Virender Sehwag is confident of being fit for the tour of England in July after undergoing shoulder surgery in London last week.
"I think I will able to play the series in England. That's the reason why I stopped playing the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils and rushed to London to get my shoulder operated," said Sehwag, who was expected to reach Delhi last night.
The Delhi dasher was operated by Dr Andrew Wallace, the same surgeon who attended to Sachin Tendulkar a few years ago. "I will return to London after six weeks for a check-up. I should be fit in six to eight weeks.
Going by the rehabilitation programme designed for me I should be okay. I am already feeling the difference each day," said Sehwag.
During his short visit to London, Sehwag stayed put in his hotel room. The only time he ventured outside was to check into the hospital for the one-hour surgery.
He didn't even carry warm clothes to cope with London's cooler weather (18 to 20 degrees).
Sehwag enquired about the Indian squad to the West Indies which the selectors picked last week. As soon as this correspondent informed him about Mahendra Singh Dhoni being given a rest, he said, "then it has to be Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) as captain." When he learned about the 16-man team for the limited overs series, he said: "It is a good side which should do well on West Indies wickets."
It can be recalled that Sehwag was not picked for the 2007 tour of England where India won a Test series for the first time since 1986.