Sehwag can spell trouble for England: Dhoni

India would benefit hugely if Sehwag fires at the top of the order against England on Sunday

Bangalore: Feb 26, 2011

England will have problems if hard-hitting Indian opener Virender Sehwag bats through the innings in Sunday’s World Cup clash, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

Sehwag, fit to play the day-night game after suffering a rib injury on Friday during a practice session, said ahead of the tournament he would like to bat the entire 50 overs.

The opener narrowly missed his pre-tournament aim in the opening match against Bangladesh in Dhaka when he got out in the 48th over, but not before giving his team a blazing start.

Sehwag hammered an explosive 175 off just 140 balls to set up his team’s 87-run victory. “If he (Sehwag) bats 50 overs I don’t have problem with that, but definitely the opposition will have problems,” said Dhoni.

“But his most important role is to bat aggressively and give us a good start and momentum from which the middle order can capitalise.”

The Indian captain said his side were well-equipped to cope with the pressure in the high-profile match. “It was in 2004 when I made my debut and I have never played a series when we’re not under pressure, whether it’s the pressure of winning the game or playing against a strong opponent. Most of the guys are used to it,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni said his team had prepared well for Sunday’s clash as every game was important in the tournament. “It’s all about coping with the challenges that come to you. I think it’s a very intent English squad and they have outdone us quite a few times, so they must have prepared well for this tournament,” said Dhoni.

“For us, each game is important. We prepare likewise for every game, Bangladesh, England, Australia or Ireland.”

The Indian captain said his team had yet to decide on whether to include a second specialist spinner. “It (team’s composition) is a really challenging decision to make. We will have to see what the conditions are like,” said Dhoni, whose team had entered the opening game with just one specialist spinner.