Australia in India 2012-13 March 8, 2013

India need Sehwag in South Africa - Laxman

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Axed India opener Virender Sehwag has found support from his former team-mate, VVS Laxman, who has said he "cannot imagine" an India team without Sehwag on the year-end tour of South Africa. Laxman said there was nothing wrong with Sehwag's reflexes, and felt he should have been playing in the third and fourth Tests against Australia to rediscover his form instead of being dropped midway through the series.

"The selectors are forgetting that the next Test series will be against South Africa," Laxman told Mumbai Mirror. "There should be a plan and vision for that series. When India go to South Africa, it is important to have a good mix of experience and youth. I cannot imagine an Indian team without Sehwag in those tough South African conditions. India cannot afford to go to South Africa without Sehwag."

Sehwag was dropped after making 2 and 19 in Chennai and 6 in Hyderabad against Australia following returns of 25, 30, 9, 23, 49 and 0 against England. The string of average scores came after his century in Ahmedabad, his first in two years. He hasn't made a hundred outside the subcontinent in five years. Laxman, however, said he should have been given two more matches, the only Tests India play before the South Africa tour.

"In Chennai, he was unlucky to have played on in the first innings," Laxman said. "Then in the second innings there and in the first innings in Hyderabad, good deliveries got him out. It was not that he threw away his wicket. It is not the right time to drop him.

"It was important to give him two more matches. Especially in Mohali [the venue for the third Test], Sehwag has always done well. The wicket there would have suited his game. It was a matter of one good knock for him to get back into form. Keeping in view the South Africa series, it is not a right decision. This would have been an ideal chance for him to come back into form."

Sehwag, 34, batted wearing glasses in Chennai and Hyderabad, and there were suggestions his reflexes were slowing down. Laxman dismissed them, saying Sehwag had a lot of cricket left in him. "There is a lot of talk about his glasses. Do you know how many players use contact lenses? I think someone uses the lenses just to make sure that his eyes are fine. I don't know why people are making such hue and cry about the glasses. I see no problems with Sehwag's reflexes."

Laxman said Sehwag had shown signs of returning to form during the second innings in Chennai and was confident he would be able to make a comeback. "Everyone goes through a lean patch. Sehwag is also going through bad form. But he is too good a player to be out of form for too long. I'm sure he will play wherever possible and his performance will talk for him.

"The South Africa series is in December. So there are enough matches for him to make a case for himself. The domestic season would have started before that. He will have got enough matches to prove himself by then."

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  • ChuckyDoll on March 8, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Sehwag only provides "virtual" assurance. It is all about risk management. The way Sehwag plays, putting in a yonger player does not increase the risk factor any more than banking on Sehwag. So dropping Sehwag is okay not because a rookie is going to solve the opening conundrum but becasue Sehwag has had his time. Its time for another opener to give a 1.5 to 2 year run at the spot. And mind you, Sehwag got a looooong rope. He's had more than share of his chances. He can come back as a player with different attitude; not with the "this is how I play" arrogance. You should stop resting on the past laurels and be realistic. No matter who you put in SA, they are going to struggle. Let's face it.

  • loki897 on March 11, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    For SA: wW Jaffer, M Vijay, C Pujara, S Tendulkar, A Rahane, V Kohli, MS Dhoni (wk), Ifran Pathan, Zaheer Khan (is he is the Z Khan we know)/B Kumar/P Kumar/, Umesh Yadav, Ravichanadran Ashwin

    If Yadav is injured call Aaron in considering they should recover by December

  • DeckChairand6pack on March 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Please India, please please select him to tour South Africa. He is a walking wicket and will mean India will only have 9 batsmen. His usual cavalier flashing at anything outside off has no place in SA. Our bowlers will have him on toast (...again!).

  • on March 10, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    unless and until sehwag changes his game style......we cannnot take him to SA. Dont you think Steyn & co. will watch his videos and make out the weakness of him. And as it it steyn has already played him on 4-5 tours so he will know how to bowl him. There are always times when you need to make changes in your game.

  • Temuzin on March 10, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    VVS was a great batsman but he is a very poor cricket analyzer. No surprise he was sacked as a captain of Hyderabad team. He performed pathetically as an icon and captain of the Deccan Charger. And now he is here to to give advice to most successful captain India has. Irony at its best.

  • AvidCricFan on March 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    VVS is dead wrong on this. Shewag has not done much in the last three overseas trips. His weaknesses have been figured out by all. I have more faith in Gambhir doing well than Shewag. India is not totally without experience. Dhoni, Gambhir and SRT are experienced. Ishant Sharma has been around for 5 years. However, he is another bowler needing a boot. Bottom line is that the Indian team can't afford to carry dead weight in the name of experience. Their non-performance can have really bad impact on the young than positive.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Agree with @ChuckyDoll - Sehwag only provides "virtual" assurance. It is all about risk management. The way Sehwag plays, putting in a yonger player does not increase the risk factor any more than banking on Sehwag. So dropping Sehwag is okay not because a rookie is going to solve the opening conundrum but becasue Sehwag has had his time. Its time for another opener to give a 1 to 2 year run at the spot. And mind you, Sehwag got a looooong rope. No matter who you put in SA, they are going to struggle. Let's face it. How come @ChuckyDoll understands more about Indian cricket than Laxman ?? Now, I don't wonder why VVS was never considered for Captain's role.

  • Temuzin on March 10, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    VVS has become very very biased and is trying to use his position of commentator to settle score with Dhoni. He like Nampally will criticize Dhoni for anything and everything. Mark my words. However in the process he will lose all his respect becoz Dhoni is going to rebuild a young winning team no matter what these pseudo experts have to say.

  • on March 10, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Keep giving chances to 34+ players is rubbish. India is going in the right direction by replacing oldies one by one. Now we have Kohli for Laxman and Pujara for Dravid. I'm not a Murali Vijay fan who I know is not a long term prospect with given technique. Unmukt Chand or Ajinkya Rahane can be better prospect. But again Unmukt is too young to don a Test Cap. So we are rebuilding on a right note. It's time for Sehwag, Bhajji, and Zaheer to take a call as for Sachin being selfish myself I can't imagine me watching cricket without him

  • on March 10, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Why not taking same kind of attitude to wards Sachin? This is not fair. Why Harbajan in? Let Veru to come down the order. He already mentioned his intention. Without Veru the result from SA will be 4-0 whitewash with innings defeat. His presence makes more confidence for other batters in the team. So I request Patil & Co. to reconsider their decision to save Indian team.

  • ChuckyDoll on March 8, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Sehwag only provides "virtual" assurance. It is all about risk management. The way Sehwag plays, putting in a yonger player does not increase the risk factor any more than banking on Sehwag. So dropping Sehwag is okay not because a rookie is going to solve the opening conundrum but becasue Sehwag has had his time. Its time for another opener to give a 1.5 to 2 year run at the spot. And mind you, Sehwag got a looooong rope. He's had more than share of his chances. He can come back as a player with different attitude; not with the "this is how I play" arrogance. You should stop resting on the past laurels and be realistic. No matter who you put in SA, they are going to struggle. Let's face it.

  • loki897 on March 11, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    For SA: wW Jaffer, M Vijay, C Pujara, S Tendulkar, A Rahane, V Kohli, MS Dhoni (wk), Ifran Pathan, Zaheer Khan (is he is the Z Khan we know)/B Kumar/P Kumar/, Umesh Yadav, Ravichanadran Ashwin

    If Yadav is injured call Aaron in considering they should recover by December

  • DeckChairand6pack on March 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Please India, please please select him to tour South Africa. He is a walking wicket and will mean India will only have 9 batsmen. His usual cavalier flashing at anything outside off has no place in SA. Our bowlers will have him on toast (...again!).

  • on March 10, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    unless and until sehwag changes his game style......we cannnot take him to SA. Dont you think Steyn & co. will watch his videos and make out the weakness of him. And as it it steyn has already played him on 4-5 tours so he will know how to bowl him. There are always times when you need to make changes in your game.

