ss_blog_claim=a3650b8eebfe3434539d25e084e19bcf ss_blog_claim=a3650b8eebfe3434539d25e084e19bcf Blood Rayne: Sehwag's absence won't be loss - Manjrekar

Sehwag's absence won't be loss - Manjrekar

The former Test batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels Sehwag's absence will not affect India's chances in the T20 World Cup as they have enough back-up to fill up place. Sehwag was dropped due to a shoulder injury during the Indian Premier League and was replaced by Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay, who had a successful performance with the Chennai Super Kings. He added the impact that Sehwag makes in Test cricket is far greater than the impact he makes at the T20 level. He is confident India will be able to bear his loss.

Interestingly, Sehwag was injured during the 2009 World Cup held in England. Although he travelled with the team, Sehwag did not play a game. Manjrekar said, he think the selectors went for a top order batsman and the idea was to replace an opener with someone who bats at the top of the order. He has been batting at number three and opening as well. Manjrekar feels India's bench strength is becoming very powerful and IPL has played a major role in this direction.

The great thing about the IPL is that it threw up a lot of talent that India could use in T20. Somebody like Uthappa was a revelation. Ojha and Amit Mishra did well too. I think the wealth of T20 talent is growing because of the IPL. He said it's surely time to test their bench strength at the highest level because India must find alternatives to the likes of Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid and Zaheer Khan as soon as possible.


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