India news March 6, 2013

India must take a call on Sehwag's spot - Dravid

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India's selectors and management must decide whether they want Virender Sehwag to open in Tests in South Africa at the end of the year, and if not, they must give someone else the opportunity to find his feet in familiar conditions, Rahul Dravid has said. The Indian selectors are due to pick the squad for the last two Tests against Australia on Thursday, but ESPNcricinfo understands no changes are expected.

A chink in India's commanding victories in the first two Tests in Chennai and Hyderabad was their opening partnership, which produced 11, 16 and 17. While M Vijay found form in Hyderabad with 167, Sehwag aggregated 27 in three innings.

He had made only 253 runs in seven innings during the home series against England last year, 117 of those coming in one innings in Ahmedabad. He also failed to score a half-century in two home Tests against New Zealand. On India's last overseas assignment, in Australia, Sehwag made 198 runs in eight innings. After the two remaining matches against Australia, India have no more Tests scheduled before their trip to South Africa at the end of the year.

"I think the selectors and management need to decide whether they are going to open with Viru (Virender) in South Africa," Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. "I mean Viru playing well, Viru at his best, is a great asset to any side, but the reality is that he hasn't been performing particularly well, and he hasn't really done well on overseas trips over the last two or three years. If they feel confident about opening with Sehwag in South Africa, then I think it makes sense to continue with Sehwag and give him the opportunity to get that confidence."

Dravid said there was also the option of moving Sehwag to the middle order, and if that was the case, then India should blood the replacement opener in home conditions before taking him to face the new ball in South Africa. The reserve opener in the squad for the first two Tests against Australia was Delhi batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

"If they are going to look ahead, I think there could be a realistic possibility of Sehwag coming into the middle order," Dravid said. "You know if opportunities open up at some stage, maybe Sachin is going to move on, then I think Viru is the man with the experience to be able to come in and bat in the middle order. He has said in the past that he would like to, and that could be an option.

If that is the route India is going to take then I think it makes sense to try out another youngster, or try out another opener, and give him the opportunity to play at least a couple of Test matches in more familiar conditions, before going to South Africa. I think it will be unfair on any young opener to be asked to go to South Africa straightaway, and play against the likes of Steyn, Philander and Morkel."

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  • BHARATLIFE on March 7, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Dravid the gentlemen and thinker that he often is,neither being theatric nor apathetic.He has addressed the issues well. In my humble opinion ,the way South Africans are bowling, it will not make a huge difference with 2 tests. I will be proud Indian if we can manage at lest 180 everytime we bat in SA. Viru, i love him , but for the past 3 innings,it looks like a man with straight jacket, it look more like he does not want to attack, one sign in that he would atlest use his bat to defend not let it go.Rather, than looking for future and obliterating another young guy's confidence, send the normal team, and let them be battered. If they play well and even win(infinitely impossible :) ) then bonus. I think we should re-asses from South Africa, onwards, they might as well bring back Ghambhir, because Steyn struggles with lefties,. Let us face it, all teams (NZ,AUS,ENG,PAK) have faced the wrath,it is highly unlikely we will !!

  • Vnott on March 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Funny thing about Sehwag is he could easily score a hundred or two in the remaining two tests without anyone realizing he was ever out of form. But it is likely that the selectors patience has run out and Rahane or Dhawan do deserve a game. Dravids observation merits a serious think purely from one point of view. If Sachin does not go to South Africa who will occupy no:4 slot. Badri has had a horror run in the domestic season since his injury ( he was the best choice for many years but the selectors kept him out). Manoj Tiwary or Raina can come in. Since there are not many good spinners in SA, Yuvraj also can come in. But Sehwag as a counter punching no:4 or 5 is a very real option in SA. Jadeja at 6 does not stand even a iota of a chance to succeed in SA and for that matter Vijay inspite of the 167 is highly unlikely to succeed in SA. Pujara and Virat will be the fulcrum of the side. Sehwag at 4 or 5 cant be discounted. Gambhir is likely to be back in SA too.

  • mohnish0102 on March 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I love to see Viru hitting the bowlers all around the park. "On his day" he can make Steyn, Ajmal, Philander or any other top class bowlers cry literally. But...and I repeat "But" that happens once in 10 innings and off-late doesn't happen at all. Cricket India can't afford to keep Viru as a 'surprise package' and think that if he gets going, he'll bail us out of trouble. No... that's not happening. I would rather play Gauti (other out-of form Delhiite) who at least shows he is trying or for that matter younger guys like Shikhar Dhawn, Ajinkya Rahane & others. India is back on winning track (yes... on Indian pitches) and there is no point in relying on "Big names". Doesn't do any good to the team's morale when they are almost always 12-1, 13-1 or 17-1 playing a test match in subcontinent. In the end Good Luck Team India & good luck Viru !!

  • Kalyanb85 on March 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    As a huge fan of his batting and his words so far, I have agreed to everything Dravid has said but I don't know how to comment on this one. My first point is that everyone is talking about how players should be given exposure in domestic conditions before going to South Africa.Sachin debuted in Pakistan, Saurav and the man himself, Dravid in England, Sehwag in SA and so on. You can't be scared and protect the players even before they fall down.Increase overseas A tours. send the potential youngsters to England for a county season. Secondly, even if you give a Dhawan or a rahane a chance for these two tests, what is the probability of them carrying that experience to SA, which is after some 9 months.It is a simple deal. Viru wanted the middle order, was refused but accepted the opening slot and was one of the pillars for India to rise to Test No.1.It is only fair he is given the middle order slot now.

  • on March 9, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Dravid's point of view is clear cut for the team transition. He tells the right one for team India concerning the abroaed tours. His points should be validated.

  • on March 7, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Sehwag's body language suggests he is under pressure. The confident, carefree Viru who scored 1000s of runs for India isn't the same anymore. He is not even making good 30-40 cameos. He should have moved down the order long ago and with every failure he is simply losing confidence in his abilities more. Bringing in Ambati Rayudu, who has had a great Ranji season as well as a terrific Irani Cup (not to forget the 87 in the warm up against Australia) would be the right way to go. So what if there are other folks in the reckoning before him, weren't Rohit, Rahane etc given enough chances at the international level? Rayudu has shown immense talent and a solid technique against fast and spin bowling. He is international material and should be picked very very soon. Raina/Yuvraj should be ignored without any consideration, the team cannot give them several come back opportunities while they have time and again proved inept of test standards.

  • on March 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    First of all I appreciate the fact that Dravid has not intended to rule out Sehwag completely but to provide him an apportunity to player in the order of his choice. This is because we all know what Sehwag is capable of and what impact does it make when he scores well(I agree that he isn't in good form and has been critised lately).However, I think the selectors should let him play this series and then take a call on this. Playing a new opening pair here in India with intend to gain experience anticipating it will help them in SA series does carry too much weight. Bringing Sehwag down the order and giving an youngster a chance to open an innings would add to the accompaniment of the team.

  • Dayalan.Cricklover on March 7, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Well, the legend (Dravid) knows the other legend (sehwag) more than anyone else. Sehwag has been out of form there is no doubt about it. But, he is a kind of player who hits back to form within no time. Unfortunately, this out of form run has prolonged. South African wickets are for him! Recollect his debut 100 at Bloemfontein. Although, time has passed by such memories can be motivating.

    So, i guess going with the same team for the remaining test against Australia is the right move. A look up in these two tests and some runs (probably big!) under his belt, Sehwag could be a match winner again. . . .

  • chrisinfidel on March 7, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Sehwag's life had been made easier by the selectors, by giving him too many chances, when he never deserved. Sehwag's problem has been his irresponsibility and carelessness, he nver put a price on his wicket. The blow that India has recieved by playing him, in place of other youngsters is the massive defeats they suffered in England, Down under and the home series against england. Now, India is in a situation of no specialist opener, that can match against the formidable South African attack later this year.

    Too much hero-worship and Star glorification is ditrimental for an individual's career. that has been consistently embarked in Idia cricket over the years. The current performance against an inexperienced and spineless Australian side shouldnt be romanticised. India's record for the past two years has been dismal. Its always better for Dhoni and his selectors to be pragmatic and realistic and take futuristic decisions.

  • on March 7, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    I think Viru should be given few more chance since the team is in best position now in the series there is no harm giving him chance at least in this ongoing series.If he fails then its fair call for youngster to take his place.

  • BHARATLIFE on March 7, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Dravid the gentlemen and thinker that he often is,neither being theatric nor apathetic.He has addressed the issues well. In my humble opinion ,the way South Africans are bowling, it will not make a huge difference with 2 tests. I will be proud Indian if we can manage at lest 180 everytime we bat in SA. Viru, i love him , but for the past 3 innings,it looks like a man with straight jacket, it look more like he does not want to attack, one sign in that he would atlest use his bat to defend not let it go.Rather, than looking for future and obliterating another young guy's confidence, send the normal team, and let them be battered. If they play well and even win(infinitely impossible :) ) then bonus. I think we should re-asses from South Africa, onwards, they might as well bring back Ghambhir, because Steyn struggles with lefties,. Let us face it, all teams (NZ,AUS,ENG,PAK) have faced the wrath,it is highly unlikely we will !!

  • Vnott on March 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Funny thing about Sehwag is he could easily score a hundred or two in the remaining two tests without anyone realizing he was ever out of form. But it is likely that the selectors patience has run out and Rahane or Dhawan do deserve a game. Dravids observation merits a serious think purely from one point of view. If Sachin does not go to South Africa who will occupy no:4 slot. Badri has had a horror run in the domestic season since his injury ( he was the best choice for many years but the selectors kept him out). Manoj Tiwary or Raina can come in. Since there are not many good spinners in SA, Yuvraj also can come in. But Sehwag as a counter punching no:4 or 5 is a very real option in SA. Jadeja at 6 does not stand even a iota of a chance to succeed in SA and for that matter Vijay inspite of the 167 is highly unlikely to succeed in SA. Pujara and Virat will be the fulcrum of the side. Sehwag at 4 or 5 cant be discounted. Gambhir is likely to be back in SA too.

  • mohnish0102 on March 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I love to see Viru hitting the bowlers all around the park. "On his day" he can make Steyn, Ajmal, Philander or any other top class bowlers cry literally. But...and I repeat "But" that happens once in 10 innings and off-late doesn't happen at all. Cricket India can't afford to keep Viru as a 'surprise package' and think that if he gets going, he'll bail us out of trouble. No... that's not happening. I would rather play Gauti (other out-of form Delhiite) who at least shows he is trying or for that matter younger guys like Shikhar Dhawn, Ajinkya Rahane & others. India is back on winning track (yes... on Indian pitches) and there is no point in relying on "Big names". Doesn't do any good to the team's morale when they are almost always 12-1, 13-1 or 17-1 playing a test match in subcontinent. In the end Good Luck Team India & good luck Viru !!

  • Kalyanb85 on March 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    As a huge fan of his batting and his words so far, I have agreed to everything Dravid has said but I don't know how to comment on this one. My first point is that everyone is talking about how players should be given exposure in domestic conditions before going to South Africa.Sachin debuted in Pakistan, Saurav and the man himself, Dravid in England, Sehwag in SA and so on. You can't be scared and protect the players even before they fall down.Increase overseas A tours. send the potential youngsters to England for a county season. Secondly, even if you give a Dhawan or a rahane a chance for these two tests, what is the probability of them carrying that experience to SA, which is after some 9 months.It is a simple deal. Viru wanted the middle order, was refused but accepted the opening slot and was one of the pillars for India to rise to Test No.1.It is only fair he is given the middle order slot now.

  • on March 9, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Dravid's point of view is clear cut for the team transition. He tells the right one for team India concerning the abroaed tours. His points should be validated.

  • on March 7, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Sehwag's body language suggests he is under pressure. The confident, carefree Viru who scored 1000s of runs for India isn't the same anymore. He is not even making good 30-40 cameos. He should have moved down the order long ago and with every failure he is simply losing confidence in his abilities more. Bringing in Ambati Rayudu, who has had a great Ranji season as well as a terrific Irani Cup (not to forget the 87 in the warm up against Australia) would be the right way to go. So what if there are other folks in the reckoning before him, weren't Rohit, Rahane etc given enough chances at the international level? Rayudu has shown immense talent and a solid technique against fast and spin bowling. He is international material and should be picked very very soon. Raina/Yuvraj should be ignored without any consideration, the team cannot give them several come back opportunities while they have time and again proved inept of test standards.

