Australia in India 2012-13

Sehwag dropped for remaining Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 7, 2013

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Virender Sehwag has been dropped from India's Test side for the first time since he made an emphatic comeback to the long format with a century in Adelaide in 2007-08. That, incidentally, remains his last century outside Asia. No replacement has been named for Sehwag for the remaining two Tests of the series against Australia, which makes Shikhar Dhawan a favourite to open in the Mohali Test starting on March 14.

The two remaining Tests of the current series, which India lead 2-0, are the last ones they are scheduled to play before they go on four continuous overseas tours beginning with South Africa later this year.

In his first reaction, Sehwag - who had been dropped from the ODI side for the series against England in January - tweeted: "Will continue to work hard for my place in the team. I trust my game and am confident that, 'I'll be back.' Best wishes to the team."

Since his comeback, Sehwag's performance outside Asia might have been questionable, but he kept his place in the side with typically dazzling match-winning knocks on the lower and slower tracks. Outside Asia, since Adelaide, Sehwag has scored just 523 runs in 12 Tests, at an average of 22.73 with a highest of 67. In Asia, though, over the same period he has amassed 3622 runs at 57.49, at a game-changing strike rate of 94.1.

However, over the last two years, the big innings began to dry up even in Asia. After his 173 against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in November 2010, he had to wait more than two years for another Test century. In November 2012, Sehwag earned another lease of life with a typical century against England again in Ahmedabad but, between then and being dropped, he has had scores of 25, 30, 9, 23, 49, 0, 2, 19 and 6.

This is a big fall for India's most prolific opening combination in Tests: Gautam Gambhir was dropped before the start of the Australia after three years without a Test century. Now India are possibly looking at a raw opening combination going into South Africa.

Not even naming a replacement opener is a big statement made by selectors who don't seem to have other options available but have still gone ahead and omitted him. Dhawan, his Delhi team-mate, is now a front-runner for Mohali, but Ajinkya Rahane can't be ruled out either. Sandeep Patil, the chairman of selectors, did say before the start of the England series that Rahane was picked as a middle-order batsman, but the Indian team management has been flexible and doesn't always stick to statements made in the press.

India squad: MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), M Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Cheteshwar Pujara.

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 9, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Agree with @ Cpt.Meanster - India could still win the last 2 tests against Australia WITHOUT Sehwag. We don't need him in the team any more. His glory days are over. The team comes FIRST for me. Sadly, many of my fellow Indian fans are BLIND in worshipping of their idols. It's time to get rid of TENDULKAR, ISHANT and BHAJJI.

Posted by Azweer on (March 9, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

why not Bhuvneshwar Kumar open the batting?? that might sound weird and shocking to many .. but experimenting doesn't gonna cost much.. he looks a confident youngster with no pressure on him. he has been given the least of bowling spells in this series.he has some batting talent, but obviously not as an opener. but just to boost his batting skills and getting some confidence facing the new ball against fearsome aussies.. then y not!! its a good idea??

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Sehwag is dropped! I think it is good for Sehwag too. I know he will emerge as a better and careful cricketer. Probably Dhoni should had experimented demoting him down to No. 4 or 5. The experiment, God knows, could have been successful. Well I think now Viru should practice in domestic cricket and most important become careful and should be aware of his off-stump. That's what I could say as a 14 year boy. Sunny

Posted by UsamKhawaja on (March 8, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

Time for jiwanjot singh, give him a chance for remaining 2 test matches expose him to international arena. I am sure he will contribute more than sehwag, incase if he fails he can learn from his mistakes and may apply them in next season to imporve more

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

What has happened to Indian Cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dont these cricketers deserve better treatment to the way out???? Do you think Sacking is the right way to end up someone's career.

There have been some ups and downs in each and every cricketer's careers, even the greats of Rahul Dravid had it.

India had the service of all time GREATS in test cricket!!!!!! The likes of Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Zaheer, some of the new names to be added in the list, Gambhir, Sehwag!!!!

How many of these players had received the honours and respect when their careers ended ABRUPTLY!!!!!!!! when they could themselves call it a day, even someone among these does not know they have ended their career.

How many matches these crickets have won for India. Every country had the service of such GREATS which they are proud of, but at least they have shown justice by giving them Honours!!!!!!! To quote an example, Australia is one country where cricketers retire even before we expect, but everyone give

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Whats the big deal if he is dropped??? India has more capable openers,, if he cant take his position seriously,,,, he will suffer,,,

Posted by hnlns on (March 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

It is good to see that selectors at last did something which was long overdue. They need to show a bit more of the same thinking and bite the bullet by informing Tendulkar about his chance of getting dropped after this series, if he fails in the remaining two tests, i.e., anything less than his career average per innings would make him look very ordinary and make him a liability to the team. The way he has got out after scoring that 70 or 80 odd runs in first test has been utmost disappointing. He does not deserve any more chances than the 4 innings that he will get in this series.

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (March 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

@ Smaeer Bhudwani, we shud only replace jadeja with another all rounder suited to pace bowling conditions. cant see Viru field like jadejda or in his own words, his bowling days are long gone.

Posted by sents2013 on (March 8, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Dropping Sehwag is a good decision but some people want him to retire, that is just stupid. Retirement should be their own decision. If player doesn't play well don't pick him for the squad. I don't think after Sachin's retirement in ODI. India has become any stronger, only india's opening become more vulnerable. Sachin worst batting was on 2004/2005 where he only averaged 27 approx. His 2011/2012 average was lot better and more than 40. If the retirement was forced on him than its not a good decision. He wasone of the Worlds best 11 in 2011 world cup.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

According to me put Shikhar Dhawan in opening slot with Murli Vijay and replace Jadeja with Sehwag at no. 7 position giving him chance of playing all rounder role and serving team with his experience. so the order should be like this 1.Murli Vijay 2. Dhawan 3.Pujara 4. Kohli. 5. Sachin 6. Dhoni 7. Sehwag 8. Ashwin 9. b. Kumar 10. Ojha 11. Ishaant.

Posted by Haleos on (March 8, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

@Vinay Kolhatkar - Mukund more deserving than rahane? Rahane has not even got decent chance. On what basis do you think Mukund and tiwary are better than him? FYI tiwary is injured in case you have just returned from Mars.

Posted by Nishant_Barot on (March 8, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

What Ishant & Harbhajan is still doing out there.....they both are failure. Ishant took only 1 wicket in series and very Ineffective for so many years. Plz selectors drop them.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Is anybody thinking beyond th era of SRT?Who is going to replace him at No.4?A side with lots of youngsters is a good sign but the margin between having side with youngsters and inexperienced players is minimal.If we drop Sehwag, whom I feel should be given a chance in the middle order then we will have a side with just one batsman with above 50 tests.We need someone in the middle order with experience.And I don't see many options for it.We are already carrying a Jadeja in top 7 who has not contributed with bat even in India.He should not be in the team as an all-rounder.He can be as a bowler who can bat a bit at 8.The strategy of 4 genuine bowlers and Jadeja won't sustain beyond sub-continent.In both the tests fast bowlers were under utilized. I want to see Dhawan/Rahane at the top with Sehwag in the middle.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

We need new blood. Otherwise youngsters may give up cricket/ for not much prospects.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

The only reason I watch Test Cricket is to see Sehwag bat. He is one hell of a cricket player. He should NOT have been dropped, but if he is being told to take care of his eyesight issues, its fine. He should wear contacts or go for lasik eye procedure, which many athletes have done. Glasses really dont suit cricket players.He brings a lot of flair to Test Cricket. Its not only about winning or losing. What Sehwag brings to Test Cricket is pure excitement, even when he gets out early. He should be brought back after a break. He is only 34-35. Millions of Indians would like to see him back. I is a favorite player to millions around the world. Even Aussies love his style. Please bring him back, after he gets his eye procedure.

Posted by viji69 on (March 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Sehwag is not Dropped, Since the selectors has not announced a replacement. It is a strategic call by them, also if the current players take it lightly and fail, the selectors can fall back on the enigmatic Persona - sehwag. This rest will make him do some soul searching and bounce back. he has still a year of two of international cricket left in him. For the international tours ( sehwag should be looked at Middle order batsman - also he has to fight it out with the likes of Raina, Yuvraj etc.,) healthy competion in the cards - since sachin may be touring SA etc., for one last time.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

sehwag is sewag - no tendulkar no lara............ can replace him

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Why are Harbhajan & Ishant still there?????????? Both Mukund and Tiwary are more deserving than Rahane of a spot, as is Rohit Sharma.

Posted by Linusrt on (March 8, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

In any case new players have to be tried out. Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan , Rahul Sharma , Jaydev Unadkat, and pther talented batsman and bowlers have to be given a chance in a structured way. Now India is leading 2-0 in the series , hence it is the best to play Rahane ,Dhawan and Dinda, all 3 at a time

Posted by deepeshsx on (March 8, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

Since 2012, G Gambhir 9 matches 15 inns highest 83 Avg 31.60 (result OUT), V Sehwag 11 matches 19 inns highest 117 Avg 28.00 (result OUT), SR Tendulkar 11 matches 18 inns highest 81 Avg 26.94 (result ???)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

I think they could have tried him(Viru) in the middle order for one last time,he deserved a chance. Ishant & Bhajji have also not done anything noteworthy in recent past ....so it is unfair to Viru to be made a scapegoat. Jadeja has plyed his part in this series,but he is a quick fix in these subcontinent conditions...not for overseas.Also if selectors want to blood in some new players then they must give them a fair chance & select those who can perform well in all conditions.

Posted by RanKan on (March 8, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Tragedy. Can't imagine Indian cricket without Viru.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

At Last!!! Should have been done ages ago as a reprimand for his lack of team interest. Had that been done we have had a different Sehwag today

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

I agree with Rahul Sir what he say before selection if you want Shewag in south africa then retain him or not drop him and give the chance to new young player who can utilise these four innings before south africa tour. I think selector done fair enough justice with shewag against his reputation what he have in test matches but he didn't able to do justice with him since 2011 World Cup so he dropped.

Posted by KiwiResolution87 on (March 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

I think it's a good move to drop Sehwag for the rest of the series. He is lacking confidence and looks out of place at top of the order. He should play as a middle order batsman in the domestic circuit, get some confidence/form back and then think about returning.

Posted by himanshu.team on (March 8, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

I still wonder why have Indian batsmen stopped playing county cricket in England? If you play a couple of seasons there, your technique against swing and bounce becomes solid. Indian batsmen are all naturally gifted with good 'hand-eye' conrdination and are also very wristy. So playing spin will not be that big a challenge. I am not too concerned if Sehwag is unable to make a comeback or not. If he does, it will be great for India. However, it is the new breed: Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwari etc. who have to take India forward. these batsment must be groomed to do well in all conditions. We have already seen that they all can make big scores in India. But they must be groomed to do well overseas and for that they must be pushed to play county cricket for atleast two seasons each.

Posted by MR_RAHUL_DRAVID on (March 8, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Why isn't Wasim Jaffer in consideration? He had a prolific domestic season recently; I think his selection is justified.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Common Viru, look at recordings of your innings of two triple centuries (the only ones by an Indian batsman) and an almost triple century - 293. Not only for what you did and how you did, but also to build confidence that you can stay on the crease for long time, if you so desire.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 8, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

What about the biggest non-performer of last 2 years - Tendulkar? When will our Selectors get rid of him ???

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

This was bound to happen one day and it's very difficult for him to comeback as an opener. With limited skills one can't expect to go much when top sides are there as the competitors. With almost no foot movement I think you might survive as a no. 5 or 6 as is in the case of Dhoni because at that time opponent bowlers not remain penetrated as they could be in the beginning, but at the top one should be more skilled. Actually not only Sehwag, I think Bhajji and Ishant are also on the verge of going out. These players not only performing well but also not showing to improve and somewhat become reckless or may be sure of their place. With different formats around I think board should now choose pool of players suited for different formats. Where hard hitters could be accommodate to T-20's and ODI's and technically sound players for tests. As Sachin's retirement is also nearby this has become more vital now. However technical sound could go to different formats but not the hard hitters.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 8, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

While dropping Shewag and Gambhir earlier are right moves, the selectors need to decide about other non or marginal performers too. After watching Ishant Sharma bowl in the last test, the difference in quality between B. Kumar and I Sharma was striking. It left me puzzled with how can a bowler with 5 years of international experience not learn and apply his skills. Earlier he had speed. Now that is gone too. He was bowling at 132-135k speed, very close to Bhuvi's and wrong line and length. What is the roles of SRT now. His performances in the last two years are not very different from Shewag's. However, he still seem to have hunger and discipline that Shewag doesn't show.

Posted by SreejeshGopi on (March 8, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

I dont think that this is an insult for a person like Sehvag by dropping from the Test Squad.What he really need is to attain some more confidence by playing in the domestic matches . This is a professional game. i.e a game of professionals .They know how to bounce back in to the team..Lot of talented players are waiting .This is a good sign from the selectors point of view that give some chances for young legs.Lets hope for the best.

Posted by Klgn on (March 8, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

Good Decision as Sehwag struggling specially with his glasses!! Sikhar Dhavan should get a chance as an opener with Murali vijay. Left hand/ Right hand good combination. Also Bhajji should be dropped as he has no use at Mohali Fast Track Wicket!! As Ashvin/Jadu good enough spin bowling!! So as Ashok Dinda deserve a chance here!!

Probable 11 Combination:

1. Vijay 2 Dhavan 3 Chetestwar 4 Kohli 5 Sachin 6 MSD 7 Jadu 8 B. Kumar 9 Ashvin 10 Ishant 11 Dinda

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

Oh no. I fear this is the end for Viru. Can you really see him grafting out studious hundreds in the Ranji Trophy in front of a few dozen spectators just to get his Test place back? No way: if ever a batsman was born for the big occasion, it was him. Even if his replacement - almost certainly Rahane or Dhawan - fails, I can't see him getting on the plane for South Africa, as Dhoni, master politician that he is, has already succeeded in having him unceremoniously ejected from the ODI side.

Alas, poor Viru, we knew you well.

Posted by test_cric_rocks on (March 7, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

The statement was good for Veeru..instead of saying "rested" selectors given the correct message. This will in turn help players..by not seeing dilemma comments in media and other circles..now Veeru has nothing to comment but take all his energy to rebuild himself...lot of stuff involved...he has to decide what he is capable of ...opener or middle order batsman....depending on his own judgement of reflexes and then get trained...also it is better for him to bowl 10-12 overs in an innings which will boost his confidence towards batting/fielding...

Posted by SarfBD on (March 7, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Why no one has been named as his replacement? If they do not need any replacement, then selectors could've kept him in the squad and then dropped him from the final XI. This is a little bit humiliating. Given his contribution to Indian cricket, Shewag deserves this courtesy. I always feel sorry to see a superstar becoming an unwanted guy...

Posted by landl47 on (March 7, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

'....the Indian team mangaement has been flexible....' I guess so. Wasn't it only one match ago that Dhoni said they had a settled combination? Apparently winning by an innings and 135 wasn't enough. On the other hand, Tendulkar's last test century wasn't in November 2012, as Sehwag's was, but January 2011. Flexibility doesn't seem to apply in his case.

Anyway, Sehwag's has been an amazing career. Not only has he scored a boatload of runs, but he has scored at a cracking rate. He has often set up the game for others by scoring so fast that India had plenty of time to bowl the opposition out even on the flattest tracks.

As jmcilhinney points out, Sehwag is less likely to come back than others because his game was based on his eye/hand co-ordination rather than technique. That diminishes with age and he is unlikely to get any younger. Still, he has left us all with some wonderful memories.

Posted by TRAM on (March 7, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

My advise to Sachin: Announce your retirement with THESE 2 remaining tests against Aus at home. Score a century, if you can, to make it sweet exit-memories. This is your last chance given by the real Gods.

Posted by TRAM on (March 7, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Whats up with most sub-continent senior players, why would they not retire themselves? Why should they wait until they fail numerous times due to aging, get bashed by the fans and finally kicked out by the selectors? It looks like they need some good career counselors.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 7, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Agree with @wake_up_india - There is more dead wood in this team. It would hurt less if all of it were removed in one decisive action. Tendulkar, Ishant, and Bhajji are mediocre players. They need to go. We have no shortage of talented youngsters in India.

