Virender Sehwag behind disharmony in Team India, says Australian newspaper

A section of the Indian cricket team feels that Virender Sehwag should be captain instead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Jan 9, 2012

What was so far said in whispers and without any names being taken is now in the open. For sometime now, there have been whispers of disharmony in the Indian dressing room. But now the Australia newspaper Herald Sun says that “Virender Sehwag is the man polarising opinions in the Indian rooms.”

The article quotes Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris declaring that the “Indians were fighting among themselves” and the team is a divided lot.

According the article, there is apparently a section of the team who feel Sehwag should be captain instead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni “while his detractors are aghast at the lack of fight he has shown in several innings – including his meek second-innings surrender in Sydney when he displayed the resilience of a soggy tissue to waft an airy cut to Dave Warner from the eighth ball he faced.”

The newspaper goes on to add that former Indian coach Greg Chappell noted during his tenure “team meetings were shackled by a hierarchical system which often made young players too timid to express their thoughts.”

Chappell wrote in his autobiography Fierce Focus: “Once we were in a team meeting they (junior players) would clam up,” “I’d go outside with them and say, ‘You’ve got great ideas. Why don’t you speak up?’ And the youngster would say, ‘I can’t speak before so-and-so. If I speak before a senior player, they will hold it against me forever’. Some were petrified, flat out refusing to say a word in a meeting before, say, (Sachin) Tendulkar had spoken. It was so hierarchical it made Australian teams look like a commune. I even separated the team meetings into three groups – senior, intermediate and junior – so I could at least hear what the players thought.”

In view of the report, Dhoni s much-criticised passive captaincy has to be seen in a different light. All this does not augur well for India going 0-2 down at Perth.