Asia Cup 2011-12 March 1, 2012

Sehwag clarifies he asked for rest

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Virender Sehwag has dispelled speculation over him being "rested" for the Asia Cup, saying he had explained his medical condition to the chairman of the selectors Kris Srikkanth ahead of the selection meeting to pick the squad for the tournament.

"I have back spasms. I need some rest. I have never kept my team management in the dark as far as fitness is concerned," Sehwag told Mid-Day, after his name did not feature in the 15-member squad announced on Tuesday.

Srikkanth had said Sehwag was rested based on the fitness report and recommendation of the Indian team's physiotherapist. The word 'rested' was interpreted by many as a euphemism for being dropped, given Sehwag had failed during the Test series in Australia and managed only 65 runs in five matches during the CB Series.

But Srikkanth strongly denied the rumours and even lost this cool during the media briefing . Sehwag, too, made it clear that his injury was genuine. "My injury is open for everyone to see. I have never hidden my injury before, or fitness problems. Even my shoulder operation was planned after consulting the then coach Gary Kirsten and skipper MS Dhoni," Sehwag said.

A BCCI official said it was incorrect to blame on selectors for copping out over the 'resting' of Sehwag. He pointed out that Srikkanth's panel had, in the past, taken bold decisions like dropping Yuvraj Singh during the home Test series against Australia, months before the World Cup, and leaving Harbhajan Singh out after his loss of form during the tour of England last year.

"The media and critics said the selectors did not have the guts to say he [Sehwag] is dropped. I don't think that is true," the official explained. "If they wanted to unconditionally drop him, the selectors would have done that. They had dropped Yuvraj Singh four months before the World Cup. Then they dropped Harbhajan Singh after the England tour last year. They could have easily done so with Sehwag, too, now in case they wanted to."

The decision to rest Sehwag, the board official pointed out, was taken keeping in mind the long-term repercussions of playing with an injury. "Sehwag was suffering from spasms, had shoulder pains and was also was having migraine. There was no option but to give him a break."

When asked if Sehwag's concerns about his fitness would be undermined should he play the CB series finals in the event of India's qualification, the official didn't think so. "If at all he goes ahead and plays the final and smacks a hundred it does not mean his body and mind does not need a break," the official said. According to him, a majority of elite cricketers are "literally stitched up together" to be fit to play, and the physio has worked hard to keep Sehwag fit on the tour of Australia.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    where r guys like Ambati Raydu, Robin Uthappa, Chetehwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.. they deserve chances, especially someone like Raydu, who once was being called as next Sachin..

  • POSTED BY ozziefan08 on | March 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Pfft medical condition? What a crock. These players need to understand that playing for your country is not a right it's a privilege. The whole Indian team think they are bigger than the game itself and it's sad. Sehwag needs to go and bat in the nets and work out his technique because he is terrible. Flat track bullies applies more to this bloke than anyone

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    The selectors dont have the nerve to kiick you out.....u dont have any respect to still hang arnd(along with ur hero)...and we dont have any shame to support u....

  • POSTED BY umbuly on | March 4, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Biggest problem is nobody is accepting the fact that players in the Indian team have been performing terribly over the past 3 away series. This denial is what is irritating the fans, not so much their non-performance itself. I haven't heard even a single time any seniors or the captain or management top ranks coming out cleanly in public about this sorry state. This is indeed the saddest part and will be the corroding factor for Indian cricket's future.

  • POSTED BY Ajay_Toronto_ on | March 3, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Why does Sehwag feel the need to clarify? Does he think he is even half as treasured a player as he was a few years back? Ask your fans, VS. They all know well in advance of a game that you are not going to perform. After losing all respect of fans and cricket-followers worldwide, it is imperative that you yourself call it quits. Another thing that baffles me is that nobody has said anything much about Fletcher. The coach of Maple Leafs here in Toronto was fired last night after his Toronto team lost a few matches in succession, without any regard to reputation and big names. So why can't the Indian selectors do what they are supposed to do, and start looking professional and worthy of their responsibility. After watching a video of Srikkanth the other day, it became sufficiently clear that despite being an engineer, he is street smart at best and irresponsible, unprofessional and impulsive at worst. For any turnaround in India's fortunes, Srikkanth and Fletcher must go first.

