Indian cricket November 27, 2013

Is there a way back for Sehwag?

Former India mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton, and former Test cricketers Dilip Vengsarkar and Chetan Chauhan on whether Virender Sehwag can break out of his rut
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Virender Sehwag's exclusion from recent India teams, and his dismal form in the ongoing domestic season, has resulted in speculation that his international career has met an abrupt end. However, experts who have worked with and observed Sehwag in the last five years refuse to believe he is done.

In the 2013-14 domestic season, Sehwag's highest score is the 59 he scored for Delhi in the Challenger Trophy. In first-class cricket, his highest is 38, against West Indies A in Hubli. In three rounds of Ranji Trophy matches for Delhi, Sehwag has only 69 runs in six innings. Is it a bout of terrible form or is he playing badly? Is the problem technical or a loss of confidence?

Paddy Upton, India's former mental conditioning coach, says the solution is up to Sehwag. Upton was part of the coaching team led by Gary Kirsten and they were instrumental in India becoming the No. 1 Test team in 2010 and winning the 2011 World Cup.

"He [Sehwag] has come to a yield in the road, with a fork ahead," Upton told ESPNcricinfo. "He has the skill and experience to continue along the path of international cricket, or to take the path into retirement. The decision lies in a combination of his, the rivals to his position and the selectors' hands, and I think he has what it takes to take the decision out of others' hands. It's a matter of fully applying himself to the task."

Dilip Vengsarkar, a former India captain and selector, said Sehwag was experiencing a loss of form and confidence. "Both are at a low ebb because he has not scored at all. Even in first-class cricket, which is very surprising to me because Viru is a top class player," Vengsarkar said. "So for him to score should be easy. The kind of wickets and the quality of attacks, you would expect him to score consistently but there also he has failed."

Vengsarkar was the chairman of India's selection panel when Sehwag was dropped for the first time, in 2007, after he had grown one of the mainstays of the team. Back then, Sehwag was in bad form and had failed for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. "Back then also he was completely out of form but still we picked him for the Australia tour," Vengsarkar said. "He had failed to score runs for Delhi but I was confident that the style of his play would work on bouncy pitches (in Australia)."

Vengsarkar said he had not seen Sehwag bat this season but still feared that his problem could get worse. "There is a fine line between being out of form and playing badly. Even if you're playing badly you can still score runs, but if he is out of form then it gets difficult."

Chetan Chauhan, a former Test opener and the current chairman of Delhi's selection committee, said Sehwag was going through a phase that every man, not just sportsmen, goes through. "Everything is going wrong for him right now. You don't score runs. You are desperate to score runs, so you build pressure on yourself. The reflexes are not the same because of age. You become unhappy. You become frustrated."

Chauhan felt the only way out for Sehwag was to slow down. "You want to score very quickly because you are not among the runs. In this over anxiety and over zealousness, you play wrong shots and get out. He has to have patience and work harder," Chauhan said, citing examples of Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Gundappa Viswanath and Sachin Tendulkar as people who overcame such periods in their careers.

According to Upton, more than the mental knots, Sehwag's harder challenge was staying ahead of his competition and the demands of the game. "Viru has always been a diligent worker at both at his technical and mental game," Upton said. "That said the game and those vying for his position are advancing, and it is up to Viru to dedicate himself to matching and staying ahead of the developments going on around him."

In order to satisfy a long-standing desire to bat in the middle order, Sehwag pushed himself down the order at the start of this season. However, Vengsarkar and Chauhan said that such a move was likely to be harmful. "He has scored all his runs opening the innings for India. I do not believe in him playing at No. 4 or 5 or whatever," Vengsarkar said. "I do not believe in changing his batting position. He will always be considered as an opening batsman and not middle order." Chauhan said Sehwag ever asked him, he would want him to open.

Sehwag is 35 and he began batting with spectacles at the start of 2013. He would be the first to admit his reflexes are not as quick as they once were. It is a hurdle Vengskar fears Sewhag will have to fight for the rest of his career. "As long as any player of that calibre is playing first-class cricket, I will not rule him out. But it will be an uphill task from here. He is a player with a hand-eye co-ordination. He is not a technically correct player. For a technically correct player, when he is out of form, even if he is older, it is much easier to score runs. But for a person like Sehwag, if your reflexes slow down, and your eye sight gets weaker even slightly, it gets more difficult."

Back off or take on the challenge, is Upton's suggestion. "Confidence can be misleading," he said. "Confidence is something that is linked to results, and so will always go up and come down, just as results naturally rise and fall. I believe a more important ingredient for success is self-esteem. This remains pretty much the same, whether the athlete succeeds or fails. An athlete with high self-esteem will not rely on results to look good, and will not fear failure or be too concerned about looking bad. They thus will not be pressurised by low form nor become over-confident with a run of good form.

"An athlete with low self-esteem relies on good results to feel good, and fears poor results and the accompanying not looking/feeling good. This person will struggle to come back from low form, and may lose good form early due to over-confidence," Upton said. "Viru does not need to continue playing international cricket - he has left his legacy already - but he may want to continue."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    i say if india decide to bring back sehwag at 35...then whats the problem in bringing back 36 yr old wasim gaffer. He is in great form

  • on December 3, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    we believe that viru will come back on his form :::::::

  • on December 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    He needs self confidence.....................

  • anand.t.g on December 1, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    i wish him to comeback into indian team..it should be on the merit of good performances.dont want to see him as a burden to team..no need of giving chances based on sympathi..it wil b a disrespect to his talent.. From a sewag fan..

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on December 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @ reeta jain - no offense , but your post really brought a smile to my face ... you wish he regains his reflexes , you wish he gets back into form, you still believe he is the best , unless they invent a time machine i dont think any of this is gonna happen , and the most funny part is you think playing in IPL is the solution to all his problems ! and here is some more information, even during his golden days his average in England and SA are just ordinary only

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Sehwag is still the best. I just wish he gats his reglexes back and he comes back in form Ans I believe his comeback will leave all other teams in astonishment. And I am a big fan so viru roxk, he will practice and perform in ipl so he comes back in team.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 30, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Sehwag is finished. He should stop dreaming about playing for India. Unless Gambhir improves his attitude, he is finished too. At this point 36 year old Jaffer is a better batsman than those 2. Abhinav Mukund is another good option - so no chance for Viru and Gauti.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on November 30, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Absolutely no chance for sehwag to come back , he was a genuine match winner for Indian cricket , but at this age and with his attitude and technique i don't see any future for him in Indian team , he cant handle the new ball in tests , and in middle order we need someone who can play sensibly and grind it out if required not someone like sehwag , but gambhir can be a good option in the middle order if he is selected , much better than yuvraj or raina

  • Senthil_Tech on November 29, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Its Simply Illogical to force the selectors to give place for Sehwag in the current Indian Team. Everyone will agree the fact that Viru had acheived many feats which even our Great Sachin was unable to do in his 24 Year long career. Just for examples, the 2 triple hundreds as well as his 289 . But simply one has to think that, If he is totally unable to tackle EVEN our local bowlers, how can he find his place back in Indian team when YOUNG SENSATIONS SANJU SAMSON,BABA APARAJIT & ABHINAV MUKUND all are performing extremely good in domestic circuit which Viru is simply Unable to perform now?????? Like Sachin got a chance at the age of 16, EVEN SANJU SAMSON ALSO DESERVES THE SAME..... IF THE SELECTORS ARE TRULY LOYAL............

  • on November 29, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    no way

  • on December 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    i say if india decide to bring back sehwag at 35...then whats the problem in bringing back 36 yr old wasim gaffer. He is in great form

  • on December 3, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    we believe that viru will come back on his form :::::::

  • on December 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    He needs self confidence.....................

  • anand.t.g on December 1, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    i wish him to comeback into indian team..it should be on the merit of good performances.dont want to see him as a burden to team..no need of giving chances based on sympathi..it wil b a disrespect to his talent.. From a sewag fan..

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on December 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @ reeta jain - no offense , but your post really brought a smile to my face ... you wish he regains his reflexes , you wish he gets back into form, you still believe he is the best , unless they invent a time machine i dont think any of this is gonna happen , and the most funny part is you think playing in IPL is the solution to all his problems ! and here is some more information, even during his golden days his average in England and SA are just ordinary only

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Sehwag is still the best. I just wish he gats his reglexes back and he comes back in form Ans I believe his comeback will leave all other teams in astonishment. And I am a big fan so viru roxk, he will practice and perform in ipl so he comes back in team.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 30, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Sehwag is finished. He should stop dreaming about playing for India. Unless Gambhir improves his attitude, he is finished too. At this point 36 year old Jaffer is a better batsman than those 2. Abhinav Mukund is another good option - so no chance for Viru and Gauti.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on November 30, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Absolutely no chance for sehwag to come back , he was a genuine match winner for Indian cricket , but at this age and with his attitude and technique i don't see any future for him in Indian team , he cant handle the new ball in tests , and in middle order we need someone who can play sensibly and grind it out if required not someone like sehwag , but gambhir can be a good option in the middle order if he is selected , much better than yuvraj or raina

  • Senthil_Tech on November 29, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Its Simply Illogical to force the selectors to give place for Sehwag in the current Indian Team. Everyone will agree the fact that Viru had acheived many feats which even our Great Sachin was unable to do in his 24 Year long career. Just for examples, the 2 triple hundreds as well as his 289 . But simply one has to think that, If he is totally unable to tackle EVEN our local bowlers, how can he find his place back in Indian team when YOUNG SENSATIONS SANJU SAMSON,BABA APARAJIT & ABHINAV MUKUND all are performing extremely good in domestic circuit which Viru is simply Unable to perform now?????? Like Sachin got a chance at the age of 16, EVEN SANJU SAMSON ALSO DESERVES THE SAME..... IF THE SELECTORS ARE TRULY LOYAL............

  • on November 29, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    no way

  • bijuphilip on November 29, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    veeru has no chance to come to national side,poor fitness,poor fielding,and dropping catches along with several good, young players he has to compete.

    1.Abinav mukund should be there as an opener insted of murali vijay. 2gautham gambir always a great player cum captain,gambir and dhoni should need to talk and resolve the issue. 3.jajaj saxena should get some oppertunity in test or odi 4abishek nair should be considered as an allrounder 4Jagadeesh is much betteropeining batsman than sanju v samson of kerala 5ambadi rayidu is better player for odi and 20/20,I don't see the logic as a test player.

    immediate replacement abinav mukund,and abishk nair sholud be there in test side insted ofmurali vijay and umesh yadav. in future can be considered insted of rayidu,sanju vsamson or jagadeesh

    ODI should be for 2015 world cup 1.rohit2.dawan3.pujara4.kholi.5dhoni.6rayidu.7jadeja8Aswin9B.kumar10Shami 11.Abisheknair12raina.14yuvaraj15varunaron16.rishidawan

  • Prasdhoni on November 29, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Guys!! give him a break...dont pressurise him too much..he simply cannot be compared with any player in this world! The nawab of najafgarh needs some respect from u ppl..jus because he didnt score in ranji games or he failed miserably in international scene doesnt take the achievements and class out of the big man! He won many test matches within a single session of flamboyant batting! and now u ppl are criticizing him :( Let him enjoy his cricket till his retirement.. feeling bad for viru that his eyes let him down recently..i believe he still make an international comeback..jus select viru for one last time in bouncy pitches..i m damn sure he ll come good..viru...miss u!

  • Nampally on November 29, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I think Sehwag has lost both his power of concentration + Discipline. In addition his physical fitness is a huge ? While Yuvraj & Zaheer took the trouble of working on their fitness & stamina, Sehwag just lay back & did nothing. At his best, Sehwag was not a great physical fitness fiend. But now he is in worst physical shape + age to contend with. It is a "Mission impossible" for him to make a comeback. There is one slot in the opening spot which is still "Ifffy". Neither Gambhir nor Sehwag have their old magic left in them. Sehwag even lacks the passion to get back into the Indian side. It is a matter of time before he will announce his retirement. I think it is a sad end to one of the best opening batsmen the world has ever seen. His strokes were magical & he was the most feared batsman who smashed the best bowlers in the world to look ordinary. Now he looks so ordinary that the bowlers are clamouring to get his scalp!

  • cricjawed on November 29, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    moreover i would say that sehwag should play few matches in the county.beside spending some time in the middle he would also come to know where he is going wrong.again the scrutiny of selectors might now be there like he has in the domestic games so he would be able to perform without pressure..

  • on November 29, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    I agree with @blthdr... Sehwag needs to work very hard on his fitness. if he gets fitter and his reflexes improve, he can still be a gane changer. I won't count hi out till he says he Quits.

  • blthndr on November 29, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    one thing a sports person has to learn fitness is everything....skill can be diminished by lack of fitness....sehwag mostly rely on hand and eye coordination....for his kind of player not tecnically good will most suffer by fitness(weaker eye and slow reflex )...in international cricket even a fraction of second matters....he has the skill bt not the fitness....if he cant improve his fitness i dont think he could even do well in ranji matches.....

  • on November 29, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    simply say. Nooooooooooooo! first he should have to make sure his place for delhi team.

  • on November 29, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Giving another chance to Sehwag? That is what he is getting, in every single Ranji match. If he is not taking those chances, what can anyone do about it? Incorrigible!

    He has to prove that, with the decline in his physical faculties, he can survive against "lesser" bowlers, before he can face Steyn,Philander and Morne Morkel on South African pitches.

  • Gavaskar_Raj on November 29, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    There should not be any personal rivalries taken in to account while doing selection for the squad or playing XI, it should be purely based on the individual's ability & the playing condition. The sad thing about Dhoni's leadership is giving too many oppurtunities for youngsters in favor of him like Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Vijay though they still need some more domestic experience to compete with international standards...and sidelined experienced players like Anil,Sourav, Rahul and now no wonder Viru is being a victim for it. For sure 2 to 3 years of good cricket left with him and he should play 2015 WC as opener for India.

    Let us see whether Dhoni realising this or Viru going to miss out his remaining last leaf of his career. But as someone told he left his legacy already and his recrods will speak about his ablility.

  • on November 29, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    if shikhar dhawan can play and useless m. vijay can score y not viru the king of entertainment will be back

  • DWall_fan on November 29, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    I believe the day he realizes that more than tearing apart the bowlers and scoring 100's on flat pitches, the joy comes in standing for a long time at crease & making memorable partnerships with fellow batsmen and have a conscious that the morale of dressing room gets down when he throws his wicket playing stupid shots. I believe his childhood coach is the culprit here. Sehwag has got immense talent in terms of finding gaps. Had that coach been sensible enough to teach him to play with patience initially in an innings, Sehwag today would have easily crossed 10k runs. Its a shame that with such immense talent, he has given the least number of 100+ partnerships in overseas condtions. Dada has always said it right-" Giving a 100 run partnership to the team in overseas is way more valuable than 300's on subcontinents".

