Virender Sehwag, former Indian dashing opener believes that BCCI should have included hitman Rohit Sharma in the Australian squad. If they were concerned about his injury, they should have sent a replacement alongside him. Rohit Sharma missed 4 games for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 owing to a hamstring injury. Still, he regained his fitness and has played two games for MI now against SunRisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals.
This has led to confusion among fans and experts regarding the reasons behind his non-inclusion in the India squad for Australia. Virender Sehwag recalled an incident before the 2011 World Cup to explain his point when he required shoulder surgery which would have meant him missing the World Cup. Virender Sehwag recalled that the BCCI officials insisted on delaying the surgery for his inclusion in World Cup as he was rehabilitating and taking injections.
Virender Sehwag Cites Example From His Career When His Surgery Was Delayed For His Inclusion In 2011 World Cup Squad
Virender Sehwag cites an example from his career when his surgery was delayed as the then coach Gary Kirsten advised him not to do surgery as the team wanted him for 2011 World Cup and instead, he was doing rehabilitation.
“If a statement has gone from MI physio that we are not sure how long would it take for Rohit Sharma to get fit, and the team has been created keeping this statement in mind, then even I have nothing to say. You get an idea if you are a top player,” Virender Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
“Let me give an example from my career. Before the 2011 World Cup, I was having problems with my shoulder. When I got scanned, so there was a tear in my bicep tendon, and I needed to get a surgery done.”
“I could not have gone without doing that. So I told the BCCI and Gary Kirsten to convey that I need to get a surgery. This happened in December 2010. They should take a call if they want to include me in the World Cup squad or not, because if I get a surgery done in December, I will not be ready for the World Cup.
“The call was in Kirsten and BCCI’s hands and they said that ‘no, you get the surgery after World Cup, we will play you till then’. So I played Test cricket, but did not play ODIs before World Cup. Because I wanted to avoid getting more injuries. I kept doing rehab in the interim and also went to Germany to get injections. Everyone knew about this,” Sehwag further said.
In fact, India lifted the 2011 World Cup under MS Dhoni, and Virender Sehwag was a key member in the World Cup which India won after a hiatus of 28 years. Virender Sehwag scored 175 in the first match against Bangladesh off 140 balls including 14 boundaries and 5 sixes. Virender Sehwag scored 380 runs in 8 matches averaging 47.5.
Virender Sehwag: Rohit Sharma Should Have Been Selected As A Replacement Or A Replacement Should Have Been Sent Alongside Him
Rohit Sharma wasn’t considered for selection in any of the three formats- ODIs, T20Is and Tests as the squads for all the three formats were named. But he played in the last league match and Qualifier 1 for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 but didn’t contribute much.
“So, similarly, everyone might be knowing about Rohit Sharma’s problems – the selectors, the physio, coaches. Still, he could have been selected for the Australia tour. If he doesn’t get fit, then we will send in this player as a replacement or will send a replacement alongside him keeping the biosecure bubble in mind,” Sehwag said.
“Then we would not be having this discussion. So I don’t understand why he was kept out of the squad. If he is fit, and he plays the final, will the selectors have a similar stance? Then you are not keeping a good India batsman in the team – for what reason, no one knows,” the former India opener signed off.
India are to play three ODIs and as many T20Is besides four Tests for the tour Down Under which commences November end. KL Rahul returned to the Test fold while Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini were named in Test squad while Rishabh Pant was omitted from the white ball squad. Sanju Samson and uncapped Varun Chakravarthy were included in the T20I squad.