Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sehwag Confidential!

By John Cheeran
When young men play, you cannot expect them to behave like Socrates.
Quarrels and clashes are inevitable when you struggle to survive against the opposition as well as within the dressing room.
What surprise is there if opener Virender Sehwag and Greg Chappell had an argument, a heated one at it?
Sehwag was extremely fortunate to have played all three Tests during the South African series. It was unacceptable to me that he played the last Test. At that time reports or rumours (these days there are only rumours) suggested that Chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar did not want Sehwag in the team yet a group of senior players led by Rahul Dravid, accommodated him in the XI.
Now an Indian television channel has broke the news that the confidential report on South African tour submitted to the BCCI by manager Chetan Desai has accounted Sehwag’s refusal to attend a training session on the eve of the Durban Test.
Sehwag rarely competes to get the gentleman prize tag. Greg Chappell hardly minces his words.
But the report now has administrative value for the BCCI. But it is nothing sensational. It would have been sensational if the news of the dissent had broke out on the eve of the Durban Test.
All sensible guys are resigned to Sehwag watching the World Cup action from his Delhi home.
As for the current series against Sri Lanka, Sehwag will be under extra pressure to perform in the backdrop of reports how churlish his behaviour has become in the recent days.
If anyone thinks this is something similar to the Ganguly vs Chappell drama, they are sadly mistaken.

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