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August 2, 2001
A brilliant maiden 100 by all-rounder Virender Shewag in the crucial one-day league match of the Coca-Cola Cup tri-series against New Zealand, was not enough to earn him a place in the Test squad announced by the selectors in Mumbai today.
Even as Shewag blazed away to the 68-ball century, the sixth fastest in one-day internationals, the selectors did not pick him in the 16- member team for the three Test series against Sri Lanka starting on August 14 at Galle.
"One-day cricket is entirely dfferent from Tests," reasoned BCCI secretary and selection committee convenor JY Lele when contacted later.
"Shewag was included in the Indian team purely as a one-day player. At any cost this century is not going to help him make it to the Test squad," he said.
Plays of the day from the CLT20 match between Dolphins and Lahore Lions in Bangalore
The Plays of the day from the CLT20 match between Kings XI Punjab and Northern Knights, in Mohali