A file photo of the Indian team celebrating after an ODI win. (AFP)
New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly chose to play it safe on Sunday after indicating a day earlier that MS Dhoni could have had a hand in Virender Sehwag's ouster from the Test squad for the remaining two matches against Australia.
"It's very difficult to say whether Dhoni has a hand in Sehwag's exclusion but normally captains do have a say in team selection," PTI quoted Ganguly as clarifying media reports from Saturday.
Reports in the media from a day earlier also quoted Ganguly questioning Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni's selection in the team despite a poor run of form, saying if those two can stay in the team then why can't Sehwag. Dhoni scored a double century in Chennai and a decent 44 in Hyderbad, while Tendulkar contributed with an 81-run knock in the first innings of the Chennai Test. Sehwag's scores in his three innings during the Chennai and Hyderabad Tests read 2, 19, and 6.
Ganguly, while stating that all captains have a say in team selection, said the selectors may or may not agree with a captain's input. "That's [having a say in team selection] been the case with all the captains, whether it's me, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kumble, Dhoni, Azhar or captains around world cricket. They normally have an opinion and a say about team selection," he stated.
"[But] that doesn't mean captains' opinion is taken all the time by the selectors. At times, they do listen and at times they don't. So it's very difficult to say whether Dhoni had a hand in Sehwag's exclusion," India's second most successful Test captain, behind Dhoni, said.