Posted by deepushanmukh on (March 7, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

i think gambhir shud be back....

Posted by TRAM on (March 7, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

Selectors get 33.33% mark for their decision. If Ishant & Harbajan had also been dropped, it would have been 100%.

Posted by uvasStraightDrive on (March 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

First and foremost Sehwag need to improve his fitness, lose his flap, its no joke when you playing for your country. Compare with Sachin, the man has looked fit whenever he has taken field playing for his country. Fitness will help with movements and hand eye coordination which is becoming slow as he is gaining on pounds.

As far replacement goes Sehwag has still few good years to give for Indian cricket and win us matches. I don't think it age should matter as long as you can deliver what you have been set out for.

Mohali pitch seams, and ball does a lot more for fast bowlers than spinner. As Jadeja is proving to be a good 2nd spinner with Aswin as main spinner, leaving harbhajan wont do much harm. It wont be a bad idea to give dinda another go, with his pace and ability to bowl both a good bouncer and yorker;he would be really handy for overseas tours.

Posted by itisme on (March 7, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Good, but not enough. When are they going to drop Sachin. Only then we can say the selectors have done their job.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 7, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

While this is sad for Sehwag and India, given his service to the team, it seems the right decision. To me, this doesn't just look like a form slump but rather that the reflexes and hand/eye coordination that have always been so good are starting to wane and he just doesn't have sound fundamentals to fall back on. He has worse footwork than the average tail-ender but it hasn't mattered because his hands and eyes have been so good. Now that his eyes are obviously not 100% his feet start to matter much more and they just aren't up to it.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

It is not a great news !!!. Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and now Sehwag...Our reserve bench is not that rich either. It is very difficult to get drafted back to Indian team once u are out. Only hope for Veeru is that our reserve bench is not thick and if youngsters don't perform.

Posted by wake_up_india on (March 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

There is more dead wood in this team. It would hurt less if all of it were removed in one decisive action.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

It was really high time for the Indian selectors not to look at the history and move forward. And I think, they did just that. When Kaif or Badri couldnt find a spot in the 15, how can you expect someone to fail and be in the 15 for long. That by itself will surely send negative signals to the upcoming cricketers.

Posted by RamCruz on (March 7, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

While all the talk is centering around Shikhar Dhawan being a possible replacement to Sehwag, if I know Dhoni, he is going to play Rahane & not Dhawan. Also, Harbhajan too should have been dropped, if not Ishant as well.

Posted by SanjeevGoel on (March 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

It is true that he was not performing for some time now. But, selectors did an insult to a great cricketer by just dropping him and not naming any replacement to him. He is not the only one who is struggling with his form.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (March 7, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

1) Sehwag should not have been dropped. 2) Sehwag will come back into the test team against SA. 3) Sehwag test career will end around 170 test matches.

nuff said.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 7, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Very good news !!! I am pleased. Sorry Viru, you brought this upon yourself. This decision was in the making since India got whitewashed in England back in 2011. A player with minimal footwork, and slow reflexes will always struggle in all forms of cricket. I hope he's still considered for ODIs. This is the time to blood a youngster like Rayudu, Rahane and Dhawan in the opener's slot. In the same note, I also feel Harbhajan has totally lost it. He's neither taking wickets nor scoring runs. He's become a liability for the team. Many people here are foolishly asking for Ishant Sharma's head when India only has 3 fast bowlers in its ranks. No Umesh Yadav, no Sreesanth, no Varun Aaron, no Praveen Kumar, no Zaheer Khan and the list goes on. So if we drop Ishant, realistically, India only has 2 fast bowlers: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed.

Posted by Nampally on (March 7, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

@Phunny_Game: Yes, some of the guys I have named are young but performing at the Ranji Level.Sandeep Sharma is an excellent swevre bowler with the new ball like B.Kumar. Sandeep got 41 Wkts. this year in Ranji vs. 27 Wkts. by B.Kumar. Rasool got 33 Wkts. & guys like Pandey & Kaul got 44 wkts. When guys who are performing cannot get in & Harbhajan walks into the XI with about 15 Wkts. in Ranji ! I see writers like Ugra emphasizing that the Selectors want Youth. Harbhajan is 32 & washed out. Yet he is preferred to Ojha who is 27 & was amongst the top 10 Test bowlers in the World for 2012. What is the basis of selection, if there is one? Does this not make mockery of Indian selectors & Dhoni? While it is fine to drop Sehwag as non performer but should it not apply to Bhaji too? Why is Jaffer left out when he has sound defence,correct footwork & 735 runs in 7 matches in Ranji? Vijay is v.shaky against new ball - played & missed so many balls. So opener problem still not resolved by a Mile!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Open with Robin Uthappa for heavens sake.

Posted by CricFan78 on (March 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Not sure why you will not keep Sehwag as a middle order option. A test experience of 100+ Tests is no mean feat.

Posted by blink182alex on (March 7, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

Even though he hasn't made any runs in the series or against us in a long time, i am pleased they have dropped him, India have scored 500 ish in both first innings and he hasn't made any, he is too good to miss out in all 4 tests so i am relieved his is gone. Rahane doesn't look like he has a defensive technique against fast bowling from what i saw with him against England and Pakistan, so please select him.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Sehwag should have been dropped 2 years ago....it is 2 years too late in my opinion. He's an absolutely rubbish batsman who only performs well on the odd occasion.

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (March 7, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Selectors: Good job, but don't be shy! Drop Ishant along with Harbhajan also. Why wait ? If our system is designed for us to lose all the games overseas why the hesitation to drop these two ? Also, are you willing to extend a long rope to others as you did to Sehwag and Gambhir ? Also, what if Vijay fails to score 50 in the next 10 games ? Then what ? Our whole system of choosing and dropping openers is flawed.

Posted by Lala_Amarnath on (March 7, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

A decision that came about a year too late. Shewag has been extremely inconsistent and should not have retained a place in the team, based on merit. I find it embarrasing when people ask - who will replace him. With the amount of cricket being played in India, why should there be a dearth of talent. Afterall, we did find Pujara and M Vijay. Watch out Sachin...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Get Gambhir back..you will definitely see a change in the opening stand. Will be a BIG mistake if you drop such a great player. He is still the future of indian cricket.

Posted by Pradip_Somase on (March 7, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Its difficult for him to comeback to team as we have seen in recent history players are lost once they dropped.

Posted by cheeseburgers on (March 7, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Great news!!!first gambhir, now sehwag.....all trash....

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Yes, Sehwag has performed well for India in the past, but he's no longer performing up to that expected standard, so I have no problem with the Selectors decision to leave him out. Being a cricket fan, I do like to see batsmen performing well at least 75 - 80 % of the time. I hope the West Indies selectors would exhibit similar courage and leave Chris Gayle out of the final X1 for the first test against Zimbabwe. At the moment, Gayle is not showing his usual form and should be given some time away from the test arena. Right now, we have four guys who are performing better than Gayle, and I can't see the selectors ignoring them. Powell, Charles would be my choice for the first test, but Devon Smith and Simmons are in much better form than Gayle at this time as well. The selectors must show some intestinal fortitude and do what's right for Windies Cricket. In Gayle's last 14 innings for W.I. he scored 174 runs at 13.33. Powell 414 runs at 37.63, Charles 230 runs at 76.66

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Sehwag has been rightly dropped. He, like his good friend Gautam Gambhir, has been struggling for the last 3 years for any kind of consistency. Besides, his slip catching too has declined. Perhaps he will have the drive to make a comeback, perhaps not. But he has been a fabulous entertainer, someone who could set up test matches all by himself. The team management gave him a lot of time, but now he has to back to the roots, and try and do it all again. Now, who will open, I would like to see Shikhar Dhawan in test action. But I want to see how Ajinkya Rahane would go about even more. Dhawan offers the possibility of a left-right option at the top, but Rahane has the superior first class record, and even a better technique. He has been the T-20 opener as well, and he has opened in the ODI level too.

Posted by couchpundit on (March 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

When will Sachin be dropped? It seems he has no idea to retire for next decade.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (March 7, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

I think this is a good opportunity for Viru to get serious about moving down the order and start playing the local league matches in the middle order and not as an opener. He has been saying that he wants to move to the middle order at some point for a long time (perhaps few years). Now, he needs to take steps and show that he is willing to work hard in the middle order and we will see how that works out a few months from now. I still think he is a viable candidate to replace Tendulkar (other good contenders are Rahane, Rohit, Raina) when he does retire in the middle order.

His reflexes seem to have slowed (also noticeable in his slip fielding) and his impatience is quite visible. I don't think he could have played the first 2 hours out like Vijay/Pujara did in the 2nd test on 2nd day when only 54 runs were added. He needs to show he still has the ability to grind for runs and settle down before playing big/risky shots when he plays Test cricket. He is a very talented player though.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

@cricketsunami: Yes i agree he has an average of over 40... But he is not equipped right now. I like him as a player, and i hope he can serve indian cricket like virat kohli... But such a hype and rise in expectations of people for him will do him more harm than good... Right now he is just living on the u19 final century with nothing else to show. Let him prove himself over a period of time, which he hasn't done at all till now, and i will be the first one to wish him luck on the cricinfo wall... :)

Posted by rsurya on (March 7, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Its better to play with 10 men for playing Ishanth sharma as eleventh man. Its waste to watch the uneven contest. In Away conditions India will again be thrashed, they will come back and win with spinners paradise. This is happening like a cycle and nothing to cheer upon.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

No 4 should call his farewell test in Delhi. The best way he can retire with series victory.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

The selectors really need to wake up and look into these points:

1. Forget Harbhajan, hes lost it. Go with Ojha instead 2. Ishant is not dale steyn and neither is Dinda who sprays the ball all over. Try Shami Ahmad instead. Hes got much better control at around the same speed. 3. Try Sehwag in the middle order & if that does not work let him go. Jaffer, Mukund, Chand are all very capable options. Rahane and Dhawan are club level cricketers and dont have the spark to succeed at the international level.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

"I don't know whether it is a right decision or not? But yeah one thing is sure from past few years I have seen a different Sehwag all together.A man who is too casual in his apptoach with his body language both as a batsman and as a slip feelder.With the spec on his eyes it is certainly very tough for him as he is a player who highly depends on his hands and eye coordination.Though I don't know why he has become the victim inspite of Harbhajan and Ishant who were succeeded in retaining their positions in the team that may be his rift with the skipper . Finally it would be very intresting to see the new opening duo in the upcoming test matches!"

Posted by srisri on (March 7, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

He is the best cricket entertainer I have seen in my life, especially in test cricket. Before him, India used to draw most tests at home and loss most in abroad. Its his aggression that changed the face of Indian test cricket from drawing to winning. It is his aggressive batting that earned us respect in Australia for the first time in test cricket. Remember his swashbuckling double hundred? Needless to mention, he is the only Indian to score triple centuries. Yes, not even Sachin achieved it once, forget about twice. If only Viru had taken his cricket little more serious...! GL viru, see u soon back in form!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

I think it was due for Sehwag, hopefully they can drop Harbhajan as well; time to build new openers..Good wishes India

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

What the selectors want to convey by dropping Sehwag? I am not all his fan, though he did score few times. If someone like Unmukht Chand [he is so fluent & correct in stroke play] had been given a lookin, I would have agreed & welcome Chand. But with overseas tour looming, don't expect Pujara & Kohli to come good so soon. And Sachin will leave for sure some time soon, so Unmukht is the right choice to join the squad. Pl do not depend on Vijay & Shikar Dhawan at all. Both will fail, if not given long ropes. I agree that its time Ishant & Bhajji are shown the door. Ojha, when he doing well, use him. I doubt whether Ashwin will deliver in SA !!!!!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

I do not know why Gavaskar, Dravid Started making comments about Viru and bring him into limelight just before the selection. For argument sake why are they not making same comments about SRT. Starting from Jan-2012 to till date Viru and SRT played 11 test matches and scored 532 runs at 28 avg and SRT scored 458 at 26.94 avg. I don't say Viru is in form but the timing from the selection committee was bit wayward. We need seniors like Viru, SRT in SA series. What we are gonna do if SRT decides to quit cricket after this series. I do not want to experiment with the current winning combination until we play SA series. Best of Luck India for next 2 test matches.

Posted by vigneshvinu on (March 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

No selector have guts to remove Ishant sharma from tests and Rohit sharma from ODIs.These two are just wasting others chances,they will perform once in a year. Dinda,Rassell, manoj,Mandeep you are unlucky guyz..

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Excellent decision by the selectors. Shows that these guys have guts and courage to make such decisions despite public outrage over Sehwag's emission. It seemed as if Sehwag was obliging to play for India - This was quite revealing in the manner he dropped catches against England and they way he batted against them.. Indian cricket will still go on without thy services Mr. Sehwag and I think this axe would instill in you a feeling to come back hard, tough and a better batsman. All the best. Kindly post this..

Posted by Mitch1066 on (March 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Oh well sehwag being brilliant player for India . But maybe it time look to future for your team. Good luck with your remaining career sehwag

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Sehwag and Gambhir are both victim of right intention. I remember, problem for both started couple of year back. On call of duty, both nursing injuries played in England, which aggravated their injuries. Then came the IPL, where they displayed exemplary commitment to their individual teams, bearing injuries in call of duty. Injuries flamed up. They were never the same players.

Such commitment, giving all to call of duty ignoring individual longevity in game is hard to see now a days. I can remember very few such instances - 1. Ashish Nehra speeding at 90 mph in 2003 world cup for India. This almost ended his career. 2. Anil Kumble bowling with broken jaw

These are all great player. Commitment to Indian cricket is huge. I am sure they both will make comeback.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 7, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Agree with @sportsfan - Selectors must answer what Ishant Sharma is doing in a cricket team! Ishant hasn't contributed to the team in any significant way for years and he has played over 50 tests! Unbelievable!! Harbajan should go and Ojha should come in in spite of two consecutive victories. Ishant, Harbajan and Sehwag have been failing for last 2-3 years. 1 down, 2 more to go. Wake up Selectors - do your job as professionals. After all, you are getting paid as professionals!!

Posted by Abhishek272727 on (March 7, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

@Emdad Faisal: I really disliked Sehwag's comment. He (actually no one) had no rights to belittle any one or any team.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (March 7, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Both Gambhir and Sehwag should practice playing now in seaming conditions. Use this time off from the national squad wisely and effectively. Even if they both don't make it back to the national team any more, it should at least set a trend for future players.

Posted by manimaranv on (March 7, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Gambhir should have been included in this squad !!! also replacing harbhajan by ojha will be surely in favour to india team ahead upcoming test matches !!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Why do fan unfavourites, like Ishant and Dinda, keep making the squad? What is the reasoning? Is it simply because India needs to maintain the character than they have horrendous quicks? If so it makes sense and theres no reason to try out new faces *cough* Ahmed...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

This man who says Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Now ordinary shewag out of indian team.

Posted by sportsfan on (March 7, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Before dropping Sehwag or any other player fom the Indian test team, the selectors must answer what Ishant Sharma is doing in a cricket team! Ishant hasn't contributed to the team in any significant way for years and he has played over 50 tests! Unbelievable. and Harbajan should go and Ojah should come in inspite of two cosecutive victories. Ishant, Harbajan and Sehwag are failing and they must go in spite of the team winning if the selectors are proactive.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (March 7, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

This might have been said already, but, it seems like dropping VS now means he will not be going to SA when India tour there. Since he can no longer show improvement against genuine pace bowlers, albeit on Indian tracks, I can't see how he can come back (assuming he does really well on the domestic circuit) to take on the likes of Steyn, Philander and co. I wonder if its curtains on VS? If it is, it's a sad way to go -- for a player his caliber (when he was really good), the best way out is always on his terms.

