Sehwag in favour of India-Pakistan World Cup game

There was a clamour not to play Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in February.

Virender Sehwag also singled out M.S. Dhoni for his ability to lead a team like Chennai Super Kings.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Virender Sehwag wants India to play arch-rivals Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, starting in England and Wales next month.

“The match is no less than a war and you should win the war, not lose it,” said Sehwag at an event here on Friday.

There was a clamour to sever cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in February.

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The Indian cricket board, went to the extent of writing to the ICC, urging the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror. But, ICC turned down BCCI’s request. However, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said last month that the Indian board is still seeking a ban on Pakistan.

'Dhoni is the best captain'

Talking about the performance of Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL, Sehwag credited captain M.S. Dhoni for bringing the best out of his team.

“The leader should know he can make his colleagues put in hundred percent efforts. Chief Executive Officer does not work, the work is done by the subordinates but CEO knows how to get the work done," Sehwag said.

“As of today, when IPL is going on, we consider M.S. Dhoni as the best captain because he can get work done from his players. Or else their bowling attack is one of the worst in today’s time.

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“You tell me one bowler from that team who is playing for his country but Dhoni knows how to get the work done and how to rotate them," he added.

Sehwag also credited Sourav Ganguly for making the players to play to their full potential and in the process building a good team.

“A leader is someone who can make others do the work to their fullest. This I feel genuinely is a talent very less people had in the Indian cricket team and Sourav Ganguly was one such great captain who built a good team after the match-fixing controversy. And this team went on to win oversees Test matches,” he said.