Mumbai: The non-inclusion of Virender Sehwag in the team for Asia Cup took a curious turn today with a media report claiming that the opener had asked the BCCI for rest because of back spasms.
"I have back spasms. I need some rest. I have never kept my team management in the dark as far as fitness is concerned. My injury is open for everyone to see," Sehwag was quoted as having said in a newspaper.
However, this flies in the face of what the chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said yesterday while announcing the team. Srikkanth said that Sehwag had been rested on fitness grounds and when a reporter followed up with some questions, the former India captain lost his cool, asking the scribe to "shut up".