Dravid might as well have let the selectors leave Sehwag out. To pick him and then not know what to do with him is worse.
It's wishful to think Sehwag will miraculously become his old self during the World Cup. He's got sorted out at the top of the order. He plays from the crease, so a pitched up ball coming in to his pads makes him a candidate for LBW or bowled. He likes to slash, so the away going ball that cramps him for room gets him caught behind. He's not a ducker or weaver, so the one dug into his ribs gets him caught fending round the corner. All the new ball bowlers now know exactly what to bowl to him, and it's nice for them to be able to come to that nervous time at the start of an innings with a clear plan. That's round one to the opposition.
Initially people said Sehwag should keep on playing his 'natural' game. A few months of that, and he was advised to be more selective in his shot-making. So then he got tentative on top of everything else. These days he seems to oscillate between temerity and timidity. It's asking too much of him to deliver as an opener in this frame of mind, except against the likes of Bangladesh.
But imagine a change of scenario. Sehwag comes in to bat after 20 overs, with the ball having lost its shine and seam, bounce and movement, none of his weaknesses exposed. He then has the shots to devastate any opposition. And we all know how easily he can knock a spinner out of the park, especially in one of the smaller Caribbean ones.
So there's the irony. Dravid was right on the button to insist on taking Sehwag along, because he's a potential match-winner. After all, in 1983 it was that one knock of 175 n.o. against Zimbabwe that made all the difference. Such a knock only a Sehwag or a Dhoni can deliver in the current Indian team. But will the penny drop in the Indian think tank that the addition of Sehwag's hitting power in the middle overs and the unleashing of the surprise package of Uthappa at the top could take India all the way in the Caribbean?