August 26, 2012

Indian cricket

Sehwag should move to the middle order

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Following VVS Laxman's retirement, India should have experimented more with the batting order and slotted Virender Sehwag down the order and given Ajinkya Rahane an opportunity at the top, writes Sumit Chakraberty in DNA.

In fact, it was only because the middle order was reserved for the Big Four, that Sehwag had to convert into an opener and, thankfully for Indian cricket, his batting genius carried him through. But now, with captains and bowlers having figured out how best to bowl at him, his technique stands exposed on pace-friendly pitches. It would have made sense, therefore, to let him have VVS Laxman’s spot in the middle order where he should have been batting all along, anyway.

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