London, June 10 (ANI): Indian cricket team Vice Captain Virendra Sehwag left cricket lovers surprised by saying that he was actually injured during the Indian Premiere League semi-finals in South Africa.
According to sources, Sehwag was aware of the injury much in advance of the Twenty-20 World Cup.
Sehwag got injured during the Delhi Daredevil-Deccan Chargers IPL semifinal on May 22. He, however, did not inform the board or appraise them on the extent of his injury.
Even skipper MS Dhoni was not aware about the extent of the injury. It is reported that coach Gary Kirsten had gauged the injury after watching Shewag bat in the nets.
Kirsten was also the first among the team to acknowledge that Sehwag had a grade-1 tear in his shoulder.
Sehwag had to prove his fitness ahead of the T20 World Cup, however it appears that the board too did not conduct a fitness test on the players since most of the selected players were busy with IPL.
Cricket experts consider it the responsibility of BCCI to take a fitness test of an injured player before any tournament.
"IPL is desperately trying to cover up the injuries and are carrying the injuries to international matches. The IPL should have the priorities right...Sehwag's injury is a bit of a mystery and it is suprising how the BCCI could let a player with an injury clout out for the tournament without a fitness test," Gulu Ezekiel, a cricket expert told a news channel.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sehwag batted for just an over-and-a-half at the nets before leaving, a sure pointer that he hadn't recovered from injury. (ANI)