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India delay decision on playing Sehwag

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March 23, 2011

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Virender Sehwag dives in the field, India v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Nagpur, March 12, 2011
Will he or won't he? There is still some doubt over Virender Sehwag's fitness ahead of Thursday's game © Getty Images

India captain MS Dhoni has said that a decision on Virender Sehwag's participation in Thursday's quarter-final game against Australia will be taken later this evening or on Thursday morning. Sehwag had missed India's final league game against West Indies because of a knee problem but batted in the nets on Tuesday.

"We are taking a call [on Sehwag] in the evening or maybe tomorrow morning before the start of the game," Dhoni said in Ahmedabad today. "Apart from that, all the others are fit."

Sehwag participated in the warm-up round of football during Wednesday's practice session, though he did not move much. Obviously he did not want to take chances with the knee. Later, he batted in the nets, albeit only against spinners for about 15 minutes. Once again he did not exert himself, refraining from bending his knee too much or stepping out as much as he would have liked. On Tuesday too he had batted for a regulated time in the nets, and if that is to be taken as an indicator, Sehwag is likely to return for the quarter-final.

Sehwag's knee has been bothering him since the start of the World Cup, but his current worry is the result of swelling caused by an allergic reaction to a pain-killing injection he took after the league game against South Africa in Nagpur. Gautam Gambhir opened the innings with Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies.

Sehwag's one-day average against Australia is 22.65 and it has been ten innings since he has made a limited-overs fifty against them. Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has dismissed Sehwag the most number of times across all format, said on Tuesday that he would look to bowl at Sehwag's rib-cage. However, Dhoni did not seem too concerned with the strategy.

"It's really good to have Sehwag opening the innings for you, because deliveries will be short and to the body. He's the kind of batsmen, if you go slightly wrong, he can make the most of that kind of a bowling.

"He can play an aggressive game, change the course of a game in the first five overs and give your team the kind of momentum that is needed."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Come on India you can do it! Pakistan has done it so can you!!

Posted by Ashok on (March 24, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

viru bai should play today...& it's a must win condition for india to enter into the semiz

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

india will not manage the win if S.R.Tendlkr play. if he will not play they win.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

Sachin we need 100th TON....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

I dont know what Johnson was thinking when he ran his mouth before the game and revealing his ideas/plans against opposing players. He would have used this as a strategy to surprise him rather than letting him know so he can wait on the back foot. And more or less sehvag knows what he is going to get with Johnson. Or Johnson might be using a double-whammy here !!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Nope! batsman like sehwag shud open in qf vs AUS otherwise it will b a big problem for india in today's match...hope for the best guys !!

Posted by Dru on (March 24, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Do you play an unfit Sewag? With so many quality batters in the wings one would say no but this is not just anyone - its Sewag and needs a closer look. I guess it all depends on the extent of the injury and of course he wont be allowed a runner or leave the field (I think) if he comes in wtih an injury so this is a hard one. I reckon India will play him as not having him up the order is simply too much of a blow in such a important game.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

sachin will be face more pressure, if sehwag not playing today. I trust on only First 3 wkts.

Posted by mohammed on (March 24, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

Any update on this situation?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 6:01 GMT)

Whatever the sort of bowling, these are Indian pitches and some of the best batsmen to play in these conditions. Indias best (and perhaps only) chance is to simply bat australia out of the game to where thier relatively poor bowling lineup is hidden. That being said, australia are POOR at playing good spin, something demonstrated time and time again, and lack a quality spinner since the time of warne. This game is evenly balanced - atleast until the toss.

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