This guy not being in Australia right now... whose loss is it?

  • Ashwani Kadian, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 20:57 IST

About a year back, a journalist tried to get under Virender Sehwag's skin, telling him, "You won't play for India ever again!"

His effort to provoke Sehwag was as futile as Shoaib Akhtar's famous attempt to get Viru to hook him, bowling him one short ball after the other.

Sehwag's reply to that journalist, "And whose loss is that?"

I'm not batting for Sehwag here... I speak of the incident, because i think it gives us an excellent question to evaluate the wisdom behind selecting (or not selecting) a player for any tournament.

'Whose loss is it?'

Not many positives have come out of India's recent tours of England and Australia. Amongst the few that've emerged, one, inarguably, is Murali Vijay.

He has been technically sound, looked assured, and has scored consistently. Most significantly, he has seen off the new ball successfully almost every time he has stepped out to face it.

Anyone who has followed Indian cricket for a while will tell you that India's biggest batting challenge overseas has been to get their openers to survive the opposition opening bowlers' first spell. The few times we've managed to do that, we've been competitive.

So, what do Indian selectors do when someone is not just in the form of his life, but is also guarding their Achilles' heel? They drop him.

I wonder what answer they heard, when they decided against Vijay, and asked the question 'Whose loss is it?' to themselves.

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