India vs Australia: Virender Sehwag dropped from Tests
Out-of-form opener Sehwag was axed for the third and fourth Test against Australia, paying the price for a prolonged run drought.
The squad was trimmed to 14 with the selectors deciding against picking a replacement for Sehwag, who has scored just 27 runs in his three innings during the ongoing series.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has also been struggling to regain his peak form, was, however, retained in the squad announced by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale.
Barring the 34-year-old Sehwag's sacking, there were no other changes in the squad for the two matches to be played in Mohali (from March 14) and Delhi (from March 22) respectively.
India lead the four-match series 2-0 after thumping wins in Chennai and Hyderabad.
Sehwag's omission comes after his long-time opening partner Gautam Gambhir was shown the door, also due to poor form.
This paves the way for India to have a completely new opening pair featuring neither of the two veterans, who have occupied the top two batting slots since 2004. Together they have scored 4412 runs in 87 innings and are ranked fifth in the all-time list of top opening pairs with an average of 52.52.
In the absence of Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan could get a chance to open the innings with