September 9, 2012

Indian cricket

Can Sehwag adapt to true seniority?

Following the retirements of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag is now the second-most senior batsman in the Indian team. That will mean greater scrutiny of his performances, which have been underwhelming over the past two years. Sehwag, who turns 34 in October, will be required to adapt his all-attack game, but will he able to make the prolonged sacrifice at his age, asks Osman Samiuddin in the National.

He has not looked terrible these two years, he has just kept getting out and if that is an obvious thing to say, it makes it more difficult to know what will come now. Because ahead of him awaits, inescapably, true seniority and its exponentially greater scrutiny. Something will give, either his place or his style.

Can he go from being a batsman whose existence brought runs to one who accumulates runs to exist?

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