Why Virender Sehwag is sitting in dugout, ask Jamia alumnus
OT, September 29, 2012 04:44 IST
India’s mauling at the hands of mighty Australians by nine wickets with 5.1 overs to spare during the World T20 Super Eights contest at the Premadasa on Friday has sparked a debate about MS Dhoni’s decision to drop swashbuckling batter Virender Sehwag.
Even when the crucial T20 match had not started Asad Haider Zaidi, who runs the highly-popular Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni network on Facebook posted a question: “Hussey said a batsman like Sehwag never goes out of form. Do you think Jamia Alumnus, Viru will blast the Aussie bowlers today?” The response from cricket buff was moderate with many demanding the call back of Sehwag, a JMI alumnus.
Many had expected that India that bat first and anyhow managed to pile-up paltry 140 runs for seven would play Sehwag against Australia. But when the charismatic all-rounder Irfan Pathan (31 of 30 balls) opened the inning with Gautam Gambhir (run out 17 of 12 balls) their hope to see Sehwag’s blistering inning dashed.
And after India's defeat, the debate raged on Facebook with JMI alumnus Ali Arshad, who now is based in Kuwait, firing the first salvo against Indian captain MS Dhoni for not playing Sehwag.
Ali, a Sehwag fan and cricket buff, wrote on his Facebook page: “Veeru is Jamia’s pride and we are at pain to see Dhoni, the crab playing scorpio to him. He won’t succeed as India can’t afford to continue avoid playing him. He is a match winner and not having him play will make the team pay heavily. Just wish a better sense to prevail much before everything is lost.
“Even if Irfan scores a splendid 100 in any match as an opener, I will not be a happy man. Chappell has played games with his career and now Dhoni is doing the same. It’s not a good sight to see a match winner Veeru sit in the dug out and not playing. Play Veeru, drop Yuvraj/Rohit and let Irfan bowl his heart out and contribute down the order in batting line up.”
His post was well received by other alumni with Faisal Khan writing on Facebook: “Viru is a world class player and there is no replacement for him.”
Bakhtiyar Khan wrote: “...one of those bad days when nothing clicked for team India...well am on the same page with you in regard to Irfan...no point playing him up the order and why the dynamite named Viru is sitting in the dugout cooling his heels....hope better sense prevails next time...cheers!!!”
Another JMI alumnus Zubair Irshad wrote: “U can’t expect more from Dhoni....”
CAPTION: Photo of Virender Sehwag via Rediff
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