Dhoni plays down Sehwag’s partial deafness

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2011, 14:00 PM IST

Birmingham (UK): Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni has played down opener Virender Sehwag`s problem with partial deafness.

"If he nicks and doesn`t walk, it may be a problem, but apart from that, I think, he is quite good," Dhoni said.

He added: "He has practised every day and there is no good reason why he shouldn`t play. He is a dynamic player who backs his instinct to play shots. We all know that an aggressive opener can have a big impact on the opposition bowling attack.”

The return of Sehwag rouses India`s belief that this time they may possess a powerful retort.

Virat Kohli might also win selection ahead of Suresh Raina as India restructure a batting line-up that has failed in the first two Tests.

Meanwhile, there is still no sign of left-arm fast bowling replacement R P Singh.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to arrange visas for its stand-by players, which means that Munaf Patel could get a look-in as the fourth seamer, in preference to the leg-spin of Amit Mishra.

"The wickets have not affected the spinners in any way which pushes to think whether we can play with four fast bowlers or not," Dhoni said.

Bureau Report