Amid many controversies, batting and bowling woes, injury concerns, the Indian side is struggling to be in par with their stronger counterpart England. The series so far has been England’s through and through. The defeat has been humiliating as our side is trying to keep the No. 1 tag intact. Despite all these issues, the side feels much more at ease. This confidence can be attributed to the return of Sehwag, India’s flamboyant opener.
His position is indispensible, as a very few have the ability that he possesses – ripping the bowling apart. He can be compared to the likes of the West Indian legend, Vivian Richards. He has an aggressive style of batting and yet, he balances it with care. And has the distinction of having 2 triple centuries.
His importance in the top order is paramount as he generates creates uneasiness in the opposition from the first ball of the match. The entire plan of the opposition skipper is always subject to change in Sehwag’s presence. While chasing an improbable target of 374, Sehwag hit 86 runs at the strike rate of 122. This gave Sachin enough time to craft a masterful century that resulted in India winning the match.
Such confidence always boosts the morale of the side, and the middle order can capitalize on the great starts that Sehwag so often provides. With an average of 53, Sehwag has become an Indian great.
Sehwag’s absence has weakened the team. Sehwag, when in form, can change the match completely in our favor. And that is exactly what Indians require. A wrecker-in-chief and the best man for the job is Sehwag. But now, his inclusion has strengthened the team. With Sehwag opening for the team, India finds itself in a far more comfortable position.
But will Sehwag strike? Will his shoulder be able to shoulder the burden of the entire team right away? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.