  • Temuzin on March 10, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    VVS was a great batsman but he is a very poor cricket analyzer. No surprise he was sacked as a captain of Hyderabad team. He performed pathetically as an icon and captain of the Deccan Charger. And now he is here to to give advice to most successful captain India has. Irony at its best.

  • AvidCricFan on March 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    VVS is dead wrong on this. Shewag has not done much in the last three overseas trips. His weaknesses have been figured out by all. I have more faith in Gambhir doing well than Shewag. India is not totally without experience. Dhoni, Gambhir and SRT are experienced. Ishant Sharma has been around for 5 years. However, he is another bowler needing a boot. Bottom line is that the Indian team can't afford to carry dead weight in the name of experience. Their non-performance can have really bad impact on the young than positive.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Agree with @ChuckyDoll - Sehwag only provides "virtual" assurance. It is all about risk management. The way Sehwag plays, putting in a yonger player does not increase the risk factor any more than banking on Sehwag. So dropping Sehwag is okay not because a rookie is going to solve the opening conundrum but becasue Sehwag has had his time. Its time for another opener to give a 1 to 2 year run at the spot. And mind you, Sehwag got a looooong rope. No matter who you put in SA, they are going to struggle. Let's face it. How come @ChuckyDoll understands more about Indian cricket than Laxman ?? Now, I don't wonder why VVS was never considered for Captain's role.

  • Temuzin on March 10, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    VVS has become very very biased and is trying to use his position of commentator to settle score with Dhoni. He like Nampally will criticize Dhoni for anything and everything. Mark my words. However in the process he will lose all his respect becoz Dhoni is going to rebuild a young winning team no matter what these pseudo experts have to say.

  • on March 10, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Keep giving chances to 34+ players is rubbish. India is going in the right direction by replacing oldies one by one. Now we have Kohli for Laxman and Pujara for Dravid. I'm not a Murali Vijay fan who I know is not a long term prospect with given technique. Unmukt Chand or Ajinkya Rahane can be better prospect. But again Unmukt is too young to don a Test Cap. So we are rebuilding on a right note. It's time for Sehwag, Bhajji, and Zaheer to take a call as for Sachin being selfish myself I can't imagine me watching cricket without him

  • on March 10, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Why not taking same kind of attitude to wards Sachin? This is not fair. Why Harbajan in? Let Veru to come down the order. He already mentioned his intention. Without Veru the result from SA will be 4-0 whitewash with innings defeat. His presence makes more confidence for other batters in the team. So I request Patil & Co. to reconsider their decision to save Indian team.

  • aussieperthindian on March 10, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    I have to echo the sentiments of most of the others. I admired VVS as a cricketer but his comments are old school and full of sentiment. As a Viru fan I don't like seeing him struggle but he has had his time-in fact longer than he has deserved-he is far too inconsistent and it is high time new blood is brought in. We also need to lose Harbajan and Ishant. Both are under performing. Bring in Ojah and another pace bowler-if we have one in over a billion people!! Is Yadav still injured? There must be somene out there!! We also need our fast bowles and the team as a whole to get fitter and put in some hard consistent work at the gym. If Bhuneshwar bulked up a little and maybe Ishant too they may gain 5km/hr pace. This can make all the difference as pure raw pace is not always necessary-look at Philander-what a success story. Rest of team is fine-Sachin should look at calling it a day soon though and go out gracefully-best ever. Also compulsary county cricket stints for all!

  • Vasi-Koosi on March 10, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    In someways I agree with Laxie. I cannot imagine an Indian team in SA without Veeru, in the same vein, I did not dream of an Indian team against ENG without VVS. I just have one problem with Veeru, I would have picked him, if he had thrown his wicket - that is the Veeru USP. His soft dismissals mean there is a lot going on in his head. He has been touted a lot for a clear clutter free head.

    Let me throw a moot point here - during the non-IPL days, in such a situation; the selectors would have advised the cricketer to join any of the English clubs, try play and come back to form for the next series at the end of the year. Will veeru ditch in his IPL team and go to England and revive his cricketing career or will he just play for his IPL team and fade away. I would love if he goes to England...

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 9, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I don't know whats wrong with VVS these days , for all the obvious class and skills he brings with him his analysis and comments seems to come from some wild fantasies rather than any cricketing logic , he is the LAST person we need in SA , sehwag was never a gr8 opener to start with , he was simply not good enough outside the sub continent as his average in those conditions indicate, i would say ashwin is a way better batsman than viru in england or SA

  • on March 9, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Bcci save to mr dhoni by giving him to dusty pitches.Because aus has very ordinary spinners only way win the match that kind of pithces.In mohali u should find another kind of story thats for sure its a flat wicket probaly its draw or india loss.Sehwag is the great player and he should not dropped so india pay the price.

  • IG123 on March 9, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I thought Sehwag struggled in his last series in SA, ENG and AUS. 380 runs at 19. Poor stuff from Laxman.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 9, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Sorry VVS, I have to completely disagree with your views here. NOPE, we DO NOT need Sehwag to tour SA with the team. We don't need a lethargic and ageing player who is at the END of his career. On the fast and bouncy wickets of SA, Sehwag will be humiliated further. It's better if he retires NOW and saves his reputation as one of the finest attacking batsmen ever to play for India. Enough is enough, we don't need experience to win us games. This is a sport, young players will LEARN themselves. After all, we won both the test matches against Australia with MINIMAL and ZERO efforts from Tendulkar and Sehwag respectively. So you see, we don't need the old guys. Thanks for their services to Indian cricket, but it's time to move on. I congratulate Mr. Sandeep Patil and co. for taking the RIGHT decision keeping Indian cricket in mind. Laxman is only showing remorse towards his former colleague. We don't have room for sentimentality any more in Indian cricket.

  • on March 9, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    How long we will see the old people like Sehwag playing cricket.Flashing out side the off stump and getting out.We have seen enough of him.It is time we should give chance to younger generation.See how Pujara and Jadeja are playing.Well done selectors.

  • on March 9, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    VVS is probably right, but right now - Sehwag needs a break from the game & media so he can get used to batting with Spectacles. Give him a few weeks .... and you never know - he might be back at his battering best. ....if not - he was brilliant while he was there I would prefer to remember Sehwag for the battering he gave England at Bangalore than his failures so the few failures, the better.

  • on March 9, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    why did the selectors drop sehwag even when india is leading 2-0 in the series? in south africa the likes of vijay, rahane and dhawan cannot open against steyn and morkel. we have many examples of this happening before---vikram rathour, debang gandhi etc. it's one thing to open in india and get runs but quite another to open the innings abroad on pace-friendly wickets and score. this was not about letting sehwag get back into form. this was about a great chance to drop sehwag because dhoni and srinivasan don't want him in the team. this was a good chance to drop sehwag because nobody can criticise them as sehwag has not been scoring. good players need support & backing. when sachin was not scoring for such a long time did the selctors droip him? when dhoni was losing test match after test match did the selectors drop him? so why drop a proven match-winner when the team is 2-0 up in the series?

  • on March 9, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    We got to respect Laxman's view. As Dravid also said, Sehwag should play in the middle-order and should be picked for the tour of SA.

  • Rahulbose on March 9, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    In the last decade Sehwag has been the key factor is stable opening pairs for India. He did it with Chopra, Sanjay Banger, Jaffer, Gambhir. India fans and selectors now are a spoiled bunch who have forgotten the 90s when India could never find a opening pair who were reliable, until Sehwag arrived and accepted the challenge.

  • on March 9, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    I am a fan of VVS Laxman, the batsman but since he started his comments on TV ,I am loosing that faith,his judgements are bordering on insanity and this one on Sehwag is an example

  • on March 9, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Gambhir's place has been sealed by Pujara. Let's not talk about him. I would still go with Sehwag & Jaffer as openers for SA series.

  • GopiKothandapani on March 9, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I dont aggree what VVS said. the problem is not with his form but his attitude towards the game. His body language is not good and looks like he is not interested in the same. His communication with the players also not very good. This is tough call but keeping youngesters like rahane,dhavan career in mind this is correct decision.

