'Sehwag needs to spend time in the middle'. (IANS)
New Delhi: They might be one of the best opening pairs India has produced, but a string of poor performances from Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir saw the selectors dropping the duo for the in-form Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay.
This has prompted Sehwag to try his luck in Delhi’s middle order in a bid to regain his place in the Indian team.
But if chairman of selectors Chetan Chauhan would have his way, he would have liked to see the talismanic opener come in at the top of the order for Delhi.
“If I had my way, I would want Viru to open the batting for Delhi. He has been a proven performer at the top of the order and he can take the game away from the opposition even before their bowlers settle down. But then, I have left it on him and if he is comfortable coming down the order, we are happy to have him there,” Chauhan told MAIL TODAY.
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Sehwag has preferred coming in at first or second down, but the pattern of his scoring hasn’t changed much.
While he scored seven and 38 against West Indies ‘A’ in two unofficial ‘Tests’, he managed one and 15 against Gujarat in Delhi’s second Ranji Trophy game and nine and an unbeaten 35 against Mumbai last week.
Chauhan feels that while Sehwag is still one of the most talented batsmen in the country, he needs runs under his belt to boost his confidence and bring the flow back in his batting.
“I don’t think there is any doubt as far as his batting is concerned. It is just a matter of spending time in the middle and scoring a few runs. No sooner does he do that than he will look a completely different player,” Chauhan said.
Interestingly, while Chauhan wants Sehwag to spend time in the middle, Gambhir and Mumbai skipper Zaheer Khan decided to mutually call off last week’s Ranji match just when Sehwag was looking in full flow.
“That was the decision of the two skippers and I don’t think it is right for me to comment in that matter,” the former India opener played safe.
For the record, while Sehwag changed the way openers have approached the game on the international stage, he has a far better record batting lower down the order in the Ranji Trophy.
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