Virender Sehwag will miss the rest of the IPL after having decided to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder. It could also cast a shadow over his place in India's upcoming tour of the West Indies, from June 4, and perhaps even the England series that begins in mid-July.
"It will be a miracle if he plays another match," PB Vanchi, director of GMR Sports Pvt.Ltd, owners of Delhi Daredevils, said. Delhi, who are currently seventh in the points table, have three games left and have a slim chance of making it to the qualifiers.
Vanchi said it was a mutual decision that was taken after Sehwag held talks with the BCCI on his injury. He was advised to undergo surgery as soon as possible. "He has a problem. In the last match, too he struggled. The BCCI is making the arrangements for the surgery," Vanchi said. "They are waiting for a date. If he needs the surgery we are not going to be coming in the way."
Sehwag confirmed the development and is expected to travel to London at the earliest for the surgery. The injury is a long-standing one which had ruled him out of the two World Twenty20s and more recently the one-day series in South Africa in January. Sehwag was declared fit in time for World Cup after having undergone rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Though he did not bowl during India's victorious campaign, Sehwag finished seventh overall in the run charts, in the tournament, including a blistering century in the opening game against Bangladesh.
Sehwag's decision to play the IPL was always going to be potentially risky one, especially in light of the heavy workload during the World Cup. But he had the dual responsibility of leading Delhi as well as being their best batsman. Sehwag is currently the top scorer in the IPL with 424 runs and his loss is likely to further hamper Delhi's chances, who have manged just four wins out of their 11 games played so far.
Australia all rounder James Hopes will lead Delhi in their remaining IPL games.
Virender Sehwag's performance in IPL 4:
Matches: 11, Runs: 424
100s: 1, Average: 38.54