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‘Sehwag may not play for India again’

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says Virender Sehwag is unlikely to play for India again and the opener will ‘sadly fade away’ after playing a bit of IPL. Sehwag was dropped for the last two Tests against Australia in the recent series and was also excluded from the list of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy.

‘I don’t think he’ll play again. I think it’s because India have gone the right way. It took a little while to come around to it. They’ve given youth a chance,’ Boycott told ESPNcricinfo in his weekly show.

In eight Test matches since April 2012, Sehwag  has managed to score just 408 runs at an average of 31.38, with highest being 117. In the six ODIs, in the same period, he scored 183 runs at an average of 30.5 and was dropped for the ODI series against England.

His last ODI century was the double hundred against the West Indies in December 2011. Boycott said India have done the right thing by blooding youngsters in the national side. ‘After they lost to England, I kept saying you have to give these young batsmen a chance. You have to get them in and you have to build again for the World Cup. I’ve never changed my view on that. You are world champions in ODIs, you have to move on, and it doesn’t matter who you are, I always say, age is not the barrier, it’s about performance, he asaid. Boycott also hailed as Sehwag one of the best batsmen of the last 20 years whose only shortcoming was lack of defensive technique. 
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