Nottingham: Opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday admitted he was not fit going into the Twenty20 World Cup as he had hurt his shoulder during the Indian Premier League semifinals.

“I had suffered the injury during our IPL semifinal clash against Deccan Chargers when I dived to stop a ball,” said Sehwag, who captained the Delhi Daredevils in the event, after being ruled out of the T20 World Cup.

The injury has been described by coach Gary Kirsten as “a Grade I tear” and with the urgency being shown on Sehwag’s treatment, it raises question why no medical solution to get him in shape was sought for close to three weeks.

Specialist treatment

Reports now suggest Sehwag would leave for South Africa to show himself to a specialist, but he first intends to show himself to a specialist in London.

“There is little I can do. At the moment I would leave for London with my wife (Aarti) and son Aryaveer,” Sehwag said.

Kirsten had earlier said Sehwag’s medical treatment, besides the physio’s work, was restricted to just giving injections to the opener.

“It’s the type of injury we can’t make a decision on, yet. He’s had an injection and we want to see how he responds to that,” Kirsten had said.

“He was picked in the squad and he then had got injured which wasn’t serious enough for him to miss the whole tournament.”

Grade I injury

A Grade I injury is less than five per cent damage to individual muscle fibres. It’s a mild strain which requires two to three weeks’ rest.

However, if the patient continues to play, the condition will worsen. If ignored, a Grade I strain has the potential to become a Grade II strain or even a complete rupture.

Sehwag, in the last few days, hasn’t been seen carrying out any extensive physical activity besides lifting his son, incidentally with his injured right arm and moving around. — PTI

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