Home > News >

Virender Sehwag’s batting position still undecided for Vijay Hazare trophy

Virender-Sehwag-of-India-in-action-during-day-one-of-the-Boxing-Day-3rd-Test-between-Australia-and-India
Virender Sehwag’s recent stint in the middle-order yielded no results © Getty Images

New Delhi: Feb 26, 2014

Virender Sehwag‘s preferred batting slot would be one of the primary issues when defending champions and hosts Delhi take on an upbeat Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in the opening fixture of north zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday.

The match is being played amidst the tension between Gautam Gambhir and controversial pitch curator Venkat Sundaram.

The pitch as usual is a dead track and both Gambhir and Sehwag would like to get into the groove as quickly as possible.

This will be the last preparatory tournament before the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) begins.

While Gambhir is expected to open the batting, it will be interesting to find out whether Sehwag joins him at the top of the order. Sehwag’s stint in the middle order during Ranji Trophy yielded disastrous outcome.

So he will like to get back to the slot where he scored all runs for India. In case, Sehwag persists about playing in middle order, Unmukt Chand will partner Gambhir.

“We will decide the batting order after having a look at the strip,” chief coach Sanjeev Sharma said after training on Wednesday.

The bespectacled Sehwag had two sessions at the nets on Wednesday. His batting order might be an indication as to where he would bat for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in coming IPL.

The middle-order of Delhi bears a formidable look with veterans Mithun Manhas, Rajat Bhatia, young Milind Kumar to name a few. Pint-sized glovesman Puneet Bisht makes a comeback while Ashish Nehra, Parvinder Awana and Sumit Narwal will be three pace bowlers in Ishant Sharma‘s absence.

Left-arm spinner Varun Sood is expected to be the only specialist slow bowler.

On the otherhand, Jammu and Kashmir would like to put up a gutsy show after their quarter-final appearance in Ranji Trophy. Skipper Parveez Rasool is their mainstay but the likes of Ian Dev Singh, Adil Rishi, Bandeep Singh are also expected to rally around their skipper.

Meanwhile curator Sundaram on Wednesday turned up at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) hearing which was also attended by Gambhir.

DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev told PTI that “the matter has been amicably resolved”. However, as per information received, Gambhir didn’t apologise as Sundaram’s allegations that the Delhi skipper threatened the former first-class cricketer with a bat wasn’t proved.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Preview: Proteas aim to seal series

India tour of England 2014: Peter Moores says senior players must buck up

India tour of England 2014: Sandeep Patil asks team to stay focused

Kane Williamson suspended from bowling by ICC

CPL 2014: Trinidad and Tobago to be integrated in Red Steel’s team name

Graham Gooch’s fabulous numbers in all forms of cricket

India tour of England 2014: Ishant Sharma and the curious case of Indian fast bowling

India tour of England 2014: Figures demonstrate why the Lord’s win is special

India’s overseas victories where pace bowlers dominated – Part 2 of 2

Ishant Sharma: The enigma who takes key wickets

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

India tour of England 2014: Ishant Sharma and the curious case of Indian fast bowling

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Preview: Proteas aim to seal series

Sony Xperia T3 Android smartphone with 5.3-inch display and quad-core processor launched in India, priced at Rs 27,990

Exotic salad named after Jacqueline Fernandez!

Mary Kom trailer: Priyanka Chopra is all set to knock you off!

Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow opening ceremony: Watch live streaming online

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here