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Kiran More backs struggling Sehwag

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 14:48 [IST]
 
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Mumbai, Mar 5: Former India selector Kiran More on Monday (March 4) said the form of under-performing senior opening batsman Virender Sehwag was a cause for concern and the selectors may be inclined to give others a chance in the remainder of the Border-Gavaskar series.

"He is a quality cricketer. For me he is a great cricketer and a great opening batsman for India. He is not going through a great time. He is struggling. Most of the time the way he is getting out is alarming," said the former India stumper on the sidelines of a book release function here.

Kiran More backs struggling Sehwag

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Sehwag has failed to fire in five consecutive Tests after getting a hundred against England in the opening game of the November-December 2012 Test series at Ahmedabad and has flopped in three successive innings in the ongoing four-match rubber against Australia.

"Looking ahead (another opener) Murali Vijay has done very well. Gautam (Gambhir) can comeback in the team and do well. Ajinkya Rahane is waiting and Shikhar Dhawan is there. We need to give opportunities to youngsters also."

He sympathised with Sehwag and said he too experienced a dip in form like the Delhi dasher during his playing days.

"I think every cricketer goes through this. If you don't perform, you don't expect to be in the team, but every cricketer has gone through this. I had gone through this. But Sehwag is a quality cricketer. Whoever is waiting, they will definitely get the opportunity. It depends on the captain, the coach what the team management wants.

"When you win and take 2-0 lead most of the captains and coaches don't like to change the team. It depends on the selectors also. But when you are looking ahead, you need to create opportunities for a lot of cricketers also like Murali Vijay. He has comeback strongly and got a brilliant hundred (in the ongoing second Test)," he said at the launch of book written by Shailendra Singh of event management firm Percept.

More, however, said Sehwag still has a lot of cricket left in him.

PTI

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