An era in Indian cricket could be nearing its end after Virender Sehwag was again left out in the cold as the selectors named a young side for the Test series in Australia. Young Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul was preferred over the veteran Sehwag, who played the last of his 104 Tests against the visiting Australians last year.
With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay picking themselves as regular openers, many thought the five wise men of Indian cricket would look at Sehwag's experience and success Down Under and rope him in as a reserve opener. However, in a clear sign of things to come, Sandip Patil and Co. picked Rahul, a 23-year-old batsman from Mysore, who signed off a dream domestic season by scoring twin tons in the Duleep Trophy final for South Zone.
This effectively means Sehwag may not even get the chance to bow out of international cricket in style, like four of the 'Fab Five' did over the last six years.