As a batsman, Sandeep Patil had a modest Test record - an average in the mid-30s from 29 Tests. He played two remarkable innings - one in his debut series in Austratlia where he smashed Dennis Lillee & Co. for a blistering 174 and another two years later in England, where he smashed 24 runs in a Bob Willis over. He was a members of the squad that won the World Cup in 1983. Patil has been the manager for the Indian team, a rebel ICL team and the Director at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. And then six months ago, he was made chairman of selectors - the wise men who pick the squad on whose shoulders rest the hope of a billion people.
Today he's done something that I wouldn't normally associate with him, or for that matter any Indian selector. He's dropped Virender Sehwag. There I said it... DROPPED Virender Sehwag!
This comes after the exit of Gautam Gambhir - who was dropped at the start of the Australian series. So India will search for opening 'nirvana' in the next two Tests (and may be a few after that) with untested batsmen - Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane.