New Delhi: Jan 7, 2013
Virender Sehwag’s childhood coach AN Sharma on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, following the axing of the struggling opener from the squad for first three ODIs against England.
Sehwag was not named in the Indian squad to take on England, for the first three ODIs, following his poor run with the bat. The Delhi batsman was also excluded from the playing XI in the third and final ODI against Pakistan.
Sehwag’s coach Sharma said, “I think the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the skipper (MS Dhoni) have something personal against Sehwag, and that is why he has been treated in such a manner.”
Sharma was quoted as saying by MiD Day, “I have been holding back all this while, but now, I want to speak out. I knew he would not be picked (for England series) after he was dropped for the third ODI against Pakistan. It is very unfortunate.”
Sehwag’s axing came after a string of poor performances at the top of the order. His last century in the 50-over format came way back in 2010-11 triangular series in Sri Lanka.
In the first two ODIs against Pakistan, Sehwag could garner only four and 31 respectively.
Sharma said, “I have been noticing that players with poor run-rates have been getting a longer rope in the Indian team, but not Sehwag. There is something wrong in the selection process.”