Posted by praneethtz on (March 7, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

i think its time that the selectors shld take tough decisions..they have taken the rite decision..sehwag needs to change his style of play and show more determination towards the game unlike he has been playing so far.He is the senior member in the team after so many retirements (dravid,vvs) and soon may be sachin..so he cant take the resposibility as senior player then u cant expect him to play in the team bcoz he can a get 100 of 70 or 80 balls every 20 matches..test match is abt consistency more over playing as a opener --technique ,consistency r key factors..there r younger players more determined to prove then there is no point in hanging with sehwag ..

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Since the last few matches, Sehwag is not playing to his standards. As one those milliions of his fans who enjoyed his batting, I sincerely wish that very soon he will be back with a bang. Wish you all the best sir.

Posted by tanxi on (March 7, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Hard luck to Viru, he himself would know he has under performed. However I don't get whats wrong with the Indian population. They are constantly asking for change. Do you think the new guys coming in are gonna take the game by storm? Odds are against a world class bowling unit in unfamiliar conditions the youngsters are gonna struggle, then you will start calling for their heads.

India are and will continue to go through transition. We have no idea who are long term openers are? Who is coming in the middle order for Sachin? Can Jadeja play abroad? If you look at the batsmen, only Kohli, Pujara and Dhoni are definitive choices over next 2 years. The rest of the batting order is undecided.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 7, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 15:28 GMT) @cricketsunami : Chand is U19 captain who hit a century in the U19 finals but did absloutely nothing in any other match... He hit a hundred in vijay hazare trophy finals but the rest of matches, couldn't get past 20's. And has done absolutely nothing in this Ranji trophy, or the seasons before this... U forgot to add all this mate...!!! Here is Unmukt's first class stats: Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s First-class 21 36 3 1296 151 39.27 2340 55.38 2 8 188 Give him a break, he is young. Have you seen him batting in the finals in Australia? He is young and testing the water at senior level. An average of ~40 to start a season is not that bad for me.

Posted by MitenD on (March 7, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Excellent and courageous call by the selectors. Even Sehwag's most ardent supporters would have noticed that he hasn't really contributed to the team in the last year or so. His hand eye coordination is not the same as it was, he doesn't bowl as much (read: hardly at all) and he looks out of shape in the field. It's not fair to the youngsters waiting in line for an opportunity. In this kind of form, Steyn, Morkel and Philander would just embarrass him.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

It is just a temporary omission. Viru will be back with flying colours... It is a bold decision but expected one. Either Shikhar Dhawan or Ajinkya Rahane will get a chance to prove their talent. We are eager to watch either one of them to start the innings successfully.... Best of luck to the new one to start for India...... Still few more players to send back to refresh their form.

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 7, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Dhoni sticking to the winning combination is very dangerous for the team...there are some non performers in the team and their failures are getting unnoticed example Harbhajan..a man with so many experience is now finding it difficult to even take wickets in spin friendly tracks...this guy will not fit the team when it travels outside India the next one is Ishant sharma who is bowling half the pace which he used to bowl 4 yrs ago and dont have a knack to pick wickets when the team needed the most..the next one is M.Vijay...he will be a defenite failure in bouncy track and he is not a gud choice if the selectors are considering the players for long run

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Why is Pragyan Ojha being held back? I fail to see the support for Dinda. He is an ordinary trundler, who sprays the ball around at 140 kph. He has no control over length and movement. Shami Ahmed, who bowls at the same pace, is a better option. Sehwag's departure was on expected lines, but one thought Gambhir might have got a look in, after a hundred in the tour match. Even Jaffer's claims have been over-looked. The selectors seem to have their thinking caps the other way around. I see the Australia bouncing back at Mohali.

Posted by santhoo24 on (March 7, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

People talk about dropping Ishant and Bhajji. Ishant was not given enough chances to bowl in the first test, and few in the second. There is no reason to drop him if spinners were handed the bowl for most of the time, in which case, Bhajji is the one to be axed as we didn't see much of production from Bhajji.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

@cricketsunami : Chand is U19 captain who hit a century in the U19 finals but did absloutely nothing in any other match... He hit a hundred in vijay hazare trophy finals but the rest of matches, couldn't get past 20's. And has done absolutely nothing in this Ranji trophy, or the seasons before this... U forgot to add all this mate...!!!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

sorry to note, recently Sehwag had been playing slowly while batting. His original version of attacking is lacking wihich eases the opposition side's tactics.

Posted by henchart on (March 7, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

If Sehwag cant play as an opener ,he shouldnt be in the squad itself.Selctors would be knavish to ask him to come in the middle order.Dhoni is doing well at No.6 with Jadeja and Ashwin to follow.Sehwag has to be accommodated at No.6 and bouncy pitches in SA and their bowlers wont be less kind to him at No.6.Ideally the test line up for SA tour should be Rahane/Vijay,Mukund,Pujara,SRT,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Umesh Yadav,BKumar,Shami.Gambhir can be the reserve opener.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

it is the right option and ensures that a new batsman is not thrown into the den of steyn, morkel and philander right away.... however india will get walloped in the overseas tests if they don't ask their players to participate in domestic leagues abroad.....it won't happen by slogging in the ipl for 2 months! Absolute crap!

Posted by Temuzin on (March 7, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

I dont think Sehwag will be good even as a middle order bat. His style of play was see the ball hit the ball and now due to failing reflexes and bad vision, he can neither see the ball nor hit the ball. And that has resulted in his poor showing. He can give it a try to play as middle order for his Delhi team and show if he can be successful there. I will be surprised though.

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 7, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

No Rahane please...He and Murali Vijay are walking wickets against even half-decent fast bowlers. These two will be a disaster in SA/Eng/Aus. Dhawan is a solid candidate to replace Sehwag.

Posted by henchart on (March 7, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

In the din following Sehwag's omission and euphoria of wins in Madras and Hyderabad what has taken a backseat is clamour for old man's retirement.He will eke out one more season,at least, and ensure the record of 200 Tests is also achieved.That India would be soundly thrashed in SA is ,of course,another matter.

Posted by Nishant_Barot on (March 7, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Why they Haven't drop Ishant & Harbhajan, only 1 wkt for ishant in the series. Harbhajan much below standards. Both are failure lately. pick new young fast bowler. Selectors are carried away with emotions of people.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Next can expect sachin.......

Posted by Temuzin on (March 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Posted by rashivkd on (March 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT) Who is Unmukt??? everyone want him in the team and i can't see what he was done for claim a national call in test.

Unmukt Chand won the U-19 world cup leading his team. He is an explosive young opening batsman from Delhi. He is a big game player. He hit a century against australia duuring U-19 world cup final. Recently He scored a century for Delhi in Vijay Hazare trophy. He is young and stylish batsman and is a future prospect for Indian team.

Posted by Amar345 on (March 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

It is bold decision by selector.But I think whenever he play for delhi or in IPL or anywhere he should bat in middle order.Because it looks like that he can not play in Indian team as an opener. He need to master himself as a middle order batsman.He can play in the Indian team in middle order.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Why don't call ganguly again to open the innings?I hope he is any time ready to bring up his bat

Posted by DevRimshaK on (March 7, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Selectors have done the right thing by dropping Sehwag. We just cannot persist with his failures - series after series. We need to look at some fresh legs and India doesn't have a dirth of talent waiting in the wings.... Let's try Shikhar or for that matter Ajinkya (if he is willing to open). To be very frank it looks like Sehwag is least bothered with his game & to top it his body language says it all. I would like to wish Shikhar all the best as it seems he will open with Vijay in the next test...

Posted by UnwedUnfed on (March 7, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

For the people clamoring for Jaffer - do you remember at all the last time he was in the team? Here are his scores when facing SA, England and Aus away from home - 4, 6, 13, 23, 1, 53, 0, 5, 9, 4, 26, 28, 116, 2, 58, 8, 62, 22, 35, 0, 4, 15, 3, 0, 16, 11. An average of 20.46. For an opener. Basically he was a walking wicket against any faster bowler of some quality. Scoring a gazillion runs against the "pace" bowlers of Railway, Saurashtra, et al do not prepare you to face Steyn, Philander and Morkel in Cape Town.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

@nampally: most of the names that u suggested are in the first or second season of domestic cricket and need to prove themselves over a period of time just like Pujara, Dhawan, BK, Ojha, and most others did... same applies to sreesanth who hasn't done anything spectacular since returning to competitive cricket. And Tiwary is unfit and out of action for sometime anyway...

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Its amazing how the Indian team's run to the top of rankings, and at it, coincided with Viru and Gauti's brilliant batting... And so did the descent, and their record is a proof of that... Shows how invaluable those two were to Indian Cricket... They just couldn't find that innings which could do wonders to their confidence again...Dhoni did, just in time... So did Vijay... We cannot hope that the new openers can make the same impact( at a point of time, they were even better than Hayden-Langer, remember) but tey can provide solid starts for the team... But seriously, nothing better than those whirlwind opening stands and the breezy 100's by both of them...

Posted by ravikini on (March 7, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Its a BOLD decision by the selectors indeed!!. Sorry to see the Nawab Of Najafgarh go. Thank you Viru for the great treat you have given us in the past. Altough PERFORm or PERISH is the way to go for the selectors, I am sad that I may never see the butchering of the bowlers and the adrenaline rush I used to get seeing Viru bat. Best of luck Viru and hope you will be back with a bang soon.

Posted by msdprabhakar on (March 7, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

now thats good to see some like sehwag dropped...expecting it lot earlier...this makes everyone think that performance only can save them not star status...good to c mr. jadeja performing.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

we desperately want gambhir as opener as he came into form i feel sad about not considering him to the remaining tests .good decision off taking sehwag out and i feel gambhir to be considered for remaining tests:)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Congrats to selectors for taking this bold decision..

Posted by rosh280 on (March 7, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

I dont feel it is a bold decision. we dont have great opening batsman for the time being in the squad. murali vijay need to have a one supporting opening batsman. one option is sachin tendulkar should open with murali vijay. that would be great. we need to have two solid middle order batsman. one good opener to support murali vijay. jiwanjoth singh, ravi inder singh,harshad khadiwale, kaustub pawar, ian dev singh, rahul dewan who has average of 70 and he is a great player of fast bowling and spinner even ian dev singh is a great option for sehwag. abhinav mukund is the other option. rahane and shikhar dawan look pretty ordinary very skeptical players. middle order should be fortified with players like sp jackson, ambati rayudu, gowtham, ganesh satish,sachin rana,ishank jaggi,manprit juneja, v a jagadeesh. sachin rana and anustup majumdar are the great alrounders with parveen rasool and jalaj saxena. jalaj saxena has proved well in foreign soil with his batting and bowling.

Posted by cloudmess on (March 7, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

This is big news. The year or so has seen the almost complete dismantling of India's celebrated top 6 - and whither Tendulkar at the end of the current series? I wish that Sehwag could have worked at his game a little more, and tightened up his technique on quicker, juicier pitches. He used to be able to score 100s on any wicket. He seems too young to retire. He came back stronger after he was dropped last time, perhaps the same thing will happen again. When on song, he is exactly the kind of batsmen you want to have opening, wreaking destruction and making a mess of the opposition's bowling figures before they've had time to settle. I understand the decision to drop him, but it will be sad if we've seen the last of him.

Posted by Nampally on (March 7, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

While dropping of Sehwag may be justified, the Selectors did not pick alternates. Vijay is just as good/bad as Sehwag against pace.Jaffer is most experienced & ideal for SA tour. J.Singh of punjab was the highest Ranji scorer as opener. Besides Mukund has been knocking at the door door ages whilst U.Chand is a promising youngster who did well on bouncy pitches as U-19 captain.If Sehwag is not good enough to be in the squad how does Harbhajan qualify to be in it with no record to show/ Surely Rasool & Saxena at 23 are better bowlers than Bhaji, right now. Why is Tiwary with his sound batting technique not in the squad? He is the ideal missle order bat for SA bouncy pitches. Pace bowlers vital to SA tour are not even tried with same 3 bowlers.Why not try Sreesanth while he is fit, experienced & better than Dinda, who is nearly 30.Shami, Praveen, Sandeep Sharma are other guys who should be tried.It is a lack lustre & visionless Selection committee & Captain. Another Whitewash by SAawaits!

Posted by Er-.S.R.shankar on (March 7, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

It is hurting to see such a legend dropped from team. One bold decision could have been to replace Harbhjan by Sewag as a bowler and accommodate a new opener & Sewag in middle order with Dhoni. What Harbhajan has done Sewag could do better as an off spinner. Moreover Dhoni Sewag in middle order would be nightmare for the Aussie bowlers--Such out of box thinking is required to give new complexion to team Cricino pl. publish

Posted by ShivaCT on (March 7, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Good call by the selectors on Sehwag - deep inside, I hope he saw it coming too. The worrying thing is the fact that after these 2 Tests, we don't play any Tests till the tour to SA towards the end of the year. Who are we grooming to be the replacement and how are we going to judge whether he is the chosen one? 2 Tests in India are NOT a yardstick by any means to judge the quality of a player to perform in all parts of the world, let alone expose him to the pace battery in SA. On a related note, I wish the selectors drop both Ishant and Harbhajan as well - past performances should not guarantee an automatic selection and these guys have not done anything of note, in a long while.

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (March 7, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Thank God!! Finally a bold decision by selectors. I hope they have same courage to remove Tendulkar, Bhajji, Ashwin(specially after tour to SA) in coming days. I also hope Sehwag, Gambhir dont make their way to the team for SA tour under banner of "experience" players. To thoes who suggest Sehwag should bat in the middle order is like asking Styen to bown off spin bowling when he is near to retirement. If Sehwag can not play as opener the next place for him to be near the team is to be as a commentator in commentry box. Its the same debate or argument that used to happen when Sunil Gavaskar was nearing retirement. How long we are going to support players strictly on their worth/merit but not on their past. I would be really suprised if Ashwin can get 5 wickets in a tour to SA forget about the bagful wickets he has been getting on tailor made pitches by his friend (MSD). If selectors would have started grooming players from England tour we would not have been in this situation now.

Posted by pankh on (March 7, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Agree that Sehwag is out of the team after underperforming from long time,but what Sachin is doing in the team, no one dares to drop him from the team

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (March 7, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Kudos to selectors for taking a bold (long over due) desicion.

To those ppl who are now trashing the move to drop Sehwag from squad now, am pretyy sure you lot are the same who were earlier gunning for him.

Yes, Viru has some amazing stats, some achieved on flat picthes, some on different pichtes. But look what has he done past couple of years, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

No point carrying him on hoping he will deliver at some point. I would rather see a new comer fail in a series than watch Viru fail entire year.

Posted by kranthi.gangisetty on (March 7, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

I support Dravid comment about Viru. Better to give chance in middle order in place of Jadeja. Beacuse outside india i don't think so Jadeja bowling will help.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

I think Indians are got boost from adding Dhavan & Rahane.................but don't forget the yeoman service were given to India by Gautam & Sehwag..........they will bounce back soon....Watch out?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

At the same time last year, both Sehwag & gambhir were screaming for India's captaincy & now they are out of the team. Cricket is really a funny game.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Bold decision. Why don't they bring in Wasim Jaffer?

Posted by rajprakashsiva on (March 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

I think A.Rahane is the best opening parter for INDIA in future..........

Posted by mensan on (March 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Sehwag problem is age. His technique required hand-eye coordination which is now deserting him at this age. I don't think he can regain his old form on consistant basis. There may be a spark here and there.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

FINALLY, India has taken out its weakest link, Sehwag. I do not think he has a future unless he drastically curves his batting style. Being aggressive is taking bad balls and ok balls and smashing them around, but being stupid is trying to hit every ball out of the park.

Posted by Mill1 on (March 7, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

Side of South Africa: Mukund, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Tiwary, Dhoni, Praveen Kumar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

Ashwin could come in on slightly drier pitches.

But for this to happen, the new openers (Mukund, Rahane + Tiwary in middle order) need to be groomed....grooming short term domestic flat track guys such as Vijay and Dhawan won't help the long term. There is no point getting caught up in hype about Ravindra Jadeja, he can't even bat in subcontinental conditions, let alone South Africa!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 7, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Both Sehwag/Gambhir were given more than enough chances, they should have been dropped earlier. Let's hope they don't take to twitter and make fools of themselves. Just put your head down and score runs if you want to return to the side. And if you don't make it back, we'll always appreciate what you've done for the team in the past. There's no shame in getting dropped, if it's for the right reasons.

