Even before the Indian team can have its first nets in the West Indies, Virender Sehwag‘s selection for the World Cup team has turned into a controversy. The chairman of the national selection committee, Dilip Vengsarkar, has told Karan Thapar that India’s only triple centurion in Tests would not have made the cut but for captain Rahul Dravid.
The BCCI, for its part, has come down on Vengsarkar. Rajeev Shukla and Ratnakar Shetty have said the chief selector should not have made the comment and that it would have a demoralising effect on the team. Is that so?
Should Sehwag have been dropped merely because he hasn’t scored a century since April 2005 and because he averages a mere 17 something? Has Dravid shown his strength of leadership by backing Sehwag’s experience over his current form? Will Vengsarkar’s comment actually have a positive effect on Sehwag?