Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir fail in Ranji; Suresh Raina slams a ton

Delhi needed Vireder Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - the two most senior members in the side - to fire against Gujarat at Surat. The veterans, looking for a way to return to Team India, were unsuccessful once again. In a separate match, Punjab's Harbhajan though shone vs Mumbai with four wickets.

updated: November 08, 2013 15:15 IST
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Even as batsmen in the current Indian team pile on runs in all formats, veteran stars Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir continue to languish in the domestic circuit. In Delhi's Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Surat, Sehwag and Gambhir scored 1 and 31, respectively on Friday.

Both Gambhir and Sehwag have not featured in the national team since early 2013. Their hunt for runs in the domestic format, however, was unsuccessful. Chasing a first innings total of 320, Delhi needed the two players - with combined number of 158 Tests and 398 ODIs - to fire on all cylinders. It was not meant to be as opener Gambhir inside-edged an Akshar Patel delivery to short-leg while Sehwag - batting at No. 4 - fell to spinner Jesal Karia.

While fans have been expecting both batsmen to score heavily in Ranji cricket to regain the confidence of selectors, 32-year-old Gambhir and 35-year-old Sehwag have been unimpressive so far. Delhi's first match against Jharkhand was washed out.

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