  • on November 29, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Viru should get one final chance to prove his mettle. I think the board has been very rude in keeping him out of the big league and almost destroyed his confidence. For a player who has been instrumental in bringing India to this position. Let him be given one final chance to prove or walk out with some dignity. I dont think this is the right to treat such a class player. I strongly believe that he should have been included for the tests in SA. He would have definitely bounced back with couple of tons to his name. Many other players have been given a very long rope but the performances are yet to come from them. But Viru is the brand of aggressive cricket and we would love to see him don the India colors again and make us proud with his flamboyant scoring. Viru I know that you will bounce back and pray that you get all the confidence and runs whenever you bat. Go Viru Go get your place back.

  • DWall_fan on November 29, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    The only way he can make a comeback is by accepting a fact that he is no fear to the bowler...Gone are his past days..In fact bowlers feel relieved when he at the crease cause they they'll will get him out given his overconfidence and technical illiteracy. Look at Dhoni- had he continued the bang bang attitude, he would have perished a long way back. Being a opener that too without any footwork, it is important for Sehwag to control his temptation for playing shots. Let the bowlers get tired bowling at him and then he can start showcasing his shots. At least at test level, no one has survived trying to touch 100% strike rate and neither Sehwag will. People say its best for Sehwag to play his natural game forgetting the fact that his natural game his way more mediocre for bowlers who analyze the opposition batsmen with support staff. Get the defense tight or else Sehwag will be humiliated for the rest of his cricket career even by club level bowlers.

  • on November 29, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Funny to see why the Indian selectors r treating a proven matchwinner like this....what was the point in throwing him out of the list of contracted players...isn't it a demeaning gesture?? Give the guy a go at the test level and am sure he'll come back rocking....MSD should step up here after all, Sehwag has had a role to play in MSD's success as a captain!!!

  • on November 29, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    bring back sehwag.give the chap another chance.he is a real match winner.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on November 29, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    India Board and Govt: You must give Shewag another chance as he is the most attacking batsman India have ever produced..I think he is the best batsman ever for India. Give the kid another chance, NOW!! Bring him back to open batting. Dont treat him like a Goat!!

  • on November 29, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    I feel that the selectors would have picked Viru for SA inspite of his poor form and that itself would give him lot of confidence. Sehwag is a big match player and I don't ever remember him scoring anything decent in the one off Domestic games in the last 10 years. By picking selectors could indirectly tell him that these are the last 3-4 tests and if you can go with dignity after that it things don't work out. Its really sad to see a player who was probably responsible for our success in test cricket over the last decade or so. Let us give one last chance to Viru.

  • on November 29, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    There is nothing other than confidence that is wrong with Sehwag - he has always lived and perished with his stroke play. A real genius that I think is being discarded prematurely. This has coincided with Dhawan. Imagine Dhawan-Sehwag going gang busters. I fear the selectors have made up their mind versus give this genius some time.

  • on November 29, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    simply he should learn from Zaheer Khan.

  • on November 29, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    There must be grace and gratitude in the way you send a great player off. Virender Sehwag was not only a batsman who attacked opponents at will, but also a man whose approach to batting took the fortunes of India from drawing tests to winning them abroad at rates higher than any time before. His career coincided with the rejuvenation and renaissance of Indian cricket, and to have his wish to bat in the middle order negated the way it is, is plain disrespect. I smell some fish here, and I think this is not just for cricketing reasons, but for something between him and Dhoni. We know not what it is. Whatever it is, I will say he deserves a better send off than being dropped into oblivion till he releases a statement about his retirement. He won many games for you, India, and he entertained you, you roared when his score soared, so treat him well, say a big thank you, and send him off well. Younger generation of today must not feel they will be thrown out disgracefully in some years!

  • Batmanindallas on November 28, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    How about Wasim Jaffer?? Sehwag has not set ganges on fire. He should focus on IPL and think about retirement

  • on November 28, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    If sehwag had never desired to become a captain of India he would have been playing for India even though he doesn't score but dispute with dhoni sent him out of team. and everyone knows vijay and some other players who play in chennai super kings is given more chances to play in India team so sehwag needs to contact dhoni and he will be in

  • Rohit... on November 28, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Sehwag is a great batsman who could have been among the legends... But the reason why Sehwag was not named along with the Fab 4 is that he failed to tackle the bad phase of his career... It is unfair that he might not get a Farewell match for himself... But even Laxman didn't have one so it must not be a big issue for BCCI and Fans.

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    why shouldn't he given chance for comeback? he has done service for India many years and you all are talking about dhawan he will be for 3-4 year and gone....vijay has been given more chances than rohit sharma...so he deserve chance to prove himself at international level ...He has 2 300+ score and 297 score ...who other indian or player of other country have...and don't forget 219* odi best score.... he is useful bowler too...but i don't find any reason why dhoni wasn't using him...

    he deserve at least one chance...and i hope he will prove himself...

  • anupkeni on November 28, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    After retiring Sachin Tendulkar, the BCCI must organise a farewell series for Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh as well, may be against New Zealand, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh sometime in 2014 or 2015. Sehwag and Harbhajan also deserve a Tendulkar/Kumble/Ganguly style farewell for their contribution to Indian cricket. The farewell test for Sehwag should be held in Delhi and for Harbhajan in Mohali.

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    sehwag should keep patience....and selectore should show faith in him........once he will get confidence runs will blast from his bat,,,,,,,,,,

  • on November 28, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I think its time to stop thinking about another comeback by Sehwag. He has performed well for India and now he is just not good enough for international cricket. Would love to see Rahane back in the team in place of Sachin and Gambhir back in place of Vijay.

  • Rags57 on November 28, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    While I have great respect for Sehwag for what he has done for India I am not sue why we should be talking of a come back from him when he is 35 and in terrible form - especially when the person who has replaced him at the top of the order - Shikhar Dhawan - has been doing well. The need is to encourage Dhawan to succeed because he is a prospect for at least the next 3 or 4 years whereas I don't see Sehwag having a career more than a year at the most even if he starts doing well. Let us not brood over not having the previous generation of cricketers - let us give the new folks the encouragement to succeed. Sehwag's use by date is gone and let us accept that as a reality and not waste time discussing it.

  • crick_sucks on November 28, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Contd... He just did not win games but psychologically scarred the opposition. You could see in the face of the opposition the fear of losing when he was set and scoring at a brisk pace. He was a teaser for the opposition always giving them chances and making them believe that they could have him in the next delivery. Meanwhile the game would be progressing at a break neck speed. By the time he would get out the Test would have been safely out of reach for the opposition and all they would be playing for is to save the match. It would be difficult setting a field for him. If an attacking field was set Sehwag would just love it, that was his way of thinking, as he could score boundaries at will. If a defensive field was set the chances he would give were all missed. He just had a very clear mind, no fear, no apprehensions and no expectations as well. Wouldn't bother not to hit a six when approaching a landmark. He will truly be missed by the cricketing world.

