Sehwag to open for India

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Virender Sehwag will be restored to his opening position in India's opening game against Kenya in the Champions Trophy cricket tournament.

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Virender Sehwag will be restored to his opening position in India's opening game against Kenya in the Champions Trophy cricket tournament on Saturday. However, the swashbuckling batsman has been asked not to rush things and bat as he does in Test matches. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said Sehwag had been dropped in the batting order for one game so that he could watch play a bit and get his confidence back. "It was a one-off game. Sehwag will be back as an opener and Laxman will come at number three," Ganguly said after an indoor net session along with Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan this morning. Skipper's advice Ganguly said the instruction to Sehwag was to bat the way he does in Test cricket and judge the ball on merit before unleashing his strokes. "We have spoken to him. He scores runs in Tests all around the world. You have to understand he is a strokemaker and it is not fair to ask him to just go and defend or leave balls outside the off-stump," the skipper said. "But he should probably bat the way he does in Test cricket. He should look to play the ball on merit rather than just try to get the maximum runs straight away," he added. Most of the Indians did not turn up at the ground because it rained this morning and there was no way they could have had outdoor nets. The batsmen instead practiced with bowling machines. (PTI)

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