Success in the Indian Premier League has brought Virender Sehwag back in the reckoning. Just before the Twenty20 league began in April, the Delhi batting stalwart, after a subdued tour of Australia, was struggling to retain his place.
'Rested' by the selectors for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh following the Australia tour amid reports of his rift with skipper MS Dhoni there, Sehwag bounced back in the IPL, scoring 495 runs with five fifties.
Thus the selection committee will seriously consider his name when it picks the squad on Wednesday for the limited overs series in Sri Lanka.
"Sehwag is important to the squad, no doubt. We need him as much as everyone else does. It all hinges on how the results of his fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) have come out. The selectors will get the results before they pick the squad," a BCCI insider told HT.
On the sidelines of a promotional event on Tuesday, Sehwag was reluctant to talk about his selection.
"I have been to the NCA, the report of the physios will be submitted to the selectors. Let's wait and watch," he said.
Although he has had a recurring shoulder problem, it did not trouble him in the IPL.
There has been some speculation because Sehwag did not accept an invitation by his former employers ONGC to play in the Delhi Hot Weather tournament.
However, it is learnt he kept away only to attend a junior tournament organised by his personal coach AN Sharma as well as enjoy the welcome break after a hectic schedule.
The NCA test was a routine affair and Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli also underwent tests. With his injury worries out, the Nawab of Najafgarh should be back in the squad.
Camp in Chennai
Given that the India players are coming after a break and Sri Lanka will be very humid, the team will have a four-day preparatory camp in Chennai.
The challenge in Sri Lanka is to adapt to the slow nature of the tracks and the intense humidity.