  • POSTED BY aamir_pta on | March 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    May Sehwag rest in peace.............(-:) )and come back in his flamboyant colours as we have come to know him over the years. India have a lot of home series coming up and here our man will definitely be a threat (hopefully to the visitors).

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Its true what Ashley said. A good rest before IPL 2012. tell me anyone, when we see more players in Indian cricket who plays for country???????????? for me after Kapil, chetan sharma, G.Vishwanath, Roger binny, Yashpal Sharma, Kirmani, we found only few like Yuvraj, ganguly, harbajan, dravid, laxman, srinath, kumble.... what about aothers???

  • POSTED BY jaanson on | March 3, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    talking of guts how about all these officials themselves coming on record than being anonymous when they are giving their versions to the media. it is palpably unfair for these officials to be unnamed while they talk about players by name isnt it? and by the way what was sehwag or zaheer 'rested' from? india doesnt play till september so what are they resting for?

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | March 3, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara, Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwari are all better players then Rohit Sharma, who has already played 77 ODIs so far and have done absolutely NOTHING!! He has only 2 centuries and one of them came against Zimbabwe. He is one of the most hyped player around...

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | March 3, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Why is Cheteshwar Pujara always ignored when it comes to ODI cricket? He has a better average in domestic 50-over cricket then test cricket. @S.Jagernath, I agree that he would thrive in ODI cricket if given a chance...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    where r guys like Ambati Raydu, Robin Uthappa, Chetehwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.. they deserve chances, especially someone like Raydu, who once was being called as next Sachin..

  • POSTED BY ozziefan08 on | March 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Pfft medical condition? What a crock. These players need to understand that playing for your country is not a right it's a privilege. The whole Indian team think they are bigger than the game itself and it's sad. Sehwag needs to go and bat in the nets and work out his technique because he is terrible. Flat track bullies applies more to this bloke than anyone

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    The selectors dont have the nerve to kiick you out.....u dont have any respect to still hang arnd(along with ur hero)...and we dont have any shame to support u....

  • POSTED BY umbuly on | March 4, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Biggest problem is nobody is accepting the fact that players in the Indian team have been performing terribly over the past 3 away series. This denial is what is irritating the fans, not so much their non-performance itself. I haven't heard even a single time any seniors or the captain or management top ranks coming out cleanly in public about this sorry state. This is indeed the saddest part and will be the corroding factor for Indian cricket's future.

  • POSTED BY Ajay_Toronto_ on | March 3, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Why does Sehwag feel the need to clarify? Does he think he is even half as treasured a player as he was a few years back? Ask your fans, VS. They all know well in advance of a game that you are not going to perform. After losing all respect of fans and cricket-followers worldwide, it is imperative that you yourself call it quits. Another thing that baffles me is that nobody has said anything much about Fletcher. The coach of Maple Leafs here in Toronto was fired last night after his Toronto team lost a few matches in succession, without any regard to reputation and big names. So why can't the Indian selectors do what they are supposed to do, and start looking professional and worthy of their responsibility. After watching a video of Srikkanth the other day, it became sufficiently clear that despite being an engineer, he is street smart at best and irresponsible, unprofessional and impulsive at worst. For any turnaround in India's fortunes, Srikkanth and Fletcher must go first.

  • POSTED BY aamir_pta on | March 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    May Sehwag rest in peace.............(-:) )and come back in his flamboyant colours as we have come to know him over the years. India have a lot of home series coming up and here our man will definitely be a threat (hopefully to the visitors).

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Its true what Ashley said. A good rest before IPL 2012. tell me anyone, when we see more players in Indian cricket who plays for country???????????? for me after Kapil, chetan sharma, G.Vishwanath, Roger binny, Yashpal Sharma, Kirmani, we found only few like Yuvraj, ganguly, harbajan, dravid, laxman, srinath, kumble.... what about aothers???

  • POSTED BY jaanson on | March 3, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    talking of guts how about all these officials themselves coming on record than being anonymous when they are giving their versions to the media. it is palpably unfair for these officials to be unnamed while they talk about players by name isnt it? and by the way what was sehwag or zaheer 'rested' from? india doesnt play till september so what are they resting for?

