Ex-England batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes Indian fans may have seen the last of Virender Sehwag in the national team.
Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott has some damning news for a current player in that position – Virender Sehwag – by stating the batsman has probably played his last match for India.
Sehwag was dropped for India’s final two Tests in the recent series against Australia and his replacement, Shikhar Dhawan, scored a record 186 on his debut.
The veteran was also not included in his country’s provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June and Boycott thinks the selectors have shown their intentions about Sehwag’s future.
“I don’t think he’ll play again,” the ex-England man told ESPNcricinfo.
“I think it’s because India have gone the right way. They’ve given youth a chance.”
“I think he’s just going to play a bit of IPL and then, sadly, fade away.”
Sehwag was dropped from the national side after a poor run of form for India, with his average in both Test matches and ODIs in 2012 just a little over 30.
The 34-year-old has been described as one of the best batsmen in world cricket since making his international debut in 1999, playing 251 one-day matches and 104 Tests in a career that has spanned nearly 14 years.
Yet Boycott’s views appear to be shared by the Indian selectors, as their veteran batsman languishes on the sidelines whilst youngsters like Dhawan seize their opportunity.
Sehwag plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL but has yet to feature in this year’s version of the tournament after suffering with a back injury.