Former flamboyant Indian opener Virender Sehwag believes that it is going to be a difficult road for the Indian team to make a comeback into the series. Sehwag believes the odds of bouncing back is going to be around 30%. It is never easy to come back into the series after losing the first Test and the Indian team is going to have its work cut out.
The Indian team had a golden opportunity to go 1-0 up in the series but they could not capitalize on the situation that they were in. Indian bowlers brought the team back into the thick of the action but the batsmen failed to deliver for the second time in the match.
Need of Ravichandran Ashwin in South African conditions?
Sehwag also added that the team management should also look whether there is a need to play Ravichandran Ashwin as the conditions in South Africa doesn’t support spin.
Sehwag said while talking to India TV, “As of now, it looks like only 30 percent chance is there of making a comeback. It is going to be very tough from now on. Also, the Indian team management should look whether conditions at the Centurion warrant a place for Ravichandran Ashwin”.
Play Ajinkya Rahane.
The Nawab of Najafgarh added that the Indian team should play with six specialist batsmen and four bowlers and thus they should bring in their Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane into the team. Sehwag believes that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are going to be pivotal to team’s success.
“India can go in with an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane. They should also try to go in with four specialist bowlers. If India wants to win, Virat and Rohit will need to play a big role,” Sehwag added.
The Indian team would like to bounce back strong in the second Test and they would know that it is going to be a walk in the park. There are going to be some selection headaches too for the visitors.