Bangalore, Aug 2: India may have been whip-lashed in the second Test against England of their ongoing tour, but there is some consolation. The beleaguered team that has gone down 0-2 in the series, is all set to welcome dashing opener Virender Sehwag back into the fold for the third encounter.
Sehwag was excluded from the the Indian squad for the first two Tests of the present 4-match series owing a niggling shoulder injury that he was convalescing from but is now said to be available for the next two games.
The Indians play a two-day tour match against Northants starting this Friday before the third Test which begins in Birmingham next week.
India seems positive about opening with their regular pair of Sehwag and Gautam Gamhir in Northampton and then in the third Test at Edgbaston. Gambhir has recovered from the left-elbow injury he received while fielding in England's second innings at Lord's.
Sehwag's return would definitely help to bolster up the team that has been blighted by injured players and poor performances. It was in England that he scored his first century as an opener, at Trent Bridge in 2002, though he missed the 2007 tour.
Sehwag had decided to undergo shoulder surgery after playing the IPL in May and was ruled out for a couple of months including the tour of West Indies. When the selectors picked the squad, it came with a caveat that Sehwag be given an additional two weeks rest to allow him to rest his shoulder.
With Sehwag out of the team, Murali Vijay was given a shot at opening during the tour of the West Indies, but was only able to come up with a tally of 72 runs in a series where fellow opener Abhinav Mukund made his debut and did well, scoring 147 runs.