Mon, 09 May 2011 16:21:39 GMT

Virender Sehwag out of IPL-4

Delhi Daredevils have suffered a big blow after their skipper Virender Sehwag was ruled out of IPL-4 with a shoulder injury. Australian all-rounder James Hopes has been named as the team's skipper for the remaining matches.

Virender Sehwag out of IPL-4

New Delhi: Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the rest of the IPL matches this season as he will undergo a surgery on his injured shoulder, a development which may also make him unavailable for India's forthcoming tour of the West Indies.

Australian all-rounder James Hopes has been appointed the captain for Delhi Daredevils' remaining three matches. Delhi Daredevils CEO Amrit Mathur said that Sehwag will be proceeding to England for the surgery and Hopes has been given the responsibility of leading the team in the remaining matches.

"We will miss Sehwag. But he has to undergo the surgery and that is why he will not take anu further part in the IPL", Mathur said.

PB Vanchi, director of GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, owners of Delhi Daredevils, said that a mutual decision was taken after the Daredevils skipper held talks with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) on his injury and was immediately advised to go for the surgery at the earliest.

"He has a problem. In the last match, too he struggled. The BCCI is making the arrangements for the surgery. They are waiting for a date. If he needs the surgery we are not going to be coming in the way," Vanchi said.

The Indian opener will travel to London for the surgery but the exact date is not known yet. Sehwag is currently the top scorer in the IPL with 424 runs and his loss will further hamper the chances of the Daredevils, who are currently placed seventh in the points table and are left with only three games.

Sehwag's, whose injury is a long-standing one that had ruled him out of the two World Twenty20s and the ODI series in South Africa in January. However, he was declared fit in time for the World Cup after having undergone rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

India will leave for the West Indies on June 1 for a T20 match, five ODIs and three Tests but it unlikely that the dashing opener will be available for the series. He may be forced to sit out of the subsequest series against England.

Source: PTI

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