Melbourne: Virender Shewag's omission came as a surprise to many but India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni indicated that it was a team decision to rest the opener for the first one-dayer against Australia.
"It's not about (his) injury. Quite a few other players have niggles. If you want to make Rohit play, an experienced player can come and go out of the side. But for Rohit, it may be tough later, if he doesn't get going now, you could find him playing in tougher later-half without much practice. It's a long series," said Dhoni.
Words of dissension and rift within the team spread quickly once it was learnt that Sehwag has been rested for the opening game.