Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: The Indian cricket team that is touring Australia; is reportedly divided on the opinion of who should be leading the side and the cause of this polarizing effect is being blamed on Virender Sehwag.
According to a report in Herald Sun, Ryan Harris’s recent comments that the Indians were fighting among themselves aren’t just speculative.
“Some team-mates feel he should be captain instead of keeper MS 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.” says the report.
The cause of this rift goes deep and is a result of the financial and cultural divide among the players. The report goes on to say that the juniors are afraid of speaking or expressing their views during team meetings.
The daily cited former Indian coach Greg Chappell’s observations that “the team meetings were shackled by a hierarchical system which often made young players too timid to express their thoughts."
Apparently there is a section in the team that believes that Sehwag should be leading the side instead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and this is what the source of tension is.
First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 15:05