India in Australia 2011-12 January 23, 2012

Sehwag not ruling out move down the order

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Virender Sehwag, the India opener, has not ruled out shifting down to the middle order once some of the senior batsmen retire. Sehwag began his career as a middle-order batsman, scored his first Test century there, but had to naturalise to the opener's position because the middle order was packed. He has come to be known as the man who revolutionised how Test innings are opened. However, even at the highest points of his career, Sehwag has maintained he would love to go back to the middle order, where he doesn't always have to negotiate the moving new ball.

Sehwag said such a move would not happen in the Adelaide Test, in which he is captaining India. "No, not in this team because, you know, we have a very good middle order so when they retire then I'll think about it," Sehwag said.

When the fact that there will be vacancies over the next year or so was pointed out to him, Sehwag said: "It depends on the combination, and who's the captain, and who's going to retire."

There has been a lot of criticism of MS Dhoni's captaincy - defensive or pragmatic, depending on how you see it - over the past two away series, and against that backdrop Sehwag was asked if he saw himself as a full-time Test captain. Sehwag played the rare leave outside off. "Right now, no," he said. "Right now I'm just concentrating on this Test match. It's not in my hands; it's just the selectors' job and BCCI's job."

Sehwag's press conference ahead of the Adelaide Test was as much about the past as about the future. He was asked if the century he scored the last time he played in Adelaide gave him confidence. "Tomorrow is a different day, different game, different tour," he said. "Last time when we came here, I didn't play the first two games, and I was out of the team for some time, and I was fighting for my place. But now it's a different story, a different thing, so I think it's good to play in Adelaide because when you score a hundred on the previous tour you look forward to going and playing on the same ground and trying to make another hundred."

Sehwag has had a poor run on the Australia tour, with just 128 runs from six innings. He gave credit to the Australia bowlers, saying it was probably the best Australia attack he had faced. "I think they are bowling good areas. They are not giving easy balls to hit boundaries, and they are playing with your patience, so I think this is the best bowling attack I've ever seen. Against Australia, generally when I played in the past, I'd get a couple of balls in the early overs to hit to the boundary; but from this attack I hardly get a ball to hit, so I think it's one of the best bowling attacks."

In a test of patience, he said, you need patience to win. "I think I have to show some patience against the bowling attack because if I show some patience maybe I'll get some balls to hit for boundaries, but it's a challenge. It's a great bowling attack, which everyone loves to play against so I'm looking forward to playing in this Test match and doing well because whenever you do well against Australia people will appreciate and people will praise your performances."

There has been concern during this tour that India's minds are elsewhere, sparked by on-field comments from the India players, telling the Australia players they will see them when they come to India. Sehwag, though, said that was not the case. "We are focusing on this Test, and looking forward to it. Adelaide is one of the favourite grounds for everyone because the pitch is good to bat on. We have great memories of when we won the game here in 2003-2004. So I think the dressing-room atmosphere is positive, and we are looking forward to this Test match."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • MasterClass on January 26, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @Alexander Fleming - Totally agree. When is the next Ashes? Can't wait to see Eng having their * handed to them by this team (batting still needs a bit of work tho). In all the desperation of the now likely 4-0 thumping, we're missing the evolution of a truly amazing Aus pace attack. Can you see me turning green with envy? BTW - no one has mentioned the support staff, but would love to be a fly on the wall in all the strategy and analysis meetings: "..see here's dravid's only flaw...he leans over sometimes...get it there and it may sneak thru or ricochet of pad on to the stumps...no point bowling short...no loose balls...and of course you have to execute on a dime... and if that doesn't work go to Plan B..." And they did this for 1 to 11. Man we really we need thinkers of the game! Kudos to the support staff.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Are u being serious? if swhwag doesn't open then he should be dropped!!! Sehwag is not a reliable or consistent enough to play in the middle order. Imagine India loose couple of early wickets and then sehwag walks in? he will play his natural attacking game and will loose his wicket by being too aggressive. As an opener sehwag has the license because even if he gets out India has players like the wall, sachin, dravid, laxman, (previously ganguly) etc to consolidate.

  • Rumy1 on January 26, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha as wk and bring I.Khaleel as 2nd wk

  • prakashpollachi on January 26, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    to remain in the team dhoni and you planned like this bcz ur captain now no one can blame now.u have to be dropped mr sewag u can only score runs if any one drop ur catch..ur 67 in the first test is filled with lot of dropped catches.ur age of 33 is not young u too old ..if ur in other teams.

  • Rdprasad on January 26, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Sewag doesnt need to think to move down he needs to get out ...shame on you for your mates carrying you as being the best of the worst. Even a bowler makes a century...what a joke Sewag is....

  • on January 25, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    ohhhhhhh yes thats very good option viru u goes right way i am with u yar when we goes out side ur record is very poor u thought about this , i think because of oppositions bowlers are target u with new ball and ur one small mistake heald than u loss your wicket if u bated at middle order u hitted to old humbled bowlers its effective for us. okkk u just try and forgot all these and batted well best luck.

  • on January 25, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    LOL BIG JOKE....COMMON THIS INDIAN TEAM DID BEAT ENG IN ENG 4 YEARS AGO AND NEARLY BEAT AUS AND DREW IN SA....BECOZ NOW INDIAS MIDDLE ORDER IS AGEING AND APART FROM FROM SACHIN LOOKING VULNERABLE....SEHWAG SHOULD DROP DWN THE ORDER...KLINE UP SHOULD BE UTHAPPA/RAHANE,GAMBHIR,KOHLI,SACHIN,DRAVID,ROHIT SHARMA,DHONI,ASHWIN,VARUN AARON,YADAV,ZAK/PK..THIS WILL BE THERE FOR NEXT 2 YEARS..AFTER THT PUJARA OR PANDEY CAN REPLACE DRAVID AND SACHIN SHOULD PLAY FOR NEXT 3 YEARS BECAUSE HE STILL LOOK THE BEST AMONG ALL 3 VETERANS

  • cricketmaniagola on January 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    He should be dropped....give due importance to performers in Domestic tournament ....Dheeraj Jadhav, Robin Bisht......

  • krishna_kishore on January 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    He's got to go back to domestic cricket, prove that he can bat down the order and then get back in... its not given that he can choose whatever position he can bat in. Persistence with the seniors on the pretext of batting heavyweights is damaging the opportunities for youngsters to play overseas. To top it, the team is been abysmal on the field, unable to sustain the pressure, if at all created by one or two good overs here and there by the bowlers. I dont want to see the backs of the greats in our team but if thats the only way things are going to be right, at thats what it seems now, then the selectors shouldn't be afraid to take the call - if the fear of failure without the seniors is actually troubling them.

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    We are talking nonsense about a guy who has India's top three scores in test matches (also in ODI), has an average of more than 50 (VVS has an average of 46 something to compare). I know he is not technically brilliant. But what he lacks in technicality, he more than makes it up with his sheer timing,hand-eye coordination and playing with opponent's psyche. In my humble opinion he is one of the guys who brings the ODI/T20 loving crowd to watch a test match. I dont give a damn about his footwork as long as he is middling the ball and makes runs. This is just a bad phase in this great cricketer's life. One fine day he will score a big score and people will start singing praises for him. He is considered one of the most feared batsman of all time... and there is a good solid reason behind it.

  • MasterClass on January 26, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @Alexander Fleming - Totally agree. When is the next Ashes? Can't wait to see Eng having their * handed to them by this team (batting still needs a bit of work tho). In all the desperation of the now likely 4-0 thumping, we're missing the evolution of a truly amazing Aus pace attack. Can you see me turning green with envy? BTW - no one has mentioned the support staff, but would love to be a fly on the wall in all the strategy and analysis meetings: "..see here's dravid's only flaw...he leans over sometimes...get it there and it may sneak thru or ricochet of pad on to the stumps...no point bowling short...no loose balls...and of course you have to execute on a dime... and if that doesn't work go to Plan B..." And they did this for 1 to 11. Man we really we need thinkers of the game! Kudos to the support staff.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Are u being serious? if swhwag doesn't open then he should be dropped!!! Sehwag is not a reliable or consistent enough to play in the middle order. Imagine India loose couple of early wickets and then sehwag walks in? he will play his natural attacking game and will loose his wicket by being too aggressive. As an opener sehwag has the license because even if he gets out India has players like the wall, sachin, dravid, laxman, (previously ganguly) etc to consolidate.

  • Rumy1 on January 26, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha as wk and bring I.Khaleel as 2nd wk

  • prakashpollachi on January 26, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    to remain in the team dhoni and you planned like this bcz ur captain now no one can blame now.u have to be dropped mr sewag u can only score runs if any one drop ur catch..ur 67 in the first test is filled with lot of dropped catches.ur age of 33 is not young u too old ..if ur in other teams.

