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'Hopefully I'll get one more chance' - Sehwag

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January 22, 2014

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Virender Sehwag reached his 50 off 31 balls, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Delhi, April 21, 2013
Virender Sehwag is hoping Delhi Daredevils will buy him back in the forthcoming IPL auction © BCCI
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Virender Sehwag, who has been out of the Indian team since early 2013, has said he still has hopes of making a comeback into the national side. Sehwag's last Test for India was against Australia in March 2013, while he last played an ODI in January 2013 against Pakistan.

Sehwag's recent form has also been poor. In 10 first-class matches this season, Sehwag scored 279 runs at an average of 19.92 with one fifty. The numbers include his Ranji Trophy performances for Delhi - 234 runs in seven matches at 19.50.

"I am still practising [the big shots]," Sehwag told NDTV. "Everybody wants to play for India and the youngsters are playing well. They are good players and they are scoring runs but I am trying hard, I am working hard on my skills and cricket. Hopefully I will get one more chance before I retire.

"From my point of view, yes, they are playing well and doing well, so all the best to them. What I can do is I can train hard. I can go out there and play first-class matches and play club-level tournaments and try to score runs. That I can control, but I can't control other things like selection."

The batsman also hoped Delhi Daredevils, his IPL franchise over the previous six years, would buy him back in the forthcoming auction. Daredevils did not retain any of its players before the auction, the only franchise to do so, and will go into the auction with a full purse of Rs 600 million (approx US$9.6 million) and three right-to-match cards.

"I am going to the auction in the IPL and anybody can buy me. If somebody will buy me and Gautam [Gambhir] is there, or some other international cricketer is there, I'll get a chance to play along with them," Sehwag said. "It's a good opportunity for the franchises, they have the option of buying big players and we are available. I am hoping the same team will buy me. Let's see what happens in the auction."

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Posted by John_Mil on (January 28, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

There is no doubt that Viru is one of the Greatest entertainer of Cricket.Looking at the Currenet Opening Pair in the tour of SA and NZ ,team,Dhoni and the Selection committee would feel how much we miss the Game of Shewag the Great Entertainer.His record in Test,Oneday and 20/20 would tell anybody how barely we need his presence in the team.I'm expecting Shewag,Gambir,Pathan Brothers,Yuvi,Praveen Kumar,Manoj Tiwari,DK back to the team soon.Shewag and team we miss you.Tea pls give channces to them also try to use other good players often like Rahane,Abisheik Nair,Saurab Tiwari,Rasool,Stuart Binny instead of giving so many chances to Rohit,Jadeja,Murali Vijay, etc....Rohit if he scores one 50 out of 10 matches that would be more than enough as per Dhoni and comittee to retain him in the squad for the next 2 to 3 many chances.too bad..also not sure why there are taking Saha as Back up keeper always by not giving chances to him and to others.I think Dhoni want to be safe...

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Dhoni should give one more chance to play viru definetly he's the best top batsman ever

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (January 23, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

Previously thought Sehwag & Gambhir's time was permanently finished with India but the way Dhawan & Rohit are struggling, the door is perhaps slightly ajar for our stalwarts to make a comeback! Sehwag is definitely one of our all-time greats as well as a great entertainer - so he deserves to make a comeback & then get a proper farewell from fans when he decides to call it a day & quit cricket for good. However he needs to get back on merit - by making big scores on the domestic circuit & proving his fitness - rather than just for sentiment reasons.

Posted by YouScore on (January 23, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Sehwag is a 'game changer'. He presence in the batting line-up terrorize bowlers. He is one of the few players in the world, who plays for fans & India, not for personal statistics .. Rohit, Sheekhar, M Vijay, Raina, etc.. are NO match for Sehwag. Bowlers all around the world are breathing ez that Sehwag is not in Team India. Wake Up , Indian Selection committee.. Do yourself a favor, include Sehwag in team India. He is a Match Winner ..

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

I really hope u get one more chance Viru.. U Rock.. Just find ur form again and m sure bowlers will once again b petrified of u.. All The Best for the auctions..

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

veeru bhai u only the player who thinks about the fans nd always try to do different .

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

For me one of the most gifted and effective test winner for India AND ONE OF A KIND AND MIGHT END UP AS A ALLTIME GREAT WITH HIS NUMBERS, per todays standards he is only young, it is all about the hunger and he will come back, guys like C Rogers and , Harris have shown age is not a handicap, but form and fitness is important, good luck to him from a big FAN

Posted by Patties1984 on (January 23, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Best of luck Viru. I hope you play atleast T20 for INDIA & retire after winning us the T20 worldcup.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

good luck sehwag.. definetly you will come back..

