Virender Sehwag was one of the heroes of the team that brought the World Cup home in 2011. The selectors, however, sidelined him at the time of selecting the team for the WC 2015, for his form is apparently not up to the mark, and it’s time to give a chance to the younger brigade.
He said nothing about not getting selected, but when rumors about his retirement started floating around, Sehwag decided to break the silence for the first time in months. According to a recently published report, Sehwag ruled out any possibility of hanging his boots for at least two years.
Even as the selectors have not shown faith in his ability and perhaps, his robust experience of years, he says that he will continue to fight for earning a place in the Indian team as there is plenty of cricket left in him yet. According to him, “I am still playing good cricket. Till the time I continue to play and enjoy my game, I won’t think about anything else.”
On being asked about retirement plans, he added, “No, I am not thinking about retiring from the game, not at least for the next couple of years. I have complete focus on my game as of now.”
Sehwag has made peace with the bitter truth that he won’t be a part of the world cup team for the first time in the last twelve years. He was reportedly among the five regular players of the world cup winning team of 2011, who failed to get into 30-member preliminary squad for this year’s world cup starting next month.
On being asked about India’s chances in the world cup this time around, he said that he had full faith in the team and the batting line-up. According to him, India has good chances of reaching into world cup semifinals.
“India has strong chances of reaching into semis. From there, it will completely depend on how the team plays in every game. The youngsters in the team have good temperament and are capable of performing well on the field.”
Sehwag dismissed the fact that India’s poor performance in Australia during the Test matches and Tri-Series will have any impact on its world-cup winning chances. “I don’t think that the current fall in India’s performance in Tri-series will have any role to play in the world cup,” the 36-year-old cricketer stated. He further added, “We had gone through very toilsome times before 2003 and 2011 world cups, but still managed to reach in the final in 2003 and lifted the world cup trophy in 2011.”
In cricket, your performance in the previous match doesn’t decide your fate in the next match. The world cup is a separate tournament, and theboys will surely play their best game.
Cricket lovers won’t be witnessing the Sehwag special first-ball-fours in this world cup, like the previous one, but they will surely pray that Sehwag returns to the team soon, with his indomitable spirit, and continues to play his natural game that cricket fans from across the country absolutely love.
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