Slow mover’s swift riposte: Did you see my catch today?

Airborne for a few seconds,Virender Sehwag leapt to his left and pouched Mahela Jayawardene at midwicket

Written by Aditya Iyer | Brisbane | Published:February 22, 2012 1:31 am

Airborne for a few seconds,Virender Sehwag leapt to his left and pouched Mahela Jayawardene at midwicket. While his celebrating teammates immersed him in a dogpile,Sehwag thrusted above for a gasp of air and a sight of the replay on the big screen on Tuesday. As he watched himself in slow-motion,Sehwag pursed his lips and nodded his head wryly. So much for MS Dhoni’s ‘slow mover theory’.

“Did you see that catch today?” Sehwag retorted during the press conference when asked if he felt he was a liability on the field. When pressed further,Sehwag said: “The captain (Dhoni) will come before the next match. You can ask him.” Sehwag had just been informed of Dhoni’s Sunday night comments on the fielding capabilities of India’s top three (Sehwag,Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir). And clearly,it didn’t go down well with him.

Following India’s 110-run loss to Australia,Dhoni had said that the primary reason why the top three were being rotated was because they cost the side 20 runs on the field. So on Tuesday,after the team suffered a 51-run defeat without Dhoni at the helm — where all three big players played together in this series for the first time — stand-in skipper Sehwag replied in a typical Sehwag fashion.

“What Dhoni told us was that he wants to give chance to youngsters,because they will be the ones who will come here and play the next World Cup. That’s what he told us (and not the slow fielding reason),” Sehwag said. So was he even aware of Dhoni’s confession to the media? “No,we didn’t know that (he said that),” he answered.

“When we had a meeting,he chatted with everyone —with Gautam,Tendulkar and myself — and explained that he wanted to give chances to youngsters so they could prepare themselves,” Sehwag said,before adding: “We (the top three) have been the same for the last 10 years. Nothing has changed.” The stand-in skipper also noted that it was with the same bunch of old legs that India had won a World Cup not too long ago.

Sehwag went on to explain that the idea of rotation — purely to rest the best for inconsequential matches — is something that he has been pushing for for a while.”I have been telling people for a couple of years that we have got to rotate. And give more chances to youngsters. I told Dhoni that even before the last World Cup. So it’s good thinking,” he said. But when asked if he is unhappy with Dhoni’s comments,Sehwag smiled and said: “He is the captain. He can say whatever he wants to say. We are okay with that.” As long as a save here and a flying catch there continues to occur on the field,there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be okay with Virender Sehwag.

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