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Down but not out

india Updated: Jun 11, 2009 23:12 IST

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To tell or not to tell was Virendra Sehwag’s dilemma. Soldier along valiantly at the T20 World Cup with a shoulder out of kilter or tell his captain and coach that the arm needed a rest? In the event, Viru chose to exercise his triceps and not his mandibles. Whether this was out of a deep-seated patriotic streak or an even deeper-seated insecurity is hard to tell. The Indian side, of course, finds itself in a bit of a lather. The blokes need Sehwag, but they need him whole, all shoulders and forearms included. Rest any one of them and Viru is what in the gentleman’s game euphemistically known as “retired hurt”.

But was the Indian vice-captain’s silence cricket? Be a sport. The hearty Najafgarh lad may not have known how badly unstuck his shoulder had come after the fateful dive to stop a fast and furious drive from the Deccan Chargers. Who but a Harley Street specialist can say how many sinews are involved in something that might well have started as an annoying pain in the neck?

Now that the world is aware the injury is restricted to between the Sehwag infraspinatus and the Sehwag labrum, the sawbones ought to fix the problem with dispatch. The celebrated Board of Control for Cricket in India, however, will have to spend considerably more energy and time deciding why Viru chose not to tell, and if indeed he did it intentionally, what to do about it.

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