Taunton: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday rued the absence of Virender Sehwag in the first two Tests against England, saying the opener is one of the few players in the world who could influence the outcome of a game in a big way. (Also read: Sehwag out of the 1st two tests vs England)
Sehwag, included in the squad of 17, is recovering from an operation on his right shoulder and in his absence young Chennai opener Abhinav Mukund will open the innings with Gautam Gambhir at least in the first two Tests.
"We, as a side, rely on our openers quite a bit. A good start helps our middle order capitalise on it. There aren't many cricketers in the world who impact a game like Sehwag does. We will miss him," Dhoni said as India open the tour with a three-day game against Somerset from Friday.