July 12, 2011

It was predicted that Virender Sehwag will not be appearing in the first two test matches against England due to an injury in his shoulder. But according to the former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram his inclusion could prove to be beneficial for the Indian side and the decision to include Sehwag for the England tour is a smart one taken by the selectors.

The England tour is two months long and Sehwag will be going along with the 17-member test squad. But his injury to the shoulder will prevent him to play the first two test matches. The first test match will be at Lord’s (July 21-25) and the second test match will be played at Trent Bridge (July 29- August 2).

Akram went to say that “Even though Sehwag will not be appearing in the first two tests, the fact is that he will still have a good chance of getting used to the conditions in England. He will have a very good opportunity to recover fully and practice during the net sessions”.

“Practicing on the net will prove to be very useful to Sehwag as he will be in a very good form when he recovers, and the idea and decision taken by the Indian selectors is a smart one” Wasim explained. But Wasim Akram was equally sure that the absence of a very experienced and dangerous batsman will be to the benefits of the England side.

Wasim said “Sehwag’s absence in the first two matches as a top order batsman will prove to be a serious disadvantage for the Indian side. I really don’t think that apart from Sehwag there is another batsman of his caliber currently in the world of cricket”.

“Plus Sehwag has been successful in forging a formidable opening combination with his follow team mate and batsman Gautam Gambhir over the years. They have a knack of taking quick singles due to the high understanding they share apart from destroying the bowling side by hitting fours. They have been successful in scoring run in the toughest of conditions as well”.

Sehwag, 32, has scored 527 runs playing 11 test matches against England with an average of 31. Akram feels that besides the stats Sehwag can be a destructive player and can cause some damage to the morale of the England side.

Courtesy: Times of India
Reported by: Ifrah Waqar and Shahmir Khan
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