Friday, June 19, 2009
Not fatigue, Sehwag's absence badly hurt India - Ganguly
Former captain Sourav Ganguly has rejected coach Gary Kirsten's claim that fatigue was a reason behind India's early ouster from the ICC World Twenty20 and said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men missed Virender Sehwag badly in the tournament. While Kirsten had blamed an overdose of cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) as the cause for the World Cup fiasco, Indian skipper Dhoni continued to differ with his coach, saying the team's early exit has nothing to do with 'fatigue factor'. Ganguly bluntly disagreed with Kirsten on the cause of the debacle and said for a young team like India, fatigue can't be an excuse. "I don't agree with this because they are young boys. They are just 22, 23 years old and have just started their career. I know they have played a lot of cricket but not all of them. "Probably people like Dhoni, Yuvraj (Singh), Harbhajan (Singh) and Zaheer (Khan) have because they are part of consistent Test team and has done a lot of traveling on the road," he said. "This is the age to play, they are 25, 26. Even if you are fatigued, you have to find ways out to get yourself up and going," he added.