India vice-captain Virender Sehwag, who has had a tour to forget in Australia, could be dropped from the squad for the Asia Cup in March.
Sehwag, who has scored only 35 runs in four matches in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series also fared badly in the preceding Test series in which India was whitewashed 4-0. He managed to score 198 runs in eight innings at a disappointing average of 24.75.
According to the Times of India, some of the selectors feel Sehwag needs a break to reinvent himself; while others feel he deserves a longer rope and shouldn't be singled out for the failure of MS Dhoni's team Down Under. “He (Sehwag) is too big a player to be dropped. However, there could be a consensus on resting Sehwag,” a BCCI source told TOI.
Sehwag was also involved in an ego clash )with Dhoni which led to reports of rifts in the Indian team; claims which have now been denied by all concerned parties.
The same report also suggests Sachin Tendulkar could be rested in an attempt to take his mind off the talk of his 100th ton, according to BCCI sources.
Suresh Raina and Zaheer Khan also are expected to be under pressure to retain their places. Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik and Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda could be included in the squad to be picked on Wednesday for the tournament, which will be held in Bangladesh from the second week of March.