India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad

Injuries to Sehwag, Zaheer not serious - team managements

Sharda Ugra and Siddhartha Talya

November 4, 2012

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Virender Sehwag chats with Zaheer Khan at a net session a day ahead of the match against Pakistan, World Twenty20, Colombo, September 29, 2012
Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan stayed off the field for considerable amounts of time in their respective Ranji Trophy matches © Associated Press
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A day before India select the squad for the first Test against England, they received two minor injury scares in Ranji Trophy matches.

Virender Sehwag stayed off the field and batted at No. 6 because of a cut on his right index finger, but when he did bat he provided good support to Mithun Manhas in an unbeaten stand for 61 minutes against Uttar Pradesh. Zaheer Khan pulled up sore during his 21st over against Railways in Mumbai, pointed towards his groin, and walked off after a brief chat with two of his team-mates. Both players have 11 days to recover as the first starts on November 15 in Ahmedabad.

Both the players' respective team managements have said that the injuries are nothing to lose sleep over. Vijay Dahiya, Delhi's coach, told ESPNcricinfo that Sehwag's X-ray, done on Saturday, revealed no break. Sehwag, he said, had received "one or two stitches on the cut this morning" and had batted at No. 6 as a precautionary measure. "We wanted to give it as much of a rest as possible in the day" But as Delhi began to run out of specialist batsmen, trying to save a match against Uttar Pradesh, Sehwag put on his gloves and walked out.

With Manhas, Sehwag added 51 for the fifth wicket. He remained unbeaten on 21 off 44 balls, and is expected to bat on the fourth morning.

Mumbai's captain, Ajit Agarkar, told reporters at the end of the day that Zaheer's problem was just a cramp. "He should be okay, he should be on the field tomorrow morning," Agarkar said. "He was just cramping badly. It suddenly got a little humid, the last couple of days, probably dehydrated a little bit."

However, when the incident occurred, Zaheer was just coming back from a five-over period spent off the field. "Sometimes you want to hold back a little bit instead of doing any damage," Agarkar said. So did he stay back after tea because of the cramp? "Obviously, yes," said Agarkar.

Zaheer, who had had a catch dropped off his bowling on the second day, now has figures of 20.5-5-41-1. Agarkar qualified Zaheer's effort as impressive and just the workout that he needed.

The news, when it trickled in, caused plenty of concern among Indian cricket followers because both Sehwag and Zaheer have been a long history of injuries. They both missed large parts of the series when India were whitewashed 4-0 in England last year.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo
Siddhartha Talya is senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

I wish the selectors will consider new faces. The problem seems to be that no one wants to think of new options and yet keep repeating that the cupboard is bare. Who knows, a new addidion could turn out to be the prodigy that everyone is looking for. For example, the way Mukul Dagar and Jeevanjot Singh batted in their second and first matches in the Ranji clearly showed that they could be stars of the future. There are so many others I could name having followed the domestic tournaments. The thing is because people seem to forget that cricket itself has evolved tremendously in the country from the time Sachin Tendulkar made his debut. Today the motivaion is strong for cricketers to be more of the finished product than they used to be two decades ago.The Bawnes and the Unmukhts and the Smit Patels have to be tried out when they are young. At that age the are nerveless and could turn out to be what everyone is looking for. When Sehwag opened for the first time,he was not even an opener.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Are these players ever performed like a match winner, to be selected in the national team. Pragyan Ojha - I dont even know a single positive point about this guy. Harbhajan Singh - He was wicket less in the first innings of Ranji Where as his part time spinners were spinning the ball better than him. Ishant Sharma - Never found his mojo, he is no longer a strike bowler. M Vijay - Performed only on flat tracks. Ajinkiya Rahane - Good in ODI. His partner Shikar Dhawan is in awesome form.

Posted by SURESHMEENIGE on (November 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

Sehwag will not play for himself like Sachin Tendulkar...He always plays for the nation/state...Both Will play first test Match...

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

He will not play for himself like Sachin Tendulkar...He always plays for the nation/state...They will recover and will be available for first Test Match

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Its time for Viru and Zaheer to say goog bye to Indian Cricket and make some chance to youngsters. They have done alot for Indian Cricket, so better to say good bye in hounour. Next the new selection is ignored Irfan Pathan and include Ishant Sharma... that is completely wrong decision, and hope Murli Vijay get all 4 innings to bat and got oouuut on zero... so it will be good for the selectors.

