India news May 17, 2011

Should be fit for England - Sehwag

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India batsman Virender Sehwag, who underwent surgery on his injured shoulder in London last week, is likely to be fit for India's upcoming tour of England.

"I think I will able to play the series in England," Sehwag told Mid-Day. "That's the reason why I stopped playing the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils and rushed to London to get my shoulder operated."

Sehwag picked up the injury, a slap lesion or labrum (shoulder blade) tear, during the 2009 IPL, and did not play a single game during the World Twenty20 in England. He also missed the one-day series in South Africa in January this year on account of the injury. He was declared fit in time for the World Cup but did not bowl during India's victorious campaign. Sehwag played 11 games captaining Delhi Daredevils during the current IPL season but took the decision to withdraw from the tournament to undergo shoulder surgery in England after his side's loss to Mumbai Indians on May 7.

The 32-year-old Sehwag was operated upon by Dr Andrew Wallace, whom he had consulted earlier in 2009. The London-based surgeon Wallace had also worked on Sachin Tendulkar's tennis elbow. "I will return to London after six weeks for a check-up," Sehwag said. "I should be fit in six to eight weeks. Going by the rehabilitation programme designed for me I should be okay. I am already feeling the difference each day."

Sehwag was expected to return to India late on Monday night. He has already been ruled out of India's tour of West Indies that begins on June 4. India then go on to play four Tests and five ODIs in England, with the first Test beginning at Lord's on July 21.

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 19, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    @danuk87 . you can change your name as Paul the Octopus .....lol

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    @Danuk87 Keep dreaming boy! Thats what they said before we toured SA but things turned out differently. Oh and by the way if you are not aware last time India toured England they won the test series and lost the ODI series by a close margin. The Poms are playing against a better Indian side led by a captain who has a trophy in all the different tournaments he played(except Champions trophy) WC T20, WC 2011, Champions trophy, IPL and last but not least guided India to the top of the test rankings chart.

  • danuk87 on May 18, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    sewag is only flat track hero,he will not do any thing series in england, it will be 2-0 easy sweep for england other match will be washed out by rain

  • kingcobra85 on May 18, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    sehwag always struggles when the ball seams around not that much with it swings in tha air. But anyway on flat tracks he can be dangerous. So i think he will be playing if the tracks are similar to the one we had at headingley last time we toured

  • Mali-T658 on May 18, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Duh. Dumb people. All they do is crib for everything. Viru has done a great service to the nation over years. There's no wrong if he chooses to play in IPL. After all, who wouldn't want money, eh? Moreover, could you even imagine IPL being played without any national player? Cut the man some slack. Hope he bounces back with a bang and shut all these dumb people's mouths.

  • cris89 on May 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @abhi_cricinfo: This has nothing to do with my preference..I just wanted to get the facts straight..the claim was that no one in the history of cricket other than Sehwag got 3 290+ scores..and that's not true..Lara too got damn close to the mark (375,400 and 277)..Imagine that the TV had been invented in 2020..does that mean that we can disregard the records of current players just because we haven't seen them? Let us celebrate the great players of the present while paying homage to the past too..

  • anikbrad on May 18, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    every one is saying grat commitment for shewag to miss IPL. But can anyone answer why he delayed his opperation. he should have done by 5th april and by june he whoul have been fine. It takes 6 WEEKS TO HEEL FROM THIS. SO HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE BY 20TH MAY 2011 OR BY NO. AND AFTER PRACTICE HE COULD HAVE PLAYED IN WI TESTS SKIPPING THE ODI. OR EVEN 2 TESTS ALSO AND JOINED ON 25TH JUNE IN WI. BUT DUE TO THE GREED FOR MONEY OF BCCI AND SHEWAG HE PLAYED IPL. HE LEFT NOW ONLY BECAUSE HIS TEAM WAS ALREADY OUT AND HE HAS PLAYED 10 MATCHES AND WILL GET PARTICIPATION MONEY AS PER IPL NORM. THE SAD PART IS THE BCCI IS DOING FOR GREED BUT AS IT IS NOT UNDER ANY LAW.

  • Patrick15 on May 18, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @cris 89- Thanx.. I was not knowing that. Even then only the great Don BRadman and Sehwag has done it thrice. :D

  • on May 18, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @K.V. Rajagopal Hey man see for yourself Nobody in auction was interested in buying England players although they gave their names and God help you if you are a fan of Michael Clarke in T20.

  • on May 18, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Strange Sehwag thought about the operation only after playing the major games for IPL. He could have skipped the full IPL by going for the treatment and could hae been fit for the West Indies tour. If I remember correct, last year or year before same thing has happened. The same was the case with Zaheer who was fit for last year's IPL but subsequently cried out for a overseas tour. There is more money in IPL and hence their first preference is IPL. This is not the case with Ayustralian cricketers like Michael Clarke or some English cricketers who were not lured by the money of IPL and wanted to play for their country first. I am not blaming anybody but this is the tragic picture. Young cricketers aim for IPL make some fast money and not even bothered whether they are making it to the higher grade to represent the country but are happy if their purse is filled in by playing in two three IPL seasons. Tragic indeed !

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 19, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    @danuk87 . you can change your name as Paul the Octopus .....lol

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    @Danuk87 Keep dreaming boy! Thats what they said before we toured SA but things turned out differently. Oh and by the way if you are not aware last time India toured England they won the test series and lost the ODI series by a close margin. The Poms are playing against a better Indian side led by a captain who has a trophy in all the different tournaments he played(except Champions trophy) WC T20, WC 2011, Champions trophy, IPL and last but not least guided India to the top of the test rankings chart.

  • danuk87 on May 18, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    sewag is only flat track hero,he will not do any thing series in england, it will be 2-0 easy sweep for england other match will be washed out by rain

  • kingcobra85 on May 18, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    sehwag always struggles when the ball seams around not that much with it swings in tha air. But anyway on flat tracks he can be dangerous. So i think he will be playing if the tracks are similar to the one we had at headingley last time we toured

  • Mali-T658 on May 18, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Duh. Dumb people. All they do is crib for everything. Viru has done a great service to the nation over years. There's no wrong if he chooses to play in IPL. After all, who wouldn't want money, eh? Moreover, could you even imagine IPL being played without any national player? Cut the man some slack. Hope he bounces back with a bang and shut all these dumb people's mouths.

  • cris89 on May 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @abhi_cricinfo: This has nothing to do with my preference..I just wanted to get the facts straight..the claim was that no one in the history of cricket other than Sehwag got 3 290+ scores..and that's not true..Lara too got damn close to the mark (375,400 and 277)..Imagine that the TV had been invented in 2020..does that mean that we can disregard the records of current players just because we haven't seen them? Let us celebrate the great players of the present while paying homage to the past too..

  • anikbrad on May 18, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    every one is saying grat commitment for shewag to miss IPL. But can anyone answer why he delayed his opperation. he should have done by 5th april and by june he whoul have been fine. It takes 6 WEEKS TO HEEL FROM THIS. SO HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE BY 20TH MAY 2011 OR BY NO. AND AFTER PRACTICE HE COULD HAVE PLAYED IN WI TESTS SKIPPING THE ODI. OR EVEN 2 TESTS ALSO AND JOINED ON 25TH JUNE IN WI. BUT DUE TO THE GREED FOR MONEY OF BCCI AND SHEWAG HE PLAYED IPL. HE LEFT NOW ONLY BECAUSE HIS TEAM WAS ALREADY OUT AND HE HAS PLAYED 10 MATCHES AND WILL GET PARTICIPATION MONEY AS PER IPL NORM. THE SAD PART IS THE BCCI IS DOING FOR GREED BUT AS IT IS NOT UNDER ANY LAW.

  • Patrick15 on May 18, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @cris 89- Thanx.. I was not knowing that. Even then only the great Don BRadman and Sehwag has done it thrice. :D

  • on May 18, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @K.V. Rajagopal Hey man see for yourself Nobody in auction was interested in buying England players although they gave their names and God help you if you are a fan of Michael Clarke in T20.

  • on May 18, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Strange Sehwag thought about the operation only after playing the major games for IPL. He could have skipped the full IPL by going for the treatment and could hae been fit for the West Indies tour. If I remember correct, last year or year before same thing has happened. The same was the case with Zaheer who was fit for last year's IPL but subsequently cried out for a overseas tour. There is more money in IPL and hence their first preference is IPL. This is not the case with Ayustralian cricketers like Michael Clarke or some English cricketers who were not lured by the money of IPL and wanted to play for their country first. I am not blaming anybody but this is the tragic picture. Young cricketers aim for IPL make some fast money and not even bothered whether they are making it to the higher grade to represent the country but are happy if their purse is filled in by playing in two three IPL seasons. Tragic indeed !

  • on May 18, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    U could hvnt played ipl, and played wi.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 18, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @cris89 : I agree that Sir don also score 290+ thrice but . Have you ever seen Sir Don bat or will you ever see him bat. Answer is no. You will always hear about Sir Don in stories. Period .

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 18, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    BTW, not the most flattering photo of Viru's technique. Look at feet, head, bat in relation to the ball :-). Am sure this photo will not be found in any cricket text book.

  • on May 18, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Norredam's comments regarding Sehwag and Doni is with hidden hint about Sachin's personal milestone. Why do people have to resort to personal attack? Sachin does not play for milestones, and it is not his fault if he breaks all records which exist. I hope in future, people do not go after Sachin. He is our national treasure and people have no business to tarnish his image. Unforgiveable sins. please refrain.

  • on May 18, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Viru recovered very soon and he blasts the England Bowling.

  • on May 18, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Its great of Viru to miss IPL for the england tour. Youngsters must learn from him that playing for the nation is more important that IPL.. All the best Viru!!!

  • on May 18, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Presence of viru in the team has made difference to the opposition..and in the test he is even more dangerous...beaware england sehawg already warned u that he is going to fit before the tour....get well soon we all r ready to see u in action

  • on May 18, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    @Rohit Singh Gautam: Dude, Sehwag is just human like you and me. Tell me from your heart if you would have let the opportunity to make a million USD over 6-7 weeks' work? That's huge money, man.... It's hard to earn Rs 4.5 crores in that little time, playing 14 or 16 matches the most... Anyway wish Viru a speedy recovery !

  • on May 18, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    I think Team India have certain plans for England tour. And Viru is deciding factor for any test series. Darren Gough have said England will beat India on any Given Sunday... so Mr. gough lets hope that Sunday will come for you but beware Viru will have improved shoulder that time. :)

  • on May 17, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    why was ipl necessary than playing for country? U could hvnt played ipl, and played wi.

  • cris89 on May 17, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    @Patrick15: I share your enthusiasm in watching Sehwag bat but Sehwag isn't the only batsman to get three 290+ scores..the ubiquitous Sir Don also has three scores of 290+( two 300's and an agonizing 299*)..

  • on May 17, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Veeru paaji vl b back wid a humungous blast.. D best destroyer in d world till date..

  • Sincordian on May 17, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Nawab..... get well soon.. as we would like to see Viru.. with all guns loaded for up coming series to help India to retain No. 1 Spot in both the format of Cricket... Being optimistic abt this surgery and hope you get rid of your shoulder problem once in for all as i would like to see you while India Lift the different series along with T20 World Cup as i miss seeing u in the victorious portraits and pictures taking while lifting the trophy... All d very best Nawab.... god bless you and your family.. Cheers :)

  • manish053 on May 17, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    wise decision to withdraw from IPl and west indies and England tour is important to both India and himself.veeru has kept silent to criticizers who blaimed players to avoid national teams against IPL and veeru withdraw from IPL just because of well wishing of national team.

  • Notredam on May 17, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Sehwag.dhoni are the real heroes for india,..dnt thnk bout htier personal score..rather teams comes first..

  • on May 17, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Get well sooooooon VEEEEEEERU

  • on May 17, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    1111111111111111111111111111111111111111

  • on May 17, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Wishing Virender Sehwag speedy recovery. India needs you!

  • Surrendar on May 17, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Viru, best player.... get well soon viru bhai... will pray for u....

  • Patrick15 on May 17, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Come back soon viru as I don't see test matches without you. You are the reason I watch most of matches. Coz you make it exciting. In the history of Indian Test cricket, India has reached twice 400+ in a day and both time due to Sehwag. In both matches he played like an undisputed King. No one is as fearless as sehwag to hit a six at a score of 295. No one in history of cricket has ever scored 290 thrice. Only sehwag has done it.

  • nikhilpuri on May 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Haha - I have the same thing Sehwag does, or atleast I was told i did. It takes a long time to heal, and that's why he fields at slip or in the infield now and does not bowl. Your shoulder is never the same after surgery which is why I chose not to undergo it, but as a professional sportsman, I think he probably had to do it at some point to prolong his career. Hope he is fit for the England series as it is likely to be a cracker.

  • kriskini on May 17, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Why Sehwag'a presence is required. A team will get scared to declare at the end of 4th day in test even if the lead is 350 to 400. That makes India team just to play less than a day to draw the test. He can be a super man any day.

