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Sewhag, Gambhir and Yuvraj's ODI cricket career seems to be over
The Nawab of Najafgarh, Virender Sehwag is the forgotten soul of Indian cricket, especially after his string of inconsistent scores in the fifty over format, so much so that rumours have already started about his retirement from the game. The same can be said for his opening partner, Gautam Gambhir who has also been absent from the Indian team since long, like Sehwag. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have dislodged them from their opening slot. Likewise, Yuvraj is also losing ground to Ravindra Jadeja.
Rohit Sharma Vs Virender Sehwag

The career of the former opening pair of Gambhir and Sehwag may well be over, especially with the way Rohit and Dhawan have been performing of late in coloured clothing of fifty overs. Rohit Sharma has delivered upon the promise as well with some crucial knocks for India in the top of the order, especially his double century against Australia in October was the best of the lot.He was consistent, scoring more than 1,100 runs in 2013. Compare this record to that of Sehwag who played a single ODI in the year against Pakistan scoring 31 runs. His record of 2012 does not look impressive either - 218 runs.

Gautam Gambhir Vs Shikhar Dhawan

Rohit's opening partner Dhawan has been scoring runs freely, scoring all over the park and threating bowlers coming down the track to the quickies as well. This sort of scoring ability has shown Gautam Gambhir the exit door. There was a time, when Gautam Gambhir was one of the most trusted Indian opener, also a match winner for the Indian Cricket team.

But, his form of late has left everyone disappointed. As per the stats presented by espncricinfo.com, Gambhir played 7 matches in 2013 scoring 153 runs, at an average of 21.85 without any hundred. Shikhar Dhawan played 26 matches in 2013 and scored 1162 runs at an average of 50.50 scoring five hundreds and four fifties. So, one does not need to be a rocket scientist to explain Gambhir's ousting from the Indian team.

Yuvraj Singh Vs Ravindra Jadeja

Another batsman who seems to be walking on a very thin line is Yuvraj Singh, who came back to the Indian cricket team after he recovered from life-threatening cancer. He is one of the elegant and the most destructive Indian batsmen, when in form, which can be justified from his sensational T20 innings against England, where he hit six sixes in an over.

But his record spells dismal in 2013 where he played 18 matches scoring just 276 runs with an average of 19.71 with just two fifties in his kitty. His place seems to have been taken by Ravindra Jadeja, who is excelling with both bat and ball. He is a terrific fielder as well. Jadeja has played 34 matches in 2013 scoring 462 runs at an average of 35.53 and has also taken 50 wickets at an average of 34.67, which seems to a good record. Such records will help the all rounder reserve his place in Indian Cricket team.

In India there is no shortage of talent. There are many players, who in spite of their quality fail to grab a place in the Indian team even when they get a chance. But, the above three mentioned players, Rohit, Shikhar and Jadeja grabbed the opportunity with both hands when the chance came along. But the competition is such that they also cannot take their place for granted. Who knows, if they might be dropped and replaced by another youngster. Such competition only helps Indian cricket team.

It is due to such competition that India has produced some of the greatest cricketers of modern ere such as Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly just to name a few and they have also earned the tag of 'legends.' If Jadeja, Shikhar and Rohit take their game seriously like the way these legends did, they would be remembered for the rest of their lives for their performances on the field.

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