Sehwag deserves respect, not ridicule

Elsewhere, out on social media – at once a brilliant forum for exchange of thoughts and ideas, and a playground for the flippant and the crass – Sehwag has been the target of a fair bit of name-calling. There have been a fair few jokes about his abilities, his attitude, his waistline and his new specs, not to mention snide remarks about his priorities.

updated: May 10, 2013 17:15 IST
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There's an old Bengali saying that even a dead elephant is worth a lakh of rupees (coined when 'a lakh' was a monumental sum). In Satyajit Ray's 1966 film Nayak, there's a neat distortion of the adage, where a once-powerful actor, unable to wrangle a role in a film, asks the new matinee idol, "Is the saying about the dead elephant a lie then?"

In the context of Indian cricket, players of elephantine proportions probably ask themselves that same question as they fade away.

Take Virender Sehwag, for instance. I have written before that Sehwag, as well as Gautam Gambhir, need a break from international cricket – all formats. I thought it should have happened much earlier, giving a chance to Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, even Abhinav Mukund and whoever else is in the fray – maybe even Wasim Jaffer – at home before the spate of foreign tours start later this year. That didn't happen. But now, thankfully, the decision has come.

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