Opening batsman Virender Sehwag has for the first time admitted that he injured himself in the shoulder while fielding in the semi-final of the Indian Premier League. Sehwag has been quoted in the Telegraph as saying that he was injured while diving to stop a run in the semifinals against the Deccan Chargers on May 22.

Sehwag has been ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup because of the shoulder injury and is currently consulting medical experts in London before returning to India. This is the first time that Sehwag has admitted to his injury. However the big question remains that if Sehwag was indeed injured during the semifinals of the IPL, then why did he not say so earlier, and how long was the team willing to wait for him to recover?

The Delhi bastman has a grade I tear of the acro-mio-clavicular joint, or AC joint in his shoulder. The AC joint is a joint at the top of the shoulder and it allows the ability to raise the arm above the head. Viru’s exclusion from the team and with reports of friction within the team, India’s big match with minnows Ireland tonight will be a test for the Blue Brigade. The Irish are a confident lot after their win over Bangladesh and will no doubt be out to cause the upset of the tournament.

The biggest challenge seems to be whether the team is able to put the Dhoni-Viru controversy behind and bring back the cup. With tougher challenges ahead in the Super 8 stage, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will certainly have to dig deep to retain their crown.