New Delhi: Virender Sehwag’s “confusion with his batting slot” badly affected his game in the current Ranji Trophy season, feels DDCA’s chairman of selectors Chetan Chauhan.
According to Chauhan, Sehwag should consider reverting to the opener’s position. “Make no mistake, Virender Sehwag is a great cricketer. I believe the problem was his confusion with the batting order. He was in a dilemma as to whether to bat at the top or bat in the middle-order and that has affected his game,” Chauhan, a former Indian opener, said.
Sehwag, batting at all positions from Nos. 1 to 6, has scored 234 runs in 13 innings at an average of 19.50 in Delhi’s disastrous Ranji Trophy campaign.
Asked about what would be the slot where he would like Sehwag to play, Chauhan said: “I would always like Viru to open the batting… He has scored all his runs opening the batting for India and I believe that he should continue batting at the top of the order”.
Chauhan, however, feels that the “year 2013 wasn’t great” for Sehwag. “I believe Sehwag couldn’t perform as per expectations this season. There were a lot of matches in the year gone by and it didn’t exactly go as he would have liked it to be,” he said..
Asked what would be his advice for Sehwag, he said: “I don’t think I need to advice him on the technical aspect as he has played more than 100 Tests. Anyone who has played those many matches know what they need to do. But yes, I would definitely tell him to work even harder as there is no substitute to hard work”. (PTI)