Virender Sehwag's return to Team India depends on fitness: Yashpal Sharma

Yashpal Sharma said that Virender Sehwag’s ouster from the Indian team was not due to loss of form, but some fitness issue © IANS

New Delhi: Apr 22, 2013

Former national selector Yashpal Sharma feels Virender Sehwag has a lot of cricket left in him and said that he can make a comeback in the Indian team if he gives attention to his fitness.

“Sehwag is a great player and he has contributed a lot in Indian cricket. He has a lot of cricket left in him and he will surely comeback in the Indian team,” said Yashpal at the sidelines of the announcement of the Coca Cola Under-16 Cricket Cup national tournament here today.

Yashpal, a member of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team, said Sehwag’s problem has been lack of fitness and if he concentrates on this aspect, he will bounce back and return to the national side with a bang.

“Whenever Sehwag is out of Indian team, it was not due to loss of form but some fitness issue. So, if he gives attention to his fitness, he will make a comeback. He has to look after his body,” he said.

Asked about Sehwag publicly claiming that he “bluffed” on the advice of legendary West Indian batsman Vivian Richards who has joined Delhi Daredevils IPL team as advisor, Yashpal said, “Richards is a legendary figure and a very positive man and I have played against him. There was nothing negativity in his approach when he was playing.

“So, it must be that Richards must have told the players to be positive in their approach. Cricket is a mental game and self-confidence plays a big role. Now, we have to see how much Richards’ pep talk has had an impact on the Delhi players.

It’s upto the players now,” he said.

“Maybe Richards’s pep talk had an impact on Sehwag against Mumbai Indians as he hit a match-winning 95 yesterday, but we have to wait and see.”

Yashpal also paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar who turns 40 on Wednesday.

“Tendulkar is a real ambassador of the game. Not only India but the world of cricket should be proud of him and his contribution to the game. It’s truly amazing that for 23 years he has kept his standard of cricket so high,” he said.