Swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag still hopes of playing in the World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand, starting 14th February. 

During an ICC Event in Mumbai, Virender Sehwag was quoted in saying:

“I am hopeful of making it to the list of 30 probables for the World Cup and let’s see what happens after that.”

Sehwag has been a part of three World Cup’s for India in 2003, 2007 and 2011. India reached the finals in the 2003 World Cup and Sehwag supported Sachin Tendulkar very well at the top of the order and gave India good starts. In 2007 World Cup, India crashed out in the league stage only. And the 2011 World Cup. Who can forget that. Sehwag was at his very best throughout the tournament. His quick-fire starts were a crucial factor in India’s second World Cup win. 

But having played his last ODI in January 2013 against Pakistan, Sehwag’s return to the national side for the World Cup 2015 seems like a herculean task. Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been doing well at the top of the order and if they continue to do the same, then Sehwag’s this dream might not get fulfilled. 

However, Virender Sehwag felt that banning bouncers following the death of Australia’s Phillip Hughes would be unfair on bowlers because batsmen always have the option of ducking the short-pitched deliveries.

He said: 

“It was very sad that Hughes died in such a way. But it’s part of cricket and injuries are part of any sport. You have an option to duck bouncers as a batsman. If you cut out the bouncers, then there is no fun left in the game and it’s already a batsman’s game. I have been hit on the helmet by quite a few bouncers. But it’s a weapon for the bowlers so they should not be robbed off it.”

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