Dropped from team, end of ODI road for Se­hwag?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Sub­hash Ra­jta

NEW DELHI: Is the game up for Viren­der Se­hwag in the ODIs?

One would be in­clined to say yes af­ter the Delhi dasher was dropped for the one-day se­ries against Eng­land on Sun­day. In the only change in the squad, Chetesh­war Pu­jara has come in for Se­hwag.

Apart from his patchy form — he’s av­er­aged just 23 in the past 11 matches — his age, fit­ness and field­ing may de­ter the se­lec­tors from keep­ing him in the scheme of things in the short for­mat.

It is com­mon knowl­edge that skip­per MS Dhoni, a stick­ler for fit­ness in the short for­mats, isn’t too im­pressed with Se­hwag’s field­ing abil­i­ties. He had dubbed him “slow mover” and had ro­tated him along with Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Ten­dulkar in Aus­tralia last year.

With the fo­cus slowly shift­ing to re­build­ing the side for the 2015 World Cup, Se­hwag, 34, will find it hard to make a come­back. More so if the new pair at the top grab its chances and es­tab­lish it­self.

The only way he could force his way back is if open­ers con­tinue to floun­der, and he scores heav­ily at domestic and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

Dhoni ex­plained his omis­sion from Sun­day’s game as the last­minute change ne­ces­si­tated by the need to give young­ster a chance in the dead rub­ber.

While Dhoni con­tin­u­ing as ODI skip­per was on ex­pected lines, Gambhir and Ro­hit Sharma should con­sider them­selves lucky to keep their places.


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