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 7, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

The selectors have shown a refreshing change in attitude, it's time for Indian FANS to mature. Idolising players to the point where you're blind to the facts will only lead to disappointment.

Sehwag's past performances can never be taken away, he'll always be a great but to harp on about how many triples he made etc etc is to ignore the fact that he deserves to be dropped. Not only is his batting shot but he's UNFIT and needs to be hidden in the slips. And openly agitating against Dhoni was not his smartest move.

Posted by Mill1 on (March 7, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

It's finally a good decision by the selectors to drop Sehwag. He's been given far to many chance (can't believe someone would actually say that he should be given another chance)...hasn't scored a century outside Asia for years. He basically can't handly seaming or bouncing tracks anymore. However, with one good decision, the selectors keep making bad ones. Dhawan nor Vijay have the technique to succeed outside the subcontinent. I would have liked to see them look forward to the future...they should give A.Mukund a proper chance...he got a 100 in a tour game in England last year too. Of course, the best spinner in India Pragyan Ojha should also be back in the team and lead spinner for the overseas tours.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 7, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

good to see indian side giving chance to youngsters.

Posted by JayanDamodaran on (March 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Though fans like me were expecting a Sehwag blitzkrieg in the second test it din't happen. Time for a break Viru! Just go back to domestic cricket or an academy to brush up your skills and come back royally. We need you for the south African tour preferably as a middle order batsman who can murder the bowlers when they are tired (provided the top order gives you that freedom!). Shikhar Dhavan would be an ideal choice for opening along with Vijay. Then Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Sehwag,Dhoni for the first 7 batting slots. Followed by Aswhin, Ojha, Bhuvnesh and Sreesanth in place for Ishanth. It's the best possible eleven for me. But it's easier said than done in SA. No team has recently succeeded there. But we can make an earnest try!

For now, All the best to Sehwag for an emphatic comeback!!

Posted by Sano27 on (March 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Bold decision by the selectors.....with Dhawan as the next opener & Rahane as back up, its a good decision.....I think in indian pitches Dhoni batting at no.6 is better for team India which provides a greater option in spin department with the inclusion of Jadeja.....

Posted by kir.vas on (March 7, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

It was a hard and right decision to left out viru from the squad. But for a last chance before preparing south africa tour rest sachin or replace Ishanth and give him a chance in the middle order. People are talking about rahane? He is capable for scoring 30s and 40s not capable for converting these scores. And one more guy Rohit sharma give him a chance in the middle order for next two tests if he fails close the chapter. He is rich in talent but he doesnt know how to score the runs. Manoj tiwary did anybody watch him performing against australia in australi. The way he batted against australia give a clear picture how he plays in South Africa.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Its an Expected Result of Dropping Sehwag From the List as his form in the recent period is not such Good, at the same time The team is doing well , so, dropping sehwag and having a chance to the players waiting to get a chance in Final IX. If they fail here The selectors will get a chance of choosing other Players who are performing well in Ranji's and other Leagues..... Sehwag can Be able to back strongly Where he has to play his natural game.

Posted by Umakanth.P on (March 7, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

It is good for Sehwag, I felt he needs to spend time in playing Ranji matches with the spectacles to adopt the situations in international era. Then he can bounce back. Selectors should have given Wasim Jaffer another chance also as his expereince will certainly boost team India a lot.

Posted by typical_late_cut on (March 7, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

I think Rahane is a good option for Sehwag. Dhawan is too much flourish in some times so he could loose his wicket quite easily.

Posted by Gozunder on (March 7, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Finally, India move on with Viru. I won't be surprised if a young Indian team surprises the Saffers in their own backyard by winning at least a test match. Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Abbott will provide a challenge, but this team has some young players who can do well. Vijay may lose his place to Gambhir due to his footwork issues, but Dhawan should make his debut now, he's a seriously good prospect. Indian cricket moving on, Duncan Fletcher seems to have done his job, I hope Langer or Boof gets the coveted Indian job next...cheers!

Posted by Temuzin on (March 7, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Good decision. He should have been dropped much earlier. But captain and selectors gave him undue run. Groom Unmukt Chand.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Terrible, terrible decision. Without Sehwag India is nothing and I will always say so. Their main strength has always been demoralizing the bowlers totally and Sehwag is the way to do that. They will probably win this series or at least draw it, but if they want to drop Sehwag outside India I hope they are scheduled for brain surgery. No way can India win outside without the only guy who can face up to any type of bowling.

If they do drop Sehwag, they better hope Kohli's in form.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (March 7, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

This is long overdue! Likewise drop other seniors(non-performers) and bring new blood. Let dhoni build his own team and lets see how it goes! My future team would be: dhawan, vijay, pujara, sachin/rahane/rohit, kohli, dhoni, jaddu, ashwin, bhuvi, ohja for subcontinent and pathan for overseas, sreesanth/yadav,aoran

Posted by jagansanthanam on (March 7, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

What to keep in mind now is the upcoming South Africa series. The team needs experience at the top. If Gambhir is anyway close to his best, he should walk right back in to the tam as a opener. With Dravaid & Laxman gone and also with an aging Tendulkar, our middle order on fast and pacy wickets will be found very slim and wanting. Vijay just has a century under his belt. He is far from proving consistency against quality new ball bowlers. He has been found wanting during his earlier outings in SA & WI. It is okay to groom him but not 2 openers at the same time.

Posted by Ashok99 on (March 7, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Its a very bad decision. Sehwag is the only Indian Batsman scored Triple hundred in tests as well as he is the only batsman scored more than 200 in ODI. With his highest strike rate India came to the No.1 positon. The selectors should give another chance to him. I believe him he will come back and prove his abilitity

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

very good decission but what about harbajan and ishanth sharma who are not performing well and not selecting wasim jaffer is a big mistake, we should also look after ambati rajudu who also performing well in domestics.jaffer experience might help in upcoming series against SA they should get a chance before going there,selectors are not working well.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Having won two matches, good opportunity to give chance to youngsters and build for future.

For the next 2 matches, get shikhar dhavan to open, rest sachin and get rahane at no 4, replace bhajji and ishant with ojha and dinda. Otherwise they will just become expert in warming the benches.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 7, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Good. Per4mence should b d way 2 get chance, Should not having a Per4mncLESS "BIG NAME"............ recent tym finally india start making changes, bringing KUMAR, PUJARA, VIJAY, SHAMI... nd drop gambhir, sehwag, dinda..... nd u see d RESULT....

Posted by Vinodsrva on (March 7, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

It is good to see that Shewag has been dropped from the indian side ..... But i belive that he will come back strongly........... But i don't know why still Bhaji is there in the team whithout anything

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

About time he was dropped. Not only did the runs dry up, he also dropped catches. Better that some young guy be given a chance - even if that young guy fails.

Posted by Archit_Shridhar on (March 7, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Could have given him 1 more chance in the 3rd test, any ways , as far as the replacement is concerned, Why not Wasim Jaffer... I mean how many runs do we need to score for a comeback?

And for GOD sake, Ravindra Jadeja...so sure that Sehwag/Yuvraj can bowl better than him given a chance to bowl... and lets forget his batting...

And Where is Pragyan Ojha...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

The worst decision taking Selectors.....Sehwag is boot of Indian team.

Posted by arun_gga on (March 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

It has been brave decision. Sehwag's nonchalant attitude is no motivation to the younger members. By dropping him and naming no replacement, it does shows some arrogance, as it gives out a mesaage that even if we do not have a replacement for you, we dont want 'you'. It really had become customary for Sehwag getting out to no matter what is the merit of the delivery, to just play a stroke and if it does not work, he is out! That is easy excuse for not showing application and dedication to your job. The selectors have taken an appraisal and sacked him because they found that he was not doing his 'best'. Anyway, I have a suggestion - is it possible to think if Sachin can open the innings? He is such an experienced player and with the Australian opening attack not a great one now (although I cannot figure out why they are not playing Johnson), Sachin shoiuld be able to manage. However, if the plan is to groom young opener, then it is OK with Murli/Dhawan/Rahane. All the best Dhoni & Co.

Posted by BetterReading on (March 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

I was expecting Gambhir to be recalled. Gambhir and Raina are waiting. Hope they come back in the XV for the South Africa series. Experience is needed top the order in SAf. They should play Ojha instead of Bhajji in the remaining tests if they are going in with 3 spinners.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

viru, the bowling attack destroyer ,was shown the door by selectors! good planning for future but why retain sharma? should include sandeep sharma or s.kaul. both good prospects.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

This is a good decision and i woul think that the selectors have an eye on the future. Before the South Africa series India needs to give international exposure to youunger players and with a weak opposition in the present Australian team its the best chance for experiment. Sehwag being dropped for these two tests does not mean that he has been shunned. Even if Dhawan or Rahane along with Vijay are to establish themselves in the team in the forthcoming Test, it will only create more quality options for the team management to select from in SA if Sehwag is included for that tour. This team however lacks a genuine pace bowler who will be required in SA conditions and someone like Sreesanth or Varun Aaron sould have been picked in place of Ishant Sharma.

Posted by Prakmca on (March 7, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Sehwag is Ok. WHY Harbhjan is still in the team. Man with 100+ tests, on highly useful conditions took only 5 wickets in 4 innings... Is that the match winning performance????

Becoz, Dhoni backs Harbajan now??????Ridiculouos. In one way Dhoni is spoiling is reputation by doing this.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

A very good decision, a decision that should have been made few months ago. He had his time and needed to go. Thanks for the entertainment that you provided to the cricket lovers n thanks for the contribution that you made in winning matches for India.

Posted by Indefatigible on (March 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Good decision. Non-performers need to be shown the door. Next they should drop Harbhajan from the playing eleven and play Pragyan Ojha.

Posted by shwet14 on (March 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

This was coming after twin failures for Sehwag. Wonder what Ishant Sharma is doing in this team? Admittedly he has had less opportunities what with the spinners ruling the roost, but whatever little he has bowled, he has been totally ineffective. There are bowlers who look like taking wicket anytime, there are bowlers who don't look like taking wickets, but still somehow manage to take one or two.. Ishant is in neither category. The guy has played around 50 games and averages almost 40 per wicket. ... time for other pacers must come now. How many more times will this guy get an opportunity based on "that" Ponting dismissal 5 years back?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

it is a good move by BCCI to drop sehwag...it is now time india should move on with non performing aged players like sehwag,harbhajan,zaheer etc and look for future .

Posted by Sunjay007 on (March 7, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Slelectors are living in fool's paradise. Sehwag is easily the best opener India has today. I doubt anyone else will even be able to stand up to real pace on bouncy tracks. Sachin and Sehwag are needed overseas where even captain cool is blank(ed)! The new crop is not quite in the same league as the fab five and FORCING the new comers to step into the shoes of their predecessors, is a disaster waiting to happen. SAF 4 - 0 India. If the Mohali wicket plays true, plenty of Swing and bounce, then India may yet see a repeat of England (in India) series. Perhaps then Sehwag may return based on domestic performance, which would be a sad thing.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Very late decision but atlast love to welcome it :)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

I think the selectors are doing the right thing. I have been a great Sehwag fan, ever since he started and bee a fan through-out. I believe that he should go back to First class cricket and get his confidence back. Maybe a stint in England will starighten out his game, since the Indian First Class season is all but over. Think Sachin has got a bit of his groove back. I am sure that his stint in first class cricket this season has got his feet moving again. My Msg to him, would be: " Get back in form and force your way back into the team. I don't think you are done with, but you need to get your Groove Viru.!" I hope Rahane get a look in ahead of Shikar. I think Rahane is also going to be a part of the next fab four!

Posted by vish57 on (March 7, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Change is constant and players should be selected on performance , not on reputation. Selectors are fair to them. Shekar Dhavan or Rahane or Mukund along with Vijay can be groomed for opener's slots. Harbhajan is lucky, yet I don't find reasons why Amit Mishra was dumped despite decent performance when he played for India. Selectors should look at grooming 2 batsmen pace bowlers so that they can be of use as change bowler abroad and as a second seamer in Indian condition, sa y like manoj Prabhakar. Except Laxmi Rathan Shukla or Abhsekh Nayar, we dont have any in this category now. what is use of taking a Ishant Sharma for bowling 20 overs in 2 matches.

Posted by Jacobchikku on (March 7, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Surprised to see Dinda and harbhajan still in the side!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Very Good Decision I believe Shikah Dhawan deserve a chance i hope this will be a great opportunity to for him Selectors are done a right thing let sehwag earn his place by good domestic performance then we will thing about sehwag inclusion

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Regardless of what happens - just happy that Sandeep Patil could bite the bullet while Srikkanth, Vengsarkar and all were happy to dodge it and when fire em when they were done with their term. Anyone who takes the blue cap for granted, or fails continuously should get the rap (and that includes Tendulkar). Only then the young players who are in their 20s would know that their chance is dependent on their form and skill, not on reputation and security of seniors.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 7, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Shewags problem seems to be bad eye sight. This happens with age. I have always been a fan of this batsman, but reality sets in.The decision to retire should be left to Shewag. Sachin fits in the same category. Although Sachin is batting well he is not scoring as heavily as he used to. Team changes will occur and already some signs are emerging of better days for the test team.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@ Appu Dasa - What was this Lucky Mascot doing when England won 2-1 ? I guess the Mascot had ran out of luck right from that series.

It takes courage to touch a winning combo and it's easy to overlook shortcomings while you are winning. So great decision by selectors.

Posted by MayankAgarwal on (March 7, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Sacking Sehwag is ok...but can't understand the point of retaining Bhajji...Undoubtedly he played coz of his 100th test on an emotional note rather than his performance...but now keeping Ojha out of playing XI is stupidity..Moreover Jaffer should have been included considering 4 back to back overseas tour..

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (March 7, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Well I'm surprised - without doubt the right decision and long overdue. The writing has been on the wall for quite a while and now Sehwag's replacement will only have 2 tests in home conditions when they could have 8 going back to the England series. The key now is for the selectors to select the best player on merit and give them a good run to establish themselves. Why have the selectors stopped there - what about Tendulkar and Harbarjan? 1 down 2 to go and then India can truly begin the rebuilding process.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Sehwag had to be dropped sooner or later. He actually should have been dropped even for the first two tests but i believe he was selected only to lend some experience to the team seeing the lack of experience the other openers have had. And now since he has failed yet again as expected by many, finally BCCI has made a manly decision to drop him. First they did it by dropping Gambhir and now Sehwag. So no bowing down in front of seniors anymore something what BCCI had been doing for years. Good to see people like Dhawan, Vijay and Rahane in the front line as openers and hopefully two of them will feature in the XI of the opening test against the Proteas later this year. Enough of Gambhir and Sehwag hoopla. I don't know what the fuss was all about for years that these two can do this or that. Since 2008 Sehwag hasn't scored a century outside the subcontinent and Mr. Gambhir hasn't scored a century for i guess 3 years now. So better move on.

Posted by tally1983 on (March 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

good decision, but why are ppl talking abt dhawan as opener, they should play rahane first, as he has more international experience than dhawan, and been part of the squad longer than him. atleast th eopeners would have some hunger now to score runs as this was missing since the world cup win. the fielding should also improve of the team as either dhawan or rahane are better fielders.

Posted by vikas.n96 on (March 7, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

why WASIM JAFFER is not picked ????? scoring runs so brillently in domestic cricket , i think WASIM JAFFER should be given chance FOR PLAYING TEST MATCHES...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Experts are congratulating selectors for taking a bold decision in dropping Sehwag but was he only the real non-performer, the anwser is no. What about Ishand Sharma what is he doing in this team bowling rubbish balls at the speed of Venktesh Prasad but he used to swing the ball and Ishant cannot do that. You can only keep winning when you keep dropping dead woods even from winning team which the selectors are not doing. I hope better sense would have prevailed and Ishant too would have been dropped and Shami Ahmed would have been picked but this is India what all can see the Indian selectors cannot see.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Good decision. whoever does not perform for team India must be mercilessly dropped since many youngsters are knocking the door of test cricket.allow all the deserving candidates a chance but never allow anybody to take advantage of their past laurels.Viru has been given a number of chances but he failed to utilise them.Enough is enough.

