Injury scare for Sehwag

Ghaziabad: Delhi captain Virender Sehwag had an injury scare on Saturday when he suffered a minor cut on the ring finger of his right-hand while fielding during the Ranji Trophy Group B tie against Uttar Pradesh.

Sehwag left the field immediately before being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He did return to the stadium, but played no further part in the day's proceedings as his deputy Gautam Gambhir then handled the captaincy for the time being.

Later, Delhi chief coach Vijay Dahiya said: "It is a minor injury…..There is nothing to worry about, though, he would be kept under observation. Such things do happen. Sehwag is fit and will take the field on Sunday."

The incident happened in the post-lunch session when Sehwag, fielding at the second slip, tried in vain to grab a chance offered by UP batsman Mohammed Kaif (off Ishant Sharma), thereby suffering a cut on his finger. Kaif at that time was batting on 78.

During the Delhi innings back on Friday, Sehwag could hardly do much with the bat before being dismissed by Praveen Kumar for 25.

Though he hit four boundaries during his 45-ball knock, the dashing opener looked far from being at his best.

The other India players in the Delhi batting line-up � Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli � could not live up to expectations. Dahiya, however, was confident that the second innings would be a different story altogether.

"The bowlers have given us an opportunity to come back in the game….Our batsmen too are experienced and will not let this opportunity go," he assured.

After the end of the day's proceedings, Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Kaif took part at a polio eradication awareness programme at the Nehru Stadium. Speaking on the occasion, Raina called upon the parents to immunise children against polio.

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