London: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has defended the batting of opening batsman Virender Sehwag who got out for a golden pair in the third Test at Edgbaston. Sehwag, who joined the team mid-way because of a shoulder operation had gloved a Jimmy Anderson delivery to Matt Prior in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test.
In the second innings, Sehwag played a reckless shot and was caught by Andrew Strauss in the slips despite India's precarious position in the Test. "Irrespective of where he is playing, what the conditions are, he plays his own game. He backs himself to play shots and at times he may get out. So you may say it was one of those games where he got out. What's important is he still backs himself to play those shots and that's one thing that will definitely help us win more games. I think it's a good sign to have him, especially opening the innings," said Dhoni on Wednesday.
India have been hampered a great deal with their opening pairs failing to put up decent partnerships.