ICC World Twenty20 2009 June 9, 2009

Shoulder injury rules Sehwag out of World Twenty20

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Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 in England after failing to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained during the IPL in South Africa last month.

He will return to India after consulting specialists in England and will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik, who was in good touch during the IPL. Karthik, who last played a Twenty20 for India in January 2008, also doubles up as a reserve wicketkeeper, something the squad was lacking.

Sehwag said he picked up the injury during the IPL semi-final against the Deccan Chargers and he would show it to a specialist in London. "There is little I can do," Sehwag said.

A BCCI media release ended days of speculation over Sehwag's fitness - the opener has been a peripheral figure during Indian practice sessions. He wasn't present for India's optional training session on Monday at Lady Bay and didn't bat on the tour until Tuesday morning, often watching his team-mates go about their routines from the sidelines. The uncertainty over his injury led to reports of a rift between him and the captain MS Dhoni, which prompted the team to make a dramatic public show of unity and emphasise their team spirit through a statement read out by Dhoni.

Things weren't much clearer today, either, at the pre-match press conference - in fact the drama descended into farce. Dhoni refused to clarify the ambiguous situation, saying "anything related to fitness there will be a press release from the BCCI". Following repeated inquiries and flared tempers among the media, team manager Chamundeshwar Nath intervened to try and defuse the situation. However, he too stopped short of saying that Sehwag would indeed be returning home.

"If Sehwag has got pain in the hand, he might not bat," Nath said. "Today he tried and he was in some discomfort. Tomorrow, we will take a final decision on him. If he is not fit enough we will inform BCCI and they will issue a press release. How much pain Sehwag is having, Dhoni cannot answer when he is batting in the nets."

Minutes after that, the BCCI had issued a release ruling out Sehwag.

Under normal circumstances, the loss of Sehwag, a proven match-winner in any form of the game, would be a massive blow to India's strategy. While India's campaign will be weaker, they will benefit from Rohit Sharma, who has made the transition from middle-order batsmen to opener successfully in the three games in England so far. Rohit scored 31 and 80 in the warm-ups against New Zealand and Pakistan, and made 36 in India's first group match against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

Not having the bowler-destroying skills of Sehwag to call upon if needed, however, is a blow, as is the loss of his part-time offspin in a tournament that has seen the slower bowlers play a significant role. Sehwag sustained the grade one tear to his shoulder during the IPL and the coach Gary Kirsten said that he had been kept in the squad in the hope that he would not miss the entire tournament. "If a player of the caliber of Sehwag can be available for any part of the tournament, we want to keep him there." That however hasn't come to pass and India will have to hope that Rohit's good form at the top continues even against tougher opposition and more potent new-ball attacks.

That the injury to Sehwag was such a closely-guarded secret was perplexing. An injury is after all merely an injury and a more transparent dissemination of information from the team management would go a long way in diffusing the ambiguity and speculation that often surrounds the Indian team. Perhaps they could follow Ireland's example - moments before Dhoni addressed the media, William Porterfield had spoken at length about the injury to Niall O'Brien.

George Binoy is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • stephendedalus on June 10, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    Interesting how the author uses "failing to recover" to describe Sehwag's predicament right from the get-go. I wouldn't be surprised if an MBA is the required degree to write here.

  • cricky.com on June 10, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    George Binoy,nothing personal against you.Cricinfo is a respectable cricket rteporting site.If u c some of the anchors in indian news channels dishing out so called sport analysis ,it is an insult to the viewers.Infact there were news channels asking viewers whether india should recall its ambassador to australia during the monkeygate.Though we,the indian cricket fan is often accused of being passionate,fickle by nature and critiscises our idols even for minor follies,kindly understand that we are not fools as of some of you think

  • aacriet on June 10, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    I think its high time that BCCI enforces some rules regarding the comments of their players. After all indian cricketers are national icons..people that the whole country follows every minute of their lives..and above all individuals by themselves. Its not the first time that the indian players are accused or pointed out by the media with no detailed investigations..no proofs really. Its almost become a trend among the media to make some masala news out of nothing and this cause was a fine example.