  • cric_fanatics on May 17, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    @Stark62..sehwag is doing great..you better worry about your club level pak batsmen..who just lost a test match to a second string WI team......

  • SasiGladi on May 17, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    There are many critics that Indians will not continue to play like Champions as WI / Australians did, we need to put off the critics It cannot be done with out Viru. Time for domination guys we need the big guns on song....

  • Stark62 on May 17, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I hope he is fit!

    I wanna see how great he is when, the ball is swinging wildly.

    He should have had the surgery right after the WC, not after playing ipl and knowing your team isn't going anywhere.

  • on May 17, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    I do not know what is with these national players after playing so much cricket 1) india vs sa 2) world cup 3) IPL, I clearly think viru should not have played in IPL.he may have been better for WI and Eng. I do know injuries can come even when you are walking, but national players can be more responsible

  • on May 17, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    MISS UUUUUUUUUUUUUUU VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERU

  • on May 17, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    that was one wise step that our man viru took, hope he recovers soon and blaze the Brits in their own backyard

  • Bharath_the_Indian on May 17, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    @ImpartialObserver well said dude

  • on May 17, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    HE IS ONE MAN .... YES ONE MAN CAPABLE OF MAKING THE HAVOC,, KILLING THE VELOCITY OF PACE AND SPIN... U TH MAN VIRU.. LIKE A WARRIOR , WHO GOES ON A RAMPAGE.. LIKE A FIGHTER JET.. WHO WISH TO BROKE THE SPEED BARRIERS.. BOMBARD TH OPPOSITION... HERE U R,, THE LOVED LION OF INDIA,,, COME TO THE OCCASION,, TH LORD,S THE NOTTINGHAM,S THE BRISTOL,S ..THE GREEN CARPET IN ENGLAND IS WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR THE MARAUDER OF NAJAFGARH... FLYING OVER THE HEADS OF POINT,, GOING DOWN STRAIGHT,, OVER TH MIDWICKET,, TH CUTS TH PULLS,, BEWARE ANDERSON,S BROAD,S.... WE HAVE A LION WHO IS FEROCIOUS AND READY TO ROARRRRRRR,,,,

  • vrayal07 on May 17, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Indians really need Sehwag for opening as it was proven this year, but against South Africa in the world cup, he was proving out to be a danger for South Africans, and so, that's why Sehwag should really get fit for the sake of the Indian opening partnership...PLEASE COME BACK VIRU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • P.Srikanth on May 17, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    I guess Sehwag at the top is crucial for winning a series in England. Psychologically, if wickets at the top fall quickly, then there are chances that the score becomes meagre. Moreover, only three batsman can play the swinging ball pretty well - Sehwag, Sachin and Dravid. All other batsman will struggle in those conditions. It will be a great test for the likes of Gambhir, Dhoni and Yuvraj.

  • nzcricket174 on May 17, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Its funny cause everyone is saying how Sehwag is awesome for skipping the IPL to tend to his shoulder. Hello? He was forced out of the IPL due to his shoulder. If it were up to him he would continue playing.

  • csk-nk on May 17, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Sehwag skipped IPL after playing 11 matches because he knows delhi can't reach semi finals even if they win the remaining 3 matches..not that he sacrificed IPL for international commitments..if that is the case, he should have skipped IPL ..

  • on May 17, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Good news..... Form or no form - Sehwag is crucial for India's success. Captains think of Sehwag before declaring and the ones they dont succumb to him (Pietersen - England in India 2008/2009 1st test India chased 387 @ 4 rpo on Day 5). World No. 1 playing World No. 2, we definitely need the world's best opener. Go Sehwag!

  • on May 17, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    I like it , Sehwag againist England on boxing day that to India batting .... cant wait more ..

    Come on Viru , we dont need IPL , we need test cricket and Quality ODIS .

  • on May 17, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Viru is one equal to the rest of ten, so we miss him during WI tour, so lucky Windies bowlers not to face him this time....

  • faizalsehwag on May 17, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    WAH WAH.... SO DESTRUCTION (BOWLERS) DEPT IS GONNA ACTIVE IN ENGALND..BEWARE ENGLAND...... SEHWAG IS READY TO FIRE.....

  • sankar8000 on May 17, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    It will be good and nice If Viru is fit and ready for England tour! All the Best!

  • on May 17, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    In test Cricket SEHWAG is as important as SACHIN for India. SEHWAG this time has put country ahead of IPL & it is nice. Sachin always puts country ahead of IPL.

