Once regarded as the lethal force behind India's aggressive batting line-up, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag have been unable to impress selectors off late. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar though feels it is only a matter of a few big knocks in the domestic circuit before the duo makes a comeback to Team India.
While Yuvraj Singh has scored just one fifty in his last 10 ODI appearances (30, 3, 0, 7, 0, 0, 12, 16*, 28, 55), Sehwag has failed miserably in Ranji Trophy. Gavaskar though believes cricket is a game of limitless possibilities.
"(In) cricket, nothing is impossible," he was quoted as saying by media reports. "You have one good season, one outstanding season, you can come back. It is up to Yuvraj to show that he has got the burning desire for it. I think he has. And he has just had a bad season. Hopefully he could come back because he adds so much to the Indian team, because he is still a top fielder and his spin does help pick wickets," said Gavaskar on a sports channel.
While Yuvraj has been in and out of the national team, Sehwag's last appearance for the nation was way back in March, 2013. For a batsman who holds the record for most ODI runs in a single innings (219), 35-year-old Sehwag appears a jittery reflection of his intimidating past. After all, an average of 19.50 from 13 innings in the domestic circuit cannot possibly impress selectors. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir backs out-of-form Virender Sehwag)
Gavaskar though is a bit more patient and says that playing late in the innings can help the Delhi veteran. "I think he is more happy with the ball coming on to the bat. If you have opened the batting for such a long time, it is a little bit difficult waiting in the dressing room, waiting for your turn to go to bat. The best move for him would be to go back to opening. The new ball will come on to the bat, he can try and score off it. The other thing is that clever captains will confront him with spin straightaway." (Suggested read: Gavaskar says Indian team lacked killer instinct in South Africa)
At a time when Australia's seasoned war-horses - Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris -- led the charge against England in Ashes, it won't be fair to doubt Yuvraj and Sehwag. With each failed innings in domestic circuit though, memories of past glory fades away a bit more. That the young-guns in the national team -- Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane - showcasing their talents, a cricketing sequel from the two India seniors looks even more improbable. Improbable but as Gavaskar says, "not impossible".