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

Sehwag likely to miss limited-overs leg

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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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  • 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.

  • 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 ???

  • AussiDesi 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!

  • crikbuff 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.

  • suhail1987 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.

  • mensan 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.

  • mensan on August 23, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    come IPL and sehwag will be in perfect shape.

  • gung-ho 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.

  • 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!

  • US_Indian 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ???

  • AussiDesi 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!

  • crikbuff 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.

  • suhail1987 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.

  • mensan 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.

  • mensan on August 23, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    come IPL and sehwag will be in perfect shape.

  • gung-ho 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.

  • 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!

  • US_Indian 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

  • Alexk400 on August 22, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    Can someone ask K srikkanth , Duncan fletcher and dhoni to resign?. What else you want ? 5-0 drubbing in ODI? it is coming ...soon.

  • Zigor on August 22, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    It is quite amazing to know that how many people are not fans of Sehwag. It's unfortunate to know this fact. I think he is one of his kind batsman and a great entertainer. I love to see him all the time. Hope he recovers soon. For god sake guys, stop the negativity. Just relax.

  • Quazar on August 22, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    @PaulRoneClarke... when England were smashed 5-0 in 2007 and then 6-1 in ODIs in 2011 in Australia, was the England team "not interested" and were their injuries and forced replacements all fake???

  • on August 22, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    If he'd have scored a couple of hundreds I doubt we would have heard anything about his shoulder. Sounds like making excuses for a very poor performance. He doesn't want his ODI average to suffer like his test average just has. THe general feeling among the UK public is that Indian players have no interest in even turning up. Dravid and maybe Sachin aside, the Indian team are a disgrace. This test series has been about the most one sided and boring series I've ever seen.

  • Bang_La on August 22, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Shewag's injury will be healed if the one day series is transferred in India :)

  • Raj12345 on August 22, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Once S Ramesh did same, he did't properly communicate about his finger injury. But still played and scored runs. But finally they punished him and he never come back to Indian test cricket. That is right move. I am wondering where those measure gone. Now BCCI really afraid of players. Looks like, this is happening for past 2 to 3 years. Remove Raina & Dhoni from test team and whole lot of bowlers. Let us re-invent team. It may take 1 or 2 or 3 years, end result will be good and we no need to wait for Shewag to score runs after playing 10 tests.

  • aracer on August 22, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - Vettori, Benaud, Laker, Tufnell? Kapil Dev, Vaas?

  • Taz786 on August 22, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    This is has definately levelled the playing field, I think it will be a tight 3-2 to someone, but not sure who, would love for India to win something to show they have some pride and fight in them.

  • on August 22, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    BCCI Should be held accountable for sending unfit and under prepared players for a very important series and thereby contributing in their own way to killing the series.(the major reason for this flop show is the poor performance of the Indian players both batsmen and bowlers and there is no denying that.)This is not an excuse but merely STATING A FACT.ECB should approach the ICC.Really something similar should be done to ensue that no nation performs like this ever again both on and off the field ...and this is from India....

  • reality_check on August 22, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Is it the shoulder injury or the fact that Sehwag is clueless against any ball that swings above 1 mm from it's line.

  • goldenpower on August 22, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Opening batting was very poor after saurav & Sachin. So Srikanth deeply concentrate in this area. Above 50 average batsman should be use in this place.

  • goldenpower on August 22, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    ajinkya rahane is best alternate player for sehwag

  • here2rock on August 22, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    When are the Indian selectors going to learn from it? No first class games and form after an injury then no place in the national side. Natioinal duties should be a pride not a privilege based on past history.

  • on August 22, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    You can bet that Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Bajji and Zaheer will be fit and ready for the next IPL. BCCI will make sure of that. Playing for India in tests and ODI is a low priority for them except when personal milestones are at stake. That is why SRT, RD and VVS will keep playing -- no one else cares in Indian cricket. Sad but true.

  • on August 22, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    @cricketlover, Mukund wouldnt have done much better. He averages just 21 after 5 tests. Jaffer might have been a good bet but no one knew ghambir and sehwag wud bat so badly. It wouldnt have mattered which openers played, because the middle order has been playing so bad also. Dravid really showed that he has a superior technique and patience then all the other batsman, even sachin

  • on August 22, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    sad news again..why is this happening to our team India..Then Likely replacement must be Murali Vijay as usual..

  • vimalkm on August 22, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Please cricinfo post this comment!!!

    Why is everyone blaming IPL?????? after the WC these players had these injury yet THEY decided to play!!! its not IPL's fault its the commitment the cricketers have towards the game! If BBCI told shewag to come and play test HE should have said he has an injury!!! ALSO APART FROM ALL THIS why do we think our ODI chances are gone??? Shewag was awful in TEST though its a different game he was out on king pair! cant get worse than that! Yuvi will NOT I REPEAT WILL NOT be effective as he was in India, he will be bounced out and he is bowling will have no zing in it! Though i think we might have a tough time to win it, good chance for youngsters! good luck India and great play England!

  • Charindra on August 22, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Oh, the pathetic state of Indian cricket....

  • Happy_AusBang on August 22, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I have been saying even before the world cup. India has a weak bowling attack probably one of the weakest in test cricket today. They have done nothing to address this. Also, there is a big gap between current batsmen and the next ones in line; which means once a couple of them retire which is bound to happen sooner now rather than later, the team will slide down even further. With this team they will struggle against SL and PAK. Also, they need to climb down the arrogance ladder and start playing more against their neighbouring teams. This will be good for them to try out new players and good for the team against whom they are playing. It is disgraceful that they can't find time to play BD in four years.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 22, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    These Indian cricketers only get injured whenever they cannot perform well. The previous example was Saurav Ganguly. Once upon a time when he was batting against Zimbabwe, and literally he wasn't making runs despite trying harder, he pretended like he got injured and came back to the pavilion. The coach-Chapple worriedly said to him to show the physio about it, but Dada (Ganguly) said he was alright, no need to show to physio. The coach said if you were alright, then why did you come back? After all, they all are more actors and less cricketers these days. After doing all those stupid advertisements, acting is already went to their vain and mixed with their blood. Sehwag's shoulder surgery already done, and only therefore, he missed WI tour and first couple of tests in this series, then what is this? Mr. Actor(Sehwag), don't throw sand in our eyes. We are not buying whatever you are selling on name of shoulder injury. Sehwag's last 10 innings he passed 50+ just once and got 3 ducks.

  • STARFISH14 on August 22, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu should be named as a replacement of sehwag for ODI's

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Does anyone else feel that there are an awful lot of excuses for poor performances in england, with top players going home to protect averages, Bhaji complaining of a stomach muscle strain, but being able to heave the ball around using the same muscles he used for bowling, Sehwag with his still injured shoulder, Zaheer and the hamstring. If not then the selectors and BCCI really need to have a stern look at themselves for sending a squad full of half fit and under cooked players to play in this series.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    please close IPL & Champion Leage also then our player also fully fit & not injured

  • sambhab_mohapatra on August 22, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Its very difficult for india to win, one day series without services of yuvraj singh. the present england team is very good against indian bowling. If eng bat first the'll definitely score over 300, and sachin cant take the pressure of taking india home THe combo of DRAVID and YUVRAJ singh was needed! Hope kohli takes up yuvraj's role but kohli far less an accelerator as compared to yuvraj!

  • CricketLover_Ind on August 22, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Sehwag took his place for granted....I think Mukund and Jaffer should have played as openers in this series ahead of two delhi openers who were coming out from big injuries...it's not easy to bat in english conditions without proper match practice, no matter how big player you are...Mukund was looking good from WI series, though he didn't score any big centuries, he showed good temperament. On the other hand Jaffer was playing county cricket in England which would have been a big advantage for India..selectors missed a trick...

  • krnataraj on August 22, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    if kris srikkanth and his bunch of jokers have any self respect left in them they must resign and give way to the formation of a new selection committee. these jokers and the team handlers after taking all this money are not even aware about the fitness levels of their main players like viru and zak. it is important that all players suffering from injuries must be asked to play domestic cricket before being selected for national duty. this is the only way members of indian team would get the message that their place in the team is not automatic based on their past experiences.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Pujara is recovering from surgery...

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    What now, a 5-0 clean sweep of ODI's... God, what the problem is with this team and selectors are they serious or not, why have they sent Sehwag who is unfit for test tour. He really did not had any impact in the tour and now he is just moving away back. Can Indian team ever bounce back, now especially Dhoni and Dravid are only in form. Lets hope, Sachin and Some bowlers bounce back. Praveen, Ashwin are my last hope and also Munaf can be added into this list, and no one else. Now, its upto Dhoni and his Co, to counteract the troubles coming their way. Virat, Rohit can be considered as a chance of promise.

  • on August 22, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Shocked to see that BCCI declared Sehwag fit for England Series. Why can't he be given sometime to take rest and get fit completely. This is really Insane.. I just hope we get Ambati Rayudu as his replacement..

  • Vinod on August 22, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Bring back Robin Uthappa!

  • getsetgopk on August 22, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Of course he needs some rest after achieving one of crickets most pretigeous awards 'The Golden Duck" hehehehe

  • tanweeralam on August 22, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    take my words, he will be back for the t20 very soon. The level of commitment was self evident when he choose to play IPL with injured shoulder, probably aggravate it and then go for surgery before making sure he is not available for the first two tests. I mean why would someone risk reputation batting in challenging conditions in England when one is making 10 times that money and less than 100 times the effort. Great going sehwag now you finally justified your selection of all time greats team.

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Robin Uthappa Could Be A Good Replacement, I Wonder Why Guys Like Him And Irfan Pathan Are Missing Completely While Others Like Ahish Nehra Are In To The ODI Side.

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    forget and move on. we can't criticize indians for one bad series. Now the only thing left is to see is when tendulkar will get his century? I think he will get it on indian soil which would be good for him and the fans both.

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    See the foolishness of the Indian Selectors of Sending An unfit Shewag to england.Why could not they send a regular opner like wasim Jaffer who was also instumental in the serie win in englend last time.So now is Shewag is out of ondayers Mr Shrikanth will send some of his FAVOUARTIES like Murali vijay and badrinath as replacement.Kudos to our selection panel fro doing ag g8 job leaving players like pujaria and irfan of this tour.

  • ashwintheking on August 22, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    In IPL, we must allow each player to play for only 10 matches or so in the Group stages; and scrap Champions League T20 completely..

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Whats going on guys... If he is not fully fit why is he playing.. and risking another defeat for team India... I hope selectors has taken a great lesson on this tour... that a fit player is the key to success...

  • SankarSakthivel on August 22, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    My Favourite Team for ODI against Eng : Sachin, Uthappa, Dravid, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Yousuf, Irfan, Ashwin, Praveen, Ishant/Varun Aaron

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    @Mahesh...wait n watch the ODIs

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Why is he batting then? Makes me wonder whether CT Tremlett and IJL Trott would be playing this match if they were Indian.

  • on August 22, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    AS THE SQUAD FOR ONEDAYERS HAS ROHIT ,VIRAT,PARTHIV,ALONG WITH GAMBHIR,SACHIN......WE CAN HAVE A REPLACEMENT FOR SEHWAG WHO CAN BE A MIDDLEORDER BATSMAN - BADRINATH . HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE TEAM FROM 2006/2007 SRILANKA SERIES IN SRILANKA WHERE DHONI AND BADRI WON IT FOR INDIA....I WOULD ALSO PREFER PATHAN WHO IS MUCH MORE EXP THAN RP ..HE IS THE TEAM MUCH B4 RP CAN CAME IN...

  • on August 22, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    There won't be any defferent he play oneday or test , i think it's bad time for him and really he needs rest, Please bring Uthappa or any good opener who can replace him

  • N.Sundararajan on August 22, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Sundararajan, from Chennai Wonderful ! BCCI should now run a full-fledged hospital at every Test venue and pick players from the Hospital to play each Match ! --- And of course, bring them back to the hospital after each match also ! And, this will fit in well with BCCI's overall priorities---that of making money---never mind the game or winning or holding up the nation's prestige !

  • rkagarw007 on August 22, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    IPL after the World Cup is the only reason for India performing so poorly,it is embarassing,even Bangladesh would have played better. Dhoni's complaining about the bowlers being over worked,even England has played 7 test matches at a strech,their bowlers do not have any fitness issues. The fact is that Inida has a very poor bowling unit,maybe even worse among test playing nations. Laxman should be dropped right away, Kohli,Rohit,Pujara should be played in the middle order. The selectors should forget Raina for tests,he is very poor player technically.Poor bowling by India is responsible for this horror series, batting could have been better.

  • harshacc on August 22, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Right, looks like he finished his England shopping list.Time to head back home and prepare an Oz shopping list.

  • on August 22, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Cancel the I.P.L. THATS THE ONLY MANTRA for India to return to the WINNING WAYS

  • rustyryan on August 22, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Yeah he will be ready for IPL 5

  • on August 22, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    As we have seen Sehwag out of the Indian Squad but if he will not play one dayers against England as well so it will really be risky for Indians Because all we know that he is the best.

    Nasih, Kabul Afghanistan

  • Romenevans on August 22, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Call IPL 5 right now and he will leave Indian team and will surely play for IPL no matter how bad and serious the injury is.

  • Willow25 on August 22, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    @Crusader1980, while they are scrapping the IPL, they should scrap T20 all together. Who cares if women like T20, cricket is a traditional game. I find test matches exciting and T20 boring.

  • on August 22, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Like in Baseball in the United States, BCCI should mandate that injured national players after their treatment and rehab and prior to re-joining the national team, play in Ranaji Trophy and/or other domestic competitive cricket and prove their worth with their achievements. This way, we would not have the cases like, Zaheer Khan, Virendra Sehwag, in the recent INDIA/ENGLAND TEST series. Itghe injury sustained and treated affects the player's performance both mentally and physically. Therefore they should go back to drawing board and qualify for selection along with others knocking on the door. It is not necessary that they shoud spend the whole season playing competitive (Ranji TGrophy, Duleep Trophy, etc.). BCCI should monitor their performace and include them in the national team when BCCI and the Selection Committee feel they are ready enough. In Baseball, injured player is mandated to play Minor Leagues and qualify for selection. Kcdiu

  • Crusader1980 on August 22, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    If BCCI wants India to play like world champions (NOT JUST BECOMING NO:1 IN THE RANKINGS) in ODIs and Tests they can do it with a simple solution....SCRAP THE IPL...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rajryl on August 22, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    this is very bad if he is not fit not recover for injury than why he is in playing 11 why bcci forcing him to play in test even he is not 75% fit bcci has not right to foce player to play match viru dosent wants to go england for test bcci forced him now they say he is not fin for the odi if he is not fit what the hellhe is doing in team why bcci dosent give chance player like pujara who score in england in india a team even in under 19 team it time to put him in squad raina dosent deserv in test he play it like 20 20 try to hit not good in defense as well its better to select pujara insted of raina aur should play fifth bowler

  • on August 22, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    nowadays players feel so insecure that they r want to play even being not fully fit. board must be strict in these issues. why not giving a chance to a deserving player rather than wasting time n money on an injured player. let the others have a chance!!! Is Raina in the indian team as a bowler or a batsman?? Amit mishra is more assured n confident batter than raina!!!

  • siddhant328 on August 22, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary came out to be the best performer in Emerging Players Tournament. He should be given the opportunity to fill the boots of Veeru. Gambhir is likely to withdraw because he is also not feeling well. BCCI should not hide the injuries. Saurabh Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane are contenders for his place.

  • fredie on August 22, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs dont forget kapil dev

  • on August 22, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    I bet even CSK could beat the Indian team now ;)

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on August 22, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    The tour has become a comedy of errors. Gautam Gambhir must take the flight back home and forget batting in the 2nd innings. Head injuries can get serious, it is best to take complete rest. We should have selected Wasim Jaffer right at the start of the series when Shewag's fitness was unknown. Ganguly said on air that the best 3 Indian openers playing today are Shewag, Gambhir and Jaffer. I hope atleast now we know that we must always tour England with 3 FIT openers.

  • on August 22, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Srikanth & co has gone back to dravid fr odi,s and now with sehwag injured, i think they will even go back to Gavaskar whos is available there itslef now...But one thing yes we lost badly but should not get panic,because this team has achieved a lot and will achieve more in the future, take it from me we will win the Odi series very covincingly...Best of Luck to the world champions

  • Raj12345 on August 22, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I don't understand why fans are talking about "once fab 3 retire what will happen what will happen". Fab 2 is gone already, they don't reserve place anymore. We respect their contribution to our cricket. It is time to retire.

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Fitness is important 50 overs cricket is bad enough how can players survive playing 20 overs over and over again. Sri Lanka lost a Test bowler in Malinga. English bowlers are fresh well done. Only players like Lindwall,Kapil, Va,s Mcgrath played long. all these players had smooth actions. Mcgrath was dropped whwn he played IPL at the end of his career.If you start playing these funny games you ruin your cricket.

  • Raj12345 on August 22, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    DK should be given middle order chance in Test. He is over looked by Indian cricket. He is solid in test. everyone forget him.

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    I think we have to wait for a year before we get all the Indian Players fit.. Oh Sorry, we ll have an another IPL by then and we ll have more niggles.. It s becoming increasingly difficult to foresee a full strength Indian team anytime in the near future.. So Indian Cric fans shld now turn their national cric team to ur respective IPL teams.. I m a CSK supporter nw.. And the best part they are always fit and play very gud cric...

  • India_Cricket_Fan on August 22, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    On seeing his batting style itself, we could infer that Sehwag is not fully fit. Havent seen him getting only around 40 runs in 4 innings. They should not have played him.

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Pujara? Rohit Sharma? Murali Vijay? Dinesh Karthik? It cant get any worse

  • tmartis on August 22, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    ENOUGH is ENOUGH !. This series has just been one big mess. I think it's better this team just leave England now.

  • qaisar.qadeer on August 22, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    @Jay Ajit ...very well said

  • on August 22, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Many Thanks to IPL. Our players are playing IPL at the cost of their career threatning injury.

  • CricketChat on August 22, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    I think Paul Valthaty would be a good replacement for Shewag (who I always thought was rushed too quickly after surgery) for ODIs and T20. So many undeserving players have been given chances, so why not Paul after his recent success in IPL4?.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 22, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Sehwag can't make excuses for his actions. Did his shoulders also hurt in the last test when he made 2 ducks? This "lack of fast bowling" is a subcontinent phenomenon.Its a phenomenon only happening in the Subcontinent. In the subcontinent, the conditions are conducive for spin, so most bowlers want to be spinners, hence the subcontinent's success for having great spinners (shakib, harbhajan, murali, kumble, Qadir, mushtaq, mendis, etc etc). In England/Australia/Windies/NZ/South Africa, the conditions are good for fast bowling so everybody wants to be a fast bowler, hence having great fast bowlers (lilee, mcgrath, lee, marshall, ambrose, holding, garner, bond, steyn, etc etc). WIth the exception of the Pakistanis, subcontinent has never had any great fast bowlers and with the exception of Shane Warne, the rest of the world never had great spinners. But at least Pakistan have Imran/Wasim for youngsters to idolize and Lankans with Malinga. Young Indians don't have anybody to model after.

  • on August 22, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    wow what a news! Had he rested after playing world cup and not have played ipl, he might have been representing his country whe he's really needed!

  • johnathonjosephs on August 22, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Well should be an exciting day tomorrow. Feel that once VVS and Tendie are out, the game is in England's hands. If they do this before Lunch, it will be a whitewash. Dhoni and Raina are huge jokes compared to the likes of England and Mishra might provide resistance, but for how long?

  • on August 22, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    without him & zaheer india gonna lose test + ODIs ...

  • on August 22, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Either Yusuf Pathan or Robin Uthappa should come in as his replacement

  • lucky_cal on August 22, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Can we also say same thing about England team management also. We all know what happened to their team during recent World Cup. Where one after another their players were returning home citing one injury or another. Due that reason they lost to Ireland and Bangladesh miserably.

  • on August 22, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Oh god!! Another injury. Why dont the entire Indian team except for Rahul Dravid come back and lets send the Indian A team instead. What the heck? They couldnt play any worse. I dread the drubbing we are going to receive in the ODIs

  • on August 22, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Incredible! he walks into the test 11 with an injury? just when Mukund had played himself into some form, and now he is out again - had enough of the soap opera of Sehwag, seriously

  • on August 21, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    If his shoulders not healed, why did he bat in the tests?

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 21, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    Who is to blame for this miserable situation the Indian team is in ??? of course the easiest target are the BCCI. But then c'mon, the individual players have to know their bodies well before anyone else. Sehwag would have felt better and is now realizing he's unfit. This goes to show the lack of personal physical trainers the BCCI has in place. This is a mandatory requirement today in pro sport. The England team have it in place. The BCCI is the richest and most powerful board on the planet. Where is all the money ? Indian fans ask this question in vain. Why isn't there is a hardcore fitness regime where players are supposed to be tracked by trainers while away from the team. Every single activity they do must be logged in and reported to the selectors. This is unfair to the team as well as the fans. It also proportionally puts India's chances of winning the ODI series in question, losing KEY players like nine pins. This has been a feature of this tour and must be dealt with.

  • vj3478 on August 21, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    one more unprofessional act by BCCI and players!! how the hell is he back if his shoulder is not completely recovered... is this gully cricket?

  • luqman255 on August 21, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Why do you guys keep hoping for a young superstar - Don't you get it? India has no upcoming superstars. Indian cricket is going back down after some of these guys retire especially once Zaheer Khan is done. It seems like Indians aren't being introduced to the concept of 'Fast Bowling' anymore !!!

