Sehwag has Madan Lal to thank

Mar 13, 2013, 07:53 IST | Harit N Joshi

Jaywant Lele revealed how S Madan Lal, then a member of the selection committee, pushed for Virender Sehwag's inclusion in the Indian team

“Madan used to bring up Sehwag’s name at every selection committee meeting chaired by Chandu Borde. But he was never considered. Madan came to know that Borde and me share a good equation. 

So, he tried to push Sehwag’s case through me. After a lot of persuasion, Viru was included in the squad of 15 for the ODI series against Zimbabwe in 2000.

(Sehwag made his debut against Pakistan in Mohali, 1999). I persuaded Borde to give Sehwag a chance. Chandu agreed on the condition that I back him in case there are questions from the media,” recalled Lele, who was delighted see Sehwag emerge a star. 

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