  • crick_sucks on November 28, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    The greatest asset for Sehwag was his eye-hand co-ordination. Sadly this great asset becomes the greatest setback with age. As you get older the reflexes tend to diminish. Sehwag is on the wrong side of 30 and his eye-hand co-ordination has greatly diminished thus making him a sitting duck for the opposition bowlers. Sehwags batting revolves on see-ball hit-ball theory. Temperament has not been his great virtue. He never tends to hang around and try to rotate strike. His theory his simple, take the attack to the opposition. This theory was what made him the most feared batsman in his hay days. And now the same style of batting is causing his downfall. Very sad to see him struggle even against lesser bowlers. I enjoyed his batting in Tests more than ODIs. The game against Eng where he helped chased down 380+ in the 4th innings was just incredible. No other batsman in the modern era could have done this. Contd...

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    most feared batsman by all international bowlers shows the greatness of viru nobody can replace the greatest entertainer of indian cricket

  • venky_poy on November 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    hi friends.... I think shewag's chance in the Indian test or ODI team is more or less over bcoz of his age & present form & the present Indian batting unit has no probs... only worry is bowling dept that's y zaheer is staging a comeback.. Moreover dhoni who likes to stick with young players has no intention of giving chance to viru or gambhir for a comeback... All in dhoni's hands & selectors.... practically speaking an unlucky end to a great entertainer.....

  • on November 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    selection committe should give a chance to VIRU .As if he fail's to give performance to you then committe should take their final decision.AS VIRU is one of the most destructive player of the cricket world.AS HE has many records with him.if he can't play for ODI'S at least he should play in test's as he has great test carrer.IF any serious decision should not be taken we all lose a great player of all time...

  • Jalz007 on November 28, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    For all the Sehwag enthusiasts, fans...please stop praising him. Sachin Tendulkar had to perform till he turned 40, even after scoring 100 international hundred, having all the records at his feet, the critics were harping at his decline recently, which probably acted as a factor for his retirement....when the god of cricket has to prove his form in every game, then why not Sehwag? Is Sehwag greater than Tendulkar?? The more games he gets sidelined, he will get more anxious to prove himself, day in day out. Regarding his legacy, there will be very few people who are going to remember his heroics. Had he quit with a blaze of glory & at his own terms like SRT, Dravid, Ganguly, then perhaps hew would have earned respect...But not now. He has still about 4 - 5 years of cricket left in him, and its totally left to him how he is going to come out of the rut, which he fallen in. I wish my the best of lucks..

  • jaggi.jagan on November 28, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    His issues started from the days he aspired to be the captain of the Indian team. He is not a natural leader and he can never lead by example. He doesn't have the grit and determination that a Ganguly or a Dhoni does to lift up the whole team. His leadership aspirations spiked when India had a miserable test series against England & Australia and many including himself felt that he should take over from Dhoni. Thanks to whoever it was, Dhoni continues to be the captain of the team. He found Gambhir to be his ally for this cause...see what happened now!

  • on November 28, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    In terms of calender age, Sachin was older; but in terms of "effective" age, Veeru is much, very much, older: his physical movements, alertness, intent, willingness/ capability to put in hard yards, identifying mistakes, even if someone points out his errors the lack of willingness to accept that and do something about.

    That is were Zak scored in his resurrection.

    Yuvi's case is in between; obviously he didn't gain as much as Zak from their French trip, in looking for better fitness.

  • on November 28, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Upto,vengsarkar and Chethan have looked at the issue from different perceptives.upton has reilied on a mental approach,the instinct of a class player and selestor to boot has led Vengsarrker to hit the nail on its head.Chouhan s comments are mostly personal and spoken as a Delhi administrator.I agree with Utonwhen he says that it is urely Viru s call

  • on November 28, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    He was always a hand-eye-coordination type of player and that is good when you're young and your reflexes are good. He's done. Even ranji kids knows how to bowl at him.

  • Navaneeth12345 on November 28, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @Prashant, Its not the old Team india now , where any one of them scores , In the present indian team , if any of the top 6 batsman is playing their best means any other opposition look helpless..We have enough potential in atleast batting now (dont thik this openion is coz of recent home series ) I believe , More than Shewag's performance his body language off an On the filed made him loose his position.

  • siddhartha87 on November 28, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    DONT FORGET-If Sachin is the God of Cricket then Viru is the Rajnikant of cricket. Anything is possible :D

  • on November 28, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    viru is viru he is already a legend i ve been watching him since he debuted and like to say that being technically not perfect but a very strong eye hand coordination player the only other after the great viv richards and the effects were the most significant india reaching the top in world criket there are good and bad times in every life so please let him take time to decide

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on November 28, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I suspect Viru's reflexes have slowed. If that is indeed true, I see no way back for him. Unlike SRT or Dravid, he just doesn't have the defensive technique to fall back upon

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sehwag can be back in Indian team but how long, look at his age he is above 35 & probably can play another 10-15 test matches. Doors are still open for him but he has to earn his place. vijay & dhawan deserve to be given at least 4 test matches against SA & Nzl. Selectors have chosen rahane as a reserve middle order cum opening batsman. So sehwag has to wait till ENG tour or may be till AUS tour next year.

  • oops282 on November 28, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    May be he is missing love and affection which every human desires. May be he needs attention which he is not getting due to new superstars of Indian team. There can be number of factors that are resulting in his downfall . If he gets little bit of attention, a pat at the back or some motivational dialogue , i am sure he can make a huge come back. Good luck Sehwag . From Pakistan.

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Why selecting Ishanth who is in worst form.......even in 2007 Aus tour sehwag was selected who was not in32 members squad,he played well in that tour,now player like sehwag should be selected for S.A tour,,,, becz Styne bowling definetly will be suffer by murali vijay,,,,,Sehwag is a player who destroys bowlers line and lenght,,,,,, definetly sehwag should have been selected for S.A tour,,,,,,let us watch how murali vijay play........

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    I saw him play at the Chennai Test against Australia and the most disappointing thing about him was his body language on and off the field. While other fielders moved with a spring in their steps between overs, Viru would be slowly dragging himself across. He did not look like he was enjoying being out there, he looked more elderly than all other players. One could see the contrast between him and Sachin, who looked chock-full of zest. Now Sehwag had never been the sprightliest of fellows, but this time it looked terribly dispiriting. Me and my friends who saw him in action then had all come to pretty much the same conclusion: something seems to have gone out of him.

  • diptanshu on November 28, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Bring Sehwag back into the team only if he is in absolutely roaring form. If he is not, it is an insult to Sehwag's brilliance to bring him back to the national team. He doesn't need any charity from selectors.

    I am sure Sehwag has time-boxed his return/retirement plans. He should give it a go for another 6 months and then retire, if he fails to come back. It will save him of some humiliation of playing poorly in domestic cricket. It will save his fans the pain of watching him fail.

    Whatever maybe the end result, Sehwag has provided enough match winning efforts in international colours. Scoring tons of Test runs at that strike rate and that average as an opener makes that man a LEGEND in Test match cricket! He is head and shoulders clear over other Test openers of his era in terms of strike rate. Could bash any bowler into submission. Absolute test match winner!

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Sehwag is a legend and one of the best cricketer worldwide. Few years back he was the most feared batsman by Aus after Sachin & VVS. He is a little genius with the best timing but no footwork. The reason in the dip of form to be investigated by a selector closely. No one should forget the fact that he got the highest score in ODI and Tests for India. Twice he made Triple centuries in Tests. None even Sachin could reach that magical figures in Test Cricket. My concern that we are losing a worlclass player prematurely. He should not be remembered as an average batsman but above average and class player once he retires. Some problem (personal or technical) is affecting his career which is that to be find out first! May be his eye sight or fitness issues. Look Zaheer become so fit that he is looking 5 yrs younger now. Here a selector should sit with Virender Sehwag to iron out the issues related to his poor form and give him confidence for a come back. Viru missed badly in the team.