  • on March 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    First of all I appreciate the fact that Dravid has not intended to rule out Sehwag completely but to provide him an apportunity to player in the order of his choice. This is because we all know what Sehwag is capable of and what impact does it make when he scores well(I agree that he isn't in good form and has been critised lately).However, I think the selectors should let him play this series and then take a call on this. Playing a new opening pair here in India with intend to gain experience anticipating it will help them in SA series does carry too much weight. Bringing Sehwag down the order and giving an youngster a chance to open an innings would add to the accompaniment of the team.

  • Dayalan.Cricklover on March 7, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Well, the legend (Dravid) knows the other legend (sehwag) more than anyone else. Sehwag has been out of form there is no doubt about it. But, he is a kind of player who hits back to form within no time. Unfortunately, this out of form run has prolonged. South African wickets are for him! Recollect his debut 100 at Bloemfontein. Although, time has passed by such memories can be motivating.

    So, i guess going with the same team for the remaining test against Australia is the right move. A look up in these two tests and some runs (probably big!) under his belt, Sehwag could be a match winner again. . . .

  • chrisinfidel on March 7, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Sehwag's life had been made easier by the selectors, by giving him too many chances, when he never deserved. Sehwag's problem has been his irresponsibility and carelessness, he nver put a price on his wicket. The blow that India has recieved by playing him, in place of other youngsters is the massive defeats they suffered in England, Down under and the home series against england. Now, India is in a situation of no specialist opener, that can match against the formidable South African attack later this year.

    Too much hero-worship and Star glorification is ditrimental for an individual's career. that has been consistently embarked in Idia cricket over the years. The current performance against an inexperienced and spineless Australian side shouldnt be romanticised. India's record for the past two years has been dismal. Its always better for Dhoni and his selectors to be pragmatic and realistic and take futuristic decisions.

  • on March 7, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    I think Viru should be given few more chance since the team is in best position now in the series there is no harm giving him chance at least in this ongoing series.If he fails then its fair call for youngster to take his place.

  • drpravo on March 7, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Would anyone be able to tell me when the tour to sa is scheduled? The exact dates..

  • Raghu1948 on March 7, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Well said Dravid and the selectors are bold enough to drop him . One never knows we cannot rule out one more come back .

  • Naresh28 on March 7, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    The REALITY of the situation is that Viru's eyesight is gone. Between hin and Sachin its time to call it a day - the call should be left to both of them. By dropping Shewag the selectors have already made him think and consider. Sachin is still scoring but not as heavily as he used to. Gambhir has failed as a test opener and maybe could find a middle order slot. By shedding off some players, India test team is looking much better.

  • gptnitesh on March 7, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Very nice comments by legend on Sehwag's future. Main problem with sehwag is that he is not looking focused and not in great touch. He is not getting runs that is separate story, Same is with Sachin. But Sachin is looking confident in this series and looks like he is in the form. some times you get out early even you are in your elite form. Sehwag need to focus a lot if he want to continue in the Test cricket. BCCI should start grooming new openers and I think, Rahane, Murli V and Shikhar are great prospect. Even BCCI can go with Jaffer as well as he did fantastically well in domestic. Age should not be factor while doing selection.

  • sulav.dahal on March 7, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    well said, wall of indian cricket! Sehwag is already dropped for the remaining two tests against Australia at home. He should say his views if he can play at middle order in Indian test team. Otherwise, there are so many young batsmen waiting to get a chance to prove them! Viru should rather only play ODI and T20, if he feels his aggressive batting don't (it looks like it never) fit for tests.

  • vishak_cruiser on March 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    @BHARATLIFE please dont under estimate our indian team .... yes everyone knows south africa is a world class team and they have the best bowling attack in the world currently but in addition to that they are also tagged "chokers" ....your comments shows how you have been dissapointed with the 8-0 drubbing india faced against aus and eng overseas .... every indian fan would have been as dissapointed as you .......but it is not going to be the same always ........ good days will come and india will start to win overseas you'll see it is going to happen and i hope it strats with SA tour ..... regarding sehwag's omission i think it is a a good decision sehwag has got so many chances than what he deserved ....... he felt a little comfortable knowing the selectors would not drop him because of his stats but this selection team have done a bold thing and the right thing ..... we should encourage youngsters to perform so that it may help in future ...

  • shrastogi on March 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    I would take Sehwag to SA but not as an opener ,a role in which he hasnt done anything there. India would need a pure batsman at 6 there and Sehwag has scored his first hundred at 6 in his debut test there. This season in Ranji Trophy he got a hundred at 6 against UP which had decent set of pacers. So we need to have another set of openers ready. I would have Gambhir in the side for remaining tests against Australia irrespective of the fact that team management may choose Dhawan to play at Mohali. So Sehwag can be given rest. Another fact is that Tendulkar may not be in the party for SA tour so Sehwag's exprience may be useful there. So Sehwag should try to find form by scoring lot of runs in domestic matches. I hope BCCI would give the team in SA a lot of acclimitisation before tests.

  • vish57 on March 7, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    It is time to rest Sehwag for the remaining 2 tests and try with alternate players. Without undermining the contribution to Indian cricket by him, time to give fair oppurtunity to new players. Team building is a continous process, no one can make sweeping changes in playin XI or XV. I fail to understand why BCCI is not keen to host smaller teams such as Bangladesh, Zimbabe, WI and NZ more frequently, for that matter, Bangladesh team has not been hosted for any test in India so far. BCCI can experiment with youth in such series to field their best team ag SA/AUS/ENG. For example Abhinav Mukund , despite his decent performance in WI & England as an opener is out of reckoning now a days. Let BCCI smaller teams and try 3-4 youngsters

  • BrianCharlesVivek on March 7, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    For a player who thrived on asian wickets and knee high bouncy wickets, surviving for 10 years is a great feat. See his statistics, except for the debut hundred against SA, 195 in Melbourne and one in NZ, there is nothing else worthwhile mentioning. 18 of his 23 hundreds are in Asia. The tags like "destroyer" , "match winner on his day" are just based on favourable conditions. Simply a overrated and mediocre player. A similar style player is Kevin Pietersen and see the impact he has made in different conditions.

  • satchander on March 7, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Sehwag needs to be thrown out. Period. Enough of tolerating his inconsistent performances. Please give chance to others Rahane/Jaffer/Dhawan etc. We need a guy who can give a solid base at the top in all types of conditions. Sehwag had his best days but no more. I do not think he has any more to offer even if he is going to be in middle order.

  • Linusrt on March 7, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    The Wall continues to bat for India ! Right thinking and practical. For sure we need to settle the opening pair. While Sehwag is one of those who have redifned Opening Batting in Tests, India sure need to establish a good opening pair when Sehwag is still playing. Also Sehwag in middle order will keep pressure on opposition while the new opening pair gets established

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    i honestly Think that INdia should open with pujara and murli vijay for the next two matches, if they want to keep sehwag in the team. pujara opening and well set for a while in the team can fit one of the opener slots.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Sachin is not going to bat forever in the middle order and I don't find Yuvraj/Badrinath/Raina can take up the responsibility to replace him easily in the middle order.They have been given chances and none of them has been effective enough. So why not give a chance to someone like Sehwag who has shown interest to bat down the order.I don't say he will be successful but we have to take a chance either now or in couple of years we will be forced to.And regarding Jadeja: he won't be very useful as a spinner in SA as we have a leading spinner in Ashwin and he has not shown any gr8 batting skills at international levels.He needs to improve his batting to stay in.And regarding Harbhajan: He has not been effective in recent past and there are no more slots for a spinner(Ojha is on the bench).We almost have the series in the bag so I feel India should give a chance to Rahane/Dhawan at opening with Vijay and Sehwag in the middle order and no Harbhajan.

  • bleedblue_sach on March 7, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Master being senior of all batsman, having all the shots of cricket book in his armour, and having experience of opening for team in a lot of ODI matches, should open the innings for SA series giving space to Sehwag in middle order to bat at his No.4 position. I know this would be hard to shiffle the spaces, but nothing is so difficult for Sachin. He should continue with team and provide his invaluable support to his successors of great Indian cricket team. If Sehwag fails again, there will be no question of playing him anymore. Leave him, give the opening spot to Sikhar Dawan and Murali Vijay and continue Master in his own place. If selectors want to axe Sehwag despite any of alternatives, then give a chance to Wasim Jaffer who had tons and tons of domestic runs in successive domestic seasons so as to protect confidence of our young players against likes of Steyn, Morkel and Philander.

  • bharath4viru on March 7, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    And we being the greatest cricket lovers in the world, do not accept indian team losing even a single match. Right now indian team have already witnessed the loss of Dravid and Laxman from the Test Squad at the same time around and it is a huge loss.We are in the process of building a new team replacing those two slots and it is not easy to fill that gap soon. We need both the replacement players to do well and consistently as well (PUJARA and KOHILI). Only then we can fancy our chances with the Opening position. If not we would definitely end up in the situation as Australia is in Today with all new faces in the team at the same time. Remember we only like to see india win and can we think of that in the Test Cricket with all the new players replacing the greats at the same time. Also sehwag is in the process of finding his problems, he has got spectacles ON and trying to get into some rythm. So let us leave the decision to Selectors and the Captain and enjoy the game.

  • Iyer on March 7, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    cricket is no longer 'one player fits all versions (tests, ODI and T20)' nor 'one player fits all playing conditions (spin / seamer / swing / flat)'. Unless BCCI understands this basic stuff, India will never be able to perform consistently well.

  • bharath4viru on March 7, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    It is surprising to me that Great Player from Indian Team (RAHUL DRAVID) just walks to the Media and questions position of yet another Great Player from the Indian Team (VIRENDAR SEHWAG). I agree Rahul was a great player and was one of those indian cricket fans who took him as a role model in the game of cricket, but i totally disagree with the way he has come out to the media. It would have been better if Rahul has shared his thoughts with the BCCI or Selectors or the INDIAN Captain, instead of making an public statement. And this is not something we are seeing now, same thing happened with many great indian players but hard to digest Dravid did the same thing. Coming to Sehwag, it is true that he is not performing well these days. But the point to be noted here is, it is not by looking at the average bench mark we decide he is not performing well. It is when we take into consideration the amount of potential he has shown and the standards he has created for him we tend to feel so.

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Its Just That Sehwag Needs Some Consultation Session From The Seniors of Indian Cricket Such as Kapil Dev, Kris Srikanth, & May Be Dravid As Well, I further Think That He's Just Going Through a Rough Patch & Just Needs That Magical Tip From any of The Seniors & BANG!!!!!!! He Will Be Back. I Also Think He's at His Devastating Best When Opening The Innings For India I don't Think That Shuffling His Position in The Batting Order Would Be of Any Help Both For Him As Well As The Team Altogether!!!!!!!! And of course, Give Him Time & Space To Do Well.

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Why not Sachin open the batting? He has got nothing to lose, considering what he has achieved in Test match cricket. He is at the fag end of his career and he can give this a shot to try and help the team. If Sehwag can return to form by playing the middle order, Sachin can help him out by opening the batting.

  • Rbak_SRT on March 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Cant get carried away..please replace Sehwag with Dinesh Karthik and make Dhoni a specialist batsman..will atleast reduce his burden..DK's stats in domestic season is really good..only performer from TN or pls move Sehwag down the order..enough of punishment..Zak shd be back wen all other fastmen are injured and he is far better than current Ishanth..What is Bhajji doin..trying to regain his olden days??..give some young offspinners a run or Ohja the highest wicket taker of England series. Cricinfo please publish this!!

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    The truth is that Sehwag cant play on seaming pitches that well. Swing, pace, and spin is okay. Also, in the second innings when there is a match to be saved, he is simply not the right opener. Why not send him lower down when the ball is not doing much? He would butcher the opposition. Remember, in the last Indian tour of NZ, he was the only one performing (I think 6 down). Sachin could extend his test career by opening for India for the next four years, while he grooms various incumbents as his co-openers. I want to kno what is wrong with this idea.

  • james.fernando on March 7, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Dravid is very much rite in all aspects, but i feel we have so many batters in the team, not a single allrounder or a wicket taker bowler in the side. In SA we need good bowlers, why is no body taking initiative in that department ?

    every 3 months we see injuries to indian bowlers, within a years time we have seen so bowlers but no one looks threatning.... zaheer/irfan/sreesanth/Nehra/RP Singh/Praveen Kumar/B Kumar/ I Sharma................................

    whose going to be picked is a mystery...

