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'Sehwag may have played his last game for India' - Boycott

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Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said that Virender Sehwag may have played his last game for India. Sehwag was dropped for the last two Tests against Australia earlier this year and was also excluded from the list of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy.

"I don't think he'll play again," Boycott told ESPNcricinfo on the fortnightly show Bowl at Boycs. "I think it's because India have gone the right way. It took a little while to come around to it. They've given youth a chance. After they lost to England, I kept saying you have to give these young batsmen a chance. You have to get them in and you have to build again for the World Cup. I've never changed my view on that. You are world champions in ODIs, you have to move on, and it doesn't matter who you are, I always say, age is not the barrier, it's about performance."

Sehwag has had a poor run of form in the last year. In eight Test matches since April 2012, he scored 408 runs at an average of 31.38, with a highest score of 117. In six ODIs, in the same period, he scored 183 runs at an average of 30.5 and was dropped for the ODI series against England. His last ODI century was the record-breaking double-hundred against the West Indies in December 2011.

Calling Sehwag one of the best batsmen of the last 20 years and praising him for his "effortless strokeplay", Boycott said that the lack of a defensive technique was perhaps his only shortcoming. "He played it his way and, at times, on certain pitches, was highly successful," Boycott said. "But when it comes to the ball moving around and it was a bit more bouncy, his defensive technique was exposed. But trying to tell him and make him play differently, how do you do that? Sehwag has got all his runs playing his way."

He also stressed that it was difficult for a player like Sehwag to change the way he played the game. "His nature, his personality, is a more happy-go-lucky, generous, easy-natured, friendly, affable sort of personality that fits in with the way he batted," Boycott said. "He used to bat freely, with lots of strokes. It's not in his nature to play carefully, steadily. I'm sure people have tried to say, 'Can you play a little more carefully? You are older now, you maybe don't pick the ball up quite as well or quickly, or you've still got lots of talent and use your experience.' You tell everybody all these things but it's very difficult to change people from what they are. And, it's too late now. I think he's just going to play a bit of IPL and then, sadly, fade away."

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  • on April 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Boycs has always been someone who says what he believes in. He makes a lot of sense in his points but I tend to disagree on his writing off Sehwag. I am totally with him on the fact that Sehwag seems to have his best days behind him. He's been found out on seaming and bouncy tracks and perhaps his ability to change his style seems improbable. I use the word improbable with a purpose because I beleive someone with so much natural talent also has the ability to modify some of that and make a comeback. Perhaps he'll never be the Viru of old who made the 192 at Sydney or 300 on the first day of a test series against Pakistan. But I also believe he will be back and make more international centuries for India. The one thing which goes in Sehwag's favour is his belief in himself. Well spoken Boycs but on this one I think u maybe wrong.

  • muski on April 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Well Geoff- You have hit the nail on the head and your article is almost an obituary for him. Sehwag at 34 cannot change the way he plays. I remember Ravi Shastri telling time and time again over commentary that it was the incredible hand eye co-ordination that helped Sehwag given the fact that he hardly had any footwork. At 34, hands and eys tend to fail the best of batsmen. Change is the only constant in life and we need to move on. The tremendous entertainment that Viru has given over the years will be cherished by cricket lovers the world over.

  • bikigupta on April 11, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    What a great man Mr. Boycott is!! not just from cricketing perspective, his comments apply so much to the realities of life...loved it when he said tht everyone has a right to opinion n they should stick to it...not all things in life are totally right or wrong..it's about perspectives...such a knowledgeable, intelligent n down to earth person...always love to listen to his comments.

  • gbqdgj on April 11, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @narbavi...actually Boycott has always been full of praise for Viru's attacking stroke play and batting overall but he has always pointed out his defensive weaknesses which have been exposed by other teams...so to say he has always criticised him is missing the point, he believes him to be a great player but someone who, with a bit more application to his defence, could have done way better.

  • jimbond on April 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Sehwag is 34, hardly very old for a batsman. What could be seen in the past few games was a Sehwag struggling with his glasses- some problems with his eyesight, which in the past had been the basis of his famed hand eye coordination. I hope he quickly gets some medical solution (he can afford it, he is a well paid man), and comes back. I am sure that he has at least another two to three years to give to cricket.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 14, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    These days even SIR Ravindra Jadeja can bat better than Sehwag. Plus SIR is a great fielder and a decent spinner. Sehwag is a goner.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    @getsetgopk: Just like how your bowlers got DESTROYED by SA early this year. The world saw the measure of your team and players against the best team in the world. Pakistan themselves need to be a decent team first. Right now, they are below average. So first kindly ask your team to improve before preaching to Indian fans about team India.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    No need to cry over Sehwag - he got more than enough opportunities to regain form. These days he bats like a tailender, even in India. Good job by our Selectors. But they are not finished yet - they still need to replace 10dulkar with a youngster like Tiwary or Rayudu. Not Rohit Sharma again - he had plenty of opportunities. What's the worst thing that can happen in South Africa?? We might get white washed. But didn't we get white washed in Australia and England with all these so called GODs of cricket playing for us????

  • Johnny_129 on April 13, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Agree with most of what GB is saying. However, Sehwag, in his prime could play in any condition! His attacking play has succeeded in Aust & SA so he was capable of batting I those swinging, seeming and bouncy pitches.

  • Always_pakistan on April 13, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @g.narsima dont worry indian team will tour south africa later this year. We will see what your great batsman and bowlers will do there. Trashing of a live time is waiting. Cricinfo please publish

  • on April 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Boycs has always been someone who says what he believes in. He makes a lot of sense in his points but I tend to disagree on his writing off Sehwag. I am totally with him on the fact that Sehwag seems to have his best days behind him. He's been found out on seaming and bouncy tracks and perhaps his ability to change his style seems improbable. I use the word improbable with a purpose because I beleive someone with so much natural talent also has the ability to modify some of that and make a comeback. Perhaps he'll never be the Viru of old who made the 192 at Sydney or 300 on the first day of a test series against Pakistan. But I also believe he will be back and make more international centuries for India. The one thing which goes in Sehwag's favour is his belief in himself. Well spoken Boycs but on this one I think u maybe wrong.