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    this is absolute rubbish from VVS , ex cricketers should only talk if they are being honest to the sport not because they want promote their friends, history and stats doesnt lie, look at sehwag's ridiculous and very irresponsible attitude in SA before, he was a walking wicket and i am sure people like sehwag can never inspire youngsters, saying that in asia sehwag was indias biggest match winner in the past 710 years a great player but his time is up and laxman 's statement is ludicrous

  • PTtheAxis on March 9, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    no sehwag simply means less interest in test cricket in india ... emptier stands ... something has not been right in the sehwag-dhoni chemistry for a long time ... and if dhoni thinks jadeja or him can replace sehwag's swashbucklingness he is dreaming

  • kharidra on March 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    The batting style swashbuckling model with which Viru is associated has provided excellent results over the years including a comeback after being dropped. But in the current context where several new players have come in and have provided compelling results with a batting style that is in no way less effective in terms of having a combo of the swashbuckling model and a less risk model. Given the scenario it is important to design a model of batting which is very much within the realms of Viru which can provide value to the team. It is by living with status quo that the match opponents have been presented with a well analyzed batting model to become an easy target and fall a prey. It is in times such as these that invention becomes necessary rather than relying on hitherto adopted and established methods that have been well under scrutiny and have been used effectively to dismiss such an experienced batsman. The rare opportunity is there to think on the reinvention and rejuvenation.

  • on March 9, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Sehwag n gambhir shd go to county cricket to rediscover their form. if Sehwag performs in county thn he cd still be recalled.

  • on March 9, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Even as we see that change is inevitable, some people just do not want to accept. If Sehwag had been performing, who would have dropped him? Now to argue that his failures for the past 3 years are not to be taken cognisance of, instead, eloquent support on the presumption that he will somehow do wonders in SA is poor logic. If only selectors had dropped Sehwag & Gambhir a year ago, it would have kept them in good stead. The SA series should also be a litmus test for the ageing maestro SRT. NOT that he has to prove anything, it will definitely tell him how things will shape ahead.

  • on March 9, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    VVS is a gentleman. He was a very good batsman. But never ever make him & Dravid selectors. They will keep selecting Sehwag & SRT till they are 50. No one should be a selector until all teammates he played with have retired, so no loyalty comes into it.

  • Sir.Ivor on March 9, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    I wish greats like VVS would not speak up for their erstwhile and close colleagues just because of loyalty and friendship. There is simply no denying that Viru Sehwag was a great player who contributed a great deal to India's rise to the top. But as it was in Laxman's own case, time takes away a lot. So even if one has great work ethics, one's abilities may have diminished. If Rahul Dravid and VVS himself have had to leave their halcyon days behind for reasons of age Sehwag cannot be any different because he is a human being. Besides, Viru does not even have the work ethics of the said two legends. A lot has been accepted in the name of him playing his natural game in the past because of his brilliance.Things are different now.If Sehwag has to come back, it has to be as a No 6 batsman as he once was and at which position he made his debut in South Africa. That is the position in which he will be mentally attuned when he comes in rather than as an opening batsman. Just let us accept it

  • Paddle_Sweep on March 9, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Dear Laxman,

    1. Sehwag averages 25.46 in SA over a period of 8 tests. If you leave out the century that he scored in his debut test match in SA then his average in SA comes down to 18.92. 2. He has not scored a century outside of Asia in the last 5 years. 3. He has 4 test centuries in (SA,AUS,ENG,NZ) put together. 3 of those come in 2001-02 season and the last one in 2007-08 season.

    I am sorry but I do not have confidence that the will perform any differently this time around. I am happy that the selectors have taken a sensible decision. Selectors ought to be applauded for taking a very good decision.

  • thinktank1 on March 9, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Sehwag in South Africa?? He is a walking wicket in India and he will be a running wicket overseas. Gambhir too. Time to look for solid batsmen who apply good technique in dealing with swing and bounce. Need to find confident batsmen like Pujara, Kohli for longterm purpose.

  • on March 9, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Angry_Bowler. Sehwag guiding the youngsters? Wrong move? His attitude and work ethics are deadly viruses. We should protect the youngsters from getting infected by this "VS" virus, even if the good old great "VVS" thinks that the current "VS" is as good as the old "VS". Or, will be... ? No way!

    Some one like Dravid, doing that job? Even if he is also betrying his favourable bias towards some of his old team mates? Yes, any day I will grab at that opportunity. Dravid, yes. Sehwag, no way.

  • aryan-is-dravid-fan on March 9, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    New guys deserve a chance, so it is absolutely great to see the selectors show some guts by dropping Sehwag and others before him. It was good to see Patil nudge Sachin into retiring from one-dayers too. But the point is, even if Sehwag had hit a century in Mohali, that would not guarantee that he will be in form almost a year later. So blooding a youngster in is great. Let Sehwag play County cricket or even club cricket in SA (if their season permits) to prove he still has it in him, and also to "get back in to form and gain confidence". He needs to show form in the conditions he is wanting to get selected in, not just in Ranji or IPL.

  • on March 9, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    One thing is certain. The international careers of Sehwag & Bhajji are OVER. Sachin also does not have too much time left, despite his tenacity, superior skills, and better work ethic.

    The current bunch of selectors, seem to have some guts and gumption to help all these three greats of the PAST retire (gracefully, or otherwise -- if they are not willing to go gracefully), and deelop younsters for the FUTURE. In that process, if we lose some series, let it be, for futures' sake.

  • on March 9, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    I jus dnt understand with this guy.. as much as i respected him earlier..he has started to annoy me nw.. first with harbhajan amd mw with sehwag.. why dnt he understand u need player scoring and getin in to teams and nt jus because of ur old laurels..and if he says sehwag is needed in SA.. i dnt remember him doin nethng great ovr thr...jus fr the tag "SENIOR" u cnt take him on tour spoil confidence sme young guns who r required in times to cme..

  • on March 9, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Two Indian cricketers, I admire most are Dravid & VVS. While I apreciate thier loyalty to their old colleagues like Bhajji before and Sehwag now, loyalty crossing the boundaries of reality, is leaving a bad taste in the mouth. It gives even loyal fans like me the impression that they haven't forgotten or forgiven the manner in which their retirements came about. And, they sound using every opportunity to get back at those who are percieved to be behind they being "pushed" out of international cricket. Quite sad, to evoke that unsavoury feeling among their fans, at this age and stage in thier professional lives.

  • joseyesu on March 9, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Selectors should not forget the series against Eng and Aus earlier. Nothing happened with the "youth and exp" team earlier, then why bother. Even if India is completely smashed, I would be happy with players earning for a spot than with players who throw that away. Anyway Cricket lovers would miss SEHWAG entertainment. me too included in that.

  • on March 9, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Today, the problem with Sehwag is his record in India is great and now he has failed to perform on Indian wickets also. If mohali suits his stroke play, he may score there. BUt that does not indicate that he will be in form in SA. What is test record of Sehwag in SA? A a good player should prove himself on wickets not suiting his natural game.

  • 3Cents on March 9, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Dear VVS, I am a big fan of your batting and your approach to cricket during your playing days. We all could sense your unhappiness when you declared your retirement. It was clear you felt you deserved more chances based on your past record. You are now projecting the same logic on to your ex-team mates, Viru and Bhajji. It is sad to see that you are not moving beyond in life and unable to accept that the glory days are over. Clearly both Viru and Bhajji (and yourself) got enough number of chances to prove your worth in the test team. Their performance standards over these long periods are unacceptable and they do not deserve a chance anymore (not withstand their past achievements). Test matches are not meant for practice and getting back to form. If they still have it in them, let them go and play competitive cricket in English County or even Aussie leagues, score heavily or take lots of wickets and EARN your place back, rather than seek favors from selectors. Take it easy VVS!

  • givemeabreak on March 9, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Why international matches to be utilized for gaining form, don't we have enough first class or domestic matches in between? If Sehwag or Gambhir regains form they may be recalled for South Africa. If FORM is such a crucial thing why everyone in the team is selected on the basis of the recent form rather than reputation. Australian dropped greats like Hayden when their average dropped just below 35, they asked Steve waugh to retire when he was in the best form, then why Indian fans and selectors make a hue cry on star cricketers being dropped.

