ICC World Twenty20 2010 April 20, 2010

Sehwag out of World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

India opener Virender Sehwag has suffered a shoulder injury, which has ruled him out of the ICC World Twenty20 beginning in the West Indies on April 30. Sehwag has been advised rest for three to four weeks, and has been replaced by Tamil Nadu batsman M Vijay in the 15-man squad, the BCCI said in a statement. Gautam Gambhir will be the vice-captain.

The BCCI statement, however, did not mention how or when Sehwag sustained the injury but the batsman later said via Twitter that he had a tear in his rotator cuff muscle. Sehwag played all 14 IPL league matches for Delhi Daredevils, scoring 356 runs at an average of 25, his last appearance being on April 18. He was deemed fit when included in the World Twenty20 squad so it's likely the injury occurred during Delhi's IPL campaign.

The blow is similar to the one India suffered before the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. Sehwag had sustained a shoulder injury during the 2009 IPL in South Africa, shortly before the World Twenty20 was due to begin. He travelled with the squad to England, but was not able to play a game. India were eliminated without winning a game in the second round.

His replacement, Vijay, has been in aggressive form for Chennai Super Kings, scoring 417 runs, including a century, at an average of 38. He has been India's back-up opener for Tests and ODIs as well.

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  • D.S.A on April 25, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    @ lakx - I'm not confusing class and form. People who are picking Uthappa or Vijay, which is most, are doing so, which I am not. Nobody would have picked Vijay before the IPL, and most people wouldn't have picked Uthappa. However, now that the IPL has ended, people are picking them purely because of IPL FORM, which is pretty meaningless. Pitches will not be as batsmen-friendly as the ones in the Carribean, so playing well in India isn't, or atleast shouldn't, be a means for picking players. Also, I'm not sure why you are quoting stats when there is little context behind them. Do they mention if a player scored a lot of runs against the strongest sides, or weakest sides? Do they say if the high scores are against a weak or strong side....and the same can be said about the rest of the stats you quoted. The point is that there is little context behind it, so it is almost meaningless.

  • dummy4fb on April 24, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    ah, i think his is a big loss fr the Indian...No doubt he is one of the best T20 players present....A gr8 opener..!...will b a shame to not able to c him in WC games.

  • dummy4fb on April 24, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    This not true shewag play not well so murali vijay come to t20... :-x

  • Alexk400 on April 23, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Uthappa should be selected before karthik in T20.

    DK is a finisher? psst. i think some people should not allowed to speak...it is almost like they are canvassing for selections.

    Murali Vijay is a new guy in the block. People do not know much about him. Once they do film study they will make him make false shot. He does pick up SIX very well. Not easy...you have to time it correct or you will be caught leg side. Almost like he raining in his forest nowadays. What ever he is doing now is clicking. May be he got physically strong? Mentally strong?. Hope he keeps his aggressive nature. People overhype when you do well and drop into nadir when you fail few times. So keeping agressive batting is not easy thing to do. Good luck to him.

  • ASK3 on April 23, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    See! This is the problem with Indian cricket at the moment. The preference is always given to North India. I agree that some good players emerged from North India, but we have some nice talent lined up in South India and the players are never given the nod to play at International level. But when one South Indian is selected for the team then he only has one game to prove himself. Yet North Indians are given multiple chances to prove themselves even when they are not performing. It will take a long time before this bias ends and until then South Indian cricketers can just forget their dreams of playing for India.

  • dummy4fb on April 23, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    This is going to help! Sehwag is there best player on the T20 team! No chances of India winning

  • Cricinfouser on April 22, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    doesnt matter who they select pakistan will win

  • Madeshk72 on April 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I think is MV is the best choice on current form. There is no reason in cribbing about his selction in relation to bias. He is one of the best palyers in this year's IPL and he has been performing well in the first class too. Furthermore, the player required to fill the slot due to Sehwag's loss is an opener and as result he got the nod ahead of other players.

  • Madeshk72 on April 22, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I think MV is the best choice on current form. There is no reason in cribbing about this in relation to selection bias. He is one of the best player in this season's ipl and he has been very good in domestic circuit too. Furthermore, the required batsmen to fill gap of Sehwg is an opener and as result he got the nod ahead of other palyers.

  • siddhant_gupta on April 22, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Let's hope that Yuvraj's lackluster performance in the ipl is due to some ego problem with his franchise and is not a form problem because if it is then India should be facing tough times in west indies with sehwag also out with a shoulder injury!!!!

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