  • muski on April 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Well Geoff- You have hit the nail on the head and your article is almost an obituary for him. Sehwag at 34 cannot change the way he plays. I remember Ravi Shastri telling time and time again over commentary that it was the incredible hand eye co-ordination that helped Sehwag given the fact that he hardly had any footwork. At 34, hands and eys tend to fail the best of batsmen. Change is the only constant in life and we need to move on. The tremendous entertainment that Viru has given over the years will be cherished by cricket lovers the world over.

  • bikigupta on April 11, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    What a great man Mr. Boycott is!! not just from cricketing perspective, his comments apply so much to the realities of life...loved it when he said tht everyone has a right to opinion n they should stick to it...not all things in life are totally right or wrong..it's about perspectives...such a knowledgeable, intelligent n down to earth person...always love to listen to his comments.

  • gbqdgj on April 11, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @narbavi...actually Boycott has always been full of praise for Viru's attacking stroke play and batting overall but he has always pointed out his defensive weaknesses which have been exposed by other teams...so to say he has always criticised him is missing the point, he believes him to be a great player but someone who, with a bit more application to his defence, could have done way better.

  • jimbond on April 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Sehwag is 34, hardly very old for a batsman. What could be seen in the past few games was a Sehwag struggling with his glasses- some problems with his eyesight, which in the past had been the basis of his famed hand eye coordination. I hope he quickly gets some medical solution (he can afford it, he is a well paid man), and comes back. I am sure that he has at least another two to three years to give to cricket.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 14, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    These days even SIR Ravindra Jadeja can bat better than Sehwag. Plus SIR is a great fielder and a decent spinner. Sehwag is a goner.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    @getsetgopk: Just like how your bowlers got DESTROYED by SA early this year. The world saw the measure of your team and players against the best team in the world. Pakistan themselves need to be a decent team first. Right now, they are below average. So first kindly ask your team to improve before preaching to Indian fans about team India.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    No need to cry over Sehwag - he got more than enough opportunities to regain form. These days he bats like a tailender, even in India. Good job by our Selectors. But they are not finished yet - they still need to replace 10dulkar with a youngster like Tiwary or Rayudu. Not Rohit Sharma again - he had plenty of opportunities. What's the worst thing that can happen in South Africa?? We might get white washed. But didn't we get white washed in Australia and England with all these so called GODs of cricket playing for us????

  • Johnny_129 on April 13, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Agree with most of what GB is saying. However, Sehwag, in his prime could play in any condition! His attacking play has succeeded in Aust & SA so he was capable of batting I those swinging, seeming and bouncy pitches.

  • Always_pakistan on April 13, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @g.narsima dont worry indian team will tour south africa later this year. We will see what your great batsman and bowlers will do there. Trashing of a live time is waiting. Cricinfo please publish

  • Paddy789 on April 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    I think Boys is right, though i am a great fan of Sehwag I have to admit the fact!!!

  • SamRoy on April 12, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Sehwag is finished as a test batsman. I said this when he was batting on about 42/43 (he made about 47 I think) in the second innings of the third test against England. He stretched for a forward defensive and got a cramp. While fitness is something which we never associated with Sehwag he was always batting fit (fit enough to play a long innings, like Pujara is, who may be unfit but is always fit for batting long). Sehwag has lost that fitness compounded with eye-sight (which is very important for a hand-eye player like him) it looks the end of his test career. He may play ODIs and T20s though, you never know.

  • BrianCharlesVivek on April 12, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Overhyped and one dimensional player suited only for subcontinent and low bounce pitches...Too lucky to have surviived 13 years. He is a trend setter though, and the generation that follows him are similar too - Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Raina etc....

  • Sunman81 on April 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I don't think so... He has every chance of a strong comeback... He needs to work on attitude more than his game... Once he does that, no one can stop his return to the top!

  • soumyas on April 12, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    this is IPL time, we r in the middle of it, everyone is talking abt it....So this article abt Sehwag is out of focus...but his IPL performance will be key for his return. by the way where is Boycott ? get him involved in IPL. i know he was against IPL like many other English cricketers. but most of them are following it or part of IPL by now.

  • Edassery on April 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    You are absolutely right Geoff! Both Gambhir and Sehwag was looking like rabbits in car headlights, of late. That doesn't mean that the people who have replaced them are any good. India at the moment do not have good test openers and that is likely to be the case going forward, I think.

  • dork29 on April 12, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Boycott might be right. If Sehwag continues to flounder, he will never be considered to play for India. However, it is impossible to put Sehwag in a stereotype and say ' he cannot do well anymore since he only has hand eye coordination and no footwork'. It is too simplistic a portrayal of a genius. On bouncy pitches of Australia he has 195, he has a hundred in England and a hundred in SA. He just has to get his rhythm back. He had a hundred against England only last year. Scored a double in an ODI last year and had 5 consecutive fifties ( a record) in IPL. Once his strokemaking cadence is back, he will be as destructive as he always was. yes, the specs are a cause for concern. with consummate strokemakers like him one can never say never again.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on April 12, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Sehwag's best is yet to come, it's on the way with a new look, with a pair of goggles watching those swinging deliveries fly over the slips. Take a bow, Sehwag, you fearless legend.