  • SaravananIsTheBest on March 9, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Good to see Laxman Backing Sehwag. Definitely this is gonna boost Sehwag's hunger to come back to team. But, dont buy the concern on Must in Squad for Proteas tour. Apart from his first inns in SF, he hasnt done anything extrodinary, things are not gonna change. We lost 8-0 overseas with big lads in playing XI. Would prefer to take young lads over there, if at all they loose, they'd atleast learn. Let us stop this hide/cover part & offer long rope for non-performing Seniors. And, thats how we've got Sehwag & Gambir rotten.

  • Angry_Bowler on March 9, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    I think he is not kiding, what VVS is trying to say is if Sehwag is there in SA, he can guide the younger players like Pujara, Kohli, Murali, Jadeja how to face Styne and co on fast and bouncing pitches and score tons and tons and tons of runs. This mentoring is very very very important for the future of Indian cricket, in particular for the openers like vijay.

  • Albert_cambell on March 9, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Sehwag is an easy wicket for us. He is just an overrated player who only scores runs in flat tracks against weak team. Cant believe india needs this flat track expert to tour SA. This clearly shows the lack of talent in india.

  • spinkingKK on March 9, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Sehwag seems to have lost interest in playng under the current captain for some reason.

  • spinkingKK on March 9, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Sehwag has never been a consistent batsman. But, what changed is that Sehwag seems to struggle against the new ball. It was as if he will get out any moment. So, the selectors call is right. However, I agree with Laxman to some extend, because, having Sehwag in the team when you play South Africa in South Africa is a strength and could make the opposition think twice before making any plans. I also read a comment by Rumy1 about having Sehwag and Jaffer open. Sounded like a good combination. The selectors could still pick Sehwag for the tour, especially if Tendulkar retires after the current series.

  • on March 9, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    We need Sehwag in SA as much as we needed VVS in the last Aus tour. VVS should have been dropped for the last two tests in Aus like Sehwag and maybe things could have been different over there.

    Both VVS and Sehwag are past their use by dates. Difference is, Sehwag doesnt know it yet.

  • RanKan on March 9, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    I am a Viru fan and agree with VVS 100%. Let captain and people have even 80% faith in him and the double and triple centuries will flow and slip catches will be plucked out of thin air. The Nawab of Najafgarh is nonpareil.

  • Raj12345 on March 9, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Shewag is done. If we include him for SA then we are losing opportunity to identify new openers for India. He lready 34 more than Badri, rules same for every one. So youth policy so leave Shewag alone and let him go and play corporate trophy or some thing else.

    Hello VVS one more question. Do you give same number of chances to Ranahe/Dhawan/Mukund. Why don't you open your voice when Mukund was dropped after 4 tests. why for Shewag and he is not a team plater and pathetic scores for years.

  • cosair on March 9, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Shewag has failed on numerous occasions and he is not the batsman of 5 years ago. Laxman should know that as he was also dropped to make way for new young players.Unfortunately age has its toll on people and in such a sport you have to remain on top of the game to be selected. The selectors have got it right and Laxman has got it wrong

  • Manush on March 9, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    I am happy to read from his colleague a true picture and fully endorse his views. Sehwag has been treated differently for the last 3 years or so after the ascendency MSD which I hope is accidental !!!. No one should forget Sehwag's contributions to India's success in all formats in the last 10 years and must be given better opportunity and respect he deserves !!! Do not forget he is the only Indian to record 2 300s and one short by 3 runs and again holds the record of scoring a double century in ODI. He should be allowed to retire in a better fashion !!

  • on March 8, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I can share Laxman's concern that the Indian batting will need a blend of experience and youth when they travel to SA and Sehwag may be an asset BUT going on current form, it makes perfect sense to drop Sehwag and bring in Dhawan or Rahane. Sehwag needs a break and may come back stronger like he did before but on current form (I cant stress this enough), he is a liability. Sad to see the once destructive batsman becoming a walking wicket...maybe he just needs to clear his head for a while...I still remember his 105 batting at no 5 in Kingsmead.

  • Nampally on March 8, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    The Selectors have no Short or long Term Plans. They go on picking squads aimlessly. Just because India is 2-0 up, it does not mean this team is good. It is a totally unbalanced XI with 2 off spinners - one taking wkts. & the Other guy having "Free practice"!. Sehwag, a good off spinner, was held back to provide "practice" to this second spinner - Harbhajan. To keep Harbhajan in XI, they drop Sehwag in Mohali Test. In SA, it will all be "chin music" & One off spinner is more than enough. On the other hand a dominant batsman like Sehwag will be the need of the day because current openers will fail & Pujara will be left playing at one end with only Tendulkar providing some resistance. Other guys do not have the technique or defence to play the seamers on bouncy pitches. Dhoni's technique would be badly exposed - his double century will be just a memory! Sehwag in the middle order will make a huge difference. That was what the Selectors needed to try. Present squad has "4 free riders".

  • Rumy1 on March 8, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I agree with Laxman that India will need Viru and Jaffer in South Africa especially when we look at the reserve pool-all with weaknesses (minus Jaffer) against fast swinging rising cherry at 140kmph.Good he was dropped as he wasn't performing allowing him sometime to reflect on what he wants to do next.If he thinks he still has a few years of international cricket left in him then he needs to go back to nets and iron out his problems and get some domestic cricket to see if things have gotten better or not.SA tour is good 8-9 months away,so he has time.If he thinks it's time to go easy on body then he should retire and devote his time/focus on shorter versions, his academy, etc.Personally I think he still has a couple of years of international cricket left provided he is willing to work hard,shed some kilos,improve his focus, footwork and fitness.Jaffer with his skills,solidity,experience would have been an ideal replacement at the top more so when Team has 4 Test series on foreign soil

  • Rumy1 on March 8, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    I don't agree Sharda that Sehwag is unlikely to make a comeback.He is too good a player for not being able to do so - especially when we look at reserve pool (minus Jaffer).However,it is good he has been dropped as he was not performing and it allows him sometime to reflect on what he wants to do next.If he thinks he still has a few years of international cricket left in him then he needs to go back to nets and iron out his problems and get some domestic cricket to see if things have gotten better or not.SA tour is good 8-9 months away,so he has time.If he thinks it's time to go easy on body then he should retire and devote his time/focus on shorter versions, his academy, etc.Personally I think he still has a couple of years of international cricket left provided he is willing to work hard,shed some kilos,improve his focus, footwork and fitness.Jaffer with his skills,solidity,experience would have been an ideal replacement at the top more so when Team has 4 Test series on foreign soil

  • Nampally on March 8, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Spoken like a Trojan, Laxman. When Harbhajan is in XI with No performance to show, why should Sehwag get the axe having scored a century in the Test match against England? Dhoni could have tried Sehwag @#6 to reinforce the middle batting too. But he did not even try. This would have solved both opening batsman + middle order problems for India. Just dropping the most feared batsman in the world, when at his best, shows lack of faith in Sehwag. With Tendulkar & Sehwag in the middle order batting, India would have 4 good batsmen in XI. Harbhajan is waste of one spot especially when India has Ashwin as the #1 off spinner. Sehwag is a better off spinner than Harbhajan, if only Dhoni sets his prejudice aside & works for his team rather than his own favourites. Laxman is absolutely right in supporting Sehwag because he was the leader of the Indian batting at the top for so long. Instead of Politiking, let us play fair & make way for Sehwag.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 8, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Unlike his batting, VVS is not making any sense. He says Mohali would have suited Sehwag's style of batting fast pitches and swining conditions going to suit him? Surely it's more important to give another opener a chance in the final 2 tests rather than Sehwag. Why do we need a blend of youth and experience when the combined experience of Sehwag Tendulkar and Harbarjan are adding nothing to the team and instead holding back the opportunity for the youth to gain experience? I agree everyone goes through a lean patch but 2 years is more than a lean patch so for what reason does Sehwag get dropped? The main point that VVS is missing is that being an automatic choice makes you forget the things that earned you in the first place. VVS has to remember to be impartial and rational if he wants to a successful cricket commentator even that means saying difficult things about former teammates and friends.

