Shikhar Dhawan’s maiden century may have shut door on Sehwag

Shikhar Dhawan’s maiden Test hundred may have made things challenging for Virender Sehwag. As per sources, the selection board is willing to give Dhawan a longer run in Tests, meaning Sehwag’s way back could be hard. Even in the ODI arena, Dhawan looks to be ahead in the pecking order following Saturday’s knock.

Sources in the BCCI said apart from his poor form, Sehwag’s attitude on the field was also a big reason why he had to make way for Shikhar Dhawan. Sources revealed that the initial plan behind dropping Sehwag was to give him a “shock treatment” so he would improve on his shortcomings.

“He had one setback after another and his reflexes are also slowing down. Also, he should have played domestic cricket to get used to his new spectacles,” a source told TOI.

The selectors, it’s learnt, even recommended to Sehwag that he should play in the county circuit in England, but the batsman did not seem serious. A source said: “What is the point of suggesting anything to him when there is no interest on his part to get back to form?”

Selectors also felt that Sehwag has shown no sorrow after dropping catches. “There are occasions when he dropped a catch and started smiling. This is something which has been discussed in selection meetings,” a source stated, mentioning to the ego differences between Sehwag and skipper MS Dhoni.


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