India vs South Africa: Virender Sehwag says Indian team's chances of making comeback is around 30 percent

Former opener Virender Sehwag reckons that India now only have around "30 percent chance" of making a comeback in the three-Test series against South Africa.

PTI, Jan 10, 2018 21:08:16 IST

New Delhi: Former opener Virender Sehwag reckons that India now only have around "30 percent chance" of making a comeback in the three-Test series against South Africa after losing the opening encounter by 72 runs.

India vs South Africa: Virender Sehwag says Indian teams chances of making comeback is around 30 percent

File image of Virender Sehwag. PTI

"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.

Sehwag is of the opinion that India should go in with six specialist batsmen and four 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," the dashing opener of yesteryears said.

Sehwag, who hit a hundred on debut in Bloemfontein back in 2001, advised the team to leave as many deliveries outside the off-stump as possible.

"Don't fiddle with deliveries outside the off-stump will be my advise 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," was Sehwag's advise.

"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.

Updated Date: Jan 10, 2018 21:08:16 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254