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Sehwag won't strike form again till he works agin on his fitness . He is basically a hand -eye coordination player who relies more on his reflexes .Unless those improve , there is no way we can see him back to form .

I really hope and wish that gets back , simply love his audacious strokeplay and match winning ability .

Posted by Dagur on (January 23, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Sehwag's is a curious case. Apparently, he is still not bothered much about his fitness. While every cricketer made adjustment to his game with the changing circumstances ( age, conditions, team composition etc) but he has been unusually adamant about the inflexibility in his batting style or approach. Till now, he doesn't seems to have diagnosed his problem whether it is the failing eye sight or the slowing reflexes as neither the glasses nor going down the batting order have helped him at all, so far. What is more surprising is that neither he himself has iron out his problem nor has any of his coach or other well wisher been able to help his case. BCCI, of course seems to have completely ignored him, for obvious reason.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (January 23, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

@Nishant Joshi on (January 22, 2014, 10:59 GMT) After getting TEST status of 70 odd years you still thrash in the foreign soil by the host and you are suggesting us to don't make flat tracks....Its simply laughable....By the way so called 3 big nations are hiding themselves just to get way from the defeat from BAN at least in the Bangladeshi ground...Dont you worry we are not going to DEFEAT you any more thats a promise...I guess you haven't digested the defeat in ASIA CUP 2012 yet...Heheheee

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 23, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

Sad to see Sehwag go down this way. Truth be told, he is well past his prime. He can may be play some good cricket in IPL, but that's about it. Sad that he will retire without any kind of proper farewell.

Posted by bookie7600 on (January 22, 2014, 22:18 GMT)

"It's a good opportunity for the franchises, they have the option of buying big players and we are available" Wow so up himself !!! Sehwag needs to some humility, change his game to the demands and limitations of his body and then come back.

Posted by xylo on (January 22, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

As much as I was a fan of his stroke-making in his heydays, he is past his prime now. He might have gotten back into the team if Ganguly were the captain because he was a horrible fielder himself, but I don't see Dhoni picking Sehwag in the ODI team; in tests, maybe.

Posted by rohanblue on (January 22, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

we all want to see viru-gauti, zak, yuvi again.........

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

Sehwag shouldn't give up. Pakistan has Misbah-ul-Haq who is close to 40 and still in good form, and will probably have to play for next few years because there no other player in Pakistani team who can lead.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

Leave everything. When it comes to test matches, he is the best Indian player in records by now. And not too bad in ODIs or should be said far more better than Dhawan, R Sharma, Raina, Jadeja, Raydu and a lot. he should not be left in this manner. i could not see india playing without him and Yuvi. Big fan of both. but predict something about current series than V K will sure cross 900+ rating to be the first Indian to do so.

Posted by dabbadubba on (January 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

sehwag should be in the indian team now... he would have rescued them, and we would have been 2-0 up.. time for the selectors to bring in proven performers like sehwag

Posted by StarHawk on (January 22, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Only person keeping Sehwag away from the Indian team is Sehwag himself. I would love to see Sehwag make a comeback into the Indian team. But, he needs to work hard for it. Ideally, he should be in England right now playing county cricket or even club level cricket on the pitches there. He's only 35 and I think he can continue playing, at least test cricket for another couple of years. A good show in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the IPL, and some fitness training, and a lot of hard work on overcoming his shortcomings...and he will be back in reckoning!

And don't worry about the IPL...some team will pick up Viru based on reputation and marketability.

Posted by fairfan70 on (January 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Sehwag was an awesome player that I preferred to watch even more than Tendulkar. However, in last 2 years his reflexes have slowed down and his eye sight weakened causing a prolonged slump in his batting form. Unlike other technically compact players, Sehwag is a watch-and-hit type of player who depends much on timing of the shots than technique. On that count, I doubt if he can make a come back into the Indian team. There are so many good youngsters who have not yet been tried and deserve chances. So I see little chance of Sehwag earning a recall, unfortunately so.

Posted by BloodBeat on (January 22, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Honestly speaking,how many chances does sehwag wanna get?

Posted by legsidewide on (January 22, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Someone needs to drop the ball for Sehwag to be in. This has to be Rohit, who is still showing he can't cut it at the top. If it takes 100+ ODIs before he makes good innings, he clearly doesn't have it in him. Deeply unimpressed with his runs v West Indies. Same goes for his test form.

Suresh Raina also continues to be dire, and is yet to prove any good reason for his selection after 180+ ODIs. He should go if Sehwag gets his wish to bat in the middle order.

