Opening batsman Virender Sehwag has been dropped for the last two Tests against Australia. The 34-year old has been in indifferent form, with scores of 2, 19 and 6 against the Kangaroos in Chennai and Hyderabad respectively.
The 'Nawab of Najafgarh’ had last scored a century in the first Test against England in Ahmedabad, only to slip into poor form. The selectors gave him a long rope, but he failed to cash in.
No replacement has been named by the BCCI, but Sehwag’s place in the squad is likely to be taken by Delhi teammate Shikhar Dhawan, who has been warming the bench so far.
When asked for a reaction by TV channel Times Now, Sehwag had this to say," I am not contemplating retirement. I will make a comeback into the side."
As on date, Sehwag played his 104th Test in Hyderabad, and has 8586 runs at an average of 49.34, with a highest of 319 against South Africa in 2008.
The question on everyone's lips is whether he has played his last Test for India. With Murali Vijay scoring 167 against Australia in the second Test, it will be interesting to see what Sehwag does to make his way back into the team.
The third Test will be played in Mohali from March 14, and the fourth and final Test in Delhi from 22 March.
India currently lead the four-match series 2-0.
Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma.
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Sehwag dropped for the last two Tests against AustraliaYahoo! Cricket – Thu 7 Mar, 2013 12:54 PM IST
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