Geoffrey Boycott, former England batsman, urged in an interview that according to him Virendar Sehwag may have played his last game for India. Sehwag who earlier this year was dropped for the last two Tests against Australia, has also been barred to be included in the 30-probables of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
“I don’t think he’ll play again,” Boycott told ESPNcricinfo on the fortnightly show Bowl at Boycs. “I think it’s because India have gone the right way. It took a little while to come around to it. They’ve given youth a chance. After they lost to England, I kept saying you have to give these young batsmen a chance. You have to get them in and you have to build again for the World Cup. I’ve never changed my view on that. You are world champions in ODIs, you have to move on, and it doesn’t matter who you are, I always say, age is not the barrier, it’s about performance.”
Sehwag was going through a lean patch since last year. In the last eight Test matches he played since April 2012, he has scored only 408 runs at an average of 31.38, with a highest score of 117. In six ODIs, in the same period, he scored 183 runs at an average of 30.5. He was later dropped for the ODI series against England. His last ODI century was the record-breaking double-hundred against the West Indies in December 2011.
Boycott while praising Sehwag as one of the best batsmen of the last 20 years and admiring him for his “effortless strokeplay”, said that his only shortcoming is his lack of a defensive technique.
“He played it his way and, at times, on certain pitches, was highly successful,” Boycott said. “But when it comes to the ball moving around and it was a bit more bouncy, his defensive technique was exposed. But trying to tell him and make him play differently, how do you do that? Sehwag has got all his runs playing his way.”
He stressed on the fact that for a player like Sehwag it was difficult to change the way he played the game. “His nature, his personality, is a more happy-go-lucky, generous, easy-natured, friendly, affable sort of personality that fits in with the way he batted,” Boycott said. “He used to bat freely, with lots of strokes. It’s not in his nature to play carefully, steadily. I’m sure people have tried to say, ‘Can you play a little more carefully? You are older now, you maybe don’t pick the ball up quite as well or quickly, or you’ve still got lots of talent and use your experience.’ You tell everybody all these things but it’s very difficult to change people from what they are. And, it’s too late now. I think he’s just going to play a bit of IPL and then, sadly, fade away.”