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Is time running out for Sehwag?

February 27, 2013
CHENNAI: The opening partnership remains an area of concern for India despite the resounding eight-wicket win in the first Test. M Vijay, coming in place of Gambhir, failed to make a mark in both innings while a bespectacled Virender Sehwag too looked rusty.

It’s understood that a section of the new selection committee wanted both Sehwag and Gambhir out of the team before the Test series against Australia.

The Times of India reports that  ‘experience’ card saved the day for Sehwag but the axe might fall on the Delhi dasher soon unless he finds form in the second Test.

Sehwag, who also missed a couple of catches at first slip, looked clueless in the first innings here against the pace of James Pattinson, and his performance didn’t improve in the second innings either as India chased a small target of 50.

“He will, however, get another chance in Hyderabad to get things back on track, but it might just be his last chance,” sources told TOI.

Skipper MS Dhoni, though, is standing by the senior player. “Well, that’s how he bats. About Virupa, I’ve said this many times before, when he scores runs, he looks a fantastic player.

But when he doesn’t score runs, you can question the shot he played or the way he played.” The captain said that Sehwag “was unfortunate in the way he got out in the first innings”.

“The ball hit the middle of his bat, yet it came back to hit his stump. In the second innings, there was not much pace in the pitch to play freely. So I think we should give him a little more time,” Dhoni said.

The worrying factor for the team is that Vijay, too, didn’t made a mark. If the opening partnership keeps faltering, the pressure will be on the middle-order.

Shikhar Dhawan is the reserve opener in the team while Punjab’s Jivanjot Singh has been a success story in the domestic circuit this season. Gambhir, too, got runs in India A’s match against Australia but he might have to wait longer to make a comeback.

-Agencies

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