Chances of India Making a Comeback is Around 30% Feels Virender Sehwag
“Nawab of Najagrah” and arguably the most destructive batsman during his heydays, Virender Sehwag is of the opinion that India now only have around 30% chance of making a comeback in the three-match Test series against the Proteas after losing the opening clash at the Newlands in Cape Town by 72 runs. He said that it would require a monumental task from the visitors to force their way back into the series especially after going 0-1 down.
Sehwag also asked the team management to fathom out whether the surface at the Supersport Park in Centurion warrants a place for Ravichandran Ashwin. As of now, it looks like only 30 percent chance is there of making a comeback. It is going to be very tough from now on. Also, the Indian team management should look whether conditions at the Centurion warrant a place for Ravichandran Ashwin,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by India TV.
Sehwag opined that the visitors should go with six specialist batsman and four specialist bowlers. He also wants Ajinkya Rahane to be back in the playing XI but also backed Rohit Sharma to retain his place.
“India can go in with an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane. They should also try to go in with four specialist bowlers. If India wants to win, Virat and Rohit will need to play a big role,” Sehwag said.
The swashbuckling batsman struck his maiden Test century against the Proteas at Bloemfontein in his debut Test way back in 2001. He further advised the team to leave as many deliveries as possible outside the off stump.
“Don’t fiddle with deliveries outside the off-stump will be my advice to the batsmen. Play as straight as possible. Your ‘go to’ shots should be straight drive and flick. Get prepared to be hurt by some short stuff. Rather than trying to fend off short balls, get prepared to take blows on your body,” was Sehwag’s advise.
“The tennis ball bounce in South Africa means that it will be very difficult for any batsman to get bowled. So one needs to stay positive and try to score runs at the rate of at least three runs per over,” he signed off.
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