Sri Lanka Triangular Series 2010 August 26, 2010

Sehwag backs Indian youngsters

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India's misfiring young batsmen are getting plenty of support from their seniors. Two days after captain MS Dhoni said he was not too concerned about the batting collapses in the Dambulla tri-series, Virender Sehwag has also backed his less-experienced team-mates to deliver.

The quartet of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have managed just 94 runs between them through the tournament. But India are still in the final, on the back of two solo efforts from Sehwag which led to two victories.

"When I was a youngster, it took me almost 50 to 70 innings to perform consistently, so we have to give more time to youngsters," Sehwag said. "We are not worried about them too much because in Dambulla, everybody's not scoring. We have to live with that and give youngsters some confidence and tell them to go out and spend some time at the wicket."

India's batsmen have kept the opposition wicketkeepers and slip fielders busy, giving up nearly half their wickets to catches in that area. Dhoni had called for his batsmen to be more decisive with their stroke-selection, particularly to balls outside off. However, on Wednesday two of India's top-order batsmen, Karthik and Kohli, fell wafting at precisely such deliveries.

"It's very easy to say that you should leave the ball or hit it according to its merit but it's very difficult to react according to the merit of the ball," Sehwag said. "When we were young, it would have been confusing whether to hit or leave. It used to be tempting to hit and we used to get out in that confusion. It's important to either leave or play the balls outside off rather than defending them."

Sehwag, the only batsman from any of the three sides to come to terms with the seam and swing in Dambulla, advised caution in the early stages of the innings. India's scores after 15 overs in their league matches were 54 for 5, 47 for 3, 56 for 3 and 81 for 4.

"If you see off the first 10-15 overs, it becomes easier to bat. But those first few overs are difficult to survive," he said. "If you see off the new ball [even] without scoring much in the first 15 overs, it helps the team a lot."

Saturday's final could well be the last chance for the likes of Kohli and Rohit to press for a permanent place in the side, as senior batsmen including Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir could return to the one-day team for the home series against Australia in October.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on August 30, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    If we have to pick squad of 15 players for world cup, below are must

    a) Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvi,Dhoni,Zaheer,Bhajji. (7)

    Remaining Fast Bowlers :- Ishant,Nehra,Praveen and Munaf (Only 2 should be picked). Will go for Ishant and Nehra.(2)

    Spinners:- Ojha and Mishra ( will go for Ojha).(1)

    Youngsters :- Raina,Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. ( will go for Raina and Rohit Sharma) (2)

    Must in Palying Eleven :- Pathan Brothers because they can turn match single handedly......(2)

    Surprise Package:- Rahul Dravid (Old is gold)....

    Best available Playing Eleven:- Sachin.Sehwag,Gambhi,Yuvi,Dravid,Y.Pathan,Dhoni,I.Othan,Bhaji,Zaheer,Ishant.

    Ravindra Jadeja don't even deserve in Bangladesh 15 man squad. Don't know why we are persisitng with him. Most of the time Bhaji comes ahead of Jadeja when Batting 1st and when Batting 2nd, Jadeja can't handle pressure and gets run out. (check the stats).... And In Bowling, he is not Shane Warne or Anil Kumble.

  • ms.arjun on August 30, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    For the upcoming wc, India will have Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Harbhajan, Zaheer for sure. So that leaves spots for 3 more players. Dhoni would definitely opt for a specialist spinner and two more fast/medium pace bowlers. He cant depend on spin for 30 overs and one of these 3 will be expected to be handy with batting too. If he goes for Ashwin,Nehra and Praveen he will have no one to be beleived to bat after Raina. So he is going to opt for Jadeja, Praveen and Nehra, or Jadeja, Ishant and Nehra. However the ideal option would be Irfan, Praveen, and Ashwin or Irfan, Nehra and Ashwin depending on track. I am totally against Jadeja's inclusion for the wc, but lets face it guys, if Irfan and Ashwin are not going to play in the upcoming series against Australia or SA, its definite that they are not going to play in the WC either.The selectors, coach, and the captain had so long to groom a proper all rounder, its about time where it might be just too late to experiment

  • sanchit_sabharwal on August 30, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    I THINK WHAT IS THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH INDIA IS THAT WE DONT HAVE A GENUINE FAST BOWLER ALL-ROUNDER. WE NEED PLAYERS LIKE JACKES KALLIS, CHRIS CAIRNS, DWAYNE BRAVO, SHANE WATSON, ANDREW FLINTOFF. ALL THE ALL ROUNDERS WE GET ARE PART TIME SPINNERS LIKE RAVINDRA JADEJA, BUT WE SERIOUSLY NEEDED PLAYERS LIKE KAPIL DEV IF WE WANT TO WIN THE PRETIGIOUS WORLD CUP AND WE WANT TO REPEAT THE HISTORY OF 1983. PLAYERS LIKE IRFAN PATHAN SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND GIVEN CHANCE ONCE MORE.

  • 11Noobs on August 29, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @ tillu1234... You stole my words.

  • tillu1234 on August 28, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Just one question to Shehwag and all that want to give them > 50 One day Caps to settle in

    HOW MANY MISTAKES/FAILURES WILL BE PERMITTED AT YOUR WORK PLACE BEFORE THEY SHOW YOU THE DOOR?

  • peri88 on August 28, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Dhoni and selectors don't have mind at all. Both are not selecting right team. Look at Rohit, kohli, jadeja, Karthik, Ishant. How many failures? Dhoni should have given atleast one game to Ashwin, Tiwari during this series. Look at Munaf, Dhoni was reluctant to give him any game until he had no choice and Munaf did well in both the games. What Ishant or Nehara doing?, they are very inconsistent especially in crunch game unless pitch help them. I. Pathan even he performs 50% is lot better than Ishant and some times even Nehra. If you look at history how badly Irfan has bolwed. May be 10-70-0, how about other bolwers? Look at Ishant or Nehra's bad performances. plus no contribution with Bat from them.

    There won't be any chance winning world cup unless Dhoni and selectors select right team on particular day. Dhoni is not changing or trying any new things, same old stuff like others, atleast he should select correct team and correct batting order.

  • cool_engineer on August 28, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    "Sunil Ob" is absolutely right............International cricket is a final Test, not a Practice field or net practice area ............It is place to deliver........

  • DubaiSiva on August 28, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Whilst Sachin is an automatic choice for world cup, looking back, we should realise that even Sachin did not score a century during his first 70 odd innings. So it may not be fair to drop youngsters who are averaging in the range of 30 to 43 who have played only 50/ less than 50 matches. No point in calling back players like Dravid who are poor in fielding and is above 36, considering grooming for the future. Sachin though above 37, still runs like a kid and his recent batting performances are better than anyone else playing international cricket. Selectors should continueto select talented youngsters presently available.Decisions should not be made considering performances in Dambulla, which was not the best for batting even for more established players. Ghambir and Sachin should be in. Rohit should be axed if he fails in the next series as well. Tiwari , then should be considered.

  • Binstech on August 28, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    How about giving the young Saurabh Tiwari a chance?

  • dummy4fb on August 28, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Giving a chance to Ravinder Jadeja and other player does not worry much. But I cant understand why Irfan, Yousuf and RP are not playing..? Irfan can replace any all rounder in the team. I think India is wasting its talent.

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