Is it time for ageing Virender Sehwag to hang his boots?
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Virender Sehwag, the swashbuckling opener, who was once an integral part of the Indian team in all formats of the game, has been struggling with his form for quite some time now. First, Viru’s poor form made him sacrifice his place in the Indian team and now when he is trying to get his form back by playing first-class cricket, his willow has it seems left him stranded.
These days Sehwag has been playing in Indian domestic league (Ranji Trophy) but has not been able to do anything noteworthy yet. In the last seven Ranji games while representing the Delhi side, he only managed to score a fifty against Vidarbha.
It is unfortunate to see a batsman like Sehwag (who once upon a time gave even the best of the bowlers in the world a run for their money) struggle with his batting. In the last 13 innings, he scored merely 234 runs in all. He has certainly lost his mojo. To add to his woes, another Delhi opener, Shikhar Dhawan while playing for India performed stupendously well in 2013, which gave the selectors another reason to forget Sehwag.
The retirement season is at its peak as we have seen few senior pros announce their retirements – Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Swann – within a month or so. Now, wouldn’t it be wise for Sehwag to join this elite club or is there still a second wave left in this ageing cricketer to add few more runs to his international career?