(The Times Of India)
Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag has decided to give the remainder of the IPL a miss to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder. He will be leaving for London immediately for the surgery.
“Sehwag’s injured shoulder is definitely a concern for everyone. The BCCI has decided that it needs surgery immediately and are making arrangements for him to travel to London at the earliest,” GMR Sports director B Vanchi told TOI on Monday.
Vanchi added that they arrived at a decision after discussions with the Daredevils’ physio and the BCCI. “Sehwag is one of the most important players in the Indian team.
“If he needs treatment for an injury we are not going to stand in the way and be selfish. We all want what is best for him,” Vanchi added.
Sehwag had confirmed after Delhi’s loss to Kochi Tusker Kerala on Monday that he had been playing in the IPL with a shoulder niggle. “There is a niggle in the shoulder. As long as it is not hurting me or affecting my game I’ll continue to play,” Sehwag had said last week. The team is virtually out of the race for a spot in the play-offs.
The injury puts Sehwag’s participation in the West Indies tour in doubt and also possibly casts a shadow on his availability for the England tour in July.
The 32-year-old opener’s problem with the shoulder first cropped up in 2009 during the second IPL, during which he suffered a grade-1 tear. Subsequently Sehwag also missed playing in the World T20 Championships in the West Indies last year.
He was only able to play in the World Cup this year after going through extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
In IPL 4, he has been the driving force for the floundering Daredevils with 424 runs from 11 matches at a strike-rate of over 176. The Daredevils, though, are wallowing at seventh spot with just eight points from 11 games. They have four more games to go.
In Sehwag’s absence, Australian James Hopes looks favourite to take over the reins. Hopes was recently appointed skipper of the Queensland Bulls as well.
“We have competent players in the squad who can make up for Sehwag’s absence. We’ll be announcing our new skipper before our next game against the Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on Thursday,” Vanchi added.