The First Indian to score a triple ton (that too with a six) and a man who has piled up runs at the fastest pace in the history of test cricket might realize a full stop on his career, courtesy his inconsistency and dropping averages with the bat. Virender Sehwag aka Nawab of Najafgarh has been dropped from the Indian test squad for the remaining 2 test matches against Australia.
The predictable decision came at the right time from the selectors who haven’t named Viru’s replacement which strengthens Shikhar Dhawan’s bet to open the innings with Murali Vijay. The 14th March 3rd test encounter at Mohali and the last match at the Capital Delhi from 22nd March would not be graced by the best Indian opening Delhite pair as Gambhir and Sehwag both have suffered the axe because of their poor run with the bat. Former Indian skipper Dravid hinted India should look forward to a raw pair upfront to prepare them for India’s next test series, scheduled at South Africa in December. Selectors have hinted they aren’t looking for Sehwag up the order but if by any chance the master Tendulkar doesn’t board the flight to South Africa later this year, Sehwag could be India’s best bet at the No. 4 slot.
The Sultan of Multan was dropped from the ODI squad in January this year where in he promised to return with a bang but averaging 22.73 in tests outside India and apart from his Ahmadabad ton against England Viru has failed to excel in his past 5 outings which had left selectors with no real reason to give another chance to the flamboyant swanky right hander. The 34 year old has 104 test caps and over 250 ODI’s. A combination of power, skill and timing of stroke play the Delhi Daredevil holds the record for maximum double tons and was just 7 run short for being the only batsman to score 3 triple tons. He holds the record for highest individual score in ODI’s i.e. 219 against West Indies at Indore. To the extra-ordinary career the Delhi man has 96 wickets to his name.
Harsha Bhogle says, ‘I interviewed him when he was at peak of his form and asked him now you consider yourself as an opener and he answered, “No, I am No. 4…” “But No. 4 is not leaving in a hurry,” I said with a smile. “No problem, I will wait.” he said.