  • on April 12, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Another outsider focusing on the Indian Cricket.. Better focus on your own team guys... No 1's asking for your opinion

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 12, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Re: Vijay has played 16 Tests as of date in 4.5 years. His average is 38 including the recent Aussi series. He has an average of 12 against the Windies in 6 innings and an average of 14 against the South Africans from 5 innings. Do such stats and track record speak of a sound batsman who is going to give India a headstart under all conditions?

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 12, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Re Vijay: Vijay was shaky and no where as rock solid and confidence inspiring as Pujara and this in a series where the Aussis were at their weakest. The score itself doesn't tell the entire story. Vijay just doesn't have the technique to play the rising moving ball in South African conditions or any conducive foreign conditions. Nor does Gambhir for that matter.

  • Lekamge on April 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @ Krish nair: Well said. That's why englishmen tend to loose in the shorter formats of the game.

  • on April 12, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Indian Cricket dont need Advice from Outsider....we have enough Legend Who can Give their View on Indian Cricket......And sehwag will make come back soon with more power and blast...

  • g.narsimha on April 12, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    getsetgopak- wellcome back u were not be seen during entire tour of u r teams SA tour,we all seen how great u r bowling in SA ,check the stats,could not take 20 wickets in any of the 3 tests white wash,SAHWAAG was instrumental in destroying u r overhyped bowlers in many a time,our bowlers fared far better than u rs in SA LAST WE VISITED THERE we almost won test series just one man prevented it KALLIS this time without KALLIS SA COULD SHOW U R TEAM U R RIGHT PLACE IN WORLD CRICKET more over these JUNAIDS,AJMALS WERE LOUGHING STOCK IN SA reg JUNAIDS performance in IND baring in one match in CHENNAI in bowling fiendlyheavy weather conditions he was just ordinery which proved beyond doubt in SA ,our B.kumar fared far better than him, it is seen u people u want to believe that u r so called best fast bowlers WAHAABS,rahats, CHEEMAAS BLAH..are worlds best but in reality we have been seeing how pathetic they are,so think of u r team no body want to engage u,BD, WI are reluctant 2 engage u

  • on April 12, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Boycott is straight out of the Alf Gover manuals. He was technically sound, but was not talented. The pity is that he cannot see beyond a straight Bat and a Pad close to it. He has always run people like Sehwag down. In fact he always predicted a short career for Sehwag from the beginning. Alright, Sehwag is having a lean patch, but give him credit for his talents.

  • on April 12, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor: Vijay has played 3 test series for India and the one series he failed was in the WestIndies. And the last series he was the highest run getter. Maybe you should look into some stats before typing ???

  • sonti on April 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    we all know how straight forward Boycott is he gives his opinion it hurts someone but over all his observations are 100% correct. But in Sehwag case his observations are 50-50.as I hope sehwag will perform well in the IPL and get back into the Indian Team, as India needs experienced people for the tour of South Africa in December.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 12, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Sometimes commentators resort to sensationalism just to be heard. Let's look at India's "opening batsmen" situation as it stands today. Shikhar Dhawan is a one Test match wonder. Ajinkya Rahane is yet to demonstrate that he can face the internationals as an opener. Vijay has been given opportunities and has failed to grab them. He needs to work on the mental aspect / preparation of the game. Abhinav and Gambhir are both sitting ducks when you keep 3 slip fields and a gully. Sehwag is inconsistent, but he has scored 150+ runs a dozen plus times and scored 2 triples. Not a single batsman can lay claim to that sort of performance. For those who say Sehwag can't adjust... remember Sehwag is a middle order batsman (who wanted to play middle order) pushed to play the opener by Ganguly. Sehwag used to clone Sachin's style in the early years until he evolved a style of his own. Sachin and Ganguly, both ODI openers, never found the courage to open in Tests. Talk of challenge and courage!

  • fr600 on April 12, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Who really cares about sehwag anymore? India has great youngsters and they need opportunities.

  • Indo-brit-canadian on April 12, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    My Boycott, its time to help you understand the difference between "yorkshire grit" and "Haryana grit". It is hard for you to comprehend the mindset and attitude of someone like Sehwag.....unfortunately age and experience is not enough to acquire this understanding. You have been known for your insensitive and untimely remarks for a while and you will be surprised, shocked and confused all at the same time when he comes back......you wait and watch....

  • 158notout on April 12, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    gsingh - I think you will find that Boycott and Ganguly are very good friends, to the extent that when Boycott ever said anything about histechnique he always stated that disclaimer. narbavi - and when ever I have heard Boycs criticise Sehwags defensive technique he always adds after that his attacking strokes are excellent. I must admit that I have often heard Boycott comment that Sehwag plays without using anything between his ears but this is certainly said with affection.

    I don't often agree with Boycott but when it comes to India he has much more praise and admiration for Ganguly and Sehwag than just about any other Indian player.

  • on April 12, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    I think india needs sehwag. he will do well in the ipl. and will come back again. just remember what he has done so far for india. a lot to write. specially at green wicket, no one matches him. he will break lara's 400 in south africa at day 1 , i am sure.

  • wake_up_india on April 12, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Genius is time bound, it does not last for ever. It should not be debased by extending it artificially when the spark is gone, as is being done with one ex- genius.

  • on April 12, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Sehwag had his excellent days where he had some super- human effort also. But nevertheless if he continues to play and display rock bottom performance he will only become less popular as a team member and cricketer.

    He better be remembered for all his phenomenal triple and double centuries with His aggressive stroke plays and hitting the ball at will.

    He should just retire.