  • on March 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    As much as I respect VVS as a cricketer , I can't help but disagree on both the calls he's made off - field . There's no guarantee that the likes of Rahane , Dhawan or Vijay will succeed in SA , but there's also no guarantee that Sehwag's gonna return to form either . And frankly , I really wouldn't want Sehwag to mentor the team's young guns like Pujara and Kohli , at least not with his " See ball - Hit ball " attitude against the likes of Steyn , Morkel , Philander and Co. Besides , even if the aforementioned replacements do fail , we'll at least have that extra bit of energy on the field

  • on March 8, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Hey guys (selectors), what about ishant unlucky sharma with 17 wkts in last 13 games at bradmanesque average of 77!!! Isn't that enough!??? Worse than even bhajji

  • SehwAAGfan on March 8, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    O gosh... Wow people... Gr8... I think da call for S.badrinath n W.saha is on cards.. Shall we change da Indian blues to yellows.. How easily mr dhoni had played his game.. It's not about aggressive batting.. He is the one who makes test interesting.. He taught many how to win a test instead of thinking for a Draw.. Y Sehwag is never used as a bowler?? Y Sehwag was never allowed to play in da middle order?? 119 domestic T20 219 ODI world record 319 Test

  • aby_prasad on March 8, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Mr.Laxman, we all love your wristworks, your great heroics, in general your batting. But that is another matter. Never knew you had this bias in you and no wonder you were never considered for captaincy. It also makes me understand why 'laxman statements' never made it to the press while you were playing. Your views also makes us wonder if this is the beginning of a long verbal headline stuff from here on just to show your displeasure with the current captain and make things difficult for him. REally man, didnt expect your inside to be like this. Strange when you know a person when he is allowed to speak freely. You also say sehwag will not fail for long, if 2 years isnt long for you (barring an odd innings here or there), i wonder what is! Like i said, this is purely biased

  • noboundaries on March 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    NO I dont agree with Laxman, the selectors made a correct call at this time even who ever plays in his position fails. This opinion do not diminish what Shewag had achieved & equally he could be still be picked to play SA down the order. Opener as every cricket knows is a critical position, more often than not when opener fails, the Indian team collapsed. So with 2-0 it is right time to blood a new opener with a lot of stake in the series.

  • ddlj26 on March 8, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Firstly i am a fan of laxman's batting... but his statement here makes for poor analysis ... has he even seen sehwag's batting outside the subcontinent in the last 2+ years.. he was a walking wicket, there is not one good innings i can remember him playing.. Nextly if you continue to give chances to senior players who are not in form, then how would india as a cricketing nation with young talent waiting in the wings even find out whether a youngster has it in him to play at this level... i mean isn't that how people like sehwag and gambhir got into the team in the first place, through opportunities given to them at a young age? I am not a fan of the indian selection commitee and its decisions most times, but i think they got it spot on this time... when you are given a long rope to prove yourself being a senior player if you dont make it count then you deserve what comes by... besides no other country would have offered a player like sehwag these many chances to be frank firstly !!!

  • frommoonman on March 8, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Just replace "Sachin" with "Sehwag" in this article and it will hold equally true. Double standards. The "cricinfo staff" very conveniently forgot to mention Sehwag's brilliant hundred in Ahmedabad against England just 5 tests ago - the only one India won against England in last 8 attempts. Whereas Sachin hasn't scored a test hundred in 26 months and 35 test inning which included measurable run against lowly NZ. Viru is the only Indian to score 2 triple hundred against Steyn and Shoaib & co. Ideally, Sachin should retire and Viru to replace him at # 4.

  • SevereCritic on March 8, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Only Indian batsman to have scored a triple ton (against Pak in Multan iirc). Will always remember Viru for the electrifying knocks he has played across the world including the away centuries against the saffers and aussies. Fall of another player from an era in Indian cricket which taught the world that they could win away tests consistently.

  • ARad on March 8, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Someone should show Sehwag's Test average outside sub-contintental conditions in the last few years to Laxman. This is also an opportunity for me to re-express my disappointment at Laxman as a pundit given that his batting has given me many hours of joy. While commentating early on the fourth morning during the Chennai Test, he claimed that India should declare so that they would give enough time to bowl Australians out. India hasn't accumulated sufficient runs at that time so if Australians had survived for more than four sessions, it was highly likely that India would have to bat again but, instead of batting on the fourth morning, India would have to batted on a pitch that would have decayed further. Indian fans should be happy that Laxman never became the Indian captain (as Ian Chappell once argued) if Laxman's ability to read the match situation is this poor.

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Before SA tour it is very important to test our other options, so decision to drop Gambhir then Sehwag is fair enough. U need to find ur best 6 batsmen before any tour. For next 2 test matches its important to try Dhawan, Rahane and test Jadeja as a batsman. I still believe that players like Gambhir n sehwag can be handy in middle order especially in post Sachin era which may come at any time. (may be after 200 test matches or 16000 runs whichever comes earlier)

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    VVS is absolutely right.Viru should be there in the Indian Team in place of Sachin .Thats my opinion. In the bowling Dept.Sreeshant should find a place in place of Bhajji who is a spent force like Sachin.

  • nyc_missile on March 8, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Laxman sees as it is and speaks as is just like Ganguly..he felt Dhoni goofed up in undermining Bhajji's confidence especially after picking him and also praised MSD's knock for what its worth.So people blaming Laxman on Sehwag need to get a life.He is an honest observer unlike the BCCI spokespersons masquerading as commentators.He is spot on regarding Sehwag.When the dead-wood in the team Ishant can carry on with miserable SR's without even threatening to take wickets,why not Sehwag on a batting track like Mohali? Lets get it clear.Dhoni is a fine politician and he manipulates his contacts with BCCI to get rid off anyone who he feels is better or more qualified to be the captain.Its just incidental that they are out of form but not the only reason for their axing..

  • KannanAkil on March 8, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    if viru is not in form then picking him for SA will be a bad choice and if we loss there these people will stand against dhoni only i am sure.

  • daksh011 on March 8, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    you were legendary batsman, but i dont agree with this point with you. we all know about sehwags ability, but 2 years is not small period which he has been given to regain his form. wasim jaffer would be ideal replacement but selectors wont select him because of his age. india needs to find some young opening batsman for long term as murali vijay is already 29 and is useless outside subcontinent, gambhir doesnt have best of technique as india will be touring south africa, sri lanka, england and australia in 2014

  • cricketlover89 on March 8, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    @Nish_US

    You have a captain to take decisions. If laxman questions dhoni abt under using bhaji then he shd have done the same for the seamers in the same match. our fast bowlers were not even bowing in the 2nd test in chennai.

    I saw someone posting sehwag shd have been there, that he hit 2 sixes of steyn the last time. So he shd be there. remember his 195 in aus in 2008 and 198 of 8 innings in 2012. the same would repeat. whoever has taken the decision has done world of good for the team and for sehwag for that matter. wen he is not able to get a decent score in his home country in flat tracks , it is silly to even think he will score big in wickets in SA particulay of his "hit or miss" strategy. May be thats y our 0-8 defeats overseas didn hurt our indian team as it should have

  • Rajanp on March 8, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Finally, this is end of a strange era, where outcome of a phenomena of Sachin entertained us. Good bye Sehwag!! I think you have played your last inning in all forms of the game. We will miss you. You have played on your terms during your entire career, but somewhere sombody has to stop. Now give youngster chance.

    Bye bye Sehwag. Thanks for entertaining us for so long.

  • phunny_game on March 8, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    I guess sehwag will be back and yes he could have played well in mohali since the pitch is the type that he likes, with the ball coming on to the bat nicely. But i think patience has run out now for him. And besides, he didn't look comfortable at all....

    But he definitely should be given a chance on the A tour to SA, and also to Gambhir... They deserve a chance to prove that they can survive and score runs in SA... Then if they are considered for selection, it will be a fair decision, instead of persisting with him now, which would'v been completely on past performances...