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    hand eye coordination. that 's what made viv Richards the great. but even Richards lost it when he was aging getting bowled to bowlers he would smash with one hand tied. He refused to retire until WICB dropped him. I think sehwg should clear his mind & think ahead. If he want's one late flourish b4 calling it a day he can do that in domestic cricket as well. Nothing wrong or belittling about. Bcos his comeback looks nothing short of miracle.

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Seriously I want Viru back in the team because he is the one who can destory the bowlers and their confidence. When is on full song, the opponent step back from aggressive setup to defensive mode and it will never be in the match until sehwag gets out such a tremendous destroyer he is. I wont agree about sehwag having no technique. His technique is defined by none his hand-eye coordination is simply superb. The way he plays the ball with a brutal force on-side is extra ordinary. His stroke play many time told us ''Only he can do it''. If I gets a chance to talk with Sehwag all I want to say him is ''Plz don't loose confidence Viru. Confidence is your strength. Your confidence is all this Nation wants. And be an Opener. No one can compete with you as an Opener. Your one shot onide enough for the opponent to change their plans'' If he looses his confidence then I am very sorry to say that we won't see Sehwag again in his full swing. But his knocks will be remembered forever.

  • Prashant_Mukare on November 28, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Sehwag has been the backbone for India in high chase games for a very long time.Of course he was supported by other teamates but it is Sehwag who lead from the front. When Sehwag scores he makes the opposition look really helpless and takes away the game in no time.He is just going through from a bad health condition and we can just hope he recovers from it. His carefree attitude is only making it worse. But being a die-hard Sehwag fan for years I feel he just needs to get some runs in the domestic circuit. I'm confident he will be back. A player of his reputation cannot be stopped for long.

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    he is very very danger player but time is not working my always like the game

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    further to my earlier comments, sehwag has compounded his miseries by teling the selectors that he wants to play in the middle order. As far as ODI's r concerned he's done with unless something seriously goes wrong with the youngsters. As for the test cricket the only hope he had was the opening slot where he made the name for himself. now backing of to middle order means he's not trusting himself against the new ball. I hope not but he's days of retirement r hovering around. Having said that he's already left a legacy to cheer !

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    His coming back largely depends how Dhawan Vijay and others bat. He cannot displace the youngsters like Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rohit if they continue to perform. Reflexes have slowed down I agree, but form in domestic matches is not a indicator for Sehwag at all. He is an instinctive and fearless batsman. Next to Richards, the most destructive we have seen in the last 40 years. I wish he comes back. SHow me one batsman maintaining 50 test average with strike rate nearing 90 over 100 test matches. He is not a flash in the hot pan.

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Shewag is a capable batsmen.. But if he comes in, we will be disturbing the current batting lineup. So we shall give a good sendoff..

  • Vikas.K on November 28, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    'No way back for Sehwag' would have been a more accurate headline for that seems to be the import of the article. But why is it a relevant issue? He lost his place because he was not scoring at international level. And since then, he has done even worse at a lower, domestic level. He himself, rather sensibly, has not staked a claim to any spot in Indian team. No one really know if its the reflexes, or the motivation, or both, that have made him so ordinary--on current form he shouldn't be in Delhi side. So why is Cricinfo going around asking all and sundry whether he can come back. I would thank him for the memories and wish him. Maybe, he and BCCI should strike a deal. He gets to play a short farewell one-day series and then announce his retirement--after all, we play enough useless one-dayers for money, I am sure we can play 3 more for Sehwag.

  • KrishG on November 28, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Sehwag should play matches where there is no pressure to perform. Hence even domestic cricket or english league will not help. He should get lot of net practice with good bowlers especially pace bowlers. Once he adjusts his tachniques and start middling, he should get into matches and then into indian team. When youvraj can do Sehwag can also do. We all all long for Sehwsg to come back.

  • KrishG on November 28, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Sehwag should play matches where there is no pressure to perform. Hence even domestic cricket or english league will not help. He should get lot of net practice with good bowlers especially pace bowlers. Once he adjusts his tachniques and start middling, he should get into matches and then into indian team. When youvraj can do Sehwag can also do. We all all long for Sehwsg to come back.

  • Rajesh_Royal on November 28, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    My prayers for Sehwag's comeback. He is such a great player next to Sachin who put his hard step to make India No1 in Test Cricket. We have many players in Indian side who are not good enough in all the times but still they are in the No11(M Vijay, Raina, Jadeja..etc.,). Sehwag have different batting style like Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist, gayle...etc.,and kind of a batsman who makes opponent bolwers to cry and fielders to die until he is in crease. Such players should be left to boostup the batting lineup as did by srilanka-jayasuriya and australia-Gilchrist and our Indian sehwag, who are very rare personalities to be gifted for the team. Though he is struggling for his comeback we should not forget his past records(Highest ODI scorer(219), triple centuries two times and double centuries in tests..etc.,) are remarkable. I wish him to step soon in international ckt.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on November 28, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Sehwag will return and we will say the LORD HAS COMEBACK. Hail Viru.

  • on November 28, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Sehwag is well below par at the moment.It seems as if he has lost the hunger for getting back into the team.The results are not helping as well.The rise of Dhawan and rohit is being cherished at the moment. Sehwag hasn't been in the limelight for quite a while now.He is catching up with age,the flamboyance,that magical hand-eye coordination seems to have gone.He must be trying hard but the only possibilities for him to make a return are:(1)Heavy runs in domestic cricket and (2)including that,hope for a shoddy performance from murali vijay in the SA series(which i am afraid is on the cards,Dont think he will handle the likes of steyn and philander with a mammoth gap between bat and pad and playing away from the body all the time).If this doesn't happen,I think sehwag should retire gleefully as he has already left a legacy and done the nation proud.A DASHER!!!!!!!!!!

  • BackStreetBowler on November 28, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I think Dilip Vengsarkar has hit the nail on the head when he talks about the lack of technique. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Viru fan. However, her has scored all his runs thanks to nature's bounty of superb hand-eye coordination and of course, an unflappable temperament. With age, nature has reclaimed her gifts from him. I do not see him making a comeback in any form of cricket. Paddy is right when he says that with the abundance of other contenders, he is past comebacks now.

  • on November 28, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I don't think...

  • ketaann on November 28, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    it it impossible for sehwag now to play any international cricket for india

  • vxttemp on November 28, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I would like to see him back but I'm not very positive on this. Gambir has a better chance or probably will make comeback, looking at the way Raina is playing. Plus a lot depends on Rahane, Raina and Rohit's performance. Dismissing Rohit as a player in Indian conditions is really immature. Remember he caught the eye of the nation in the T20 SA WC and the pitches used for that tournament are sporting tracks much better than the tracks we see during tests now a days. For that matter Virat is yet to prove in such conditions. Virat played well in overseas only in ODIs if I'm not wrong.

  • on November 28, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Hats off to paddy upton. what an insight abt atheletes mind set ! confidence can b misleading- how true he is. this is where sehwag went wrong when he repeatedly failed in Australia & to top it showed no remorse. I think sehwag should take upton's help & get back to scoring. he's still has I/2 yrs of test cricket left. Don't forget he was the chief architect of indian overseas test victories. com'on sehwag !

  • on November 28, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Sehwag can make his com back in Tests only, there is no place for him in the OdIs... This all will depend on hin form...