  • on April 12, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    This is what Sehwag said some years ago, "Boycott can say what he wants. He once batted the whole day and hit just one four." On Geoff Boycott, who had referred to him as "talented but brainless". I agree he has been in lean patch since last 2 years or so. But, it is really a 'brainless' comment to say that he is finsihed. I believe that he has at least 3-4 years of top class cricket left in him. No ordinary person can get 2 triple hundreds and one nearly 300 in test with a strike rate of almost 100. On the other hand, Boycott once scored 246 and was excluded from the side coz of slow batting. I remember that just before the 2011 world cup Boycott something ' roobish' about Yuvraj (that his career was over) only to see him emerge at the most valuable player of the tournament. I don't know what problem English press and some the previous generation English players have with Indian players. So, I guess Mr. Boycott should keep some faith in this master batsman.

  • desiboy454 on April 12, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    I LOVE VIRENDER SEHWAG, this man along with gilchrist, hayden, jayasuriya, KP, have transformed attacking test cricket, especially opening. there is no doubt in my mind that the time that India were # in test cricket, he played a huge part. agreed he has a big difference in average overseas vs Asia. He played the way he did and he made himself dominating. I agree in the last 2 years he hasnt been his best, but sehwag is all hand eye coordination, at 34 you start to lose it a little bit and when you only depend on that (you are pretty much a goner). Best way for viru to make a comeback is in the middle order once SRT leaves, but for that he needs to gain his confidence back int he IPL, i know IPL is not a way to gauge a player, but for viru to get confidence back this is the best format add to that a great ranji season in the middle, he should step down from opening for delhi. I personally think he should retire and just let the youngsters get their due! but RESPECT TO VIRU!

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 12, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Agree with @Ravishankara - It is time we stopped talking about Sehwag. He has consistently disappointed us in the last two years. If we were to go by records or nostalgia, we should be playing older cricketers like Kapil and Gavaskar in our team. It is also time that we gracefully retire SRT.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 12, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Agree with @the_blue_android - I think tail-enders have faced the swinging ball better than Sehwag. He was just lucky to score couple of centuries outside the dust bowls of the subcontinent. If someone plays 50 test matches away from home, they are bound to fluke out and score a century or two. It was painful to see Sehwag bat against NZ in NZ, SA in SA, England in England and Aus in Aus. As far as scoring hundreds on Indian dust bowls is concerned, Dhawan may just do it better. Viru should have been dropped 4 years ago!!!!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    You don't like Indian Players like shewag to dominate. Are you trying to end up his career. Please don't give bad suggestions. Please support him with good advice. we want shewag to continue in indian cricket as long as he wants.Bad patches are present in everyones life. I believe shewag will come out of this lean patch and show to the world what his stance is in cricket. we love shewag.

  • Ravishankara on April 12, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    It is time we stopped talking about Sehwag. He has consistently disappointed us in the last two years. If we were to go by records or nostalgia, we should be playing too many older cricketers in our teams. It is also time that we gracefully retire Sachin.

  • on April 11, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    There is some merit in what Mr. Boycott is trying to suggest here. But I also think that if anyone can make an emphatic comeback into the Indian team then it is only and only Sehwag. I still feel his international career is far from over and before we start scripting his obituary, I feel that he should be given an extended run in the middle order. I understand that he has made all his runs opening the batting but it might still be worthwhile to give him a second look. Might I add that Tendulkar's retirement would leave a gaping hope in the already fragile middle order which would be truly tested on South African soil. So, if BCCI is reading this and Dhoni has some cricketing sense, please have him back as a middle order batsman.....only reason Dhoni might not do this is because he might have to bat alongside Sehwag often if Sehwag bats at no.5 or 6.

  • on April 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Who give the permission to an English man write off an Indian he just don't want English bowlers get tormented by Viru again because when viru gets going most teams don't have and answer and definatly not England.So he wants no more Viru.

  • the_blue_android on April 11, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    @ Niladri Bose - Vijay's and the Dhawans will be exposed? Will that be as bad as Sehwag being exposed for the last 4 years? I think tail-enders have better faced the swinging ball than Sehwag. He was just lucky to score couple of centuries outside the dustbowls of the subcontinent. If someone plays 50 test matches away from home, they are bound to fluke out and score a century or two. It was painful to see Sehwag bat against NZ in NZ, SA in SA, England in England and Aus in Aus. As far as scoring hundreds on Indian dustbowls is concerned, Dhawan may just do it better. He should have been dropped 4 years ago!

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 11, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Dropping Viru was the best thing the new Selectors did. Non-performance of Viru and Gauti has been biggest reason why India got white washed back-to-back. In spite of his non-performance, some selector wanted to make Viru captain!!! What a joke!! Viru averaged 25 in South Africa during his last trip. Even Jaffer and Dinesh Karthick are better openers than Viru and Gauti. Now only if our selectors can drop 10dulkar - that will be the icing on the cake.

  • on April 11, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Just wait for the South Africa and the NZ series. The Vijay's and the Dhawan's are going to get exposed, and face the music from Steyn and Phillander. Viru will come back on the next series. It is still too early to judge Dhawan after just one innings. Viru on the other hand is a proven hat.

  • ram4crictheory on April 11, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    In a team every player has a specific role to perform for the team's success. Right from the start of viru's career the role assigned to him was to go ballistic over opposition and demoralize them, which Viru has done with commanding results. The innings where viru failed (plenty even in the past) others like Dravid, Sachin, etc used to consolidate (assigned role of those players) and this gave Sehwag and team India huge success over years. Lately, it was not only Sehwag who has failed but others who have to consolidate have also failed and because of this and lack or support from the captain all the fingers started pointing out at Sehwag. According to veterans and analysts, Viru has to change his style of play and be more responsible while playing his shots, if he does that what is the need of him in the team, we will find many players of that kind. VIRU HAS TO BE VIRU.

  • on April 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    All it takes for Sehwag is one fine innings of above 250 in next Ranji season to grab another chance in international scene.

  • Harmony111 on April 11, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    There was a bond movie some time back, I think Viru (& Boycott) should watch it. The name of the movie was Never Say Never Again.

