Sehwag expected to be back for the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka - Cricket News Update
Indian opener, Virender Sehwag is expected to be back for the second One Day International of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series against Sri Lanka, being played tomorrow at Perth. Sehwag was rested for first ODI against Australia, which India lost by 65 runs.
The other opening position is yet to be finalized, with Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir fighting to get a reckoning. Both these players were unimpressive in the first game where the left-hander scored just 5 runs, while the Little Master, who was making
a return to the limited overs cricket after the World Cup, could only manage to score 2.
Sehwag is a strong opening candidate, considering his aggressive nature, which comes in handy at the top of the order. He currently holds the highest individual ODI match score of 219. The reason behind his exclusion from the first ODI remains unknown. However,
it may be due to the gruelling schedule of non-stop cricket played by the Men in Blue. He was part of the team that lost 4-0 at the hands of Australia in the Test series.
The other major factor remains the emergence of youngsters in the side, which include the likes of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. All of these players form a formidable middle-lower order for the Indians while also providing
enthusiasm and much needed energy on the field.
Sehwag, when asked about the rotation of openers, he said, “We want to give chance to youngsters. The next World Cup is here, all the youngsters this way can play and get used to the conditions here.”
“They will decide on it tomorrow. We want to give break to the top three batsmen, either Gautam (Gambhir) or Tendulkar will take a break and maybe I can play,” he added.
The Indian veteran batsmen have failed to perform well against Australia in the Test series, falling short of expectations in conditions, which offer pace and bounce. Therefore the time has come to inject young blood in the team, keeping in mind the next
For now, it remains a challenge for the touring party to ensure that they put behind their poor showings and start performing away from home on a consistent basis, starting with the ODI series Down Under.