In a blow to Team India's chances in the upcoming One-Day series against South Africa, prolific opening batsman Virender Sehwag will be conspicuous by his absence. The Indian management has confirmed that the dasher will be rested during the series due to a recurrent shoulder injury that he aggravated during the second Test against South Africa.
Sehwag will most probably be replaced by Tamil Nadu and Chennai Superkings' batsman Murali Vijay who also stepped in for the opener in the ODI series against New Zealand earlier this month. Rohit Sharma will also be included in the 17-man squad.
Sehwag's shoulder has been a cause for concern for some months now as an injury sustaind at that part of his body in April 2010, ruled him out of the Twenty20 World Cup as well.
He will be too valuable a weapon for India in the 2011 World Cup to chance a hazard with in the upcoming ODI series. The Indian physio-therapist Andrew Leipus has attributed Sehwag's injury to an over-exposure of bouncy deliveries which require him to constantly raise his arms vigorously while playing shots.
Oddly enough, Sehwag has been included in the side for the third Test against South Africa, slated to unfold at Cape Town on Jan 2. He has not had a tremendously successful series thus far, managing an inconsistent run of 0, 63, 25 and 32 in the four innings he has opened.