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | March 3, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara, Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwari are all better players then Rohit Sharma, who has already played 77 ODIs so far and have done absolutely NOTHING!! He has only 2 centuries and one of them came against Zimbabwe. He is one of the most hyped player around...

  • POSTED BY Abhimanyu on | March 3, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Why is Cheteshwar Pujara always ignored when it comes to ODI cricket? He has a better average in domestic 50-over cricket then test cricket. @S.Jagernath, I agree that he would thrive in ODI cricket if given a chance...

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | March 3, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    This show all of them are human being. To err is human. To get away with no accountability that can happen only in our country.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | March 3, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    It doesn't matter. Shewag deserved to be dropped, not rested. India needs to start rebuilding team for the next WC. Based on Shewag's past performances outside of subcontinents, I doubt he can be considered as potential for the next WC. India would be better off grooming a new player in his place. Tendulkar also should retire after the Asia Cup whether he reaches the final or not.

  • POSTED BY tchoubey11 on | March 2, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Hopefully this rest will give opportunity for Sehwag to recuperate and get physically fit. That should also give him the opportunity to fight with his demons and concentrate on cricket. He is a treasure for India which needs to be preserved. Hopefully Sehwag comes back with a bang....

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Indian players want to be rested so they can play IPL, Money making league. No more India first for Indian Player. Money is more important than the country. shame on you guys.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja should be dropped from the Indian team,Robin Uthappa is better choice as reserve wicket keeper and batsmen.I dont know why indian team has more faith in him.

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | March 2, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Vin-India: Good to see a BCCI spokesman here! Sehwag and your other cricket idols essentially get paid by fans of the game like us. All this fortune and life style is because of us! We have a right to be told the truth and want older players seriously out of form to be dropped not to be told to rest! Similarly we want younger players to get chances not when it fancies senior players to take rest.. but to be dropped when they are not good so that others can take their place. Whatever happens in cricket with our team members is our business to know!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    It's ok people, India is playing the next tournament In Bangladesh, as everybody know's now that the mighty Indian's are the real FLAT TRACK BULLY'S, be happy 1billion nation u can win this series.

  • POSTED BY Sudhakar86 on | March 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Guys who keep on saying that Rohit is a flop must understand that Rohit is a natural tallent. He must be allowed in test cricket and then in to ODI cricket. For the first 30 runs he is a risky player but once he gets his eye in he is awesome. Also some people are saying that he is playing well against weeker attacks like WI must understand that he was the only person to lead the team in batting in ODIs in WI yet he was not offered a place in the test side. That is how INDIAN cricket going. Sack dhoni first our cricket will prosper

  • POSTED BY area1985 on | March 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    good team india coming home without becoming a nother sweet punch bag for aussies & adding 2 more huge losses to there name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY arifbag123 on | March 2, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    i think sachin should be rested bcoz he is taking more pressure about his 100th ton rather than teams victory.

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 2, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Sunman81: Mate are you disgracing Wasim Jaffer here?? look at his domestic records and then tell me...

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    LOL!!!!! Sehwag, don't try to fool us. All put together, you would have bated in the sereis for less than two hours. You were out almost within the first five overs in most of the natches. You still need rest?????? Yes, you may be able to fool the selectors, not the public.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    lol. team india learn sumthing 4m australia. they r building team 4 next world cup. and u guys still kept oldies. ur slector don't have enough guts & faith in youngster.. dads army. hahahahahahah ..........

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    A good rest before the much anticipated IPL 2012 too...

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | March 2, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    No one can match sehwag ever in India. We all know that. But it does not mean he need to play like cowboy. He has to take responsibility. We all know dhoni reaped rewards of Sehwag hard work in Tests and got all the names of winning captain. Dhoni was good captain when he made sehwag happy. I will fire DHONI and Ducan Fletcher immediately!. I am no dhoni fan but he dhoni needs to respect Sehwag if not he has to go!. Dhoni is no body . Yuvi , sehwag , gambhir made DHONI!.

  • POSTED BY npse on | March 2, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Sewag based on his non performance must be sacked and so should be many more. To be a cricketer in Indian tean under Srikant as selector must be the golden wish for every cricketer. Fail, Fail and Fail and you will not be dropped.

    Can i play too Srikanth plus i am from South India and I am dumb and lazy, all requirements to be a favorite to play in the Indan Team.

