Out-of-form Sehwag gets Gavaskar backing

Out for 6 on Sunday, Sehwag has been struggling for form since the Test series against England, but Sunil Gavaskar feels the Delhi opener must be persisted with.

updated: March 03, 2013 19:48 IST
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Sunil Gavaskar feels India must persist with an out-of-form Virender Sehwag. The veteran Indian opener, who was caught behind off a length ball from Peter Siddle for six on Sunday morning, has been facing a run drought but Gavaskar says India must keep respecting his abilities as a dasher.

In an exclusive chat with NDTV, Gavaskar said: "Sehwag got a killer ball. Any batsman would get out so it is time Sehwag needs our understanding. Someone who has got over 8000 Test runs has to be respected. Like skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said, Sehwag needs a long long rope and I agree."

Gavaskar feels India cannot ignore Sehwag's ability to thump the ball. "That's the way he plays and if he was around, India would have been 360 and not 311," Gavaskar said, emphasizing the need to persist with Sehwag.

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