Dhoni should have batted earlier in CWC semi: Sehwag

Dhoni should have batted earlier in CWC semi: Sehwag

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New Delhi, Aug 21 : Former Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag on Wednesday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should not have batted at No 7 in the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand, in the Cricket World Cup 2019. On the sidelines of the launch of 'The Selector App', Sehwag told reporters, ''If MS Dhoni had come up to bat at little up the order against New Zealand, situation could have been different from what it was.''

''An experienced MS Dhoni, who can bat under difficult situations, shouldn't have batted at No 7, when the Men in Blue were looking to build the innings,'' Sehwag added. Asked whether he would like to coach Team India in the coming years, Sehwag refused the proposal and said nobody knows what was going to happen in 2021. Earlier, Sehwag had applied for the post of coach in 2017, however, BCCI preferred Ravi Shastri.

"I never wished to become a coach of the team. One of the Board Secretary told me to apply for the position and so I did", he said. Sehwag also expressed his happiness on BCCI's decision to reduce the ban on Sreesanth and said that if 'Shree' wants to make a comeback to team India, then he must perform in domestic cricket first and make an impact there. About the split captaincy in Indian cricket, Viru, as the ace batsman is popularly known, told UNI that it's up to the selectors.

''It's up to the selectors, whether they want to make Rohit Sharma captain in T-20s or they want to continue with Virat,'' he said. Praising the captaincy of former Indian great Anil Kumble, Sehwag put his weight behind him, to be the national selector in future. "When Anil Kumble became the captain, he came to my room and said 'go and play how you play as in the next two series you won't be dropped'.

That kind of confidence he gave... I think he is the right person (to become a national selector)". Kumble was the coach of the Indian team between 2016 and 2017, before stepping down from the role, just a day after India lost to Pakistan in the final of Champions Trophy, after an alleged rift with skipper Virat Kohli.

About BCCI, finally agreeing to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), the former batsman said doping test was never an issue, its just that Indian players have an issue with the whereabouts clause. Cricketers have been tested several times, both in and out of competition and nobody has ever said no to it, he added.UNI