  • POSTED BY shadabkhankhan on | March 2, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    he is taking rest for Playing very big event of india. i.e. IPL.

    ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | March 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Virender Sehwag is not batting well enough to be selected whether fit or not.An aggressive opener like Shikhar Dhawan would replace him very well.Ajinkya Rahane is more suited to test cricket as he takes a while to get going.Cheteshwar Pujara not being selected is ridiculous behaviour,he would thrive in ODI cricket.Suresh Raina & Rohit Sharma are also disposable & must be disposed off!

  • POSTED BY romanc on | March 2, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Hi..K.Srikant is a great fan of Sehwag..i don't think he will drop him..

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | March 2, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    The Srikant, selectors and BCCI are missing the point that fans want them to adopt more of a performance culture, drop non-performers after a fair-go, and blood in fresh talent. They only have to look at Australian administrators for inspiration. We can't become a true world class competitior until the administrators drop their typically Indian tolerance for under-performance and the "rest is in God's hand" attitude. No spiritual world intervention is going to help underperfomers in the Cricket world!

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 2, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Well brothers, he looks fit and atleast he is younger than tendulkar!! If you want only young openers guess we must look in to Rahane or Uthappa!!

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | March 2, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Robin uthappa is so consistent in 50 over format in domestics and as opener he played well in 2006 and in 2008 still he can't get chance.srikkanth and seniors spoiled his career.

  • POSTED BY Sunman81 on | March 2, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Is "kalpman" Wasim Jaffer's Cricinfo ID?

  • POSTED BY only_sehwag on | March 2, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    I watch cricket only to see sehwag play - you will be missed :(

  • POSTED BY WChampions2011 on | March 2, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Sehwag and Yuvraj will be sorely missed ..Good Luck India!

  • POSTED BY ghaleecha on | March 2, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Good thing Sehwag is out as he is really blocking the way for some real talented players coming into the team. He is finished and teams have him figured so go away plz. And for tendulkar, I understand his resistance being a burden on the ODI team during austrailia, he still decides to go as he can try for his stupid personal milestone quest of 100 hundereds against his favorite team ...bangladesh who made him a star he is today.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Its all about the money folks! Money Money Money!

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 2, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    The real question is: Did Sehwag ask for rest before or after Srikkanth said he was dropped?

  • POSTED BY hasnainmerchant on | March 2, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    The most funniest part of this article are these lines "Even my shoulder operation was planned after consulting the then coach Gary Kirsten and skipper MS Dhoni," Sehwag said." fourth paragraph of the article uncle garry is no more coach of team INDIA

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Not sure, If I agree with the news reports. It's quite clear that Sehwag is out of form and has been dropped, but he may be given last but one chance to perform. If he still fail to score, then I think he need to give a serious thought about retirement atleast from ODIs. He deserve all the respect and dignity before leaving for the great moments he has given to Indian Cricket. Sehwag is not reliable anymore, playing a knock of 219 in one match and then failing consistently for 7-8 innings wouldn't help the team in any way.

  • POSTED BY Des_65 on | March 2, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I think Sehwag is injured because, if not, why to drop him when the Asia Cup is played on Asian pitches. Doesn't make sense. Even if he is out of form on foreign pitches, he will do well on Asian pitches.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 1, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    His fitness problem is mental tiredness. He has not been thinking clearly on the whole tour and his shot selections have been very poor. He has been left out of the team because of this, I think it means dropped!

  • POSTED BY sathish008 on | March 1, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    @ kalpman - Is it a funny comment or you are serious.

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | March 1, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    So let me see if I understand this. The flat track expert was pronounced fit to play on fast tracks in Australia but is now considered unfit to play on the flat tracks in the subcontinent? As Sehwag himself says "I have back spasms... I have never kept my team management in the dark as far as my fitness is concerned" So if he knew he was unfit and management knew he was unfit, what was he doing in Australia? Shouldn't the Indian selectors have been grooming Rahane, Mukund or Pujara to get them used to the fast tracks overseas by facing the reality that Sehwag's days on fast tracks are over. The writing was on the wall in BLOCK LETTERS during the disastrous tour of England last summer. The Indian selectors seem to be in denial.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Yep - he has never hidden his injury problems all right. Except when participating in the IPL (which invariably takes place before an important tour - be it the WI or the T20 WC, etc.) Jeez - that is SO blatantly obvious!

