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Virender Sehwag’s Advice To Indian Batsmen for South Africa series

Wounded Indian team will now be heading to the Centurion in South Africa for the 2nd Test. The Indian batsmen will especially be hoping to make a comeback in the Freedom series after a 72-run defeat in the 1st Test. Cricket fans and pundits have been deliberating since past week as to what are the changes that Virat Kohli needs to make, if India is to stand any chance of winning a test in the rainbow country.

Virender Sehwag advises Indian batsmen to play smart

One very surprising advice came from former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. The Nawab of Najafgarh wanted the Indian batting unit to leave the majority of the deliveries outside the off stump. A very unlike Sehwag advice but something that could work for the Indians if they pay attention to it.

While speaking to a news channel Virender Sehwag said, “Don’t fiddle with deliveries outside the off-stump will be my advice to the batsmen. Play as straight as possible. You’re ‘go to’ shots should be straight drive and flick. Get prepared to be hurt by some short stuff. Rather than trying to fend off short balls, get prepared to take blows on your body.”

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“The tennis ball bounce in South Africa means that it will be very difficult for any batsman to get bowled. So one needs to stay positive and try to score runs at the rate of at least three runs per over,” the 39-year-old added.

 Going into the series, most of India’s hope relied on the shoulders of their batsmen. However, over the 4 days of the 1st test, it was Indian bowlers who took India mightly close to an unexpected win. According to Sehwag, India now has only around 30% chance of making a comeback into the team.
“As of now, it looks like only 30 percent chance is there of making a comeback. It is going to be very tough from now on. Also the Indian team management should look whether conditions at the Centurion warrant a place for Ravichandran Ashwin,” Sehwag said.
The opener also commented on the combination that Indian team should go for in the 2nd test match. He believes that India should play with 6 specialist batsmen and 4 specialist bowlers.
“India can go in with an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane. They should also try to go in with four specialist bowlers. If India want to win, Virat and Rohit will need to play a big role,” Virender Sehwag concluded in the end.