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Will Selectors be Patient With The Impatient Virender Sehwag?

Will It be curtains for Sehwag?

Indian cricket team seems to have found its winning ways after a dismal performance against England in their home ground. The thumping first test win over Australia will do their confidence a world of good.

But India though have some consistent performers at the middle order have been facing opening woes from the past year and a half. The best opening pair in ODIs Virender Sehwag and Gautham Gambhir have struggled when it comes to tests.

Gautham Gambhir was sent back to the drawing board to tame his game and earn a spot in the squad but looking at Virender Sehwag's current form it looks like he will join his Delhi teammate when the selectors meet to announce the team for the remaining tests.
Sehwag averages a pathetic 28.85 in his 12 Tests since the Border-Gavaskar Series in 2011-12. He has scored 606 runs and is struggling to convert his starts into bigger ones. Sehwag once the most attacking batsman in the world and the only Indian to score a triple century is now a batsman struggling to crawl past single digits.

Selectors had shown some faith in Sehwag as he somehow made it to the playing XI while Gambhir was shown the door. There were clear indication right from the end of England series that his chances are running out and it is time for him to re-invent himself. As if to prove a point the selectors even showed him the door in the ODIs against England picking up Cheteswar Pujara over him.

Sehwag has scored 2,19 and 6 in the ongoing series against Australia which is certainly not going to help him as even Bhuvaneswar Kumar has scored more than him and also stitched a 100 run partnership with his skipper in the first test match against Australia in Chennai.
Apart from the scarcity of runs that is now just trickling from his bat as opposed to the overflow at one stage of his career his fielding to has let him down. A regular at slips he from being one of the safest hands at slips has slipped to become the butter fingers at slips as his dip in batting form has taken a toll on his on field appearance.

Adding to the speculations that age has got to Sehwag he even took the field with spectacles, but it didn't do him any good as he could not see the ball clearly anyways and the lack of hand eye co-ordination which was his biggest strength is now just a glimpse of the memories of the past.
Going by his current form it is almost expected that Sehwag will be axed for the rest of the series. But hoping against the hope we have to wait and see whether the selectors would choose to be patient with the impatient Sehwag or will it be curtains for the once most dreaded Indian batsman in the world.


Author : Bharath .S

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