    Ah well... He truly is an asset in our home series. Wish him a speedy recovery..!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    this will most likely not be posted, but ill say my opnion, how is it that sehwag is unfit for asia cup, but he will play in the finals of the cb series if india make it. and even more bad news that sri kanth only rested him, the man deserves to be dropped from odi squad and your saying he is being rested. in essense india made no changes in there squad that they should have. like dropping srt and sehwag. i am not saying india is better without them In INDiA, but we need to learn to win with younger players, and if we loose with young talent, its better then losing with senior talent.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 1, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Does this mean that Sehwag will not be playing the last 3 matches vs. Australia, should India reach the Final? This retains the Dhoni's rotation in order by forcing a senior guy out of XI.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    why not 2 critisize dhoni than to sehwag. I think people forgot India got Rank 1 in test due to him n also has huge contribution for world cup. Any captain can win games if they have a huge bunch of talented n inform player. Why not to axe mr. Freezer who bats in 1day as a 10days extended test. Dont forget due cooler one game ended in a tie. Suggestion for cooler, donot say other slow in da field coz he himself is not good glovesmen who leaks 30-35 runs in each game.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | March 1, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Sehwag need rest more than physical , he needs mental rest. He is not happy for some reasons. may be opposition or pitch conditions exposed his weakness. For me sehwag s my way or no way method of batting exposed his weakness. He refuse to adjust. Opposition bowl to his natural instincts and got him every damn time. He did n't change and adjust even for team needs. He kept hitting ball in air. May be he don't how to play in the ground. He also lost his AURA. May be he never wanted to dhoni to win anything ?.

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | March 1, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Another joke from team India! If he was unfit why did not he opt out of the finals and let somebody else play? Is he planning for a future injury? Why are Indians so afraid of dropping or being dropped? Nothing that anybody from BCCI including players says is truthful or honest! Disgusting!

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | March 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    The only real reason for Sehwag to be opening in the CS series is that the alternatives are worse. Gambhir has such a glaring weakness against the moving ball pitched on the off stump on bouncy tracks. It cannot be wished away simply by two good innings on the flat Adelaide pitch which is the closest to Indian pitches. Mukund and Rahane are young but that is about it. They are not likely to ever suceed as openers because their techniques again are very poor and has been thoroughly exposed so far in England and Australia even in the limited opportunities they got. As a 30 year old, Jafar was pathetic as an opener in the last tour of Australia when he was selected after scoring a ton of runs on the Ranji circuit. And therein lies India's problems. They are forced to select batsmen based on the runs scored on flat domestic pitches or on wild hope that a 20 year old will somehow turn out to be a good opener. No surprise that such players flop a lot more often than they succeed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    where is Robin Uthappa ???

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | March 1, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I am 100 percent confident the back spasms would disappear just in time for the IPL...same for Vinay. NO INDIANS will be injured and out. Except Yuvi of course.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | March 1, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I don't believe you Sehwag. :( You will be missed badly !!

  • POSTED BY AnandRaman on | March 1, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Srikanth did not mention anything about talking to Sehwag. All he kept repeating was the physio report. What is the big deal in addressing media and saying the "honest truth" that you spoke to Sehwag and he asked for rest and we gave him what he asked for. Instead he threw a new dimension as if he went by physio's word only. Something is still fishy. The notion that selectors have dropped Yuvraj, Bhajji are all facts and actions that were done post-IPL season. I dare them to drop someone before an IPL season.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    I don't think INDIA make final in Asia Cup without Sehwag, even if, never mind.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | March 1, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @kalpman, seriously? in the one day arena? who is next - ravi shastri?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Veeru should play the finals & score heavily so that his spasms gets cured by his bat.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is already in the 30s I do not think he will be picked for ODIs

  • POSTED BY MitenD on | March 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    He is obviously out of form AND injured. Why in the world would you play him in the final? If nothing else, he would be a severe liability on the field! I am a fan of Sehwag but I am a bigger fan of India. If any player goes months without making it count, he needs to be dropped. It's as simple as that. If he still has the hunger, he will work on his game and his fitness and come back better and ready to go. He has done that in the past.