  • Rdprasad on January 26, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Sewag doesnt need to think to move down he needs to get out ...shame on you for your mates carrying you as being the best of the worst. Even a bowler makes a century...what a joke Sewag is....

  • on January 25, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    ohhhhhhh yes thats very good option viru u goes right way i am with u yar when we goes out side ur record is very poor u thought about this , i think because of oppositions bowlers are target u with new ball and ur one small mistake heald than u loss your wicket if u bated at middle order u hitted to old humbled bowlers its effective for us. okkk u just try and forgot all these and batted well best luck.

  • on January 25, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    LOL BIG JOKE....COMMON THIS INDIAN TEAM DID BEAT ENG IN ENG 4 YEARS AGO AND NEARLY BEAT AUS AND DREW IN SA....BECOZ NOW INDIAS MIDDLE ORDER IS AGEING AND APART FROM FROM SACHIN LOOKING VULNERABLE....SEHWAG SHOULD DROP DWN THE ORDER...KLINE UP SHOULD BE UTHAPPA/RAHANE,GAMBHIR,KOHLI,SACHIN,DRAVID,ROHIT SHARMA,DHONI,ASHWIN,VARUN AARON,YADAV,ZAK/PK..THIS WILL BE THERE FOR NEXT 2 YEARS..AFTER THT PUJARA OR PANDEY CAN REPLACE DRAVID AND SACHIN SHOULD PLAY FOR NEXT 3 YEARS BECAUSE HE STILL LOOK THE BEST AMONG ALL 3 VETERANS

  • cricketmaniagola on January 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    He should be dropped....give due importance to performers in Domestic tournament ....Dheeraj Jadhav, Robin Bisht......

  • krishna_kishore on January 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    He's got to go back to domestic cricket, prove that he can bat down the order and then get back in... its not given that he can choose whatever position he can bat in. Persistence with the seniors on the pretext of batting heavyweights is damaging the opportunities for youngsters to play overseas. To top it, the team is been abysmal on the field, unable to sustain the pressure, if at all created by one or two good overs here and there by the bowlers. I dont want to see the backs of the greats in our team but if thats the only way things are going to be right, at thats what it seems now, then the selectors shouldn't be afraid to take the call - if the fear of failure without the seniors is actually troubling them.

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    We are talking nonsense about a guy who has India's top three scores in test matches (also in ODI), has an average of more than 50 (VVS has an average of 46 something to compare). I know he is not technically brilliant. But what he lacks in technicality, he more than makes it up with his sheer timing,hand-eye coordination and playing with opponent's psyche. In my humble opinion he is one of the guys who brings the ODI/T20 loving crowd to watch a test match. I dont give a damn about his footwork as long as he is middling the ball and makes runs. This is just a bad phase in this great cricketer's life. One fine day he will score a big score and people will start singing praises for him. He is considered one of the most feared batsman of all time... and there is a good solid reason behind it.

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    "He gave credit to the Australia bowlers, saying it was probably the best Australia attack he had faced." Hahahahahaha Don't make a fool out of yourself. No McGrat, Warne, Lee etc. in the attack. However this might be the worst ever batting lineup for India.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Ist he destroyed many a good accomplished opening batsmen careers by opting as an unorthodox opener who somehow had a fairy tale.Now that he is sorted out by bowlers all over the world, he hints of moving down d order to block few promising middle order players. Common viru dont b such spoilsport. V thank u & want u 2 retire along with other senior pros.And how audacious for decding urself 2 move down the order when u should b praying to be retained in the side at ist place.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    move down.... move out... it's time to give the youngsters a chance and u r not getting any younger.... moreover u have made enough money which will last two life times....

  • stormy16 on January 24, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I dont think Sewag should move down the order - it takes away the advantage he gives at the top of the order which can demolarise the opposition early. All I think he needs to do is adjust his shot selection and be a bit conservative. This doesnt mean he turns in to defensive blocker but more of a calculated attacker. Sewag is a once in a life time sort of player and to have him waiting in the middle order will be a huge waste. The moving ball didnt bother him before but obviously as he gets older the reflexes will weaken and hence he must make the required adjustment. The best example of a batsman who didnt make that adjustment was Jayasuriya and in the end he too went down the order and died a slow death. The key is to be able to make the adjustment. Just like a bowler does throughout his career. Donald for example cut on pace and concentrated on movement, Murali and Warne added a new delivery. Sewag needs to make the adjustment and still open.

