Final call on Sehwag at last moment: Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to wait till tomorrow morning to decide on including the explosive opener in the team.

updated: February 23, 2010 16:28 IST
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Suspense continued on availability of Virender Sehwag for the second one-dayer against South Africa here with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni opting to wait till tomorrow morning to decide on including the explosive opener in the team.

Sehwag is down with sore back and did not field during the entire South African innings in the first match in Jaipur on Sunday.

Sehwag batted at the nets without apparent discomfort against paceman S Sreesanth and spinners during today's training session at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium and also had slip catching practice but Dhoni said a final decision will be taken only tomorrow.

"We will see tomorrow. After so much hard work (on field) we will have to see how his back shapes up by tomorrow. As of now it looks good," Dhoni said at the pre-match conference.

Since a lot of injuries were happening, Dhoni disclosed that just like South Africa, India also have a plan for rotation of players so that the best are available for the 2011 World Cup.

"You have to see the status of player before the World Cup. Injuries keep coming on. We will try to rotate players so that the best 11-12 players are there at that time," he said.

"It has become a bit of habit. Every six weeks there is injury to one other (player). It is unfortunate and we can?t do much about it. We get opportunity to try the other players. But the youngsters have done well," he added.

Praising Ravindra Jadeja for his improvement in bowling, Dhoni said with Saurashtra all-rounder in the team the home side does not find itself a bowler short in this series.

"We are not short of one bowler. (Ravindra) Jadeja has turned into a specialist bowler. We have groomed him into a bowler who has done well," said Dhoni.

Asked whether Virat Kohli's batting order will be changed, Dhoni said, "Batsmen keep floating. It (batting order) changes according to situation. You see the strength and then give the slot. Like if there is big opening stand then the number three batsman changes accordingly. It's not tough (to adjust)."

Fast bowlers have come a cropper in the slog overs on many occasions recently but Dhoni said pace bowling is not the only option at the death but they must keep in mind their field while bowling.

"You cannot concentrate on just pace. You have to bowl according to situation, keep in mind the form of the batsman. Bowling yorkers is not the only option during the death overs, but you definitely need to bowl to your field," he said.

Asked if pacers are the only option in the batting power-plays, he said, "It depends on the condition. If there is a bit of help then somebody could bowl. It is difficult to bowl in the first 10 overs. It?s a bit of handicap for them (spinners). But you have to do well and take up the challenge in whatever situation you are in."

"Cricket has evolved. There are a lot of ups and down in the power-plays," he added.