  • ram4crictheory on April 11, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Sehwag (viru) the name needs no introduction and I bet without viru India wouldn't have been No.1 Test side for the brief period it had been. Coming to the point about his place in the team, if there is any other capable player who can don the viru's role in the team, I think we shud have been blessed as I don't reckon anyone at least till now capable to fill in viru's shoes. We have and we can develop players who can certainly fill in for likes of Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, etc but viru's replacement is very hard to find. Please don't undermine viru's achievements and compare with one innings of likes of Shikhar Dhawan, etc. If Dhawan continues it for 1-2 years, I don't have problem rating him over viru but not just with one innings. The problem with viru is the captain he is playing under and media. To be continued............

  • kalyanbk on April 11, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    The naysayers always win don't they. They said he couldn't play test cricket. But he was the reason many people flocked to watch test cricket. They said he couldn't open, but he was the best Indian opener after Gavaskar. They said he couldn't survive with his approach but he scored centuries all over the world against good attacks. They said a batsman could not win test matches but he helped India win test matches. Now after thousands of runs, when age catches up (as it does with everyone) they now say he is only a flat track bully conveniently forgetting the runs he scored abroad and how other Indian batsmen failed in similar conditions. In the end indeed it is the naysayers who always win. I thank Sehwag because he made me smile and that is a greater achievement than anything these naysayers can achieve.

  • on April 11, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Andre Agassi came back at 34. He changed his whole game; went back to the basics and was a new man. His greatest feats were accomplished when all his contemporaries had retired and he was pushing 35 plus. Is Sehwag ready for a complete make-over? Get fitter, like Ahassi did; change his style, like Agassi did. Its a matter of how much he wants it. The IPL and all that money has made players lazy. The hunger is gone. U have to have serious hunger in your belly to get to the highest peaks.

  • Batmanindallas on April 11, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    with the talent available unless the ship goes south fast I dont see the selectors going to Sehwag...

  • on April 11, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    @Doubtingthomas... Think before you comment sir. Apathy following sourav's tenure? His best years led India to the Test #1 , most of these years were post 2008..

  • sri1ram on April 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Like this one. Actually I have been waiting for the Boycotts and Chappels to pronounce Sehwag's fading. We have seen that time and again greats like Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble and even Ganguly have determinedly and doggedly come back even after obituaries for them from those commentators and I expect the same of Sehwag. I am all for youth to permeate Indian cricket, but it is unfair to Sehwag that he is not being given the umpteen chances that The God has been getting in spite of having better average and higher score. Sehwag has been given a big warning, but should be persisted with for Tests in a different batting position.

  • doubtingthomas on April 11, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Along with his athleticism and sense of bravado weathering with age, Sehwag has also not gelled well with change of leadership in ranks of Team India, which might explain the apparent display of disinterested apathy on the field. He has been a collateral damage in India's quest for change following Ganguly's era. Sadly, I do not think it could have been any other way either.

  • on April 11, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Given the current evidence of Mr Sehwag I'd have to agree with Mr Boycott but if Mr Sehwag wants to be back and thats through sheer hard work and determination through lifestyle changes including diet and fitness then he should be back and playing for India. In short, if he wants it then he should be back but unfortunately he seems happier in the meaningless IPL where it is not so taxing on his lifestyle.

  • on April 11, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    sehwag is one of the best test player India has ever seen but he needs his own time and ll bang once again as he did in Australia at Perth he is a player with different player who is having some issues with his eyes but once he is used to the specs he ll make a come back and no matters he had supported the youth and who knows he steps down as he is an intelligent cricketer seeing the future of india in youth

  • Biophysicist on April 11, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    You say "Sehwag has had a poor run of form in the last year. In eight Test matches since April 2012, he scored 408 runs at an average of 31.38, with a highest score of 117". Now compare this with Sachin Tendulkar's record in the last 12 months: 10 tests, average of ~24.8 and a highest score of 81 (!). Pray, who should be dropped earlier. For good measure, Sachin's record over the last 2 years is no better than Sehwag's over the last 12 months.

  • Satyendra1 on April 11, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Sehwag more than anything else has looked disinterested and casual at times in past 2-3 years or so for whatever reasons. I guess its his overall fitness that has deteriorated. He was never too athletic but nonetheless he was neither too stubborn. He has not looked the part of late. And to add to this first some hearing ailments and then his eyesight deterioration. I still think if he works on his fitness, he can give some more match winning inniqs to the Indian team. But he better be interested and willful to do it the hard way. Here hoping he does so !!!

  • Alexk400 on April 11, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Sehwag do not have defensive weakness. Some time boycott think everything can be analysed with x's and o's. I do not think so. Sehwag has more attacking instincts and it comes often he thinks its better to play that way. When he fails often he has to play waiting game. He has more skills and he has best defensive technique almost same as gavaskar. Its the issue of patience. Can he defend ball after ball until right time comes?. I do not think so. He destroy others by sword and destroyed by his own sword. :). Great entertainer. Its just that his specs creating more problem for him. I think he is uncomfortable and thinking too much about specs when he is playing. He can play 3-4 years with doing laser surgery on his eye if its fixable that way.

  • Alexk400 on April 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    For me sehwag will be back. But i am worried with his specs. He may need to get laser surgery in usa before he plays. I do not think he will be successful with specs

  • Prakmca on April 11, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Recently Harabhajan was selected ti play australia for tests irrespective of very poor performance in dmoestic level. Why??? The answer given is he had great success against australia that too only one series.....If Harbahajan can make it to test team because of past success the WHY NOT SEHWAG???

    Why double stahndards here..... one rule for Sehwag and one rule for Harbhajan and player like Jadeja????

