NEW DELHI: former Australian captain Ian Chappel has warned that India’s chances of winning in the Test Series will be seriously affected by the absence of aggressive Virender Sehwag. The test series starts this Thursday.
Sehwag, who is the opening batsmen for India is suffering from a shoulder injury and will be unable to play in the first two test matches against England.
“There’s no batsman in the world who can disrupt bowling plans quicker than Sehwag,” Chappell wrote in his column on a website.
“England’s ability to swing both the new and old ball is a big reason behind their recent rise up the rankings. In addition, India is missing their greatest counter-attacking weapon.” He added.
Sehwag played a key role in India’s six-wicket win over England in the first Test of the last series between the two countries in 2008 when he hammered a 68-ball 83 to help his team achieve a stiff 387-run target in Chennai.
“The one time a captain should not be overly cautious is at the start of a series, when a team can take a huge step towards mental superiority by being aggressive,” said Chappell.
“This is where Sehwag’s absence hurts India; being at the top of the order, he’s likely to gain the upper hand in the series just by batting normally in the first session.”
Sehwag has so far scored 7,694 runs in 87 Tests with 22 centuries since making his debut in 2001.
India had won their last Test series in England in 2007 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid.