Ganguly is convinced Dhoni played a part in seeing Sehwag dropped
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had something to do with the dropping of opening batsman Virender Sehwag from the Test side during the recently concluded four-Test series against Australia.
Ganguly noted that he was surprised with the team’s decision to drop Sehwag, who had scored 27 runs in three innings in the first two Tests against Australia before being axed from the squad.
“I am surprised about the fact that sehwag has been dropped,” Ganguly said. “Such a big decision can’t happen without the captains consent. If a captain backs the likes of Laxman, Dravid, Sachin and Sehwag, then it becomes difficult for selectors to drop them. Dhoni definitely had a say on Sehwag’s dropping.”
Ganguly noted that Sehwag was one of the all-time Test greats to have played for India and added that the public would miss his aggressive and unorthodox batting style.
“He has completely changed the grammar of Test match opening,” Ganguly said. “The sheer number of runs and the manner in which he has scored them, India will miss his presence. His impact in the game is comparable only to greats like Sachin, (Rahul) Dravid and (Sunil) Gavaskar.
“Sehwag should focus on the IPL and must consider a stint in county cricket to return to form.”
The former left-handed batsman also refused to read too much into India’s recent 4-0 whitewash against Australia.
“People have a very short memory,” Ganguly said. “I am amazed at some people lauding team India’s recent efforts. They seem to have forgotten that we were badly drubbed in 10 out of 13 Test matches we last played.”