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    At the current setup, Viru would not fit in the middle order. It is packed now unless team management thinks otherwise. Nevertheless, he has to go to SA as Jadeja is sure to fail as a batsman in SA conditions and his left arm spin is not going to fetch him bucketful. Viru could fill that slot at least in SA if not here.

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Dravid is spot on. It is becoming obvious that Sehwag is losing his reflexes and that extra special timing he used to have.. The constant pressure on him will only worsen the situation. Ideally he could be tried in the middle order as he could be of better use there.. this could be tried both in one day and tests... Taking a chance with him as openor where he clicks once in a while these days is not really worth I feel. Besides the oppositions are well aware of his range of strokes and have been deploying suitable field placements to put pressure on him besides learning where to bowl against him.

  • MANN277 on March 7, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Its the right time to have a new opener take up the job for some time. They need to have a high morale and good confidence to be prepared to face the South Africans. To have that, to start off early on home ground would be more fruitful. Sehway, the person he is, can crop up with a excellent innings at any point of time and destroy the opponets, irrespective of it being Australia or South Africa. This can as early as the next innings against Australia too.

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Sehwag is indeed lucky to be playing for India where the selectors do give a long rope for some players. It's only because India is 2-0 up in the series that he might consider himself lucky to be still in the Test side for the next 2 tests,in which case, we might well see the fastest ever double or triple hundred.

  • AAMASXI on March 7, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    I agree Sehwag should be played in middle order as he can absolutely annihilate the spinners or the fourth seamer & he also asked for this.Jadeja is not the one to be included for the SA tour, another reason being if Sachin is going to retire (may be after the SA tour) he will bring experience in that middle order. As an opener Rahane should be given chance in the next 2 tests. And bring Jaffer, this man has been in tremendous form & deserves a recall. He has performed decently in his short intern'l career but given less chances than others. but Sehwag as a opener is a serious no-no.

  • ecjdsouza on March 7, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    If we pick a young player,w a good tech and termprement to play long innings, and he is really good for being in the starting 11,but fails a couple of times now his confidence is down because he knows if he fails again he is out of the team, that's why we have had a lot of really good talented players, that have never been able to play to there potential even if they have been back several times. Confidence and trust in a player, will take us a long way

  • nyc_missile on March 7, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    @Harmony111 For a change,I entirely agree with you :) Sehwag is a rare talent,needs some leverage than others even if it sounds unfair..But middle order is a great opportunity for him to redeem himself given he can dominate spinners and old ball etc..Time for Vijay and Rahane at the top surely..

  • on March 7, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Brilliant assessment from my humble expert. You really have to look at it from the opporsiiton"s point of view. Whom would south africa not bowl to at no 6? Sehawag or Rahane? That is a no brainer. On his day he can destroy any attack and has often done it. True he is ageing and now wears spectacles and is probably suspect against Steyn and Philander with the new ball on south african wickets which will be a lot bouncier when we get in , I am sure.Sehwag has delivered mor r love with him but I do hope he resolves this problem. Remember that we should not get carried away by this performance against a weakened australian team as any indicator. Remember too that Tendulkar will not be around for ever and look at what is happening to australia after Ponting and Hussey have left. Be patient with Sehawag and let him start in the middle order at Chandigarh itself. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • SauShar on March 7, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    About Sehwag, I would say that he is an inconsistent performer and because of that India have lost so many matches. Performing in one inning out of 10 does not justify his place in the side. Ofcourse, he is a match winner but if India loose 9 games out of 10 and wins 1 due to his performance, is not justified. Selectors should look for the other options, and I just can't understand if our bench strength is full of talent why they should not be given the chance. I am a big fan of our new young talent Ajinkya Rahane. He is a classical batsman and everybody has seen this tremendous talent but has been provided few opportunities to perform and showcase his talent. The other one is Manoj Tiwary, superb talent and given very less opportunities, underestimated against the big guns. So unless given opportunities to these talent, there is not a good sign for Indian Cricket. I would like to give clear message to Mr. Patil that we are over 1.25 billion, pls work hard to select the best XI. Thanks

  • satishchandar on March 7, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Sehwag was a boon to the team with his swashbuckling game. But whatever he scores now is a bonus to the team.. As a big 0 is what the fans expect from the guy these days and even 4 runs will be a bonus to the team.. Apart from the 200 in ODI and a 100 against England, Sehwag doesn't have much to show off ever since world cup. Isn't it a very large span of time where his full of "impact player" tag has been exhausted? Regarding his push to middle order, i think for this series it might not work. If Viru goes to middle order, one of Jadeja or Bhajji need to be dropped and a new opener need to come anyways.. Can't push Pujara to open.. Better to give Viru a rest and test with a new player. Viru can be taken with the team to SA where his middle order role can be thought of. RJ can't bat/bowl in SA conditions.

  • Rahulbose on March 7, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    If you look closely you can read Dravid's book collection in the background. Rafa My story Jim collins good to great Steve jobs by walter isaacson Garry kasparov how life imitates chess

    One great learning from all the others.

  • NairUSA on March 7, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Nobody stays in the Indian team without performing or showing signs of improvement for a long time. It is high time to give a break to Sehwag and bring in the next best replacement in the next two tests - possibly a young promising player. This is good for the Indian team that has already embarked upon the journey to bring together future match winners. Sehwag clearly does not fall into this plan and therefore should make a graceful exit.

  • TRAM on March 7, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Cant believe people are still talking about Sehwag. Gambhir. Here are the numbers only the bouncy countries : Gambhir: SA(5,80,93,64), ENG(15,22,38,14,10,3), AUS(3,13,0,83,31,14,34,3) Sehwag: SA(0, 63, 25, 32, 13, 11) ENG(0, 0, 8, 33) , AUS(67,7,30,4,0,10,18,62) Mukund: ENG(49,12,0,3).

    How does Mukund become a bad player with just the above numbers? And what about his fantastic run of the FC scores? If 3 consecutive low scores is a criteria for dropping a player, look at how many consecutive low scores from the other two ! Though Gambhir scored against SA he has failed way too many times after that, poking and poking. And both Sehwag & Gambhir are bad fielders. Add Mukund's fielding and age factor. I would certainly bet on the young blood considering the future. I haven't seen Dhawan much, so cant comment, But any youngster would be better approach for Ind in place of the oldies.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on March 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Sehwag is such a beautiful player to be in this kind of discussion right now..Let him play and he will make you smile...a very big smile I can assure of you that..

  • dr_ibrahim on March 7, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    I am fully convinced with Mr. Cool's suggestion. Sehwag should bat in the middle order to give more stability in our batting order. Bring back Wasim Jaffer & Gautam Gambhir as a opening pair as I don't see anybody in a current lot who has the caliber to sustain the pressure of facing Dangerous Dale Styen & company.

  • on March 7, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    As important it is for a captain to give a player security so that he can play at his best , it is also important to make necessary changes . like if dravid had not retired ,even Pujara would not have the chances to bat India to victory , similar with Vijay the last game . So its important to bring in fresh blood , with real good techniques and temperment to be given chances for long periods .

  • EverybodylovesSachin on March 7, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Whatever Dravid says or BCCI do..Sehwag will play another 60-70 test matches..He is at 104 and will finish around 160 170..We are talking at this point is to force retire Sehwag...PLEASE STOP...

  • Alexk400 on March 7, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Why do people listen to dravid ? He is the man who lost 2007 world cup when he had greatest team? He think too much about future and screw up present. That said he was greatst Indian test batsman above sachin. For me dravid rules apply great for himself but people should not read too much into what he say because its useless for others. I am reading every article wrote. I have great admiration and respect for his batting and lots of inning he saved india but his analytical skills are awful and bad.

  • pr3m on March 7, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I'm sorry, why should Viru be given a chance in the middle order? Cos he's stated his preference so many years ago? What has he done recently to justify changing the nature of the side to accommodate his wishes? Do we know for sure that he's gonna have everything handled in the middle order?

  • T20WCHAMPS on March 7, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Sehwag is going to bat in the same way in whatever position you send him. His batting style isn't going to change so why this fuss about him. We need a player like Dravid, Sachin, Laxman in the middle order. Sehwag is not going to replace them. Sehwag is a lazy player as we all know and he is paying the price for that now. Wearing glasses didn't help him and it is just as an excuse. How come he didn't play domestic cricket wearing glasses before playing 1st Test? He isn't performing from 2-3 years. Century or a double century once in a blue moon won't help Indian test team, this is what our BCCI should realize. Please drop Sehwag, we have given him enough chances. Let him play domestic cricket and give youngsters chances to play at home before letting them play in overseas.

  • AvidCricFan on March 7, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    The question is whether the team can afford mostly cold and rarely hot Shewag to continue in the team. Will him batting down in the order help the performance? I don't think so. Batting down the order requires batsmen with ability to adapt to situation. Both Pujara and Kohli are better options. Shewag does not have temperament to adapt to the match situation. He can be huge liability down the order too. I think it will be better for the team to move on without him. He has been great from 2002-08 and average between 2009-10 and mediocre since.

  • dovo on March 7, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I believe India now needs to be ruthless and defeat Australia 4-0.They should then defeat South Africa in South Africa. I believe Rohit Sharma should open with Murali Vijay and Sehwag can bat at no. 4 when Sachin Tendulkar retires. Once available , Praveen Kumar should open the bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Pragyan Ojha should combine with Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. On overseas tours, the option of a third fast bowler can be looked at. I believe once M.S. Dhoni is there, India will be no.1 in all forms of the game.

  • Manush on March 7, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    One can realize that in the last two series Viru is not throwing his wicket anymore, playing flashy shots. Unforgettably he was out either by run out or extremely to be out with freak incidents. Therefore he can be tried till another two tests and can try him lower down as he aired many times. You cannot forget his contribution to make India No.1 team.!!!

  • KenyaDigIt on March 6, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Let's face it, these are two mediocre test teams that have no real hope of getting near the number one spot any time soon. India will probably not win an away test for a decade or so, hence why the bcci has made sure that they have a good string of home test matches in order to up their ranking points before they get pummeled by the Proteas come year's end.

  • on March 6, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    I think India should play the following eleven in their 1st Test against SA.. 1.Gambhir 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4.Sehwag 5. Virat 6.Rahane 7. Dhoni 8.Ashwin/Ojha 9.Shami/B.Kumar 10.U.Yadav 11. Sreesanth....Gambhir is there for experience at the top, Sehwag to counter attack and Pujara to hold one end if early wickets fall...Dhoni has a proper batsman to bat with @ number 6..Ashwin can bat too..The bowling unit should be led by Sreesanth..A responsible Sreesanth may be a better bowler and a player..Umesh Yadav for pace..Shami/B.Kumar for medium pace...Virat's slow medium bowling can be a good 5th bowling option in S African conditions...Bench - Ishant,Rohit Sharma (YES!!! Only Just Play Him In TESTS!!!!),Harbhajan,M.Tiwary,S.Dhavan or A.Mukund..

  • RAVI71 on March 6, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Spot on Mr. Dravid. Sehwag should be tried out in the middle order and a young opener like Unmukt chand / Dhawan must given the chance to play international level before flying to SA. I feel Bhuvi might not be overloaded too with playing all 3 formats before the SA trip.

  • wrenx on March 6, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Good point by Dravid at the end, just look at how Pakistan exposed a young debutant in Nasir Jamshed to the best place bowling attack on the world in their backyard for his introduction to test cricket, gave him a below - par partner in Hafeez, and then dropped him from the team. Terrible management, India shouldn't make the same mistake, and give a new opener a chance to begin with an easier assignment.

  • on March 6, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    My suggestion is;bring Virender Sehwag down in the middle to support the lower order batsmen and at the same time---he can adjust and destroy an attack as the ball gets older. Experiment with Virat Kholi at the top of the order--he likes when the ball is coming -on. That could be the solution.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 6, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    I agree with Dravid completely. Sehwag needs to be allowed to bat at a position where he feels comfortable. If Statchin is given that as his privilege even when the team was suffering, then why not give that opportunity to Sehwag when the team is actually doing well on the whole. That's the least we could do for Sehwag. I feel sorry for him. He is getting destroyed by Dhoni and his politics.

