Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sehwag giving up vice-captaincy

Virender Sehwag has called for the Indian selectors to hand his role as vice-captain to a player who wants to become captain at some stage in the future.

Sehwag was appointed as an assistant to Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the wicketkeeper-batsman took charge following Anil Kumble's leaving last year, but says he has no aim of captaining India in the long term. This being the case, he has asked authorities to relieve him of his obligation as vice-captain.

"I don't want to be a skipper, I have already told selectors about it," Sehwag told.
"I have said that a new player should be made vice-captain and be prepared to be a captain. I want that I should continue to gain runs and keep winning matches for the side."

Sehwag is currently getting better from a shoulder injury continued during the Indian Premier League, and hopes to return to action for the Delhi Daredevils in the Twenty20 Champions League next month.

The forceful opening batsman also revealed that Sourav Ganguly is the best Indian captain he has played under.

"Sourav Ganguly has been the best skipper India ever had," Sehwag said. "Sourav took over as captain of the India cricket team when it was going through a very bad scrap.

"The Indian team was struggling to come out of the match-fixing dishonor. He had a responsibility to put together a new team and he did a splendid job."

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