches, there are days when he doesn’t force you to follow you a similar routine in warm ups. If he senses a day when it can be an easy one for the lads, he allows you to do no warm ups. When an intense day is ahead, we all come together to bring that required intensity,” added Viru.

The Delhi-opener also praised former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who encouraged him to take on the mantle of an opener in the Test side.

“Yes, Dada made me an opener in Sri Lanka, where I hit gold in the third match with that blistering century off 69 balls (against New Zealand). A lot of youngsters, including me, came to the fore under Dada,” Viru said.

Praising Dada’s captaincy skills, Sehwag said, “Remember, when he took over world cricket was reeling under the impact of match-fixing. He always backed us. For instance when I was Man of the Match against Australia early in my career, he assured me that I would play in at least next 30 one-day matches. Even when he promoted me as an opener, he told me to bat without worry as he wouldn’t touch me for the next 30-35 games.”

“When your captains back you in this manner, your confidence is sky-high. He was also an extremely aggressive captain,” he added.

Viru, however, said that his current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is doing what Dada used to do, but just that Mahi give more space to everyone.

He said, “In many ways he is doing what Ganguly used to do. He is also aggressive. But he also knows how to be defensive if a game is to be saved. The thing with Dhoni is that he gives all of us a lot of space. He doesn’t want to control everyone.”

“The optional practice rule has really gained ground under him. Now it’s not mandatory to turn up for practice everyday. There is so much of travelling, so many matches. He knows the importance of rest and allows everyone their own recovery period,” added the opener.

Finally, commenting on his Test career revival after the Adelaide Test in Australia in 2007-08, Sehwag went on to say that the century in the Test was very special.

“Yes it is. It was a knock when I was determined to spend time at the crease. In the first two hours on the final day, I made only 27 runs in the first session. In the afternoon, Tendulkar kept telling me that we had to keep going. Or Australians could use the final 30-35 overs to chase down the target. It was very, very special,” he said.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Cricket, General, India Related, Sports, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Disgusted Dhoni denies rift with selectors

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Nov 22, 2008 denied rift with selectors on dropping of Rudra Pratap Singh and preferring all-rounder Irfan Pathan for the remaining part of the on-going One-Day series against England.

“I don’t know who is spreading this kind of rumors. Whoever is leaking confidential matters to the press is not doing any good for the well being of cricket. I don’t want to deny or admit what transpires during the meeting because it is supposed to be confidential. If someone has leaked confidential matters to the press it is just not done. I want to know who the source was. As far as I am concerned there was no rift with the selectors on any issue,” Dhoni told reporters on the eve of the fourth One-Day match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“It is unfortunate that such rumors are being spread when the team is doing so well and we are on the threshold of achieving yet another series victory. I should admit this kind of distractions are not good for the game in general and for the team in particular. The selection matters should always remain inside the four walls and moreover it is the selectors job to pick the best possible team,” he added.

It is understood that one of the selectors leaked about Dhoni’s threat to quit as captain of the Indian team if Irfan Pathan was preferred ahead of R P Singh during the selection meeting in Kanpur after the hosts beat England by 16 runs on Duckworth-Lewis Method.

However, Dhoni, who first denied the rift vehemently but later on softened his stance and wanted to know who was leaking out confidential matters to the press wanted to know the name of the person responsible when a scribe tried to grill him on this matter.

“if you (scribe) got the news over phone from someone, why don’t you name that person. By naming that person, you will be doing a great service to the team as what transpires in a meeting is not supposed to be leaked by anyone,” he thundered.

“Thankfully, our team is very united and both R P and Irfan understand that the best 16 boys get to play for the country. Luckily I don’t have to explain to RP or Irfan about anything as they trust me fully. In fact the whole team trusts each other and I should say that it has been a very short but fruitful journey as a player and captain so far. Though this unwanted event (rumors of rift) has turned out to be an eventful journey as well,” he added.

November 22, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

நான் ‘பலிகடா’: கங்குலி ஆவேசம்

பெங்களூரு: “”தேர்வு குழுவினர் என்னை மோசமாக நடத்தினர். இனிமேலும் என்னை பலிகடா ஆக்க வேண்டாம் என்ற எண்ணத்தில் தான் ஓய்வை அறிவித்தேன்,” என்கிறார் கங்குலி. இந்திய அணியின் வெற்றி கேப்டனாக திகழ்ந்தவர் கங்குலி. இவர் ஆஸ்திரேலிய தொடருக்கு பின் சர்வதேச கிரிக் கெட்டில் இருந்து ஓய்வு பெறப்போவதாக திடீரென அறிவித்தார். இதற்கு இந்திய கிரிக்கெட் போர்டின் நிர்ப்பந்தம் தான் காரணம் என கூறப்படுகிறது.

நெருக்கடி கொடுத்தனர்: இந்நிலையில் வெங்சர்க்கார் தலைமையிலான தேர்வு குழுவினர் தன்னை பலிகடா ஆக்கிவிட்டதாக கங்குலி குற்றம் சாட்டியுள்ளார். இது குறித்து அவர் அளித்த பேட்டி: தேர்வாளர்களின் கருணையில் விளையாட வேண்டிய அவசியம் எனக்கு இல்லை. ஒரு தொடருக்கு வாய்ப்பு தருவார்கள். ஆனால், அடுத்த தொடரிலிருந்து நீக்கிவிடுவார்கள். எப்போதும் என்னை தான் “பலிகடா’ ஆக்குகிறார்கள். இது நீடிக்க வேண் டாம் என்ற எண்ணத்துடன் ஓய்வு பெற முடிவு செய் தேன். உங்கள் தலையில் துப்பாக்கியை வைத்தால், அதை எவ்வளவு நேரம் தான் பொறுத்து கொள்வீர்கள். 450 போட்டிகள் விளையாடிய பின்பும் எனக்கு நெருக்கடி கொடுக்கிறார்கள். தூக்கம் வரவில்லை: இரானி கோப்பைக்கான அணியிலிருந்து நீக்கப்படுவேன் என கொஞ்சமும் எதிர்பார்க்கவில்லை. இதனால் ஏற்பட்ட காயம் ஆறவில்லை. சொல்ல முடியாத வேதனை காரணமாக ஒரு மாதம் எனக்கு தூக்கம் வரவில்லை. புதிய தேர்வு குழுவினர் மூன்று ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்னரே பொறுப்பேற்றிருந்தால், நிலைமை வேறு மாதிரி இருந்திருக்கும். சிலர் தாங்கள் சேர்த்த ரன்களை விட அதிக முறை “ஹேர் ஸ்டைலை’ மாற்றியுள்ளனர். இவர்களுக்கு அணியில் தொடர்ந்து இடம் அளிக் கப்படுகிறது. சிறப்பாக விளையாடிய போதும் என்னை நீக்கிவிட்டார்கள். எனக்குரிய மதிப்பு கிடைக்கவில்லை. இவ்வாறு கங்குலி தெரிவித்தார்.

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Cricket | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment