Mumbai, Dec 4: India's recently retired opener Virender Sehwag says missing of Team India (ODI) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name in his felicitation speech on Thursday was "unintentional".
The 38-year-old right-handed batsman Sehwag, who retired on his birthday (October 20) was felicitated by the Indian cricket board on the first day's play of the Test match against visiting South Africa at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Thursday.
"I forgot to name Dhoni. Honestly, it (the slip) was not intentional. In my speech I even didn't mention the name of my wife (Aarti), who also supported me in my career. She was sitting next to me in the Stadium and I forgot to remember her".
"It is a small world. Nobody wrote about this and media have created the controversy on my honest omission of Dhoni's name. But I don't bother about it. I have retired from the game and such petty issues don't disturb me", he further added.
Sehwag had specially invited his mentor coach (A.N.Sharma) to be at the felicitation function. "I was present there on a request by Sehwag", he said from Delhi.
"Sehwag remembered his late father (and mother Krishna) in his speech. "Sehwag's only regret is that his father (his name was also Krishna, but affectionaly being also called as Kishan) was not alive when he scored the second triple-hundred".
"His father saw (on TV) Sehwag registering first triple ton (against Pakistan at Multan in 2004) but was not alive when his second triple century came against South Africa (Chepauk, Chennai in 2008). He lost his father one year before (on October 30, 2007) his second triple", coach Sharma recalled.