Saturday, January 20, 2007

Waiting game for Sehwag

By John Cheeran
How bright are Virender Sehwag's chances of making a comeback into the Indian XI during the West Indies and Sri Lanka series?
Sehwag should have learnt from Ganguly's example.
Sehwag's return will depend more on how other batsmen in the team perform, crucially Robin Uthappa and his Delhi team mate Gautam Gambhir perform than his own reckless scoring ways.
It is not sufficient that Sehwag hammers some centuries in the domestic circuit, his replacements should fail too.
For whatever Ganguly has achieved on his comeback trip to South Africa, things were possible thanks to factors beyond the Calcutta batsman's control.
Even before the South African tour began, Ganguly's replacement and close friend Yuvraj Singh injured himself. A costly injury, and Ganguly will be ready to pay the price of that injury to Yuvraj now.
And other collective failure of Indian batting from top to bottom paved the way for Ganguly's comeback. Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer and Sachin Tendulkar all failed to give Ganguly his lucky break.
On Indian pitches it is unlikely that there will be a collapse as disgraceful that happened in South Africa.
If Uthappa and Gambhir grab their chances with both hands selectors will be right to wait before they eye Sehwag again.
Yes, it is quite likely that if India perform really well in the matches against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, Sehwag may get a trial match before the twin-series is over.

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