Will Virender Sehwag's Absence Be The Key In England?
Moments in time help shape and define an era...........A first ball defensive prod was the status quo. Then all our eyes went skywards as we heard the crack of the bat and the ball sail off it....and sail...and sail until it lobbed 20 rows back over th...
Moments in time help shape and define an era…
In Sehwag’s 86 Tests, India has won 35, lost 19 and drawn 32 showing his infinite effect on their prospects. If you want further proof, reminisce of India’s ill fated tour of Australia in 2008. In a 4 test series, they were thoroughly outplayed in the first two Tests and then stood toe to toe with the Aussies in the next two. Common thread in the series was Sehwag missing the first two and playing the the final games.
As we sit on the cusp of the mouth watering England versus India Test series with Sehwag touted probably to miss the first two Tests, we must ask whether this could be the deciding factor in the series?
For it will allow the English a way to bed into the series in the knowledge of crickets greatest devastator being on the sidelines. Also taking away the very real prospect of Viru being on and playing a series defining innings reminiscent of that 195 against Australia.
Plus it changes the dynamics of the whole line up with a dynamic opening partnership being broken and most likely the unproven Abhinav Mukund being inserted at the top. Then the middle order suffering from the absence of the benefits that Sehwags mastery of destruction provide.
Lost benefits for India that might tilt the series conclusively in England’s favour.