  • mubeenkemisaal on June 10, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    BCCI,should allow the players to be more transparent.It was good if Virender Sehwag had come forward & answered the questions put forward about his fitness to M.S Dhoni,that would have given clear picture to the nation & to the team management added to defending his captain in press conference which shoke the nerves of captain cool. After all Sehwag is the only person who knows how much he is fit,right before leaving to England why should some one blame Dhoni?.Hope this little controversies dont effect performance of Team India. On replacing Sehwag with Dinesh Karthik,I feel Abishiek Nayar should have opted a head as he can turn his arm along with power pack stroke play.

  • TwitterJitter on June 10, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Indian media is so immature and irresponsible. First they accused that Sehwag was kept out due to a rift with Dhoni. They even made up completely hypothetical stories on what Dhoni's hand gesture meant and how each gesture was a hidden signal to keep Sehwag out of the game. They even quoted some anonymous retired cricketers saying how the rift between them is bad for the team. Now that it came out that Sehwag had a Grade 1 tear, and went to see a specialist, they accuse Dhoni of something else. They are unprofessional and are good at shouting matches. As usual the writers here are trying to cover up for their colleagues in the irresponsible media by blaming Dhoni. The last time I checked, they were the ones accusing Dhoni of something. Will they now apologize to Dhoni for character defamation by spreading false stories about him? I hope he sues a couple of media organizations who saw nothing wrong in defaming his character and wins.

  • ptlkir09 on June 10, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    I think the media should be asking what some of the younger players in the team think of Sehwag....you might get some interesting answers.......

  • Somarouthu on June 10, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    Rohit has got huge talent and he is the perfect man to replace Sachin in India's Test team after Sachin's retirement! Rohit was waiting for right opportunity to show his talent to the world.This is a great opportunity to open the batting for India in T20 world cup with the omission of Sehwag. He has already displayed his talent in the warm up match and with a short little innings against Bangladesh in India's opener!

    Sachin displayed his enormous talent in ODIs after opening the batting for India in 1994.Talented player like Dravid is overshadowed because he plays in middle order and remains as good cricketer.

    Rohit is talented than Raina, but some how he was overshadowed till now, why? He was playing in the middle order for some time, and didn't get many opportunities to express his talent. Now he is utilizing the opportunity to show that he is the future of Indian cricket.

    Rohit needs to go and talk to experienced crickets like Sachin to convert 30s/40s to Big scores...

  • krazy4 on June 10, 2009, 7:38 GMT

    me thnks its more than shoulder injury to sehwag!if there is some rift btw sehwag n dhoni,they should grow up, be adults n try sort it out!!not bloody say shoulder injury n go home!cant believe this is happening!welll everyone says rohit is doing a gr8 job blah....but just imagine rohit doing a gr8 job plus sehwag messing up the bowlers!!!!woah....wud have been fun!!!!but alas!!!!!

  • prabwal on June 10, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    The players should be left to do what they need to do: play well and win matches. Satisfying the media is not their primary job.They are not selected on the basis of their efficiency to handle news hungry media.The speculations of a rift between two senior members of the side (which the media will claim to recieve from an internal source) is quite a serious allegation that might affect the spirit of the whole team.In that case, I would say, media would cross the line. Media is there to report not to affect the proceedings.

  • aditya87 on June 10, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    Well...two things...I don't remember Sehwag getting a shoulder injury during the IPL...maybe it was after that? Secondly...I agree that the BCCI should allow the team management to be more transparent...but at the same time the media has a responsibility to check their sources and not leak negative rumours...I mean some of the things said to Dhoni during the press conference were disgraceful

  • stephendedalus on June 10, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    Interesting how the author uses "failing to recover" to describe Sehwag's predicament right from the get-go. I wouldn't be surprised if an MBA is the required degree to write here.