  • POSTED BY kalaicheenu on | March 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I could not understand why Jaffer is coming into picture here, you see him as youngster? at the age of 34 . i remember him really as a quality opening batsman. but with the Rahane, pujara and gambir himself, the openers slot is already too crowded. its better if some one of yuvraj caliber can come in and anchor the middle order which can support guys like Kohli and give him the confidence to play big shots coming 2 down , with the belief that the 3 and 4 downs would anchor the play if at all he fails..

    If You see the past 7 years, thats the way sehwag bloomed, he had dhoni and yuvraj so strong in middle order, hence the confidence in him was overflowing, which resulted in many match winning contributions from him.

  • POSTED BY thebrownie on | March 1, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    lol. Sehwag, I guess the back spasms would disappear just in time for the IPL..

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | March 1, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @kalpman - Wasim Jaffer is a good test batsman. He is not good for ODIs. also his age of 34 is a concern to be included in the national side. Rahane or Pujara would be better fit.

  • POSTED BY Magz on | March 1, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Viru is the biggest joker ever!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    It should have been an ideal situation to give an opportunity for young openers like Abhinav Mukund, Ajinkya Rahane or Ravi Teja in place of Sehwag.

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | March 1, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    OK. So Viru wants to rest and be fresh for IPL - which is the most important tournament! Then, as usual, he will get injured during IPL and miss India's test and ODI matches! And we foolish cricket fans keep on cheering for our team!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Amarnath who called selectors jokers has turned into one...Srikanth is completely out of the ball park...I admire the Aussie and English selectors...they seem to have a plan in mind whether it works or not....

  • POSTED BY Harry0009 on | March 1, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I think the only blooper I see is elevation of Virat Kohli to Vice Captain in place of Gambhir. Not sure Kohli is mature enough to take over that responsibility and adding more just on the basis of couple of performances is a little too early. He should have been let alone concentrate on batting for now. Also retention of Jadeja and Raina despite their indifferent performances is surprising, especially considering next WC is in Australia and we need to find more talents like Kohli who has technique suitable to such conditiona. If we are looking at future, not sure Yusuf Pathan has technique to carry that far, and neither he fits. His problem is consistency. Bowling Department - Not sure where's Varun Aaron has he dropped in pace after injury? Sehwag is in worst form and hope the break helps. Not sure when Rahane, Tiwari, Pandey will get a look into the team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    then why he is playing now?? if this is true, they should have sent him back to India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    why is everyone after sachin and sewag...what ahs rohit,jadeja and raina doen so far..infcat it was the start which was indeed india winning the match..what ahs dhini himself done...and gauti is a better the virat as vice captain..

  • POSTED BY Vin_India on | March 1, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    When Sehwag and selectors clarifies about the issue, what is the problem with the rest of the world? However, I do believe Sehwag should be dropped for the Asia cup as he is in a horrible form. Nevertheless he is not playing anyways due to injury which is good for younger players to prove a point and cement their place in team. What big difference it makes whether Sehwag is dropped or not playing due to injury? What the public really want? If they want to see younger players to get a spot, they are invariably getting it since Sehwag is injured... What is this syndrome about "getting dropped"?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    If anyone needs some rest - it is Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Forget about his form in Australia, he is a real danger in subcontinent pitches. The opponents will be relieved that he is not playing.

  • POSTED BY vamshiparuchuri on | March 1, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Actually we need to rest all the team ...for IPL....presently BCCI looking to keep all the players available for IPL ... BUNCH OF JOKERS... is exactly perfect tag for selection committee...after the worst ever losses from past 2 overseas tours still we don't need changes in team????

  • POSTED BY AdnanSiddiqui on | March 1, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    He definitely need rest before the IPL .. this is not the first time that Sehwag needed some rest prior to the most important form of cricket for Indians ...

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | March 1, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    LOL! What else he'll say? I'm Dropped? If he'll say that with his typical attitude and ego problem now, then the only way left for him is to be kicked out fof the team, which all the selectors are looking for. I'm a huge Mohinder Amarnath fan, and now he is in selection and still not doing anything about it, then it is really sad.

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | March 1, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    To kalpman: When everyone wants the selectors to think ahead, you seem to want them to think backwards, when was Wasim a great performer in ODIs that now, when he is in the sunset of his career, you want him to play!

