India in England 2011 July 14, 2011

Uncertainty remains over Sehwag's return

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India are set to be without Virender Sehwag for the first two Tests against England and there is still no definite timetable for his return following the shoulder surgery that ruled him out of the West Indies tour.

It had already been announced that Sehwag will be joining the tour two weeks late after being given extra time to recover at home but uncertainty remains over the seriousness of his problem. "We've heard that he'll be over here for maybe the third and fourth Test, so we're crossing our fingers for that," Duncan Fletcher, the India coach, said.

On the recent tour of West Indies, India had an entirely new opening combination with Gautam Gambhir also missing out with an injury. Abhinav Mukund partnered Murali Vijay for the three matches and did enough to secure a berth to England having made 147 runs at in six innings.

Mukund now faces the prospect of joining forces with Gambhir to face England's new-ball attack at Lord's and Trent Bridge. MS Dhoni wants his side to be given a solid platform but knows Sehwag's boots are tough to fill. "We are a side that relies on our openers quite a bit," he said. "If we get off to a good start then we can really capitalise with the middle order we have.

"As far as Virender Sehwag is concerned, there aren't many cricketers in the world who can have the impact he can. Of course we'll miss him, but the good thing for Indian cricket is it gives a chance to a youngster like Mukund who can have a look at international cricket and see what areas he needs to improve. Viru will be back at some point, but it's good to have Gautam back as well."

Sehwag, though, is just one part of a formidable batting line-up that will include the returning Sachin Tendulkar along with Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Fletcher also believes that the tough batting conditions India faced in West Indies will stand them in good stead for the series ahead.

"In West Indies, without some top players, they played on some spicy wickets - two like I'd never been involved with before - it was really quick, it bounced and seamed," he said. "They handled it well. So we feel they are in a good space at the moment and can carry on."

Dhoni, meanwhile, isn't overly concerned that India only have their three-day match against Somerset as preparation because the team are coming off their hard-fought series in the Caribbean, although he may have been lulled slightly by the warm day on Thursday. The forecast isn't so promising.

"The West Indian climate is quite different but there's nice weather here for cricket. I don't think there's too much pressure on us to acclimatise," he said. "The last two days we've had fantastic net sessions. In West Indies, wickets were slightly different. It was a challenge for the batsmen because shot-playing wasn't very easy. Over here it might be a bit different because the outfield should be miles faster than what we had in West Indies."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 17, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    India has a poor record as far as the first test of any series goes. So if they can get past the first test or two without loosing,........then they will bully any attack in the second half of any series and at any venue.

  • RajeshMys on July 17, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @Bang_la & 801mlh, what nonsense are you talking ? Indian Batsmen are flat track bullies , Billboard heroes who thrive only on dead Indian pitches? I think your cricketing knowledge is questionable!! Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, all have done well on Fast tracks in England, South Africa, Australia & Newzealand, against quality Fast bowling!! Some examples I can give you , Sehwag's 105 on debut against South africa,Laxman's 178 against Australia at sydney, Sachin's classy 119* against England in England in 1990 when he was just 17 years old, Sehwag's 195 against Australia in Australia, Dravid's 200 in Australia in 2003-04,Sachin's Hundred in SA in 2010, the list is endless! And keep in mind, every team is comfortable in home conditions but when they go abroad, they tend to struggle in the 1st game, but adapt to the foreign conditions by the 2nd game! Even Aus & Eng struggle wen they come to India or pakistan! Think well before you pass comments!Giv up Ur prejudice & jealousy,friends.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 17, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    I can see where the Bangla fan's are coming from. Sehwag called you an ordinary team and now, so, you, the Bangla cricket followers, want to call him an ordinary or flat track bully. hahaha...It doesn't go like that. No matter what you all would hope it to be, Captains of all the teams are terrified at his presence. Remember how Smith couldn't declare in his own backyard in the final test because of Sehwag's presence! No score is small to post or too big to chase when he is around. Remember the pasting you guys got in WC2011? I even thought Dhoni would declare the Indian inning at one stage. Loll.....it's ok Indians are flat track bullies. Why not concentrate on your Bangla Cricket and develop some decent batsmen! It's been a while since you guys started holding a cricket bat!!

  • cric_fanatics on July 16, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    @ Bang_La..ohh you dont worry about all this india england stuff...your major competitors are zimbabwe and ireland..dont take visceral pleasures out of talking about the big boys(world champs)...and dont forget what sehwag did to bangladesh in the world cup..National humiliation.And that too after saying a day before the match,that he would do THAT.

  • bks123 on July 16, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Some people always comments without knowing the facts. Sehwag is a flat track bully is not a true statement. Look at his stats first. Irrespective of pitches, sehwag is the only Indian batsman who averages more than 45 against best or top quality bowling. Have a look at the analysis by Anatha Narayanan ...here is the link...http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2011/05/batsman_against_bowler_groups.php...this link will let you guys have an unbiased analysis on batsmen's quality. Let's not go on adding comments w/o knowing facts. Thanks

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 16, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Thanks to IPL, it bruised our players. It's time for the Country to get bruised consequently. Thanks to IPL.

  • Bang_La on July 16, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @RajeshMys, why people should be jealous of Indian cricket while everyone knows that its a team full of billboard heroes whose only might is shown on dead Indian tracks. I pleasantly remember Shewag's scared and eye-popping face even against Bangladesh's Shahadat's bouncers. It is so easy to forecast that Shewag will fall "sick" when the time comes for playing on hard, bouncy pitches against genuine fast bowlers! RajeshMys, take out 5 old horses you once thrown out of the team and see what your great Indian cricketers can do. Keep your "destructive" batsman Shewag into the team, we don't mind :)

  • Alexk400 on July 16, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    For me any batsman who can lift whole morale of team is great batsman. Just mere presence of sehwag in team XI makes opposition sweat and make other 10 players in the team breath easy. He played 190s in perth and he scored lots of runs even SA. For me sehwag style is simple. he is not worried about stats. He is there to entertain in playing his way. He can change ofcourse and play risk free. Can he? Well it is with his mind. if he is happy , he can do anything. if he is not happy he will throw away his wicket. That is only his fault. No pitch , No bowler scares him.

  • SSon_cric on July 16, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Dear 801mlh: Sehwag is a flat track bully? Like he bullied England on the tour of 2003, or like he Bullied Australia in Australia when they were the best team? Or like he bullied SL in Galle when no other batsman could make a 50? Do you know of another flat track bully who has scored so many runs at avg of above 50? I salute your cricketing knowledge....

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    its funny how people start talking about team soon is they get chance. even not knowing the full reason behind it. it just a warm up match no one care about it other than warming up. India is very good team its record speaks for it. we will see what happen after real series

  • on July 17, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    India has a poor record as far as the first test of any series goes. So if they can get past the first test or two without loosing,........then they will bully any attack in the second half of any series and at any venue.

  • RajeshMys on July 17, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @Bang_la & 801mlh, what nonsense are you talking ? Indian Batsmen are flat track bullies , Billboard heroes who thrive only on dead Indian pitches? I think your cricketing knowledge is questionable!! Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, all have done well on Fast tracks in England, South Africa, Australia & Newzealand, against quality Fast bowling!! Some examples I can give you , Sehwag's 105 on debut against South africa,Laxman's 178 against Australia at sydney, Sachin's classy 119* against England in England in 1990 when he was just 17 years old, Sehwag's 195 against Australia in Australia, Dravid's 200 in Australia in 2003-04,Sachin's Hundred in SA in 2010, the list is endless! And keep in mind, every team is comfortable in home conditions but when they go abroad, they tend to struggle in the 1st game, but adapt to the foreign conditions by the 2nd game! Even Aus & Eng struggle wen they come to India or pakistan! Think well before you pass comments!Giv up Ur prejudice & jealousy,friends.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 17, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    I can see where the Bangla fan's are coming from. Sehwag called you an ordinary team and now, so, you, the Bangla cricket followers, want to call him an ordinary or flat track bully. hahaha...It doesn't go like that. No matter what you all would hope it to be, Captains of all the teams are terrified at his presence. Remember how Smith couldn't declare in his own backyard in the final test because of Sehwag's presence! No score is small to post or too big to chase when he is around. Remember the pasting you guys got in WC2011? I even thought Dhoni would declare the Indian inning at one stage. Loll.....it's ok Indians are flat track bullies. Why not concentrate on your Bangla Cricket and develop some decent batsmen! It's been a while since you guys started holding a cricket bat!!

  • cric_fanatics on July 16, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    @ Bang_La..ohh you dont worry about all this india england stuff...your major competitors are zimbabwe and ireland..dont take visceral pleasures out of talking about the big boys(world champs)...and dont forget what sehwag did to bangladesh in the world cup..National humiliation.And that too after saying a day before the match,that he would do THAT.

  • bks123 on July 16, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Some people always comments without knowing the facts. Sehwag is a flat track bully is not a true statement. Look at his stats first. Irrespective of pitches, sehwag is the only Indian batsman who averages more than 45 against best or top quality bowling. Have a look at the analysis by Anatha Narayanan ...here is the link...http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2011/05/batsman_against_bowler_groups.php...this link will let you guys have an unbiased analysis on batsmen's quality. Let's not go on adding comments w/o knowing facts. Thanks

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 16, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Thanks to IPL, it bruised our players. It's time for the Country to get bruised consequently. Thanks to IPL.

  • Bang_La on July 16, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @RajeshMys, why people should be jealous of Indian cricket while everyone knows that its a team full of billboard heroes whose only might is shown on dead Indian tracks. I pleasantly remember Shewag's scared and eye-popping face even against Bangladesh's Shahadat's bouncers. It is so easy to forecast that Shewag will fall "sick" when the time comes for playing on hard, bouncy pitches against genuine fast bowlers! RajeshMys, take out 5 old horses you once thrown out of the team and see what your great Indian cricketers can do. Keep your "destructive" batsman Shewag into the team, we don't mind :)

  • Alexk400 on July 16, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    For me any batsman who can lift whole morale of team is great batsman. Just mere presence of sehwag in team XI makes opposition sweat and make other 10 players in the team breath easy. He played 190s in perth and he scored lots of runs even SA. For me sehwag style is simple. he is not worried about stats. He is there to entertain in playing his way. He can change ofcourse and play risk free. Can he? Well it is with his mind. if he is happy , he can do anything. if he is not happy he will throw away his wicket. That is only his fault. No pitch , No bowler scares him.

  • SSon_cric on July 16, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Dear 801mlh: Sehwag is a flat track bully? Like he bullied England on the tour of 2003, or like he Bullied Australia in Australia when they were the best team? Or like he bullied SL in Galle when no other batsman could make a 50? Do you know of another flat track bully who has scored so many runs at avg of above 50? I salute your cricketing knowledge....

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    its funny how people start talking about team soon is they get chance. even not knowing the full reason behind it. it just a warm up match no one care about it other than warming up. India is very good team its record speaks for it. we will see what happen after real series

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I see the problem tiger11 and 801mlh are having. They can't digest India having best batsmen in the world so they need any chance to talk bad about them even during warm up matches. There is a reason they call it WARM UP match. Oh for the record India is #1 in test and #2 in one day and a World champ for a reason. July 21st is not too far, will see what happens then. India team is totally different when MS Dhoni is around. Let see who will talk then about flat- track bullies or any other stupid theories.

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I see the problem some people are having. They can't digest India having best batsmen in the world so they need any chance to talk bad about them even during warm up matches. There is a reason they call it WARM UP match. Oh for the record India is #1 in test and #2 in one day and a World champ for a reason. July 21st is not too far, will see what happens then. India team is totally different when MS Dhoni is around. Let see who will talk then about flat- track bullies or any other nonsense theories.

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I see the problem tiger11 and 801mlh are having. They can't digest India having best batsmen in the world so they need any chance to talk bad about them even during warm up matches. There is a reason they call it WARM UP match. Oh for the record India is #1 in test and #2 in one day and a World champ for a reason. July 21st is not too far, will see what happens then. India team is totally different when MS Dhoni is around. Let see who will talk then about flat- track bullies or any other nonsense theories.

  • 801mlh on July 16, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    I,m in total agreement with tiger11,Sewag like many of his Indian batting partners are flat-track bullies who benefit from dropped chances.We just witnessed how a weak West Indian bowling attack ran them around with Rampaul and Edwards.Had Sammy not dropped that sitter in Jamaica,Dravid probably would be looking at retirement.Their so-called No.1 status will be seriously questioned in England.They are currently being hammered by a county team in England.You boasted that the team to West Indies was a B team,lets see what your A team can do on lively wickets outside of India.

  • RajeshMys on July 16, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    looking at the prejudiced comments on Sehwag & India made by tiger11 & some other people, Iam inclined to repeat what I mentioned yesterday!! People like tiger11 are jealous of India's domination of world cricket!! Such people want only England, Australia & south Africa to be the world's top teams !They want all Batting records to be held by Batsmen from one of these teams & not by any Indian batsmen!! But much against their wishes, now India are on top of the Cricket Ladder, being No 1 in tests & World Champions in ODI's! Indian Batsmen like Sehwag, Sachin, laxman, Dravid are amongst the world's best & hold many world records! Some people cant digest all this & show their jealousy & frustration by passing comments about India & Indian players!! Better to ignore such comments!Only a dominant performance by Team India in England wil make such people shut their mouths! Such comments are just a case of " SOUR GRAPES", am I right, tiger11? BTW, tiger11, Whose fan are U, Eng, SA or Aus ?

  • m_ilind on July 16, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Viru will be missed again in Eng, he was the missing link in WI. MS is probably feeling a bit shaky now!

  • Bang_La on July 16, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    When the news was first published that Shewag might miss the first test, I forecasted in this forum that he wouldn't miss only first but two, three tests or maybe whole series!! The English weather and pitch are so scary!! Balls come so fast and with such throat-attacking bounces!! Ai baap!!

  • JChandi on July 16, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Doesn't make any different, his btting average is just 20 in England,greatest flat track bully ever!!!

  • din7 on July 16, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    sehwag a destructive batsman? ha ha ha ha. He's just a flat pitch bully and then too he requires 3 to 4 dropped catches to score even 50s. Everybody saw it in SA how he played or rather struggled. In eng too he'll do the same if he gets flatwicket will score100 and if not then 10s or20s. every team don't give much lives, thats what happen in SA. People only like to see 4s & 6s, they don't see pitches nor analyse the batsman . HAd sehwag played in 1960s to 90s, he would have got out on duck in most of his innings and would have avergaed 20s. Thats the truth , live with IT.

  • on July 16, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    @sunit srivastava: there wasnt ne prob wid sehwag whn he was playing in IPL..in the midle of the tournament he had the injury fr whch he opted out of the rest of the matches...if playing fr country wudnt hav been imp fr him thn hw wud played the whole season rather thn missing the 4-5 matches in the end...with DD in a bleak position

  • cris89 on July 16, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @Siva: Wow,ease up..I am not calling the Ind batsman flat track bullies..VVS is the best batsman in the world on tough pitches and Sachin made a masterful century against a rampant Steyn in Cape Town..But, Dravid is not Dravid circa 2002 and Gambhir is a real fighter but coming off a long break..India were notoriously poor starters in 2010 alone (lost against SA(Nagpur,Centurion),SL(Galle), almost lost and saved by VVS against Aus(Mohali) & NZ (Ahmedabad))..Their record at Lord's is appalling and the English attack is more complete than the SA attack ( no defensive bowlers like Tsotsobe and Harris)..Over the last 2 years, Tamim Iqbal and Michael Hussey, who were aggressive, have been the most successful batsmen against England..Dilshan too rattled them in this recent series..Without Sehwag's X-factor, it is difficult to see how India can think of winning this series..

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Viru is d most destructive batsman in d world cricket right.......its fascinating to watch his innings...

  • Alexk400 on July 15, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Just mere presence of sehwag makes opposition spend hours planning and they forget others. now they can work out a plan for gambhir watching all his dismissal. And restrict all area of scoring. he likes to run...singles with mukund ....he can be run out. What i am saying is even sehwag out for zero , he has an effect on opposition. he got out many times steyn in SA but also scored quick runs and there by ball got old and its easy for others to bat on old ball. Sachin loves old ball without swing. if sachin is so good why he is afraid to open? Simple. He is not good in opening. His average will go down. Anyway without sehwag , india is down and out. England field better than india. if pitch is bowling paradaise , it is all over for india. Only hope for india is pitch become flat that helps current indian batsman to stay longer in the pitch to draw the game.

