Virender Sehwag came in for all round criticism during the second Test between India and New Zealand that the visitors managed to save, after causing their own collapse. But if Dhoni does not get fit, Sehwag may still do the job.
In many experts’ opinion, India suffered on two counts in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India were without their regular captain, but they were also without their regular wicket keeper. Dinesh Karthik’s wicket keeping skills have fallen even behind that when he was considered tough competition for Dhoni. But in his favour or defense was only one factor – that Sehwag came more under the scanner than he himself did.
Virender Sehwag was directly or indirectly at the receiving end after the first Test. First, Rahul Dravid rubbished the idea that batsmen should play their natural game. Whether this was a direct comment to VVS Laxman who also suggest the way of the natural or a dig at the stand in captain who fell in both innings to rather injudicious shots in a match where India needed to stand and be counted, it is unsure.
But Dravid’s word holds merit from the point of view that players cannot become reckless creatures of fancy when the situation demands adaptation, something perhaps they could learn from the likes of Jesse Ryder who curbed his rambunctious ways for a more sedate, strong role of responsibility for the New Zealand team, much to the delight of skipper Daniel Vettori.
But Sehwag suffered more at the hands for former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe who felt that the stand in skipper did not take enough responsibility and often looked clueless on the field and therefore, let the match get away from India.
With secrecy surrounding Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s back recovery, it appears that no decision will be made about India’s captain until the morning of the match, leaving the door open for Sehwag perhaps to make amends.