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'Never said Dhoni didn't support Laxman'

Press Trust Of India
Aug 19, 2012 at 07:23pm IST

New Delhi: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday clarified that he never suggested through his comments that VVS Laxman does not enjoy captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's support.

Laxman stunned cricket fraternity by announcing his sudden retirement on Saturday. The timing of Laxman's retirement shocked many as he was picked in the squad for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand.

Ganguly was quoted as saying in the media that had Laxman enjoyed the support of his skipper Dhoni, situation could have been different for him. However, Ganguly on Sunday said, he did not mean what media suggested of his comments.

'Never said Dhoni didn't support Laxman'

"What I did say was 'in cricket, at times you need to be available 24x7 as a captain'," Sourav Ganguly clarified.

"I would like to place on record that part of my comment on VVS Laxman's efforts to get in touch with skipper MS Dhoni was misconstrued. What I did say was 'in cricket, at times you need to be available 24x7 as a captain'. It no way implied that Laxman doesn't enjoy his skipper's support or suggest that the situation would have been different [for Laxman] had he enjoyed the skipper's support," Ganguly said.

Ganguly had also lashed out at the selectors, especially chief selector K Srikkanth, for the communication gap between them and the players.

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