  • on July 15, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    open with parveen kumar to partner gambhir pk has opened with success for india A in Few ODI s strike the ball even if he fails no harm can have both raina and yuvraj in middle order and not risk dravid as opener dravid at 3, laxman should bat ahead at 4 sachin at 5 yuvraj at 6 raina at 7 dhoni at 8 harbhajan at 9 zaheer at 10 ishant at 11

  • RajeshMys on July 15, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Enough of your comments, Friends! Who are you & me to criticise Sehwag or anyone else? He has undergone a surgery, it's not easy to recover from a surgery! If he doesnt play the 1st two tests, Mukund or some such youngster wil get a chance & India might do well!They are the ones who play on the field, not you or me! They know how difficult it is to perform on the field, you & me dont!So let us stop making childish comments, wish the Indian team Good luck & enjoy their performances!And, looking at some of the Anti India comments above,like the ones from Alexk400 & Mob_King, all I can say is some people cant digest India's domination in World cricket & maybe they want only Australia, England or South Africa to be the dominant force!Such people wont lose an opportunity to snub & suppress India with their silly comments!Previously in the World Cup, such people were made to shut their mouths by Dhoni's men, & let's all pray that the same thing happens in England also! Gud Luck Team India!

  • vinaykmr on July 15, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    sehwag after 2 tests? then y he is in the team. he shud b fit after completion of the series!!!

  • Stark62 on July 15, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    He should have taken some advice from Mitchell Johnson!

    Play T20 cricket but when your are injured then, why carry on?

    If he had the operation right after the WC then, he would have made all the Tests easily and even the last one against the Windies.

    Was really looking forward to seeing this guy play in swinging conditions (SA has more seam then swing).

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    he is always fit for ipl common man is ipl more important than england tour.......no 1 was waiting fr ipl bt every1 is waiting fr eng tour sum 1 let him understand that country is more important than club

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 15, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Even before SA series the entire focus was on "Sehwag Vs Steyn" battle and we all know how many 100's he scored....

    This time is no different......

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Player knows his body well.. My humble opinion hereby is, Sehwag should have stayed out of IPL knowing the Country's tough assignments in WI and ENG. Surely this is going to have a high impact on India's performance in coming series. Inability of our bowlers to claim 20 wkts within 200 overs along with slow RR while batting will cause serious problems for India to even win a single test. Rain along with sluggish batting and bowling will hand india a series loss of 0-2.

  • nlambda on July 15, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    @Tausif: Sehwag has scored runs everywhere. He scored 151 in Australia in 2008 single handedly saving the 4th test (team total was about 260). He had also scored 195 in Aus in 2003 unfortunately the match was lost. Then he scored 100 on debut in SA when India were 64/4. Also, his scores against Pak cannot be discounted just because they were on the subcontinent. For 25 years Pak fast bowlers had terrorized Indian batsmen who just could not seem to get them away. Then Sehwag came out and hit a triple and 3 double centuries against guys bowling 95 MPH which altered the psyche of Indian batsmen against Pak.

  • Akshay_AAG on July 15, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    It doesn't matter with Indian batting line-up without Viru..gambhir,sachin,dravid,laxman n yuvi are big guns..zak n bhajji can be lethal...No worries for India...Come on India!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Done his own legs in.... Should NOT have played the IPL, he had this injury for about a year and obviously needed surgery!! I hate the IPL!

  • Praxis on July 15, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    As usual, everyone talking about the batsmen, what happens without Sehwag, Sachin's 100th ton, Dravid's average etc etc. Indian fans, its your fast bowlers who you should be concerned about the most. If they fail to utilize the seaming condition in England & get wickets early it won't matter how many centuries these legendary batsmen make. It would be a nice change to see few more articles on this site about the bowlers, modern cricket fans favor batsmen way too much. It is the bowlers who win test matches, remember?

  • baghesitara on July 15, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Shewag will definitely be missed for the first two tests.Abhinav may open the innings at Lords but he will be under pressure to perform because of the question how do you accomadate Yuvraj in the playing XI.Yuvraj has traditionaly done well against England,is a brilliant fielder and gives Dhoni a second spinning option.So there is a possibility that Dravid will open the batting and Laxman will bat at No.3 and Yuvraj at No.5 and Raina at No.6.Anyway in W.I. Dravid was as good an opener due the poor start in all the six innings.I expect India to play Zaheer,Ishaanth and Sreesanth as the first choice seamers though either Praveen or Munaf can play in place of Sreesanth.England really struggled to dismiss SriLankan batsman when the Sun came out and India is a much stronger team in both departments than SriLanka.I think we are set to record our fourth series win in England and increase the gap between India and England as the No.1 Test team in the World

  • nadu_1975 on July 15, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Even if Mr Sehwag comes up after the first two test matches, he will not be fully fit going into a high intensity test against Eng. So it could have been better if BCCI had selected a new player for the full series and asked Mr Sehwag to 1. First prove his Fitness. 2. Play in domestic matches to confirm the first point. 3. Then have him selected as per requirement for the next series. This way every player shall be that extra careful while going for that Kiddie party (IPL/CL). As ARIF3011 has said let him fight for his place in the team.

  • Rahul_is_king on July 15, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Sehwag is a big big loss but they still have the likes of sachin and dravid who can win a test match on their own.

  • on July 15, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Without Sehwag INDIA will find it very difficult to get great starts. Him being a prolific Batsman and not playing 2 tests would hamper India's chances immensely...

  • Angad11 on July 15, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Though Sehwag is irreplaceable (fear factor), this could be a blessing in disguise of Mukund and Team India. Since Sehwag is missing so many matches because of his Injuries, i think its not a good idea for India to depend on him too much. I thot Mukund was pretty impressive in WI and im sure he will come out good in England.Good Luck.

  • on July 15, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    @Tausif and other Sehwag bashers who say Sehwag's been effective only in the subcontinent, here's something to get your facts correct: 105 vs SA Bleomfontein 2001 106 vs England Trentbridge 2002 195 vs Australia in 2003 Melbourne 180 (190 balls) vs W.I in St Lucia, he scored 99 before lunch 2006 155 vs Australis in Adelaide 2007 Not an exhaustive list but these are the top ones from tests I and I am not even mentioning the one day innings that he has played like the ones in New Zealand on the most difficult pitces ever where no batsmen from both teams crossed 50 while Sehwag smashed 2 hundreds. Sehwag is a big impact player and wins matches on his own. He is the biggest match winner today in world cricket. Having said that I am sure India will miss Sehwag but they would beat England probably 2-1. People were crying doomsday when India toured SA and India just about missed on taking the test series after a Kallis special. England is an exciting team but with due respect they are no SA

  • A_Vacant_Slip on July 15, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    There is a lot of silly nonsense in these comments about how it will not matter about Sehwag. Of course it will matter! - when India lose they will just say - "we would have beaten you if only we had Sehwag"! So it is a big pity really. Also - everyone wants to see Sehwag play. He is a Test standard batsman. But the problem for india isn't here - the problem is what is happening in the game at Taunton. See how ineffective this "world class" Indian bowling is!!! Somerset is a good county side, that's all. This is why India cannot beat England - it's not Sehwag - it's the lack of decent bowlers - who cannot even get out English county players!

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Sehwag's absence might become the determining factor for the series. The way english bowler bowls, off- stump and out side, some short of length delivery with full deliveries is actually the scoring area of Sehwag. So, he could have demolished the attack... Remember Mathew Hoggard, I can recall he was clobbered all ends up by Sehwag... He was a good english swing bowler... Look at the line up, there is actually no one who can take the attack back to the opponent... I suggest Mr. Dravid should be opening with GG (any ways he should have to come in a couple of overs) to accommodate both Yuvi and Raina... If he has anything left in him

  • anver777 on July 15, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Its a big blow for Ind......Vijay-Mukund combination didn't work against WI....... Shewag-Gambhir was their first choice for Eng tour, but now since Veeru is not there Ind has to struggle for a sound opening pair.............Gambhir-Sachin is not bad till he returns !!!!!!!