Viru needs to finally to sort out his fitness if he's to play in this Indian team. He can't carry around that spare tyre any more, no matter how much he believes it doesn't affect his cricket.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

sehwag is a match winner and undoubtedly a great player but he must have learned to value his wicket when he was playing for the country. I dont think he can get another chance.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

VIRU we have the confidence that you will make it to the squad in all formats and i still think we need u r valuable experience after the retirement of sachin . you are a big match player and you play in big matches only but as far as selection is consed you need to prove what you are capable of and i think you are just one match away just try to set u r eye and then see the magic . then no politics and no cheap tricks can stop you from entering the team. see the auss they play till 40 41 years if they play why cant weeeeeeeeeee

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Hope that KKR buy Sehwag. It could be career reviving for Viru and Gauti.

1) Viru-Gauti's bad form ooops disastrous very poor form started during 2011 when they started playing for different IPL teams. That season they both found it hard as they had to change their natural play. Sehwag had to play responsibly and Gambhir had to take more risks in IPL which effected their play. That really effected them and not fast bowling and swing.

If KKR buys him they both can revive their career. Bcoz it was during 2008 when they started opening together more often and that's when they were going great guns.

2) Eden Garden's pitch is slow and mostly supports spinners. A player like Sehwag at the top of the order who can score runs briskly could be very vital.

AND KKR should also try and get Shami, Morgan, Lee, McCullum back. Buying Bhuvi, C Anderson, Finch, Uthappa can also do good

Posted by Rajesh_Royal on (January 22, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

My respect to we are seeing test openers for ODI..but who are more willing to play IPL and T20's...we lost many matches and also No1 ranking becoz of poor opening pair of India who are not giving their best outside the country...Once if we glance into past records they(Sehwag & Gautam) had good partnership even outside of the country..Once he get into form, no one can stop him..looking egarly for his comback and hope he will comback... :)

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

It would be a treat to watch Sehwag playing for Mumbai Indians...but we shoudnt forget that Delhi still has three right to match cards..not retaining anyone might prove to be the best move for Delhi.

Posted by AMAR3366 on (January 22, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

we really miss u in this team who played in nz.viru is the best option to play as an opener.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

with due respect to sehwag his career is over. He should read the writing on the wall. The problem is he took his place granted for too long & realized his folly after he & his delhi mate got dropped. Who can forget his audacious statement after 4-0 drubbing against AUS when he stated-nobody needs to realize. after the earlier 4-0 drubbing against England, he had no remorse. And coupled with that his eye-sight dimmed which affected his hand-eye coordination which was his natural gift. Good-bye sehwag. U 'll still b one of the best batsmen india ever produced.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (January 22, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Shewag rightly said. What is in his control is training and performing. He has not performed lately. India also has lot of young players waiting to get opportunities. The team will be better off with players like Chand, Zol, Samson than going back to old players.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

@Rafelgibt What you are saying is laughable to say the least.Just go have a look at the ranking,mate.Your team is languishing somewhere at the bottom.Bangladesh are not doing themselves any favours by preparing flat wickets.It ultimately contributes to the downfall of your batsmen abroad and also doesn't help the captain in building a good fast-bowling unit.And if this goes on,the Icc may well go ahead with thetwo-tier system proposal in Tests and Bangladesh will find themselves competing with Kenya or some other associate.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

All indian fans wants sehwag back in to the indian senior team, because every one knows he can score runs very quickly. But his current form very disappointing for all. So, it is true he will never back in to the senior team... very sad...

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

@rafael..sehwg said ban cant take 20 wickets..and till date they havent...that is not arrogance..that is the fact

Posted by Sumeet.Gupta on (January 22, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

You are a legend Viru, you changed the way us fans perceived test openers to be. But, IMHO, you are past now and the earlier you accept that, the better it is. Thanks for all the wonderful innings, you made cricket worth watching!!

Posted by BinduKumar on (January 22, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

Just imagine this - Viru playing along side CHG on a true Chinnaswamy turf. It will be a treat to watch. Come on Sr & Jr Mallyas, go for Viru!

Posted by chinnu_rocking231 on (January 22, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Unless dhoni is thr , u hv no chance of ret back.. even with the case of guti irfn pk dk .. etc also :( ...i knw csk fans will cm hard at this post but... viru deserves one chance wen jadeja/raina/nohit getting this many y cant he..????

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

No ill will here towards Sehwag, but he comes off a little miserable here.

It has always been eye-hand co-ordination that has been Sehwag's greatest strength and over the last year, that has eroded almost completely. Now he can't get even B-grade bowlers away.

