The controversy surrounding Virender Sehwag is getting curious by the day.
The explosive opener, ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 and replaced by Dinesh Karthik, finally broke his silence on the injury in Nottingham on Tuesday.
“I had suffered the injury during our IPL semifinal clash against Deccan Chargers when I dived to stop a ball,” Sehwag admitted.
While this delayed admission should have helped clear the air, it ended up confusing matters further.
“As far as I know Sehwag batted well, fielded well and even bowled one over in the semifinal of the IPL,” TA Sekar, former India Test cricketer who is in-charge of cricket for the Delhi Daredevils, told HT. “Earlier in the tournament, he had hurt his finger and had to sit out some matches. But he recovered from that.”
Sehwag, who had an ordinary run in the IPL, scored 39 in the semifinal and hit a fifty against the Mumbai Indians before that.
On Tuesday, Sehwag indicated that he would be consulting a specialist in London before flying to South Africa for more consultation and possible surgery.
“There is little I can do. At the moment I will leave for London with my wife (Aarti) and son Aryaveer,” said Sehwag.But, HT has learned that Sehwag had already seen a specialist in London as early as June 5. It is subsequent to this that coach Gary Kirsten said Sehwag had "a Grade 1 tear" and added, "He has had injections and we will see how he responds and take a decision."
The team desperately wanted Sehwag to be fit for important matches and were willing to wait and watch but could not do so indefinitely and sent for a replacement onTuesday.
Sehwag naturally wants to be involved in the World Cup. It’s possible that he underestimated the injury, rather than sought deliberately to hide it. A youngster might hide an injury for fear of permanently losing his place but Sehwag, 29, and vice-captain should not feel any such insecurity.
In the end the issue gathered steam because the board failed to provide any credible information on the injury and the team management, including the captain, were opaque on the progress of recovery. At the end of the day, Sehwag has been left with a lot more than a sore shoulder to contend with.