Now that the Tests are over, Virat Kohli;s boys gear up to start the limited-overs adventure against South Africa.
Virender Sehwag himself had pointed out that Kohli doesn’t have anyone to point out his mistakes in Test cricket, but believes MS Dhoni’s presence in the 50-over format will help the skipper in several aspects. Dhoni, who is no longer a part of the longer format of the game, will mark a return to the limited-overs squad today as India seek to bounce back from the Test series debacle.
Speaking to India TV, Sehwag revealed who the team’s win in the final Test in Johannesburg would have boosted their morale for the ODI series opener. “The win in the last Test match at Johannesburg has definitely lifted the morale of the team,” Sehwag told India TV on Wednesday.
“After losing the first two Tests, people were thinking that India might lose it 3-0 but Virat Kohli and his team made a brilliant comeback. The bowlers made a big contribution to the win. There are only a handful of instances where the bowlers have successfully defended a small total. You need to give credit to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami,” Sehwag asserted while heaping praise on India’s pace quartet.
Speaking about MS Dhoni’s return in the team, Sehwag admitted that the World Cup-winning captain is now there to tell Kohli where he is going wrong and unlike Test cricket, the limited overs format will see Mahi setting fields for Kohli and giving his suggestions as and when required.
“In ODI cricket, Kohli also have MS Dhoni, who is always there to point out his flaws unlike in Test cricket. You will see Dhoni giving suggestions to Kohli, you will see him set the field… this is definitely a benefit,” Sehwag further said.
“I think, Virat Kohli needs some players who can point out his mistakes on the field. Every team has four-five players, who advise the skipper and help him avoid mistakes on-field. I don’t see that in the current Indian squad, ” he added.
Expressing his views on the fact that South African stalwart AB de Villiers will not be a part of the opening ODI in Durban, Sehwag admitted that the veteran cricketer’s absence is a certain positive for the visitors.
“This is great news from the Indian perspective that AB de Villiers will not play the first three ODIs because he is one such player who can change the course of the game anytime. India have a good chance to capitalise on this and win at least two of the first three matches,” Viru added.
Having lost the Test series 2-1, Kohli and Co certainly have scores to settle with the Proteas and even though the Men in Blue do not possess a good record at the venue, the current team certainly has what it takes to beat the hosts.
Originally published in Times Now
News credit : Indiatimes