  • ooper_cut on January 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @ Sutiro... It was not HAYDEN, but Krish Srikanth who started belting the big fast bowlers with disdain (including Marshall, Roberts, Patterson etc) around in test matches.

  • Cool_Jeeves on January 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Masterclass, there there... next time we will ensure that the Aussies and Poms field only medium pacers and spinners to help out our batsmen. Perhaps we need not persuade them...they would be foolish to include their fastest bowlers to make the matches end in 2 days when they could otherwise be stretched to 4 days

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 24, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    "...so I think this bowling attack is the best I have ever seen." You have to be kidding me. Has Sehwag had his eyes closed his entire career? There have been far better Australian attacks over the last 10-15 years let alone world attacks. Anyway, I'm not sure he would get a preference to move down the order; with the emergence of Kohli on this tour and Rohit, Rahane, Pujara, and Raina [and others] waiting in line, the middle order looks well catered for. However, given the short-comings Gambhir, Abhinav Mukund must slot back in to open for the next series alongside Sehwag - who has actually had a worse series [or two] than Gambhir but his stock is probably worth more so to speak.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    The Difference between both side is the Bowling Attack, and Australia have a better Attack plus they play in there home so this gives more benefit for the bowler. However, India Should have got better Bowler who can bowl in Australia Environment which is quite different from India.

  • landl47 on January 24, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    The way he's played in this series, Sehwag should retire before the middle order.

  • on January 24, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    The_blue_android - you are delusional - Cook is woefully out of form and in July 2013 Hilfy, Siddle, Pattinson, Cummings and Starc will destroy his ageing team of average batsmen (strauss, bell, morgan) just like this ancient Indian lineup. Sehwag down the order is a great idea. England were lucky in 10/11 that AUS batting was out of form, and our bowlers weren't even good enough for shield/county cricket.

  • posybeon123 on January 24, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    is he saying this cause he thinks he sucks.... i know why!!! he wants to try beating more records by batting against the old ball which will make it easier

  • Satv007 on January 24, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    hey...it will be good see sehwag at no.4 replacing sachin...ofcourse after his retirement. It will be a strength for team india to have a dasher at no.4 followed by rohit sharma or pujara...

  • Meety on January 24, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Sehwag could become an allrounder, he is a better spinner than the Turbanator!

  • bc1992 on January 23, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Best Australian attack he's ever faced? Wonder what McGrath, Lee, Gillespie and Warne would think of that comment............

  • AlpsRock on January 23, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    It's seems everyone talking about VVS retirement, but no one thought about Ms Cool Captaincy (Dhoni), he went on defensive mind set in Oz as well against Brit's. On top his performance was none in any test outside Indiia, captain should lead by example (in theory for Dhoni). India became no 1, i don't see any significant contribution from Captain apart from Avg wicket keeping. It was bascially those Great won those test matches i.e. VVS (FIGHTER), Shewag (destroyer, no other way he can play), Dravid (technically best) and Sachin (God, truly gentelman win or loss, he did his part for the country in most cases, well Bhajji as well alongwith Zac! Good Luck India...VVS, DRAVID,SHEWAG,SACHIN are due for big score! watch out!

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    It's last chance for India to defend themselves from another humiliating defeat. Winning or losing never bothered to me, it's the fighting spirit and killer instinct which was missing in both the series. It was ordinary eleven individual playing rather 1 united team. Anywayz, IMO this should be with batting order n playing 11: Gambhir,Dravid,Kohli,Sachin,Sehwag,Rohit,Ashwin,Saha,Zaheer,Ojha,Yadav. Best of luck to Team India!

  • MasterClass on January 23, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    @Dravitas_Gravitas - Well said! In all the hand wringing and uproar about the collective batting failures everyone seems to ignore just how GOOD the pace attack for Aus and Eng are. Certainly the best in over a decade for ANY team. At the start of the Aus tour I thought the OZ pace attack with Siddle and Hilfy would be pedestrian (based on previous evidence) but those 2 have been a revalation in this series. And no, this is not a case of the Indians making them look good, they truly have reinvented themselves into BETTER bowlers. And as a group they have indeed hunted in packs so extremely well just as Eng has done. To succeede fast men need to hunt in packs and spinners need to work in tandem.

  • playitstraight on January 23, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Sehwag is a seriously capable captain of making the right moves at the right time, and he has good friend and fellow opener G Gambhir with him so both can learn at the same time. Sehwag should take Laxman's spot in the Test side after Laxman retires (which is after this Test), because he can score rapidly when the ball does not move around.

