Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: Virender Sehwag’s former domestic and international opening partner Aakash Chopra has backed the veteran batsman claiming that given Viru’s abilities and attitude, you can’t rule out a comeback to the national squad.
In the latest episode of Chopra’s weekly audio-blog called ‘Talking Cricket With Aakash’, the opener who partnered Sehwag in India’s memorable 2003-04 tour of Australia, says that “the Sehwag I knew was someone who was brutally honest with himself and he’d be the first to acknowledge that he was the one who had goofed up and that he should have been dropped.”
It is this self-honesty, Chopra believes, that will help him work on his inadequacies and try and get back into the fold.
“It is not the end of the road; it could prove to be a bend, provided Sehwag has the intent to go looking for that bend and go right till the end.”
He went on to suggest that Sehwag has two viable courses of options open to him after working on his fitness and concentration: the first is to request the selectors to put him in the India A squad that tour South Africa this year; the other option is to join a county in England and rack up some runs and get back some form overseas.
He did admit, though, that “the only difference, mentally, seems to be that he isn’t acknowledging the fact that times have changed and that he isn’t the same player anymore.”
Chopra adds that Sehwag needs to move with the times and his ability, factoring in his slower reflexes or poorer eyesight, to increase longevity: “There was a need to reinvent and find another template to score runs in Test match cricket.”
He finished off on an optimistic note, claiming that a spate of good India A or English county performances may well see him “on the plane to South Africa!”
First Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 15:26