  • rajuramki on November 28, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    If I have ever felt bad about the omission of some players from the Indian team . it has been for VVS and Sehwag only . Both are players of high calibre , although very differant in style . While Sehwag use to frighten the bowlers , VVS used to cause anxiety to the opposition in his own way . Unfortunately , I cannot help feeling that Sehwag is past his best and he should announce his retirement and make a graceful exit from the game , which he decorated during his prime days . After all , Sehwag is being replaced by Shikar Dhawan , who in course of time can be another Sehwag .I wish the youngsters perform to their potential in SA and prove that they are the right replacements for the greats of the recent past .

  • on November 28, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Sehwag's international career for me is done and dusted. On the current form of the batsmen, who once pulverized the bowling attacks around the world, It will be a step backward for Indian cricket if he is given another chance, irrespective of what happens with the current crop of batsmen doing international duty for Men in Blue. Being on the wrong side of 30s, Sehwag's recall to international duty would indicate dearth of young batting talent, which is not the case. The long rope for Sehwag has ended! He had stellar career for a batsmen so inadequate on technique. Lets move on now and celebrate the rise of Rohits and Dhawans and when opportunity arises, try out the Rahanes.

  • on November 28, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    It is normal for all Players to go through a rough patch and Sehwag is not an exception to this. He is a great Player and will come back to the limelight that he once enjoyed and this could even happen in the Ranji match against Bengal which is being played today. Once he is a Song he will be a nightmare for the bowlers. I am sure that he will go in to the grove and start playing to his potential. I want him to be back to the Indian Team and am sure he will answer to the prayers of the Indian spectators who want to him to play for the Nation. I wish him good luck.

  • CricketChat on November 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    A big hurdle for Shewag to stage a quick comeback is that he is not a grinder. For a better part of his career, he didn't have to play long periods of time in run accumulation period. Runs came easily to him whether tests or ODIs. With his replacements doing quite well this year, selectors are likely to continue with them for the next year and beyond even if they suffer blips in form as they are much younger than Shewag. And then his own Delhi mate Gambhir is also in the way pursuing his own comeback. While no one can say for sure, I think Shewag's international career looks over. I will be more than happy if he proves me wrong though, for cricket becomes a pure joy to watch when he gets going. Wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to do.

  • on November 28, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    It is very disappoint to see viru's out of form. India need him with full of form. Hope he will bounce back. Very sad his all fans.....

  • joe_antony on November 28, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Viru is a class apart opener. Though its a rough patch now, he will make a come back sooner than later. I believe in Dhawan, but to pair with him there is no one. Vijay has been with bit consistent but not enough when comes to overseas. Rohit can't open bat in tests. There is still a void in Test opening pair, unless and until we try out Rahane or anyone else along with Dhawan. Viru's comeback is not only depend on his domestic recovery but also will largely depend on how this void pans out to be in 2014. If Viru makes a come back he will have a couple of strong years before retiring. Hoping to see Viru blasting the top seamers of the world.

  • Rahul_78 on November 28, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Veeru is not your run of mill cricketer. He is a freak of nature. He did not need to go to nets to learn cricket. The sharp hand eye coordination, lightning bat speed and unclutterd mind were Gods gift given to him. He changed the very defination of test opener. He turned the adverseries to his advantage. Shiny new ball, 3 sleeps and gully and fast bowler attacking with open fields became his tools to score quickly. He played the ball and not the bowler. But with age these very gifts have started to desert him. The eyes are bit weaker, the reflexes are bit slower and may be hunger is not there against lesser bowlers in domestic cricket. What Veeru needs to tell himself is eve though he retires tomorrow he ll always be remembered as a colossal of Indian cricket and greatest opener in India after Gavaskar and may be hardest hitter of cricket ball equivalent o Gilly. He just needs to make piece with himself and enjoy the game. He should play for fun and not to prove the point to anyone.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Let the Selection Committee drive looking at the road ahead; and not looking all the time into the rear view mirror trying to admire all the path they already traversed.

  • starincricket on November 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Sehway was a threatening player in all formats of cricket play. But,he has very good average 49+ in Tests rather than other formats. Considering he turned into 35 now, he should only concentrate on Test matches,which would allow him to settle down and slow down and play his natural if he would want to contiue in international cricket.

    He is a player who could get into the form any time. He also stated that he is ready to play down the order in Test matches,which is good sign. Rohit seems to replace him in that slot also for his current solidity.

    Sehwag has proved already to the world cricket what he has capable of. If his body and mind is ready then he should play only Test matches for 1 or 2 years.And he should be flexible to play at any down and improve his bowling skills also can help.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    The way a technically correct Pujara got out by trying an upper cut ( it was closer to a 'ramp' shot, with the arms' position for an uppercut) reminded me of Sehwag. (And, Pujara's induction into the ODI team got further delayed, with that foolish stroke).

    For most of the youngsters, Veeru's style of batting may not be the right style to emulate. Frankly, that is my major worry about Shikhar -- occasionally Dhawan tries to be a Veeru. That sends me chill through my spine. That is another reason, Veeru should not be in the national team. All the young players need good role models. Not the highly risky ones!

  • GRVJPR on November 28, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @ Raja Kumar, I don't agree that there are concrete pitches in India. They are square spinning pitches and matches are getting over in 3 days. Extreme skills, determination and power of concentration needed to get runs there A bowl can stop on the pitch and it is coupled with uneven bounce. Anyone who scored triple hundred in a day in Inida (in test matches) is a GREAT! People confuse our ODI wickets with test wickets. CHock and Cheese.

  • 777aditya on November 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    SADLY NO WAY - he seems disinterested and down in the pits as far as confidence is concerned. He was never technician like a Dravid or mentally as strong as Ganguly. He just needs someone to continuously prod him along as he seems to have low self esteem at times. Just watch his reaction when he gets out as compared to say a Kohli's - that explains the whole story.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    for people who feels sehwag score runs in concrete wicket guys plz get ur statistics corr4. he has scored runs in Australia srilanka south africa west indies. and if I m not wrong evn msd has not scored beyond india n Pakistan. he is even due for score in Lanka. rohit alway batted well in sub continent not beyond dt. score 200 in flat indian deck is easy evn if he score total of 100 runs against sa I will believe ur comments

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    For a person who largely rely on HAND-EYE coordination - more than skills - Sehwag has played more than his ability. It's time to see whether he has the desire to comeback. He might've succeeded in 2008 despite his failures in domestic cricket but he was 6 years younger then. Now he's 35 and I am afraid, he is finished now. Especially after maintaining a poor rapport with Captain (who had the backing of entire BCCI), I think he may not return at all till 2015 minimum. By then he'll be 37 and it won't be possible at all for him. Thanks for the memories Sehwag and have a happy retired life..!! That's all we can say!!!

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I say leave him to him. he will come out of it on his own. one person in the entire Indian Cricket Family (Old or New) has the Guts to Say, Admit and Challenge anything which he is experiencing. He has all the temperament to score runs in coming games. I agree that lot many players has gone through such phases in their cricketing life span and still can rebound. If Rohit sharma can score a Century after 3 odd years Well he is the Only player in the Indian Cricketing Test History to Score a Triple Hundred (Happy to Say Twice). He himself has never shown a worry on his face. Then Why we worry.He will make a come back and i believe with a bang.

  • arup_g on November 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    There is no way back for him...Simple as! I have no idea why everyone is so adamant on working out how they can get him back...He is not the player he was. His talent was his hand eye coordination but he refused to adjust his technique when he started to struggle, so why should he brought back? He hasn't done anything in any form of cricket to suggest he deserves to come back.

