Champions League T20 news October 11, 2012

Sehwag fit for full Champions League

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Virender Sehwag has recovered from his ankle injury and will be fit to play in Delhi Daredevils' opening Champions League 2012 match, against Kolkata Knight Riders, on Saturday. He had played in the franchise's warm-up game on Thursday, against Sydney Sixers.

Daredevils' team mentor, TA Sekar, confirmed that Sehwag was fit, and said that he had obtained fitness clearance before flying to South Africa. A BCCI official said the board had nothing to do with the decision to play Sehwag: "The BCCI has nothing to do with it. It is a franchise tournament and it is for them to take a call."

Sehwag was initially doubtful for the Champions League, after straining a ligament in his left ankle during India's Super Eights match in the World Twenty20 against South Africa in Colombo on October 2. He had gone off the field during South Africa's innings and did not return, and it was reported that he could require two weeks of rest.

His fitness has been suspect over the past year: after the 2011 World Cup he delayed a shoulder surgery, playing the IPL and subsequently missed India's tour of the West Indies and half of the Test series in England. Earlier this year, towards the end of the Australia tour, he had back spasms that forced the selectors to rest him for the Asia Cup.

Sehwag will not captain Delhi Daredevils at the Champions League, having asked the franchise to relieve him of the responsibility so he could concentrate on his batting.

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  • POSTED BY mohsinmalik20 on | October 13, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @ G.Narsimha... well we dont need share on others investment...my issue is if its indian investment then why ICC is supporting it and creating a special window for this tournament..? and you know the qualifying round was a joke..where you loose just one game and you are out...while the losers of other domestic event are directly in the main round.. my point is just this that it should not be called as Champions league and ICC should not create a special window for it in its FTP, bcoz it can harm test cricket schedule as John Inverarity an australian selector mentioned today that its not ideal....so it should be called as ISA League....

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Who would miss lucrative appearances for IPL team. I am sure he is carrying a niggle.

  • POSTED BY MrAdishaan on | October 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @ashankar this is just a stat for fun but what about 4 teams from India & all are directly qualified.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Never a concern.He will be fit for club cricket always and somehow when intl cricket comes,suddenly he gets injured.Dhoni knows a thing or two about his injury.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | October 12, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Completely agree with @Jose Puliampatta. Players like Gambhir and Sehwag who haven't performed for India for more than a year are suffering from Captainitis. They should be sent back to Ranji Trophy so that they can get cured. As Nampally pointed out - new openers should be tried out from the following - Dhawan, Vijay, Mukund & Rahane, with Chand not too far.

  • POSTED BY cric_freakNo2 on | October 12, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    It doesnt really matter if sehwag is out with a injury for England series. He is never serious about his place in team due to the confidence given by team mangament and selectors. he is better off the team and give some young gun like rahane/Tiwary a chance. Even if he is playin he wont score more than 100(in whole series because it is subcontinent and not more than 50 outside). Also the outcome of the game is decided with the absence of KP.

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | October 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    why ipl teams draw so much attention.. 64 comments v/s only 7 comments for titans / perth preview.. not good for inspiring cricket globally ..

  • POSTED BY rajeshmc24 on | October 12, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Great Guys..... You People will be very fit for IPL and Champions League But not while playing for Indian Team. Keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | October 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    You don't have to fit to play 2 overs. So why worry about his fitness? Let him play his 10 balls. Even an unfit player is more active on the field than Viru.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    The more the teams from IPL, the more will be the money...

  • POSTED BY mohsinmalik20 on | October 13, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @ G.Narsimha... well we dont need share on others investment...my issue is if its indian investment then why ICC is supporting it and creating a special window for this tournament..? and you know the qualifying round was a joke..where you loose just one game and you are out...while the losers of other domestic event are directly in the main round.. my point is just this that it should not be called as Champions league and ICC should not create a special window for it in its FTP, bcoz it can harm test cricket schedule as John Inverarity an australian selector mentioned today that its not ideal....so it should be called as ISA League....

