Sehwag hopes to return after Test snub

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PHOTO: K.R.Deepak
PHOTO: K.R.Deepak

Axed from the Indian cricket squad for the third and fourth Test against Australia, opener Virender Sehwag vowed to make a comeback into the national side, saying “I trust my game“.

“Will continue to work hard for my place in the team. I trust my game and am confident that, “I’ll be back,” he wrote on his twitter page.

He also wished good luck to the Dhoni-led side for the remainder of the series, which the hosts are leading 2-0. “Best wishes to the team,” Sehwag wrote.

Sehwag had failed to fire in five consecutive Tests after getting a hundred in the opening game of the home series against England at Ahmedabad in November-December last year. He was unable to score even a half-century in two home Tests against New Zealand. During India’s last overseas tour, in Australia, Sehwag scored just 198 runs in eight innings.

Sehwag’s omission comes after his long-time opening partner Gautam Gambhir was also shown the door due to poor form.

This paves the way for India to have a completely new opening pair featuring neither of the two veterans, who have occupied the top two batting slots since 2004. In the absence of Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan could get a chance to open the innings with Murali Vijay, who cemented his place with a gritty hundred in the second Test in Hyderabad. Ajinkya Rahane is another opener who is in the squad but chief selector Sandeep Patil had earlier indicated that he has been chosen as a middle-order batsman.PTI



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