Does Sehwag prefer club over country?

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Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12:42 [IST]
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Virender Sehwag, who was declared fit to play the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday after being advised to take rest for 14 days, following an ankle injury has raised a lot of speculations.

Does Sehwag prefer club over country?

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Having rushed to play the Champions League T20 raises a lot of questions, as this is not the first time the dashing opener has made himself available for playing cash-rich T20 league.

After being rested on medical grounds for the Asia Cup 2012, held in Bangladesh in the month of March, made himself available for cash-rich Indian Premier League, as he played for Delhi Daredevils.

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Moreover, his scores in IPL and international matches in the calendar year also suggest that the dashing opener has been performing quite well for clubs than country.

Sehwag has scored 252 runs in 5 Tests at an average of 28 and a highest score of 62 in 2012, while his ODI tally is sad, as he has played 9 matches and has collected a mere 213 runs at an average of 23, with a highest score of 96 which includes only one fifty plus score in ODIs.

While his performance in the T20 Internationals are below par given his caliber, as he has secured only 81 runs off 5 matches at an average of 16.20, with a highest score of 29.

Moreover, to everyone's surprise, the Delhi-opener, has scored heavily for his IPL team, in the fifth edition of the cash rich IPL, as he top scored for his team with 495 runs, off 16 matches, with a highest score of 87 (not out), and an average of 33 which includes 5 fifty plus scores in the tournament.

Interestingly, Sehwag who was rested for Asia Cup 2012 on medical grounds especially after the rumours about a possible rift between Sehwag and Dhoni during the Australian tour, returned to play for his IPL team, and socred heavily, which again raises many questions, as Sehwag who was rested on medical grounds could play IPL in April and not Asia Cup that was held in March?

Is he making himself available for such events so that it generates more money? Or will this give another twist to the existing rift rumours between Dhoni and Sehwag? All these questions needs to be looked upon by the officials.

Now, having been declared fit to play the Champions League T20 within 9 days after being ruled out of the T20 league, following an ankle injury makes everyone wonder if this could be true!

If not, why is Sehwag taking a hasty decision to play the first match against KKR, as the doctors had advised him to take rest for 14 days during the first week of October.

It remains to be seen if out-of-form Sehwag finds spark in CLT20?


Story first published:  Friday, October 12, 2012, 13:16 [IST]
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