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While the Indian Army stands divided, so is its Cricket team

ó Team divided in rival groups headed by Skipper Dhoni, Opener Sehwag
ó Dhoni earlier divided team in 2 groups in 2008 after developing difference with Surav Ganguly
ó Both Dhoni, Sewag deny grouping while team remains divided
ó Indian Media confirms reports of rift, grouping in national cricket outfit

From Kapil Verma and Priyanka Joshi

MumbaióWhile the war of generals in which two Indian Generals, General Deepak Kapoor and General Vijay Kumar Singh divided the Indian army into tow groups to make personal gains, the Indian cricket team is now reported to be standing divided in 2 groups, one lead by Skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni and the other being headed by stormy opening batsman Virender Sehwag, reveal the findings of The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mailís findings indicate that exclusion of in-form bowler Amit Mishra for P.Ojha in second test at Dhaka bought the rift in Indian Cricket. These findings indicate that now there are two groups in the team, one led by the skipper Dhoni who has support from Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Pragyan Ohja etc and the other camp led by Sehwag has support of all Delihi players including Gambhir, Ishant sharma, Amit Mishra. This became more evident when Ishant sharma, during a post match press conference, thanked Virender Sehwag for including him in the team for the current series with Bangladesh..
The Daily Mailís findings indicate that difference off opinion between MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag was pretty clear when both gave contradicting opinions on how they assessed the strength of the Bangladesh team. Apparently, leg spinner Amit Mishra, who had a seven-wicket match haul and an impressive half-century to his credit in the Chittagong Test, was excluded from the playing XI of the Dhaka Test at the last minute. He was replaced by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
According to sources, captain MS Dhoni and vice-captain Virender Sehwag had disagreement over inclusion of Ojha in place of Amit Mishra, who had done rather well in the last Test.

 

 


The Daily Mailís findings indicate that Dhoni had earlier developed difference with stylish middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh in 2008. ThoughYuvraj Singh stated that being overlooked for the job has not created any rift between him and incumbent M S Dhoni and speculation about a rivalry between the two was baseless when he was not made captain of the team and a rather Dhoni was given the job in 2008, yet Yuvraj and Dhoni were not even on talking terms after Dhoni took the charge of the team.
Yuvraj had clearly admitted in media interviews that that he had a great desire to lead the team but would never let his personal ambitions come in the way of teamís good. ďIt is an honour to captain the Indian cricket team, I also wish to be the captain but the most important thing is to do what is good for the team and what are your goals as a team. I think, what the team wants is more important than personal desires,Ē Youvraj was reportd saying by Indian media in 2008 when the news about his and Dhoniís rift started appearing in the press.
The Daily Mailís investigations disclose that The Indian Cricket teamís being divided into 2 two groups has not happened for the first time. These findings reveal that beleaguered Australian cricket team received a major boost on the eve of Adelaide test in 2008, as Team India got divided between two groups. One group was led by Anil Kumble and has seniors VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. The other group is led by MS Dhoni. The rift was attributed to the exclusion of Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman from the ODI saquad on Dhoniís behest.
These findings indicate that Dhoni played a dictator and virtually vetoed Gangulyís inclusion in the team. intrestingly, Ganguly was the one who supported Dhoni through thick and thin when he was struggling to find a place in the national team. Another out-of-form batsman who voted against Ganguly was Yuvraj. It was the same Yuvraj whom Ganguly supported when the whole country was baying for his blood.
Theese findings further indicate that Dhoni played a dirty game to hit at the seniors who always provided patronage to him and to the team.these findings indicate that surprisingly, teamís physical trainer Gregory King too supported Dhoni Groupís point of view.
These findings indicate that the entire drama took place just ahead of the crucial Adelaide test match in january 2008, in which India needed to redeem its pride by levelling the series. But the mutinous developments dented the morale of the team Confirming the rift in the Indian team, Indian News Channel Zee TV reports that amidst outstanding performance by the Indian bowlers on the first morning of the Mirpur Test, news of a rift in the Indian camp over selection issues has raised fresh concerns over the growing factionalism in the team.
Zeenews has accessed documents which suggest that while Amit Mishraís name was included in the initial playing eleven prepared by the team management, it was struck off after the team meeting on the eve of the Test and replaced by Pragyan Ojha. Reports suggest that Mishra was replaced by Ojha at the insistence of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
A heated debate over the issue is said to have taken place at the meeting where Dhoni is believed to have convinced the management to include Ojha in the playing eleven and leave out Mishra.


 
 
 
 
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