Posted by vrc2003 on (March 7, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

No doubt. it's a good decission. But what about Harbhajan? selecting bajji ahead of pragnan oja is shocking. Luckly Aswin with his surprising performance saved Dhoni and the selectors. And not picking Wasim jaffer as a opener is a big mistake keeping in mind the coming big test , SA tour. Jaffer's experiance is very much required at top in SA tour.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

bad decision for sehwag can give him a little more chance. but replace jaffer palace of sehwag hi is good batmans bcci and slector are not intressted why i dont know what s the reasion but selector are not working well

Posted by phaktaa_tikit on (March 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Even if Shikhar or Vijay fail as openers, we should not fall back to these failed old horses. There are plenty of players performing at domestic level & only way they can prove at international level by getting chances.. Sure there can be some failures in the process, but then they can adapt over a period of chances. Temperament is the key quality to look for in a player than momentary flamboyace

Posted by phaktaa_tikit on (March 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

One of the biggest hypes of the game has been shown the door. A classical example of how statistics can be used to hype batsmen & showcase greatness.. All Sehwag has done is score some mamooth scores in subcontinent's clay courts to strengthen his statistics that completely hide his failures on oveseas' grass courts, where it really matters. whats even more shocking is readers selected him as opener for all time great test XI, no prizes for guessing where majority of those readers are from. Hope we dont see him again in Tests & deserving batsment like Badarinath get some chance. A good decision comes finally though long long overdue.

Posted by bipulkumar on (March 7, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

People needs to come out of their hangover. Sehwag has been pathetic for a while, he is history and he should have dropped earlier. If Laxman hadn't gone, we wouldn't have seen Pujara. Our younger players have great talent and they must get a chance.

Posted by abser on (March 7, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Not classical but one of best bat man India ever produce. Hopes we will see his tornado bating again in near future

Posted by infinity88 on (March 7, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

The right decision has been made by the Indian selectors. They have sent the proper message to both Gambhir and Sehwag that some old records don't save you from being axed. Hope both of them get back to their drawing rooms and work on getting back to their best. We have waited too long for Sehwag's "day" to come where he would blast the bowlers everywhere in the stadium. I hope Rahane is given a run in the next 2 matches as opener. I wish Indian selectors continue this aggressive mindset of theirs for the benefit of the team.

Posted by sachingokulam1 on (March 7, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Harbhajan should also be dropped.The selectors are now giving opportunities to out of form players to get back to form instead of selecting players in good form.Dhoni should give opportunity to pragyan ohja ahead of harbhajan singh in Mohali.Shami ahmed or parvinder awana should be there for ishanth since he is doing nothing good for the team.

Posted by viral.jain on (March 7, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

sehwag getting droped is ok as he was not in form but india needs to find 3 openers not just for the XV but for the XI. i seriously think an opener should be groomed to either go in 1 down if an early wicket falls or if the openers do fairly well, play out the second new ball as these have been the recurring problem whenever india travels outside the subcontinent. even the dominant australian side used to have a adam gilchrist at no 7 who used to open in one dayers. that made a huge difference whenever they travelled.

Posted by rezmata on (March 7, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Good bye Viru. It was nice while it lasted specially on flat tracks and weak oppositions. All the very best.

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (March 7, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

to Ganesh Basker, Yes the will pay a price, they will win more matches!

Posted by opto_pus on (March 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

cant believe Tendulkar is still playing when form has been no better and all the younger players are outperforming him in the team.

Posted by Cricinfomaniac on (March 7, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Sehwag had to be dropped otherwise as long as he is in the squad, he will be in the playing eleven and our reserve openers like dhawan and also Rahane will be warming the benches. Still will wish that Viru will make a comeback.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

This is a good decision but exactly surprising n bad decision is to retain iShant ...he is a non performing asset ....Pankaj Singh should have come in......He is better and a complete bowler than Ishant....Bad luck for double time Ranji Champ Pankaj singh....

Posted by A.Ak on (March 7, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Its is good for him and the team. He need some break, when he comes back to the team, he will at his best. Viru can change the game in a single day, but it never happened in the last 2 or 3 years. Its a good time to try other options.

Posted by devprasad2011 on (March 7, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

all those supporting sehwag, it s time to move on.He was a top player , a top notch match winner, there is no doubt about it,. But his game is finished, he himself to blame for all the careless batting he does. And some say he can change the game on his day, oh ya so u want india to loose 100 match so that he can win one for them. Be realistic, let him prove his worth again by playing in domestic league or even in counties .

I am always a fan of sehwag , but i want my team india to win that loosing with my fav players.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

I wonder why Wasim Jaffer wasn't noticed!

Posted by crayzee02 on (March 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Can't say I'm surprised to hear this, but would have certainly given serious consideration to giving him a spot in the middle order. Granted there's not much space at the moment, what with the balance Jadeja lends to the side. But it's on the overseas tours, where Jadeja will likely be less effective, that having Sehwag in the middle order to bludgeon the old ball around the park would be a strong asset.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

A great decision. Not only because he looks finished mainly because the Hawk Eye that has been the catalyst for his remarkable career has been dimmed by Father Time. As well as this series has been characterised by Dhoni trying to up the appalling attitude in the field that stood out in the England series. And to a large extent has been successful. Only to have Sehwag at slip be a sighter to the attitude he is trying to get rid of with his lapse and nonchalant manner

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

it was bound to happen .... well done

Posted by FAT_MAN on (March 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Flat track bully, your days r over

Posted by shashanksriv on (March 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Sehwag was always a hand-eye coordination player and never relied on technique. Now that his eyesight has weakened evident by his spectacles, he is a shadow of the player he used to be. Besides, he is very low on confidence right now. Doesn't seems to enjoy his game which was quite evident from his body language in last two matches (dropped catches, not knowing where the ball is). Maybe a good domestic season will help him regain his form and confidence. Otherwise, he has got enough chances and should make way for Shikhar Dhawan who is a specialist opener. Making Rahane a make shift opener would be a mistake. He should be tried once Sachin retires and that is going to happen pretty soon.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Not a good decision totally we should give chance to him because he can change the match at any time in any pitch. so dhoni's pressure will increase in batting congrats to Dhawan or Rahane

Posted by WinNZ on (March 7, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

It is weird to hear suggestions of a comeback for Sehwag. It is the bane of Indian cricket that senior players do not leave on their own accord. Why not leave when the going is good. These players are well past their Prime and will probably never be the players they used to be. It is possible that they could produce a flash in the pan every once in a while. The priority now is to replace these players with young talent who should be coached to succeed so that we have a world beating team. Hope these senior players will retire and mentor the next generation to be world beaters.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

could have used Viru in the middle order and experimented with the operners slot for a new comer.....Viru is too good to be left out of any side.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (March 7, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Well it looked tentative, may be the selectors saw some missed timings, or slightly slower hand eye, or something, yes i agree some apparent signs are there but still dropping Sehwag is a blunder, you have not groomed anyone. If South Africans bowl, anywhere close to how they bowled in recent history, they will rip apart the Indian Top order , and especially, the opening pair without Gauti or Viru, they will struggle, and you saw like this cliche "Domino effect of opening fail" over the past year.I do not think it will make a difference for SA, all will have bad time, rather than destroying another pshyce, give Gauti and Viru a last chance to prove like they did with Dada,if they win (extremely impossible :)) well and good otherwise they can start building from after SA onwards. In my opinion whatever little chance we have it is with the older players, bowling also agreed, they should get Zak back,to be fair a good ENG series is a couple of drop catches of Cook,he might negate Smith:)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Think it will only help him..His body language screams of arrogance at this time and this should be a wake up call for him epecially at this stage of this carreer.. India needs him..but not fir this series..go back to domestic..come back..if he doesnt play those too..that means..he himself is done with it too..

Posted by Rags57 on (March 7, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Selectors need to be complimented for a bold decision. First Gambhir and now Sehwag. Won't be surprised if they considered dropping Sachin and talked to him if he goes through a lean patch again. This is the way to look forward and groom a new team. Not naming a replacement sends the right positive message to Shikhar Dhawan who should open at Mohali with Vijay. Dhoni would be a great leader for a young team under him. Even if they don't do well in South Africa there is no need to panic because the focus should be on building a team that would once again become number 1 test team in the next 2 to 3 years. Way to go Sandeep Patil and Co!!!

Posted by gagan_deep on (March 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

I feel Sehwag should be retained atleast for this Test Series.We are on comfortibly winning note so far in the series.We all know what Sehwag can do on his day.In last 10 oddd yearsmost of the time when India wins a Test Match,because of Viru's score.He is the most distructive batsman in our squad and can change the game in no time.Opposition always scared from him.Now Sehwag's absence will be boost up Australians for sure.

Posted by dork29 on (March 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

The moment I heard sandeep Patil was going to head the Selection committee I remember telling my friends that things will change soon. They have...and how!! True we lost to England, but then that was the first series without Dravid and Laxman. Come Australia and we are back to our winning ways. sandeep patil is one of the finest and most fearless individuals in Indian cricket. Unbiased and upright, he has coached several teams with distinction. Dropping Gambhir first and then Sehwag is something only he could have done. if Sachin does not perform Sandeep can axe him as well. In fact, if the former had not scored that 81 in the first test, he would have been dropped too. India willl do very well with Sandeep at the helm of affairs. This is indeed a sad day for Indian cricket, because Sehwag has been one of the crowning jewels in the Indian batting diadem. To see him kicked out - without naming a replacement - is really shocking.Au revoir Veeru..I do not see him coming back.

Posted by cricket_frenzy on (March 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Good news.i see people telling on his(sehwag) day, he can be devastating...Don't understand the meaning of this. On Pujara's day he too is a solid and match-winning player, so is kohli, and so is dhoni. But the real question to be asked is how frequent is "his day" coming. For sehwag it has been quite a long time since he played a big knock. You cant wait for that day and just to win that match, we cant afford to lose many others. He can be taken for the ODI squad but for the test matches, it's time he get a harsh wake up call.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Why so much sentiment? No doubt Viru is a dashing and game changer on his day. Seems his days are getting slimmer and slimmer. Rahane or Dhawan can be tried. Peopel are mentioning a slot for in Middle order (after Sachin retirement ) but Indian line can be.... Gambhir / Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Virat, Rahane,Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Ishant, Ohja .. No need to worry.. But tough luck for Viru..

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Stop talking about 'his' day, that arrives once a millenium!

Posted by palla.avinash on (March 7, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Very good decison to drop sehwag,all those who want sehwag now seeing his form are just his fans for the good future of india sehwag was needed to be dropped.I didn't like Harbhajan Singh to be retained,he isn't bowling even half good than ojha who was very unluckyto miss 2 tests time to drop Harbhajan Singh and bring parvez rasool he is bowling very good right arm spin and selectors should also have warned dhoni for dropping 5 catches and 1 stumping and catching of Indian fielders are vulnerable they need to improve otherwise India might loose the rest of series.shikar dhawan should make most of his rare chances as rahane is taken into test team as middle order player and jedeja needs to improve his batting for being in south Africa as an all rounder in final 11.Good to see no replacement for sehwag as the replacement will just be sitting in the back yard.Ojha should play instead of Harbhajan Singh with no clue how he bowls we can upset Aussie again and no bhajji because of poor form

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Why no Badrinath? His FC average is 60+! Absolute joke. And what about Mukund?

Posted by ssenthil on (March 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

So now Z Khan dropped, Gambhir dropped and Sehwag also dropped but H Singh despite taking ONLY 5 Wickets from 2 tests at an Average of 40.80 managed to remain in the team when the other 2 spinners had taken (Ashwin) 18 wickets at 16.77 and R Jadeja 11 wickets at 19.00. H Singh is not even half worth of Jadeja the bowler shows he is good for nothing and none of his wickets were the top 5, Wade never a top 6 though he bats there for now. Even G Maxwell have 31 Average while H Singh SR of 100 balls is worst of all spinners including X Man and Lyon. Selectors must have shown same head to drop H Singh if they are dropping Sehwag. This is clearly a double standard and knowing we are going to tour SA, where he is not going to play anyway, this selection panel clearly lacks way forward. I hope better sense prevail soon.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Not good decision. Pujara might have pushed up to open with Murali Vijay and Viru would have bat at 4th or 5th position. Anyway decision has taken, at least let the selectors or coach/captain make a way to Shikar Dhawan in Viru;s place, bcoz he is better then Rahane for playing long innings.

Posted by Matthew_17 on (March 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

After the Chennai test, Murali Vijay's selection was questioned by many.. But now he's the first choice opener! Goes to show what one good knock could do.. Go Vijay..

Posted by Hiba.R on (March 7, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

A bold and a very good decision, though should have been taken much earlier. He is good player but like Gambhir not a good learner, as he thinks there's nothing wrong with his style of game. Of-course there is, when you glue your foot on the stumps without moving an inch and refuse to learn from your mistakes, you got to go. There are technical far better players waiting on the bench and in the domestic circuit, BCCI just need a vision.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Open with Robin Uthappa for heavens sake.

Posted by hemant958 on (March 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

sehwag is the only cricketter to score 2 triple centuries from indian cricket, hence he should be given respect till this series, although we have already won this test series so he should have played both the test and may be he would have came in form prior to the tour of south africa..... i am very sad with the decision of the selectors..... These young players are doing well in indian conditions but in foreign tours players like sehwag who never comes in any pressure would be the key for india.... selectors should include him in the south africa tour

Posted by bradmannn on (March 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Then what about ishant, bajji and sachin. when was the last time sachin scored a test match hundred way back in jan 2011,ishant and bajji should be replaced by ishwar pandey and parveez razool

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Why to drop Sehwag and why not he be played down the order say after Tendulkar

Dropping Sehwag is not the right decision made. But can be accepted he has been rested for SA tour. No probs if it is so. Let Ashwin and Vijay opens for India in the next two matches.

Of course India is now having a strong position by leading 2-0 in 4 match series. But in Indian condition, Aus is unable to exploit.

SA conditions are different and player like Sehwag can change the whole thing upside down.

It is very sad that Sehwag is dropped but I think Sandeep Patil will make a right decision when touring SA later this year.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Dhoni's equivocal remarks about Sehwag left little doubt that Sehwag's place was in danger. I still feel that Sehwag can offer so much in the middle-order. But Ravindra Jadeja seems a bigger favourite for the middle-order slot, leaving no room for Sehwag. If they had to drop him, they should have sacked him right after the tour of Australia last year; at least, it would have given more time to try other openers. Rahane still can't penetrate into the team. Gauti is out. How will they develop a robust opening combination for South Africa in such short time?

Posted by gitapat on (March 7, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Why did the selectors retain Harbhajan? With Ashwin as the off-spinner and Jadeja as the left-arm spinner the inclusion of Amit Mishra ,the leg-spinner will complete the spin attack combination.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (March 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Sehwag looked like he couldnt buy a run in this series. Good and brave call from Sandip Patil and co. Agreed it will be dangerous to go to SAF with new opening pair but Sehwag gave no indication that he will succeed against Steyn and co. The hand-eye coordination, lightning bat swing, uncluttered mind which made him such a dangerous player seemed to have deserted him. If Gambhir can buckle up and get his focus right he can add some experience to Indian line up in SAF. Gauti is better investment at the moment then Veeru.

Posted by johnal on (March 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

ohh here we go again .changing a winning side ,wats the problem with the indian selectors.sorry most dont agree with the droppping of sehwag

Posted by maverick77 on (March 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Rahane should open...if India wins or draws the third test, that means BG Trophy stays in India and if so they should bring Dhawan for SRT in the fourth and give SRT a rest.

Posted by Rohit... on (March 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

It is really strange to see Sehwag's fans calling it a wrong decision b'coz India have won the 1st and 2nd tests..... Did you forget how India fared in away matches... Dravid was forced to bat before the 3rd over and yet the middle-order was exposed to the new ball.... Sehwag's axe was over-due.

