Will India's celebrity opening pair make a comeback to the national sports or have we seen the last of their play?
Anshuman Gaekwad said, “Their career is not over.They are not that old.” Sehwag is 34 years old and Gambhir is 31. The Indian selectors are looking for a younger side; hence they could have been overlooked in the recent team selection for upcoming ODIs against Australia as well.
Among a host number of senior cricketers, only Yuvraj Singh
has been selected for the series. Players such as Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan were also not picked. To be fair to the selectors, the Indian youngsters have been performing consistently well.
Gaekwad added, “There is a young brigade in the Indian team. The selectors are preferring a young team because they are consistent as well as a good fielding unit. Fielding has given the Indian team a good substance, as far as the performance of the Indian team is concerned.”
Players such as Kohli and Raina have cemented their place in the Indian batting line up with their consistent performances and the likes of Rohit Sharma and Dhawan are also following on the same lines. Apart from their batting skills, it is their fielding standards, which are also been talked about.They are livewires of the Indian team.
Form has always been a major issue, which leads to the players being dropped. Justifying the point, Gaekwad said, “It is just one of those cases for Gambhir and Sehwag that they are out of form. It has happened with international cricketers in the past such as Sunil (Gavaskar) and Mohinder (Amarnath).”
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir has been a tremendous servant of the Indian team, but their form of late, which counts the most has let them down. “But, one needs to note that the class always remains, but form changes,” said Gaekwad.
With the Indian team looking way ahead for the 2015 World
Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the selectors are looking for the right combination so as to defend their 2011 World Cup crown. When asked about who would be his ideal combination for big tournaments, including World Cup, Gaekwad replied back, “I would prefer Sehwag and Gambhir as Indian openers, provided they are in good form.Sehwag is a destroyer and Gambhir is a proven cricketer.”