  • tradetekbiz on August 21, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/518468.html and that's all i have to say about how people ravishing over indian cricketers (shastri and co.) look at indian players and how they actually are. Honestly, I wanna see India put up a great fight anywhere, but what they need is objectivity from indian staff and former greats.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 21, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    IPL is bigger than cricket. For that matter any format that generates revenue is bigger than the purity of the game itself. Period! It doesn't matter even if IPL effects Test Cricket. After all, IPL feeds hundreds of thousands of Indians and foreigners and their families and friends. Stop looking like losers all you IPL haters. IPL has a broader significance to thousands and thousands of Indian lives (and many foreigners) as we speak. IPL will continue. It has to. Even if it kills Test Cricket. This is coming from an ardent Test Cricket fan. If there is no Dravid or Kallis in the future, so be it. I can watch their videos until my eyesight gets weak. What nonsense is this? Just because Indian Test Cricket has gone down (we don't even know if it is due to IPL), people want to kill money? What a shame! It shouldn't matter even if it is due to IPL.

  • Robster1 on August 21, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Yes as we all know, India is an ageing, complacent team on the decline. But does it really matter, as all that truly counts nowadays for cricket fans from India is the IPL. How sad.

  • landl47 on August 21, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    The second innings of the fourth test was the first time he has got out of the first over. He threw his bat a bit, but then got tied down (his scoring rate was under 50 per hundred balls) and was bowled through the gate, which is always likely with the way he plays. His shoulder has nothing to do with his lack of foot movement. He has been a great player, but he relies mainly on eye/hand co-ordination and a player like that tends to have a shorter career. He's done well to reach 32; I'm thinking he might not be around for the England tour in 2012.

  • on August 21, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    robin utthapa should be included in the team as a replacement player for sehwag .......... he will be the best option as he has played earlier on english pitches on india's last tour to england in 2007......... he is a match winning player......... if not utthapa then yusuf pathan should be there..................... no rohit sharma- he is a good ipl player ....... also why rp singh is there he has not played an odi for more than two years ........... why not nehra or sreesanth who were in the world cup winning squad......... the bcci selectos are really playing musical chairs by rotating the players as said by atul wassan in an interview to a channel

  • on August 21, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Dada is in England ....He could be the replacement ....

  • xjunda on August 21, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Very bad management again, they shouldn't have called him for tests. Atleast he could have played ODIs.

  • PTtheAxis on August 21, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    still no fingers pointing at dhoni. unfit, unprofessional - does that not apply to dhoni ? only sehwag or rp singh ? the fact that he is a completely disinterested captain is still not registering with indian fans.

  • bul98 on August 21, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Sehwag knew the way he is playing he won't be any good in ODI, so better to hide behind this injury and save his pride. He needs to be ready and fresh for IPL. Another excuse of Indian Player. Indian team & BCCI should change Future program and only play IPL and Chamions league because most of there player don't wont to play in Int series orthey cannot even motivate themselves to Play International fixtures. IPL and BCCI Rules but soon that will bring Indian cricket to bottom and that will be the end of BCCI rule over Cricket. It's a cycle enjoy BCCI while you in power.

  • ZshanKhan on August 21, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    BCCI: Injury is serious and we will not risk him playing any International tour's. However, he should be ready in time to play in the Ipl 2012 season. Also, despite the injury he should not have any problems doing commercial or walking the ramp endorsing products and clothing lines.

  • on August 21, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Come on BCCI, at least reduce the duration of IPL. Indian fans should stay away from IPL matches. Just don't watch them. Lets see how the auctions go the next season. Sehwag is already 31. How long is he going to be fit? Uthappa will only be fit for IPL. How come he is not fit for the Indian selection? Can consider giving Valthathy a chance. How about Gambhir? Will he be available for Indian ODI selection or will he also return to India?

  • KrazyCricketKid on August 21, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    I hope Ambati Rayudu comes into the team! :D

  • the_blue_android on August 21, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Not a big loss for India....better than being 4/1 or 8/1 or 12/1 anyway....

  • citizenkc on August 21, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Mark my words. He will be play in the IPL despite an injury.

  • on August 21, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Oh, I was so waiting for a pair of king pairs.

  • Street_Hawk on August 21, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @LEGEND_KILLAS: these are no excuses...these incidents show how current BCCI members run cricket in India and how pathetic and incompetent is Srikant-led selection committee...no future plans...random selections..no giving time to young players who have done well..persisting with players who haven't done anything (read Raina, Amit Misra, Munaf Patel(has not played a single game but in the test squad))...certain players getting in the team not because of their performance but their friendship with Captain Dhoni (read Raina, RP Singh)

  • Sampath_Lokuge on August 21, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Another victim of IPL ?????????????