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | March 1, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    kalpman, stop kidding. What Wasim Jaffar has done to Indian Cricket? He was useless and fit for domestic cricket only. It is funny that he can "contribute with the youngesters"!!! We already enough non performing oldies in the team and the last thing we want is Wasim.

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | March 1, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    mr sehwag dude if u r dropped theres nothing to be ashamed of...there were greats who were dropped..evryone has to face these kind of stuff...

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Ok. guys..Sehwag is resting.That's it.Why should we make a mess here? Don't insult this great player. -Sehwag fan from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 1, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Pity people don't understand the difference between injured and niggle.. Niggle won't allow you to play freely.. But still, it will allow on medical attention but niggle can't be carried all over for longer period.. That is why, under medical supervision, Viru was rested in some matches(Irrsepective of the rotation policy) and he will complete the CB series but still, his body can't handle much and needs rest for Asia cup.. As it is clarified by both selectors and player himself, lets stop the romour of rift and Dhoni ousted Viru and all the rubbish talks..

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | March 1, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Yeah, right, so he can play in Australia being "stitched up" instead of taking a rest right now (which makes the most obvious sense, in my opinion), but can't play Bangladesh? Or does he need to rest for the big pay day which has been more important to him than the last two T20 World Cups?

  • POSTED BY RohithMedisetty on | March 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @kalpman , That's a weird choice mate . He got enough chances in test cricket and he averages around 34. On top of that he's 34 now , when dhoni thinks gambhir and sehwag who're younger than him are old , how will he select him

  • POSTED BY farooq011 on | March 1, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    this is all game played by Mr.COOL M S DHONI. He wants each n every player to stand behind him.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | March 1, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    kalpman I hope u r joking to have wasim jaffer in odi squad. Having in test squad is already more than questionable with his sticky feet, to have him in ODI is a suicide.

  • POSTED BY rajesh_sehwag on | March 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    sehwag is without a doubt a legend....and like every human he has his bad patch......cheeka is a bold selector and i believe this was a proper injury rest rather than using "rested" as an excuse to drop....will miss sehwag in bdesh.....wish him early recovery....

  • POSTED BY jupiterlaw on | March 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    "Thou seest the world, [Sehwag], how it goes;......it is more worthy to leap in ourselves, than tarry till they push us." Good judgement on your part.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    LOL!! He is taking rest so that he can get his fitness back by the time IPL 2012 starts and perhaps this time, he is hoping to perform..

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    HE MUST RETIRE FROM ALL SORTS OF CRICKET..OTHERWISE INDIA WILL STILL PUT HIM ON THE OPENING SLOT AND AGAIN FAIL TO FIND A PROPER START. MYSTERIOSLY HOW CAN WE FORGET THE MOST CONSISTENT OPENING PARTNERS WHO PLAYED JUST BEFORE THE ERA OF SEWAG N GAMBHIR.. INDIA NEVER FOUND BETTER OPENERS ANYTIME AFTER THEM.. BUT THINKING THE SEWAG WAY OF OPENING ESPECIALLY IN SEAMING WICKETS IS REALLY A JOKE .. NOT ONLY PUBLIC SUPPORTS HIS PLAY BUT ALSO SELECTORS..AMUSES ME

  • POSTED BY Naren on | March 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    After a great test series, Ricky finds himself dropped and all these bunch of jokers are provided cover in the name of rest. It is a show business in India and nobody cares for anything else.

  • POSTED BY meastrostroke on | March 1, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @kalpman, you gotta be kidding for sure. I couldnot control my laugh asking jaffer to cover for sehwag. Let him play in mumbai ranji. he stepped as captain due to his poor form. Time to bring on mukund or anirudd for limited overs. Mukund had proven in many domestic matches and man look out for anirudd. he smashes every ball. he can be the next sehwag.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Appreciate sehwag for his clarification...Good viru...!!!

  • POSTED BY KarmatBaig on | March 1, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Yes, rest before IPL and request granted.

  • POSTED BY BalkrishnaSapre on | March 1, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    sehwag will comeback.. whether he is dropped or rested... he is still outstanding batsman in subcontinent...

  • POSTED BY iamit10 on | March 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Wasum Jaffer? lol He is 34, by the world cup he will be 37.