  • TrueFactors on March 6, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Sehwag is out of form right now, and out of confidence too. Also that, he is adjusting with his new eye-glasses, which is a kind of very difficult task in everyone's life. Due to which, he may not be able to perform as we expect. How long this adjustment and confidence process can take, we can not say for sure. I would suggest Sehwag to take a break, go into nets and practice camps, and perform there. From there, he bring his confidence and judgement in domestic cricket. I wish him all the best for that, and wish him to earn this asap, because Indian team need him very much. Without him, there will be a vacuum in cricket. Obviously, not everyone plays with strike rate of 100 in test matches and make such huge scores. No matter what we say, we never had a better entertainer in Indian cricket like him. Such a player pitch, conditions, bowlers and everything is immaterial. When he plays everyone on and off ground become spectators only..

  • dee1901 on March 6, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Sehwag lost his touch since last 3 years or so and now he is a burden to the team even in ODIs forget Tests...

  • gvgopal on March 6, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    All top class batsmen have gone through lean phases, which is what is happening with Sehwag. He has to be retained for the last 2 tests against Australia and as Dravid has rightly suggested, Sehwag should move down to # 4 when Sachin moves on. Best of Luck Sehwag!!

  • on March 6, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    It is now time to say goodbye to Sehwag. He is slow and cannot cope up with quick movement and sleeps in the slips. Same with Sachin - he leaves a lot of gap between his pad and bat. Gets yorked easily. Let the younsters come and take the torch forward or it willl end up like the team in sixties and seventies with overweight players playing at test level scoring 300 and giving away 500.

  • AjaySridharan on March 6, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Vijay could very easily fail in the next two matches and we'll be back at square one. Let's not get over excited based on one performance. Viru in the middle order is a win-win for him and the team. Sachin should open in my mind as a stop-gap arrangement. He is on his way out anyway, and isn't setting the stage on fire anyway in the middle order. He should open in the next two matches and in SA and Viru should move down. Viru in the middle order gives you an option in case one of the openers gets injured. This is not that difficult. If Sachin opened in the ODIs to give himself more chances to score, he should be take it upon himself to do so in the Tests to help the team. After all, helping the team is his stated purpose to hang on in Tests longer.

  • on March 6, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    For a test batsman an average of more than 50 is excellent. If some one could do that for more than 8000 runs, that is tremendous. If a person could do that at a strike rate better than any other batsman in the 100+ years of Test cricket history then he should be the best...Right? That is Virendra Sehwag. Sure, he did not fire in England and Australia, but then who did? Rahul Dravid, Laxman, and even Tendulkar all failed.... Dravid and Laxman retired and Tendulkar is just a couple of test matches away from retirement. Sehwag is considerably younger, and still has a couple of years of Test cricket left in him. Sure, there is no guarantee that he will succeed and score double centuries at break neck speed, but then he is our best bet. Rahane was given chances at Viru's expense in one dayers in India, and he could not sustain that position. Purely for Tests, his experience, and skills India could ill afford to lose him to untested guys like Rahane,..Tiwary etc.

  • Rumy1 on March 6, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Simple answer to Dravid's questions on the approach towards Sehwag...Drop him for the next two Tests and bring in Jaffer.The next 8-9 months will be good enough for Sehwag to iron out his problems and check them out in domestic cricket if he really wants to get back to international cricket or else he may just retire.After all Steyn,Morkel and Philander will be too hot to handle in their own backyard for an out of nick Sehwag.Jaffer is the answer to India's opening slot woes.More so when next four Test series are on foreign soil. Although Vijay has a big hundred to boost his confidence and his claim now but I still find him hesitant / awkward against real quick rising stuff just outside the off stump. Hope readers noticed Pattinson and Siddle trying some of those out with Vijay on dead tracks of Hyderabad.Mohali should be a better testing ground than Hyderabad.Let's see how he handles them there.No I wouldn't want Sehwag in middle order.Pujara, Sachin,Kohli and Rahane are already there

  • shivakumar.Hiremath on March 6, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Rightly Said Rahul, Viru is really great asset to Indian team, if you look at teams which have won more test matches in the recent (including the Australian Era) is only because of either batters with good strike rate or bowlers who could do wonders. Australians were successful with the likes of Hayden and GilChrist who provided scoring rate so good that, they could have scored a minimum of 300+ in a day, and even if you look at India's success, it was likes of Viru, Gambhir, Pujara (includes likes of you(patience was the key), dada(aggressive) and very special(deal in boundaries) and others who could able to score quickly and post a big total in a matter of time, after all cricket is about scoring runs, in case if you are following on and try to defend for three days with a bad strike rate and do not score runs and on the last day get out within 15 to 20 minutes no use. Viru can be devastating batter in the middle order even much more effective than likes of Dhoni or any other Batter

  • US_Indian on March 6, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I agree with most comments- all he needs to adjust his game and mindset but that has not been happening since 2/3 years, it was ok earlier as we had fab 4 to cover up his failures and bail india out on most occasions and his one out 10 innings performance was ok too but with youngsters in, even though both Pujara and Kohli are good and might excel and out do the fab 4 but right now they are still getting their feet in and should not be overburdened to bear the pressure and act as shock absorbers and since SRT is not his old self it becomes doubly difficult for these youngsters. In this scenario and if we are contemplating for the future we need definitely get rid of most non-performers like VS,SRT,GG,ZAK,HS,IS and these iffy guys like Vijay, Jadeja,Dinda etc. I would like to Al_Bundy1's quote here "Indian Selectors and retired cricketers responsibility and loyalty should be to Indian cricket, not their friends. As Russel Peters would say - Be a man, do the right thing drop nonperformer

  • on March 6, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    While undoubtedly talented, i think he should be dropped. he is unfit, unprofessional, and unwilling to change or work on his game. knows one way to play and his accomplishments basically stem from extreme talent more than anything else. imo try him in the middle order when the ball gets soft and it loses swing and seam movement. if it works, good for India else its just best to try new players like Chand instead of betting further on old horses.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I have mentioned before the first Test that 2 new youngsters should be tried as the opening bats & Sehwag should move to the middle order. Many other Fans also mentioned this. But Dhoni is "Tunnel Visioned". He persisted with Sehwag opening & brought in Harbhajan + Jadeja & eliminated Ojha, the best bowler vs. England in the last home series. If India has any plan for the tour of S.Africa, the Selectors should give Dhoni a selecteed XI + named reserves. Giving him the option of XI will jeopardise India's future. The same goes for the Bowlers. Who are the spinners & Seamers to play in SA? There are many issues unsettled & there seems to be no long term vision. India may get whitewashed again on another overseas tour because total lack of planned approach in selection. Ojha is a youngster & has been benched many times in the past by Dhoni. But benching him after being in the Top 10 bowlers in the world is carrying things too far.It begs the Qn.- Is Dhoni the right Test Captain for India?

  • penagamuri on March 6, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    We need to bring in chand in place of sehwag. Chand is young and attacking .. and when sachin retires that slot should be filled by kohli and kohlis should be taken by Rohit sharma.. that will give us 3 outstanding talents to succeed anywhere in the world .. my team for SAF would be chand, vijay/gambhir, pujara, kohli, sharma, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, bkumar, umesh/ishant/irfan/sreesanth

  • ChuckyDoll on March 6, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Dear Rahul, Now did you not get the memo ? I think the (new) policy was that we will win everything at home and not worry about winning anything outside. Why are we even worrying about SA because our system is so messed up that nothing you do now will solve the overseas problem. Remember how thick-skinned Dhoni and Gambhir were in Aus & Eng when we lost 0-8 ? Isn't BCCI preaching the policy of being thick-skinned ? Why do you even bother ? Go enjoy time with your family; they are worthy of it, BCCI is not.

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    i agree with dravid...we knw sehwag v well hw he is..he has a lot exprience.. ya he out of form but he is key plyer for the team ..his presence make a lot diffrence in game...selectors has to give him change bcoz he can make come baack any time ..any way other plyrs r in form so they can go ahead ...but sehwag should play...and best of kuck for sehwag

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    I think Wasim Jaffer certainly deserves the opening slot for a long time. I dono why they are still denying an opportunity for him. He showed it in his overseas tour in England,South Africa and WI. Even considering his Ranji form, he should be playing in the place of Vijay. If india needs a solid opening in the overseas condition then he is the man to look out for. If Dravid thinks Viru to play in the middle order, then India need to goback to the old classic way of test cricket where the openers see through the new ball and middle order(with Dhoni,Viru and Virat) score at a faster pace later in the innings.This way has ben drastically changed for a decade now purely because of Viru who redefined the opening.

  • dariuscorny on March 6, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Sehwag in middle order wud play the same way he played as an opener,issue is mindset,Sehwag does not gives a second thought to his decisions,i.e he has only one agenda ,see the ball and hit ,but some how attitude needs to be changed with age not at ur side,hand eye coordination has somewhat gone,so Sehwag needs to stay to judge the nature of pitch,if Sehwag does this im sure Sehwag will reinvent himself,but banking on Sehwag when he plays in middle order is too much of a ask......

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Time to bite the bullet for selectors. Just let Sehwag and Bhajji retire gracefully.Dhawan should be handed over a two test run to accompany Vijay. Ojha also deserves to pick few cheap wickets against this Aussie side. If Dhawan fails bring Gautam back for SA. Sehwag has no place in middle order either. Tiwary must finally get his long overdue chance once SRT himself decides to pack his bag. Test Team for SA 1 Vijay 2. Gautam 3. Rahane 4. Pujara 5. Kohli 6. Tiwary 7.Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Kumar 10. ZAK 11. Yadav Reserves : 12. Dhawan 13. Jadeja 14. Saha 15. Ishant 16. Ojha 17. Awana

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Sehwag can come back if he proves his form in 1st class cricket or even in IPL. IPL is the best option infront of him right now, where he can freely play without pressure. And people would also be knowing if he was just in a bad phase or he lost his game permanently due to age. He should also improve in fielding which is his weakness. Very static in fieding now a days missing many catches,(though took 2 catches in 2nd test). There is a very strong chance of him losing place in team at present, but the gates are not closed for him permanently, he can come back strongly if he still have the scoring capacity. But for that he need to workhard against his lazy attitude.

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I think India must bring in and groom a young opener while Sehwag still bats at the middle order (which he wanted). If Rohit, Yuvraj and Raina could get chance after chance with zero out put, why cannot Sehwag, who was the ultimate team man when he accepted to open, and succeeded? We should not be "Use and throw" thinkers. Let's show the people some gratitude, when they have served us with distinction. It shows our values as well bred human beings too.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 6, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Sehwag and Ishant are done - Indian Selectors and retired cricketers should stop trying to save their friend from the axe. Their loyalty should be to Indian cricket, not their friends. As Russel Peters would say - Be a man, do the right thing - drop the non-performers. Jaffer and Chand are both better than Sehwag. Shami Ahmed and Ishwar Pandey are way better than Ishant. It's quite simple - if you want to win - play your best players - not losers like Sehwag and Ishant.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 6, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Sehwag is DONE ! I don't want to see him EVER anywhere near the Indian cricket team, even in ODIs. He's SLOW, no foot work, no proper technique, he has problems with his vision, and the list of problems go on. Yes, he used to be my favourite players but not any more. It's time to bring in another youngster into the opening role to partner Vijay. Dhawan or Rayudu would be fine. Rahane should bat where Tendulkar is batting now. We also cannot rule out Gambhir but he still needs to spend time in domestic cricket. But from the overall picture, this MUST be Sehwag's last test series.

  • N.P.SinghHero on March 6, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    virender sehwag not play a single domestic game to improve his form .....................he is not serious about his batting to improve............ he should be out from the team after england series

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Sehwag is out of shape, physically and on cricketing terms ( batting-- either groping or reckless, poor fielding, & no-show in bowling). He is no Sachin to claw his way back, through dedication,tenacity, hard work, and more importantly the single-minded intent to succeed (for self & for the team). Time has come to thank him for his immense contribution to Indian cricket in the past, & allow him to retire gracefully. It looks, he just can't take this decision. The selectors have to help him out by showing the way out, politely & respectfully.

    Though I applaud the personal loyalty of great guys like Dravid & Laxman, toward their erstwhile colleagues like Veeru & Bhajji, their desperate attempts of support (a trifle beyond reasonable judgement about the current realties) cross the lines of professionalism. In my book, the two greats whom I respect most (Dravid & VVS) have blotted thier copybook. Hope they hadn't done it at this age and stage in their "cricketing life".

