India news May 9, 2011

Sehwag to undergo shoulder surgery, out of IPL


Virender Sehwag will miss the rest of the IPL after deciding to undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder. The operation will take place later this week and, with recovery time pegged at six to eight weeks, it should rule him out of India's upcoming tour of the West Indies from June 4, and perhaps even the England series that begins in mid-July.

Sehwag picked up the injury, a slap lesion or labrum (shoulder blade) tear, during the 2009 IPL. He travelled to England for the World Twenty20 in 2009 carrying the injury, but did not play any of India's matches and consulted with Andrew Wallace, the London-based surgeon who had worked on Sachin Tendulkar's tennis elbow.

A BCCI source said it would take a minimum of six to eight weeks for Sehwag to recover and following rehabilitation protocols will be important. "The possibility of Sehwag missing the England tour is high," the source said.

"It will be a miracle if he plays another match," PB Vanchi, director of GMR Sports, owners of Delhi Daredevils, said. Delhi - who will now be led by James Hopes - are presently seventh in the points table and, with three games left, have a slim chance of making it to the qualifiers.

Vanchi said the decision was taken after Sehwag held talks on his injury with the BCCI, who advised him to undergo surgery as soon as possible. "He has a problem, he struggled in the last match too. The BCCI is making the arrangements for the surgery," Vanchi said. "They are waiting for a date. If he needs surgery we are not going to be coming in the way."

Sehwag confirmed the development and is expected to travel to London at the earliest for the surgery. The injury is the same one that had ruled him out of the two World Twenty20s and, more recently the one-day series in South Africa in January. Sehwag was declared fit in time for the World Cup after having undergone rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Though he did not bowl during India's victorious campaign, Sehwag finished seventh overall in the run charts, in the tournament, including a blistering century in the opening game against Bangladesh.

Sehwag's decision to play the IPL was always going to be potentially risky, especially in light of the heavy workload during the World Cup. But he had the dual responsibility of leading Delhi as well as being their best batsman. Sehwag is currently the top scorer in the IPL with 424 runs and his loss is likely to further hamper Delhi's chances, who have managed just four wins out of their 11 games played so far.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shubham on May 12, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    No Sehwag means no cricket for me. :( Other Indian players so much boring that I can't dare to watch a test match at all. I wish he gets well soon. So, that we could see the most destructive batsman in the World play again. :) He is the best and no one is even close to him.

  • Stark on May 10, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    What a coincidence!

    It's finally time for him to face some real swing bowling (SA is more seam) but then he gets himself injured.

    Why play IPL over country?

    If he had that operation straight after the WC then, he would have made the ODI series against the Windies (possibly).

    What a farce!

  • Sam on May 10, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    People have a very short memory. Until last year, Vijay wasn't even a regular for Chennai though he had already made his Indian Debut as an opening batsmen in Tests. Everyone considered him a solid batsman whose style was not suited for IPL then. I find it amusing that he is considered to be a mere IPL player now because he had one good season...! This is like people dismissing Dravid's capability to be a very good ODI batsman just because he happens to be a great Test player but in reverse. That said, Vijay may struggle against the swinging and short deliveries in England but the Carribean tracks are not as pacy or bouncy as they used to be so he may get a chance to gain further confidence there. Vijay has always looked stylish and composed but never had an extended run in the Test squad since Sehwag and Gambhir have been rock solid openers. Vijay is thus the obvious contender and others in the running (Raina, Yuvraj, Sharma, Pujara, etc.) are only middle order batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Now,tell me what he(TAMIM IQBAL) has prove to get credit by the IPL Team's.What we see now there are so many ordianry foreign player having no international experience been kept by the IPL team's- for cric_fanatics

  • avinash on May 10, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Cricket without sehwag is boring...he must be around to show over rated bowlers their real worth..still remember the carnage against gul...poor guy...

  • avinash on May 10, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @Tarik Imam...i concur..he is a fantastic batsman..being a bangladeshi he doesnt get much credit though...

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    this is pathetic !!!!!!!!!it was all clear even before the world cup that sehwag required a surgery for his shoulder .so why didnt he go under the knife straight away after the world cup, why this affection towards the ipl has cost us dearly . without sehwag india's potency as a side comes down almost one level , so why was he allowed to play in the ipl risking the important tours such as west indies and england ???????? board needs to answer these questions not all things can swept under the carpet and why mr gavaskar , mr manjrekar and other former indian players not highlighting this aspect.... i am bemused .

  • Rajesh on May 10, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Mr. Shewag you and chirs gayle are the most dangerous openers and audience love to watch both of you. please dont play back to back matches.. you should take some rest in between. you are an national asset, and we would love to see u playing for India. Nation should be more important to you than money. We would love to watch you and Galye together in WI tour. here i found a very good article about chris gayle and his conflicts against WI board >

  • Madhusudhan on May 10, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    This is just expected. These Cricketers have become slaves of IPL and completely ignoring National Team and Duties. There are losing Hunger, Desire, Passion, Fitness, Skill in IPL and are almost useless in National Duties.

  • K on May 10, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    This will be blessing in disguise. There are plenty of options and folks are waiting for a chance. Pick from Manoj Tiwari, Rayadu, Rohit Sharma, Badrinath for tests may be Paul Valhaty and Robin Uthappa. Ravindra Jadeja can get second chance. He is quite a improved player now.

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