Bangalore, Jan 19: Virender Sehwag, India's stand-in captain for Adelaide Test, needs to rediscover his old touch if the team wants to end the series on a happy note.
From Melbourne to Perth, Team India has hit the losing trail. Whether the trend continues in Adelaide or not, remains to be seen. One man capable of changing the course of India's fortunes is Sehwag.
Having already surrendered seven Tests on the trot overseas and staring at the possibility of a second successive series whitewash (England blanked India 4-0), skipper Sehwag needs to come up with one of his special knocks. It is important for any team to have a good start when they bat and he can lay a good platform for the rest of the struggling middle order.
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, country's most reliable opening pair, has been kept quiet by a perfectly working Australian pace machine. Also India's big bats that follow the duo, have been silent throughout the tour.
Sehwag has been every bowler's nightmare. Be it at home or abroad, the Delhi right-hander has always been aggressive in his approach. His One-Day mode of batting in Test cricket has won many hearts. However, the Sehwag of old is missing in the last few years when it comes to negotiating pace and swing on foreign pitches.
In the past four years, he has been undone by quick men. He has no three-figure score to show when playing outside the subcontinent in 11 Tests since February 2008.
The 33-year-old's batting average has dipped drastically while being out of the comforts of home conditions. It is now time for Sehwag to find his old form that would be so pleasing to watch for any Indian cricket fan.
Just last month, he blasted his way to a world record One-Day International score of 219. West Indians were at the receiving end in Indore on December 8, 2011. That is what you call it as leading from the front as Sehwag was the captain of the side for that ODI series.
With regular skipper MS Dhoni banned from Adelaide Test for slow over-rate offence, Sehwag will walk for the toss with his Australian counterpart Michael Clarke on January 24 in Adelaide. It is upto Sehwag now to lift the spirits of a losing side with a big hundred.
Sehwag will be at the helm for the fourth time in Tests and has won two of his previous three Tests with one draw.
As David Warner demonstrated his Twenty20 style of batting in Perth, Sehwag is the best man in the Indian outfit to answer the home team in the same way.
Having captained Warner while playing together for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sehwag might be tempted to do better than his IPL team-mate.
With a return of just 118 runs in six innings, Sehwag needs to turn it around soon and no better time than to do it in Adelaide.