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'Captaincy alone didn't win us the World Cup'

NOIDA: In an apparent dig at MS Dhoni, swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag said that India won the 2011 World Cup because of a good team and a captain is as good as his team.Asked what has been Dhoni’s strength that has enabled him to lead the side to two World Cup victories — 2007 Twenty20 and 50-over in 2011, he said, “Dhoni got a very strong team. When you get a strong team, it is easier to perform well just like Australia did at one point of time. We won World Cup because we had a very strong team which was ably backed by Dhoni’s leadership.”Sachin Tendulkar will be missed by the Indian team during the upcoming limited overs series in Sri Lanka, but he has the right to pick and choose which series he wants to play, Sehwag said.”Not only me but the whole country misses Sachin when he is not in action. But one should realise that he is 39 years and he should be allowed to pick and choose which series he wants to go. He will certainly be available for the Test series against New Zealand,” Sehwag told reporters at the inauguration of Saba Karim-Genesis Pro-Cricket Centre.Sehwag said he has no fitness concerns now and he is all geared up for the Lanka tour, starting July 21.”I played almost all the matches in Indian Premier League and there is no fitness issue now. The ODI tour of Sri Lanka will also help me in preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held there,” he said.Sehwag is also not unduly concerned by the fact that India’s next generation of young batsmen did not do well in first class matches during the recent ‘A’ tour of the West Indies.”Before I became a prominent member of the senior team I have also gone for ‘A’ tours. Some people get runs on this kind of tours and some don’t. That does not mean that those who fail are not good enough. The best part is that you can make mistakes and learn from it, try to rectify in your domestic cricket and come back stronger,” he said.Recently, Rahul Dravid had expressed his apprehension about the future of Test cricket 10 years down the line but Sehwag said that the longest form of the game was not in danger.”You ask any youngster and he would always tell you that he wants to be successful in Test cricket. You will see cricketers retiring from ODIs to prolong their Test career but you will never see a cricketer retiring from both Test and ODI to play only Twenty20,” he said.PTI

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