  • SRISESH on March 6, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I don't vote for Shewag to be in the middle order. Rayudu will be the best batsman to occupy Sachin's slot. Let us not waste the talent.

  • phunny_game on March 6, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    i notice most people naming an eleven with Ashwin as the sole spinner... I personally feel Ojha is still the best spinner for India... Ashwin failed in australia, he depends more on assistance off the pitch... Ojha is much better...

    Anyway, GG and Sehwag for me...

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    selectors must decide now or give rahane or dhawan chance to open with murli vijay..........bcos sehwag is out of form and we need to prepare someone for future as a opener.........

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Well said by KalyanB85. I think by all probability, Sachin is going to retire after this series. Media is not willing to talk, but take my word! it's coming and very much around the corner. I don't see him wait for another 6 months to play in SA and then think about his position. He already missed an opportunity after WC final.Sachin has been under immense self imposed pressure for the last year or so and when India lost he was equally under criticism and when they won in last 2 tests, he's not definitely at his best. We all would like to see another ton from him, but the question is CAN HE? Regardless, Dravid made an excellent point about Number 4 open up soon that could go to Viru only of he can perform and wait till Sachin hangs his boots in a few weeks. We can rotate our options for opening around Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane & Gambhir until we find a sensation. If you look at Aus, we saw Moses and Maxwell making debuts in turners overseas. So, why protect our freshers from overseas trips

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    shewag must be moved to middle order.he should not be taken out of the team.he has some special skills also he's an experienced player.for past 2 series he doesn't perform well,for that he should not be taken out of the team.it will take some more time to get to his old form.just be calm everyone.even rohit sharma got many chances than viru.viru is not eligible for that uh? he is. HOPE! he'll perfomr well in upcoming matches.plz be patient! especially selectors.. be calm!

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Look guys, Shevag is finished, NO Middle order or even 12th man, have you seen him move on the ground ? when will the fans get it, he is not going to score any thing.Get over it, we have lots of talent and they deserve a chance, no experiments, guy who has risky batting style will play the same wheather its number 4 or 5, does not matter, let him go.... We have good contenders for middle order, Rehane could be option or Rohit and Raina, but not shevag. Its time the fans and the comentators stop suggesting that Shevag has any other option except to become a comentator, its disservice to the nation to advocate a plan which has no value...All the talk about Shevag trashing the bowers is long gone, even i can trash the bowlers on a good day, does not mean i get to play for india...

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    One of the biggest pitfalls on Indian cricket is that players get selected based on reputation, not farm. Sehwag is brutally out of form, and hasn't shown the desire or character to play a long innings. His career is on the decline, and its about time India leaves him behind for guys who deserve a chance. He has been a liability in the Indian batting line up for a while. India has enough talent domestically to replace him, and Pujara, Vijay are prime examples.

  • 2nd_Slip on March 6, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Extremely bad fielder and drops crucial catches at the slips India will pay heavilly against the likes of Amla,AB de Villleirs, Kallis and Smith. And just like the last time India toured SA he will be found wanting against the best bowling attack in the world. I can see Steyn and Philander mouthwatering at the prospect of a walking wicket. Rather get another youngstar to do the job or bring back Gambhir, but either way he struggles against Morne Morkel too.

  • Alexk400 on March 6, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Dravid as analyst a big failure. He need find another job. So far he failed in every article he wrote.

  • Freewheeler on March 6, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Most Indian fans are either myopic, or amnesic. Vijay is an over-rated cricketer who will be brutally exposed in SA. If you need openers that can take blows, plough on without trying to dominate, and take the shine off the leather, it has to be Jaffer and Gambhir. It is NOT backward thinking but just selecting the right people to get the job done in SA. Pujara, Tendulkar, and Kohli will form the fulcrum of the team. I do not expect MSD to play as well as he did recently. Though I like Jadeja as an all round option, his spin is likely to be ineffective in SA, and batting unlikely to succeed against the SA bowling attack. Perhaps, it is time for one of Rahane/Sharma/Sehwag in the middle order. So - Jaffer, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, one of R/S/S, MSD, Ashwin, BK, Yadav, Khan for me with Ojha as the 12th man.

  • ChuckyDoll on March 6, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    How about this offer selectors: You take Sehwag off the opening now, and I will pay for subscription to watch Test Cricket. You (selectors) are the ones preventing people from spending by your 20th century selection policies.

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Shewag should be replaced by rahane for coming two test against aus

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara shud open the batting,Virat kohli at no.3,Virender Sehwag at 5. India had once asked Dravid to open even though there was an opener present.So asking pujara to open is'nt a bad idea!!Pujara has a good technique so the captain can give it a try..

  • ChuckyDoll on March 6, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    C'mmon selectors, something has got to change. We have tried and tested Sehwag at #1 for way too long. Sure, if you just leave him there then by the shear law of averages he will click 'sometime'. We want consistency and not a 'Wow' innings once in a while. Please..... please .... move Sehwag to middle order. Let a specialist take the opener. Why don't they just move Tendulkar to open if they want an experienced opener ?

  • Dhanno on March 6, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    The powers that decide everything, do see Sehwag is finished. Xolile gives the numbers above, 36 innings @ avg of 28 is unacceptable. We could have brooded a youngster, rahane/ dhawan or stalwart on domestic circuit like jaffer for last 8 tests atleast. But no we persist with sehwag w/o any explaination.

    Secondly SRT at #4. what does he bring to table ? He can score one 80+ score per series, but is that enough? Likes of Rahane could been tried in middle order if not top and could move up later. Nope, sachin occupies a spot which does not help the team in long run.

    One person who looked further far till the overseas series of 2013 was VVS. He retired early enough to give chance to a new number 5/6 player. Look what we did with it ? We tried (again) Yuvi/ then Raina now got dhoni taking up that spot followed by probably jadeja one day. They messed up the single best thing that a selfless person did for the team : i.e step down so someone can be trained in middle order position.

  • Anant1803 on March 6, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Dravid is spot on. We should not commit the same England and AUS overseas mistake. 2 Steady openers Vijay/Dhawan/Rahane, Ghambhir,Shewag,Pujara,Kohli. Dhoni, Ashwin or one good leg spinner, Ishant/Umesh/Bhuwaneshwar/Irfan if fit. Last time our main player dravid was exposed to new ball as opener. Shewag made a debut century there at no 6. Otherwise we are heading toward the Disastrous series again. Our Board need to wake up fast.

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Sehwag is an asset to any side.Before dropping from the team at least he should get chance in the middle order .He is experienced person who can play at number 4 or 5 in the future.

  • Rafelgibt on March 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Im really not getting the point that when Shewag is complete failure in IND condition then how could you think of him do well in SA condition against Steyn.Philender,Morket etc either in opening or middle order.It would be wise to give a chance to the other players young or desrving candidates in SA so that if he fails then he can comeback again to do well in SA for upcoming series.But surely Shewag would not get another chance to get back in SA.Then whats the point of selecting him in SA condition.

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I think before dropping from the team at least he should get chance in the middle order.He is asset to any of the side.He is one who can play in middle order in the future.

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    selectors should give chance to opener playerwasim jafer

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Virender Shewag should be given enough chances to recuperate. He is such an outstanding player - kind of "never seen in Indian cricket before" kind of player. When other teams boasted about players who could blast their way out like Gayle, Pietersen, Gilchrist, Afridi, Pollard, Jayasurya, Symcox and the likes, we had our own Shewag who could tear apart the best bowling line ups on any surface. We dont miss Dravid because Pujara fills that spot so well that at times he seems a bit more positive than The Wall himself. Until India finds an assuring opener who can brave the music overseas, Shewag should be in the team. As of now, the likes of Dhawan and Rahane is guaranteed to struggle against quality bolwing overseas if not in the subcontinent.

  • BellCurve on March 6, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    He is a reflex player. His reflexes are fading fast. The same happened to other reflex players such as Viv Richards and to Ricky Ponting. Since 16 December 2010 he has played 36 Test innings and averaged a mere 28.78. It's obvious that his career is over. Drop him before he embarresses himself further.

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    India is the only cricketing country where a person has not scored anything in 2-3 years and still is talked about to be given opportunities - when there are so many young talent ( rahane, dhawan, mukund ) who will get a couple of matches and be dropped, or not even considered for years ( badri, jaffer ). And then there is a RSharma who gets a million chances. It is all about "Godfathers" and gate collections. Business as usual !!! l

  • Leggie on March 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I feel, Sehwag still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket. He can take a leaf out of Sachin's book - going on to play local cricket, make minor adjustments to his technique and get some confidence back before he returns to International cricket.

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    No need to prioritize a player sometime. The laurels one has brought in the past is after all PAST. This is an inevitable and undeniable fact. The interests, growth and development of the team for the long term future are much greater than the interests and pondering upon a certain player. Why has such a heck been made on this issue? Just because Sehwag has scored 2 triple tons and has a superior strike rate. The past is a closed chapter. Its time for a new opener. Someone like Rahane or Vijay has to be groomed into a future opener. The later it will be the more precarious the situation will become. But it does not mean that Sehwag must be immediately dropped. Another chance or two has to be given before reaching a final solution.

  • AltafPatel on March 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    India need consistent opener in conditions when Pujara, Murali Vijay, Kohli, and Dhoni strengthens top and middle order. It seems team India can come out of night mare form except some serious changes be made. Sehwag and Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh need way. Sehwag should target to surpass batting average from 49.34 to 50 and leave as pride.

  • thelapal on March 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Sehwag was out for a Gem of a delivery from peter Siddle in the second test any batsmen could have hardly escaped from that delivery.Sehwag is a kind of player who can take the gave away so quickly from any opponents when sehwag scores India will make 350+ on day one with any team.There is no doubt if Sehwag plays in middle morder he can be more vulnerable against old red ball.Now in this situation dhoni should not even think of dropping him and allow him to play him his natural game since india is already doing good let him us see if he does well in the next two tests. If vijay did not performed in hyderabad then lot of discussion should have been going on to axe him and include sekhar dhawan.Things will change pretty fast if he scores a double century entire cricket lovers know how much talent and skill sehwag has in test cricket.

  • crindo77 on March 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    He will go to SA, flop in the first 2 tests, then moved down or dropped. All the focus will be on Pujara, Kohli, as nobody dares mess with SRT. Real fiasco waiting to happen. If Umesh Yadav doesnt regain fitness, bowling attack will be Ishant, who will be taken to the cleaners so many times that he will return dazzlingly clean with sparkles; and Kumar, who will pick up an injury by being overbowled. Ashwin can't spin the ball, Devilliers and Amla will knock Jadeja out of the park ( remember, these 2 LOVE coming down the pitch ) and chin music for the rest. 0-4, and if they are lucky they will escaped wihout injuries. If SRT kindly agrees to attend parliament and quit, we will have the luxury of moving Sehwag down, and playing a new opener, or dropping him all together. But SRT, Im sure has other plans, as to BCCI. As I said, 0-4, and the veteran of the last 2 whitewashes, Dravid, is very much aware of that. Dhoni'll say its only a game, and losing is part of the process. So there.

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    sehwag should be dropped from the team and should be asked to play domestic cricket to get some sort of form and than return to team.

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Sehwag is Sehwag. If you do not select him he will bounce back in team soon enough. I think his presence in the team is a big psychological effect on the opposition. And he is not finished yet.

  • Sunjay007 on March 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Before we even think of dropping Sehwag, especially in SAF, just look at the Aussie team and what a difference dropping of Ponting and M Hussey has done to them. I PREDICT THAT HE WILL BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INDIAN BATSMAN IN SAF! Lets allow Sehwag to be himself, be the WISEMAN of the team after Sachin hangs his gloves, which will be sooner than Sehwag does. After Sachin, I would either play Gambhir at one drop and Pujara at four OR Pujara at three and Sehwag at four. Of course, once Veru gets used to his glasses, this debate will be over.

  • CricketMaan on March 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Who will miss out if Viru is slotted in middle order? Id think Jadeja will be left out if Viru plays middle order in SA and Gauti/Dhawan/Batman will be other opening options, hoping that miraculously Vijay will be the other one. The most intresting is if Viru is picked for Mohali where does that leave Gauti? He will then have to relay on ODI form to get back coz Ranji form is not going to add any value for a hard SA tour. I wish we had some A tour in which likes of Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane, Tiwary, Rayudu, Pujara, are tested prior to SA tour, but such things dont happen with BCCI at helm. We can only hope that our players especially Vijay, Pujara learnt something in their previous overseas tour. Lastly will Umesh, Varon be fit for SA, will Ishwar reproduce similar performace in Ranji, what happens to Ishant if he keeps floundering and where will Sree be!! 1000 questions before SA, so Viru can be spared!