  • on August 21, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    @ Legend Killas haha i will bet englad can hold that till their next series...England is proper piece of junk abroad! I know India played like a bunch of school players....!! As usual in subcontinent england is a bunch of loosers! apart from Ian Bell none of them are world class..Cook looks the most boring player ever amd also before u jump :P Other of ur players are from South Africa Bahahahaha

  • on August 21, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    test matches are becoming fitness test for players like sehwag,zaheer and rp singh.......sheer unprofessional ism from the side of team management,players and bcci.....the display of rpsingh showed we are still third world team in terms of professionalism.......and no one is pointing route cause and that is ipl.........ex cricketers and players all are silent so they can earn easy money.......and dhoni is too diplomatic and selfish to point this.........for all commentators he is not a great leader .

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    bad news but I really hope BCCI pick an youngster & groom him, and not pick another 36 year old replacement for Sehwag

  • on August 21, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    It would be better if this team just returns home now....or send another India A team to play the ODIs....

  • Jonah58 on August 21, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    I'm not really surprised to hear this, Sewag has not looked like he wanted to be on the pitch in any of the matches he has played, and if he has not recovered from his operation and has other issues it explains a lot. And is a big blow for India in the ODI's

    Is it any wonder that the only player in the whole Indian test team for this series who looks Fit and Healthy (Rahul Dravid) is the only one of the 'galacticos' who has stood up and performed?

    I mean to take nothing away from Kumar who has played his heart out for his team with both bat and ball but even he seems to be carrying a bit more weight than is good for him in todays modern cricket.

    You can get away be with being overweight and unfit in T20 slogathons but you will always be found out in real test cricket.

    Who ever says the IPL is not hurting Indian cricket is fooling themselves, unless of course T20 is the only format you care about.

  • on August 21, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Shewag the biggest flat track bully in world cricket goes running home to protect his poor average after the English steam rolled him. How many of these guys with 'injuries' have we sent home now? Yuvraj, harbajhan and now shewag. And don't forget mr I can't bat because I have a headache gambhir

  • coldcoffee123 on August 21, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Even a minor twist of the ankle, which happened to me in July last year, kept me out of soccer for 4-5 months. It was not that I could not walk/play a week after the injury; but it is about giving time to your injury to heal and letting your body regain full strength. After having regained fitness, you need to start practicing lightly. In my case it was jogging with an ankle brace. Then you increase the work load gradually, say tapping a soccer ball, kicking a few in the goal, dribbling a bit etc. When you are comfortable doing that REGULARLY, you play a few practice matches at backyard or club level. Finally, you are ready to be who you used to be before your injury. Now, I know that BCCI is a joke, but what baffles me is how can a person who has just had a shoulder SURGERY (not a joke), decide to pick a bat up and start hitting square cuts, and hoping that nothing wrong will happen to his shoulder ? No wonder Sehwag is injured again. Sack the team doctor and physio who let him play.

  • on August 21, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    I don't understand with team management why was he selected in the 4th test, when he knew he was not fit..it's better to give chance to a fully fit player than shewag. Wake up BCCI don't always play politics with other players.Bring in fresh players..like Ambati Rayadu,manish,rahul sharma..the team requires energy ..and it's basically missing in the team after playing there favorite tournament"IPL"

  • on August 21, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Common guys they are human being they are not supermen to give 100% all the time the bottom line is Our team was over confident and England did good home work.

  • QUEE on August 21, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    scared of english bowlers! ha ha ha! this is fun!

  • akramfrq on August 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Irfan pathan should replace him

  • Nutcutlet on August 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    To the end, it seems that this tour has been blighted by a lack of organisation, clear thought and plain speaking by the BCCI and its agents. There was the whole fracas over the umpire referral system - and what was eventually agreed upon was an absurd compromise with no explanation given; Zaheer Khan, after arriving unfit, bowls one spell at Lord's, unsurprisingly breaks down, yet was going to be fit to bowl in the 2nd innings - and then the 2nd test, and then not at all; and now, after the much anticipated arrival of an apparently restored Sehwag, we are told that he wasn't really fit anyway and that his treatment for his shoulder injury is ongoing - and will miss the ODIs.To top it off, the chief selector maintains that his team was fully prepared! In short, there is a stack of evidence, now in the public domain, which collectively tells a story of incompetence; of a lack of strategy and, perhaps most culpable of all, a total lack of sincerity or honesty towards Indian supporters.

