Virender Sehwag believes India have 30% chance of comeback in series

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Virender Sehwag believes India have 30% chance of comeback in series

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SportsCafe Desk

01/11/2018

Virender Sehwag thinks that India have a 30% chance of making a comeback in the ongoing Test series against South Africa after getting convincingly beaten in the Newlands game. The former opener also thinks that Ajinkya Rahane would be the proper option for the extra batsman that India need.

Though the Indian players look quite confident ahead of the second Test in Centurion, courtesy their social media posts, Sehwag has voiced serious concerns following their 72-run defeat against South Africa in the opening Test match. He has stated that India will face a tough challenge ahead and believes that they have only 30 percent chance of making a fight back in the remaining series.

"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 told 'India TV' on Wednesday.

Fans hoping India to register their first ever series win against South Africa were in for a major upset as the side crumbled like a pack of cards in the second innings, again. Sehwag has suggested Rahane to be the solution for India’s batting woes. The experienced batsman has previously played two Tests on South African soil in 2013, scoring 209 at a decent average of 69.66 that included two half-centuries.

"India can go in with an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane. They should also try to go in with four specialist bowlers. If India wants to win, Virat and Rohit will need to play a big role," the former Indian opener said.

Indian players have always faced trouble while playing on the fast tracks and the issue came to the fore once again when the batting line-up were seen collapsing way too easily against South Africa’s pace attack. Reliable players like Kohli and Murali Vijay were seen poking at deliveries outside off stumps and consequently, losing their wickets repeatedly. 

Sehwag, who has played 15 Tests against South Africa eight of which were on their soil, has advised the Indian team to leave as many deliveries outside the off-stump as possible.

"Don't fiddle with deliveries outside the off-stump will be my advice to the batsmen. Play as straight as possible. Your '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. 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," he concluded.

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