New Delhi, Mar 11: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels India will miss senior batsman Virender Sehwag by describing him as a dangerous customer on sub-continental conditions but the former pacer also said Sehwag should focus on his fitness and prolong his ODI career.
"It will be interesting to see an Indian team without Virender Sehwag. Numerous stories on Sehwag's 'dropping' have done the rounds in the media but in my book, Sehwag is too good a batsman to be ignored. If he is short on fitness, then it is another thing, but Sehwag remains a dangerous customer on sub-continental conditions," said Akram.
With Sachin Tendulkar nearing retirement and Rahul Dravid's recent announcement to quit from international cricket, Akram feels Sehwag must play the role of elder statesman in the team.
"Having said that, Sehwag needs to change the way he deals with his career at the age of 34. With Rahul Dravid gone and Sachin Tendulkar unlikely to prolong his ODI career, Sehwag needs to play the role of the elder statesman in the team.
Speculations about a rift in the dressing room during India's dismal tour of Australia, Akram said, "Dhoni remains India's best leader at the moment and sooner Sehwag realises this, the better. Hence, Sehwag needs to be at peace with him, focus purely on his fitness and the runs shall follow. In cricket, only performance matters and if Sehwag scores the runs he can, fans will automatically adore him," he added.