India will rotate openers, says Sehwag
India opener Virender Sehwag yesterday said that the team will be rotating opening batsmen in today's second ODI against Sri Lanka and he would be replacing Sachin Tendulkar or Gautam Gambhir. Sehwag said the rotation policy is designed to give youngsters more opportunity, keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup. Sehwag, who was rested in the first ODI against Australia, will be taking the field today and is likely to replace Gambhir.
Gautam Gambhir with Sachin Tendulkar during a practice session at The
Oval Cricket Ground in London on August 17, 2011. Pic/AFP
"They will decide on it (opening combination) tomorrow. We want to give a break to the top three batsmen, either Gautam (Gambhir) or Tendulkar will take a break and maybe I can play," he said. Sehwag said the rotation policy is designed to give the youngsters an opportunity keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
"The break is good. You are playing Tests, then Twenty20s and now ODIs. The body can be fatigued and a mental break is also good. So, top three can get a break and all the youngsters can play and they need to because they have just arrived. We want to give chance to youngsters. The next World Cup is here. All the youngsters this way can play and get used to the conditions here," Sehwag said.
Sehwag said it is very important for the youngsters to play 70-80 ODIs before the World Cup. "It's important; the youngsters have to play a lot more ODIs, especially when the World Cup comes, they should have played 70-80 ODIs. Our aim is to give more chances to youngsters," he said.
Sehwag said he would be back to his usual attacking mode in the ongoing tri-series here. "I tried to play a little differently in Perth Test because the ball was doing something. It didn't work, so I went back to my own style.
I will do so in ODIs as there are only 50 overs and you want to give a good start to the team," Sehwag said.
"My style of playing is to give little respect to new ball and then go after the bowling, depending on who's bowling. If someone is bowling well, you have got to give him respect," he added.