Cape Town: In a major jolt to the Indian team preparing for the ODI series against South Africa after the last Test is over, star opener Virender Sehwag was virtually ruled out of the 50-over series owing to injury problems.
Sehwag has been advised to pull out of the ODI series starting in January and would be replaced by Rohit Sharma. Murali Vijay has also been asked to stay back after his duties with the Test squad are over.
"Virender Sehwag has been advised to withdraw from the ODI series against South Africa to tend to his shoulder. Rohit Sharma will replace him in the squad," the BCCI said in a statement.
"Murali Vijay will stay back in South Africa for the ODI series, as the 17th playing member of the squad," Board secretary N Srinivasan added.
The previous shoulder problem had forced the 32-year-old out of the ICC World Twenty20 Championships in May.
India is currently playing a three-Test series against the Proteas, which is locked 1-1 after the visitors notched up an 87 run win in the second Test yesterday.
The third Test will be played from January 2 in Cape Town.