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Who would miss lucrative appearances for IPL team. I am sure he is carrying a niggle.

  • POSTED BY MrAdishaan on | October 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @ashankar this is just a stat for fun but what about 4 teams from India & all are directly qualified.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Never a concern.He will be fit for club cricket always and somehow when intl cricket comes,suddenly he gets injured.Dhoni knows a thing or two about his injury.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | October 12, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Completely agree with @Jose Puliampatta. Players like Gambhir and Sehwag who haven't performed for India for more than a year are suffering from Captainitis. They should be sent back to Ranji Trophy so that they can get cured. As Nampally pointed out - new openers should be tried out from the following - Dhawan, Vijay, Mukund & Rahane, with Chand not too far.

  • POSTED BY cric_freakNo2 on | October 12, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    It doesnt really matter if sehwag is out with a injury for England series. He is never serious about his place in team due to the confidence given by team mangament and selectors. he is better off the team and give some young gun like rahane/Tiwary a chance. Even if he is playin he wont score more than 100(in whole series because it is subcontinent and not more than 50 outside). Also the outcome of the game is decided with the absence of KP.

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | October 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    why ipl teams draw so much attention.. 64 comments v/s only 7 comments for titans / perth preview.. not good for inspiring cricket globally ..

  • POSTED BY rajeshmc24 on | October 12, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Great Guys..... You People will be very fit for IPL and Champions League But not while playing for Indian Team. Keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | October 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    You don't have to fit to play 2 overs. So why worry about his fitness? Let him play his 10 balls. Even an unfit player is more active on the field than Viru.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    The more the teams from IPL, the more will be the money...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | October 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    THANK GOD RCB FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR CLT20 . OTHERWISE ZAHEER WOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN PLAYING IN CLT20 .& WILL GETS INJURED .

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | October 12, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    vijay had a poor overseas series against wi. yet sehwag and gambhir have done nothing for a few years now. why is it certain players are given endless chances and other players hardly any?.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | October 12, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS . WE HAVE A TOUR OF ENGLAND TO COME . SEHWAG WAS ADVISED BY PHYSIOS TO TAKE REST 2 WEEKS BUT HE IS GOING TO PLAY IN CLT20 LEAGUE . WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF HIS INJURY GETS WORSENED ? JUST LIKE THE LAST TIME WHEN HE PLAYS IN IPL 2011 BEFORE ENGLAND TOUR . UTTERLT RIDICULOUS DECISION BY TEAM MANAGEMENT . I DON'T KNOW HOW BCCI ALLOWED SEHWAG TO PLAY IN CLT20 .

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | October 12, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    'His fitness has been suspect over the past year'??? if he's named in the squad then the only only conclusion that be drawn is that he is 100% fit. if he's fit to play then he has to be judged on the runs he scores and in the context in which those runs are made. time and time again he got out to irresponsible shots putting dravid under unnecessary pressure. we will have a new no3 and that shouldn't be allowed to happen whilst he gets acclimatised to the role. let's go back to basics and get openers who understand that their first responsibility in tests is to see the shine off the new ball. so i would also include jaffer and mukund in addition to the other usual names being discussed. gambhir and sehwag would most likley be resistant to going back to the domestic game ipl clt etc but i'm afraid this is what is needed for the good of indian cricket and for themselves. they have forgotten what it means to earn their place in the team.