  • J._Doe on January 23, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    The turn over of the greats of batting was inevitable, and when it happened, even if it wasn't now, we would have been just as shocked. Thanks for the years of great entertainment! Now lets just look forward towards the next 5 or 10 years...!

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    It is time for Sehwag to move out of the order not down the order.

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    What makes Sehwag think the ball does not move and seam when he becomes a middle order batsman. He shelf life is over; they have figured him out

  • the_blue_android on January 23, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    This guy needs to go. Cannot put bat to ball against average pace bowling. Sehwag is saying this is the best Oz attack only to distract from his poor technique. Come 2013 ashes, Alistair Cook and co will show you how good this Oz bowling attack really is!

  • Sutiro on January 23, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    I think you will find that it was Matthew Hayden who revolutionized the opener's role, power hitting, fast scoring humiliation of strike bowlers to set up an innings. Sehwag came later and took it a step further. Now we have Mk 3, David Warner.

  • SJinUS on January 23, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    With all the blames showered on the Indian senior cricketers by the media and public, what are the selectors and BCCI have done? Nothing they did after the England debacle and will they do anything after the Aussie rout? It is easy to blame this legendary group of seniors. The youngsters who will replace them are not going to be any better, I can guarantee. They all make it to the national side based on performances at the subcontinental tracks and conditions. Yes they play spin very good.. that is it. The cash rich body of BCCI should start helping out Indian cricketers by giving them exposure in England, SA, Australian conditions too. Conduct tours other than test series alone. Encourage participation of Indian cricketers in various leagues and other competitions - County cricket, BBL etc. Set up coaching camps for the team in England, SA and Australia. Couple of warm up games do nothing good. Unless BCCI do something in that order, our youngsters will fail in these conditions too.

  • thenoostar on January 23, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    India Beaten by a better team. Cummins, Pattinson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Harris, Johnson are all outstanding bowlers. From a team seemingly on the decline, a new and rejuvenated crop of bowlers has suddenly appeared. The batting seems like it is in need of new blood but again, there seem to be some good players coming through.

    As for India, Sharma and Yadav look promising and Kahn is a good test bowler but the batting almost needs a complete clean out. The next generation of the batting line up needs to be picked now.

    With 1 billion plus people pretty keen on cricket, there must be some talent coming through.

  • Ghelanis on January 23, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Tendulakar should be given the liberty to take on the opening bowlers.He has carried a lot of load over the years and has been constricted a lot of times due to early fall of wickets and the pressure of having to build up the innings. However, in this last leg of his career, he should be allowed to play with freedom .He has earned the privilege of NOT HAVING TO SCORE. Just his presence in the team would be intimidating to any opponent.When he retires, another opener can replace him, while Sehwag can begin playing down the order even now. Sehwag and Kohli can decide for number 4 & 5.Dravid & VVS can fill in 3 & 6.Remember, Ashwin is a promising talent.He should be supported to spread his wings and not have to play for a spot.He has the technic for #3 and the seniors could play one step down the order.This could enable the longevity of the services of the seniors, while preparing the next generation behind the scenes.

  • r1m2 on January 23, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    To me this would constitute a sign of weakness... Sehwag is scared to face the new ball all of a sudden? This cannot be great for India especially coming from the captain...

  • bestofluckindia on January 23, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    How can he say that he will think abt moving to middle order when someone retires? I think he will be dropped from the team before that !

  • podichetty on January 23, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Sehwag will be a disaster in the middle order ! His style of play is best suited for an opener.

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Sehwag has always implied that he would like to bat down the order, specially in the 2nd innings when your legs are tired with fielding so long. I do think it would be helpful, but without a good opener to substitute him, it will be suicidal.

    Anyways, lets see if change in captaincy helps india in the last game.

  • nwone on January 23, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    sehwag is behaving if he would have been a successful captain,if he had been offered to caption india in first three tests, rather he should be rested, for this test with such poor effort.they say,"in england , we dont have players ,they are injured, but now in australia, they are wid full brigade....comon dudes, take rest all senior players,dravid,vvs,sehwag,gambir even sachin, his individual achievement should not be risked with team's performance.shame on india,7 losses in a row.NewZeland is better than you atleast they defeated australias on their own home-soil......

