Dhoni never said in a team meeting that I am a slow fielder, he told media: Sehwag
Former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag had questioned the team management for not including Rishabh Pant in the playing XI. In a recent talk show at Cricbuzz, the Nawab of Najafgarh had expressed that if the wicketkeeper-batsman Pant is out, then it is not possible for him to score runs.
Pant has by far played 28 T20Is and 16 ODI games where he has scored 410 and 374 runs respectively. The left-handed batsman scored 754 runs in 11 Tests with an average of 44.35.
“Rishabh Pant has been left out how will he score runs? If you bench Sachin Tendulkar also, even he won’t score runs. If you feel he’s the match-winner, why don’t you play him? Because he’s not consistent?” added Sehwag.
Virender Sehwag also went on to share his playing days’ experience and added when he was a part of the team, the captain used to talk to the player who has been made to sit out of the team. However, he is uncertain whether the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli does the same thing.
“During our time, the captain used to go and talk with the player (in question). Now I don’t know if Virat Kohli does the same or not. I am not part of the team setup. But people say that when Rohit Sharma went to Asia Cup as captain, he used to talk to all the players,” added Sehwag.
Sehwag also took a jibe at former Indian skipper MS Dhoni who had once termed him as a ‘slow fielder’. Sehwag disclosed that MS Dhoni never even consulted him or discussed it in the Indian team meeting. Rather, Dhoni himself gave statements in the media.
The former Indian opener said if Virat Kohli is also doing the same with Pant, then it is wrong.
“When MS Dhoni said in Australia that the top three are slow fielders, we were never asked or consulted. We got to know from the media. He said at the press conference but not at the team meeting that we are slow fielders. Talk at the team meeting was that we need to play Rohit Sharma, who is new, and that’s why there will be rotation policy. If the same is happening now, that’s wrong,” Sehwag added further.