  • POSTED BY dork29 on | October 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    It is good news that Viru will be playing the CLT20 after all,Though the fact tremains that he s a joy to behold when on song, he can look utterly ugly when he isnot striking the ball well.That said he is still one of the fiercest and fearless striker of the cricket ball, However, for DD to have any realistic chance of wnnling this tournamet.they need Pietersen to provde his ebullient strokeplay in the middle overs.Hopefully, under the stewardship of Mahela, DD may actually win this time.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | October 12, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I am not sure if some of you are missing the point here - I dont its a case of Sewag opting to play or not but the franchise forcing him to as part of the deal. I see a few SA players will play for the IPL team ahead of their local SA franchise. I dont think any SA player would willingly play for a IPL team ahead of their local team at home - that almost makes no sense but I think its part of their deal. So dont think its fair to accuse Sewag. The BCCI for example would not make such demands as they would simply play the next guy. A franchise doesnt have that luxury or the time- if Sewag can win them one game, that's one step closer to the pot of gold and that's all they are chasing and what else do you expect the franchise to do - write off their most expensive investment? That makes no sense either!

  • POSTED BY siva_gk on | October 12, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    @Sarangarajan - If your words become true, then that will be the joyous moment for INDIAN cricket that others waiting in the bench for a long time like Rahane, Mukund or others will get a nod against the sides like England and Australia. Already this man (sehwag) is in very poor form and definitely needs a break from Intl. cricket. I expect the same from Gambhir as well....

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | October 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Mahela will be a good captain to DD

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I wish great players of the past like Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer, Bhajji, and even Gambhir should just confine to commercial cricket. And India selectors should blood in a whole bunch of youngsters for the future of India cricket. In the interim period, for a few series, if India is going to lose, I would prefer to lose in the process of developing a team for the future than relying on players who are past the shelf life (while I am respectful for all THEIR GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS of the PAST)

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @g.narasimha. Virender Sehwag is a true 'narasimha-avatar' . An ordinary 'nara' (human) while playing for India and 'simha' (lion) while playing for commercial outfits. And, good to see that you (who is eponymous with this great India player of the PAST, repeat PAST) are an ardent supporter.

  • POSTED BY tvvijay111 on | October 12, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Its good news for Viru bhai fans.. Surely DD will win this CLT20..

    My playing 11 : sehwag,jayawardene,KP,Taylor,chand,ojha,pathan,morkel,yadav,nehi,agarkar

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Guys regarding 4 IPL team in this tournament, my point is, its more or less a BCCI owned tournament, where they invite others to participate. Its not a ICC run tournament. So what BCCI does is, they included as many from India to make sure they earn maximum revenue out of it. They could have pretty much run it just between Indian, Australian and SA teams (who r co-owners). I mean , they could have done that as well. For equal participation, we just had ICC WC 20/20. This is a private tournament, I mean. Hope I made it clear.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | October 12, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    MOHSINMALLIK where does they loose , whether u rteam defeated all those teams of ipl, sa, aus ,see this is mainly a commercial league , if u have whare whethal than why cant u r board organige a similar league THE I PL IS IND brand , IND means revenue, four teams to keep IND interested , u r team was given chance if u rs is a such a great winner always , than how could u r team eliminated , u want share on others investment .

  • POSTED BY ashankar on | October 12, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @MrAdishaan You are kidding right? WI - Pollard, Narine etc are still there. Pak - Technically UK citizen now but still Azhar Mahmood is still there, SL - Jayawardane is captaining a side! Now i was kidding to your kiddish post. This is club level cricket and no way you can compare to Intl tournaments.

  • POSTED BY ashankar on | October 12, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Okay chill guys on the debates about how many IPL teams are qualified for this tourney and why the other teams are not direct entries etc. The eight teams receiving direct entry are all from India, Australia and South Africa, the three countries ARRANGING THE TOURNAMENT. It is like ICC's member and associate nations concept in World Cups. I agree that MI should not have been given a chance just because they are defending champs. But then if you go by the virtue of being the defending Champs they deserve to be there. Complicated!