  • POSTED BY kushankella123 on | March 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer??? There are a whole host of people other than Mr. Jaffer for 2015...

  • POSTED BY rpoduval2000 on | March 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Thnaks Viru For Clarifying ..for a moment we were releived that Selectors did take some correct descisions and now that too is proved wrong .So basically we lose one day series and test series and everyone escapes scott free to the safe haven of our flat pitches .

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Don't know the mystery behind every selection... Dhoni should be out, he is one big problem

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | March 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    rested from what? india cant "rest" anybody, resting preludes a player or players dominating and playing all games before earning a rest. no indian player has eant a rest. michael clarke, michael hussey, peter siddle, david warner, these players deserve rests.

  • POSTED BY crickweak on | March 1, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Sehwag himself will prove in Final (if IND gets chance to play) that, he is not fit by one more single digit performance !!!

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | March 1, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    ofcourse he clarified before the CB series,all politics

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    He's got a paunch, should lose some weight and get fit! Also should start to work on what's happening outside his off stump! A player of his ability should score runs far more consistently!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    One of the very few occassions that we have a clear and professional clarification from both sides and a proper reporting..thanks.. :)

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 1, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    So, all the loud mouths who were repeatedly asking the same question got a answer.. Are u guys satisfied now? Why should the media get the entire information on everything? Will they share whatever they do to all the people? Selectors told rest and they strongly told "Not dropped".. Do u want Srikanth to show the medical report and explain what sort of injury or niggle it is and when it will cure and what medicine will Sehwag have? I won't be surprised if media comes up with such questions in future to the chief selector..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 1, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    That is a great statement from Sehwag. Hope the media speculation will end now. As far as selection is concerned i firmly believe the selectors have a clear cut right to decide whether when a player need to be rested and when a player needs to be dropped or rotated.. Media should not poke its nose into everything. Especially i have seen that the Asian media is always after its own team and the English and Australian media always support their own team and get after the opposition team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Ok...... If he is injured, let him rest now.. Dont let him play if India goes to finals... Send him home....Bunch of jokers... As usual... The irony is Amarnath is also in the selection panel..

  • POSTED BY sankar8000 on | March 1, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    It is Good that Viru Clarified.....All Is Well....

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Hope Wasim Jaffer is given his due now to play few matches for india in the one day arena coz i really feel he can contribute with the youngsters in the build up to the 2015wc!!

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  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Hope Wasim Jaffer is given his due now to play few matches for india in the one day arena coz i really feel he can contribute with the youngsters in the build up to the 2015wc!!

  • POSTED BY sankar8000 on | March 1, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    It is Good that Viru Clarified.....All Is Well....

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Ok...... If he is injured, let him rest now.. Dont let him play if India goes to finals... Send him home....Bunch of jokers... As usual... The irony is Amarnath is also in the selection panel..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 1, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    That is a great statement from Sehwag. Hope the media speculation will end now. As far as selection is concerned i firmly believe the selectors have a clear cut right to decide whether when a player need to be rested and when a player needs to be dropped or rotated.. Media should not poke its nose into everything. Especially i have seen that the Asian media is always after its own team and the English and Australian media always support their own team and get after the opposition team.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 1, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    So, all the loud mouths who were repeatedly asking the same question got a answer.. Are u guys satisfied now? Why should the media get the entire information on everything? Will they share whatever they do to all the people? Selectors told rest and they strongly told "Not dropped".. Do u want Srikanth to show the medical report and explain what sort of injury or niggle it is and when it will cure and what medicine will Sehwag have? I won't be surprised if media comes up with such questions in future to the chief selector..

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    One of the very few occassions that we have a clear and professional clarification from both sides and a proper reporting..thanks.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    He's got a paunch, should lose some weight and get fit! Also should start to work on what's happening outside his off stump! A player of his ability should score runs far more consistently!

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | March 1, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    ofcourse he clarified before the CB series,all politics

  • POSTED BY crickweak on | March 1, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Sehwag himself will prove in Final (if IND gets chance to play) that, he is not fit by one more single digit performance !!!

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | March 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    rested from what? india cant "rest" anybody, resting preludes a player or players dominating and playing all games before earning a rest. no indian player has eant a rest. michael clarke, michael hussey, peter siddle, david warner, these players deserve rests.