Sunday, February 04, 2007

Sehwag running after World Cup bus

By John Cheeran
India's World Cup campaign will have its constours defined in the next seven days.
On February 12, Dilip Vengsarkar and other selectors will prune the list of 30 by half.
The frontline batsmen and bowlers have selected themselves with reasonable performances in the recent past and those who are struggling are getting a final chance for the tigh-rope walk against Sri Lanka, during the four-match series that starts on February 8.
Well, this trial is all about Delhi dazzler Virender Sehwag.
Can Sehwag emulate Ganguly in his determination to stage a successful comeback into the Indian team?
Sehwag has scored 4,756 runs in 163 one-day internationals with seven centuries.
Let me quote Vengsarkar on Sehwag. "He needed a break because he was not in good form. He has gone back and worked on his batting. We'd like him to bat in the middle order and I hope hedoes well."
It will not be all that easy. Yes, Sehwag has scored a century for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy after he was dropped from the Indian team. With Robin Uthappa redefining the batting in the early overs Sehwag will have to take his gunpowder into the lower middle order.
Fast bowler Munaf Patel also gets a chance to play against Sri Lanka.
He was named in the 15-man squad for the first two one-dayers.
The series against Sri Lanka begins in Kolkata on February 8, with the remaining games in Rajkot (Feb 11), Goa (Feb 14) and Visakhapatnam (Feb 17).
India's squad for the first two one-dayers
Rahul Dravid (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Karthick, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, AjitAgarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.

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