Just days after former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was removed from the post of skipper of IPL franchise, Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), former cricketer Virender Sehwag has said that he is happy about the fact.
But before you make any assumption that this is because of some animosity between the two players, let me clarify that the statement was made by Sehwag purely on the ground of team rivalry and as a joke.
You see, Sehwag was recently appointed as Kings XI Punjab’s head of cricket operations and was asked about Dhoni’s removal as captain of RPS.
On reply, Sehwag in a jest said that he is “happy” about it as it will give his team more chance to win against RPS now,
“I am happy that he isn’t captain because maybe now my team, Kings XI Punjab, can beat this Pune team.”
Sehwag, who at that time was speaking at a session in ‘SporTale’, said that for him Dhoni is one of the “best captains” for India.
On RPS appointing Australia’s Steven Smith as their new skipper, Sehwag added that it must have been an internal decision.
“On a serious note, I believe that this is an internal decision of the franchise but he is one of the best ever captains India has ever had.”
RPS, who made first IPL debut last year, had a forgettable first season.
They had finished seventh on the points table last year and under Dhoni’s captaincy, they had managed to win just five of their 14 matches.