Still, it takes one great innings to come back and given Dhawan's plight in the recent matches (not to mention Rohit's), if he clicks he can come back.

Though it seems Sehwag is finished. Still, he gave us great moments and let us cherish those.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 22, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

With Rohit not in great nick and Dhawan realizing international cricket is not all about swagger and with no other immediate opening option, Viru is right to say he can still make a come back. But seriously does he have the reflex that he had to face Mitch, STeyn, Pak bowlers on seaming, pacy wickets! Got to be realistic.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

why not sehwag, just score big runs in FC or win IPL this year. I mean you got to do better than new comers otherwise no body will call you back.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

My view ...Mumbai Indians should buy Sachin has retired...MI always has a opening problem ....Shewag will be very very good option...If MI Can give chance to Pointing so they can give to Shewag also...If he clicks...than MI will be invincible

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

You have had your chances Viru. Thank you for your contribution to Indian cricket.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (January 22, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

I guess this is the guy who said with full arrogance that BAN don't have the ability to get 10 wickets of IND in TESTs.And very next day BAN all out IND at 260 odd runs...What a play of time that the same person is begging like-"I am going to the auction in the IPL and anybody can buy me. If somebody will buy me and Gautam [Gambhir] is there, or some other international cricketer is there, I'll get a chance to play along with them." LOL>>>

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 22, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

With Rohit flattering to decieve, Sehwag could hope for another chance, but that's only if he returns to form. If he plays as poorly as he did in the Ranji Trophy this season, then he has no chance at all.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

dd has not done their homework it seems. . they should retain atleasr a couple of players of delhi ranji side.and atleast warner/kp.they missed the bus.and if sewagh goes to sunrisers and scored a match winning century against dd in delhi.then this post will hav some meaning

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

one more chance? did you not already get 100 chances which you did not make use of. you are no good even in domestic cricket. even IPL Delhi do not want to keep you. why not retire now before losing all respect.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

one more chance? did you not already get 100 chances which you did not make use of. you are no good even in domestic cricket. even IPL Delhi do not want to keep you. why not retire now before losing all respect.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

We are Waiting for your Comeback into national team..

Posted by Zeyad68 on (January 22, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Will come back soon i hope to see u in delhi daredevils once more

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

gd player for all over the congrates frm sl

Posted by Rohit... on (January 22, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

BCCI Please select Sehwag for the Asia Cup so that he can get a proper farewell.... Outside the sub-continent he doesn't stand a chance to score in double digits, But still he has done enough to deserve a farewell.

Posted by ooper_cut on (January 22, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

Love to see him back for a home series or for the World T20 and goes out with a bang like he deserves. He has brought joy to millions with his extraordinary style of batting.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 22, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

Other, younger player should be selected for India's future. He has had is day and his best is well behind him.

Zaheer is another in that category

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

The plight of cricket and cricketers in the light of commercial interests driving everything. The spirit of the game left long ago. "I am hoping someone will buy me" - I don't want to even mention what profession I think he is resembling.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Thollet. Sehwag is not just a flat track bully. How many can they have scored a 195 on day 1 on a fast Melbourne wicket? He hasn't used the more than deserved chances given to him by not improving his game. He should have evolved into the Team's backbone after the big 4 retired. He has let himself, his fans and the nation down. Its not use going back to him. Maybe a token series for him to announce his retirement but thats all.

Posted by Anti-ZCAdmin on (January 22, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

Sehwag was a flat track bully during his prime and he didn't care about adjusting his technique when playing in demanding pitches of SA. Fortunately for him, India now has young players who are determined to be successful in all parts of the world.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Go for it Sehwag Bhai! You can do it! Miss seeing U play!

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Sehwag can get one more chance. He is a lone match winner. Comparing to Rohit he never waste so many deliveries in the top order. Specialy in overseas his attacking approach really helps the entire batting unit.

Posted by 11_Warrior on (January 22, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

Too optimistic Viru, You should get in coching.

Posted by madhugaire on (January 22, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

yes you deserve one more chance. it would have been lot better had you put on some runs on board during the domestic season. I think the opportunity, if any, you get now will only be due to the poor performance of the player in the overseas series. You gotta learn from mistakes man. Why cant you control yourself while playing the shots. Why do you prefer playing the same shot to which you were out in your last innings. I would love to watch scoreless Sehwag than centurian Dhawan, Rohit etc. In your day you can make a mountain like looking score a not at all impossible to chase. First of all it needs to be your day. so to make a day yours only a god must be pleased.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Do well and Plz Come Back..Missing your batting..

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Mr. Sehwag : you need to perform to be selected..

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