The 30-men preliminary squad for the World Cup 2015 was announced a few days ago and current form proved more valuable than past heroics as five of the last World Cup heroes, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh were all omitted from the squad. Quite naturally, lots of cricket lovers were upset and started criticizing the selection committee’s decisions. But, is there really too good a reason to fuss about this?
There is no doubt that the three main players of the World Cup winning squad Sehwag, Yuvraj and Harbhajan are class apart. But the stark reality is that they are not performing up to the mark at the moment. Everyone got there due, only criteria to get selected is your present form.
On the other hand, Zaheer is struggling from injury and is not the same as we saw in 2011 World Cup. He was the spearhead of Indian bowling attack particularly in the game against England where he turned the match with his late swing. Yuvraj, after recovering from the deadliest disease, was given plenty of chances but it proved that he is not the one which he used to be. After 2011 world cup Yuvraj’s performance is miserable. In his 19 appearances, he has scored merely 278 runs at an average of 18.53.
Harbhajan is no longer an attacking bowler and has shortened his length, more of a content bowler (you can blame IPL to some extent). He last played an one day international in 2011 i.e. almost three and half years ago. In domestic matches also, his performance is not significantly good, bowling at an avg of around 46.
Finally, Sehwag may have performed well in IPL but no one can ever deny that an one-day international is far more serious and demanding than a domestic twenty-20. In the last three years, the destructive opener’s form has dipped to a career low of 22.54 whereas the likes of Rohit and Dhawan has scored at an average of 40.89 and 49.42 respectively. Rahane too is showing positive signs in recent times and closing the doors for the likes of veteran openers like Gambhir and Sehwag.
So, in our opinion, there is no point in mulling over the past and we should accept the reality and move on. Let us all hope for the best and wish Indian Cricket Team performs well in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.