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Unfit Sehwag could mean Dravid’s return in one-dayers

Virender Sehwag's fitness update will be a key component of discussion when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Sunday to pick the squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa next month, writes Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

cricket Updated: Aug 16, 2009 00:44 IST

Virender Sehwag's fitness update will be a key component of discussion when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Sunday to pick the squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa next month.

There won't be 'problems' if Sehwag, who underwent shoulder surgery during the T20 World Cup in England in June, is declared fit.

He will then return with Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina — both of whom missed the ODI series in the West Indies.

The selectors, however, will have a tough call to make if Sehwag isn't fit. They might opt for Rahul Dravid, whose inclusion in the 30 Champions Trophy probables caused a stir. BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan refused to comment on Sehwag's fitness but insisted that teams for 'both competitions' would be picked on Sunday.

Recalling Dravid will be an extraordinary move not only because he played the last of his 333 ODIs against Australia in October 2007, but also because M.S. Dhoni's team hasn't lost a ODI series after seniors like Dravid and Sourav Ganguly were left out.

The selectors are apparently of the opinion that in Sehwag's absence, Dravid's technique and experience will be needed in South Africa where the pitches are expected to be 'fresh' at the start of their season.

They don't want to pick Sehwag at all if he is not available for Sri Lanka and prefer Dravid to have some practice before the Champions Trophy.

"We are not going to announce anything on the fitness of Sehwag at the moment. The selectors will be briefed about the fitness of the players when the meeting takes place on Sunday," said Srinivasan, who is also the selection committee convenor.

There should be no more complications and of the 16 who toured the Caribbean after the T20 World Cup, S. Badrinath, M. Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to make way for Tendulkar and Raina in the 15-member squad for Sri Lanka. If Sehwag recovers or Dravid has to be drafted in, Rohit Sharma is likely to sit out.