- It was revealed in latest cricket news live today on India TV, what former India cricket legend Virender Sehwag feels about India’s batting lineup for the upcoming ODI series against England
- Virender Sehwag stated in India cricket news today, that the team should pick Dinesh Karthik over Suresh Raina as DK is in a way better form than Raina
Former India opening batsman and cricketing legend Virender Sehwag spoke on India TV in latest cricket news live, about India’s upcoming ODI series against England which is to start from July 12, 2018. Sehwag said that based on recent performances, Dinesh Karthik makes a better case than Suresh Raina to have a spot in the starting 11 lineup in the ODI series against England. Dinesh Karthik has proven his calibre on returning to Team India, something that was recently witnessed when the wicket-keeper/batsman single-handedly helped India win Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka.
Followed by the Nidahas Trophy final win, the lower middle-order batsman continued to display an excellent form in IPL 2018 when he captained the Kolkata Knight Riders to the playoffs. Suresh Raina, on the other hand, had been struggling to earn a berth in the Indian team and was included in the side when Ambati Rayudu was ousted from the side after failing to clear the Yo-Yo Test, something that was the highlight of India cricket news.
It’s time for India to take advantage of Dinesh Karthik’s excellent form, says Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag said that it was the perfect time for India to take advantage of Dinesh Karthik’s sailing form. He told IndiaTV,
“I feel Dinesh Karthik might get a chance ahead of Suresh Raina as Karthik’s performance in the Nidahas Trophy and IPL 2018 was impressive. I think now is the best time for Karthik to play.”
Given the depth of in-form batsmen who are available to play in the ODI series against England, Team India captain Virat Kohli is going to have a hard time in deciding India’s batting line-up, and so, maybe he should pay heed to Virender Sehwag’s advice.
Sehwag also said that given the current form that KL Rahul is playing in, it would be smart for Virat Kohli to continue batting at No. 4, and letting KL Rahul bat at No. 3. The ‘King of banter’ quipped,
“I think KL Rahul should come at No.3 because Dhawan and Rohit will continue to open. Captain Kohli will come at No.4. I feel this will be India’s batting order. I don’t feel there will be too many changes to the playing XI.”
Sehwag backs India to win the ODI series against England
The 39-year-old was fairly confident that just as India won the T20I series against England, the ODI series would have a similar result, and apart from the Indian batsmen who have been in a red-hot form, another aspect that could see the Men in Blue clinching the T20I series is the presence of the spin-twins, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. He said,
“I feel if India plays the ODIs the same way they played in the T20I series, they will be able to beat England because, in my opinion, the Indian team is stronger than England in both batting and bowling departments. I feel India will clinch this series 3-0 or by 2-1.”
“India’s spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have the ability to overpower England in ODIs. A lot will depend on how the English batsmen play against Kuldeep and Chahal in the middle overs.”
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