New Delhi: It seems as if the cricketing careers of one of the most successful opening pairs in the history of India cricket -- Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir -- are all but over.
The Delhi duo have recently indicated that they have lost all hopes of their comeback in the Indian team, as they stayed away from selection in the 15-member North Zone squad for the Deodhar Trophy.
"At the start of the selection committee meeting, the chairman Vikram Rathour intimated us that Viru has specifically told him that he doesn't want to play Deodhar Trophy. He has insisted that some of the promising juniors may be picked. Gauti has also decided against playing but I have no clue about why he pulled out," a member of the North Zone selection committee told PTI.
It has also been learnt that Sehwag has told some of the top DDCA officials that he does not want to block the road of promising juniors from Delhi.
Though Gambhir too opted agasinst playing in the tournament, reason for him pulling out of the event is still unknown.
Both have been struggling with their form for quite some time now. In fact, the discarded openers are now even struggling to score runs against the domestic bowlers.
The ageing cricketers had been trying hard to impress the national selectors to get into the list of probables for the 2015 World Cup, scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand. But now it seems as if they have lost all hopes to break into the side, at least for the most coveted ICC event.
It's an irony that players who played crucial roles to make India the world champions for the second time, have lost all hopes to get into World Cup squad this time around and their cricket careers are swiftly heading towards an end.