Posted by applethief on (March 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Sehwag's prioritised T20 cricket over tests before (like postponing his shoulder surgery in 2011 to play an IPL season and missing tests in England). With IPL 6 coming up, I can't see him taking any opportunities to work his way back at test level, at least not any time soon

Posted by Haleos on (March 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

@ ahonkan - SRT can not be and would not be touched. That is sadly how Indian cricket works. Once a hero always a hero. Explains how VVS kept his place for ages even when replacements like Rohit(Dont look at his his ODI performance he is a test batsman), Rahane et all were waiting in the wings. Barring that 281 and few other centuries VVS always had to lean on Tailenders shoulders to bail India out(or not) and was shown as a hero and saviour.

Posted by jwayong on (March 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

The only downside of losing Sehwag is losing a good fielder/catcher, Sehwag had 6 catches in this series while other players managed to have max 2 catches. As what people say, catches win matches! don't forget that!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Ishanth sharma has been under performer in the past seasons , he has been ineffective and lacks ideas to dismiss batsmen. He can give way to more penetrative faster bowlers and learn to bowl more creative and wicket taking balls.. and to my knowledge there are plenty of talent in India which are due to be exposed to international circuit . Look at the way buy Bhuvaneswar Kumar has emerged as a new talent for india. Don't know if my comment will be published but truth is truth

Posted by Fan1969 on (March 7, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Very good thinking by selectors to drop Sehwag now but why continue with Ishant?

Sehwag should get the message, a new opener will get a chance in India before travelling to SA, NZ and England for 3 away series and finally Sehwag can make a case for a middle order berth once Tendulkar retires.

I assume Tendulkar will retire this series as the next 11 tests are overseas. Kohli can then bat at 4, Sehwag at 5, Dhoni at 6.

My only disappointment with selectors is the unwavering faith in Ishant. While Dinda, Awana, Irfan etc. may not be great replacements given Umesh's injury but the selectors need to try another seamer.

I can only think of Umesh and Bhuvnesh Kumar going to SA. Sreesanth is more worthy than Ishant having played a major part in India's only two test victories in SA. Better to get him back than play Ishant any longer. Ishant averages 66 per wicket in last 15 tests getting a wicket every 20 overs he bowls (worst among top 30 seamers worldwide).

Posted by Samar_Singh on (March 7, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Good decision but what is Bhajji and Ishant doing in the team ? Most ppl do not know that Ishant is about to play his 50th test at an average of about 39 per wicket, and has never ever performed as a match winner but he is still considered to play ? His records are the worst for fast bowler who have played 49 test purely as a bowler. 3 five wickets haul in 85 innings and still a first choice strike bowler :-) Also bhajji averages about 36 per wicket since 2003 , that is for last 10 years he is a below average bowler .Since 2010, and after Kumble's retirement he looks just too ordinary to by playing at the highest level. He averages 40+ in 21 test since 2010. Bhajji is not getting any younger at 33 so some youngster deserves for the service.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

What to say, poor decision,Dhawan & Vijay has struggled against West Indies & Zimbabwe respectively when they toured outside Asian subcontinent,let them face the music of Steyn & Co....looks like MSD is safe as Captain for a long time.....

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

One of the greatest test opener, India will surely miss him. Still I feel he should come down the order to replace Sachin sooner or later. But people who are against Sehwag should remember the era of Indian test cricket where our openers fell like a pack of cards especially in oversees and He is person who changed everything. Let see How our specialized openers are going to perform in SA?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Well, good news from Indian Cricket. We must have an eye on the future. And here the selector's have made the right decision - to check the BENCH STRENGTH. If at all, Shewag should get back to the domestics matches and work his way back. And lets hope that Shikar Dhwan grab this opportunity with both hands. I also firmly believe that Shewag has no place in the middle order. He is an opener and should retain his place in the side only as an opener.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (March 7, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Bold from Sandip Patil and Co. Sehwag should go back to domestic circuit and claim his spot. May be he can play in middle order for delhi, and see what he can do.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 7, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Sehwag needs to get fit and fix his eye, May be laser surgery

Posted by Sandt on (March 7, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Good decision.It should sent message to players that performance is first priority.Thanks god selectors has shown some commonsense by not taking gambir into the side. Now why Ishant sharma is in the side.dont understand, what is his role. A non performer. All Jaffar lovers please note that he is not fit for Internation cricket.He is good in domestic cricket like some other performers.I always beileve sandeep patil is a good person for Indian cricker, be it as a coach or selector.You should always do these brave decisions

Posted by ssenthil on (March 7, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

The greatest decision ever taken by this selection panel, this will be ranked with dropping of Yuvi from LOI in 2010 and H Singh after the England tour by the previous selection Panel. This is the way forward to go, looking at the youngsters to open the Innings, even if they fail sometime, we can expect a return from them very soon like M Vijay did. So either S Dhawan or A Rahane is going to open in Mohali and either of the one is going to debut as well. All the best for S DHawan/ A Rahane.

Posted by karthik9952435259 on (March 7, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Dropping ojha :) / :( coming to squad selection of last two tests are OK with no major changes needed. Some said ojha be replaced in place of bhajji. But that's not fair because you see jadeja got only two left handers in his 11 wickets (2 tests). Aussies top order consists of 3 left batsmens like cowan, hughes, warner and in form low middle batsmen Wk Wade also left hander. so if we want to ride aussie line up should need right off spins. Even bhajji may not wicket taking bowler but makes good off spin unit with ashwin, That's dhoni instits on bhajji instead of ojha. so no place need for ojha in the series.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

THe selectors in dropping Shewag have also dropped the golden cup. With this India has lost the Mascot who brought luck to the side. Do not be surprised to see India lose the next two tests and end up drawing the series

Posted by baba6660 on (March 7, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Not acceptable. They should have persisted with him for the entire series and backed him fully. Differential treatment to seniors of the same calibre is extremely unfortunate.

Posted by jasif on (March 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

end of the road for sehwag.....sachin and harbhajan will follow soon :)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Selectors seem to be giving a strong hint to the team, who had been ignoring them all the time. Now, they forced the team management's hands to choose either Dhawan or Rahane in the playing XI. If Dhawan-Vijay team click as openers, I would like to groom Rahane as replacement for Sachin, when that time comes sooner than later.

Posted by applethief on (March 7, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Sehwag seems to have shown some grace in this decision, unlike Gambhir who would love to run his mouth about he was part of a solid opening partnership with no problems, and then go out and flop again and again with the bat

Posted by jackluvscricket on (March 7, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

This is indeed a good decision. Sehwag has been in poor form for so long and selectors made the right choice. Rahane can be a good opener and breed him in that place. But why Ishant sharma and Harbhajan are still in the team? I would strongly prefer Ojha coming in for Harbhajan as he was the leading wicket taker in our last series.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Sandeep Patil and his ilk are to be commended for their guts. Sehwag like Gambhir and Zaheer before him was a liability and was hurting the team. if he could make a come back as a middle order bat it would be good, but first he has to prove it he can fit in and perform at a lower level. Good luck to Dhawan and Rahane, finally you get a chance.

Posted by reeksrok on (March 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

There is a huge clamour abt a drop and this is only because we have undropabbles in sachin and dhoni. But within the past 2 series, the selectors are making really big statements - 1. Drop zaheer khan because he was not bowling well 2. Drop yuvraj midway to a series! 3. Drop sehwag in ODIs midway 4. Push sachin to retire in ODIs 5. Now drop sehwag and gambhir this series

For all you sachin haters - he started this yr ranji with a hundred, scored another hundred in quarters, 50 in semis and finals was run out. He duly scored 100 in irani trophy with the "best" rest of india attack. And he is much fitter. He has earned his right even more so with crucial 81 in first test.

I think gambhir is the best opening batsman right now in our country but his attitude has to corrected which will be so within the next yr. Sehwag has to prove it now by scoring those 100s again.

Posted by jmoses on (March 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

This is a bold move by the selectors. It would be tough for Sehwag to make a comeback considering the no. of players fighting for the opening slot. His body language in the first two tests was below par. Also, Harbhajan was not upto the mark and if he couldn't perform at home, can we expect him to do better overseas? Indian pace bowling cupboard is literally empty and selectors should start focusing in that area.

Posted by gauravm5 on (March 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Earlier, sehwag used to throwaway his wicket & now selectors thrown him out.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Sehwag is too good a player to get dropped. He should have been used as a middle order batsman, with Sachin bound to retire in a short time, he could have been the best senior player for others to revolve around. India dropped him in 2007 and he rebounded to show why he is the most dangerous batsman in world cricket.

Posted by karthik9952435259 on (March 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

viru drops :) / :( ? I think right decision has been made @ the right time. don't see viru play lot of domestis matches to get back into team but has to change his technical aspects(foot movement,handling outswing delivery).And i'll not go with his statement that can't change things @ this age. Much of them compare him with master sachin but sachin has change his aspects in MRF association( in tamil nadu much of them aware of it). how many you know? One thing if wanna wear MIB jersey then get back his coach(like kohli went to his coach) and change the aspects need. My personal opinion regards viru's present form is suit to play t20 alone and not even in ODI also. sorry viru :(

Posted by SaadRocx on (March 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Bad Decision...Sehwag can change the whole game on his day

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

A shocking decision. Now Sehwag will beat all in backyard cricket as he has so much spare time left. Good bye, dear once-were-Warrior.

Posted by MrKricket on (March 7, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

I think Aus might have room for someone with Sehwag's experience!

Posted by CricFan_I on (March 7, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

I see lack of planning for the future. The selectors have missed a trick here by not including pacemen like Sreesanth, or Sandeep Sharma for Mohali, in preparation for South Africa. I am hoping Yadav will be fit for SA. I will be pretty disappointed if Dinda is selected ahead of Sreesanth or Sandeep Sharma as they have the ability to swing in SA conditions.

Posted by venbas on (March 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@ajsn1988...are you joking. What next Ashish Nehra to replace Ishant Sharma based on Nehra's 2003 world cup performance? Extending your theory further Sandeep patil was amongst the most attacking batsmen so he can play the 3rd test instead of the non-performing Sehwag??? Why you may even want to summon bradman from his grave to rescue this Australian team and make the third test an even context :)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

team india will definitely pay the price for this decision

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 7, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

what adecision,no ishwar pandey,sandeep sharma,shabaaz nadeem,parvez rassol yet.If jadeja is playing as a bowler bcoz he is not batting well,rassol can be a better spiiner.only thing is that jadeja gets advandtage of being a left hander.Ishant sharma has taken plenty of wickts.in dreams only...these days he is not able to get even a single wicket.If he is being played becuase he is tall,pankaj singh is much taller and quicket than sharma,he can swing the bowl both ways...tehn why he shouldnt play.

Posted by Idavai on (March 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I have been one of the ardent fans of Viru..Truly, a match winner and entertainer in his prime. One of the top four cricketers country has ever produced as far as contribution to team winning is concerned. (Others being Kapil, Dravid, Lakshman and Kumble). It is sad to see him leave the scene this way. God bless viru.

Posted by thegoodgame on (March 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I think its for the good. If Sehwag has to fight his way back to the team, then it will only do him good. In the meantime, at least we can try out other talents, as we're in a no lose situation this series (of course an outright win is desirable!)

Posted by KishorKumar25 on (March 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I would ask Jadeja to open the innings and Sehwag down the order. I was hoping for that, We need experienced players like Sehwag in the middle order, once Sachin retires. And this is the right time to do such changes, as India in contrl of the series

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (March 7, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Great ! Will the selectors ever, ever have the guts to drop Sachin? Do they expect him to go to South Africa ? God save Indian cricket!

Posted by chrisinfidel on (March 7, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Sehwag and Harbhajan have been a nuissance to the side for the past two years. Sehwag's larger than life image and hype has glued his place in the side amidst disastrous performances. sehwag's cintribution to the side is only based on explosive starts, and once he gets out his presence doesnt make any effect, since he neither balls and is slow in the field. Indian Team mangaement needs to be provactive and develop a team with aggressive mindset.sheer Grit, Confidence and aggression displayed in the form of Jadeja, Ashwin, Pujara, Kohli and vijay have made a world of difference to this beleagured side over the past two weeks. Moreover, the rift between Sehwag and dhoni is split wide open throug thir body language. When India tours to South Africa, its essential to grrom pace bowlers and batsmen to play short deliveries. Only Hard preparation and Team spirit can win a series in South africa.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 7, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Bold but fair call..but would love to see Sehwag get back to form in domestic games,shed a few lbs and vie for a middle order spot when we go to SA with a relatively inexperienced side. Now surely Rahane must get a chance ..he's been on the bench for 1.5 yrs and won't be fair either to hand Dhawan a debut ahead of him.He must be given at-least 5 games(2 here+3 in SA) before being judged.Let him fail,learn and if capable establish himself at the top.But he must get at least half the number of games Sehwag has gotten since 2011 after which his form has been poor.Time to invest in youth for a long haul!

Posted by Mr.Cr1cket on (March 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Good decision by the selectors to drop Sehwag though I would have replaced him with Gambir who made a century in the warm-up match. I would also replace Harbajan with Ojha. My team would be:

Gambir, Vijay, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Ojha, Sharma

Posted by sweetspot on (March 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

All of those yelling for who should take his place, please take note - there is NO replacement! Sehwag out, nobody else in. Good message for the rest of the team - their places in the team are relatively secure, but they need to perform. Vijay has enough ability and now the hunger, apparently. He should be good to go for a season or two for sure. It won't matter whether it is Dhawan or Rahane that keeps him company - the run rate won't suffer either way.

There was a time when India really built an advantage on Sehwag's hammering right at the top, but that is a freakish advantage that we cannot keep extending. The current team looks like it can maintain the same or better average team run rate, so Indian fans need not worry. Many of us enjoyed Viru blasting, but everything passes. I personally won't miss anyone slicing the ball to third man to be caught in the first ball of a Test match.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Sehwag is a good player but was never consistent. How long we can wait for him to score a century

Posted by KannanAkil on (March 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Good Decision. We should give chance to Dhawan and Rahane and build the team with Vijay, Dhawan & Rahane as openers. Sehwag for the last two tests, as he is not performing well. I think only problem with Sehwag is his fitness, he should work on his fitness. otherwise he is good player.Better late than never. One of the better moves by Indian Selectors in recent times.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 7, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

I think Sehwag and Gambhir should go to Mohinder Amarnath. I think he can help both to come back.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

If the idea is to build up for future away tours... Thses expereince are not going to matter much except giving them confidence and exposure. when all the balls are coming over the waist and swinging in aire and off the seam we have struggled. even the likes of Rahul, VVS and Tendulkar could help india perform well in England ( and australia). So I would thnik we must send our in the waiting side comprising of Shikhar, Ajinkya, Vijay, Jaffer, Kohli ( captain), Raina, Ishant, Yadav, A wicket keeper, Harbhajan, Ojha, etc and let them play first calss matches in England or Australia or SA for 2 months they can prove themsleves and comeback have a rest of 1 month and then go to SA with the India XI. but how do we mange this with shorter formats and money spinners is the moot question. any thoughts?

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 7, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

No surprise given his travails with anything just over medium pace faced with a new ball and a bit of swing in the air or lateral movement off the deck and probed just around the corridor....even J Anderson @ 130-135 Ks had him clueless whilst getting him out couple of times with new ball in Eng series ... not even saying about his struggles vs other Eng medium pacers . Only time he saw through the new ball - the flattest of A'bad 1st day tracks when he went on to score 100 odd...exposing him to the most potent young quicks in the world like Pattinson even Siddle with new ball at serious pace was nothing but an exercise was going to hasten the end ....his career that is .How he'd wished he get to come in while the invisible breed called Aus 'spinners' were on...nothing better for struggling batsmen than prospect of 'facing' couple of Aus spinners bowling and getting in to a big score.Let's face it .. Aus spinners are an anathema to the pace attack ... w/o getting to 'worst' part..