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    We all are concerned that Sehwag is not available for first and second matches of the series........It is only because he is awesome

    Think yourself as Sehwag , Will you miss out IPL (huge fan following and money) ?Heo even played worldcup with the injury .....will you do the same or just take rest during world cup and give importance to IPL ?

    He is a guy , who is always hungry for runs irrestpective of T20,ODI or tests.

    He did not play in all the IPL matches.

    He announced his wish to take part in Eng tour.....End of the day , he is also a human being , he need rest , he has his own wishes, REMEMBER cricketers are not machines.

    You BLAME him when he doesn't score , PRAISE as Legend when he score tripple, double centuries, CURSE him when he is not healthy

    SEHWAH...get well soon !!

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    without sehwag if india cannot beat west indies than surely cant be england

  • on July 15, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    I think at this point of time Sehwag needs Team India more than Team India needing Sehwag to play in England. Sehwag is an effective opening Indian batsman in the Indian Subcontinent but in bouncy English pitches I doubt Sehwag could contribute much. Sehwag has already missed a hell lot of foreign tours in the past (South Africa Tour, West Indies Tour, etc) for Team India worry about him not playing in. Probably, Sehwag will be fit by the time the test series is over and ODI starts over. I really believe Sehwag is still a more ODI material than a pure test playing cricketer to fit in the leagues of Tendulkar, Dravid & Laxman. India should start looking for a more reliable (less IPL playing opener) in the form of Mukund or Virat Kohali who are still young, eager to learn & can provide solid opening starts with Gambhir as other opening batsman.

  • on July 15, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Viru will be missed. You need to counter attack the tall english opening bowlers from the word go, lest they dominate you. Only Sehwag is capable of that.Our middle order is solid, but they perform better with a good opening.Parthiv patel would have been a better option than Saha.(he could have opened, if Mukund failed)

  • shery2floyd on July 15, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Pathetic on part of board and sehwag, for him to play IPL and miss WI and ENG tour completely. one good part is someone gets chance and experience. but matches lost its flavour because of sehwags absence.

  • Bhavesh11in on July 15, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Its stupidity to carry a visitor on a tour like viru,,, BCCI can give a chance to a player who can play whole series,,,,,

  • on July 15, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    England haven't won a series against india for 15 years now (maybe fourteen, can't be to bothered about a year here and there), either at home or away. Their current team looks good on paper, but we've seen plenty of chinks in it in the past few series. It took an insane partnership between Broad and Prior to save them in one of the tests against a mediocre Pakistan. Bangladesh had a great opening partnership in another test.

    I suspect another 1-0 score line in favour of India, but I am might be surprised too, however I find that pretty unlikely. As for all the claims regarding India's untested pace lineup, that was also the case in the previous series in England, guess which team's pacers proved more effective? We had RP Singh coming in and completely changing the balance by proving to be an admirable understudy to Zaheer Khan. I wasn't all that confident this time around, until I saw how Ishant bowled in WI. He's got the potential and this is the perfect stage for him to prove it

  • Chabbu on July 15, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Viru is an important part of the team... but this gives a chance to Mukund who has an impressive first class record with an average of 57 and a top score of 300. Mukund - Gambhir- Dravid- Tendulkar- Laxman- Raina- Dhoni will a formidable batting line up with still the essence of the best batting line up in the world, this teams up with Zaheer, Ishant and Harbhajan. It will be challenging against England as Cook is in brilliant form along with Anderson, Swann and Bell.

  • on July 15, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Oh yes, he won't play for the nation, why? because he's practicing for next year's IPL5 where he'll again do nothing except getting himself injured again and will be out of the T20 WC.

    We he has done for the country in recent past? South Africa? Failed! WC? Except scoring against weak Bangladesh, he did nothing that really counts.

  • on July 15, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    i completely agree on that india will not miss sehwag at all. infact some of the player in the bench will be praying that he doesnt make it to the entire test series so that they can get a chance to play for the country.i am sure abinav will be surely praying for it.so will be raina and yuvraj as there guys will have to fight for that one spot if sehwag is not there it makes it eaiser for them to make it to the final eleven and bowlers select themselves so there will not be any problem for the bowling front.

  • Savvy_1 on July 15, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    What a shame, he was not here in 2006 as well. This guy is a true entertainer and his ability to do what he does at test level to this day still amazes me. He should have missed the IPL surely he has enough money and the BCCI should have protected him. Nobody will remember his IPL knocks !!! Get well soon

  • Alphus on July 15, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Some dude on England Cricket Weekly predicted a 3-0 scoreline in favor of the English...... Thats being Optimistic to the point of Foolishness.....

  • on July 15, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    No doubt sehwag is really important batsman (may be india could have won last test in WI if he would hv been there) and eng is a tough team specially at home but India has enough ammunition as Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir, Zaheer and Ishant (back to his strength) to show England its place in ICC test rankings....

  • Balumekka on July 15, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Play IPL, Play CL, rest during WI and Eng tours. As long as the board and the fans are happy keep it up mate!!!!

  • ARIF3011 on July 15, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    No doubt Viru is an important player of Team India but this is what we fans think. Does he think likewise? His preference was playing in IPL full tournament with bad shoulder at the expense of him playing for India. Why? Because he knew his place is secure whenever he wishes to return even in the middle of a tour. He would receive warm welcome. And we fans as well as selectors of team India are proving him right. So, he is important player for India it is alright. Is he indispensible? This should not be the case. We have plenty of talented players to replace him. Let us move on without him, and make him to fight for his place in the team.

  • donda on July 15, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    I think Sehwag is not going to play in this series at all. India is just playing their cards to make eng nerves about Sehwag coming back but he is not fully recovered and will not play any part in this series.

    India will miss Sehwag big time this time around.

    Have fun england , you are in haven no Sehwag man.

  • on July 15, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Thank You IPL... u claimed another player

  • mrgupta on July 15, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    @Alexk400: I am not quite sure i got what you meant to say here. You said that India need Sehwag to Win in England, but i just the records and Sehwag has been a part of only 1 test when India has won in England and he scored 8 runs in that match in 2002. Sachin has been a part of 2 Indian victories in England and his average in those Wins in 95.00. So, i didn't get your point, can you please elaborate more on that?

  • gagguv on July 15, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    ha! Reading some comments conclude that India should pack their bags right away and go home! Why need to play!! What are Eng fans boasting about!! Anderson who was there last time also and is a dud in non-seaming conditions; Tremlett who made his debut last time and was hammered all around, the over-rated Broad who was dropped from ODI team; Swann who couldnt stop India from winning chasing 387 on last day wkt, captain Strauss who is a walking wicket to left arm bowlers!! Half of Eng team is dud. Merely winning Ashes aint end of world though English dont seem beyond it. Thatswhy they are worst team in ODIs.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 15, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    @Alexk400, Sachin scores centuries when tests go meaningless? You are a liar!

  • SamRoy on July 15, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Well, Sehwag alongwith Viv and Gilly are the most important batsman of their respective generations. Any team would miss Sehwag. I still wonder whether he could have skipped IPL completely and had the surgery immediately after World Cup. Without him, India's chances of winning decrease by 40% i.e. if India had a 25% chance of winning with Sehwag playing, now it will be around 15%.

  • BULTY on July 15, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Sehwag missing the first two Tests in England is bad news now. The moment the news comes out, the pessimists, who were at work when India set shore to WI, have started their work in all earnestness & fury. One swallow is never going to make a summer and this time too,Sehwag will hardly be missed and on the other hand make England overconfident,which will be to India's advantage. Mukund will get more exposure and two left handed opening batsmen will be more than a handful of worry for the Englishmen who don't have a left hand opening bowler in their line up. India have Zaheer to tackle the lefties(Strauss & Cook). It is going to be an interesting Test series and Indian bowlers will find the cool seaming conditions in England to their liking and will certainly do well. It is high time, India groomed the next line up 'cos the seniors are not going to last long and are bound to retire soon. Opportunities like these are to be utilised well in the right direction. ALL THE BEST FOR TEAM INDIA

  • toosmart_goldie on July 15, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    No doubt that the absence of Viru will haunt the Indian team in the first two test, but still this team has enough potential and venom to trouble the Englishmen....Thats why they are the NO. 1 test team in World Cricket!!!! Beware England team the show is just about to begin !!!!