  • dsig3 on August 21, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Should rest it up or he might miss the next IPL.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 21, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Does this mean Dravid getting a chance to open in the minnow format? Of course, that timid Sachin who hides in test matches will fight tooth and nail to play as an opener only and will pair with Gambhir.

  • Noboundary on August 21, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    This is a serious issue... who is responsible for deciding that the players are fit for the tour? Don't we have a conditioning camp before a tour? Who was wrong here? Players, officials, Coach? Never seen anything like this! It is common knowledge that some our players are under treatment for shoulder injuries...it is a shame that on such an important tour there was no monitoring. Looks like IPL and the cash flow has blinded everybody into a shameless state of carelessness, arrogance and lethargy.

  • LEGEND_KILLAS on August 21, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    nothing but excuses will come from india now

  • karan1609 on August 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Another instance of poor planning by the BCCI....Hope lessons are learnt from this...

  • Srini88 on August 21, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Real worry than the shoulder problem.. is his form.. I think he is following his couple of "singh" friends.. Better not to play and get exposed.

  • on August 21, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Not surprised really. Today was the first time he had an extended inns to see how he was faring up & he looked completely out of touch. Looked a shadow of his former self, needs to go away, rest up & get fully fit. Im sure he will return in time, taking attacks apart as only he can

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 21, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Poor management. To make matters worse, Sehwag had no impact and many pundits like Boycott, questioned whether or not his approach and technique would have made a difference. His approach in this match was much better but I don't think it was worth sacrificing his health.

  • on August 21, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    This spells bad news for India. He might be better at Tests than ODIs, but in the one day format he is still a brilliant batsman. It seems the IPL is doing more harm than good to Indian cricket.

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  • on August 21, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    This spells bad news for India. He might be better at Tests than ODIs, but in the one day format he is still a brilliant batsman. It seems the IPL is doing more harm than good to Indian cricket.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 21, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Poor management. To make matters worse, Sehwag had no impact and many pundits like Boycott, questioned whether or not his approach and technique would have made a difference. His approach in this match was much better but I don't think it was worth sacrificing his health.

  • on August 21, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Not surprised really. Today was the first time he had an extended inns to see how he was faring up & he looked completely out of touch. Looked a shadow of his former self, needs to go away, rest up & get fully fit. Im sure he will return in time, taking attacks apart as only he can

  • Srini88 on August 21, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Real worry than the shoulder problem.. is his form.. I think he is following his couple of "singh" friends.. Better not to play and get exposed.

  • karan1609 on August 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Another instance of poor planning by the BCCI....Hope lessons are learnt from this...

  • LEGEND_KILLAS on August 21, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    nothing but excuses will come from india now

  • Noboundary on August 21, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    This is a serious issue... who is responsible for deciding that the players are fit for the tour? Don't we have a conditioning camp before a tour? Who was wrong here? Players, officials, Coach? Never seen anything like this! It is common knowledge that some our players are under treatment for shoulder injuries...it is a shame that on such an important tour there was no monitoring. Looks like IPL and the cash flow has blinded everybody into a shameless state of carelessness, arrogance and lethargy.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 21, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Does this mean Dravid getting a chance to open in the minnow format? Of course, that timid Sachin who hides in test matches will fight tooth and nail to play as an opener only and will pair with Gambhir.

  • dsig3 on August 21, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Should rest it up or he might miss the next IPL.

  • Nutcutlet on August 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    To the end, it seems that this tour has been blighted by a lack of organisation, clear thought and plain speaking by the BCCI and its agents. There was the whole fracas over the umpire referral system - and what was eventually agreed upon was an absurd compromise with no explanation given; Zaheer Khan, after arriving unfit, bowls one spell at Lord's, unsurprisingly breaks down, yet was going to be fit to bowl in the 2nd innings - and then the 2nd test, and then not at all; and now, after the much anticipated arrival of an apparently restored Sehwag, we are told that he wasn't really fit anyway and that his treatment for his shoulder injury is ongoing - and will miss the ODIs.To top it off, the chief selector maintains that his team was fully prepared! In short, there is a stack of evidence, now in the public domain, which collectively tells a story of incompetence; of a lack of strategy and, perhaps most culpable of all, a total lack of sincerity or honesty towards Indian supporters.