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

Please please handover Rahane a Test debut which is long overdue... I am big fan of Dhawan too but I guess it is Rahane who is more deserving at the moment. Also although I am happy that Vijay scored century but would want to see Left ( Dhawan) and Right ( Rahane) before SA tour begins.

My XVI for SA : Rahane,Dhawan,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Yuvi( Yes I am still one of them who believe he is better than Lord Jadeja),Dhoni,Aswin,Bhuvi,Irfan/Aaron/Ojha,Yadav. Extra : Rohit,Rahul Sharma,Ishant. In case Irfan and Aaron not available I would pick Sreesanth and Praveen.

I like bhajji but at the moment he is woefully out of form.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Wassim Jaffer should be selected instead of Virendr Sehwag..He should be given an opportunity

Posted by joseyesu on (March 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

It is dull without Sehwag,,,Do we have somebody for SA...?Is Dhawan is fit to SA..?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Very bad decision. India highest Individual test scorer is not playing a test for India in this series can't believe. If selectors are bold enough to retain this test squad for SA Tour later this year then full marks to them. But this decision is very pragmatic. All is not well with Delhi Openers. Now one wonders who will open the innings along with Vijay, Is it Shikhar Dhawan or Rahane. Selection committee chairman will press for Rahane as he is from West Zone. If selectors want to do experiments then they should do that against NZ and England not Australia. Because the next test India is going to play against SA on an away pitch and the time is running out for experiments and I am sure the tested and trusted Test Openers of Gambhir and Sehwag will be back. Selectors are playing musical chair here.

Posted by Periya824 on (March 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Not the one i want to hear..... Now India will suffer for sure........ Vijay is not trustable i am telling. See now he will fail for the remaining two matches for sure........

Posted by the_blue_android on (March 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Rahane is the next badrinath.

Posted by rashivkd on (March 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Who is Unmukt??? everyone want him in the team and i can't see what he was done for claim a national call in test. Can anyone suggest me what is his average in Ranji this season. I am sure at least 3 or 4 openers done better than him in this season. I am not trying to say he don't have talent. Sure he has. But he have to prove in FC before getting a national call. He was done much better in short formats.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Best choice is adopt 3-4 south african players and we might become a good team just like England :P

Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on (March 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

well that was expected and now dhoni has no threat what so ever all are juniors and will be more comfortable than earlier... he is safe and secure now. one can say he is lucky too coz he was in bad form prior to presnt series and ghamir and sehwag were only threat to his captaincy now both gone and dhoni's form is peaking at rite time.. if the selectors are serious and fair enough they should draft jaffer in and for sure he can give good starts and can see off the new ball.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 7, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

I won't say a great decision since the outcome is yet to be seen... But a bold one nevertheless.

Honestly Rahane has been warming the bench for quite some time, but i believe that a specialist opener has to be played, so shikhar dhawan may get the nod ahead of him. Rahane is a middle order bat.

And everyone who are saying selecting Gambhir or jaffer is a backward step... Do u ppl know who holds the record for the best opening stand for tests??? Greame smith and niel mckenzie... had the SA selectors believed that mckenzie is a backward step, then the stand would have never been possible. Same with alviro peterson who is above 30... Age not average..

Posted by JP_Nanakmatta on (March 7, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

Good decision... selectors should name Jaffer as his replacement becoz after Gambhir/Sehwag, he should be in the plane going to SA.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 7, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

It was always on cards. When the original squad had two reserve openers, it would send wrong signals if they pick Jaffer or Gambhir as replacement for Viru. It makes sense that someone who is not picked as top 3, don't deserve to be the first reserve player to be picked.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Indian cricketers play only about 45% of the tests at home. England, Aus, SL and SA cricketers play close to 55% of their tests at home. Pakistani cricketers play 0% tests at home. BCCI need to host more home test matches especially against BD, WI, SL and Zim. I know it doesn't get much audience but it will give talented youngsters confidence at test level. In those at least don't play anyone above the age of 30. Also, a big test series against Pakistan is due.

Posted by xsSandy on (March 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Well done selectors...this one has come out with a big guts. Its high time giving them chances again and again. Every match you score in and win, secure place for the next match. This should be the attitude. And you should always have 20-22 players, declared superb to play in Indian team and always couple of alternatives for every place starting from opening to bowlers. Bring in that kind of competitiveness and see changing the fate of Indian Cricket. Though how many more matches do Ishant Sharma needs to prove that he is a teast bowler. bowling average above 35, that too after 40 odd matches is something,, should sink him out of the team.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Bravo to the selection committee !!! They are making bold calls... this will turn out to be good for Indian Cricket in 2 ways :

1) Experienced players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Yuvraj, and Harbajan can no longer be assured of being played nomatter how bad they perform... hence the message is "Do or Die" simple as that.... this will force them to re-invent themselves and try and come back into the side... no more Resting on the past laurels for them

2) the youngsters like Murali Vijay, Shikar Dhawan, Ajinkiya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and even Ashwin, Pujara, Kohli ( played only under 20 tests ), that if they can perform well, they will be rewarded duly...

NOBODY WILL EVER DROP SACHIN FROM THE SIDE, AND NOBODY CAN...

Posted by Rumy1 on (March 7, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Well not a great news for Sehwag who has served Indian cricket so ably all these years.A cricketer who has a 50+average will be one of the greats of Indian batting.However,it is good he has been dropped as he was not performing and it allow him some time to reflect on what he wants to do next.If he thinks he still has a few years of international cricket in him then he needs to go back to nets and iron out his deficiencies and play some domestic cricket to see if things have gotten better or not.SA tour is good eight nine months away so he has time.If he thinks it is time to take it easy then he should retire and devote his time and focus on shorter versions, his academy, etc.Personally I think he still has a couple of years in international cricket in him provided he is willing to work hard,shed some kilos,improve his focus and iron out his chinks. Jaffer with his solidity and experience would have been an ideal replacement at the top more so when Team has 4 Test series to play abroad

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Time was indeed running out for Sehwag. Selectors have taken a right call. Dropping Sehwag is a strong indicator that the selectors are willing to go beyond the player's reputation and look at performance. It will be a good opportunity for Shikar Dhawan. He is certain to debut and that is a good thing for a new comer to know that he is playing the Mohali Test, rather than being unsure about his place in the playing eleven. Augurs well for Sehwag too. It will give him enough time to think and resurrect his career. I probably feel that we may just never will be able to see Sehwag playing in whites. Apart from his poor batting form, his form as a slip fielder has dropped too. I am glad that selectors took cognizance of it.

Posted by ahonkan on (March 7, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

In the same tests, SRT has scored: 13, 8, 8, 76, 5, 2, 81, 13* & 7. Any reason why the same logic doesn't apply to SRT? His last test century was over 2 years ago and his scores for the last 2 years have been equally bad.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

It was Dravid Statement,which made selector think twice to remove or not to be removed.Finally they have taken call which was quite easy.There are now more talented player than Sehwag,waiting to grab opportunity.Selector should have shown doors to Harbhajan too.Rasool is right player to replace him.This holding the seat without performance should be stopped in Indian team.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Good Decision.. Would have been better if Harbhajan had been dropped as well. Sehwag has given too long a rope.. a possibility that a Rahane never got. I would go with Dhawan to open with Vijay as it would be a left, right combination. Ojha should be back in place of Bhajji.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan should play in the next test as he is a left hand batsman and a very good outfielder.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

could have promoted pujara for opening & viru to middle order... selectors have sent a wrong message by dropping a senior player when experience is needed..

Posted by opto_pus on (March 7, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Sehwag gets dropped at 34 years of age, Tendulkar who has been playing since 1988 keeps getting chance after chance to play test cricket. When India play South Africa later this year Tendulkar will be over 40 how can the BCCI drop Sahwag and leave Tendulkar in the test team Tendulkar's wicket is a cheap wicket for any test bowler since 2010 he has not performed well at test cricket since the start of this decade. India need to build a team fit for the 21st century not rolling out an old foggy like Tendulkar. Name one test cricketer still playing test cricket who made his debut in the 1980's. Tendulkar is last centurys man. Harbarijan Singh should be dropped too in favour of Ojha too. He is another past his sell by date cricketer the Australians haven't adapted to Indian conditions in South Africa, India will loose handsomely if they play harb. singh and Tendulkar the oldest man in test cricket.

Posted by ajsn1988 on (March 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Its Very Bad decision!!. An attacking world class batsman being dropped!!!. He should be tried in Middle order where he has started his career and Sachin should be promoted to open with Vijay.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

no rahane plss !! bring in dhawan in place of sehwag !! dhawan can score big and he is in tremendous form since last ipl lets giv him a chance !! rahane atleast got chances in odis and failed to make an impact where joe root rocked in his debut series !! i was expecting ind would drop ishant and bhajji the non performers in the side so far !! tym to giv ishwar pandey,sandeep sharma and siddharth kaul their due atleast !! ishant is neither quick now a days nor gud swinger of ball then what is he gonna do on a swinging mohali track ?? bring in dinda in place of ishant or shami ahmed !! we need 2 spinners in ashwin and sir.jadeja and 3 fast bowlers in ishant,dinda and bhuvi !! lets drop bhajji for next test !!india has lots of upcoming players but only useless players feature in playing 11 like ishant,bhajji etc and the best players warm the bench like ojha and rahane and tiwary !!

Posted by Rohit... on (March 7, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

Now its time to see the technique of Dhawan ... Rahane's footwork is pathetic and his bat - pad gap was exposed by English bowlers.... There is no way he can make an impression against Steyn-Morkel combo. If Dhawan fails, then Gambhir will be back.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

May b a gd move against this struggling opponent & for struggling Viru.. Rahul, VVS r no more ; Zaheer, Gauti out of squad ; Sachin towards end :( Bhajji trying hard 4 bounce back.. So replacing entire team ovr n8 s an impossible task ! Atleast Gauti can b cld back, so d likes of expr Gauti,MSD in d lineup will stabilise team ;-) So as a long term plan, 1.Vijay/Rahane 2.Gauti/Mukund/Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Viru(aft Sachin retire)/Tiwary(aft Viru goes) 5.Kohli 6.MSD, Raydu/Saha(aft MSD goes) 7.Jaddu/Parvez(subcont),Irfan(ovseas) 8,9,10,11. Ash/Ojha/Bhuvi/Shami/Ishu/Umesh(any 4 of these)..

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Sehwag needs break from international cricket. This prompt selectors to drop him and they know he ill come back hard also will be @ his best when India tour SA later this year!!It is A test for reserve openers rahane or dhawan @ the highest level!

Posted by vak1997 on (March 7, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

It's very important for Viru to come back in form for the SA tour. We need an 'in-form' Gautam Gambhir too!

Posted by rashivkd on (March 7, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

I am really feel sorry for Rahane yet again as Dhawan will make his debut in next match. Rahane in the bench from the Aus tour and after Yuvi came back and gone, Raina came back and gone, Jadeja brought in, M. Vijay brought in and now Dhawan. He is still in the bench for more than one and half year. Everyone came in had got matches but he still on waiting for his debut. If he want to get a chance in the near future, one of the worst thing for the Indian fans should have happen, 1. If Pujara not fit to play next game, or 2. If Sachin retires in any near future. Both are most unlikely for every Indian fan. Or the last chance is after winning the Mohali test, rest Sachin from the last test and give him an opportunity. That is also most unlike. So may be after the SA tour he will be the player, who is in the bench waiting for his turn for longest time.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

This had to happen! It was coming for a while now! Let us see what happens now ..

Posted by KumudNaugai on (March 7, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Bravo..This is the correct decision. I think harbhajan should be dropped too. Pragyan Ojha who performed so well in the England series should be included and Ajinkya Rahane should Open the batting with Vijay.

Posted by kaiser1 on (March 7, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Seems selectors running out of patience and profound effect of Dravids' advice. He should have been demoted down the order but not dropped. But selectors think the best and act best. Had he been playing for Pak he should never have been dropped on those performances. As has been the case in South Africa.

Posted by the_blue_android on (March 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

I just went to a temple and broke some coconuts. Just kidding! But my joy has no bounds. I have been waiting for this flat track bully to be dropped for so long now. It was embarrassing to see him play test matches in England, SA and Australia. Finally a deserving player will get a test spot. Rahane or Dhawan, doesn't really matter.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Well I'm from New Delhi and would have loved to see Viru play in his home town. Feeling for him.

But 'India' is our priority. So okay with the decision. I really hope whoever replaces him go on to give good start to Team Ind and win the match.

Love You, India. All the very Best.

Posted by pankaj.borkar on (March 7, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Very good decision to drop viru . He has to go back to domestic circuit to win his place back in the Indian team. Wasim Jaffer would be a best replcement for him , he is in great form.

Posted by McGorium on (March 7, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Now, if only they did the same with Harbhajan. Nah, that's too much to ask. He can't take wickets on tracks turning square, get out playing reckless shots when better batsmen (Dhoni in the first test, Kohli in the second) are around, but no, lets not pick Ojha. Unlike Bajji, he can't bat or field, can he?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Chance for Jaffer/Yuvi/Raina... Should give chance to Jaffer who is in very good form and a very good opener.

Posted by www.cricketforever.net on (March 7, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

I think Anish Kumar is right. Rahane is way better than Dhawan . Rahane should occupy the place of Sehwag :P . Waiting for the last 2 tests . Bring it on , lets c what the Indian youngsters are capable of ;)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

This was about to come, it was just a matter of time ...anyways all the nest team India and as long as India wins (even with their new openers), I don't mind...Jai Hind!

Posted by Edassery on (March 7, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

It's a welcome move! However, the selectors and fans should trust and show patience in the younger batsmen who will replace the aging squad. Next text match is in Mohali and South African tour is around the corner. It's imperative that the new ones may fail initially (Even Sehwag would have failed anyhow). They need to be given at least an 8-10 match run before experimenting with another. One or two match opportunity just doesn't work if you want to rebuild the test team.

Posted by Sbharathish on (March 7, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Selectors take good decision but announce virat Kohli as a vice captain, its better for his future captancy and the team in future.

Posted by chintucrik on (March 7, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

agree wid Kevin Riemers . sehwag has lost the 'X' factor in him. so grt decision by selecters. but sorry for wasim jaffer. seems sikhar dhawan will get chance. i think mohammad kaif will come handy in middle order.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 7, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Selectors should have also dropped Ishant Sharma who has taken 8 wikects in last 7 tests. They should have given chance to Pravinder Awana or Sandeep Sharma. I hope Rahane will debut in Mohali instead of Dhawan. As Rahane is doing the duties of 12th man and water boy from year and half in test cricket. And if they have preapred spin surface at Mohali than drop Ishant and play Dhawan too. If pitch is spin firendly: Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ojha. If pithc is normal Mohali wkt: Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhajji, Bhuvi, Ishant.

Posted by sonti on (March 7, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

it is on the cards from sometime now it is better for sehwag also to rethink about his future and step down from the opening slot and concentrate hard to get into the team in the middle order position and serve india for another two to three years and say good bye on high note

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

It a descent decision coz Current form is important along with chance to others. Dhawan should use the chances and should try to play a bit aggressive coz all through these years sehwag was a main reason for a flying start in test matches.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

its becoming team chennai so change the team name its not team india ..........

Posted by rajinad on (March 7, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

i thnk wassim jaffer have to be placed on behalf of viru...........he s in awesome form!!

Posted by Game_Gazer on (March 7, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

PerfectTen, great comment, agree !!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Good move by the selectors, whether you are a legend or a beginner, only if you perform you will be in the team. But this drop is a good thing for sehwag, he will come back strongly for south africa.

Posted by JP_Nanakmatta on (March 7, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

At last come a very Good decision. He has given goog number of chances but failed wretchedly in last 3 yrs. Specially now india is due to play cricket outside sub continent, he has failed in each test matches in his last tours of aus, eng and south africa. Looking at overseas tours ahead, it will be good if rahane gets the chance ahead of Dhawan.

Posted by p77gin on (March 7, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

finally some sense prevailed. very shocking to see BCCI doing the right thing! :-)

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 7, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

So its end of the era for Sehwag as a Indian opener, now he can play few years in IPL. Its good Selectors have not included the poker Gambhir either. It will not good for our test team after this series they will play directly after 9 months, so i kindly hope BCCI arranges atleast 2 series in between as our Players will get enough practice leading towards South Africa. India should call South Africa and instead of 7 odis vs Australia in OCT, we should play traingular series. Than 3 tests as South Afric too dont have test during this time of the year, it wil also benifit our young batsmen as they will first get chance to see South African seamers in Indian conditions and in August India should arranged two test series away with Zimbabwe as the conditions might be similar to SA although not opposition, our Batsmen will get some practise of those pitches ahead of SA series. So please read this and try too arrange 5 more test for our team before December.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (March 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

Sehwag Dropped- OK. but why no replacement????? Let an youngster to at least be a part of the squad, that would make him feel being ready and would be a good experience to learn.

Posted by SIAP on (March 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

Fantastic.. Dont compare Batsmen with Bowlers. Sehwag avg is good bcz in one or two matches me makes big runs. That helps him. You can see his recent performance. Its horrible. Unmukth should be given a chance.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

They should call up Wasim Jaffer now. His recent domestic form was quite good. A chance given to Rahane would be good. He is been warming the bench for long instead of good form in domestic cricket. Good decision to drop Sehwag.. he was becoming liability for Indian team from long time.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

A positive decision. First it was Gambhir who was axed after a string of failures and now its Sehwag. The question now is, who will replace him - Dhawan or Rahane? Personally, I would like to go with Dhawan but I feel its Rahane who would eventually get the selectors' call. Also, considering that the Mohali pitch assists the faster bowlers a bit more, wouldn't it be a good idea to try Dinda in place of Bhajji? I mean, he has been in the squad for quite some time now!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

It is the good move by the selcectors dropping sehwag now they have to give a chance for a new face

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Ajinkya Rahane should be used a opener for this series and for SA tour. He is a very compact player knows very well how to play a long inning for his national .... second i would like to say ... MSD is not doing fair with Harbhajan singh not pushing him for more over. So that he can come back in his best set of mind to bowl well and get more wickets ... either he dont want him to select or someone else.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Why do I not see a mention of Jaffer's name?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

It was expected...He is not the same Viru which he was a year back...:( Since his 219, he has hardly played any good cricket. But as a Fan, i would have loved to see him bat in the middle order. At least after this decision, they should make Rahane bat as an opener. Also it is not the end of world for Viru. Once Sachin retires, he can make a come back to bat at no 4.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (March 7, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Fine. But they should take Sehwag to S.A. and play him there as a middle order batsman. No place for Jadeja in S.A.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Great decision, past is past so let him (Vira bhai) go, who knows we got new viru??

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

why ishant sharma not dropped as well, sehwag can bowl better offspin than Bhajji, why Bhajji not dropped as well

Posted by arvindaslia44 on (March 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

very poor............for indian cricket now aussies can attack our top order freely and we will see it soon in mohali. currently there is no replacement for sahwag in indian team. he has a lot of experience and now when he want to bat down the order. give him chance in middle order. its good that dhoni played a good inning at no. 6 but he can bat at 7, and jadeja cannot be a long runner because his batting tectiqs are just formal, no techniue, no footwork, no handeye coordination, he can only a hitter, but experinced sahwag can hold middlr order even after sachin. if want something for himself why not he is giving chance. and afterall i am sure its not selectors choice but its dhoni"s call to drop sahwag...and .....rsult we will see in PCA mohali......and we have missed the chance to beat aussies 4-0.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

Bring Sehwag back in the middle order for South Africa.

Posted by ravat_sehab on (March 7, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

Sehwag dropped is Very good decision.

Posted by indi_army on (March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Well, it's a decision concluding with a mixed feeling. V.S. not at his near best from more than a year or so, and not just in one format but in all formats so dropping him does makes sense.Not just that he miserably fails to score but his outer appearance when he is out to bat says alot about him.You can sketch out looking at him that he has almost given up himself.Maybe could be some other reason like a rift still on with ______. I can't say without a shadow of doubt in my mind, selectors could have continued with V.S. for the whole series if not as an opener atleast somewhere in the middle as he himself is willing to. I personally feel India would need him in South Africa.

Posted by shaw_aus on (March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

What about Sachin ?? Great player but high time he made way for sombody else.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Indian team heading towards right direction, non performers should be out to play domestic games to regain form, thats what happened to gambhir and now sehwag, hats off to the guts shown by the selectors, anyway some people will criticize for this, no need to care for that, after all, for each and every action, there will be reaction

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Totally agree with dhoni ....need to chance to young player like Rahane or shikhar dhavan...

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (March 7, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Bravo! Well done, this selection committee is showing a lot of guts in making such emphatic statements, first with Gambhir and now with Sehwag. The logic is plain and simple, shape up or ship out! It augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. And for those talking of Jaffer . Gambir again, get serious guys, we should go forward not backward!

Posted by swaroop747 on (March 7, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Its a good move by the selectors.They should pick him up again only if he performs well in domestic cricket consistently for atleast 6-8 months.I think wasim jaffer will be the ideal replacement for now.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

why always dinda and ishanth sharma? drop harbajan why can't u include Parvez Rasool.. (forgot? indian's famous for memory loss)... and why can't u give a chance to shami ahamed?....

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (March 7, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Tendulkar should retire and let a younger player have a career

Posted by proudcricketfan on (March 7, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

we saw it coming?what now?my team for the third test-1.rahane 2.vijay 3.kohli 4.sachin 5.pujara 6.dhoni 7.jadeja(okay with him on indian pitches, just because of his bowling) 8.ashwin 9.bhuvi 10.ojha 11.ishant( I don't think dinda will be any better than him)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Good Decision. We should give chance to Dhawan and Rahane and build the team with Vijay, Dhawan & Rahane as openers

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

finally some good decision by the selectors..this was to be done earlier anywys ...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

I think its a fair decision... But why there is no replacement... why was Wasim Jaffer not considered ??

Posted by Analyst_pisupati on (March 7, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Better late than never. One of the better moves by Indian Selectors in recent times. Please have Rahane as Vijay's Partner

Posted by cricmatters on (March 7, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Well done Viru for entertaining us with some spectacular knocks in typical Sehwag fashion summed up by two words "fearless" and "unconventional". However the time has come for the Selectors to try out few other opening combinations before touring overseas. I look forward to your future contributions in one day and T20 formats which are more suited to your natually flamboyant style. Good luck and best wishes.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

it is good decision dropping Sehwag for the last two tests, as he is not performing well. I think only problem with Sehwag is his fitness, he should work on his fitness. otherwise he is good player, i would like to watch him to play with South Africa.

Posted by aditya.continous on (March 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

sehwag can now have a good rest be4 the ipl begins...good for delhi daredevils as they have been struggling with player injuries...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

As expected..........Shikhar dhawan should open with vijay..and rahane should get a chance in place of sachin tendulkar in the playing 11 .

Posted by loke_cricfan on (March 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Sehwag, pls make some runs in domestic and come as a force that the world never seen you before....

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

This is a very encouraging news! Indian selectors have always chocked under pressure to drop a senior/experienced placer even when he is struggling for form. Sehwag not only has been struggling for form, but also for fitness. He should have played domestic cricket and got some good match practice to come back to form, like what Sachin Tendulkar did.

Since no replacement has been named for Sehwag's slot, I assume that it is either Sikhar Dhawan or Ajinkya Rahane who will open. This is a big chance for both, who have performed well in FC cricket over the years. I would like to see Rahane open. He has opened in FC for Mumbai. Even VVS Laxman had to open the test innings for India since finding a slot in the middle-order was tough. All-in-all, this is a positive move by the selectors, who have lost confidence of the masses with some dubious selection.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Sehwag need to be replaced with Gauti or Jaffer. We can't put youngsters directly into lions den(South Africa). That can impact there career also either way.

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

does that mean rahane will get a game? i doubt. i think dhawan will, considering he is a LHB.

Posted by SKT_G on (March 7, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

This one was expected. Good move by selectors . There are only 12-13 Test in a year and you cant keep give chance to some one hoping that some day he will click. I think it should be S.Dhawan who should make his debut instead of Rahane.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Good A change was needed...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

India now should open with M.Vijay and A.Rahane

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Already dropped from one day, age now 34, not so prob for next world cup, and dropping here will end his test career as next tour is in SA and he wont be picked. Seems this is the end of his career. Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag -nobody was able to end career on a high.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Finally some good news and a welcome opportunity for the likes of Rahane and Dhawan.

Posted by Haleos on (March 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Give rahane the opening slot.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

most welcome.. rahane really deserves a spot.

Posted by penagamuri on (March 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Very good move by selectors. Kudos to them. I think rahane will replace him as an opener. But I am going to miss viru n i believe its curtains for him. A whole hearted applaud for the champion. An amazing entertainer who would not be replaced. His triple ton against saf n near triple ton against sl are still afresh in my mind. Viru u r a true legend and one of the all time great in my opinion.

Posted by Sushrutdhakal on (March 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

As expected Sehwag is gone.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

The Dropping of sehwag would not be justified till he could be replaced by Ajinkya Rahane in the opening slot and not sikhar dhawan. Because Rahane has an excellent first class average of 62 as an opener and he has waited in the squad for more than 18 months in the test squad. So team management should consider Rahane to pair up with Vijay in the next 2 tests in Mohali and Delhi...

Posted by CrickAtti on (March 7, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Great!! He has to prove himself in domestic in case if he has to get selected for SA tour and this will the opportunity to Dhawan to prove himself........ And I hope BCCI will arrange one test series before the SA one... looking forward to that

Posted by srikanths on (March 7, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Sad but was coming for sometime.Sehwag is one who depends a lot on reflexes and hand eye coordination. Such people, slowing with age affects performance a lot more than technically good people. It would be a big surprise if he makes a come back. Hope he does but doubt it.

Next will be SRT,in all fairness, he is almost 40 and nowhere near his earlier capability.Diffcult seeing him being able to do well against Steyn and Morkel in SA, but you never know ?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

About time I guess. But I cant see Shikhar Dhawan faring any better than Viru.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Feeling sorry for Sehwag. He should have been deserved more chance. I don't think there vl be any replacement for him. Thats why they didnt name the replacement.

Posted by loke_cricfan on (March 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Oh my GOD!!!.. Indian only attacking batsman has been dropped. He should have tried in middle order.....

Posted by naren1983 on (March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

No Mercy for Sehwag and it is right one. Sehwag, go back to domestic and score heavily if you want to come back to South Africa Tour, otherwise your career will be over. Now chance for Shikar Dhawan as there is no replacement announced to start his international career in Tests at the right peak time. Dont think Rahane to open the innings with Vijay as he is considered as middle order batsmen where there is no place now. Believe Ojha will play in place of Harbajan. All the best to Shikar & Ojha.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

now lets see who will get opportunity as opener..Dhawan/Rahane...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Its about time that performance alone is the criteria for selection and not reputation.

Posted by AjuNair on (March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

not a good decision..Sehwag could have given one more chance...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Aus psychologically up even before third test started. India giving a big solution to a confused Australia even before Aus has started its search for one. But in a way yes..Sehwag needs to be rested, a new opener should be tried - what better place for him to "practice", than at home, especially when India has a morale boosting 2-0.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

I will feel sad if rahane does not get his chance now. But probability of playing dhavan is more than rahane although

Posted by roversgate on (March 7, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Good move, now please open with M. Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane instead of Dhawan. Dhawan can get his chance in due time but Rahane is not some glorified bench warmer.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Gambhir should have been included in this list !!! also replacing harbhajan by ojha will be in favour to India ahead upcoming test matches !!!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Its obvious Shikhar Dhawan willl open with Vijay now....

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

As Dravid said :P ..

I feel he should be given a chance as a middle order batsman.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Excellent decision by the Indian selectors who have shown that they have the mettle to take tough decisions.

Posted by PerfectTen on (March 7, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Is it the end of Sehwag's long and charmed innings in international cricket? In the current set up of youngsters and an indifferent captain (despite his success only at home, the likes of SMG feel he should be there till 2019 at the helm!), I don't see much of a chance for Sehwag to make a comeback. All Viru fans pardon me for writing his epitaph here but me being an admirer of his talents, I feel it's the right time for him to go. Lions should not exit like rabbits. Go ahead Viru, announce your retirement from international cricket and dazzle everyone in IPL in the coming years...that's where your heart is and that's where your fans will enjoy your show.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

way to go bcci selectors. this is the right approach..to be honest am glad u did not name gambhir as a replacement. rahane/dhawan will open with vijay i guess...

Posted by Nightwing32 on (March 7, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

About time though I feel sorry for him. Getting dropped seems really painful

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Sehwag is a fighter. I believe he will make it soon. I think he might have already thought about his retirement.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Hope Rahane opens the mohali test match with murali vijay :)

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

This is sick.. Viru haven't played much of the test matches in the recent past is the root cause for his poor form..in my opinion this is not the smartest move from the selectors as Viru is the 2nd best match winner in the team & India really need him the most despite playing good cricket against the Aussies.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Good bold decision.Use Rahane,his domestic stats are so prolific and we don't need a quickfire 20 in tests.Give rahane more time even if he fails and I am sure he has the technique to match up his wonderful numbers in the ranji circuit.Will feel happy if Ojha pairs up with Ashwin now that we have possibly won the series.Jadeja has been good for us but we need to understand he is just a spinner who can bat for 15runs whereas Ojha is a specialist spinner.So I would give Ojha more chances at home for we don't need to flood our gates with batsmen.Dropping bhajji for Ojha is also a fair option.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

good decision....finally shikhar dhawan will get his chance

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

I'm supprised that he lasted this long. That technique suggest that he should not be a good opener but he scored lots of runs. Maybe thats why he failed such a lot in the areas with bouncy and moving wickets. Still it's sad that one of the best entertainers must leave like this. He is older now and cant rely on his eye only anymore. this is the time when a good technique like Kallis have come in handy.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Hope Rahane gets to open the mohali test match along with vijay

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

It's high time that he dropped for good.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Why not drop ishant sharma who has also under performed without any doubt there are better fast bowlers in India without opportunities

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Fantastic.. Rahane or Dhawan can be tried !!

Posted by m_kamb on (March 7, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

why they are not dropping tendulkar?

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Now, instead of taking making Dhwan or Rahane open up with M Vijay, i think Sachin should do it and Rahane/Dhawan should come down the order 3rd down.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

I guess Rahane will open in place of Sehwag, but what about trying out another middle order batsman instead of Jadeja. Shikhar Dhawan is the only remaining batsman, why not name a couple of others like Rohit Sharma (seriously, the guy hasn't even had a test debut yet) or the new ad artist who also won the U'19 World Cup?

Posted by shrastogi on (March 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Gambhir can be added to the squad. No surprises otherwise.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

so long Viru Bhai...so long....thanks for all the wonderfull memories u have given us......and hoping against hope to see u come back

Posted by palla.avinash on (March 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Good to sehwag gets dropped,he has become very lazy in recent years.i would also drop haribijan and bring parveez rasool .Harbijan isn't doing great ojha should play instead of haribijan in Mohali and Delhi to be more competitive.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Its not a good decision...They can't be sure about Vijay and Dhawan that they ll fire against Aussies in next two matches. They Should have to give chance to Sehwag.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

No replacement....

Hard luck Wasim Jaffar.....

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (March 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

excellent decision. selectors are showing some guts finally. wouldn't mind rahane or dhawan replacing him in the XI. Both of them deserve to be given a decent run.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

well the selectors have done good job by dropping viru as he was not performing but according to me they should have named replacemenet

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (March 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Shocked but not surprised...I would have liked him to remain in the team but his performance was very much pathetic...Hope he comes back

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

About time. great player but has lost that x factor about him. and way too lazy on the field.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Well,totally expected.Hope Sehwag will now feel that his place in team is not for granted.Wish him for a comeback.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Finally a good decision. Let Sehwag take rest, learn and come back strongly.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

its a bold decision taken by the bcci keeping the african tour in mind.....

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