    He had won many test matches for india purely because of his agrressive batting.....Sehwag will come back and come back strongly......

    See Jadeja, he played 65 odd one days, no single match winning performance....infact India lost few matches because of him.... but still Dhoni backs him for no reason..... Somehow he got some wickets in test series against australia. He can used in tests palyed in this subcontinent, not overseas. He should be dropped in all forms of limited over cricket. But this will not happen... because........he has the support from Dhoni.....

  • on April 11, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    One thing we must observe from here is the Way the people comments and coming to Geoff.....What a great man Mr. Boycott is!! not just from cricketing perspective, his comments apply so much to the realities of life...loved it when he said tht everyone has a right to opinion n they should stick to it...not all things in life are totally right or wrong..it's about perspectives...such a knowledgeable, intelligent n down to earth person...always love to listen to his comments

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @united stars- Long odds that Sehwag will be back . Even if he makes it will be short little 1 and he will be exposed in foreign conditions again and will last but handful of games and will be gone ... But I don't think he really has any chance given that Ind plays a huge amount of games O/seas coming season . As to Sehwag v Boycott - Do you think Sehwag will last 100 games if he played in GB's time -the bowlers and some hostile conditions of the time favouring bowlers ? Even if he managed 40 games his avg. would be 25 odd but at a stunning S/R of 70 /100 balls ... for that time !! Not so great , is it? b.t.w I am no fan of Boycott .

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 11, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Boycott has always been a practical man...His attitude is worth following .

  • on April 11, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Well said Boycott, but by considering the contribution of Sehwag to Indian cricket, he should definitely given another chance, provided he should perform well in domestic level. Sehwag recently said he would love to bat at no.4 which is a position that sachin has occupied for more than 20 years. Sachin should retire, he is not flexible to the team requirements or he should show the guts to open for India in test in South africa. Vijay or Dhawan is not going to be successful in SA. Sachin sticking on to no.4 in test and as opener in ODI's had created lots of problem to other players. Remember in many test matches, if the openers gets injured, Dravid will open the batting and sachin wont bat at no.3 even in that situation. Same in ODI's where Gambhir & Sehwag had a good time and understanding within them opening together, Gambhir used to bat at no.3 giving way to sachin to open the innings. If he is world no.1 batsman, then he should be ready to bat and prove himself in any position.

  • on April 11, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Boycott has a great sense of cricket with the reality touch...Sehwag kinda player cant be contained and cant be changed!!! If Team is doing good without him, i dont think he will get a choice now!!! I think Sachin Sehwag and Zaheer all three should retire together!!! But I feel Sehwag still has lots of cricket left in him...

  • on April 11, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    I think, Boycott is dispassionately right. People like Boycott and Sehwag cannot change their styles. Once after scoring a double hundred, Mike Brearly got him dropped for the next test. He could not get out or score quickly enough when England was on the verge of a win, and ultimately dragged to a draw.

  • Taha_Farrukh on April 11, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Sehwag , Ganguly, Dravid are the best batsmen in world cricket as compere to Tendulkar , if they allow to play 20 years in world cricket then they can break and make more record rather then Tendulkar, if any one in the world cricket play 20 + years international cricket and no one pressurized to perform then they can make world records, as BCCI did with Tendulkar he don't be a pressurize to perform well and not even when he injured ......... Sehwag is one of the leading playing and i never forgot his 300+ inning in Multan and 200 in ODI but when u put him under lot of pressure to perform well then how he can perform......he should allow as much as he is willing to play from INd......Best of Luck...

  • Narbavi on April 11, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @getsetgopak: Just one 3 match series and you say these stuff? You seriously think Junaid ended Viru's career just because he dismissed him in two matches? Wow, and regarding Kohli, let me refresh your memory by mentioning the fact that he demolished Ajmal and co by smashing 183 not out in the asia cup

  • Venkiviru on April 11, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    sehwag made 5 of his first 6 hundreds in 5 different nations and against differnt attacks....he has made the highest score by a visiting batsmen on a boxing day test(195)....he should b given a chance at no.4 or no.6....y cant sachin retire n pave way fr viru....y cant he satisfy himself with 198 tests?????

  • on April 11, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Common guys!!! when he score 300 against SA we all happy when he out of form we ask him to take rest !!! giving a chance to youngster is OK but NO ONE CAN REPLACE HIM. and replace his style.

  • Narbavi on April 11, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    @gbqdgj: Not just now, Boycott has always criticised sehwag right from his early days, he simply got annoyed many a time with Viru's technique, and the fact that Viru got successful with this technique annoyed him more, that's why whenever Sehwag got out cheaply he would come and have a go at him!!

  • Prakmca on April 11, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    does dhawan has a technique to play seaming/swinging balls in SA and England???? Rahanae never been replacement for Sehwag.... He is HERO in domestic cricket but ZERO in Intl Level.

    Dhawan can play Steyn in IPL and he cannot face him in SA..... We are all going to watch.....who are all going to succeed and who are all going fail....

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 11, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Sehwag can't be a medicore player suddenly....The only problem with him now is his attitude...not willing to put more efforts & get the confidence back..both harbhajan & Sehwag are in same class...by the time Sehwag was moved out from national side, there is hardly any domestic left, which becomes murderous for Sehwag to make it to national duties, even though he is willing put efforts...IPL will defenitely be his potential measure....

  • gsingh7 on April 11, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    boycott has always criticised indian batsmen like sehwag and ganguly even when sehwag is one of best test batsmen of all time. with fastest triple century and 2 triple centuries ,he is in rare class of lara and hayden. even bradman is left wanting in scoring big totals. boycott need to give advise to always underachieving english team instead of world champions india how to defend their title. he was decent batsman though, nothing more ,nothing less

  • vsssarma on April 11, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Sehwag has technical issues which did not allow him to perform well in England, New Zealand, South Africa; and also against Australia & England in India. Otherwise, he is an excellent test match opener. My computer gives him 68 marks out of 100 for his overall test match batsmanship.