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Shewag is the best opener in all the three formats of the game, I don't this is a smart plan

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Sehwag says that when someone in the middle order will retire he may consider to bat down the order. He is also an old guy. Is he really sure of his place in the team? His technique is not adaptable with age. Dravid and Sachin are still performing because they have right technique. Barring 3 or 4 innings outside the sub-continent he was never successful. He can score big on tracks helpful to batsmen only.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    i thought sehwaq was saying he wishes to move down under ....perhaps ashwin and he can trade places...

  • ashok16 on January 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Sehwag, experience is worth it only if you can win. I and 8 of my friends and two of their pet dogs would also have lost 4-0 in England and 4-0 in Australia. So say something like, "if the selectors and team management prefer my services in that way, I can move down the order." That will be a bit more keeping in tune with reality.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    what's with comments guys??? @maruthu no slogging tailender would have scored two 300's and world record odi 200 !!! tell me one cricketer scoring big runs consistently away frm home??? you guys just take scoring in India for granted....disgraceful comments...such a shame you guys are....lf sachin sehwag dhoni laxman dravid has to retire, who do u think will replace them ?? you guys ??? we have to phase them out one by one....and they deserve more respect for what they have done to indian cricket and even world cricket....

  • cricketdotcom on January 23, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    now we get understandable answer from viru....... why u kidding man.......... prove urself there......

  • manish666 on January 23, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    i certainly and strongly feel tht indian batting greats hv been criticised little too much,true they r nt in the best of form..bt v must give due respect to australian bowler..i think any tem of any era wud find it tough to score in front of this VERY DISCILINED fast bowling attack...they r exceptionally disciplined in bowling just outside offstump ...THESE BOWLERS WILL NOT REMAIN SUCH DISCILINED THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREER...bt rite now they r on top of their game...SACHIN,LAXMAN,DRAVID..MY SUPPORT WID U ALL..

  • csowmi7 on January 23, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    when sehwag said the indian bowling attack was the best he's played with during the Melbourne test our bowlers were smashed all over the park in Sydney. Now that he's said the Aussie bowling attack is the best ever lets hope something similar happens to their bowlers in Adelaide :)

  • Imad_K on January 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    People like Sehwag should only be playing T20 or ODI when outside the subcontinent. In the subcontinent he may produce some runs playing Test cricket. Before he came to play against England I stated that Sehwag will do nothing - he cannot play on these tracks against SA, Eng or Aus. He is a total waste of space. Yes he probably will score once in about 10 innings and only if he has about three chances. I wonder what his stats are playing overseas against good bowling attacks - probably not much.

  • prsubbu on January 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Yes.... Sehwag should move to position 13 or 14.

  • ChuckyDoll on January 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    This is the best news on the tour so far!! I have nothing against Sehwag. I think it will work just fine if Sehwag can strengthen the middle order, even in Adelaide. I would like to see Laxman open in Adelaide. He has nothing to lose. I think the best way to tackle a monster is to take it head on! Go on...... Laxman....... open the innings and blunt the bowling by batting 2 sessions.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 23, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Irrelevant; now everyone knows you are just a slogging tailender.

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Greed of captaincy kills the Team and the game...Hence, proved.

  • kaasu on January 23, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I thought that Sehwag also needs to retire and give way to youngster.

  • maulikshah17 on January 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    The way he is playing, he may have to retire soon too.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    for the srilankan teams captaincy should try Angelo Matthews and let him handle in his own way without interfearing his thinking and handling rather than ask Mahela, Sanga to captain, or Thilan to lead test team and limited over team by Angelo till Thilan retires.

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Sehwag if you think you can score runs with your abysmal technique by moving down the order.....then you are fooling nobody else.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Good to see Sehwag giving the Aussie Bowlers their due. Never did I see a pace attack that has this pack mentality apart from Marshall, Holding, Garner and the killer Andy Roberts. Absolutely top notch pace bowling. Wonderful sight. Too bad my team is at the receiving end :(.

  • indianpunter on January 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    where are the comments??????

  • itsthewayuplay on January 23, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    So Sehwag is thinking about playing lower down the order when the big 3 are gone. How will this work exactly? Will he be automatic choice or will he have to reapply for this position by proving himself in domestic cricket just like the other players waiting in the wings have to? How many low scores will be accepted in the middle order whilst we wait for a Sehwag special? Who will miss out on a place for Sehwag? I look forward to hearing views on this.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 23, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The best bowling attack he has faced? I'm all for giving credit where credit and yes the Australians have bowled a disciplined line and length interspersed with wicket taking deliveries. But 2 issues arise from his comments - (1) Why have the Indian bowlers not been similarly disciplined? (2) Sehwag's previous successes in Australia came on not flat but flatter pitches than the ones on this current tour. These pitches have had something more in it for bowlers which IMO is right and as a result his temperament, lack of footwork and technique have been exposed.