    We have players like Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane, Pujara who can bat at the top of the order. We also have youngsters like Mukund who do well. Gambhir deserves a recall more than Sehwag as he has at least scored runs, and is more able in the field.

    It's best we say thank you for your career, thank you for winning so many matches for India but we need to move on. And it's best for Viru to retire graciously rather than embarrassingly.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    All of you should remember that when sehwag was recalled last time I to the test squad in perth, situation was the same

  • siddhartha87 on November 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Sehwag needs to score tons of runs at middle order in domestic session.India will play 3-4 tough series in 2014 and newbies may fail there.So Viru needs to keep on scoring runs in Ranji.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Its just about admitting that you had a gift and you reaped huge benefits from it and now its gone... !!

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    He needs to be in the team. Though unpredictability reigns in his batting. He has time and again proved to be the supreme batsman as some of the highest indian test scores are made by him as he overtaken the best indian batsmen superheroes like Tendulkar ,gavaskar ,dravid ,vishy.azhar . He has been a hard hitting batsman .

    Besides his vast international experience still can be a blessing for the indian as most of the team members in the current crop are new and inexperienced .

    So he should be given at least one opportunity for this trip.and at least guide the youngsters now that. Tendulkar has also retired.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    His form in domestic cricket lead to his exclusion if there was a minimal chance.There are young players waiting in line so his chance of making a comeback does not arise. Also him not being picked for SA tour is a clear indication and its time to move on. Respect though thorough entertainer!!

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    I agree with dork29. Sehwag has been a great batsman, even really great, but he's beyond it now. It seems that there comes a time when every good player has to give it away - even Don Bradman did that. Let's remember him as the player he was, rather than see his average go down the drain and a corresponding loss of respect which seems to come when a player goes on too long. Our best to Viirender, he gave us may moments of delight.

  • praneethtz on November 28, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    unless the present openers fail horribly in the up coming season,there is scope of sehwag back in the team.also gauti is still waiting for come back so he would be the 1st choice..bye bye viru

  • Sumeet.Gupta on November 28, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Heart says Viru but the head says it's all done and dusted for him, or at least the chances are bleak. But he will be remembered as a legend of the game and one of the greatest entertainers of the great game of cricket. It's not easy for a middle order batsman to slot in as an opener and excel in alien conditions too. Respect for you sir!

  • utkarsh219 on November 28, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    the way rohit got out in the last ODI against WI trying to cut the ball straightway reminded me of the man who used to do the same thing every single ball - Sehwag

  • Capricorn60 on November 28, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Afraid there is simply no way back into the Indian team for 'non-performing stalwarts' such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan etc as they were all very lucky to stay on in the team as long as they did when contributing nothing. They simply took their place in the team for granted, hence their performances became totally inept & lethargic which led to India getting drubbed against the Aussies & England. The selectors eventually had the courage to drop them, gave youngsters a chance at long last & one can see how India's fortunes have now totally been transformed where winning has now become a habit!

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Very sad to see Sehwag not playing well. He is a great player and a great player should not end like this. Still feel by hard work he can make a comeback and serve Team India for next 3-4 odd years. Wish he regains his midas touch as soon as possible.

  • dork29 on November 28, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Virendar Sehwag is one of the betst batsmen the world has ever seen. He scores big, scores fast and is a match winner. On any surface, against any opposition against any odds. The problem is, he is unpredictable. His consistency is suspect and what is more worrying is his attitude. At least on the face of it he does not display remorse at getting out, laughs and jokes when his catches get dropped and appears as if he is 'gifting; his wicket away. He needs to value his wicket and put a price on it. Once he does that, he generates terror in opposition ranks and can win the psychological battle. All that said, I really think he is finished. His eye sight, which is so essential for his batting is failing him. He is unable to ;judge; balls - the line, the length and the movement. It is best if he just calls it a day. MSD's issue with him is, his fielding. Even when he fails with the bat,he does not contribute on the field. That gets frustrating. I do not see him making a comeback.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    ya viru should take sachin position and should at least play till 38 .come on viru without u and sachin the matches aren't interesting 2 watch.u can do it you & should do it...........

  • timtom on November 28, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir`s poor form was the main among a lot of reasons that India lost home series to England. They just took their places for granted. Gambhir might return as a back-up to Dhawan and Rohit but not Sehwag. Yes, he is modern great for India and BCCI should honour him by farewell series against Srilanka or Bangladesh..

  • krish79 on November 28, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    I think shewag should concentrate on T20 cricket alone and try his luck in diff leagues like Big bash , IPL, Caribbean league , County , BPL etc.

  • landl47 on November 28, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    The answer, quite simply, is no, there is no way back. He's 35 years old now and has always relied entirely on eye/hand coordination, with a minimum of footwork. That style was always going to result in a quick fall from his highest standards once his eyes and reactions started to lessen with age.

    He's not going to do the one thing that would get him back- get younger.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    The best of a Sehwag is behind us. At 35, we cannot expect him to recreate the magic days again and again. Viru's international career looks to be over but the legacy he left behind will stay on

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    shewag got many chances and he had done nothing. vijay is far better than viru at present.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    M Vijay not getting chance everytime, he did better in ranji and other fc matches. but sehwag still strugling in ranji and other fc matches. i think selectors doing good job. we dont want past records.

  • Gmale on November 28, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    I'm with you Viru. Give us at least one full series. Get used to eyesight and then get on with it man. You got used to pitches in SA, Aus, Eng, how hard can getting used to eyesight be? My Man!

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    It is not the selectors but M S Dhoni is calling the shots and everybody knows that Viru and Bhajji are not in his good books. Look how Suresh Raina, he has got contract in 'A' category. See how many chances Murli Vijay has got.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    I thought.. if he had given a chance in test match against AUS or WI, he could have done far better than Mr. Murli Vijay. He is a great opening player.. specially when its come to Test matches in Indian condition.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Sehwag is a kind of batsman who can succeed in International and fail in domestic cricket. He should be allowed to play against minnows to get his form back. He is a unique player. We all know how he bats and his batting style. That batting style makes him to get centuries and ducks. Unfortunately now his batting style is not working anymore. Maybe he got to try some variety as he is getting old.

  • SeanB on November 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Viru has another challenge - from others who are playing well. The current batsmen, and the few coming from U-19 also. GG may have a chance if he continues doing well for Delhi, but we may have seen the last of Viru in national team.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    His hand and eye co-ordination seems to have deserted him, probably because he is wearing glasses now. He has never been the same, since the change. Like Boycott said much earlier, 'Sehwag has played his last match, for India'. Don't expect to see him back.

  • landofcricket on November 28, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    viru's limited over carrier is over,but his test carrier depends upon india's performance in sa tour & his ranji form ,suppose if india had bad time in test series in SA , viru can still make come back at no 4 if he has decent runs in upcoming ranji matches...

  • sarangsrk on November 28, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    As big a fan as I am of Sehwag, I can't see him playing again for India in limited overs cricket. He might (and the odds are too low) play in a test series if he can play few long innings in domestic cricket. I feel bad for him but then as age old saying goes "You can afford not to take yourself seriously but you should always take your job seriously". He didn't apply himself in last few innings when it really mattered for him and the team (Home series against England).

  • hmabbas999 on November 28, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    There's no place for him in this current lineup, openers are well set, but I would hope to see him.