  • TRAM on March 8, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I dont care how good a batsman or bowler is. If he drops catches, he brings loss to the team for sure and MUST GO OUT. India won the 1st test against AUS last wek *in spite of* Sehwag's dropped catch. It will not happen in SA or even in AUS or in ENG. Here is the cricinfo commentary:

    8.3 Ashwin to Warner, no run, dropped by Sehwag at first slip. He is wearing sunglasses, which is not to say these can't be corrective lenses. This ball dips on Warner, outside off, almost steered away to slip. Sehewag is caught in two minds, whether to go with fingers facing down or reverse-cup. Spills it. he dropped Cook in the series against England in what was a pivotal piece of action in Mumbai. Off Ashwin, that too

  • cricketlover89 on March 8, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @Nish_US

    Let me make myself clear,Like u said Harbhajan was in d team to take wickets. If you see d all d comments here some ppl say sehwag shd hav been in s team for d next 2 mathces to gain form. Likewise most ppl would say bhaji shd have played the aus series( if he was not in the squad) because of his past success. Even dhoni and selectors would have thought so, so they gave him the chance. his opening spells were horible if you had seen the match. I feel the 1st match of any series decides the series itself ( I dont mean the result but the momentum). So he was expected to take wickets.

    I cant exactly quote wat vvs said but he meant " bhaji shd have bowled more overs to gain his confidence back" . Do u seriously feel someone who didnot hav any success even in ranji shd come to international matches to practise and gain confidence that too in d crucial part of the first match of series. I think otherwise. now everone including bhaji knows he is out of form so he wil go 2 ranji

  • timtom on March 8, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    VVS at it again.. Only emotions and no logical comments.. That one knock can come in domestic tournaments too..Why waste in international inning.. VIru can always come back by performing in domestic cricket...Bhajji with showing any performance in domestic cricket made a comeback so not hard for Viru..

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Laxman as a test batter was better than Laxman as a Text writer. its good to have counterviews but not at the cost of obvious.

  • xylo on March 8, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    It is a given that the test series in South Africa will be as disastrous as it is for Australia in India. Given that, do we want to take younger players who will fail and learn and prepare better for the next series, or do we still want to stick with Sachin and Sehwag? We already lost a chance in Australia with Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Sachin sensing a good chance to reach a milestone but got exposed very badly. Dravid and Laxman did very well to realize what was going on, and exited gracefully. The other two do not seem to have a clue of what is going on.

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    To Laxman and all those people saying that Sehwag can regain form in the next two matches, I have few very simple questions to ask. Do they have a crystal ball where they saw this? Why any player is expected to regain form while playing for India in an international test match, shouldn't we select players who are in form? What makes them believe that if a player who hasn't scored outside subcontinent in past 5 yrs, will score in the next series?

    This is definitely a good decision as any batsman coming into the side will have at max 4 innings to find his feet in the side and get comfortable. Australia might be struggling but they do have a very potent new ball attack and can give a good workout to the new batsman. Kudos selectors and Dhoni!!

  • Nish_US on March 8, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    @cricketlover89

    I see no issue with laxman questioning DHONI for not bowling harbhajan more.

    He is in the team as a strike bowler, replacing someone who is in world top 10. So why have him in the team if he is no afraid to bowl him? If you are so worried that he would leak runs, then HE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TEAM.

  • anuajm on March 8, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Laxman has nit been rational in his assessment. Firstly he was giving unnecessary support to Bhajji and criticizing Dhoni and now this. Anyways, i think Sehwag should have been given an opportunity in the middle order and the right time for that was start of this series not now. Its good that he has been dropped. As ChuckyDoll says, if he comes back with a changed attitude and accepts that he might need to adapt to situation and modify his game a bit, works on his fitness, i think he will get back to the form that has made him dangerous and exciting. Whatever happens, Sehwag, thank you. You are and will be a hero!!

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Nope VVS, dropping Viru is a right decision. If you want to see someone with experience in SA, then bring back Jaffer. He should have been swapped for Viru for Mohali.

  • din7 on March 8, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    India need Sehwag in South Africa ! hahahahahah didnt expect this from laxman well i would want to forecast his scores in SA i.e 4,2,12,9,0,1! I saw 1st good decision from indian selectors after long time....well but whats the matter even he plays or not,lets face it we are going to lose 3-0..dont expect anythin less!

  • GreenDeviln on March 8, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Well Laxman, next tour is SA that's the reason he was dropped. I can't see Sehwag surviving even 10 overs against Steyn, Philander and Morkel

  • yogi.s on March 8, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Is laxman being too polite to sehwag? No disrespect to a player of VVS's class but, I can see no cricketing logic behind his statements. Ok, if sehwag did get picked for the last two tests and did hit form what is the guarantee he will score in SA, coz he was all at sea last time in SA and this time SA is only better. In case sehwag got picked for the last two tests and did not score you surely can't pick him for SA and the guy who does get picked will have to face up to the new ball against SA in SA with little or no international experience. Either case the logic is damned. Infact sehwag got the better end of the deal by being picked for these two tests and he couldnt make use of it. It was only because of his game changing ability that he was not dropped and gambhir who performed slightly better than him was dropped.

  • Dalena on March 8, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Viru Rocks!! he may be not playing well. but he shud have played last 2 test match against AUS. . anywayz india were in good position to seal series. . in SA none of our so called Youngsters Will survive . . it better to pick experienced Viru instead of 1 good knock after 15 test matches Mr. Vijay. .

  • the_blue_android on March 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Are we going to miss the 32 runs he scores in the entire series? VVS, I'm a big fan of you but you gotta be less biased towards your buddies. Sehwag was never an overseas player. As he avraged like 22 or something outside of the sub-continent in the last 5 years.

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    All I see from VVS in commentary is blindly backing his former teammates even when they are failing consistently. First Harbhajan, then Sehwag. There would always be a case of giving "two more chances" to a senior player hoping he would return to form. Sehwag was given enough chances. He did score one hundred against England after a long lean patch; but that didn't signal his return to form. So VVS saying that he just needs one good score to get back in form is also a tested and failed theory. This is a good time to give chance to a new player rather than directly exposing him in South Africa. VVS; we have to move on. We wouldn't have found Pujara and Kohli or for that matter any young talent if we keep giving failing seniors "two extra chances".

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Dropping viru is purely one man decision that is dhoni. If viru get chance to play next two games defnetly he can bring his form because now India is in winning track and all our players are in positive mind set. viru is a match winner. Nobody is having better strike rate(as a opener) than viru. So he is must needed player for SA tour. Otherwise that be last series to dhoni as a captain. If he lose the captaincy he will lose the place in the side because in India there are many wk batsman better than him.

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    5 years without a test century abroad?? well thats too much..VVS says viru should have been given 2 more chances..but the reality is he has been given the most number of chances than for any other cricketer i could remember..More than his reflexes, his hunger to perform has slowed down and this made him take his place for granted.hope this will teach him a lesson and he comes back stronger..

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    VVS had been gr8 on field. But now I get why he could never even be thought of captain probables. This isn't a rational opinion.

  • basileatscricketball on March 8, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    averages 28 in last 20 games.

  • Batmanindallas on March 8, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Sehwag has not scored abroad in 5 years and Laxman thinks he will strike gold now. He has now added poor performance in Asian wickets to that stats. I think Selectors made the right call...

  • rosh280 on March 8, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    VVS really pitched the right opinion. i back him saying that it is not the right moment to drop sehwag. he can find form in next matches. he should be an integral and senior player when india tour south africa. he played dale steyn and team early. i remember he took two huge sixes in one sover against dale steyn. he is a fine spin bowler too he can be very handy in south africa. if you look for substitutes than we could use Rahul dewan, jiwanjoth, abhinav mukund, ravi inder singh, harshad khadiwale, kaustub pawar.ian dev singh. middle order with sp jackson,ambati rayudu, gowtham, ganesh satish, sachin rana, ishank jaggi, manprit juneja, anustup majumdar. jalaj saxena and parveen rasool can be tried in both batting and bowling. they are the alrounders to support ravindra jadeja. I Prefer rahul dewan, jiwanjoth to be the opener. middle order choices can be sp jackson, ambati rayudu, gowtham, sachin rana, manprit juneja,jalaj saxena. sachin rana.

