Sehwag - My chance has gone
Virender Sehwag says India should groom a younger player to take over from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Last Updated: 24/09/09 12:47pm
Virender Sehwag has suggested India need to groom a younger player to be Mahendra Singh Dhoni's successor as national captain.
Sehwag, who served as Dhoni's vice-captain until being sidelined by a shoulder injury, was reported to have told a television channel that he neither wanted to be India captain nor did he want the vice-captaincy.
"Look, I am 30 and it is unlikely that I will be made captain once Dhoni's reign is over," said Sehwag, who recently stood down as captain of IPL side Delhi Daredevils.
"Right now, I don't think Dhoni should be replaced, but if he is forced away from the game, say through injury, then I have no problem leading the side if the captaincy is offered to me.
"But I think it is better if the selectors groom someone who can take on the responsibility at a later stage.
"I have led India before and when Rahul Dravid quit, I was not part of the team so there was no question of me being made the captain then.
"At this stage there is no point in my being vice-captain either."
Sehwag backed Gautam Gambhir, his replacement as Delhi Daredevils skipper, to take over the national captaincy from Dhoni.
"I have watched Gautam operate from close quarters and I know he has the talent," he added.
"He thinks positively and he has great leadership skills.
"One of the reasons for giving up the Daredevils captaincy, apart from wanting to concentrate on my batting, was because I felt Gautam should be given the chance to make the team do better.
"I led Daredevils to the semi-finals in two seasons, but I think he can lead us to the final.
"Also, the next edition of the IPL is the only chance for Gautam because the players will change with another auction taking place after that."