  • on May 17, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    come back please .................................

  • R8omanch4 on May 17, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    waw thats d great news, bt i personaly think that Viru bhai should not play for IPL, bcoz he is a gr8 batsman and best opener for us, indian cricket very much needed him...

  • on May 17, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    I admire him for actually pulling out of IPL to get his injury tended to. I see lots of players in the IPL injured and hobbling about the field under pressure from the franchise owners.

  • JUSTFORKIX on May 17, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Hmmm, so why play the IPL - could have done this after the WC and been fit for the WI tests - franchise before country ? Was he forced by te BCCI to play for DD ?

  • SachinLara1 on May 17, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    viru will smash swann(no.1 spinner??) in the series....

  • HBK656 on May 17, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    great decision by sehwag to skip the rest of the ipl to rest his shoulder - as straight forward a decision as he himself is! One can emphatically say that India can never see an opener like viru in the future...he is really one of his kind!

  • on May 17, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    This is gr8 news..he is such a vital cog and India's chances of winning rise up so much with his presence..

  • ImpartialObserver on May 17, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Honestly, I really hope Viru and every top Indian player is Fit and In The Form Of His Live. I really want India to trash the English. They act as if they are the self-proclaimed saviors of Test Cricket and as though the only series of importance is Ashes (so much so, even the World Cup generally does not mean much to them). Australia, on the other hand give equal importance to all series.

    So, I really hope Indians show them how a team ought to be good at Tests.

  • on May 17, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Surely it is not a good news for England bowlers...

  • on May 17, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    hola mola. sehwag ayelaa,,,,,, Pommies,,,,,, gambhir, viru, dravid, sachin, laxu, pujara, dhoni,,,bhajji,,,,,,,,, Do u have a chance pommies,,, ???? YOu better start practising from now onwards otherwise u will be trashed in front of your home crowd..

    Jai ho New India.. Bleed Blueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • TheUparcut on May 17, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Happy news for India and for all Viru fans like me.He really played well in his las tour of England in 2002 and I hope that he replicates that.....

  • Rockyyyims on May 17, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Great news!!India needs a fully fit Sehwag for the( battle of no.1) Eng. series....I seriously hope he really thrashes the self proclaimed no. 1 Poms..Its really amazing how important a test player he is to us..

    7694 runs..53.43 avg...81.91 S/R...22..100s...Unbelievable....given how he plays...

    Go Viru...Get well Soon...

  • on May 17, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    all the best for yr recoverry

  • Venkiviru on May 17, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    VIRU!!!! U ll be fit and ll be raing to go... get well soon:)

  • agam99 on May 17, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Great that he will part for Eng tour

  • rahulcricindia on May 17, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    well that is a very good news for india .....nice work viru to leave ipl early and go for surgery early to get ready to play in england for india...

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Good Hope India will Win series In Eng

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Where are all the detractors, who said he'd skip England because he'd get destroyed? Where are you?

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    wohooooooooo. this news made my day !!!!! i'm a huge fan of SEHWAG and love to see him in action. Good luck on your recovery. i hope you'll get well soon. :D

  • amit99shah on May 17, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Get Well Soon........... Mamu ::D

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    c'mooooon sehwag! we need you fit for the england tour. i can smell a hundred before lunch on the first day at lords :D

  • MarkBobbyChandy on May 17, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    great news. Hope u get better soon Viru. U r the best opener ever.

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    hope that u will be fit before england tour.

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  • on May 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    hope that u will be fit before england tour.

  • MarkBobbyChandy on May 17, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    great news. Hope u get better soon Viru. U r the best opener ever.

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    c'mooooon sehwag! we need you fit for the england tour. i can smell a hundred before lunch on the first day at lords :D

  • amit99shah on May 17, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Get Well Soon........... Mamu ::D

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    wohooooooooo. this news made my day !!!!! i'm a huge fan of SEHWAG and love to see him in action. Good luck on your recovery. i hope you'll get well soon. :D

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Where are all the detractors, who said he'd skip England because he'd get destroyed? Where are you?

  • on May 17, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Good Hope India will Win series In Eng

  • rahulcricindia on May 17, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    well that is a very good news for india .....nice work viru to leave ipl early and go for surgery early to get ready to play in england for india...

  • agam99 on May 17, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Great that he will part for Eng tour

  • Venkiviru on May 17, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    VIRU!!!! U ll be fit and ll be raing to go... get well soon:)