  • ManzurManutd on July 15, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    It would be really interesting to see Sehwag handling those bouncers and swinging deliveries.He batted miserably in SA and English pace attack won't be different.Mukund hasn't done enough in WI but he deserves few more chances.Badri showed his class a bit deserves chances as well.With a handful of youngster waiting,Sehwag's absence would be blessing in disguise for them and indian cricket as well.

    Manzur

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and like to share my view of Sehwag to my neighbor Indians if I am not mistaken...Sehwag hardly plays his role when his country demands him most.In last world cup he made a hundred against a mediocre bd attack and then had an ordinary tournament.In 2003 and 2007 he also hardly made any impact .Never seen him do well in champions trophy or well in da final of a tournament like Jayasuria and Gilcrist did in world cup final.Now in English seaming conditions he is out of the team.I always seen him getting runs on flat pitches.His triple and double centuries all made in subcontinent batting tracks.I really want to see how he adopts his game in seamer friendly pitches but now he is not playing.If I am wrong please Indians rectify my mistakes with reasons I will be happy to know that.

  • rohanblue on July 15, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    wow, he plays ipl , he plays champions league everything, he missed 2 t20 wc , 2009 champions trophy , wi tour and now eng tour, IPL and bcci doing more harm to indian cricket than others...

  • rohanblue on July 15, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    wow, he plays ipl , he plays champions league everything, he missed 2 t20 wc , 2009 champions trophy , wi tour and now eng tour, IPL and bcci doing more harm to indian cricket than others...

  • prandy_friendy on July 15, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    @Alexk400 Probably you have not seen Sehwag's two innings in New Zealand quite a few years back, where the ball was swinging 30-40 degrees in the air. The highest team scores in that series were 100-200. And Sehwag scored two super centuries there. Perhaps you don't know a thing about Sehwag or cricket itself.

  • Htc-Baseball on July 15, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Surely eng pace attack doesn have a steyn in them, so its a big loss to INDIA...ANderson is always known to be at recieving end of sehwag, not to mention broad whose nemesis against india......

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    india will win seris 2-0...2test will be saved by england due to flat pitches afterwads.

  • sankar8000 on July 15, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    India will miss Sehwag very badly! I wish he is available for atleast 2nd test!

  • Sudhakar86 on July 15, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    @Alexk400

    Sehwag's absence may hurt INDIA but we have the WALL,the GOD,VVS to plunder the attack. Mind you England will struggle to get the wicket of Harbhajan itself. India is not relying on a single person. England can't even beat Ireland:D

  • on July 15, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    I thought of Sehwag when India needed some quick runs on the last test in west indies. Even stroke makers like Dravid and Laxman couldnt score even 3 runs an over. This is where Sehwag is useful. On a pitch where the stroke play is difficult, his un orthdoz style of driving and slashing through the point scores a boundary and India could have easily won it 3-0 if he was in WI. If he gets out early, there is no worry for the batting line up as the big three plus Dhoni and Raina are there to save the match. Sehwag is always an added advantage and whenever he scores fast, India have always got chances of winning the test match and getting a result which is good....a dramatic change to test matches because of T 20....

  • sathyanshan on July 15, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    @alexk400: Realy... England is a good side now.. i dnt deny it.. but u think india will bundle out cheaply was foolish.. Hav u saw d results of WI Tests.. Indians without Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Zaheer proved they are champions.. And Dont criticize Neither Sachin Nor Sehwag.. I cud see none of the English Batsmen are near to get 100 Centuries in International cricket.. And None Got 30000 International Runs.. Even the English Batsmen failed to score runs in Flat pitches.. Remember India Vs England Series.. Lost 5 to NIL.. Cant defend a total of 387 in Chennai.. Cant defend the total of 325 in Natwest Series.. A Tie in World cup is not enuf to beat India Everytime.. Dont be Partial.. If u like England Support dem. But Dont post underestimate comments in Public..

  • SriramNatarajan on July 15, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Seriously u guys think Eng pitches and bowlers r threatening than SA pitches and bowlers? We nearly won the series there albeit Sehwag's failure and first test loss.. India ve done decently in the past 10 years in England.. Sachin, Dravid ve good average there.. With Zaheer, Ishant we should be able to do well.. Only spot of bother s spin where Swann s way ahead of Harbhajan..

  • Mob_King on July 15, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Alternate headline: India Prepares Excuses for Crushing UK Series Loss

  • on July 15, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Great,you play in the ipl and miss out on a crucial tour!in any other country he would be showcaused for playing in the ipl at the risk of aggravating the injury.but this bcci's tournanent and you may find bcci insisted on sehwag playing for d.d for higher revenues.now the least they could do is to remove sehwag completely from tour as this is a distraction and puts undue pressure on mukund.and yes,i believe india can win without sehwag.after all,earlier in the year we drew against s.a (where sehwag hardly scored any) against a much better bowling attack than the english one.

  • greatcricket_fan on July 15, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Still that Sehwag's ghost will keep running on English team's mind as he may get fit to play anytime soon..........

  • nks1234 on July 15, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    @Alex400..Your comments about SRT show your mental level..Sachin has scored 4 test 100s in England. 119* in a match that India could have lost..He along with Manoj ensured that India did not loose..122 was a gem of an innings but India lost coz of poor umpiring where Hussain was given not out..194 was in a win..then there were 136 I believe in a high scoring math,,but there also India were in a little bit of trouble n 2nd innings where Sachin scored 74..Sehwag is a great bat but why do we forget that his average in Eng is below 40 and in NZ and S.A. well below 30..Sehwag has been scoring his runs at a time when there are very very few good bowlers..I think only S.A. have good attack during last 3 years..Anderson can be lethal if he gets conditions as well..Why do we forget SRT has proved him to be best for 21 years against different attacks and in different conditions..

  • YoYoyoma on July 15, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @ kirikettu : The closest that I could remember was this match : http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/226362.html . I did not get to see it. It remains a special match to me however because it happened when I was in a coma after a terrible accident , but it was one of the first things that I checked as soon as I regained enough fitness to check cricinfo again :-)

  • kingcobra85 on July 15, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    sehwag has always avoided england even in last tour it was dinesh karthik who opened the innings

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 15, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    I can see a much relieved England camp now...lol...a quick fire 100 or 200 would have been the decider of a test match...Engaland have the luck..

  • Alexk400 on July 15, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Start the procession. Great batting line will crumble like 9 Pin. Then only all indians realize to win , they need sehwag. to draw all you need is flat pitch. India will strugle to draw a test. I think england will win the series 2-0. People should stop blaming sehwag , all the people say sachin is god this god that...lets see whether he can contribute for a win? He will make a century for sure when the game is meandering draw. India always bad outside india. With sehwag around , his quick fire 40s -50s will jump start inning. Now early wickets down..india will be 65/4 before lunch. This england team is better than last india played in england Bowlers are disciplined. They have batsman who can stay long in crease. It is over for INDIA. Do not blame sehwag , you have 15 other people along with god. Blame sachin.

  • retard_monkey on July 15, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    @200ondebut: These players are legends of the game and it will be hard to replace the experience and composure they bring to the side, but unlike Australia we have amazing amounts of young talent coming through the ranks. What India would need to be mindful of is that these stars don't leave all at once as that will leave a big hole. We need to slowly bring in the likes of Kohli, Raina, Mukund, Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Pujara etc into the side to give them exposure. Sehwag missing is a huge blow, however, again looking to the future this will give a youngster an opportunity to face high quality bowlers under conditions that they are unfamiliar with.

  • CricketChat on July 15, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    If Shewag is not 100% ready, why the hell push him? Let me recover before throwing him into a tough series against Eng. No.1 test team should be able to find a suitable replacement for the short term at least?.

  • Thomas_George on July 15, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    Indian team gets a good balance when Sehwag opens for India. He scores fast, and when successful demoralises the opposition very fast. In test matches, he has been known to play long innings on difficult pitches -- Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England have all been at the receiving end of this. But if he fails, the middle order Dravid, Tendulkar, and Laxman should be good enough to anchor the innings and get India to a respectable total. With Dhoni, Yuvraj, and Gambhir playing in addition to the solid three, India should not worry too much about its batting. If the wickets are bouncy, seaming, with swinging conditions, India have a good chance to fox English batsmen with Zaheer, Praveen, and Sreesanth -- all have shown that they can be a handful in swinging conditions.

