India A v WI A, 2nd unofficial Test, Shimoga October 1, 2013

Injury scare for Sehwag

Preparing for his first first-class game since being dropped from the Test side, Virender Sehwag gave everyone an injury scare in Shimoga. After hitting everybody in the spinners' nets around, Sehwag was hit by the first ball of pace he faced, a nippy delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni. Immediately the bat went out of the hand, off came the gloves, and on his knees Sehwag began to tend to his right index finger.

To allay fears of a serious injury, Sehwag got up about an hour later and batted in the spinners nets again. Cheteshwar Pujara, the India A captain, said Sehwag had looked fine when he batted again, but he wasn't sure if Sehwag would need a precautionary x-ray. While Pujara might not assure you of Sehwag's availability as India A try to erase the 1-0 deficit in the three-unofficial-Test series, he gave enough hints that Sehwag might bat in the middle order. Asked specifically about opening options, Pujara pointed out they had Kerala's VA Jagadeesh too.

Similar uncertainty hung around the star attraction in the West Indies A side, Fidel Edwards, who has not played a first-class game in nearly a year. He has been drafted in after injury to Sheldon Cotterrell. His namesake and captain, Kirk Edwards, said "we have to wait and see" when asked if Fidel Edwards would play.

Four-day pitches are not ideal for results, and A tours are usually seen as ones to get good long innings and spells under your belt. Leading 1-0 in the series, West Indies A can afford to think so more than India A can. "A huge part of A-team cricket is about developing players and stuff like that," Kirk Edwards said, "but at the same time when you play a cricket game it is always good to win. So if you can do both at the same times, that's brilliant."

Pujara and India A want to win. The return of Zaheer Khan, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir is going to hog the headlines, but Pujara is hurting both from the loss in Mysore and his own twin failure. "I had a good series against South Africa but I was disappointed with how I got out in both the innings in the last game," Pujara said. "I always like to score runs in each and every game I play. Now I am focusing on this series, and I want to perform in this game."

We don't know how the pitch will behave, but going by how the practice strips behaved and a few overcast spells during the day, scoring the runs Pujara wants might not be the easiest. "It looks a good wicket, and whatever we saw in the practice pitches, there was a bit of help for the fast bowlers," Pujara said.


India A: Cheteshwar Pujara (capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sheldon Jackson, Abhishek Nayar, Paras Dogra, Uday Kaul (wk), Parveez Rasool, Bhargav Bhatt, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zaheer Khan, Ishwar Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Kaif, VA Jagadeesh

West Indies A: Kirk Edwards (capt.), Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse, Miguel Cummings, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Jahmer Hamilton, Delorn Johnson, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Veerasammy Permaul, Chadwick Walton (wk), Fidel Edwards

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vedant on October 2, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Perfectly Agee with straight hit

  • sam on October 2, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Selectors will never think properly. Any idea why Juneja wasn't picked in this game? After his superlative performance in the last game he surely deserved the other two games as well. I think there is a very good chance that he will become an excellent bat like Pujara. And Sehwag will fail in test cricket if given a chance again since he is at an age where hand and eye starts deserting you and he is primarily a hand eye player. Moreover I highly doubt whether he has the physical fitness to bat for at least two sessions.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    so much International experience in one India A team!...India is surely going to win this game....perfect side...great openers(viru-gauti) stable middle order( pujara-kaif) special bowling attack( zaheer-dhawal-shami-rasool)....all the best!!

  • Steve on October 1, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    As a real fan of Shewag's style of batting (only), my only advice to him is to play with freedom and a clear head. If he can stay at the wicket for 2 hrs, his score will be 80+. That's all he needs to do, stay for 2 hrs.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    The attack has to be Cheteshwar Pujara, Gautham Gambhir, Mohammad Kaif, Virender Sehwag, Abhishek Nayar,Uday Kaul, Parveez Rasool, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Dhawal Kulkarni