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    We can expect bouncy tracks in South Africa. Sehwag is not a type of player whose day to day performance getting affected by his form or comments about him outside the playing arena. He may just love to be back to his attacking best on the bouncy fast SA putches. We can not afford to lose a player who can destroy the confidence, morale, line and length of any bowler on "his" day, under the garb of planning for the future, during such an important tour. Hope the Indian selectors will use such a common sense selecting the front line openers for the forthcoming South Africa trip.

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    I know there is a vast difference in class between the two players, but in terms of the scenario the selectors face, it is the same.

    Virender Sehwag is India's Abdul Razzaq. One of those firebrands they just can't afford to wait around for anymore. Drop him.

  • KannanAkil on March 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    India should remove sehwag from team why india depend on a batsman who in not in form? India should open with vijay and Dhawan.if sehwag get chance in national team then why selectors remove gambhir?Indian team should give chances for other openers in this series other wise for south africa team will be the team without experience.

  • Retour on March 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Agree with Dravid on Sehwag batting in the middle order

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    why no body is talking about jeewan jot singh

  • candyfloss on March 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Its time for the Indian team to cut flab.Non performing and complacent players like zaheer,yuvraj and gambhir have been shown the door.Its time to discard Harbhajan and Sehwag too.Shewag is a spent force.Sure he may come up with a blistering knock once in a while but we cant rely on such an incosistent opener.He throws away his wicket and looked unperturbed by his dismissals in Australia last year.In the slips he has been spilling catches.Hand eye co ordination has slowed down with age thus making him vulnerable against the quick bowlers.

  • rosh280 on March 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    It is not fair to deal with such a great player. he is an indispensable player of any format of the game. ganguly was not in form for many tests still he played. i think viru should play all tests against australia. he is such a formidable player who has highest run in test, more double centuries in test and almost 8500 runs in tests. he should play his natural batting style what i feel he should open with murali vijay. you can not substitute him with dawan or rahane. they all ordinary players. we should include ambati rayudu and gowtham in the middle order. everything is fine we should go with same side. we can win all matches. all players are competitive they can find form in south africa too. we need to find one good spinner and two fast bowlers this can be seen in the tommorrow selection.

  • Harmony111 on March 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    All his life Viru has said he would ideally love to bat in the middle order but cos there was no vacancy there he had to open. For decades, India struggled with its opening batsmen, we only had Sunny and 2-3 other batsmen who could give India good starts. Viru not only solved that problem but upgraded those good starts to GREAT starts, this when he wasn't even a specialist opener, this is ample proof of his talent. As an opener he avgd 50+ till a few days back - that is awesome by any standards. Sadly, his performance has been very poor for some time now. If he gets to play in the middle order then he may still continue for a few years but the odds are slim for that. I'd hate to see such a genius player walk away like this. This man deserves a bit more support. In any case it is too late to try out fresh openers now. 2 Tests in home conditions vs pathetic Aussie bowling won't help too much. Let this man play the two tests and give him a subtle hint. We all owe it to SEHWAG.

  • Angry_Bowler on March 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Sehwag himself will never say that I am done and retiring from cricket when sachin is still playing. This experience thing is just rubbish, look at Pujara, Kholi and BK aren't they doing better than these oldees, in sports it is the fitness and form not the past records that count, may be it does in India not in the international sports arena. Bring the young and hungry who are dying to get an opportunity to play, geez there are so many of them sitting on the bench and praying when these oldees retire and when these nonperformers will be dropped so they can get in.

  • TRAM on March 6, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Dravid, How do you conveniently forget he got out to a slow ball from a spinner in this series? Then he got out to a short ball with normal seam movement. Are these because he opened the innings? Since his opening batting is a failure you want to move him down. Since his fielding is a failure shall we move him outside the boundary ropes in fielding? Is protecting Sehwag every ones aim?

  • Batmanindallas on March 6, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Lot of people are insistent on messing with Pujara to Sehwag's skin . I think Sehwag should be competing for the number 6 spot with Jadeja, Rahane, Pathan etc. On his current form he should be dropped but I dont expect miracles out of Indian selectors even though they have done a few things not usual for their ilk. I dont see Sehwag bringing his bat down in time while facing Steyn and company on juicy tracks abroad

  • Raj12345 on March 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Shewag should be given option to play in lower order. Never expected this article from Dravid. Why we need shewag in team??? just give rest and let him play some where and not in Indian team.

  • Raju_Iyer on March 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    What is Rahul Dravid talking about? Sehwag continuing to play AFTER Sachin calls it a day? Ha ha ha! And frankly with so much competition for middle order slots, why should we think along those lines, I also find some readers clamour for Wasim Jaffer funny, talk of going backwards in time, this takes the cake. Much as we respect ex-cricketers for their contribution, I think they need to draw the line on certain matters

  • phunny_game on March 6, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    What is really funny, and no one here seems to consider this, that even if Sehwag plays in the middle order in SA, he will still have to face the new ball, as IND will be 3-4 wickets down by the 5-6th over... 45, 47, 49...Does these scores ring a bell, anybody???....Lollll

  • Vindaliew on March 6, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I can't see how two Tests in India at home, in March, can even remotely prepare an opening batsman for South Africa at the end of the year. They need something else closer to that series in order to blood the new batsman. I'd just stick with Sehwag now, partly because they can still win without him, but mainly because it's not really going to help the new opener in South Africa. If people like Rahane are going to play, it's going to be because you want him to play and do well in these two Tests, not because you think that it'll prepare him for South Africa.

  • on March 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Still no talk of Jaffer. The man is too old at 35. I say, let his maturity be a lesson for those young blokes that u want to groom. Some people are late bloomers. Don't penalise him for being 35. That's not old. This is a classic case of age discrimination. Some of the younger guys will never live upto your expectations. And here u have a 35 yr old who will never get a chance to play for his country, even though he deserves a place by miles.

  • bijuphilip on March 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Prasanth parameswaran from kerala ,now he plays for royal challengers is not a bad choice,some of his ball is unplayable,6foot 2inches height he really make use of it. Sunil from tamilnadu is another great fast bolwing prospect-grat talent

    shami is good for 50/50. I still think Irfan pathan shoild be in all format of the game. my final eleven for test 1.Gautham gambir.2Mvijay3pujara4sachin(should be aggressive)5kholi.6dhoni7Irfanpathan8ravindrajadeja9aswin10b.Kumar11could be(prasanth parameswarn/,sunil/sreesanth/kasmiri spinner/rahulsharma/sandeep warrier) any of those player should be tested.if we need to strengthen our batting dinesh karthik/davan/chand,or ambadirayidu should be considered.

  • SJinUS on March 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    It is time to get done with the Sehwag conundrum. If he cannot perform on the Indian flat tracks against the Aussie pace, we cannot expect him to perform against the deadly pace of Proteas in SA. He should not be playing the remaining tests against Aussies either. Bring back Gambhir and see how he does. If he plays well, he will make it to SA. If not he will warm the bench. If he fails in the Mohali test, play another lefty Dhawan in the Delhi test so that the youngster gets some test exposure. The team of 15 for SA should be this - Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Ishant, Yadav Subs: Dhawan, Rahane, Ojha, Aaron. Did anyone notice Rohit in my playing 11? His capability with swinging and bouncing balls needs to be tested in SA conditions, so he needs to play. Dhawan and Rahane in the team will be perfect backups for Gambhir, Vijay & Rohit. Ojha will be the choice for left hand spinner. Aaron should be tried if we chose to go all pace.

  • phunny_game on March 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    I will never understand why Unmukt Chand's name pops up whenever there is any talk of opening combination... Maybe only because he recently bagged a soft drink commercial... I can't find any other reason why he should be part of the team... Over rated player...

    Also, Viru will play the next two tests for sure. Only the batting position is in question... Even if he plays in the middle order (highly unlikely though) , then Pujara will open. I don't think Dhoni will go in will go in with 4 bowlers, considering that the Mohali pitch supports both pace and spin, at different stages of the match. Therefore, no places open for anyone new.

  • PMKKR on March 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Let him play domestic cricket and prove there. High time to give chance to Dhawan or Rahane

  • on March 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Dravid's analysis is great but it does not taken into account the false mind set of Gautam and Sehwag to play under Dhoni , as they both feel they are greater than him, and add to this the slow poison given by ex players like Amarnath that Dhoni is the problem and hence asking senior players to create the problems. In addition it is clear Sehwag sight is not ok, he is unable to sight the ball and slashes and gets out because of thes mind problems. We should remove both Sehwag and Gautam and give chance to youngesters who have proper sighting of ball and also good at fielding.If we do not give youngsters chance how will be able to get a Pujara,Kholi or Vijay ???.

  • SKKT on March 6, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Sehwag's talent is beyond doubt. At this point of time he is either unfit or disinterested. This appeared from his body language in the H'bad test. It was evident in his batting and more so the way he stood in the slips dropping which was otherwise a dolly. He must be dropped at present permitting some one else to enable to showcase talent. I continue to nurse this thought even if sehwag was destined to make a tripple hundred. I dont know right now. Does any one? Shikar Dhawan should be a good investment. Gambhir is an intelligent and determined cricketer and shall make a come back.

  • ashy2010 on March 6, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    There is no difference between Pujara playing at No.3 or Opening because with Sehwag falling early he is anyway getting in as an opener.. So better option is to have Pujara to open and bring Shewag down the order. Give him one more go for another series to decide his future..

    My order is Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Sachin, Sehwag,Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvanesh, Harbhajan,Ishanth..

  • on March 6, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    legendary dravid is always bang on!... no doubt about sehwags ability, but has miserable failed from past 2 years, he has been given enough chance, also his fitness is dipping, having vision problem. he should play 1st test vs sa, but if he fails in that test too, india needs to recall prolific opener wasim jaffer. age should not be counted only merit should be. india needs to drop ishant sharma and harbhajan singh as well and recall zaheer khan, s sreesanth, , praveen kumar and fit umesh yadav

  • haystak on March 6, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    i think virat is in the perfect position, and moving sewag down the order won't solve your problem. If you leave sewag at the top hoping he would find form against some of the best bowlers in the world you might as well play with 10 men.Everyone knows his weakness short of a length outside offstump ,a point and a backward point and he's gone.

  • sameercricket1610 on March 6, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Only guy fit in the opening slot is Wasim Jaffer with a sound technique, dravid is right he has to move to middle order or give him break let him go perform in domestic cricket and we cannot give him chances on his old performance, look how australian cricket board and players making decision to retire or drop Ricky ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist if they they can still play for couple of years, so bcci should take serious decision.

  • dork29 on March 6, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Dravid's point is well taken. Sehwag should immediately shift to the middle order. Either Gambhir or Shikhar (some left hander) should complement Murali Vijay in the next two tests. However, the fact remains that for SA, we do need a better opener than Vijay. Gambhir is undoubtedly the best choice - but who is going to partner him? Probably Unmukt Chand? Sehwag has been opening since so long and has always expressed a desire to come in the middle order - he deserves the opportunity. Sachin should leave. He has played reasonably well in the first test, but against a tougher opposition like England, he was exposed. In SA they will have him for breakfast. Sehwag should take Sachin's position.I am sure he will do very well in that position. He should not open anymore.

  • Dhanvanth on March 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Indian cricket always goes by experience than age! I dont see any point in sehwag playing for India again. His time is over. The bcci has to bring in new blood and test them in every game. Sehwag, zaheer, sachin r all past their prime.

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    sehwag should retire now

  • sents2013 on March 6, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Only because we went by the name instead of looking at current form, we lost against England. Drop Sehwag and Bhajji. Bring in Dhawan or Jaffer or Badrinath and Ojha for sure.

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Someone metioned name of Kaif

    OMG!!!

  • sukumar.sukku6 on March 6, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    only with one innings of murali vijjay in hyderabd cant be the case to axe sehwag from XI sehwag can demolish aussie fast bowling attact in upcomming matches his quick fire 50 can add more value to the innings

  • Cluedin on March 6, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Also while they are at it, the Team Management should play Virat Kohli at #4.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 6, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    There's no room for Sehwag or Ishant in Indian team. They have been failing consistently for the last 2 years. It's time to move on. Indian Selectors need to think about the future. There's no shortage of talented players in India. I would replace Sehwag with Jaffer or Unmukt Chand. I would replace Ishant with Shami Ahmed or Ishwar Pandey.

