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Virender Sehwag, James Pattinson head-to-head combat

Indian opener Virender Sehwag was on Tuesday involved in an altercation with Australian pacers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle during the visitors’ first innings.

The incident happened in the fourth ball of seventh over, Sehwag played the ball down to fine leg and ran for a single.

Pattinson stood at the middle on his follow through with his elbow stretched which Sehwag evaded.

After completion of the run, an angry Sehwag had a few harsh words for the bowler and he was also seen pointing his bat towards Pattinson. Pattinson answered back with equal aggression.

Siddle, who was stationed at mid-off, flew in to lend support before Sehwag used his bat to direct him back to his fielding position.

Virender Sehwag rises in ICC ODI rankings

India’s Virender Sehwag has moved up to 12th position in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings after a record-breaking innings against the West Indies in the fourth ODI series which finished in Chennai on Sunday.

Sehwag has been rewarded with a jump of eight places in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batters for a breathtaking 219 that came off 149 balls and included 25 fours and seven sixes.

Virat Kohli is India’s highest-ranked batsman in third position after rising two places following his series contribution of 243 runs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (fifth) and Gautam Gambhir (18th) are the other India batsmen inside the top 20.

Another India batsman to head in the right direction is Rohit Sharma, who top scored in the series with 305 runs and as such, has jumped 20 places to claim 36th position.

West Indies batsmen Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell have significantly improved their rankings despite the fact that their side lost the five-match series 4-1.

Pollard’s century in the fifth ODI has helped him climb 11 places to 51st position, Bravo’s aggregate of 99 runs in three ODIs has allowed him to vault 14 places to 55th spot and Russell has moved up 44 places to 66th spot after scoring 155 runs in the series.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has achieved a career-best ranking of 13th. Jadeja took nine wickets in the series, including 3-62 in Chennai and 3-34 in Indore. This has given him a lift of 13 places to make him India’s highest ranked bowler.

West Indies’ Kemar Roach, who also took nine wickets in the series, has gained 10 places and he is now in 25th position. Roach’s team-mates Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy, however, have moved in the opposite direction and are now in 20th and 48th positions, respectively.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounder, Jadeja’s good show with the bat and the bowl has made him India’s highest-ranked all-rounder in 10th position. The 23-year-old left-hander gained two places in the table which were released on Sunday after the final game of the series.

Virender Sehwag 219 Highlights (Double Century in ODI)

Virender Sehwag scored a brilliant double century against West Indies in the 4th ODI match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

Virender Sehwag scored 219 runs, the highest score ever by any player in the ODIs, from 149 with help of 25 fours and 7 sixes before getting caught out by A Martin on the bowling of Kieron Pollard.

Virender Sehwag 219 Run Highlights

Sehwag was singing Kishore’s song during his 219

India opener Virender Sehwag was singing songs of Kishore Kumar during his record 219-run knock against the West Indies in the fourth ODI in Indore.

Suresh Raina says, “He [Virender Sehwag] was playing very well with no tension. That day, he was singing some Kishore Kumar songs. He was not feeling any kind of tension.”

Asked whether he too joined him in singing, Raina said “No, I was only on 30 at that time. So, I did not.”

Poonam Pandey dedicates her new video to Virender Sehwag

Former Kingfisher calendar girl, Poonam Pandey has dedicated her new video to Virender Sehwag on his world record for highest individual score in an ODI match.

Poonam Pandey, a self-proclaimed cricket fan, has named the video – “Double Treat 219”. The video shows Poonam posing for a photo shoot, looking hot in a sexy bikini.

Poonam Pandey Double Treat 219

Virender Sehwag scores Double Century in ODI

Virender Sehwag scored a brilliant double century against West Indies in their fourth One-Day International match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

Sehwag scored 219 runs from 149 with help of 25 fours and 7 sixes before getting caught out by A Martin on the bowling of Kieron Pollard.

Sehwag’s previous ODI best was 175 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in February.

Sehwag has now  become the second man to reach a double-century in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar and first to go past 200 runs.

Sachin Tendulkar was the first men to score a double century in an ODI. He scored 200* against South Africa at Gwalior, India.

Sehwag has also past the 8,000-run mark in ODIs

Squad has been selected based on English conditions: Srikkanth

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Saturday said that the 16-man squad for the ODI series against England was selected on basis of the conditions in England.

“I think the one day team has been selected again purely on performance, concentrations and conditions prevailing in England and taking into consideration, how we have been performing,” Srikkanth said.

“We have selected the team on the basis of the conditions in England and with a lot of deliberation and thought.”

Rahul Dravid has made a surprise comeback into the ODI squad after being on the sidelines for two years.

The last time Dravid played an ODI was in September 2009 against the West Indies during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

M.S. Dhoni will captain the squad, while Virender Sehwag will be the vice-captain.

The team will be without off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who suffered Grade I Abdominal Muscle strain during the second Test leading to his being ruled out of the remaining two games, and injured Yuvraj singh.

