Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:53:41 GMT

Sehwag Vs Dhoni: Rift in the open

Barely a day after Mahendra Singh Dhoni accused the seniors of being too slow in the field, stand-in-captain Virender Sehwag has responded sharply. The seniors versus juniors debate took an ugly turn after Viru took a reference to the catch he had taken to dismiss his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahela Jayawardene. Whatever the words being exchanged, one thing is for certain. There is no denying a growing rift within the Indian team

Sehwag Vs Dhoni: Rift in the open

Brisbane: The controversial rotation policy, which has sparked of a heated debate among critics and speculation of a rift within the team, took a more confusing turn today with Virender Sehwag saying he did not know that fielding abilities had anything to do with it.

In an apparent dig at skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sehwag said that he or any of the senior players had never been told that their 'slow fielding' was an issue.

"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 play the next World Cup. That's what he told us," said Sehwag.

Dhoni, after the crushing defeat against Australia in the ongoing tri-series, had stated the three senior openers -- Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir -- were not being picked together in the tournament because they are slow and could be costing the side at least 20 runs.

"Have you seen my catch?" Sehwag snapped back in response, adding "we have been fielding the same way for the last 10 years."

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