Despite Virender Sehwag’s awful performance in the opening two Test matches against Australia, many former players are showing support to the opening batsman. Former opener Sunil Gavaskar feels that the blistering al-rounder should have played the third
Test at Mohali, where the track would be flat.

Sehwag has been dropped from the side for the remaining two games. Gavaskar although is not surprised over his exclusion, he told NDTV on Thursday that the Delhi batsman should have been given another chance.

Sehwag is going through a bad patch at the moment. In his three innings in the opening two games, he collected only 27 runs. He has scored plenty of runs all across the country, but Gavaskar believes that the Mohali wicket would have particularly suited
Sehwag’s style of play.

"I am not surprised with the decision that the selectors took. Sehwag has been short of runs. But with the class and the record that he has, one would have thought he would be given another game particularly looking at the surface in Mohali. The ball comes
onto the bat quite nicely and it bounces just a little extra which is what Sehwag likes to bat on," Gavaskar said.

The national selectors have named no replacement for the veteran batsman. Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan are already available for the selection. The former batsman feels that the selection committee has made this move keep India’s future tours in mind.

When asked whether Sehwag’s career is over now, he explained: "I also think at the back of the selection committee’s minds would be the fact that India is now going to be on overseas tours over the next year and a half and therefore, are having a look at
somebody else.”

“There is a tour to South Africa coming up and rather than to blood somebody there, the selection committee may be thinking it’s better to try somebody here. All he has to do is get back to getting big hundreds in domestic cricket and he should be back in
contention."

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