Posted by sachislife2310 on (November 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Learn from Tendulkar. 23 yrs of career, 38 yrs old, still fit and stays in field like a hungry kid. :D

Posted by drsarun81 on (November 5, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

zak should be fit to bowl 10 overs max in a day 5 at the beginning and with the old ball. mostly spinners will bowl all the time in a dust bowl.zak is india'a best test seamer at this moment. so he shud play by any means. viru is hit or miss type. either it will be bumper or big flop. worth taking the risk. but imp area of concern is sachin's batting (got clean bowled quite a few times now)against english seamers esp anderson and stuart broad who will bring the ball in.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Team India for 1st/2nd Tests against England- MSD(c)/Viru/Gauti/Sachin/Virat/Yuvraj/Pujara/Ashwin/Umesh/Ojha/Rahane/Bhajji/Ishant/Vijay/Zak

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 5, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

let the injuries be serious and get them not selected till 2017

Posted by himohan007 on (November 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

@Meety Dont worry about Htc-Android .He is a SL fan who always be in coma stage when ever there is India vs SL match because every one knows how harsh all Indian batsman will be against Malinga especially V.Kholi. He also forgot who was leading wicket taker in WC 2011. But I also agree with most of Indian fans we should move on from Zak. We have to invest this test series to test either of Pankaj or Awana. Hope selectors understands it.

Posted by wolf777 on (November 5, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Bettr not pick Zaheer Khan...he will pull out in the first innings after bowling only few overs...good bowler; but, very unreliable fittness...

Posted by sam_m on (November 5, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

Viru and Zaheer are getting pretty consistent at getting injured. Pretty impressive.

Posted by Meety on (November 5, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

@Htc-Android on (November 04 2012, 20:29 PM GMT) - mate, that's harsh, very funny, but harsh!

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

@ Eliya How can anyone forget that!!!!However I believe that India can win without Zaheer against soft oppositions though having no chance against tougher oppositions and any opposition on fast pitches.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 4, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Thomas Odoyo is a better seamer than Zaheer khan.Thomas Odoyo atleast takes wickets against Afghan team. Zaheer khan even gets hammered by afghan batsmen.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Zaheer still has another 2-3 years of test and ODI cricket left in him.. Sewhag seems to have taken his place for granted...

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Both these players are important...!!!

Posted by AvidCricFan on (November 4, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Shewag is surviving on past glories not his recent past performances even on subcontinent pitches. Viru, Tendulkar and Zaheer will be liabilities for the Indian team.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (November 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

I doubt Zaheer will last the whole series. India better start preparing for future without Zaheer. Persisiting with Zaheer reminds me of last couple of years of Kapil's career and Kapil was much accomplished player than Zaheer.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

It seems people are forgetting that barring Zaheer Khan, there is not a single decent fast bowler in the Indian cricket team. His performance would definitely be crucial for India if they are to do well against England.

Posted by indiabadri on (November 4, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Let India loose by playing youngsters rather than relying on these oldies who is not fit.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 4, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Agree it is a minor scare indeeed that these two got injured, but the major scare is they will be in the playing 11..LOL

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 4, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for India.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

India need both these great players against England. Especially Sehwag has been batting beautifully in the sub-continent condition. Zaheer Khan is still a great threat to opposite batsmen. Zaheer swing with both new and old ball. Indian cricket fans want a full team with experience and youth with likes of Kohli, Pujara and Yadav. Best Wishes to Team India...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 4, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

The fact is that both these guys are well past their prime and it's time the Indian selectors take a call on their futures. Cause it's evident that in the Indian cricket culture, old guys have to be SHOVED out of the team. Sehwag and Zaheer are simply not cut out for today's cricket standards. Fitness is a key factor and both these guys take it for granted. In the long term, they will be a liability to India. So it's better to make sure they are 100% before the first test. We don't need a repeat of Lords' 2011 for either of them. Our younger Ranji players are doing a GREAT job in handling England so far in the tour games. To be honest, we are not going to lose anything by not having Zaheer or Viru in the team. So I am not really concerned.

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