  • getgopi on January 23, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    I didn't learn anything new from this article.

  • AdamDthecricketer on January 23, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    If Sewag moves down to the middle order watch out. He only struggles against a moving ball. Also Chris Gayle should think about it to if he ever plays test cricket again.

  • Romenevans on January 23, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Either way hopeless. He's an arrogant, clueless and big mouth trash talking flopster, who can only blast rookie bowlers on a dead track. Forget about fast bowling, swing, or greaan top track, You play him on a turning track he'll become Swann or Ajmal's bunny. Hopeless fellow.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Somethg fishy when he says "It depends on the combination, and who's the captain, and who's going to retire." May be there is talk of changing d captain... and also while asking about Dhoni he could hav said tat "Dhoni is leading well & we shd not forget tat under him we won world cup and as of now we would like to improve our performance under him.. blah blah" rather than saying its wid BCCI's hands.. practically correct but my gut feel is tat All is not well in d dressing room!!! :P May be Dhoni & Sehwag are fighting for captaincy as reported by Aussie media!!!

  • cricfanraj on January 23, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    It would be a disaster. You play sehwag to Win the games and take on Opposition. Agreed there are lot of setbacks and failures. But the last thing that I want is to get into defesive mode and spoil all the good things that we achieved over 5 years. I play Sehwag at top or I'll not play him. I thing he is good enough player to come back and play well at top.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Why not. Every Country Prepares Pitches like they want .. why NOT INDIA ?

  • wrongun77 on January 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    what a selfish thing to say. he's elaborating that he's untouchable until the 'middle order' get dropped, well Sehwag you're also one of the very underperforming batsmen too and it won't do to just keep getting runs on indian flat tracks, runs are expected away from home too.

    just retire and go play 20/20.

  • indianpunter on January 23, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I cannot see how he sees himself guaranteed a position in this side after such a disastrous tour and a poor 4 yrs overseas. He should be summarily dropped after this series.Go back to Delhi and try and find some form. Of course, there is IPL . Buffet.. help yourself to a cool 2 million. Dont worry about diving, iPL is coming.. ( sehwag is supposed to have told his delhi team mate when they were fielding in a recent game)

  • Potatis on January 23, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I thought he'd be dropped before the middle order legends retire. Sewag may be thinking too far ahead.

  • on January 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Its good that Sehwag plays in middle order it makes easier for him to bat as he need not deal with fresh bowlers who will be swinging the ball..

  • x-squire-x on January 23, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    well since his opening partner suggested yesterday that india have no pacers and should prepare "rank turners" for pitches, then it would make sense to play sehwag as a spinner, and have him bat at number 11... :)

  • VivGilchrist on January 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    He should move down the order to no. 12.

  • Ganes.V on January 23, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    I think he should be made aware that he is playing for his place here again! He has not performed well outside india in the last 3 years or so. And he openly says that last time I was fighting for my place and this time it is different! Attitude!! So very confident that he means I am the captain this time so things are different! just ask him to sit in the side lines and bring water to the players and he will learn

  • 9ST9 on January 23, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    sehwag without opening at the top removes the slightest element of threat in the indian line up, they'll become as tame as the older Indian units of the early 2000's and 1990's.

  • nemisiswarrior on January 23, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    That's an option to think!!!

  • AidanFX on January 23, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Wow a lot more humble than Gambir

  • Abhimanyu on January 23, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I must say that Sehwaq is a very funny guy. I don't even bother reading other players same boring comments over and over again. I seriously think he should be the test captain instead of Dhoni, unless he loses his place in the team. BUT, he must show that he is not a defensive captain like Dhoni. At the moment anyone would look better then Dhoni but again Indian team seriously needs a aggressive captain like Ganguly or even someone who is better then him.

  • din7 on January 23, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    sorry for u sehwag play as opener or middle order, u can't score runs except on flat tracks and dropped chances. thats the truth and nothing more except it, u r nothing more than a flat pitch bully! records speak for itself

  • Aaranya on January 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Sehwag's press conference clearly indicates that all is not well in the dressing room, though he claims contrary.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    THE REAL QUESTION IS : IS THIS A HINT THAT LAXMAN IS REITRING AFTER THIS TEST ?

