India opener Virender Sehwag will miss the Twenty20 World Cup starting later this month due to a shoulder injury.
Indian selectors named Murali Vijay as Sehwag’s replacement in the 15-man squad for the April 30 to May 16 tournament to be held in the Caribbean, while Gautam Gambhir is the new vice captain.
“Virender Sehwag has sustained a shoulder injury and has been advised rest,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement.
“He has therefore been ruled out of the ICC World T20,” he said.
The BCCI did not say how or when Sehwag sustained the injury.
The exciting strokemaker Sehwag with an impressive strike rate in all forms of cricket, played all 14 matches for his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Daredevils, including a game on Sunday.
Sehwag did not feature in last year’s ICC World Twenty20 at England after injuring his shoulder during the previous IPL tournament, which is essentially an eight-team domestic league containing Indian and foreign players.
India was eliminated in the second round of last year’s T20 World Cup without winning a single game.
Vijay has been India’s back up opener for tests and limited-overs internationals, and has scored 417 runs, including a century, for the Chennai Super Kings this IPL season.