India’s blistering opening batsman Virender Sehwag will no longer be a part of the squad participating in the second T20 World Cup in England. Sehwag has been ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury that he sustained during the recent IPL Semi Final. The injured batsman has been replaced with wicket keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who played some crucial knocks in the IPL.
Although losing a player of Sehwag’s caliber can be a huge blow, it may not be the case for India with Rohit Sharma grabbing the opening slot with both hands. Rohit Sharma has been in the form and confidence of his life and has been stroking the ball sweetly on the ground and in the air. The middle order too has been bolstered by the inclusions of the immensely talented Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan, who certainly weren’t a part of the first T20 World Cup in South Africa. Virender Sehwag will show his injury to a specialist in England before flying back home. The next assignment he will be looking forward to is the tour of West Indies later this month.
Virender Sehwag hasn’t figured in any of the three matches played during this T20 campaign which also includes the two warm-up games. There were wild speculations in the media suggesting a rift between Sehwag, who is the Vice-Captain and the Captain MS Dhoni. Irked by the regular stories on this topic, Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a never-seen incident before came up with the entire squad including Virender Sehwag to address the press on the eve of the Bangladesh match. Dhoni blasted the over enthusiastic media for its irresponsible reporting and stated that the team has been unified and there was no such rifts between the Captain and any other player. India has cruised into the Super Eights having defeated Bangladesh. They now play against Ireland tomorrow at Nottingham and would like to keep away from any complacency as the former had defeated Bangladesh as well to qualify into the next round.