  • POSTED BY MrAdishaan on | October 12, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    3 of 4 semi finalist of world t20 have no team in Champions League.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | October 12, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    For IPL and Champions League every one gets fit . Shewag i s no exception.He can sit out of the series against England and Australia. It is the individual who knows how fit he is .How T A Sekar can certify Shewag's fitness and clear him for S Africa trip.It is all in the game.Skipping international commitments is very easy and you do not loose much. But not IPL and its franchise commitments It is all in gold. Long live Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY mohsinmalik20 on | October 12, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    It is not Champions League. it shall be called as ISA (India, S Africa, Australia) League because the Domestic Champions of England Srilanka Westindies and Pakistan are out of the main round and the losing sides of india africa and australia are in the main round...it is a serious joke..If ICC have given an official window to this event then they should make sure that only champions play in the tournament..and if you have to play the loser sides then they should play the qualifying round before the tournament where all the runner up teams of the respective countries play to qualify..at the moment this league is not fullfilling its champions league tag

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | October 12, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    What are the odds that Veeru coming up with another serious injury post CLT20.

  • POSTED BY mfmfaiq on | October 12, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    VIRU IS THE ONLY INDIAN THAT WE LOVE!! DD IS ALSO A GREAT TEAM UNDER MJ!! no arrogance characters!! MJ,RT,KP,MM.IP,VS ALL ARE REAL SMILING CRICKETERS!!

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | October 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    See people weather you like IPL or not, is the system unfair or not ?? harsh reality is 75 to 80 % of the world revenue comes from India so it is quite obvious that CL will be dominated by Indian teams, Indian sponsers, Indian viewership, some smart alec posted other countries should boycott India ,oh really, Rest of the cricketing world needs India more than vice versa, We indians would be just happy playing our IPL and invent some 50 over IPL and get all the international players thus decimating other national teams, Cricket as it is is hardly played by 7-8 countries and pales in popularity compared with other sports especially Football.So please as a global cricket community quit all this hating weather it is IPL ,other t-20 leagues or whatever pet peeves you have for common cause of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Utterly stupidity from BCCI to field 4 IPL teams in CLT20 and teams from WI & England need to qualify .... Cant understand this logic.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Glad to see you back Viru Pa :) ! Good news for all DD fans ... . But I seriously hope, Mahela Jayawardene, our new captain, give chance to Unmukt Chand. Problem with DD is they have too many openers /top order batsmen - Warner, Unmukt, KP, Mahela and Viru :O ! How will this problem be resolved ?

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @ Girish Nair Pretty awkward answer from you abt 4 ipl teams bro! I really felt that Sialkot or T&T should have given the straight chance. defilnitely not the 4th placed team in IPL, for champions league leaue games straight away.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @girish nair...call it ipl 2 or BCCI united or sum fin dnt call it Champions League...look at UEFA Champions League and learn

  • POSTED BY Just_Pav on | October 12, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Guys, remember people who live by the sword are expected to die by the sword. and there's no exception to anybody. he is (might be was) THE daring and dashing batsmen India ever produced. For batsmen like him there's no such thing called form. they just know one thing 'SEE IT' HIT IT'. The only real concern for me is if he's still able to SEE IT as good as he used to do before? has his age shwoing on his body?? how do you prove it? send him back to county/Ranji cricket and watch him closely??

  • POSTED BY ramli on | October 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    g.narasimha ... oh yes he will be playing Eng and Aus ... but hiding his injury and not to his potential .. causing untold misery to all ... his FULL potential will only be revealed in T20 leagues ... no achievements to credit in recent past

  • POSTED BY vinay24 on | October 12, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Why people keep on debating about indian cricket, indain cricketers, ipl etc, people ur voices won't be heard by indain cricket team/bcci bcoz they are playing cricket for their own purpose not to earn money thats all guys. Writing bolgs, reading blogs, commenting in blogs is utter waste guys. We should see indian cricket slip downwards bcoz of egos of dhoni and bcci supporting senior cricketers. Look for other sports and support them may be india can get more medals in olympics.

    Let cricket rest in peace............................

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | October 12, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I dont care whether he plays for his franchise with an injury. But he MUST NOT play for India against England unless he is fully fit.

