Virender Sehwag set to miss Australia game

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Published: Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:51 [IST]
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Sehwag set to miss Australia game

Colombo, Sep 28: Chances of Virender Sehwag playing against Australia in the Super Eight clash of ICC World Twenty20 2012 on Friday night, are appearing slim.

India are most likely to opt for five bowlers and that means they have to sacrifice one of their batsmen. That is more likely to be Sehwag, who has not been in the best of form in recent times.

In the game against England, captain MS Dhoni preferred five bowlers. Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla were the five who did duty.

Harbhajan and Piyush were exceptional as they destroyed England batting. Even after his exploits with the ball, Piyush is the one to miss out against Australia on Friday at the same venue, R Premadasa Stadium.

Piyush will sit out and R Ashwin, India's best bowler in this format, will take his place in the Playing XI. Dinda will make way for India's senior most bowler Zaheer Khan.

Now the question surrounding the team management is how to bring back Sehwag into the XI. The only choice is to look at Suresh Raina for Sehwag. But the left-hander has been a permanent fixture in the middle order and he enjoys Dhoni's support.

Ashwin, Zaheer and Sehwag were the ones rested for the league game against the defending champions England.

Rohit Sharma has roared back to form and he is safe in the middle order. Yuvraj Singh cannot be thought of moving out of the team. So, in all probability India might axe Sehwag for this crucial Super Eight Group 2 game.

And if India win without Sehwag tonight, then the Delhi batsman will have to continue to languish on the sidelines.

Dhoni's only other choice would be to revert to seven-four batsmen-bowler theory which has been the norm in Indian cricket.

The indications so far are clear that Sehwag is all set to miss the bus.

India's likely XI for Australia game: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan.


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