Ahead of the most crucial tie between India and Australia in the Super Eight of T20 World Cup, Greg Chappell, the former coach of India, has come out with a scathing attack on Virender Sehwag.
While writing in his column for The Hindu, the former coach was critical about the dashing opener, saying he is wasting his 'god-gifted' talent.
To say that Viru was one of the great frustrations of my time with the team is an understatement. Sadly, he continues to disappoint and is in danger of squandering his God-given talent. The person who is least likely to be fazed by all of this is Virender himself, he wrote in his column.
Recently, the India opener was made to sit out against England in the league match. His recent form even has been a worry for India as he has failed to give India a solid start.
Like many others I am sure, I was saddened to see Virender Sehwag left out of the Indian team this week. Despite my frustrations with him during my tenure as Indian coach I could not help but love him. He is, after all, a loveable rogue. And he can bat better than most.
Chappell also said that the Delhi batter nurtures the ambition of becoming the captain of the Indian team but lacks desired qualities for the coveted post.
Strangely, for someone who only wants to play the game on his terms, he harbours a desire to captain his country. I have no doubt that he could do it for he understands the game well, but what he fails to grasp is that with the honour comes responsibility. In fact, the responsibility to show personal leadership has to come before one can earn the higher honour. He wants the prize, but has been unwilling to pay the price.
He even said the it's too late for Sehwag to change and India has to fancy their chances without him.
It is unlikely that Sehwag will ever change. It is probably too late now. But, if Dhoni and the selectors have decided that enough is enough and that they have a better chance of winning the World Twenty20 without him, I reckon the Australian bowlers will breathe a little easier on Friday.