  • cricky.com on June 10, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    George Binoy,nothing personal against you.Cricinfo is a respectable cricket rteporting site.If u c some of the anchors in indian news channels dishing out so called sport analysis ,it is an insult to the viewers.Infact there were news channels asking viewers whether india should recall its ambassador to australia during the monkeygate.Though we,the indian cricket fan is often accused of being passionate,fickle by nature and critiscises our idols even for minor follies,kindly understand that we are not fools as of some of you think

  • aacriet on June 10, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    I think its high time that BCCI enforces some rules regarding the comments of their players. After all indian cricketers are national icons..people that the whole country follows every minute of their lives..and above all individuals by themselves. Its not the first time that the indian players are accused or pointed out by the media with no detailed investigations..no proofs really. Its almost become a trend among the media to make some masala news out of nothing and this cause was a fine example.

  • mubeenkemisaal on June 10, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    BCCI,should allow the players to be more transparent.It was good if Virender Sehwag had come forward & answered the questions put forward about his fitness to M.S Dhoni,that would have given clear picture to the nation & to the team management added to defending his captain in press conference which shoke the nerves of captain cool. After all Sehwag is the only person who knows how much he is fit,right before leaving to England why should some one blame Dhoni?.Hope this little controversies dont effect performance of Team India. On replacing Sehwag with Dinesh Karthik,I feel Abishiek Nayar should have opted a head as he can turn his arm along with power pack stroke play.

  • TwitterJitter on June 10, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Indian media is so immature and irresponsible. First they accused that Sehwag was kept out due to a rift with Dhoni. They even made up completely hypothetical stories on what Dhoni's hand gesture meant and how each gesture was a hidden signal to keep Sehwag out of the game. They even quoted some anonymous retired cricketers saying how the rift between them is bad for the team. Now that it came out that Sehwag had a Grade 1 tear, and went to see a specialist, they accuse Dhoni of something else. They are unprofessional and are good at shouting matches. As usual the writers here are trying to cover up for their colleagues in the irresponsible media by blaming Dhoni. The last time I checked, they were the ones accusing Dhoni of something. Will they now apologize to Dhoni for character defamation by spreading false stories about him? I hope he sues a couple of media organizations who saw nothing wrong in defaming his character and wins.

  • ptlkir09 on June 10, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    I think the media should be asking what some of the younger players in the team think of Sehwag....you might get some interesting answers.......

  • Somarouthu on June 10, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    Rohit has got huge talent and he is the perfect man to replace Sachin in India's Test team after Sachin's retirement! Rohit was waiting for right opportunity to show his talent to the world.This is a great opportunity to open the batting for India in T20 world cup with the omission of Sehwag. He has already displayed his talent in the warm up match and with a short little innings against Bangladesh in India's opener!

    Sachin displayed his enormous talent in ODIs after opening the batting for India in 1994.Talented player like Dravid is overshadowed because he plays in middle order and remains as good cricketer.

    Rohit is talented than Raina, but some how he was overshadowed till now, why? He was playing in the middle order for some time, and didn't get many opportunities to express his talent. Now he is utilizing the opportunity to show that he is the future of Indian cricket.

    Rohit needs to go and talk to experienced crickets like Sachin to convert 30s/40s to Big scores...

  • krazy4 on June 10, 2009, 7:38 GMT

    me thnks its more than shoulder injury to sehwag!if there is some rift btw sehwag n dhoni,they should grow up, be adults n try sort it out!!not bloody say shoulder injury n go home!cant believe this is happening!welll everyone says rohit is doing a gr8 job blah....but just imagine rohit doing a gr8 job plus sehwag messing up the bowlers!!!!woah....wud have been fun!!!!but alas!!!!!

  • prabwal on June 10, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    The players should be left to do what they need to do: play well and win matches. Satisfying the media is not their primary job.They are not selected on the basis of their efficiency to handle news hungry media.The speculations of a rift between two senior members of the side (which the media will claim to recieve from an internal source) is quite a serious allegation that might affect the spirit of the whole team.In that case, I would say, media would cross the line. Media is there to report not to affect the proceedings.