  • shaileshacharya123 on July 15, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    good batte but SACHIN may retire frm test alongside Dravid

  • insightfulcricketer on July 15, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    There are some people in here who are deriding Shewag on bouncy wickets. He has played enough knocks in seaming and bouncy wickets to justify his stature. He brings the vital X factor to keep the faster bowlers and rival captain worried as one hour of his presence can throw a game wide open.His style of play is fraught with risk but the upside handily outweighs the downside.

  • kirikettu on July 15, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    India will play a test with 2 left handed openers, I cannot think of a last time that happened with an Indian opening pair. Stats guru, what do you think ?

  • peterss on July 15, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    @Vindaliew: I totall agree with yr comment on the fact that sehwag will ONLY be missed when quick runs are required. He would perhaps be a failure against Anderson and Tremlett. Hope Mukund does well! Predict Raina/Yuvraj and Dhoni as well as Harhajan to fail miserably. Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan could do well here

  • KAIRAVA on July 15, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    With Sehwag not playing in the first 2 matches, its ADVANTAGE ENGLAND for the 1st half of the test series. Sehwag was sorely missed when India couldn't even get past 350 in the 6 innings that they batted against a lowly West Indies. One can argue that with Sachin & Gambhir returning, the batting looks stronger & India can hope to score 400 at Lords's. But past averages has to be considered before one arrives at such a conclusion. Sachin has so far scored 149 runs in 4 tests spread over 7 innings at the "Mecca of Cricket" with his highest being a 37. Lords has always hosted the opening test of the series & this fact weakens India's already bleak chance of winning the first test this time around. Add to that Gambhir & Laxman have relatively poor batting averages of 37 & 36, respectively, in the 1st test match of any series. Dravid is the sole exception with an avg. of 51 but his dour batting style can only inspire a draw at best. Time for Indian bowlers to step up for the 1st test.

  • wolf777 on July 15, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    Mukund won't survive three pong English pace attack. He lasted little longer to score his half century in the last test only because West Indies pace bowling attack was depleted without Rampaul. The best option will be to have Rahul Dravid open and include both Yuvraj and Raina in the eleven.

  • AvidCricFan on July 15, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    The problem with India is not batting, but the old legs messing up fielding and weak bowling. No one other than Ishant was impressive WI. PK will have tough time being effective against better batting line up and his speed. Munaf was clueless on how to be a test bowler. His bowling was containing rather than attacking. Bhajji needs special conditions to be effective that only is afforded in India.

  • on July 14, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    With due respect to this amazing ICON of cricket, however Sehwag did have the time to shoort a few advertisement and play Galli Cricket in quite a few towns just a week ago. SHoudn't he be resting his shoulders, if that is so serious and under healing process. I have list faith in the Media Reports. It sucks....

  • Raj12345 on July 14, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Shewag cricket life is reviewed by Chikka. One more time, I am not seeing any value added to team by him for the past 2 years. He is simply hanging. It is time to think about more openers choice. Let see Mukund can seize the opp, since he played well in Eng along with Rahane. No idea what is going on with Rahane. He can given chance at Dravid place and Dravid can come at 4, so slowly we can build No:3 slot. But fact group of players in Indian team not allowing any new middle order player.

  • maddy20 on July 14, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @davidpk Don't worry about that mate. Mukund or Yuvi are better prospects in seaming conditions than Sehwag. So I guess Sehwag won't be missed.

  • ChuckyDoll on July 14, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    1st goal: not to lose the first test. Everything will be fine then on.... Viru or no Viru.

  • RAMKI2404 on July 14, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Veeru we miss u. Yes, I am one among the ppl who will be very dissappointed if he doesnt play the 1st 2 tests.He is the one of the major contributor for India being No1. Cricketers like Veeru, Gilchrist, Gyle, Dilshan etc.. performs in a test match the test match will be 99% result oriented in the favor of the team. He dosent beleive in a draw. That is the one reason why India test status is No 1. Without veeru we will be seeing more draws in the test macth and it is proved true in WI (We should have won 3-0). Lets hope India atleast draw the 1st 2 test if they win any it will be a big bonus. I would have played with Verru even with his injury b/c If veeru plays even with his left hand it will be better than M.Vijay batting in the last 3 test matches. Veeru's presence in the team itself will degrade the moral of the opposition by 10% (Even if he scores 0). Get Well soon veeru and Best of luck to India.

  • havocsat on July 14, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    sehwag.. wit shoulder surgery. timeline to plan for. does planned surgery after IPL. misses large part of england series... dont know what to say. the words are not printable on the site. how much more money can one need... mercenaries of cricket.. sickening...

  • asif2311 on July 14, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    india will still win the series 2-1

  • 200ondebut on July 14, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Sehwag irreplaceable .Tendulkar irreplaceable. Dravid irreplaceable. VVS irreplaceable. Zaheer irreplaceable? What sort of side will India have in a couple of years? As good as Australia?

  • Angad11 on July 14, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @dpk - There is no cricketer in the world rite now, who can replace Sehwag. To know the importance of such a player you need to have one in your team.

  • TrexTrainer on July 14, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    First of all it takes a lot of time to recover from a surgery. The real recovery time is about 1-2 years. I don't know how he's going to come back in this series. If he pushes it and comes back early, he's gonna injure it again.

  • khiladisher on July 14, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    SEHWAG THE LEGEND THAT HE IS WILL SURELY BE MISSED-SCORES OF 319-308-293- ARE THE STUFF THAT GODS DISH OUT.THESE EFFORTS WERE MADE AT STRIKE RATE OF ALMOST 100 AND THE BOWLERS WHO WERE THRASHED WERE SHOIAB AKHTAR,SAQLAIN,SAMI,STEYN,MORKEL,NTINI,MURALITHARAN,MENDIS AND A CERTAIN BOWLER WHO KEPT GETTING STRAUS OUT-WELEGEDARA.

    STILL LOOKS DIFFICULT FOR THE ENGLISH BOWLING ATTACK TO TAKE 20 INDIAN WICKETS TO WIN UNLESS ITS OVERCAST AND THE PITCH HORRIBLY GREEN,THEN THE INDIAN BOWLERS CAN GET INTO THE ACT. FORECAST-INDIA-2 ENGLAND -0

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    I think it is a trick. He will suddenly end up playing in 2nd test and the bowlers will have not prepared to work him out

  • on July 14, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I feel it as a blessing in a disguise..He has a problem with balls shaping away late..so he is a steyn's bunny...so it would be a horrible series for him due to anderson's late movement.

  • Vindaliew on July 14, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    India may be a slightly weaker team without Sehwag, but it's a great opportunity for Mukund. Gambhir is no Tavare either, so I think it's not really going to make a big difference unless India find themselves in a position where they need some really quick runs.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 14, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Lets go strauss and the boys.. I am going to predict a series average of 23.34 for tendulkar.. KP and Cook are going to rule..Morgan is going to plunder this toothless bowling attack.

    Lets go english lions..lets maul this team

  • on July 14, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Well good. if SAYwhack is not there Mukund or Yuvi get a chance. Batting is still formidable

  • bumsonseats on July 14, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    1 player goes missing and the indian supporters seem to be already looking on the gloomy side. australia never seemed to bother who was missing or who was playing when they were # 1. i cannot understand them telling how good their team and even the score of the series not a bowl has been bowled in the series as yet. dpk

  • HOTCHA on July 14, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund has toured England before, successfully. There's no reason why he can't do it again, albeit at a higher level, this time. Sehwag may not be missed.

  • Deepkar on July 14, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Ok sehawagh is not playing its blow for india but not that big one as he was not there in west indias also but there r three big boosts as sachin gambhir and zahir r back. any how i dont rate sehwagh so high in swinging conditions he is god in asian pitches where turns alot and in aus and wi where ball bounces and have lot of pace but in eng and sa where there is swing he is not that good, anyway two traditional openers is what we need in eng who can play out the new ball and give solid platform for middle order so i think gambhir and mukund (if he plays as he played at the end of wi tour) it is ideal opening pair for conditions. OK NOW IM ALSO SEHWAHG FAN BUT NOT BLIND FAN SO IF OTHER SEHWAGHS BLIND FANS WANT TO BASH ME FOR WHAT I SAID ITS OK FOR ME.