  • rezmata on January 23, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    So he thinks he wont be axed before then?

  • on January 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    I don't think he should now shift to the middle order at this point of his career. We all how aggressive a batsman he is and India need this kind of thunder at the beginning so that the opposition has no chance to recover. But if the likes of Laxman and Sachin retires in the next few years then his this thought might be of some worth. But for now.. I don't think he should opt for this silly option. The most of the time of his international career he has played as an opening batsman, now its hardly matters at which position he used to play in his early days of cricket. Well whatever he decides, his focus should be on the next test in Adelaide, in which he has to captain the side that is already 0-3 trailing in the series. All the best Viru! :)

  • on January 23, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Shewag should be making sounds about how he can retain his place in the side first, not " oh we'll I'm playing very poorly, let's avoide the new ball and bat in the middle order". Get some runs first then start deciding where you want to bat. This is the same person the hasn't scored a test century outside Asia for over three years!! The BCCI had the perfect opportunity to send a strong message to the team by making somebody like Kohli captain for this test. What do they have to lose? Kohli is the future of this team, not Somebody who is 33. I really hope this year will herald a new era for Indian cricket. I suspect however it will become one big farewell party.

  • TheCricFan on January 23, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Recent comments from the Indian players suggest that their prime focus on batting has been to hit boundaries. If the Australians are not giving them free balls that could be hit to the boundaries, why don't they try to stay at the wicket and survive by scoring ones and twos. Do not get out trying to hit boundaries to the balls that are not meant to be hit.

  • satish619chandar on January 23, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    He is clear in what he knows and what he does.. But the question mark always remains - Does he ever know what is needed?

  • sankar8000 on January 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Expecting Sehwag to Score a HUGE Knock here....

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  • sankar8000 on January 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Expecting Sehwag to Score a HUGE Knock here....

  • satish619chandar on January 23, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    He is clear in what he knows and what he does.. But the question mark always remains - Does he ever know what is needed?

  • TheCricFan on January 23, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Recent comments from the Indian players suggest that their prime focus on batting has been to hit boundaries. If the Australians are not giving them free balls that could be hit to the boundaries, why don't they try to stay at the wicket and survive by scoring ones and twos. Do not get out trying to hit boundaries to the balls that are not meant to be hit.

  • on January 23, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Shewag should be making sounds about how he can retain his place in the side first, not " oh we'll I'm playing very poorly, let's avoide the new ball and bat in the middle order". Get some runs first then start deciding where you want to bat. This is the same person the hasn't scored a test century outside Asia for over three years!! The BCCI had the perfect opportunity to send a strong message to the team by making somebody like Kohli captain for this test. What do they have to lose? Kohli is the future of this team, not Somebody who is 33. I really hope this year will herald a new era for Indian cricket. I suspect however it will become one big farewell party.

  • on January 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    I don't think he should now shift to the middle order at this point of his career. We all how aggressive a batsman he is and India need this kind of thunder at the beginning so that the opposition has no chance to recover. But if the likes of Laxman and Sachin retires in the next few years then his this thought might be of some worth. But for now.. I don't think he should opt for this silly option. The most of the time of his international career he has played as an opening batsman, now its hardly matters at which position he used to play in his early days of cricket. Well whatever he decides, his focus should be on the next test in Adelaide, in which he has to captain the side that is already 0-3 trailing in the series. All the best Viru! :)

  • rezmata on January 23, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    So he thinks he wont be axed before then?

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    THE REAL QUESTION IS : IS THIS A HINT THAT LAXMAN IS REITRING AFTER THIS TEST ?

  • Aaranya on January 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Sehwag's press conference clearly indicates that all is not well in the dressing room, though he claims contrary.

  • din7 on January 23, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    sorry for u sehwag play as opener or middle order, u can't score runs except on flat tracks and dropped chances. thats the truth and nothing more except it, u r nothing more than a flat pitch bully! records speak for itself

  • Abhimanyu on January 23, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I must say that Sehwaq is a very funny guy. I don't even bother reading other players same boring comments over and over again. I seriously think he should be the test captain instead of Dhoni, unless he loses his place in the team. BUT, he must show that he is not a defensive captain like Dhoni. At the moment anyone would look better then Dhoni but again Indian team seriously needs a aggressive captain like Ganguly or even someone who is better then him.