As senior players took retirement, younger players have settled down very well in the Indian national cricket team. With lots of domestic experience behind them, this new breed of players continue to bring glory to their country in the field of sports.
But with his central contract being provoked and abysmal performance in the domestic matches, the once hard hitting Virender Sehwag’s career has taken a downfall so much such that the Delhi DareDevils have not retained him for this year’s IPL.
Playing for Delhi in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, he has been scoring at a very meager average of 19.50 , with his highest score being 56 in this season.
Sehwag,who had redefined batting in Test matches with his hard hitting and aggressive technique, hopes to make a comeback as he prays that the DareDevils bid for him in the IPL auction. He yearns to make a comeback and believes that he and Gambhir can play well together as they share a lot of experience between them.
As Sehwag’s thundering willow is gradually fading into the past, many experts regard this downfall as a result of inflexibility to modify his simplistic batting technique into something more mature;he is already on the wrong side of thirty. The England tour after World Cup 2011 was a defining moment in Sehwag’s career as this series changed his status as a super-batsman. Without featuring in any First-Class games in 7months Sehwag was an easy target for Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson as he tried to blast his way into the game in both the innings, but instead Sehwag bagged a King’s Pair, ducks in both.
During his peak Sehwag’s simplistic approach to batting had been lauded; but with bowlers evolving their techniques and various strategies being applied, Sehwag’s technique became a cause for concern. This concern reflected on his form as well.
With the downfall in performance will Sehwag continue to compete for himself as well as for his fans and come out as a matured player with a hint of wisdom? Or will he retire soon as age and failure to succeed continues to take its toll?
But the decision should be his as he has earned the right to decide.