  • oj..cricfan on July 14, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    :( we will miss Shewag for sure but India can still win the series. They just need to play par potential. They are better side than Eng (even with home advantage). Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS, Raina, Dhoni are any day better than Strauss, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Morgan. Eng have slight advantage in bowling but put the Eng bowlers in front of Ind batsmen and Ind bowlers at Eng batmen, India has clear advantage.

  • sweetspot on July 14, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    The best part about this Indian team is that it has options for various occasions. Yuvi coming back and Gambhir at the top is enough reassurance. Sachin just needs to enjoy himself. The rest of the batting is pretty solid with Dravid, Raina, and Dhoni. Oops, I have not even mentioned Laxman yet?! Sehwag or not, England will have their work cut out for them. India's bowling actually looks pretty solid with Ishant hitting his straps. This is as close to a complete Test team as we can ask for.

  • sweetspot on July 14, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    @ Jonathon M Potter - We are annoying even if we are not #1 Mate! We know it, and we enjoy it for the fun of it, and we'll be the first ones to berate the Indian team if they don't do well too. Cranky we are, for sure.

  • Royal_Falcon on July 14, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Since last two to three years, India has achieved a lot of big wins in test cricket, but most of them, just because of the solid and sparkling start given by Viru. Of course, the strength of the middle order is a huge fact, yet their performance also depends upon the openers performance. If we miss Ghambir also in the beginning of this series, will give a great confidence and advantage to the English bowling lineup. Let's hope both will be in the first eleven from the third test.

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    sehwag is a big blow to india but still this indian team is strong enough to win the series.

  • PradeepR on July 14, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    This is a huge blow for India. With an average of 53.43 and a strike rate of 81.91 in tests, Sehwag is simply irreplaceable as an opener.

  • Vilander on July 14, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    gambir sachin laxman thats the order for planning for england, dravid is not the threat he used to be so , if pietersen handles yuvraj and trott handles zak then eng can go up 2-0 by the time sehwag arrives, nice and easy.

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    @cris89 if it happens as wat u said,thereafter i won't see cricket in ma life.im looking forward to it. wait&see bro who s going to win.

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    doesnt really matter... he lacks consistency

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    We should really be opening with Gambhir & Dravid (who has quite often opened in the past) in the series till Sehwag arrives - if he does. My XI would be : Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer, Ishant. In case an extra spinner is required use Mishra instead of Praveen or Ishant

  • the_blue_android on July 14, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    I think we're better off without Sehwag who will throw his wicket away in the first 5 overs after 3 boundaries anyway(refer to SA series). To be honest Sehwag knows he isn't good enough to play on seaming,swinging, bouncy conditions and hence avoiding all the difficult assignments and choses to play IPL.

    I'm a hardcore Indian fan, just not a fan of throw-the-kitchen-sink batting technique of Sehwag. That technique works only on flat sub-con pitches. Not in SA, not in England.

    I'm guessing Sehwag will be "injured" even for the Australia series later this year.

  • prajguru on July 14, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    India should open with Gambhir & Dravid. This way they will be able to play both Raina and Yuvraj in the middle order. If and when Sehwag returns Dhoni can take a call on whom to drop in the middle order.

  • on July 14, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    its gonna be a tough contest because the two best cricketing nations at present playing against each other,but india will win this series 2-1 comfortably otherwise it will end up in a draw 1-1.ofcourse we really gonna miss sehwag a lot.but we have the firepower to win this series.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    England tour is gonna be a real test for indian team. West Indian batting and bowling stands no where in comparision to English batting and bowling.

  • Rocket_180 on July 14, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Sehwag will make no difference, Gambhir is a quality replacement

    England need to win 2-0 or better to be number 1, there will never be a better chance to do it, but it all comes down to the ECB and the pitches that are produced and the overrates in the series,

    If England produce 4 pitches that arent flat slow corropate batting wickets which will end up in in 5 days of batsman in charge (just to get 5 days of sales) then i cant see how England can win 2 tests. BUT if England produce bowling friendly pitches with pace and bounce (home adv) then England will win this series as Englands bowling unit is better then Indians and would show real intentions of getting to number 1 in the world Overrates will be key as well in this series as getting 20 wickets for wont be easy for either side, IF there at the usual 12-13 overs an hour, then that will cost the test 50 overs in the 5 days and could be the difference between a draw and a win

  • kanishkazico on July 14, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    exactly without Sehwag, pressue will be huge on Gambhir, he needs to have a good series, he needs to give India good start, specially first test at Lords pressure will be enormous, India should win the toss and field first

  • ShilajitBava on July 14, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @cris89 Don't b so sure mate! Wait and watch, we have very diff plans!

  • ahraz on July 14, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    last time india won without sehwag.Yes sehwag is a daunting player and is a must but you can't get demoralized by the absence of one player.

  • stambake on July 14, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    still sehwag is unfit for 1st two tests.. as he was out for long time and still recovering... sehwag is our top order teat batsman his absence will make a differnce a lot as mukund and m vijay failed for good start in test series recently held in west indies.. i hope viru will come back in 3rd test...

  • laxman.anishetty on July 14, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    its going to be very tough with out sehwag....huge pressure on gambhir

  • cyclist00752 on July 14, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Spicy pitches does not equal to swinging conditions of England. Sehwag returning for 3rd/4th match will not be good as he will not tuned to the rigors of test cricket, and he might not be able to make an impact in those limited opportunities. While the rest of the team makes up a strong side, I still see India losing at 2-1 to England primarily because they will lose the first test match by default. Or maybe they might just fight it out to 1-1, I dont see a better result for the non-dominating no.1 side, even with such class.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Now if India loses, fans will play the "we didn't have Sehwag" excuse. But it certainly is a blow, and I hope he is there for some of the action. I'm rooting for India (the fans are just annoying, but they should be... India is #1)!

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Why dhoni is not giving chance to yuvraj to open the innings...

  • intcamd on July 14, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    We are now reaping the benefits of IPL. Pujara, Sehwag, out of England series, thanks to IPL. The players will deny to death, that IPL had no impact, because they are afraid of upsetting the applecart, and theyndare not say anything to upset BCCI ever. So we shall live on, and if we lose the England series, so what, at least the players made millions, and the BCCI honchos made billions, and that's what matters in the end.

  • on July 14, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    india will badly miss sehwag in england....

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 14, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Hah ! now England will take India a little lightly and they are gonna pay for it dearly. Sure Sehwag is an impact player BUT India have MANY impact players unlike England. This is the main difference between this Indian team and those of the past. I can see only 1 winner for this series and that is India. I simply cannot see how England are going to win it unless they keep bowling out India cheaply. I know personally the English wickets are generally good wickets for batting after the first session on the first day. Swann should be handled well by the Indian batting maestros. They need to watch out for the swing of Anderson and the rest should be easy to handle. 2-1 series win to India !!

  • jrben on July 14, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Sehwag's loss is a bitter blow for IND. There is every chance that they will be 0-1 and quite possibly 0-2 down by the time Sehwag joins the team. Sehwag's positive intent and brilliant strokeplay can seriously damage the confidence of Anderson & Swann and this will let the other IND batsmen to prosper. No disrespect to Mukund but Sehwag gets his runs in double-quick time and with Dravid scoring runs at a rate of one per over IND is going to find it very difficult to take control in the first two tests.. ENG-IND series is the most eagerly awaited series for a very long time and it is highly likely that he would have been fit had he decided to skip the meaningless IPL and go for the surgery immediately after the World Cup. The "if onlys" are unbearable to contemplate in life!

  • the_Srikanth on July 14, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Hmm. Viru misses out. I would suggest giving him a really extended break. Why bring him back for just 1 test and then hamper his recovery. Give him his well deserved time off and start grooming some real young talent.

  • HocasPocas on July 14, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    So he choose 1.8 million Dollar over playing for his country. Such a Shame. Indian Players they are rich anyway. Why he hid his injury and play in IPL. India gonna miss him in England. Its a shame that we wont be watching him in England. TBH I would like to see a legend like him playing test for India not IPL :(

  • nlambda on July 14, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Sehwag is a let down. If the team does well in his absence he should be kept out of the entire tour. He really could have had that surgery right after the WC, couldn't he?