  • AncientAstronaut on March 6, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Sehwag can come in at no. 6--no one currently owns that slot. However, the problem then would be to choose an opener from the same XI. Getting in Dhawan will mean that someone has to be dropped, and Sehwag's the only batsman who can be dropped. Dilemma! I hope they retain him; he's done a lot for Indian cricket to deserve one more chance, especially now that we've pretty much sealed the series.

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    We need to get rid of all so called "Experienced" players. Look what happened with Gambhir, he did not score a 100 in the last 3 years and murali scored 160 in his 2nd test. Same with Kohli and Pujara, they didnt get to play till Dravid and Laxman retired and look what they are doing now... Time to give Rahane a chance at top of the order and tiwary in the middle instead of Sachin. I am sure these guys will do much better.

  • SasiGladi on March 6, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    His place in middle order is also questionable as he got out to spinners recently while defending the ball. If board looks for SA series alone they can go with Jaffer he is in prime form he already been there in SA...no doubt India will take SA series very serious as they want make mark in overseas....in other way they can give chance to any Gambhir in place of Shewag provided he gets back his technique as an opener not just Dabbing....but very eager how our guys or going to dance for the song sung by Steyn, vernon and Morkel now Abot....Right now I am enjoying non rythmic Aussy dance (poor guys)...

  • harsha99 on March 6, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    We are in for a surprise , Dhoni is going to ask Ravindra Jadeja to open and make sehwag to bat down the order.

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @Rahul Dravid... Yes he should be given chances in the middle order. So many guys have been given loads of chances even though they were not playing well and they didn't perform well in domestic cricket...y not for VIRU as senior player and dashing and dedicated batsmen?.

  • Chaitu87 on March 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Sehwag always wanted to play in the middle order. Yes he has been one of the finest openers but perhaps time has come give him what he wants. Considering his contributions to Indian cricket he surely deserves this much at least. Kohli perhaps will be a better choice to open in the top 3 than at 5. My top 3 for next 2 tests: 1. Vijay 2. Pujara 3. Kohli

  • naren1983 on March 6, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    I dont think Sehwag can be given chance in middle-order as middle-order is settled now.. Selectors dont change anything in that... Since India Wins, Sehwag can be given a chance one more... Also its good time for Dhawan/Rahane to come and score some runs since Aussies are not finding where to bowl to get wickets.... Lets see Sehwag fate in last one match at Mohali... Otherwise he has to go back to domestic and prove heavily to come back...

  • aditya.continous on March 6, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    i think every one is being a little too harsh here on sehwag...sehwag has a lot of playing days left with him and i see him taking over the slot no.4 once sachin leaves...till then, i wudn't mind him being a part of the the 15 selected with preferences given to the likes of gambhir, rahane or dhawan...

  • arvin on March 6, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    sehwag sgould be dropped for good...

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    If the Indian Selectors really want to shift Sehwag to the middle order(or remove him), it would be better to bring in Wasim Jaffer. He has piled up most number of runs in Ranji cricket. And it is also not that he doesn't have any experience in foreign conditions. He has played tests in England and Australia where Sehwag and Gambhir have together failed. He has hit too many runs for Mumbai in Ranji cricket to still not come into the Indian team. He has a technique that suits seam bowling (not like Sehwag). Or if the Indians really want youngsters,I think Ajinkya Rahane deserves a chance at the top of the order. He already has experience of England conditions and his technique is easing to the eye. Its better India make a change at the top of the order.Its been a lot of time with Sehwag and Gambhir. Wake up Selectors!

  • Bloodprince on March 6, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    This should be the right approach to go ahead. After two years or so , Sachin in going to retire ,Sehwag can take up his place. India is playing 3 spinners,which means India can play a extra batsman at cost of 3rd spinner. Sehwag should bat down the order after Dhoni and can play a pivotal role in coming set of series. India generally go with 7 -4 combination overseas. I think it will be a pretty good move.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 6, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    If Sehwag wants to play in the mddle order he should earn his place like all the other players waiting for their chance ie in zonal cricket. Let Sehwag go back to Delhi and score heavily for a couple of seasons, then he should get a a chance in the A squad. If he does well there then by all means pick him for the full test squad and see if he his fielding and bowling will add put him ahead of the competition.

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    For the test team, India needs someone like Badri or Kaif in the middle. Not the new lads. It should be wise to get the experience of these guys.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 6, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    RD was the best Indian batsman of his generation and has delivered a couple of wonderful speeches but his post-retirement comments and analyses have a long way to go match the high standards of his batting. The issue is not about whether Sehwag should move down the order to replace Tendulkar but whether he and Tendulkar should be in the team at all based on merit. This series and and the last one against England were the ideal opportunities for new players to get experience of test level cricket in home conditions before what is going to be a tough SA tour. Now is the time to invest in the future by giving new players a chance and being prepared to accept defeats in the short to medium term so that we can reap the benefit in the future. Sehwag Tendulkar and Harbarjan are due a long overdue acknowledgement for respective contributions to Indian cricket. So let's thank them and look to future and not how to extend their careers for as long as possible for little or no benefit.

  • Nimesh07 on March 6, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Players who lack discipline and the technique but have extraordinary raw talent,get away with "see it-hit it" style. Now the same player with flailing eyesight and ageing body finds himself at sea at the international level.What the selectors should keep in mind is whether Virender Sehwag is technically correct in handling the new ball?Is it possible for Sehwag to change,even if he wants to change? Is he the long term solution as an opener?Answer to all the questions is- NO! As much as we want him to be the same player again,the reality is that he will never be the same.He might very well get a big score in next couple of games,if and when he gets a chance,but he can never provide solidity and assurance at the top of the order.This is the difference between a Tendulkar and a Sehwag.The former is much older and is similarly struggling,but he shows that even after 23 years of international cricket he can improvise,learn new tricks to survive and if necessary go back to the drawing board.

  • InnocentGuy on March 6, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Nothing is gonna change boys. Sehwag will score a rapid century or a double-ton in one innings from the remaining tests in this series. And he will retain the opening slot for another 2 years.

  • thegreatkeeper on March 6, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I think for the SA series Gambhir should replace Sehwag.Gambhir has an average of 60.5 in SA.Sehwag has been incompetent for a while now.He needs to be axed.

  • 4Everlasting on March 6, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Sehwag's always been a natural player with great eyesight and reflexes, and that doesn't seem to be working for him as he ages. He wears glasses now which takes some getting used to. If I recall correctly, some time back he had hearing problems too. All that is a lot to overcome at the top of the order. Maybe he will be like Tiger Pataudi, or maybe not. In the meantime, the opening spot has become a point of debate. Sehwag should be retained for the remaining 2 Aussie tests I feel. There is Gambhir waiting in the wings, his return to form signalled strongly in the tour match century against Australia. Murali Vijay and/or Ajinkya Rahane would be good partners to maintain the young/experienced balance at the top.

  • 100_rabh on March 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Imagine if Sehwag scoring a quickfire 50-70 against SA in SA where 350 will be a decent score i guess. All is not lost with Sehwag and if his slip catching in Hyderabad test is taken into consideration, i think he is getting back there. Problem is that his replacement, be it Dhawan, Gambhir or any one else might score a ton or two here in India but will be totally struggling against the SAs bowlers. You need to have Sachin and Viru with other newcomers in the last XI to have any chance of doing well there

  • rajesh_singhSTM on March 6, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I think if we have to have any chance of winning a test ( and i specify again I am talking of test win - not series win) in SA / England/ Aus , then our team needs to have the following batters all based on current performances : Jiwanjyot Singh , Wasim Jaffer , Pujara , Rohit , Rahane, Kohli , Dhoni . As for bowling we need atleast one ( ideally both) Varun and Umesh Yadav for pace , In addition we need bowlers who can swing it and the ones who have given good performances in recent first class matches are Shammi , Bhuvneshwar and Dhawal Kulkarni - all very good swing bowlers. If players like Harbhajan , Sehwag, Sachin, Zaheer, Ishant are still considered after repeated non performances, then Indian cricket will never thrive and will just stagnate.

  • T-800 on March 6, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Agree with Dravid except for the fact that, currently the middle order is packed and performing and on current form no one can be replaced. So, this experiment will have to wait for an opportunity. Viru was never the classical opening batsman, for that matter neither is Murali Vijay except the way he played his latest innings of 167 against the Aussies. An opening batsmen expected to curb his aggressive instincts if any until he has seen off the new ball. Viru always had a hard time doing that but once he survived the new ball, Viru is usually unstoppable. The other side of the argument is that, in this age of reverse swing, exactly how useful is seeing off the new ball? If well maintained, the ball starts reversing after about 40 overs, so at best you get a breather of around 20-25 overs

  • thinkgood on March 6, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Drop Sachin too along with Sehwag.

  • rohan34mca on March 6, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    To resurrect their attitude, some players need strong warnings, some players need wake up calls, others need a kick out.. Sehwag is the latter one... No guesses on what to give him :-)

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    BCCI Still holds Ishant Sharma for only Cost of Watson's Wicket .. Really Poor and Very Poor, Replace IShant with Shami ahmed or onther pacer who has done good in Domestic season. I doubt not only the Bowling of Ishant sharma but Fielding of him is very very poor.

  • Rags57 on March 6, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I can not understand why every one, including Dravid, is so confused on this issuer. We can not keep talking about possibilities here. Sehwag at his best can destroy any attack in the world but what are the chances for such a thing happening given what has happened during the last two years? Should we not get practical here and end Sehwag's (and every one else's) agony? Give Shikhar Dawan or Rahane the chance they deserve or bring back Gambhir so you have some experience at the top of the order and hope he clicks. That is a better bet than pursuing with Sehwag. If you try Sehwag in the middle order who is going to make way for him there? I wish the selectors are bold and bite the bullet in this case before it is too late.

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I dont think Sehwag will come handy as an middle order batsman.. He is not the most comfortable against spinners and becomes complacent.

    Performance in the coming tests is the only way out for him.

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Being a Great Chinese Wall himself, it is surprising for Dravid to come out with an option for Viru to be on the MIDDLE-ORDER .. This position calls for enormous patience, stamina & strength to hit only the loose balls and score fast enough, depending on the situation. Pity .. Viru is an odd-man OUT FOR THIS MIDDLE ORDER, in my humble view ..

  • sridginj2 on March 6, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    feel sehwag still has something more to contribute . better to play him in middle order

  • Analyst_pisupati on March 6, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Let us be realistic and clinical. Even minor teams like Bangladesh won't give a chance to Shewag under the same conditions- some glorious past and a dismal present.

    The way Shewag is playing reflects a sort of " I don't care" attitude and how on earth, we can take such a gamble for a test opener spot.

    Come on, I am paid for my today's performance and will be in the job, if I do well. I am never wanted because of my past but because of presence.

    Let us get away from this emotional tags .

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    should not drop viru as he will bounce back in next 2 matches as he is important for india in sa series as he will some back strong............but seeing one innings from vijay he should not select......

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Considering the performance shown by middle order in last two-three series, it does not seems right to shuffle middle order for the sake of sehwag's form. Kohli and pujara has also not much experience in overseas. Dhoni and sachin are not even at the best of their form to be considered reliable in overseas. Only possible case of sehwag coming in middle order is when india likes to play with four bowlers, which can be case in next SA tour. I would prefer to test shikhar/rahane or gambhir in ongoing India-Aus series. This is the best oppurtunity to test new openers considering the pace attacks we have in this series. Though we have performed very well here, conditions in SA will be completely oppsosite from here. Selectors must keep in mind the our batting has to be good against swingiing pace attacks.

  • veerakannadiga on March 6, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    well said sir! Viru should go back to the middle order where he started his career. Once Sachin calls it a day, you will have ready experience in the form of Veeru. I feel Veeru is not yet used to playing with glasses. It would take some time to adjust to glasses in any walk of life, more so, to a opener who is facing 140-150kmph missiles hurled at him.Before any one questions veeru's recent form before wearing glasses, all I can say is, he could not sight the ball clearly due to his vision problem. Anyway, lets hope Veeru stays on for some more time and do India proud by scoring those 300's. AMEN. God Bless Us All. - from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • johnjohnjohn on March 6, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    i agree wid harish.. jadeja will b of no good in sa conditions.. if sehwag doesnt perform in the remaining two tests also.. may b u can give him a last try in sa at no 6.

