They may not have figured in the India squad announced for the five ODIs at home against Sri Lanka. Veterans Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh though can score big in domestic cricket and stage a comeback, feels former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. (Also read: MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli to lead India against Sri Lanka)
Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said that while selectors are looking at fresh faces ahead of the World Cup in February next year, both Sehwag and Yuvraj should not lose hope. "It is understandable that the selection committee is looking at new faces. They already know what Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh are capable of. If they show tremendous form in domestic matches, they'll certainly be in the frame. I won't rule them out at all" he said. (Related: Yuvraj, Sehwag won't feature in World Cup, predicts Ganguly)
Both Sehwag and Yuvraj would be looking to make an impression in the Duleep Trophy semifinal which starts from Wednesday. Although Sehwag made his last international appearance in March 2013 - against Australia - and Yuvraj was last seen in Centurion in December 2013, the duo have the ability to impress with bat and ball. "While we look at them as batting destroyers, what every captain is looking for is somebody who can bowl a few overs. Both these guys can bowl a few overs and it gives the captain flexibility," said Gavaskar.
With India facing Sri Lanka next month and then traveling Down Under for a full-fledged tour, selectors may not want to tamper with the side ahead of the World Cup. Gavaskar though feels that both Sehwag and Yuvraj will have to force themselves on the selectors with good cricket each time they step out. "It is unlikely that they will play in the Tests against Australia. That gives them all the more time to perform in domestic cricket and keep knocking on the selectors' doors," he said, adding that age is hardly a constraint for a player who is performing. "You could be any age, even in your 30s as these two gentlemen are. I would say get 200s, 300s and keep scoring tons of runs."
Sehwag (36) and Yuvraj (32) may not have time on their side but the upcoming Duleep Trophy match between North Zone and Central Zone will indeed give the two a chance to show their skills once again.