Strong team, Dhoni's leadership won us the cup: Sehwag
Virender Sehwag, whose differences with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to fore during last year's Australian tour, today appeared to take a jibe at the skipper when he said the World Cup was won because India had a strong team.
"Dhoni got a very strong team. When you get a strong team, it is easier to perform well just like Australia did at one point of time. Australia won three World Cups because they had a strong team and not just because of the captain. We believe we have a very strong team and that's why we won World Cup, backed by Dhoni's captaincy," Sehwag said.
Sehwag was reacting to questions on Dhoni's strength that enabled him to lead the side to two World Cup victories -- 2007 Twenty20 and 50-over in 2011.
Dhoni and Sehwag's relationship has been a subject intense speculation in the media particularly after the series in Australia, where there utterances in press conferences made their rift public.
Sehwag said he has no fitness concerns now and he is all geared up for the Lanka tour, starting July 21.
"I played almost all the matches in Indian Premier League and there is no fitness issue now. The ODI tour of Sri Lanka will also help me in preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held there," he said at the inauguration of Saba Karim Genesis Pro-Cricket Centre, here.
Sehwag is also not unduly concerned by the fact that India's next generation of young batsmen did not do well in first class matches during the recent 'A' tour of the West Indies.
"Before I became a prominent member of the senior team I have also gone for 'A' tours. Some people get runs on this kind of tours and some don't. That does not mean that those who fail are not good enough. The best part is that you can make mistakes and learn from it, try to rectify in your domestic cricket and come back stronger," he said. Recently, Rahul Dravid had expressed his apprehension about the future of Test cricket 10 years down the line but Sehwag said that the longest form of the game was not in danger.
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