Dhoni backs Sehwag, says he's an attacking player

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Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 11:28 [IST]
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Chennai, Fen 27: Despite Virender Sehwag's poor form in the first Test, Team India skipper MS Dhoni feels the Delhi batsman would strike form at the earliest and prove that he is a match-winner.

Dhoni further stressed on giving Virender Sehwag more time to strike form, since the dashing opener is struggling to get big scores.

Sehwag scored 19 runs in the second innings, before being dismissed by Lyon. Though he got a start, he failed to guide India towards victory, as Dhoni's men needed 50 to win having restricted Australia to 241 in the second innings.

Sehwag plays with a lot of flair: Dhoni

"I think we just need to give him more time. Well, that's how he bats. About Viru pa, I've said this plenty of times before, when he scores runs, he looks a fantastic player and when he doesn't, you can question the shot he played or the way he played."

"He's someone who's always played with that sort of flair. At times, we get very critical about him. We all know he is someone who can change the course of the game, he's an attacking player. So let's go forward with that kind of an attitude," he said.

Sehwag who made 2, 19 in the first Test got some support from the skipper as Dhoni said he was quite unfortunate to be dismissed early in the first innings.

"This wicket, there was not much pace. First innings, he was unfortunate because he middle the ball, yet it came back and fell on the stump. In the second innings, there was not much pace for him to play freely," said Dhoni.


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