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'I returned purely on medical grounds'

Sehwag returned home midway through the Irani Trophy.

Press Trust Of India |September 27, 2008, 3:00 PM IST
'I returned purely on medical grounds'

New Delhi: Delhi captain Virender Sehwag returned home midway through the Irani Cup owing to migraine and not because of any resentment, a senior team official said.

Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Sports secretary Sunil Dev said Sehwag returned with him on Friday night due to migraine and nothing else.

"He has not been feeling well and the pain was there all along. It increased on Friday and because he has already been dismissed in the second innings, he could well afford to return with me," Dev said.

Sehwag's abrupt return led to wild speculations here with some claiming that the Delhi captain left in a huff to protest the poor accommodation and fuming why they were not accommodated in the same hotel where Rest of India players are staying.

A few also claimed that Sehwag was bitter after being abused by Munaf Patel and hence once he got out in the second innings, he didn't want to stay longer in the city.

Dev, however, dismissed such speculations and said, "This is all nonsense. He never had an issue with hotel and he returned purely because he was not feeling well and circumstances allowed him to comeback."

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"My doctor told me that since I have to join the Indian team's camp next week it is better that I take rest now," Sehwag said.

"My return has nothing to do with Munaf Patel. These things are common on a cricket field and no cricketer will return home because of that. I just want to be better prepared for the series against Australia," he said.

Apart from the on-field spat with Munaf, there was another speculation that the Delhi skipper, who scored 43 and 3 in the two innings of the Irani Trophy match, was unhappy with the accommodation offered to them.

"It is a non-issue and shouldn't be connected to my return. The reasons of my return are purely medical," he said.

With Delhi struggling at 113 for three against Rest of India on Friday at the time of Sehwag's return, people even raised doubts about his commitment. However, he took a dig at his detractors and said he has always been a "team man".

"If you look at my record I have never missed a chance of playing for Delhi. Not only this, I always make it a point to turn out for my employers ONGC as well. Whoever doubts my commitment doesn't know me at all. I am a complete team-man whether playing for Delhi or India or any other team," he insisted.

"Where do all these questions on my commitment go when I hit a six or a four even when batting in the 90s? I always play for my country and the team," he added.

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