England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval, 4th day August 21, 2011

Sehwag likely to miss limited-overs leg


It is more than likely that Virender Sehwag has played his last innings on the England tour. It is understood that Sehwag has not completely recovered from the shoulder surgery he underwent immediately after the IPL in May. Sehwag, who struggled to make any impact in the two Tests matches he played, had a quiet word with the two on-tour national selectors - Narendra Hirwani and Surendra Bhave - and the team management, and the decision was then conveyed to the BCCI top brass. In the end Sehwag got the permission.

"The shoulder injury has not completely healed. He will return after the Test series," a BCCI source told ESPNcricinfo. In addition to the shoulder injury, Sehwag has also been suffering from hearing problems in his left ear, after being exposed to a loud sound on July 24, according to the note sent by the National Cricket Academy physiotherapist Nitin Patel to the tour physio Ashish Kaushik when the opener joined the squad for the tour match in Northampton. "Sehwag has some visual and balancing problems, which persist," the source added.

Interestingly, after the first day's play at The Oval, Anirudh Chaudhary, Indian manager for the Test leg, categorically denied the rumours that Sehwag had asked the team management if he could head back home.

It would be difficult to surmise if the injury played a role in Sehwag's poor tour which began with a king pair at Edgbaston. He followed that up by lasting just five deliveries in the first innings of the final Test before being bowled through the gate by a Graeme Swann offbreak in the second innings. He made 41 runs in four innings.

Embarrassingly for the BCCI, this is the second case of a half-fit Indian player being rushed in for this important tour. Earlier Zaheer Khan, India's strike bowler, was ruled out of the series at the halfway stage, due to a "recurring hamstring injury and right-ankle impingement" according to the statement issued on August 7 by the team manager. Zaheer had originally picked up the ankle injury during the IPL and, both he and Sehwag had been rested for the subsequent Caribbean tour.

When the selectors named the squad for the Test leg of the England tour in early July, they announced a 17-member party, stating that Sehwag would join the tour a fortnight later as he was been given extra time to recover completely from the shoulder surgery. Unfortunately for the BCCI, Sehwag did not recover as expected and someone would have to answer some tough questions.

Meanwhile the selectors have not yet name Sehwag's replacement and are likely to make the announcement early next week.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    sehwag has a few health issues but the bcci, the selectors and the team management chose to ignoret and look what happened? The prorities have shifted and most players see no future in playing test cricket which is tougher for them and attracts very little crowds. The fitness levels shows that these guys do not have the mental tough ness and physical fitness to play the 5-day game.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    hw foolish ru ppl to ask Dhoni to retire ... He has gt d gold fr India .. jus wid 1 series loss yu ask him to retire ahh ???

  • Sose on August 23, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    I don't buy this story, it sounds like an excuse for the bad performance of Sehwag. He was declared fit and played and earned two ducks and a 30+, don't make execuses please, BCCI & Sehwag!

  • Moses on August 23, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Pls don't worry. Sehwag will be fit and fine for the IPL. Then he will get injured in the little finger-nail of his left hand and miss 10 months. Then he will be fit and ready for next IPL. Indian cricket fans - pls forget silly test cricket, because IPL is the best and biggest. You should pay 1000rs to go and watch IPL match in the stadium. Then you should watch all IPL matches on TV, so that TV ratings will increase and companies will sponsor IPL and give our great players more and more money to fill their bank accounts and also to fill their bellies with fat.

  • mohammed on August 23, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    If sehwag is exposed to the loud sound as it is mentioned, then it is very difficult for him to concentrate in any match because me to suffering from the same disease.Doctors will just say that it will be fine with in a weeks, but my experience it will take more then 2 years to get healed.But if it is not with the loud sound then i say that doctors are right.But i dont care wat it is, just praying that sehwag should be fine ASAP and play more and more matches.

  • Umar on August 23, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    England did lose 5-0 in Australia in 2006-07 but they were not world No. 1 at that time.

  • Umar on August 23, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    come IPL and sehwag will be in perfect shape.

  • Srijith on August 23, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke - relax - let the Indians worry about their problems. take a deep breath and get on with life.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Fitness should be second criterion after playing form of a player for selection to the team.Zak,Sehwag,Gambhir etc were not 100% fit at the time of selection thanks to the I.P.L and the tight schedules.Let the B.C.C.I.and the selectors be more prudent in the future at least!

  • Asker on August 23, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    If Sehwag had not healed completely then why the hell did he go to england, this is sheer nonsense on his part , the board and management is too reckless or does not have the courage to take serious actions, and on the contrary Mukund was getting better and with the century in the county warm up games he was getting in the groove who knows maybe he would have performed better than Sehwag atleast this time and also Gambhir does not look the same as he was a couple of years ago, Raina being persisted with time and again, Yuvraj was never a test material, he has been given too many chances, same goes with Harbhajan, and Ishant is a one off player so consistency is not his forte. Icing on the cake is RPS being picked agead of Irfan and being played in the eleven ahead of a much mature and inform Munaf. Stop this nonsense and get players like Kaif, Jaffer,Ashwin,Badri, Pujara, Rayudu, some new fast bowlers like chahar aaron, mithun, yadav,unadkat let them get good exposure for good results

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