  • AjaySridharan on March 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Going by the most recent history of what experience did to us in the tours of England and Australia, I think this is a risk worth taking. You set standards by what you tolerate in your presence, and tolerating such a long string of bad performances would not have been setting the right tone. It's the classic chicken and egg story...if you don't give the exposure you'll never get the experience. Come next year, these young guys that are given the exposure would have the experience! Sehwag should have been part of the team if he was performing well...just like Saching. This is not ageism, this is meritocracy, plain and simple.

  • cricketlover89 on March 8, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I lost all respect for laxman after 2 comments from him 1) " dhoni shd have allowed harbhajan to have bowled more overs" 2) now his statement abt sehwag.

    Even he knows sehwag is a walking wicket in SA. Just to show his hatred he is critisizing dhoni here. DRAVID is the best when it comes to being a gentleman. VVS is just being stupid here.

  • palla.avinash on March 8, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Sehwag is very poor players in swinging conditions and he wasn't showing any great intent in field or out side the field in improving his game, i differ with laxman it is time to give experience to youngsters like dhawan and rahane than wasting time on sehwag.India team has wasted enough time on players like yuvraj,harbijan and raina in recent years in test and wasting time on rohit sharma in odis ,time t give chance to players like dhawan,manoj tiwary,rahane and jedeja.and i strongly believe sentiments doesn't work in cricket as a team,time to choose players who has better commitment,talent and correct attitude towards test cricket.Otherwise these players will choose ipl instead of test cricket.

  • cricketlover89 on March 8, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    i personally feel vvs laxman doesnt like dhoni, only so he is talking rubbish abt his decisions.After the first test he told dhoni shd have allowed bhaji to have bowled more. did he not realise tat bhaji was bowling horribly and he would have let the game slip if he had bowled continuosuly badly.. now he wants sehwag to have played, sehwag was given an extended run for the last 2 years. after a long period of failures he would score a hundred to play again for another 15 games making less than 15.. now if given a chance wat if he scores a 100 in 3rd test then he will not be droppable for another 10 tests and he will make 198 in 8 innings again in SA.

    i feel he is issuing statements only to pull legs of dhoni

  • phunny_game on March 8, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Laxman usually gives suggestions that aren't easy to digest... Only Ganguly and Dravid (though his take on harbhajan has shaken my belief a bit) are the sensible ones...

  • on March 8, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Wow, this is a shocker! "good deliveries got him out"?? You're playing test matches at the international level because you won't get out to good deliveries. If not, I can very well play in the Indian team! If this is the logic and mindset adopted by a player of Laxman's caliber, then God bless India! Now I see why the 8-0 losses haven't hurt the Indian team as much as it should have.

  • CricketMaan on March 8, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    It is strange that VVS says that one good knock is all what Viru needs, but didnt he actually start with a good knock in Ahmedabad? and then see what happened. The problem is he keeps producing this 'one good knock' once in 10 Tests, now is that what you want when we go to SA, NZ, Eng and Aus. On his day he can destroy any attack, but those days are coming far and few in between. Whether Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane or even an in-form Gauti is the answer to opening condurum in SA is something you can only guess. But if Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane are selected then give them a good rope. It would be unfair to simply chop and change as the back up in Jiwanjot, Unmukt are all raw and untested. Mukund was thrown in and out despite doing well against England scoring some 50s and a 100 in that tour game. But then we went back to Viru and Mukund is now no where in the selectors books. Rahane wont play until SRT goes or Jadeja fails and wont open as well. So its Vijay and Dhawan for next 2 Tests

  • on March 8, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Even if Sehwag stays home and plays no games.... selectors will bring him back. I do not think any other opening combination amongst current players is as good as Sehwag/Gambhir. And there is no one who can score at a strike rate of more than a run a ball (like Sehwag). Test cricket without Sehwag will be boring again!

  • Akash_23 on March 8, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Surprising to see Laxman with such a thought process. A mix of experience and youth is always a boon but only if the experienced players are good enough to showcase the value of the number of matches and runs under their belt. Sehwag, on the other hand, despite all his experience, still has the tendency to throw away his wicket at crucial stages, mostly to ordinary or even bad balls. His habit of poking outside the off stump would have been terrible for the Indian team specially on bouncy tracks against the world's best pace attack. A youngster may bring more promise and intent to the top order than Sehwag has shown over the past 2 years.

  • on March 8, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    First of all Sehwag is intimidated by selectors and captain. They drop him for one days and T20's. Then Sehwag is confused whether to defend or playing shots. Hence he got out three times defending in Chennai and Hyderabad. When Greg Chappel was the coach Ganguly, Sehwag and Zaheer were dropped. They come back strongly. Now again Patil and Fletcher dropped world class players like Sehwag,Yuvraj, Gambhir, Yousuf and Irfan Pathan. Definitely these players will come back with big success. Best of Luck to Sehwag and others.

  • philipsmgp on March 8, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Virendar scored century on his debut at SA.Why not Any talented youngster be given a chance to repeat this feat.And dont say there are not any yougsters to fill in the spots open.Its just to give them chances and keep politics out. Laxman is somehow desperate to take chance to criticise Dhoni and the selectors.

  • philipsmgp on March 8, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    i Guess if laxman keeps on giving these types of comments he would be losing his respect very soon.About Sehwag he has been loved and still being loved by the Indian fans.But Individual is not greater than team.Who has he got to blame other than himself.And laxman said he didnt see any problem with his reflexes.My god i watched the match live at chepauk and believe me he was so lazy he didnt even want to bend down to pick the ball from the ground.He doesnt seem to have the same passion for the game he had few years back. Time to move on laxman.You might have been a great cricketer but a useless analyser of the game.

  • TRAM on March 8, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    "he was unlucky to have *played on* in the first innings" ... what a pathetic statement from an expert batsman! What is "played on", Mr. VVS? It means he "edged the ball", instead of middling the ball on his bat. You know, "edging" the ball to be caught at slips is also OUT? Is that also "unlucky" ?? Edging or getting beaten completely - indicate the bowler has won over the batsman. Or in other words, the batsman FAILED due to lack of skills !! As simple as that. Was Sehwag unlucky to get the catch at slips at shoulder high? Is that why he dropped it? Calling "lack-of-skill" as "unlucky" is also a lack of skill (in evaluating the event). Or is it part of any favoritism?

  • VijaySh on March 8, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    The time to be patient with Sehwag is when the team is winning - which is now. He is the only player in the Indian team who can dominate new ball and set an explosive platform. Also he can shake the confidence of fast bowlers, which will be half the trick in South Africa. Young players are blooded so that they can become a Sehwag when they arein their early thirties - if they have the talent. He is already there. Its not like he's pushing 40. And this jokeof an issue about glasses - people please grow up. Zaheer Abbas wore glasses throughout his career and as an Indian fan I would not like to recall how well he did...

  • SagirParkar on March 8, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    somebody please tell VVS that the main reason Sehwag was dropped was precisely because the next series is against SA !!! as much as i admire some of our retired senior players, this whole "we need so and so for the next series" is getting a bit boring because selection should be based on current form not past glory !

  • kitten on March 8, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Laxman,' I don't know why people are making such hue and cry about the glasses. I see no problems with Sehwag's reflexes." Has VVS forgotten the easy catch Sehwag put down early in the first test. Sehwag, has 'shot his bolt'. He looks to be past it, and it will indeed be a miracle if he stages a comeback, with all these promising youngsters waiting in the wings for a chance to show their worth. I think the right decision has been made, and I like million others, am very pleased that at long last, people are not being kept in the team because of their past performances. I agree with one of the comments, that if ST does not perform well in the remaining two tests, he should not be on that plane to SA Bhajji should be dropped immediately, and Ojha reinstated. Let us blood these youngsters. Let us have a young team that goes to SA, England, Australia etc, let us lose a few series(we managed that with RD, ST, VVS, VH et al in the team!!), but the experience will be invaluable. Enough said.

