World Cup: Re-thinking Sehwag’s Role

India made a huge mistake in the match against Bangladesh by opening with the out of form Sehwag. The man badly needs a break and in his current form simply doesn’t deserve to open the innings. If you look at India’s batsmen — Ganguly, Yuvraj, Sachin have all had breaks forced or injury-driven and it has done them and the team a world of good.

Its no secret that Sehwag hasn’t scored anything worthwhile since his failures at the last World Cup in 2003. Yet, if the captain is so fond of having him around, its best if he retains him in the team for the all rounder spot and have him bowl his 10 overs and have a go with the bat in the slog overs. That’s the role he can do justice to. Unfortunately, Sehwag’s bowling does not find favor with Dravid , despite his good bowling performance on the recent Carribean tour. Sehwag is always brought into the attack as an after thought — well after Sachin, Ganguly and Yuvraj have been tried.

Rahul Dravid’s captaincy could sink merely because of this decision to persist with Sehwag or he could seem a genius for persisting with Sehwag. Only in India will a player be persisted with for such a long time. Even the likes of Hayden and Martin have been dropped at sme time or the other. Treating him as an all rounder and dropping him down the order for the slog overs makes sense irrespective of his performance in the match against Bermuda.

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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