  • POSTED BY cricprasu on | October 12, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    All the best to Nawab of Najabghar..hope he will get his form back and continue against england also....Viru Rocksss....

  • POSTED BY Sandman5five on | October 12, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    So now we can safely assume that he will sit out of both the England and Australia Test Series because of an ankle surgery. Good job Viru! Dhoni and the selectors should use this opportunity to try Rahane as an Opener.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | October 12, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Posted by Alexk400 on (October 12 2012, 01:17 AM GMT), of course he will bat longer,after all its CLt20 ,who knows he could become the highest run getter here just like IPL.He play so good in IPL and skip the test matches due to injury.No surprises.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | October 12, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    I Realy pity on MY FELLOW INDIAN fans who are criticising him, he is a team man not selfish , plays his natural game for country not for himself or records but braveman always win see he is the only IND having 2 tripple & 2 doubles centuries in tests & odis respectfully none could achieve this great feast from IND team past or present ,instrumental in major victories , mare his presence on wicket is enough , as happens he was off the colour during these days we still need him as he is match winner, in odis SAHWAAG SCORING A QUICK FIRE 30 + IS MORE CONTRIBUTORY IN WINS THAN A 60 BALL 50 by others in laterstage , it really sadens when i see degrading coments by my fellow IND on our players who contributed , given immense pleasure besides taking IND team to great positions like NO-I IN TESTS , WC-11,after all they are humanbeings ups & downs is part & parcel of life its pay back time lets wait & see i still believe him , he will be definatly playing ENG, AUS .

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I was losing interest on CL20 because of early news that Sehwag may not be there. I hope he takes his form from IPL this year and have a blast there. Very happy to hear he has recovered. It is funny to read some comments here.

    1. Most people call for him to be dropped and then come back and comment that he is going to get hurt on CL20 and wont play next Test series, so he is selfish. First of all he needs something to get to form. Sitting at home wont make get you on form, neither hitting ball on nets.

    2. Why there are 4 IPL teams, becoz its basically BCCI owned tournament with majority share) , other teams are lucky that they are invited to begin with.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @Jim Riches Wheeler. This is a competition among "businesses". All the franchises are business propositions. T&T may be the only exception, with some degree of 'national' representation. This business tournament has NO business to be treated as an ICC sponsored one! This is the modern version of the Terry Packer stuff. Why are we watching and following this? There is NO heart in it. We are doing it only because we love cricket, decent cricket being played by even the employees of a bunch of businessmen. That's all.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    A real crowd puller like "Veeru" is a must in T20 !!!!! great news for SA public !!!!

  • POSTED BY azhar44 on | October 12, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    great news now he wont play against eng

  • POSTED BY ajeeshferdin10 on | October 12, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    anyhow he ll play CL20 and ll miss the next tours due to fitness issues for him playin for his franchise is important than Country...

  • POSTED BY Kapil_Choudhary on | October 12, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    OK - so Sehwag clearly will not be taking the field against Eng as he will surely "reinjure" (as oppose to exaggerate) his injury. The question now is who opens for India against Eng - lets start the debate. I guess the likely candidate is Rahane. Murali Vijay also had a great Challenger tournament but with Srikanth out, Vijay might not get another chance. Any other contenders????

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | October 12, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    He will perform here at any cost. After all, these things are more important then playing for your national team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Viru Sehwag is a attacking player like Viv Richards. His average in test matches is 50plus and strike rate is very high in all formats of cricket. Nowadays Sehwag plays too many risky shots because of too many T20 matches. He only can control his game according to the format of the game. We all hope Sehwag will realize what is to be done. Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Chappel, Rameez Raja, Ravi Shastri and many cricketers still believe Sehwag is a great asset to Indian team and big fear to the opposite teams. If he concentrates on his game more seriously then he will play another five years. Sehwag.. we need your intelligent attack and success...

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | October 12, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    sehwag bat for 40minutes every game. dd will win the championship.

