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Neglected from World Cup squad, Virender Sehwag has no retirement plans
Despite all the negative projection that Virender Sehwag has lost his form, the sidelined India batsman Virender Sehwag has categorically ruled out the possibility of retiring from cricket. He has shown his determination on playing for "at least the next two years."

It is pertinent to highlight that Sehwag was dropped from the impending World Cup's 30-member preliminary squad on account of his non performance. The right-handed batsman insisted that he was still keen to play competitive cricket and has no imminent plans of quitting the game in near future.

As reported by IBNlive, he said "I am still playing. And till the time I continue to play, I am not thinking about anything else. I will not consider quitting till I have the desire to play. "No. I am not thinking about retiring. At least not for the next two years. I am only thinking about my game at the moment."

But he has realized the fact that he won't be part of the World Cup team in 2015. Sehwag was among five prime players of the 2011 winning team who have been dropped from the 30-member preliminary squad for the World Cup 2015. He has wished best of luck to the team selected for defending the World Cup. He has expressed hope that they have got a strong chance of reaching the semi-finals.

He said "From there it depends on how the team plays in that particular match. The youngsters in the team are good. We have a good batting line-up."

Sehwag ruled out any negative impact due to loss of the four-match Test series 0-2 and for losing the tri-series also involving England, on the team's title defence.

He said "No effect on current form would fall in the World Cup, especially for batsmen. The team would try to produce their best irrespective of the form. In the 2003 Cup in South Africa, not many gave us a fighting chance of playing well, but we managed to reach the final. We are still the defending champions. In cricket up and down in form happens. The players don't worry about it too much. They focus on their performance because they need to play well even after the World Cup to remain in the team."

The attacking batsman also opined that the different nature of the pitches in Australia would play a part in determining the outcome of the tournament.

He also pointed out that the new field restrictions of having to keep five players within the 30-yard circle would make things difficult for India's part-time bowlers.

He concluded, "Effects of different nature of wickets would be felt by teams. Earlier it was mandatory to keep only four fielders within the 30-yard circle. But now you need to keep five players. The new five-man rule would be a disadvantage for India. Due to this stipulation, the all-rounders' role would be crucial."

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