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Sehwag goes under the knife

The dashing opener underwent surgery on his troubled shoulder at the Park Hospital in Nottingham hursday and was admitted to the Refford Ward under Dr Angus Wallace.

cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2009 00:52 IST

So Virender Sehwag isn’t returning to India as announced a few days ago. The dashing opener underwent surgery on his troubled shoulder at the Park Hospital in Nottingham on Thursday and was admitted to the Refford Ward under Dr Angus Wallace.

Acting on a tip-off, HT got in touch with the hospital. Once being put through to Sehwag, there was just a “hello” from the other end before he hung up. Sehwag has a Grade I tear, it was learnt.

The India team manager, V Chamundeshwarnath, denied Sehwag had surgery. At the pre-match media conference, he said that a “press release” would be issued if a surgery took place. But a hospital staff confirmed to HT there had indeed been a “minor surgery”. In New Delhi, the BCCI at last came up with some explanation of the Sehwag saga. Or you can call it one at least. The BCCI said it was aware that the opener had an injury but didn’t know its extent.

That’s why the vice-captain of the Indian team was sent to England for the World T20. The board was also expecting Sehwag to get fit before realising that the tear in the player’s shoulder muscle wouldn’t heal that fast.

The team management and Sehwag have been criticised for being secretive about the whole issue, but BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said on Thursday there was no need to be so critical. Nobody was to be blamed, he said.

“Sehwag was selected keeping in mind the report submitted by the physiotherapist. The fitness report suggested that Sehwag had a minor injury which will heal in two or three days,” the chairman of the BCCI’s media committee was quoted as saying by PTI. “But another test in London discovered an additional tear in his shoulder, for which he was treated with injections,” said Shulka. The decision to send Dinesh Karthik as replacement was taken when “the injury showed no sign of healing.”

The ICC has confirmed that the technical committee of the World T20 has approved Karthik as a replacement. The confirmation was conveyed to the BCCI on behalf of the event technical committee. The committee reviewed Sehwag’s medical reports and found that the reason for the replacement was genuine.