Door not shut for Sehwag

The selectors’ decision to drop Sehwag is just ‘shock treatment’ dished out to jolt him out of complacency.



He might have been dropped from the Indian squad for the first three ODIs against England, but this is definitely not the end of the road for India’s swashbuckling opener, Virender Sehwag.

If a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official is to be believed, the selectors’ decision to drop Sehwag is just ‘shock treatment’ dished out to jolt him out of complacency.

Sehwag axed from ODI squad, Pujara comes in

“No way can you say that it is curtains for Sehwag as far as his ODI career is concerned, or that he is out of the scheme of things for the national selectors. Sometimes when you play for a long span of time, complacency sets in and you start losing focus. So the selectors decided to give him a wake-up call. You can never forget the impact someone like Sehwag has on the opposition bowling,” the official told MAIL TODAY on the condition of anonymity.

“While the selectors and the board are keen to try out new players, experience can never be discounted. The selectors are looking for a good mix of youth and experience in the line-up and if dropping Sehwag helps in bringing back the hunger in him, why not? At the end of the day, it is all for the cause of the team.”

Indian fans will hope the move can have the same impact as the one when Sehwag was dropped in 2007 and came back with a bang Down Under in 2008, scoring 151 against Australia in the fourth Test in Adelaide to cement his place once again.

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