India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad November 4, 2012

Injuries to Sehwag, Zaheer not serious - team managements


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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  • P Subramani 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Suresh Kumar 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...

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sham 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

  • arun 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • DINESH on November 5, 2012, 6:14 GMT

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

  • Mohan 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.

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