Gambhir, Sehwag and Zaheer can return to Indian team: Balwinder Singh Sandhu

Gautam Gambhir showcased his form with a century for Essex against Gloucestershire  © IANS

Aug 31, 2013

Balvinder Singh Sandhu, the former Indian cricketer reckons that out-of-favour seniors Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan can make a comeback to the national side by proving their form and fitness. The experienced trio has been out of the Indian side and are eying a comeback.

Gambhir is plying his trade in county cricket for Essex, Zaheer returned from a fitness session in France, while Sehwag is training at the MRF Pace Foundation.

Speaking about Zaheer, Sandhu said, “Any bowler would have to practice if he is Zaheer Khan or anybody. A bowler has to work hard and concentrate on fitness. At the end of the day, if one has to play for India, they have to perform.”

“Past performances may get you a game or two, but you have to play well on those occasions also. I am sure if Zaheer is fit, he will perform and get back.”

When asked about the competition posed to Zaheer by the young bowlers, especially those who played for India A recently, “If there is a fit Zaheer [Khan] and a youngster in the team, you would take a fit Zaheer because he is experienced and has performed.”

About Sehwag and Gambhir, Sandhu said,  “Both are big players and have done well for India. They need one or two good innings and a proper fitness level. Sehwag needs one or big two innings to get his form as he is a hand-eye co-ordination player and he needs match practice. That would give him confidence.”

Gambhir recently scored a ton for Essex in county cricket. “If he keeps performing consistently well, that is the only way he can get back to the side,” Sandhu concluded.