first_imgOn the infamous Monkey Gate controversy incolving On the infamous Monkey Gate controversy incolving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symnonds, he said he did his job as a skipper. “As I discovered in Australia during the monkey gate controversy. I was now a diplomat.. a bridge between players and the cricket board and face of Indian opposition in Australia,” he said. “I was sitting in the dressing room when the the incident happened and it was 100 meters away. No conversation (between him and Kumble) was whatever was said was said but I think it was important to understand how we started moving ahead as a team. The general perception was we came back… “It was important to me to convince the players and Bhajji in particular..who was affected by the things that were happening.. Players stood by me .. So all these players (Sachin, Saurav, Rahul, Laxman, Sehwag) being there helped… “As a captain, my duty to protect my players and players thats what I did, I think it could have been resolved with two captains”. When asked how much say a captain have in selection, he said to be fair when he was captain he did not have a problem. “I went for a meeting in selection meeting in 2007 when they choose the team for Australia… I dont think they (selectors) had Virender Sehwag in the mind.. i proposed Viru to be part of the team and they selected.. i wanted Viru in team.. I suggested his name., although his form was not good but the selectors took it.. its all having proper dialog,” he said. PTI NRB KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more