August 28, 2012

Indian cricket

Sehwag, a worthy replacement for Dravid in slips

Abhishek Mukherjee

Virender Sehwag, in taking four catches in the Hyderabad Test against New Zealand, displayed all the qualities required to replace Rahul Dravid in the slips cordon, writes Bharat Sundaresan in the Indian Express.

The very same traits that make Sehwag the dangerous batsmen he is seem to help him in being a safe slip catcher. An ability to stay still and balanced on his feet, stay focused on the ball till the last moment and that hand-eye coordination — the reflexes he showed for the Franklin catch.

The Hyderabad Test was all about the change of guard in the Indian middle-order with the retirements of Dravid and Laxman. It was also about the restructuring of the slip-cordon that the duo had occupied for close to 15 years. And Sehwag always seemed the obvious choice to replace Dravid and stand closest to the wicket-keeper against the fast bowlers too.

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