New Delhi: The Indian Cricket Board had got into damage control mode on Friday, asking captain MS Dhoni and vice-captain Virender Sehwag to patch-up as the speculations of a rift between them became the most hotly debated news. However on Saturday, Dhoni, commenting on the rift rumours for the first time, denied there were any issues between him and Sehwag or anyone else in the team.
Here is what happened explained in ten points...
1. After the loss against Australia last Sunday, Dhoni explained why he did not play the three seniors (Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir) together. ""It might happen (they playing together, but) it would affect our fielding in a big way, it's not only these three, there are quite a few other players who are also slow on the field. If you really add it up, you would have only two or three good fielders. "These fielders are not bad but on these big fields, they are slightly on the slower side. They would be exploited once the ball goes to them, the Australians and Sri Lankans would look for those two or three runs to put pressure on their body. Their throwing and diving needs to be good," Dhoni said.
2. Captain MS Dhoni calling the senior players 'slow fielders' did not go down well Sehwag, who was leading the side against Sri Lanka in the next match as Dhoni was banned for a game due to slow over-rate and played all three seniors. He spoke at length that Dhoni never told them (that he was a slow fielder) that and his reason for the rotation policy was different from the version he gave them. "I did not know what he (Dhoni) said and what's going on in media. He told us he wanted to give chance to youngsters who had come here and (could) play the next World Cup. That's what he told us," said Sehwag.