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'Got to know from newspapers that I was dropped...and it hurt'

December 30, 2015 22:10 IST

MS Dhoni, captain of India, talks to Virender Sehwag during a nets session

IMAGE: MS Dhoni, captain of India, talks to Virender Sehwag during a nets session. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Virender Sehwag has admitted that he was "hurt" after being dropped in the middle of the 2013 Test series against Australia without any "communication from team management or selectors." 

Sehwag was dropped after the second Test against Australia in Hyderabad but the batsman felt that selectors should have given him an option to play two more Tests and retire in an India jersey. 

"I hadn't scored runs in two Tests against Australia. So, I was thinking I would get a couple of more opportunities to perform well in the last two Tests (of the series) and then get dropped if I didn't perform.

"If the selectors would have given me that option to play two more Tests and say that you play the two matches and then retire, I would have thought about it," Sehwag told ESPN Cricinfo.

India's Virender Sehwag during a training session

IMAGE: India's Virender Sehwag during a training session. Photograph: Getty Images

Asked if the communication was lacking from BCCI and team management's end, Sehwag agreed. 

"Absolutely, nobody called me from the team management, selectors or BCCI. I got to know about it from newspaper, that hurt me then but I am fine with it now," Sehwag said. During his last three seasons in first-class cricket, Sehwag batted in the middle-order, something that he wanted in the Indian team but was denied. 

"I told the management (about wanting to bat lower down) but they felt that I was still good enough to play as an opener and they didn't want to take chances with the opening pair. I tried my best but could not get an opportunity in the middle order," he said.

"When I played my last series, Tendulkar was still there, Kohli and Dhoni were there. Pujara was playing as the No. 3 batsman. Tendulkar was playing at 4, Kohli at 5 and it meant that I had to bat at No. 6 after Tendulkar as you could not ask him to bat at No 3 or 5. So, there was no chance for me to bat in the middle order." 

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