Virender Sehwag talks about effect of IPL on MS Dhoni's place in Indian team; backs Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya
- Virender Sehwag backed Indian captain Virat Kohli after he was seen struggling with the willow in swinging conditions.
- Sehwag also spoke highly of Hardik Pandya, who is returning from a long injury lay-off.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag has questioned MS Dhoni's place in the Indian side, if and when the WC 2011-winning captain decides to make a comeback. Dhoni hasn't played for India since his infamous run-out against New Zealand in the CWC 2019 semi-final played in England and Wales.
Talking to reporters from Ahmedabad, Sehwag took on the hot topic relating to MS Dhoni's much-awaited return to the national side - which many believe hinges on a good showing in the IPL. However, with uncertainties surrounding IPL 2020 and KL Rahul emerging as the latest bet for the wicket-keeping slot, Sehwag feels that Dhoni will find it tough to break into the side.
“Where will he fit in? With the likes of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul already in form, especially the latter performing exceptionally well of late, I think there is no reason why we should not stick with them."
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Speaking on India's dismal tour of New Zealand, Sehwag said that India lost to a much superior team in the ODI and Test series. However, he is still confident of seeing a good show from them in future series. He also backed Indian captain Virat Kohli after the latter was seen struggling with the willow in swinging conditions. He felt that every class batsman went through tough times and Kohli might be suffering through the same fate but will only return stronger.
“He [Kohli] is a class batsman but that has happened to all the great batsmen in different eras be it Sachin Tendulkar, Steven Waugh, Jacques Kallis or Ricky Ponting... We must admit that the Kiwis were superior to us in the ODIs and Tests. In the T20s, Kiwis lost close matches. In the shortest format it is always difficult to make a quick comeback."
Sehwag also spoke highly of Hardik Pandya, who is returning from a long injury lay-off. He expects Pandya to make an impact immediately considering his heroics in recent domestic T20 ventures.
“In T20s, one cannot predict favourites. Such is the unpredictable nature of the format, any single player can change the complexion of the game on a given day... The return of Hardik Pandya will make a huge difference to the Indian team. The whole combination will change with an all-rounder of the calibre of Hardik.”Published 18 Mar 2020, 09:21 IST