  • Vivek_Singh3089 on March 6, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Honestly speaking...there is no room for Sehwag in the middle order....already we have lots of potential no. 6 batsman like Rayudu, Tiwary in waiting...also I don't think Dhoni will remove Jadeja from 11 given his good performances with the ball & in the field..so that slot is ruled out...only possible slot that will open up in future is of Tendulkar's position at no.4 , but I don't think Viru will fit in there.that slot will probably will be taken by Rahane or Rohit (if they gets a chance)...that leaves only opening slot vacant...where one spot is sealed by Vijay atleast for next few series...while the other spot is still open for Gambhir, Sehwag, Mukund, Dhawan, Jiwanjot....so if Sehwag doesn't fits in the opening....then he doesn't find his place in xi at all...So I guess it's time to call Sehwag a finished article & look forwards future with aspiring young talents.

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Sehwag is primarily a middle order batsman,so there is no harm in trying him in this position where he likes to bat,he can attack later on after top order provides steady & stable start overseas esapecially in south africa ...he is after all a dangerous player in any conditions.He has played many swashbuckling innings at top order,he`s a class act ,he deserves this chance....Also, Jadeja is a quick fix in subcontinent conditions but cannot say the same overseas.Also he can provide some experience to the team batting lineup.

  • varadhamaddur on March 6, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Iam very much surprised why Dravid completely negleted Gambhir in this article!!!! He never even considered him as an option for SA series...!! Even if this article is just about Shewag and his position, with the way this article is written, there should have been a mention about Gambhir is what i feel....

  • anantvermalko on March 6, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Dear Dravid,

    Kindly show some pity for Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and many more if you count an inform Gambhir I dont see Sehwag retaining his place in 14 any more. holding him in team is not gonna bring any glory to anyone, Give him a break from test and try to save him for World cup 2015.

  • ooper_cut on March 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    We have to accept that the glorious time of Sehwag has unfortunately come to a premature end. You can slot him anywhere you want, but he is not going to get any runs. He is well past his sell by date. Let's relive those great sehwag moments and move on. Wasim Jaffer is not a bad choice to try this one time, Dhawan too deserves to be given a fair go. And what about Rahane warming the benches ?

  • johnjohnjohn on March 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    may b pujara can open with vijay.. sehwag can go 1down.. anyways pujara has to bat so early in the innings becauz sehwag is getting out very early.. so doesnt matter if pujara opens with vijay.. may b the selectors can try with sehwag for 2 more tests by sending him 1 down..

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    sehwag is a good player i wanna be sehwag is playing he is star of cricket

  • lonewarriorram on March 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Drop Sehwag. Its only when he is dropped, he starts working on his deficiencies. Now I guess its again the dabber to slips, Gambhir coming in to team and opening to give some respite to Ozzies.

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Sehwag should drop down the order and someone young like Kohli should be promoted. I believe Kohli has also opened in junior cricket. So they should swap their positions in their batting order.

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Won't be effective. Drop him and let a youngster play. Sehwag has the X factor for an opening bat. Besides, who can he replace? The middle order looks good with Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli and Dhoni. Perhaps Shikhar Dhawan can be drafted in his stead. Sehwag needs to check his eyes and possibly his reflexes to assess his physical fitness. A few gym sessions and he will be back to full form and flow.

  • bighit14 on March 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    There is no use of his experience in the middle order too if he performs once in a blue moon. I guess Sachin will be around for atleast another year in Test and that would be sufficient time to pass on the experience to the existing young middle order. It is time the selectors look beyond Sehwag as we have a lot of talented young guys warming the bench for a long time.

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    I think Sehwag would be a good option at 6 in SA conditions where I dont see Jadeja playing . We do need experience in those conditions and Sehwag playing against an older ball and tiring bowlers could be very deadly . The best thing for Sehwag would be to go back to Domestic level and get some form back and come back as a middle order batsman .

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on March 6, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Best solution is make Gambir captain for Abroad Test series and make Viru opener. Problem solves defiantly .

  • sony_sr on March 6, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    It would have been nice if you suggested a few yougsters as well who you think is good enough to play against intl quality fast bowlers at opening position.

  • mylife4cricket on March 6, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    That was a timely call and i appreciate Dravid.This had to be discussed before but" better late than never".Alternate opener is required in both Tests and ODI and that too quickly, as before SouthAfrican tour, India will play for Champions Trophy in England this year.And i dont think Viru will play well in the middle-order.If properly trained,Rahane could be good option under those fast-swinging conditions along with Gambhir.

  • A.Ak on March 6, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    This was exactly what happened to Mukund in England, and then left out.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Sewag time to go. Mukund / Badrinath need an extended run.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    If Sachin is gone...that might be just after Kohli retires in 10 years...

  • SP68 on March 6, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Well Said by Rahul. Give a breather from opening to sehwag. Get him bak to where he started his career. Remember the debut century in SA, make him comfortable and get him bak to opening if necessary. He is a game changer and the fearsome batsmean on his day

  • fudgys11 on March 6, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I think Rahul is just trying to take up for his old mates, come what may. Why should somebody who has been failing time and again and showing no responsibility at all be persisted with when we have hundreds of players waiting in the wings.If you keep on giving chances to the existing players , they are bound to come up with some good scores sometime. Then what happens to the hopeful newbies. They would keep on waiting and the form nosedives due to frustration. Eg :Rahane. Please give chances when somebody is playing well and full of confidence. Unless the newcomers get chances you'll never know their class. Players like Rohit Sharma have been given ample chances and due to some lobby, continue to get more as they are supposedly 'talented'. When you are in good form you should play and when the form is lost , you deserve to be dropped. You are playing professional Cricket and it should be run professionally, just like in Corporate World.

  • here2rock on March 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Great idea Dravid replace non performing Sachin Tedulkar with non-performing Shewag. This will solve a lot the of problems! Indian selectors need to make a decision on both Sachin and Shewag. I believe both should retire for the sake of Indian cricket.

  • bipulkumar on March 6, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Sehwag in the middle order and drop whom? Jadeja, Kohli, Sachin ... whom? Dravid is proposing this option just to avoid a stronger comment. Sehwag fits no-where specially when we have so much talent on the bench.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    its a good option if sehwag comes to the middle order..but the reality is, wherever he is batting, he have to perform and i dont think he's capable of performing like he used to, simply because his reflexes seems to be slowed down and his spectacles are not helping him either..better to drop him and just move on...he's a highly inconsistent than ever and he's been given many too chances

  • bipulkumar on March 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Rahul refrained to make stronger comments. I can guarantee that Rahane is the next big thing for Indian cricket and has talent beyond Pujara. There is no way team management can put him on bench forever especially when Sehwag had an extend poor run.

  • androyuvi on March 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I think Dravid is pointing to how Indian selector's have made Abhinav Mukund the scape goat by taking him to England without debuting him before at home. Indeed this is how selection panel should think and find a way. I still feel Sehwag might be a useful middle order batsman. MVijay, GGambhir/SDhawan/AMukund, CPujara, SRT, VKohli, Vshewag/ARahane/MSD, MSD/RJadeja/IPathan, RAshwin, BKumar/POjah/ISharma, ISharma/ZKhan, UYadav. 4 batsmen such a Vijay, Pujara, STR, Kohli and WK-batsmen Dhoni have cemented their place for SA, and 2 bowlers in Ashwin and Yadav have cemented their places. Remaining One opener, one middle-order batsmen/all-rounder, and two bolwers are yet to be picked. 4 bowlers and no All-rounders will help Sehwag, but usually its the other way. Sehwag most probably has to go.

  • Shortbackwardsquare on March 6, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Sehwag needs to work on his fitness too, he's a passenger in the field

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Give him one more innings - he will be on top

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Rahul, as usual you are pragmatic and infallible in your assessment. I believe like you did in 2007, that Viru is a great asset and it would be wonderful if he is moved to middle order. Sachin is not going to stay for long and it would be nice if Sehwag fill in his shoes. My openers for South Africa would be Gambhir and Vijay followed by Pujara Sachin Kohli viru MSD Ashwin bk ishant and a new rookie

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    The selectors should plan for SA from now only. They should look at Jaffer,Gambhir,Pujara,Sachin,Virat, Sehwag,Dhoni,Bhuvneshwar, Ashwin, Ishant,Zaheer, Umesh,Bhajji, Rahane,Unmukt Chand, as the XV players who has the potential to face upto Steyn,Morkel and Philander, we must not forget that after the next two tests India plays their next 11 tests in South Africa, New Zealand and England, so we need people who can swing the ball, bowl fast, and bat against quality swing bowlers at fast pace. Dont think Vijay, Ravi Jadeja and Dhawan has the game in them to play in those circumstances, and Viru at No.6 with no swinging ball can be a game changer

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Its a good idea for Sehwag to fill middle order once Sachin is gone. But if he has to move down the order when Sachin is also playing than its a difficult call..One it will make dhoni shift to number 7,which is not good seeing how well he is doing at numner 6 or jadeja will have to make way... only other option is Kohli opening,again not a good idea.. So its unclear what its going to be..

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    right on the money !!!! rahul sir

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    right on the money !!!! rahul sir

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Its a good idea for Sehwag to fill middle order once Sachin is gone. But if he has to move down the order when Sachin is also playing than its a difficult call..One it will make dhoni shift to number 7,which is not good seeing how well he is doing at numner 6 or jadeja will have to make way... only other option is Kohli opening,again not a good idea.. So its unclear what its going to be..

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    The selectors should plan for SA from now only. They should look at Jaffer,Gambhir,Pujara,Sachin,Virat, Sehwag,Dhoni,Bhuvneshwar, Ashwin, Ishant,Zaheer, Umesh,Bhajji, Rahane,Unmukt Chand, as the XV players who has the potential to face upto Steyn,Morkel and Philander, we must not forget that after the next two tests India plays their next 11 tests in South Africa, New Zealand and England, so we need people who can swing the ball, bowl fast, and bat against quality swing bowlers at fast pace. Dont think Vijay, Ravi Jadeja and Dhawan has the game in them to play in those circumstances, and Viru at No.6 with no swinging ball can be a game changer

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Rahul, as usual you are pragmatic and infallible in your assessment. I believe like you did in 2007, that Viru is a great asset and it would be wonderful if he is moved to middle order. Sachin is not going to stay for long and it would be nice if Sehwag fill in his shoes. My openers for South Africa would be Gambhir and Vijay followed by Pujara Sachin Kohli viru MSD Ashwin bk ishant and a new rookie

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Give him one more innings - he will be on top

  • Shortbackwardsquare on March 6, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Sehwag needs to work on his fitness too, he's a passenger in the field

  • androyuvi on March 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I think Dravid is pointing to how Indian selector's have made Abhinav Mukund the scape goat by taking him to England without debuting him before at home. Indeed this is how selection panel should think and find a way. I still feel Sehwag might be a useful middle order batsman. MVijay, GGambhir/SDhawan/AMukund, CPujara, SRT, VKohli, Vshewag/ARahane/MSD, MSD/RJadeja/IPathan, RAshwin, BKumar/POjah/ISharma, ISharma/ZKhan, UYadav. 4 batsmen such a Vijay, Pujara, STR, Kohli and WK-batsmen Dhoni have cemented their place for SA, and 2 bowlers in Ashwin and Yadav have cemented their places. Remaining One opener, one middle-order batsmen/all-rounder, and two bolwers are yet to be picked. 4 bowlers and no All-rounders will help Sehwag, but usually its the other way. Sehwag most probably has to go.

  • bipulkumar on March 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Rahul refrained to make stronger comments. I can guarantee that Rahane is the next big thing for Indian cricket and has talent beyond Pujara. There is no way team management can put him on bench forever especially when Sehwag had an extend poor run.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    its a good option if sehwag comes to the middle order..but the reality is, wherever he is batting, he have to perform and i dont think he's capable of performing like he used to, simply because his reflexes seems to be slowed down and his spectacles are not helping him either..better to drop him and just move on...he's a highly inconsistent than ever and he's been given many too chances

  • bipulkumar on March 6, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Sehwag in the middle order and drop whom? Jadeja, Kohli, Sachin ... whom? Dravid is proposing this option just to avoid a stronger comment. Sehwag fits no-where specially when we have so much talent on the bench.