New Delhi, April 21: It is more than 2 years since Virender Sehwag donned the India jersey. The dashing opener, who thrilled fans all across the globe, has revealed the real reason behind his lack of runs at the international level and now wants to play for the national team again and "retire gracefully".
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Sehwag, who is currently playing for Kings XI Punjub (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament (IPL 8), told "The Indian Express" newspaper that due to eyesight problems he was not the same batsman as earlier.
When at his best, Sehwag destroyed some of the world's best bowling attacks. He redefined the openers' role in Test matches. Relying more on hand-eye co-ordination, Sehwag amassed over 16,000 runs at the international level.
The 36-year-old Sehwag last played for India in 2013. In current scenario, he might not add to his 104 Test and 251 One Day International caps. But he still hopes for a comeback.
Sehwag explained how he started to experience eye problems in Australia and England tours in 2011.
"I had a problem when I was on the England tour and the Australia tour (both 2011). Because of my eyesight, I had headaches and a lot of eye pain. I was seeing a lot of doctors also. In England and Australia, after every Test match I was going to eye-specialists and every time they were telling me that my eyes are absolutely fine," Sehwag told the newspaper in an interview.
"The doctors would say, "You are getting headaches because of migraine". After the Australia series in India, I saw my family doctor, Dr Harsh Kumar. He told me that I don't have an eye problem but I have power of minus 0.5. 'Mujhe door ka problem hai' (Problem seeing things far away). Then he gave me glasses and it took almost a year to adjust to them. And now I am batting well, scoring runs. Everybody wants to play for India. Hopefully I will get a chance to play for India again and retire gracefully. I'll try my best," he added.
"Yes. 2013 and 2014. Because we were in Australia 2011-12. After that tour I felt like there was something missing," Sehwag said when asked about him failing to pick the ball during batting.
The Delhi right-hander also explained how contact lenses did not suit him. "I tried plenty (contact lenses). But it didn't suit me. Somehow I was not comfortable with them. I batted with contact lenses in the IPL while playing for Delhi Daredevils. I wasn't picking the ball early. So I went back to the glasses. If I can pick the ball early, I can react and score runs. I was worried. "I have to pick early, I have to pick early", I would tell myself. With glasses, I think it's fine."