Vengsarkar’s recent comments that “Sehwag was included because of Dravid’s insistence” appears to have created a ruckus.
Unlike his predecessor, there is no question that Vengsarkar seems to have brought a lot of candor to the selection process. When asked about Kaif he promptly said, “Fielding alone won’t do, he has to score more runs” Likewise when asked about Ashish Nehra’s exclusion and the fact that he was a force in the previous World Cup, Vengsarkar said, “That was in 2003, I too played in the 1987 World Cup!”
The issue with his comments about Sehwag is much ado about nothing. In fact, he stated that when he was captain he didn’t get the team he wanted. Its a great justification for why he chose to defer to Dravid on Sehwag’s selection issue. It displays a level of sophistication and deep understanding of the game that can come only with playing cricket at the highest level and having held the top job (captaincy of Team India).