When news trickled in that Virender Sehwag was not part of the Delhi team that was taking on England in their second warm-up fixture at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Tuesday (January 6), it caused some disappointment. It wasn't unexpected, but if he had taken the field against the team for whose One-Day International series he has been dropped, at the ground on which he played most of his formative cricket, it would have signaled intent of sorts.
Maybe his axing from the squad for the first three ODIs against England was too fresh, maybe the feeling of being dropped from the playing XI for the third ODI against Pakistan at the very same Feroze Shah Kotla was too raw. Whatever it was, it did feel as if Sehwag had missed an opportunity to send a message that he intended to fight back.
After India's loss in the series against Pakistan, it was expected that the selectors would make a few changes to the team for the ODI series against England.