New Delhi, July 17: India have been infamous in settling for draws in Tests abroad when victory is within reach. The most recent example of such was the meek way in which the side abandoned its chase against the West Indies at Dominica in their recently-concluded tour. But on these occasions India is invariably lacking one prime component: Virender Sehwag.
Indeed, the dashing opener possesses a virtually singular ability to bore through the opposition's attack and pivot a game towards India. His blitzkrieg style of batting not only keeps the scoreboard surging but simultaneously demoralises the opposition into submission.
Viru is uniquely adept at playing innings of overwhelming substance and with an accompanying force that is hard to quell. Sehwag's record of notching up the biggest individual Test score (319) score by an Indian and that too in the quickest time (291 balls) attests to this very attribute.
With England's bowling unit looking more ominous than ever before, India have a ripe challenge on their hands. The looming threat of a Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn, not to mention Tim Bresnan, James Anderson, Stuart Broad barraging India with bouncing deliveries, needs an adequate counter-point.
Instead with Sehwag's absence for at least the first two Tests, India would have to bite and bullet and wear-down the English seam attack. In so doing, the tourists' batting line-up might themselves get worn out. Granted, one can not write off such potent batsmen in Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, but the zing to India's sting may well be missing.
Sehwag missed out on the last series in England which unfolded in the summer of 2007. So he will be all the more revved up to show his mettle at the home of cricket, this time around. Perhaps, even leave his mark on English soil. Oneindia wishes Viru a speedy recovery and hopes he can rejoin the ranks soon.