It was a day since India announced their 30 member probables for the 2015 World Cup. Certain eyebrows were raised when the senior cricketers were excluded from the squad. Those cricketers include the World Cup winners from 2011, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.
Sehwag has been India’s most destructive ever and has won many matches for the team in the past. He played in three World Cups and was an integral part of all the three World Cup teams. In his first World Cup in 2003, Sehwag got India off to a great in almost every matches which set a platform for the batsmen who followed him to play their natural game and India eventually finished as runners up. In his second edition in 2007, which turned out to be a disaster for India, Sehwag was the only Indian batsman to cross 100 in an innings. In 2011, he was a World Cup winner and like 2003, he gave India some sensational starts, which put the opposition on the back-foot straightaway.
Here is the reason behind Sehwag’s exclusion from the 30 men Indian probables for the 2015 World Cup.
Having said all these, dropping 36-year old Sehwag from the 2015 World Cup squad might come in as a shock for many fans. The blame for the exclusion of Sehwag from the provisional squads should be his own form in the domestic circuit.
Sehwag has scored “only” 234 runs in 13 innings at a below par average of 19.75 with one fifty and in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare trophy, he averages 21.83 in six innings with six fifties. With the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel had said that the 30 men were chosen only on the basis of current form, it is a right move by the selectors to drop Virender Sehwag from the 30 men probables.
The World Cup is taking place in two months’ time and it won’t be a good move by the Indian selectors if they decide to choose players based on their past performances.
Having acknowledged Sehwag’s contributions to the country, I would conclude that it is a right move by Sandeep Patil and co. to drop Virender Sehwag from the squad.