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Vijay Amritraj slams Davis Cup team shake-up

Vijay Amritraj slams Davis Cup team shake-up
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Surprised by the sacking of his elder brother as India\'s Davis Cup skipper, the legendary Vijay Amritraj says Anand Amritraj is the country\'s best captain in the last three decades and it is quite against the trend to remove a winning leader.

Chennai: Surprised by the sacking of his elder brother as India's Davis Cup skipper, the legendary Vijay Amritraj says Anand Amritraj is the country's best captain in the last three decades and it is quite against the trend to remove a winning leader.

Vijay, who also captained India in the Davis Cup, said Anand is very committed and no one can question the results he has produced. "I don't follow the intricacies of everything but what I do know is that since 1987-88, there has been no better captain than Anand," Vijay, who twice reached the Wimbledon and US Open singles quarter-finals, said.

"I am not saying this just because he is my brother but because there is hardly any past player in India of his calibre, who has played Davis Cup for 20 years at the highest level. "My feeling is from the captaincy point of view, from quality standpoint of being captain and needless to say he gets along very well with the team.... He hardly had anyone in the top-100 but still managed to get the team into World Group Play-offs all three years, so you can't question the results."

When told that the All India Tennis Association has not questioned the results but sacked him for failing to impose discipline in the team, Vijay said, "Other issues I don't know. I only see what I read in papers. So in my opinion, Anand was a spectacular captain." Anand will lead the Indian team for one last time in Pune when India host New Zealand next month and Bhupathi will take over from April.

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