India team manager denies Dhoni-Sehwag rift

Sydney: After the BCCI, now the India team manager has denied there is any rift in the Indian team, rubbishing speculation over differences between MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag on the reasons for following the much-discussed rotation policy adopted by the Indian management.

Even as reports came in that the BCCI wants coach Duncan Fletcher to step in and mediate between the two players, team manager GS Walia denied there were any issues to resolve.

“There was no communication gap [between Dhoni and Sehwag] and the team is concerned about whatever media has been writing.”

“Let us all forget it and be positive in the future. There are no differences but we will be vigilant in future and avoid such situations.”

The confrontation started after India’s defeat by Sri Lanka in the ongoing triangular series on Tuesday.

At a press conference after the loss, skipper Dhoni explained why he was following the controversial rotation policy, saying India can’t go into a match with the trio of Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir as the senior players are slow on the field and concede a lot of runs.

In another press conference on the same day, however, Sehwag, who captained India while Dhoni served the one-match ban on account of slow over-rate in the previous match against Australia, launched a retort against Dhoni’s remarks.

“I did not know what he [Dhoni] said and what’s going on in the media. He told us he wanted to give a chance to youngsters who had come here and play the next World Cup. That’s what he told us,” said the opener.

Earlier, BCCI president N Srinivasan also denied reports of any rift in the Indian team.

“We have no knowledge of it. I don’t think there is any rift in the team. There is nothing to be concerned about,” Srinivasan said. “They [Dhoni and Sehwag] were responding to questions in a press conference. It happens after every match. I have spoken to the media manager there. I think the reports are exaggerated.”

BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla seconded his view.

“Sehwag has been misquoted. That’s what we came to understand. There is no rift in the team. It is only a speculation by a section of the media. I don’t think there is any problem. BCCI is in constant touch with the team,” Shukla said.

Meanwhile, senior players are also likely to address the media conference on Friday to clear the air.

(With inputs from PTI)

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