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‘Retirement: Let seniors themselves decide'

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Virender Sehwag's admiration and respect for one the great cricketing icons were evident when he was quizzed on the repercussions of Dravid's retirement on Team India.

Asked to identify any youngster with the qualities of taking up the vacant slot in the Indian batting line-up, Sehwag replied: “Rahul Dravid's retirement is an opportunity for all youngsters. I don't wish to take one name. No one can replace him.”

Saying that Virat Kohli's promotion to vice-captain for the Asia Cup was a reward for consistency, Sehwag was blunt when asked about BCCI drawing up a plan to phase out seniors.

“You and I have no business to ask seniors about when they will retire. It is the players' decision and we should leave it for them to decide. As far as Team India is concerned, someone will stand up and take responsibility. It is not that seniors only were doing the job.”

Dravid brought out the best in Sehwag during the 2007 World Cup and India's tour to Pakistan.

“He was a team-man and we share a special relationship. I am really happy that he walked away from cricket on his own terms,” said the dashing opener who was in the city for a promotional event.

Sehwag firmly denied any differences in the Indian team. “I have stated this before and again repeat. There is no rift in Team India. It is you (media) who think so.”

Asked about his take on M.S. Dhoni's leadership, viewed against consecutive series defeats overseas, Sehwag said: “Dhoni's record speaks for itself. He won us the World Cup and earlier the T20 World Cup.”

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