New Delhi, Mar 22: After being "rested" due to injury, opener Virender Sehwag declared himself fit to train for the IPL season 5 and said he missed not being in the dressing room when Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international century last week against Bangladesh.
"The rest period is over and I am set to train, and play in the IPL," Sehwag said.
Sehwag did not feature in the ongoing Asia Cup which created a controversy after the selection committee chief Kris Srikkanth failed to give a concrete answer.
According to the chief selector Srikkanth, Sehwag had been "rested" due to a sore shoulder after announcing the squad for Asia Cup, while the opener said he had back spasms and needed rest as per the physio's advice.
A long-time partner of Tendulkar at the top of the order, Sehwag was not there when the latter got to his 100th international ton during the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Mirpur last Friday.
"I missed being in the dressing room when Tendulkar scored that 100th century."
After a dismal show in Australia, senior players were under pressure to retire, but Sehwag, 33, said nobody can force a cricketer to retire.
Rahul Dravid had recently announced his retirement from international cricket.
"I will continue to play as long as I am enjoying the game, contributing to the team, winning games for my country. Nobody can force a player to retire," he told reporters during the launch of Delhi Daredevils website.
"It's not like a job, government job where you have to retire at 60. A cricketer can retire at 30 or 60, it's up to the player. (Sanath) Jayasuriya played till 42," he added.
The last few months have been miserable for Indian cricket but Sehwag remains optimistic, the drubbings in England and Australia, and now the Asia Cup exit, does not matter.
"It happens with every team across the world. There is also the home advantage which every team is taking now. Time will change for us.
"We beat Pakistan and Sri Lanka but lost to Bangladesh. They have the ability to beat any team," he said.
On Virat Kolhi's brilliant performance, Sehwag said, "He is a brilliant player. He has hit 11 (ODI) centuries and has not even played 100 matches. He has proved it. No amount of praise is enough."