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Keep playing for DD mate, they or rather you need them lot more :x

  • cris89 on July 14, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Sehwag is the only Indian batsman capable of dominating the formidable English attack..Even though Sanga and Mahela are class players, they could not withstand the penetrative English bowling..Dravid, VVS and Sachin have a similar style to those two and will be tormented by Tremlett...England should win this series, the point of interest will be whether they can wrest the No 1 ranking from Ind by beating them 2-0 or 3-1..India will probably lose the first two matches, then win and draw one test each after Sehwag returns, like the 2007-08 Aus tour..

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 14, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.... poms would be very pleased to hear that.. really sad news.. he is capable of destroying eng bowling single handedly.. he was part of our strong opening for 3-4 years now.. this really is huge blow.. i wish selectors had selected Jaffer instead of Mukund for this important tour.

  • Vilander on July 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    ok, we can all go on official panic then. No sehwag, no proper practice games before first two tests in a 4 match series. Hope zak does something special and ishant and harby keep their mojo found in WI.

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Playing da 1st Test without Sehwag is like a Lion fighting without its front sharp teeth :D... a real shame!! Hope gauti can smhw guide the other opener....

  • VAS4 on July 14, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Get well soon Sehwag! We miss you so much...! We felt your abscence especially in the last test against no8 team in the world, WI. Just a little thought.... Should we rush with Sehwag so much? Why can't we pursue one more series with Abhinav Mukund?

  • TeamSelector on July 14, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    It's beginning to look as if both Fletcher & Dhoni are convinced that India won't be able to win a Test match in England without Sehwag ...

  • cricfan2007 on July 14, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Ind have all the fire power to beat England. The weakest link in Indian lineup is the opening pair. On the otherhand, Eng rates swann too high just to portray him like warne for Aus. But I don't think swann is among the very best. Eng will make mistake to make too much seaming wkt. Ind have better seam bowlers than Eng. A little bit of bounce might help Eng.

  • cricket_fan_1 on July 14, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Why was Sehwag selected for this series ? It's such a distraction...

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    As long as India wins at least one of the first 2 tests, then Sehwag can come back and unleash destruction in the 3rd and 4th.

    India will surely miss him, he's their key batsman, but Mukund will come in and do a job, and everyone else will step up.

  • Nampally on July 14, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    With Sehwag missing,India is better off with Dravid opening with Gambhir & followed by Laxman, Tendulkar,Dhoni, Yuvraj & Harbhajan. This given India a further choice to include either Raina or Mishra + 3 pacemen. Mukund is a promising youngster with no experience of opening at the test level other than WI series. If Mukund gets out to the first ball, Dravid will end up as opener anyway.Why not open with Dravid instead of Mukund? India can counter Cook, KP, Trott with spin alternatives..Cook played SL pacemen easily to score 3 centuries.How will India stop him? Mishra may be the answer with his leg spin & googlies backed up by Harbhajan & Yuvraj in spin + 3 pacemen. But India will have to bank on each of their 6 batsmen contributing. England's weakness against spin is well known.This is one way to control the England batting by going in with 5 bowlers + one all rounder in Yuvraj.Only @ Lords Raina may be preferred to Mishra, who will be better choice in other 2 tests.Good Luck!

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Drop him from the tour get another player in.. useless baggage.. He missed all the recent major events. Except IPL..

  • CricEshwar on July 14, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Sehwag's importance is very clear here. With the current batting lineup, we can be sure to withstand England's attack, but if Sehwag is available there is a better chance to dominate. India are always poor starters in most series, I hope they could change the trend here.

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    go India go! i m dying to c sachin making 100th ton on lord's....

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    it is gong to be very difficult without Sehwag. The kind of start he gives to INdia can never be given by anyone in the team. Now we will be scoring less than 3 runs per over unless and until sachin plays like the old sachin

  • sriadi on July 14, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    without viru,it would really be a difficult task 4 india ,the fire power will be missing,england is according to me the best test team as of now,tendul's return surely is a boost to team india,he needs to settle the scores 4 us along wid dravid and laxman, BUT WE REALLY MISS SEHWAG:(:(advantage tremlett but BEWARE VIRU WILL BE BACK TO SPOIL ENGLAND PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Poor chap, Mukund gets a tough tour. What happens to him after the second test ?! No prizes for guessing !!

  • Ramesh-IT on July 14, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    "Of course we'll miss him, but the good thing for Indian cricket is it gives a chance to a youngster like Mukund". Very funny. Dhoni is just trying to show he's not worried a lot, but he'll understand the seriousness of the loss after England post 500 in the first innings. Time to step up as a batsman for Dhoni, you're not a magician to win matches by so called "luck".

  • Alexk400 on July 14, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Without sehwag India at best can draw the series. I think England can win it 1-0 this time around. They have trott to stabilise the inning. They are not reliant on Pieterson anymore. Engalnd can win first test itself. As long as england bowlers were patient and never overpitch to tendulkar. Just back off length to sachin and short ball will do it. Sachin falls rest will fall like 9 pin. Dravid ad laxman can put up some defense but that won't do much to win a game more drawing the game. I think swann can wrap up indian tail. Without sehwag this team is chump outside india.

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    ohhh nooooooo..........without Sehwag in the scheme of things the indians will really face some chin music from anderson $ co..hopes india will win...........dekh lega india

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  • on July 14, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    ohhh nooooooo..........without Sehwag in the scheme of things the indians will really face some chin music from anderson $ co..hopes india will win...........dekh lega india

  • Alexk400 on July 14, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Without sehwag India at best can draw the series. I think England can win it 1-0 this time around. They have trott to stabilise the inning. They are not reliant on Pieterson anymore. Engalnd can win first test itself. As long as england bowlers were patient and never overpitch to tendulkar. Just back off length to sachin and short ball will do it. Sachin falls rest will fall like 9 pin. Dravid ad laxman can put up some defense but that won't do much to win a game more drawing the game. I think swann can wrap up indian tail. Without sehwag this team is chump outside india.

  • Ramesh-IT on July 14, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    "Of course we'll miss him, but the good thing for Indian cricket is it gives a chance to a youngster like Mukund". Very funny. Dhoni is just trying to show he's not worried a lot, but he'll understand the seriousness of the loss after England post 500 in the first innings. Time to step up as a batsman for Dhoni, you're not a magician to win matches by so called "luck".

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Poor chap, Mukund gets a tough tour. What happens to him after the second test ?! No prizes for guessing !!

  • sriadi on July 14, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    without viru,it would really be a difficult task 4 india ,the fire power will be missing,england is according to me the best test team as of now,tendul's return surely is a boost to team india,he needs to settle the scores 4 us along wid dravid and laxman, BUT WE REALLY MISS SEHWAG:(:(advantage tremlett but BEWARE VIRU WILL BE BACK TO SPOIL ENGLAND PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    it is gong to be very difficult without Sehwag. The kind of start he gives to INdia can never be given by anyone in the team. Now we will be scoring less than 3 runs per over unless and until sachin plays like the old sachin

  • on July 14, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    go India go! i m dying to c sachin making 100th ton on lord's....

  • CricEshwar on July 14, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Sehwag's importance is very clear here. With the current batting lineup, we can be sure to withstand England's attack, but if Sehwag is available there is a better chance to dominate. India are always poor starters in most series, I hope they could change the trend here.

  • on July 14, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Drop him from the tour get another player in.. useless baggage.. He missed all the recent major events. Except IPL..

  • Nampally on July 14, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    With Sehwag missing,India is better off with Dravid opening with Gambhir & followed by Laxman, Tendulkar,Dhoni, Yuvraj & Harbhajan. This given India a further choice to include either Raina or Mishra + 3 pacemen. Mukund is a promising youngster with no experience of opening at the test level other than WI series. If Mukund gets out to the first ball, Dravid will end up as opener anyway.Why not open with Dravid instead of Mukund? India can counter Cook, KP, Trott with spin alternatives..Cook played SL pacemen easily to score 3 centuries.How will India stop him? Mishra may be the answer with his leg spin & googlies backed up by Harbhajan & Yuvraj in spin + 3 pacemen. But India will have to bank on each of their 6 batsmen contributing. England's weakness against spin is well known.This is one way to control the England batting by going in with 5 bowlers + one all rounder in Yuvraj.Only @ Lords Raina may be preferred to Mishra, who will be better choice in other 2 tests.Good Luck!