  • aditya87 on June 10, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    Well...two things...I don't remember Sehwag getting a shoulder injury during the IPL...maybe it was after that? Secondly...I agree that the BCCI should allow the team management to be more transparent...but at the same time the media has a responsibility to check their sources and not leak negative rumours...I mean some of the things said to Dhoni during the press conference were disgraceful

  • Rajit on June 10, 2009, 6:07 GMT

    BCCI would do well to have a full time media manager assisting TEAM INDIA wherever they travel because then there can be some clarity and the captain and the coach of the team can be spared from facing hostile media persons.Also BCCI must clear the air on when did Sehwag actually pick up this injury,because during the IPL it was the finger and not shoulder which troubled the maverick opener.Come on BCCI!!!! pick up some tricks from more professionally run bodies

  • kingofpain on June 10, 2009, 2:22 GMT

    The article does not sufficiently hide the author's dissatisfaction with the Indian team's handling of the media. Given the paparazzi's fickle treatment of the Indian team, I don't blame them for withholding this information. To relieve the writer of his perplexity, may I suggest countless occasions in the past where an announcement of injury is immediately transformed into articles about how it is a cover to drop a player? In this case, the media would have set about writing articles about how the rift between Dhoni and Sehwag caused the management to drop Viru under the guise of injury. I am not saying that this was actually the case. I think it is far more likely that the team simply did not want other teams to know the severity and nature of Sehwag's injury so that they cannot exploit this knowledge if Viru took the field. While increased transparency would serve us fans well, the press have relinquished their right to demand it based on their past behaviour.

  • ShilpV on June 10, 2009, 0:57 GMT

    I think it is stupid for the media to blame Dhoni for not disclosing details about Sehwag's fitness. I just saw the clipping of the press conference and the manner in which some media person was talking to Dhoni was totally uncalled for. While it is true that the BCCI needs to be more transparent about this and a lot of other things, the media needs to shoulder its responsibility as well. Some of the media personnel act as if they are bigger stars than the players themselves and start behaving rudely. Such people should be immediately thrown out of press conferences and never allowed back.

  • TM_G on June 9, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    To prevent ambiguity and speculation, media should follow a simple guideline: report and analyze what you know are true; and stop speculating.

  • Harish8207 on June 9, 2009, 16:11 GMT

    Oh no!!!!!!!!India would really miss d danger man Sehwag

  • Paki.Fan. on June 9, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    Its so sad to know that Sehwag will not be part of this tournament, He is one of the most explosive batsman of all time and will be sorely missed, luckily for India, Rohit is doing an amazing job at the top of the order. They will need all their players to fire as their super 8 group will be a group of death with most probably India, England, WI & New zealand. All the best team india and this is from a Pakistani, Cheers!!

  • BHUMIL on June 9, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    i really disappointed...............how will we play without star batsman of India............he is really terrific player.......... India miss a big hitter and miss terrific bating................and we pray to god he come back very fast..............and we enjoy his batting.

  • Homer2007 on June 9, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    What part of "anything related to fitness there will be a press release from the BCCI" did the Indian media not understand for there to repeated inquiries and flared tempers?

    "That the injury to Sehwag was such a closely-guarded secret was perplexing."

    Now this, from the pages of Cricinfo -

    "Despite their handsome victory against Pakistan on Wednesday evening, India are still sweating on the fitness of their two key players Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. Sehwag, who is yet to bat on the tour, is suffering from a niggle to his right shoulder while Zaheer is on the recovery path from the shoulder injury to his bowling arm, picked up in the IPL. "

    "The physio is still working on Viru [Sehwag]," a team source said.

    So, not quite the state secret, was it?

    I guess innuendo and sanctimony trump research and fact when it comes to the Indian media. As this article proves!

  • IndCricLover on June 9, 2009, 14:55 GMT

    I think the media is getting too excited. I don't think you need to dig this deep and irritate a Captain to this extent. If Sehwag is out of the World Cup and if the Team Management has decided it, they know when exactly it needs to reach the media and who needs to deliver the NEWS. The media must just focus on questions related to team's preparation and approach etc. If the captain feels Sehwag's exit needs to be conveyed by BCCI - he has done the right thing and the media should know they need to stop there. The last paragraph above is unwarranted, its absolutely the team's wish on what to reveal and how to reveal.

