Gautam Gambhir backs under-fire Virender Sehwag despite Ranji Trophy debacle

Gautam Gambhir said it would be unfair to blame just Virender Sehwag for Delhi's failure to reach the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals.

updated: January 06, 2014 22:10 IST
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New Delhi: Putting his weight behind Virender Sehwag, Delhi's Ranji captain Gautam Gambhir said it is unfair to solely blame the opener's poor form for the team's early ouster from the Ranji Trophy.

Sehwag's wretched form with the bat has been a talking point this Ranji season in which he has scored 234 runs at an average of less than 20 in 13 innings.

"Look, had each and everyone of us performed at the same time, then Delhi would have been in contention for winning the Ranji Trophy," Gambhir said. "While Viru didn't exactly have a great season, it can happen in sport. That's the beauty of the game. It was Mithun's (Manhas) and my responsibility to carry the team forward. Actually what cost us is one bad innings against Punjab when we didn't get a big lead. Just to blame Viru for Delhi's failure to qualify for knock-outs is not right," he added.

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