‘Would have scored 10000-plus runs had I not been dropped’: Virender Sehwag says he was ‘hurt’ by India snub

Virender Sehwag has 8503 Test runs to his name, but the former opener claims that if he hadn’t been dropped from the squad for 11 months, he might have finished his career with more than 10,000 runs in the format. Sehwag has been a vital part of the Indian team in both ODIs and Tests since his remarkable Test debut in 2001, when he hit a century against South Africa at Bloemfontein. However, poor’Would have scored 10000-plus runs had I not been dropped’: Virender Sehwag says he was ‘hurt’ by India snub form saw Sehwag, who was then the vice-captain, be benched, first from the ODI set-up and subsequently from Tests.

 

“It ached when I realised I wasn’t part of the Test team. If I hadn’t been dropped for that time, I would have finished with over 10,000 Test runs “During an episode of Sports18’s ‘Home of Heroes,’ Sehwag claimed.

 

During Rahul Dravid’s captaincy, Sehwag was dropped. After spending a year in Australia, Sehwag played his 53rd Test in January 2007. Following India’s tour to South Africa in 2006/07, the selectors overlooked Sehwag, and he only played ODIs and T20Is after that. Sehwag played Ranji Trophy during his time away from the Indian Test team, but only managed 66 runs in five innings for Delhi. After being dropped, Sehwag said that he considered retiring but was counselled against it by Sachin Tendulkar.

 

However, right before India’s December 2007 tour of Australia, the selectors surprised everyone by returning Sehwag for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Sehwag was not on India’s list of 24 probables, but when Gautam Gambhir was advised to rest for three weeks owing to a strained shoulder, the BCCI decided to go with Sehwag.

 

In reality, some of Sehwag’s finest innings came after he was recalled to India’s Test squad, including a career-high 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 and a near-triple-century against Sri Lanka in 2009. After scoring consecutive century against South Africa – 165 in Kolkata and 109 in Nagpur – Sehwag achieved the peak and became the ICC’s No. 1 Test hitter in February 2010.