Northampton, Aug 4: India appears to have become accustomed to relying on the heroics of prized individuals in their team to extricate them from predicaments. Now with Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan most likely to return to the fold, the onus will neatly descend upon their shoulders as India strives to turn the tables on a seemingly inexorable English side.
Indian captain M S Dhoni, has perhaps, prematurely thrown down the gauntlet to the host side by expressing his optimism for a squared series. But at 2-zip down and coming off emphatic defeats at that, it's highly unlikely that just a couple of inclusions could effect a dramatic change in India's performance.
However, given Sehwag's renowned ability to tear into the opposition's attack, India no doubt regard him as a talisman of good fortune. And with the likelihood that Gautam Gambhir will shirk off his elbow injury and join Sehwag at the top of the order, there is hope that India's innings will get substantial foundations again. After all these two possess no less than 10 century-and-more opening stands.
And Sehwag's role as a premier run-getter for his side assumes paramount significance in matches that India has won. After all, in encounters in which India has claimed victory, his average surges from a career median of 53 to over 58 and his strike rate goes up from 82 to nearly 90. But these are mere figures on paper. In cricket one ought to be only as good as their last show...