He may be the highest individual scorer in ODI cricket but Virender Sehwag's recent slump in form coupled with what many feel is a lackluster approach to the game, has cast serious doubts over his future in the team. This after he was dropped for the opening three ODIs against England on Sunday.
In a report published in ESPNCricinfo, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources have been quoted as saying that Sehwag is not part of the team's broad plans in the run-up to the 2015 50-over World Cup. Focus instead is on players like Cheteshwar Pujara who has been included in the side named for the upcoming series starting January 11 (Friday). It has further been reported though that the selectors did not deliberate much on MS Dhoni and his captaincy. This despite the team suffering a string of defeats in the recent past.
India's record in all formats of the game has been rather dismal with even home conditions not proving to be of much help. Of the several reasons being outlined, one of the main is the lacking form of India's batsmen, especially the top-order. While Dhoni said the top-order needs to be more patient when playing in ODIs, players like Gambhir, Kohli and Sehwag have hardly troubled the opposition. Sehwag in particular has looked jaded with just 35 runs in the first two ODIs played against Pakistan before being dropped for the final match. In fact in 2012, Sehwag played 11 ODIs and scored 248 at an average of 22.54 and a best score of 96 against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on July 21.
Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said that a hint of attitude and approach may have also contributed to Sehwag being dropped. He however continued to believe that the 34-year-old is a match-winner. "A little spell out of the team may perhaps make him (Sehwag) understand what it means to play for India," he said. ( Read full report here)
If BCCI sources are to be believed however, Sehwag's future in the team looks bleak. Ahead of the title defense in Australia two years from now, the intention is to give a chance to youngsters to prove their skill and be prepared for the biggest tournament in cricket.