MS Dhoni (left) and Virender Sehwag played together for many years © AFP
MS Dhoni (left) and Virender Sehwag played together for many years © AFP

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag on Thursday did not mention teammate and captain MS Dhoni in his speech, after felicitation at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. Sehwag was honoured by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before the start of the fourth and the final Test in the ongoing Gandhi-Mandela Series 2015, between India and South Africa. Sehwag, in his speech after the felicitation, thanked his former captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and even Sachin Tendulkar for their contributions to his success, but did not mention Dhoni among them. It is not clear whether Sehwag deliberately not include Dhoni in his list or genuinely missed out, but his miss has raised eyebrows. ALSO READ: Virender Sehwag: Century on debut vs South Africa at Bloemfontein most memorable cricketing moment

It must be remembered that since Sehwag played lot of cricket under Dhoni, after the latter took over the charge of India captaincy across formats. Sehwag was a key member of the Indian team that became world No. 1 in Test cricket for the first time ever, and Dhoni was the captain at that point of time. ALSO READ: Virender Sehwag will gift Ferrari to his children if they score more than 319 in any format!

Sehwag remembered his former teammates and captains among many names he spoke on Thursday after the honour he received at his home ground. Sehwag said, “I want to thank my first captain Ajay Jadeja and other captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble. I want to thank Sachin Tendulkar.”

The dashing opener was axed from the Indian Test side when the Dhoni-led team was struggling across formats. Sehwag’s form had been on and off and his inconsistencies played a massive role in his axing from the team. Sehwag’s last appearance was in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2013, in which India had blanked Australia 4-0 for the first time in history. Sehwag has been blunt and straightforward about his axing from the team, as he expressed the sorrow of not getting a retirement match.