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Misra livid at Somdev's comment

New Delhi, PTI: Jan, 2, 2013
India’s Davis Cup captain SP Misra on Wednesday questioned the logic behind the demand for his ouster from the Davis Cup team by Somdev Devvarman, asking why the young player did not speak up when he played some of his best matches under him.

A livid Misra said how can Somdev say that he is not attuned to the modern game.
“I was very upset when I heard that Somdev does not want me to be the captain of the side. He has played some of his best matches under my captaincy,” Misra told PTI.

Indian tennis has been hit by yet another controversy as a core group of players, led by Somdev, advocated some changes in the way Davis Cup ties are organised in the country. One of the demands is change in support staff.

During his rise as India’s numero uno singles player, Somdev beat one of the finest players while playing for India in the Davis Cup in the recent years.

When India played Brazil, Somdev beat Thomaz Bellucci (the world number 33), Janko Tipsarevic (then world number 9) in the Serbia tie and also defeated Yen-Hsun Lu and Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei in another rubber. Misra pointed out that Somdev got these results when he was captain. So what has suddenly changed, he asked.

“It all looks like Somdev’s brainchild and the younger players maybe just toeing it. They (Yuki Bhambri, Divij Sharan, Saketh Myneni) should concentrate on their future rather than getting involved in this.”

Davis Cup coach Nandan Bal also said that he was surprised by the players’ statements, but added that he does not care a bit about what the players say.

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