Suyash Srivastava asks the question what will India be missing without Virender Sehwag.
When English bowlers hit the ground at Lord’s on Thursday (July 21) they would be doing so in a relaxed state of mind. While many would think this could be the confidence after winning the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, the experts of the game would know that the reason behind their smiles would be the absence of India’s phenomenal tormenter-Virender Sehwag. If VVS Laxman is India’s Disaster Management Expert I consider Sehwag to be their Early Onslaught Provider.
The swashbuckling opener is the dynamite which demolishes the moral of the bowlers from the very first ball he plays. The momentum provided by him has played a major role in the test matches played by India both at home and abroad. The English pacers would not have the fear of facing Sehwag at least for first two matches.
The attacking opener played a key role in India’s six-wicket win over England in the first Test of the last series between the two countries in 2008 when he hammered a 68-ball 83 to help his team achieve a stiff target of 387 in Chennai thereby spoiling the party for Steve Harmison and Anderson who bowled superbly to bring India on the back seat.
While the Indian batting line up will be bolstered with the return of Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, the absence of Sehwag is something which is irreplaceable. India would definitely miss his early onslaught which is a threat for any bowling attack in the world. There have been instances where the attacking opener has scored centuries before the lunch break giving India an early advantage to make a grip over the tests.
India are known to gain late momentum while touring abroad. And the only thrust which denies this fact is Sehwag. This was clearly visible in the tour of West Indies. While Mukund and Vijay struggled to keep the runs flowing facing the seam attack, India badly missed Sehwag who is known to play in his own style with ease even on the toughest of the tracks in the world.
The Indian fans will be hoping for a speedy recovery of their attacking batsmen, and for many the actual series will begin properly from the 3rd Test Match!
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