  • rosh280 on March 8, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    V V S Lakshman is right in his views that we cant imagine indian team without sehwag he had almost 8500 runs in test cricket and served india in many crucial matches. Who could be used in the place of him? sourav ganguly. sourav may pitch for tiwari and rahane. no other players in india. think about Rahul dewan, ian dev singh, jiwan joth, ravi inder singh, abhinav mukund. you could think about unmukt, baba aparajith and all after 2 years let them prove in domestic cricket they have potential. we have to find players of the sort of rahul dravid, sehwag, sachin, v v s lakshman, anil kumble, zaheer khan, harbhajan, sreenath, kapil dev, azharuddin, ajay jadeja, robin siingh,sanjay majrek, maninder, sandeep patil, binny. it takes time to find players of that potential. murali vijay, pujara, kohli, aswin and bhuvanesh proved well. even ravindra jadeja to some extent. we dont have azharuddin type of player now. sidhu type of player. these two are the great players of fast bowlers and spin.

  • on March 8, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I think the selectors have dropped him just to wake him up.. He needs to score runs and thats what he is gonna do..although he wont be having many domesti matches to prove his worth. Im pretty sure he'll be back in the side.. He is a class act. You just cant keep him out of your squad.

  • crindo77 on March 8, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Is VVS having a go at the selectors and MSD as a result of empathy towards Viru since he got the nudge himself after the Oz tour? Maybe, maybe not. However, given Sehwag's natural game is slash and slash hard, with Steyn and Philander swinging it at 140+, and 4 slips waiting, I'm not sure Viru would have performed a lot differently than his usual single digit scores under similar conditions. Too good a player and all that granted, its better to lose without Viru, as we have already lost quite a few WITH him. Personally, I'm surprised Sehwag's survived this long in Test cricket. The selectors want to blood a few young ones, and Sehwag failed to get runs when everybody else did, at home. Its fair, and its sensible. Time to move on.

  • cricanm on March 8, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Many guyz saying he is just one good knock away to come back in form, but i dont know when that knock will come. I think VVS is giving this comment becoz of emotion. Its a hard n good decision. Many of youngesters are waiting for the place.

  • on March 8, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    If you have noticed the way Rutherford of New Zealand batted against England in his debut Test Match today, you definitely don't stick with having Sehwad back in the team. He scored 170 odd runs in his debut match. We need to give chances to the upcoming players. They will definitely show their talent when given chances.

  • on March 8, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    We agree that Sehwag was a game changer and dangerous player but not right now at least. His stats at recent abroad tours are 198 from 8 innings in Aus and 41 from 4 innings in Eng. He now struggles to make runs even in Indian pitches. That makes it worse for him. Need to give chances to the youngsters to form the best Indian team in near future. Dravid has rightly said about the Sehwag's place which makes perfect sense. But you are just going with the name but not the impact and form. This selection panel is clearly bold and moving forward in the right direction which is commendable.

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    sehwag ll back in test 2014

  • NewYorkCricket on March 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    His performance is very poor in South Africa. He needs to be dropped and he has to score runs somewhere before they get him back.

  • PkZindabaad on March 8, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    This really turning out to be really funny. Dravid wants Sehwag to out of the team and his long term friend wants him in. God alone knows what these experts wants. Nothing new though as Indians are clueless about what to say next. lol

  • Drifting on March 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Sehwag has been a walking wicket on swinging and seaming pitches for years now - his record in New Zealand, England, and yes, South Africa speaks for itself. A rookie opener couldn't do any worse. Tendulkar and Laxman saved us the blushes in SA during the 2010/2011 tour, Sehwag generally shielded them for around three overs.

  • kreeketer on March 8, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Good sympathy VVS...when you are commentating you are just talking about your days in dressing room and your experience watching Kohli batting other end....now its time to accept that Sehwag has had a long "give him one more chance" echos and loads of chances given...but pls ask yourself whether he justified it... Shikhar Dhawan is excellent fielder as well as a positive attitute batsman...We all respect you as cricketer but your reading the game outside the field is a bit wierd

  • SarunSahadevan on March 8, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    To be selected in the team, its high time that Virender Sehwag looks at his fitness levels. He is not only an experienced opener but also a slip catcher.

  • indianpunter on March 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    These " have been's" ( sehwag harbhajan, ishant, and tendulkar) are the bane of indian cricket. will tendulkar have the grace to call time on his career after this series or has he packed his bags to go to SA?

  • puviy on March 8, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    If it was a matter of one good knock for him to get back into form, what happened after his hundred in the first test against England? Laxman, we know that you know him and he is your good pal. If you think he is good enough still, ask him to make his way back via consistent domestic performances. But there are 100s of talents in the streets of India knocking the doors of international cricket. Please do consider that before backing a player who has not shown signs of consistency for 3 years at the highest level. Please!

  • AMAZINGFAN on March 8, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    don't want to hear his commentary in the next match,atleast bring back sourav his commentary is much better than laxman's

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Well, he got his one good knock against England in the first test of that series and since then his form has been sliding fast. So not sure what one good knock Laxman is talking about. If India can survive without greater names than Sehwag, then it can surely do so without him as well.

  • usernames on March 8, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Hahahaha! Laxman at it again, and I'll wait for his cronies to come backing him again now. This is a joke!

  • wrenx on March 8, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I'm sure the glasses aren't a big deal, maybe the selectors were just hoping that being dropped will galvanise Sehwag into taking his innings more seriously for a change, and maybe even his fitness in the field, rather than making a decision on him being over-the-hill.

  • wrenx on March 8, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I'm sure the glasses aren't a big deal, maybe the selectors were just hoping that being dropped will galvanise Sehwag into taking his innings more seriously for a change, and maybe even his fitness in the field, rather than making a decision on him being over-the-hill.

  • usernames on March 8, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Hahahaha! Laxman at it again, and I'll wait for his cronies to come backing him again now. This is a joke!

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Well, he got his one good knock against England in the first test of that series and since then his form has been sliding fast. So not sure what one good knock Laxman is talking about. If India can survive without greater names than Sehwag, then it can surely do so without him as well.

  • AMAZINGFAN on March 8, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    don't want to hear his commentary in the next match,atleast bring back sourav his commentary is much better than laxman's

  • puviy on March 8, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    If it was a matter of one good knock for him to get back into form, what happened after his hundred in the first test against England? Laxman, we know that you know him and he is your good pal. If you think he is good enough still, ask him to make his way back via consistent domestic performances. But there are 100s of talents in the streets of India knocking the doors of international cricket. Please do consider that before backing a player who has not shown signs of consistency for 3 years at the highest level. Please!

  • indianpunter on March 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    These " have been's" ( sehwag harbhajan, ishant, and tendulkar) are the bane of indian cricket. will tendulkar have the grace to call time on his career after this series or has he packed his bags to go to SA?

  • SarunSahadevan on March 8, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    To be selected in the team, its high time that Virender Sehwag looks at his fitness levels. He is not only an experienced opener but also a slip catcher.

  • kreeketer on March 8, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Good sympathy VVS...when you are commentating you are just talking about your days in dressing room and your experience watching Kohli batting other end....now its time to accept that Sehwag has had a long "give him one more chance" echos and loads of chances given...but pls ask yourself whether he justified it... Shikhar Dhawan is excellent fielder as well as a positive attitute batsman...We all respect you as cricketer but your reading the game outside the field is a bit wierd

  • Drifting on March 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Sehwag has been a walking wicket on swinging and seaming pitches for years now - his record in New Zealand, England, and yes, South Africa speaks for itself. A rookie opener couldn't do any worse. Tendulkar and Laxman saved us the blushes in SA during the 2010/2011 tour, Sehwag generally shielded them for around three overs.

  • PkZindabaad on March 8, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    This really turning out to be really funny. Dravid wants Sehwag to out of the team and his long term friend wants him in. God alone knows what these experts wants. Nothing new though as Indians are clueless about what to say next. lol