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

    why is there 4 IPL teams in the CLT20??? why not different state champion teams else where, let other countries enjoy the series as well, guess its a money thing rite??

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @Nampally. I fully agree with you. This is just a ploy on the part of Sehwag to get selected to the national team. We should try and zero in on two of the five you mentioned (Rahane, Mukund, Vijay, Dhawan, even Chand) as India's future openers. There is also a new decease among some national players in many teams, called ..."Captainitis" ... inability to play well under someone else. Shahid Afridi is not the only one suffering from it. Sehwag and Ganbhir are also showing those symptoms. The best treatment is to send them back to domestic cricket,till they get completely cured.

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | October 12, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Sehwag is my favorite batsman in the world, and am worried about his future in the international game. He seems too bent upon emulating his past self; he tries to get off to flying starts every time he bats, and ends up losing his wicket in a ridiculous manner. Since he is out of form, he should look to start off his innings a bit more conservatively, focusing on getting settled and comfortable at the crease before attacking the bowlers. Once he has got himself in, he can exploit the remaining Powerplay overs and look to play long innings, because that is what he is best at. South African pitches will be challenging for him, but after all, he marked his Test debut with a century in Bloomfontein, so he is definitely capable of performing well there. He has no major flaws in his technique except for a lack of quick footwork, and he has no perveived weaknesses against particular styles of bowling, which is fantastic! He has the potential, and as a senior batsman, must shine!

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Sehwag needs to tighten his game. Too long has passed without a significant score. Living in the past glory is not the order of the day. I know on his day he can be devastating to the opposition...But those days have become so rare.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    why dont he rest for the england tour he should not open anymore he should come in at number 5 or 6 gambhir is outform as well

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 11, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Sehwag hasn't been fit for years. He may be healthy, but that's not the same thing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Sehwag like Harbhajan is running on his past...

  • POSTED BY Jose on | October 11, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Probably he wants to show the new selection panel that he can perform better without Dhoni's captaincy.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | October 11, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Dhoni had headaches on how to drop sehwag,now it moves on to Mahela.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | October 11, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    For the 15 balls that he is going to bat, he should be fit. Not much news here.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 11, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I honestly have NO problems with Sehwag playing for the Daredevils. Although, I also wish to see him perform on equal terms when playing for India. He's a class act and in recent times, negativity has crept into his game. I think this Champions League will revive his career. He has let go off the captaincy of the team which is a good thing. He can play freely and score as many runs to be in good form for the England series. All the best Viru. Haters will keep hating, you are one of the BEST !

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Hope he misses the England's tour as selectors will not drop him...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 11, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Sehwag will be fighting to retain his spot as the Opening batsman for India as will Gambhir. There are at least 4 candidates for the 2 opening batsmen - Dhawan, Vijay, Mukund & Rahane, with Chand not too far. It depends upon the new Selectors as to which path they wish to follow.They might give Sehwag & Gambhir one more chance or go with the new openers. So Sehwag has more than physical fitness on the line. If his Form, Fitness & performance is not up to scratch in the Champions league, he may lose his spot for India. Sehwag at his best was one of the most feared openers world has seen. He can regain that magic by focussing on long innings instead of getting out in a cavaliar & careless manner.Sehwag should produce a couple of big innings in the CL to retain his spot. Here is wishing him all the best.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 11, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Sehwag's carries a fitness clearance certificate kit (complete with the doctor's seal and all) with him at all times so that he can produce it before the start of an IPL/CLT20 series.