    With the performances of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan, India can afford to overlook Sehwag for future. His responses became slow and his interest in team has been low for some time now. When he drops a catch, he laughs heartily, which is demoralising the entire team.

    Thanks, Viru for a great job done. Let us now move on and invest in younger player. Even though the grand-dad of test match cricket is still with us, not because of his performances but because of his sincerity and service.

  • on April 11, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Whether he is in Team India or not, I am going to watch him play in Kotla tomorrow, and will watch all the matches he plays in IPL. Even if he flops in all and succeed in 2 or 3, I am happy. This is a life time opportunity to see players like Sehwag (who are born once every 100 years) bat. Looking forward to see him score a quick 25 balls 50 tomorrow.

  • getsetgopk on April 11, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The last nail on the coffin of Sehwag's career came from young junaid Khan. Sehwag never recovered from that blow, it came on Indian soil too, tailor made wickets and what not. Junaid also showed Kohli how good he is. India should play Pakistan more often for their own good as Pak is one of the toughest bowling unit to deal with in international cricket. Indian batters will have a better measure of themselves if they can play Pak on a regular basis.

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Sehwg will be back in less then a year after all the batsman will fail in SA and England. As usual Mr Boycott is wrong :)

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    with all due respect to Boycott i feel that a claibre batsmen like Sehwag has always a chance to make a comeback like he did in 2008 when he was dropped. now we want to see sehwag part 3. just going by the records he is only Indian to have scored a double century(not to mention world highest) in odi and 2 triple century in test. his attcaking nature and temprament is far too better then any batsmen i can reckon of. its just need sehwag to settle down a bit and rectify his mistakes and he will be unstopable. we will see his action in the ipl that would give us an idea how he handaling the pressure. i wish sehwag all the best and make a great comeback of all time.

  • ipl2sux on April 11, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    he will very soon get chance once dhawan/vijay start failing overseas

  • ydhanpal on April 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Boycott missed a point here, Viru has very good chance to make it to SA. India still needs to find no. 6 for overseas matches. If selectors want India to do good in SA then Viru should be in middle order.

    My team for SA (even tough very long to go): 1&2: Gautham/Dhavan/Vijay, 3: Pujara, 4: Sachin, 5&6: Kohli/Viru/Karthik, 7: Dhoni, 8,9,10,&11: bowlers.

  • ConfusedOne on April 11, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Thanks Virendar you were a pleasure to watch and what an entertainer. You will be remembered as one of the great openers - from an Australian fan

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Who said that sehwag can play only in flat pitches,please remember Newzland series in Newzland only sehwag played there.

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Same things were told abt Sachin during few years back. But he always responded with his bat. Its true with most of the quality batsman, their form keeps on coming back. Sehwag will be back soon if he put the proper effort.

  • moBlue on April 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    i don't usually disagree with boycott, but he is wrong on this one in that sehwag would make a wonderful middle-order batter yet!!! don't forget that he scored his first century on debut - in SA at the superFast bloomfontein, no less (after IND were 68 for 4!!!) - while batting at #6, and that he has always expressed a desire to play in the middle order.

    i do agree with boycott that it is likely that his days as a test opener are over, perhaps, but how can IND not play a fearless genius like sehwag in the middle order?!? he may be a lot more vulnerable to the new ball which moves around a bit outside IND, but he'd murder the old ball as he usually does when he is on song! besides, IND have never tried him in the middle order in tests yet!!!

  • Haleos on April 11, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @ chathuradil - He scored debut century in SA. He has scored hundreds and double hundreds in Oz. Which world do you live in? Vijay is going to get exposed in SA. He is a proper flat track bully. Viru would come back. Good luck Viru. Show the world you have it in you. I bet none of the other openers we have can change the game the way Viru can. Either ways.

  • vishalgitm on April 11, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Sehwag is not like Sachin. He will make strong come back very soon. Just wait and watch...... Please Don't compare Indian Youngsters to Sehwag because everybody will remember Sehwag after bad Performance of Indian Youngsters in Foreign Countries.

  • Rabin.Neupane on April 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Sehwag (8000 test runs @ SR of 80 and sr of 100 in odis) is undoubtably one of the greatest and impact batsmen who redefined the opening in tests(match winner). Look at his stats and you say he may under achieved in shorter formats but in test its altogether a different story. But now his eye power and hand eye coordination is less than that in past and he is not getting big scores. India take a right path by going for the youngsters and they all are waiting for some time now. Anyway hats off to the man named"VIRENDER SEHWAG". Hope u proved me n mr boycott wrong and come back strongly.

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 11, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Well if thats true, very well then. Sehwag has given us great moments and we all have watched him demolishing bowlers with wide open mouths!!! If his form has dipped its time for him to hang his boots rather than stick around and get dominated on the field. Sehwag is not built for such things, he is built to dominate and he did dominate bowlers around the world. Well done Viru!!!

  • Narbavi on April 11, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Boycott has always criticised Sehwag no matter what, but it is true that Sehwag can't make a comeback in the one day arena but certainly can still make it to the test team, let's see

  • united stars on April 11, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Mr.Boycot,With due respect keep ur hands out of Indian Cricket we have selectors to decide and belive me when Sewag is back he will be huge and he has even a better average than you you played 108 matches and ur average is 47.72 with 22 hundreds and a higest score of 246.shewag played 104 tests with a average of 49.34 with 23 hundreds and a highest score of 319.

  • musingsofamoron on April 11, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Sehwag would definitely play for India again but he should be given a slot in the middle order. He is by far India's greatest match winner in Tests and deserves a second chance.