  • ptlkir09 on June 9, 2009, 14:49 GMT

    There has been a bust up between Sehwag and some of the team....shoulder injury is not the main reason he is going home

  • SehwagRules on June 9, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    def. there s some issues bet sehwag and dhoni

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  • SehwagRules on June 9, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    def. there s some issues bet sehwag and dhoni

  • ptlkir09 on June 9, 2009, 14:49 GMT

    There has been a bust up between Sehwag and some of the team....shoulder injury is not the main reason he is going home

  • IndCricLover on June 9, 2009, 14:55 GMT

    I think the media is getting too excited. I don't think you need to dig this deep and irritate a Captain to this extent. If Sehwag is out of the World Cup and if the Team Management has decided it, they know when exactly it needs to reach the media and who needs to deliver the NEWS. The media must just focus on questions related to team's preparation and approach etc. If the captain feels Sehwag's exit needs to be conveyed by BCCI - he has done the right thing and the media should know they need to stop there. The last paragraph above is unwarranted, its absolutely the team's wish on what to reveal and how to reveal.

  • Homer2007 on June 9, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    What part of "anything related to fitness there will be a press release from the BCCI" did the Indian media not understand for there to repeated inquiries and flared tempers?

    "That the injury to Sehwag was such a closely-guarded secret was perplexing."

    Now this, from the pages of Cricinfo -

    "Despite their handsome victory against Pakistan on Wednesday evening, India are still sweating on the fitness of their two key players Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. Sehwag, who is yet to bat on the tour, is suffering from a niggle to his right shoulder while Zaheer is on the recovery path from the shoulder injury to his bowling arm, picked up in the IPL. "

    "The physio is still working on Viru [Sehwag]," a team source said.

    So, not quite the state secret, was it?

    I guess innuendo and sanctimony trump research and fact when it comes to the Indian media. As this article proves!

  • BHUMIL on June 9, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    i really disappointed...............how will we play without star batsman of India............he is really terrific player.......... India miss a big hitter and miss terrific bating................and we pray to god he come back very fast..............and we enjoy his batting.

  • Paki.Fan. on June 9, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    Its so sad to know that Sehwag will not be part of this tournament, He is one of the most explosive batsman of all time and will be sorely missed, luckily for India, Rohit is doing an amazing job at the top of the order. They will need all their players to fire as their super 8 group will be a group of death with most probably India, England, WI & New zealand. All the best team india and this is from a Pakistani, Cheers!!

  • Harish8207 on June 9, 2009, 16:11 GMT

    Oh no!!!!!!!!India would really miss d danger man Sehwag

  • TM_G on June 9, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    To prevent ambiguity and speculation, media should follow a simple guideline: report and analyze what you know are true; and stop speculating.

  • ShilpV on June 10, 2009, 0:57 GMT

    I think it is stupid for the media to blame Dhoni for not disclosing details about Sehwag's fitness. I just saw the clipping of the press conference and the manner in which some media person was talking to Dhoni was totally uncalled for. While it is true that the BCCI needs to be more transparent about this and a lot of other things, the media needs to shoulder its responsibility as well. Some of the media personnel act as if they are bigger stars than the players themselves and start behaving rudely. Such people should be immediately thrown out of press conferences and never allowed back.

  • kingofpain on June 10, 2009, 2:22 GMT

    The article does not sufficiently hide the author's dissatisfaction with the Indian team's handling of the media. Given the paparazzi's fickle treatment of the Indian team, I don't blame them for withholding this information. To relieve the writer of his perplexity, may I suggest countless occasions in the past where an announcement of injury is immediately transformed into articles about how it is a cover to drop a player? In this case, the media would have set about writing articles about how the rift between Dhoni and Sehwag caused the management to drop Viru under the guise of injury. I am not saying that this was actually the case. I think it is far more likely that the team simply did not want other teams to know the severity and nature of Sehwag's injury so that they cannot exploit this knowledge if Viru took the field. While increased transparency would serve us fans well, the press have relinquished their right to demand it based on their past behaviour.