New Delhi: Virender Sehwag remained defiant about making a Test comeback after the national selectors decided to drop the veteran opening batsman from India's 14-man Test squad for the remaining two Tests against the Visiting Australian team.
"There is no question of retirement. My career is not yet over. I'll make a comeback," Sehwag said when contacted by CNN-IBN to know his reaction after being axed on Thursday. The BCCI selectors met on Thursday and announced the squad with Sehwag being the only casualty as the Sandip Patil-led committed decided to prune the squad from 15 to 14 players.
The news was not unexpected. Sehwag has managed just 27 runs in three innings against Australia to extend a poor run of form. In 21 Test innings since the tour of Australia, he has managed one century and two fifties. Since scoring a long overdue century against England in Ahmedabad in November, his scores read: 25, 30, 9, 23, 49, 0, 19, 2 and 6.
In the last five years, the best he has come up with outside of Asia is 67, and he averages a paltry 22.73 away from friendly conditions.
With no replacement named for Sehwag, the likely candidate to partner Murali Vijay is the uncapped Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan. Ajinkya Rahane, a top-order batsman in domestic cricket, is also in the squad and could come into the frame for the Mohali Test starting March 14.
The final Test is in Delhi on March 22.
Will continue to work hard for my place in the team. I trust my game and am confident that, "I'll be back." 'Best wishes to the team.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 7, 2013