  • ramli on April 11, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Boycs ... don't be too sure ... what with seniors like Dravid, VVS and Saurav screaming in favour of Sehwag for SA tests ... WJ will be preferable to Sehwag on any given day ... hmm I hope selectors are strong enough to wade through such divided opinion

  • chathuradil on April 11, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Very well said mr.Boycott. this is the truth for Viru. Of course he is very talented in flat track and also handy with ball there. but when he comes to UK, Aus or SA, he is not much on seaming, bouncy pitches. He got a great ODI record, thanks to flat, low bouncy tracks.Surely this would be the end of his career. So many young talents are on field for India now. But if they keep playing their favorite IPL, god knows the future of their test career. Lets see the SA tour. Surely their famous loosing record of 8-0 will be updated to 11-0.

  • Rabin.Neupane on April 11, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Sehwag is undoubtably one of the greatest batsmen who redefined the opening in tests. Look at his stats and you say he under achieved in shorter formats. But his eye power and hand eye coordination is less. India take a right path by going for youngster and they all are waiting for some time now. Anyway hats off to the man named "VIRENDER SEHWAG"

  • Rick777 on April 11, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Shewag will make a strong come back. He is too good to be written off at this moment. Boycot could eat his words after that.

  • Mitty2 on April 11, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I thought this was a given... After the embarrassing 0-8 whitewash and the even more so at home loss to England; you knew that the was a certain incomeptence in the selectors. The main reason for the 0-8 was the failing batting and this was evident too in the England series, but of course, all throughout the selectors stuck with the same aged line up.xBut as you can see with the likes of kohli, pujara, rahane, dhawan, jadeja, vijay and jaffer all dominating FC, all India had to do, was select the superior young batsman and they would comepete in matches. And look what happened after the England series after rightfully dropping the flops in Singh, gambhir and sehwag: they won 4-0!

    Sehwag is way past his prime and who knows, the young batsman may fail just a badly as he inevitably would in south Africa, but who would you prefer failing; a youngster who can learn and gain experience, or an old batsman who has never learnt to adapt, and likely never will? It would be a farce if he plays.

  • Mitty2 on April 11, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I thought this was a given... After the embarrassing 0-8 whitewash and the even more so at home loss to England; you knew that the was a certain incomeptence in the selectors. The main reason for the 0-8 was the failing batting and this was evident too in the England series, but of course, all throughout the selectors stuck with the same aged line up.xBut as you can see with the likes of kohli, pujara, rahane, dhawan, jadeja, vijay and jaffer all dominating FC, all India had to do, was select the superior young batsman and they would comepete in matches. And look what happened after the England series after rightfully dropping the flops in Singh, gambhir and sehwag: they won 4-0!

    Sehwag is way past his prime and who knows, the young batsman may fail just a badly as he inevitably would in south Africa, but who would you prefer failing; a youngster who can learn and gain experience, or an old batsman who has never learnt to adapt, and likely never will? It would be a farce if he plays.

  • Rick777 on April 11, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Shewag will make a strong come back. He is too good to be written off at this moment. Boycot could eat his words after that.

  • Rabin.Neupane on April 11, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Sehwag is undoubtably one of the greatest batsmen who redefined the opening in tests. Look at his stats and you say he under achieved in shorter formats. But his eye power and hand eye coordination is less. India take a right path by going for youngster and they all are waiting for some time now. Anyway hats off to the man named "VIRENDER SEHWAG"

  • chathuradil on April 11, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Very well said mr.Boycott. this is the truth for Viru. Of course he is very talented in flat track and also handy with ball there. but when he comes to UK, Aus or SA, he is not much on seaming, bouncy pitches. He got a great ODI record, thanks to flat, low bouncy tracks.Surely this would be the end of his career. So many young talents are on field for India now. But if they keep playing their favorite IPL, god knows the future of their test career. Lets see the SA tour. Surely their famous loosing record of 8-0 will be updated to 11-0.

  • ramli on April 11, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Boycs ... don't be too sure ... what with seniors like Dravid, VVS and Saurav screaming in favour of Sehwag for SA tests ... WJ will be preferable to Sehwag on any given day ... hmm I hope selectors are strong enough to wade through such divided opinion

  • musingsofamoron on April 11, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Sehwag would definitely play for India again but he should be given a slot in the middle order. He is by far India's greatest match winner in Tests and deserves a second chance.

  • united stars on April 11, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Mr.Boycot,With due respect keep ur hands out of Indian Cricket we have selectors to decide and belive me when Sewag is back he will be huge and he has even a better average than you you played 108 matches and ur average is 47.72 with 22 hundreds and a higest score of 246.shewag played 104 tests with a average of 49.34 with 23 hundreds and a highest score of 319.

  • Narbavi on April 11, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Boycott has always criticised Sehwag no matter what, but it is true that Sehwag can't make a comeback in the one day arena but certainly can still make it to the test team, let's see

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 11, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Well if thats true, very well then. Sehwag has given us great moments and we all have watched him demolishing bowlers with wide open mouths!!! If his form has dipped its time for him to hang his boots rather than stick around and get dominated on the field. Sehwag is not built for such things, he is built to dominate and he did dominate bowlers around the world. Well done Viru!!!

  • Rabin.Neupane on April 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Sehwag (8000 test runs @ SR of 80 and sr of 100 in odis) is undoubtably one of the greatest and impact batsmen who redefined the opening in tests(match winner). Look at his stats and you say he may under achieved in shorter formats but in test its altogether a different story. But now his eye power and hand eye coordination is less than that in past and he is not getting big scores. India take a right path by going for the youngsters and they all are waiting for some time now. Anyway hats off to the man named"VIRENDER SEHWAG". Hope u proved me n mr boycott wrong and come back strongly.