Virendar Sehwag needs one innings: Niranjan Shah

Published: Friday, March 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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As India gear up to face Bangladesh in their first Group B tie on Saturday, all eyes are set on whether Virendar Sehwag wields his willow in the fashion he is known for.

Sehwag has performed well below his reputation not only in the last series against Sri Lanka in India but also in the entire series in South Africa, which forced the selectors to drop him in the home series against West Indies.

Even his performances in the two practice matches against Holland and West Indies raised the doubt in his capability.

Team think-tank in its meeting on Wednesday took a serious note of Sehwag's prolonged lean patch and sounded warning bells to him that if he fails to deliver the goods, he may as well end up carrying the water bottles in the next Cup ties.

But the BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah putting his faith on down-and-out Viru, feels he will come up with good show in India's first WC tie against Bangla.

"I know he is going through a bad patch fore quite sometime now but since he is in the team and he is a great player I see no reason that why he can't come back in the form and he is the kind of players who just need a single innings and if he plays like the original Sehwag I think he can supersede anything," Niranjan Shah, a BCCI secretary told a popular cricket web site Thatscricket.com.

"Sehwag is a natural player and the player of his kind and calibre can regain form any time and he can be a big asset to the team."

Niranjan Shah has also expressed his happiness on India's performance in the two warm-up games.

"We have a very strong and balanced side and all the players have come in good form when it mattered most. In the two practice matches we have done well in batting and bowling and hope the boys will carry the same form in the matches they play. I want to see them in semi and carry on from there, hopefully repeat 1983 act," told Niranjan Shah.

Niranjan Shah also said that the team management would think about the combination of the team. "We have Mr. Jagdale there as manager and he is a selector too and once the super eight match starts, the chairman of the selection committee Dilip vengsarkar too will fly to West Indies and will join the party.

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