  • tanmaymore87 on November 28, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Sehwag is the only India batsmen to have 2 triple centuries in test cricket...no other Indian batsmen has scored a triple century in tests...the problem with Viru is he doesn't occupy the crease long enough...he has to be patient and occupy the crease & runs will come again...i always though that Viru should play at number 4 after Sachin retires :(

  • Kirk_Levin on November 28, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Meh. Sehwag, like many Indian batman's seems to thrive on concrete or flat wickets. He has played well overseas on few occasions but on tough pitches, his is easily found out. I would rather pick Dravid or Laxman from the Indian line-up than folks like Sehwag or Virat. Dravid is a safe ay bet but he is very underrated in India. lastly, any player that crosses path with the captain will be left out. sehwag is finding that out the hard way. churr cuz

  • Praveen9aug78 on November 28, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Bad days for sehwag ,he will be back to indian if he find a form in current season ranji matches.

  • Alexk400 on November 28, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Sehwag problem may look like fitness and mental. I think its more to do with loss of sight. His technique always based on how sharp he can see the ball. At present his eye do not see things. I think its curtain unless he wants to play then means he needs to get fit. And longer he do not play for india..less he gona come back. Period.

  • anupkeni on November 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Sehwag's poor form was one of the main reasons why India lost the ODI series to Pakistan last winter. Sehwag in his prime had all Pakistani bowlers including Shoaib Akhtar at his mercy. But his best days are past him now.

  • on November 28, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    I personally do not think one should write off Sehwag completely. If needed he can go on sabbatical for some time. This should give him a little break. Also media and others in high places - like the selection committee, sports authorities should not discourage him or send discouraging messages about him - should it indirectly reach him . This may prove unwise and dysfunctional and can reflect on his performances .

    Remember that he has scored triple and near triple centuries against leading international Bowling sides at the highest level in international ( no other Indian batsmen including The best like Tendulkar , Gavaskar, Dravid or even Vishwanath have come close to it.

    If anything give him one more chance and you never know he can come out with those magical , mystical moments touching the billions of fans by surprise.

    Cheers to Sehwag

  • Batmanindallas on November 27, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Sehwag is no Dravid or Sachin. His days are done and gone

  • aiksa on November 27, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    He had exceptional hand-eye coordination but lacked technique. He is 35 already and that coordination is no longer there. Its time to say good-bye because he has been replaced by excellent players. He played some excellent cricket and should retire now gracefully.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 27, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    It's the end of the road for Gambhir or Sehwag. We have better batsmen in Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, and Rohit. Only a deranged selector would get rid of one of our talented youngster for Gambhir or Sehwag. Some people say we need Sehwag for WC 2015. What did he do in WC 2011? Got out first ball in the finals and wasted a review. It seems those two have attitude issues as well.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    There is no reason why Sehwag cannot just get back to his hey days but improve his game (consistency) but I dont see it happening. As much I love and respect his game, it has to be said that he never seemed to have the same hunger as a Kohli ør dedication of a Tendulkar ør focus of a Dravid. I know its asking for too much buts that precisely what it will take for him to break into this current team. He will surely be given an opportunity to play for India again but it will his retirement series.

  • CodandChips on November 27, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @All Indian fans you have a fantastic and young lineup. Sehwag has a phenomenal test record but his ODI stats arent great. You have matchwinners in your side who will perform well more often. Forget about Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • jokerbala on November 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    dhawan+sehwag will be a mouth watering combo.

  • YAYAVAR on November 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I just wanted to say one thing to Sehwag. Please do not lose confidence in yourself. You can do it and you can come out of this phase of your life. India needs you. Your mere presence in the middle can spell doom for the bowlers. I love your batting style and I have full confidence in you that you will shine out again in near future. So please continue doing good work. I am waiting for the day when you and Dhawan will open the India innings. You are an opener and will always be an opener. Good luck in everything you do to be in the India team.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    "if your reflexes slow down, and your eye sight gets weaker even slightly, it gets more difficult." This sums up Shewag's problem. Question is can he start looking at things and making those adjustments that Sachin made like putting certains shots in the freezer. Will he then remian relevant? Given that his USP is to be very fast scoring aggresive batsman. Looks like both the roads in the fork lead to a dead ends

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Gambhir will be back but not sehwag..unfortunately one of the greatest match winners we have. Just hope he is giving the respect he deserves. Dhoni should come out with say last 2 test for Viru similar to Sachin. Let's not forget our heroes. .

  • krinyan on November 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    India's top 3 scored more than 1100 runs in 2013 and for Sehwag to even make a comeback one of them should start performing badly (provided Sehwag regains form miraculously). The way Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli are playing at the moment i find it hardly unlikely India will risk changing the combo of a team which is preparing for 2015 WC. As far as Sehwag is concerned, it's now or never for him.. it'll be sad if he ends his international career without making a comeback and showing the world why leading bowlers were scared of him.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    India does not need hin anymore. All those verbal fights that he put up with MSD he deserves this. Scoring runs against weak opposition is something sehwag has always thrived on in the recent past.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Wish the Nawab of Najafgarh starts scoring soon. Best India Test opener ever.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    India needs Sehwag for WC 2015.

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  • on November 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    India needs Sehwag for WC 2015.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Wish the Nawab of Najafgarh starts scoring soon. Best India Test opener ever.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    India does not need hin anymore. All those verbal fights that he put up with MSD he deserves this. Scoring runs against weak opposition is something sehwag has always thrived on in the recent past.

  • krinyan on November 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    India's top 3 scored more than 1100 runs in 2013 and for Sehwag to even make a comeback one of them should start performing badly (provided Sehwag regains form miraculously). The way Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli are playing at the moment i find it hardly unlikely India will risk changing the combo of a team which is preparing for 2015 WC. As far as Sehwag is concerned, it's now or never for him.. it'll be sad if he ends his international career without making a comeback and showing the world why leading bowlers were scared of him.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Gambhir will be back but not sehwag..unfortunately one of the greatest match winners we have. Just hope he is giving the respect he deserves. Dhoni should come out with say last 2 test for Viru similar to Sachin. Let's not forget our heroes. .

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    "if your reflexes slow down, and your eye sight gets weaker even slightly, it gets more difficult." This sums up Shewag's problem. Question is can he start looking at things and making those adjustments that Sachin made like putting certains shots in the freezer. Will he then remian relevant? Given that his USP is to be very fast scoring aggresive batsman. Looks like both the roads in the fork lead to a dead ends

  • YAYAVAR on November 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I just wanted to say one thing to Sehwag. Please do not lose confidence in yourself. You can do it and you can come out of this phase of your life. India needs you. Your mere presence in the middle can spell doom for the bowlers. I love your batting style and I have full confidence in you that you will shine out again in near future. So please continue doing good work. I am waiting for the day when you and Dhawan will open the India innings. You are an opener and will always be an opener. Good luck in everything you do to be in the India team.

  • jokerbala on November 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    dhawan+sehwag will be a mouth watering combo.

  • CodandChips on November 27, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @All Indian fans you have a fantastic and young lineup. Sehwag has a phenomenal test record but his ODI stats arent great. You have matchwinners in your side who will perform well more often. Forget about Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    There is no reason why Sehwag cannot just get back to his hey days but improve his game (consistency) but I dont see it happening. As much I love and respect his game, it has to be said that he never seemed to have the same hunger as a Kohli ør dedication of a Tendulkar ør focus of a Dravid. I know its asking for too much buts that precisely what it will take for him to break into this current team. He will surely be given an opportunity to play for India again but it will his retirement series.