  • POSTED BY Rohit42 on | October 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Till last week it looked like he could not play... same thing happened last year after the world cup.. he played the IPL with an injury & then missed the England tour... it looks like the same thing will happen this year also...he'll play the champions trophy & miss the england series

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    He is eager to take position of captain replacing Dhoni in ODI format for INDIA.. But when it comes to franchise, he prefers to play his natural game.. The biggest joke of all.. "having asked the franchise to relieve him of the responsibility so he could concentrate on his batting." As if he ll pile double and triple centuries if relieved from captaincy, which he dont even knws to spell.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | October 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Exactly what I had predicted in my response in ESPNCricinfo to the earlier news that he has been injured! Go dude, the winter-spring five months--when the Poms and the Kangaroos are due--will be the perfect time for you to stay home to recuperate and rehabilitate. Come April, and I am sure you will be raring to blast your Delhi Daredevils to the final in IPL6. Kudos to you, man, you are the perfect role model for youngsters and the real pride of India.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | October 11, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    The saying is "Where there's a will, there's a way", but in Shewag's case, it is "Where there's money, there's a way". Too bad that he cannot perform for India but is always fit to play IPL and CL.

  • POSTED BY BCCI007 on | October 11, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Even Sachin prefer IPL over other forms of cricket, no wonder Sehwag playing inspite of injuries

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    "Sehwag will not captain Delhi Daredevils at the Champions League, having asked the franchise to relieve him of the responsibility so he could concentrate on his batting" - Seriously ???? why not think a bit, just a little bit more more about that while playing for the country as well ??

  • POSTED BY Kingsagar2thi on | October 11, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    He will reap plenty of criticisms if he does not score and even more when he scores!!! Tough time ahead, good luck Sehwag :)

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  • POSTED BY Kingsagar2thi on | October 11, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    He will reap plenty of criticisms if he does not score and even more when he scores!!! Tough time ahead, good luck Sehwag :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    "Sehwag will not captain Delhi Daredevils at the Champions League, having asked the franchise to relieve him of the responsibility so he could concentrate on his batting" - Seriously ???? why not think a bit, just a little bit more more about that while playing for the country as well ??

  • POSTED BY BCCI007 on | October 11, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Even Sachin prefer IPL over other forms of cricket, no wonder Sehwag playing inspite of injuries

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | October 11, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    The saying is "Where there's a will, there's a way", but in Shewag's case, it is "Where there's money, there's a way". Too bad that he cannot perform for India but is always fit to play IPL and CL.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | October 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Exactly what I had predicted in my response in ESPNCricinfo to the earlier news that he has been injured! Go dude, the winter-spring five months--when the Poms and the Kangaroos are due--will be the perfect time for you to stay home to recuperate and rehabilitate. Come April, and I am sure you will be raring to blast your Delhi Daredevils to the final in IPL6. Kudos to you, man, you are the perfect role model for youngsters and the real pride of India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    He is eager to take position of captain replacing Dhoni in ODI format for INDIA.. But when it comes to franchise, he prefers to play his natural game.. The biggest joke of all.. "having asked the franchise to relieve him of the responsibility so he could concentrate on his batting." As if he ll pile double and triple centuries if relieved from captaincy, which he dont even knws to spell.

  • POSTED BY Rohit42 on | October 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Till last week it looked like he could not play... same thing happened last year after the world cup.. he played the IPL with an injury & then missed the England tour... it looks like the same thing will happen this year also...he'll play the champions trophy & miss the england series

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 11, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Sehwag's carries a fitness clearance certificate kit (complete with the doctor's seal and all) with him at all times so that he can produce it before the start of an IPL/CLT20 series.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 11, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Sehwag will be fighting to retain his spot as the Opening batsman for India as will Gambhir. There are at least 4 candidates for the 2 opening batsmen - Dhawan, Vijay, Mukund & Rahane, with Chand not too far. It depends upon the new Selectors as to which path they wish to follow.They might give Sehwag & Gambhir one more chance or go with the new openers. So Sehwag has more than physical fitness on the line. If his Form, Fitness & performance is not up to scratch in the Champions league, he may lose his spot for India. Sehwag at his best was one of the most feared openers world has seen. He can regain that magic by focussing on long innings instead of getting out in a cavaliar & careless manner.Sehwag should produce a couple of big innings in the CL to retain his spot. Here is wishing him all the best.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Hope he misses the England's tour as selectors will not drop him...