Yuvraj Singh, who fractured his left index finger on the fourth day at Trent Bridge while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan, has not been considered for the limited overs series.

“Yuvraj Singh is one of our main players but unfortunately when you have a fracture in the finger, you cannot do anything about it,” he said.

“They [Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj] Singh are coming back. They will have to undergo rehab at NCA. So with regard to all those people, we will have to cross the bridge only when they prove their fitness.

“Yuvraj has got fracture so obviously it will take that bit of time for him to recuperate.

Srikkanth feels that India, who trail 0-2 in the four-match test series against England, would make a strong comeback.

“There are times when team undergoes through tough phase and this particular series has been one like that. We lost the first two Test matches, but I am confident of a string comeback by the boys,” he said.

“During South Africa series, we lost the first Test badly and then we came back strongly and won the second Test match and almost won the series,” the former India captain tried to put up a brave front.

“Don’t forget we have Virender Sehwag back in the team, we have Gambhir and Zaheer coming back in the team. So I think the experience of Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer will help us to fight back strongly and do well in the next two Test matches,” he said.

“There are times when best of the teams also go through tough times. I mean it happens and you need to accept it very gracefully. I don’t want to give any excuses, let us accept the fact that England played better than India in the first two Test matches and move on rather than complaining we could have done this or done that,” the chairman added.

The Indian team for the ODI series: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra and Parthiv Patel.

Sehwag set to join Indian team, Gambhir declared fit

Opener Virender Sehwag is set to join the Indian team for the last two Tests.

“Virender Sehwag will fly to England early tomorrow (August 3) morning to join the Indian cricket team.” said BCCI secretary N Srinivasan in a statement.

Sehwag missed the previous series in the West Indies and the first two Tests in England because of shoulder surgery in May.

He was selected as the 17th member of the touring squad for England, but was allowed to join his team-mates a fortnight late.

Sehwag is likely to play a two-day match against Northamptonshire from August 5 to check his fitness ahead of the third Test beginning at Birmingham on August 10.

Sehwag’s regular opening partner Gautam Gambhir, who missed the second Test with an elbow injury, is fit for the third Test.

“Gambhir has recovered from the injury. He is sure for the next Test,” Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

The return of Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will boost India, who lost by 319-run in the second Test at Trent Bridge to give England a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

India have to win at least one Test and not lose the other one as to prevent England from taking over as the number one-ranked team.

Sehwag’s boots are very big to fill: Mukund

India opener Abhinav Mukund has admitted replacing Virender Sehwag is an almost impossible but insisted he could do well against England by playing his own game.

“If you’re looking at me to replace a person like Virender Sehwag, he’s one of the greatest ever India openers – so they are going to be big boots to fill,” he said.

“What I want to do is play my own game. I don’t want to replace Sehwag or play like he does, because it’s not possible. I just want to go out and play how I know. If it comes off it will help the team.”

He added: “To be part of this set-up, anyone who comes in as a new batsman will learn every day. Even in the nets, there are so many people you look up to.

“A pat on the back from someone like Sachin does anyone’s confidence the world of good.

“I’ve definitely improved over the last few months and I’m looking forward to keeping improving.”

Abhinav Mukund is confident India will be a match for England in the second Test at Trent Bridge – with or without seamer Zaheer Khan.

Abhinav believes India have enough cover in their bowling department to prosper without the left-armer.

“He’s been our strike bowler for a long time,” said Abhinav. “But Ishant (Sharma) has been doing really well – he was the man of the series in the West Indies – and Praveen Kumar has taken five wickets (at Lord’s).

“Sreesanth is waiting in the wings as well, so it’s not that we have a depleted attack. It’s just that when you lose a fast bowler during a game it’s a completely different scenario.”

Abhinav said he was very disappointed that he couldn’t carry on and make a big score.

“I was very disappointed I couldn’t carry on and make a big score,” he said. “But I was batting well, and am looking to take that confidence into this next Test.

“We were all disappointed. But there are a lot of good things we can take from that match, and move on. Being the world number one, the India team has conquered a lot of challenges on the way here.

“We’ve come here to take up this challenge, and will definitely give it a good fight.”

Sehwag’s absence will benefit England: Akram

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that the absence of India’s opening batsman Virender Sehwag in the first two Test matches in England will be an advantage for the hosts.

Sehwag, who is yet to recover from a shoulder injury, has been included in the 17-member Test squad but will miss the first two Tests at Lord’s (July 21-25) and Trent Bridge (July 29-August 2).

“The absence of an explosive batsman like Sehwag at top of the order is a disadvantage for Team India going into this big series. I don’t think there is any other impact player like him in world cricket currently,” said Akram was quoted as saying by Mobile ESPN.

“Besides Sehwag has forged a great opening combination with Gautam Gambhir over the last three years. Apart from hitting the boundaries, they are adept at pinching those quick singles due to the great understanding they share. They have scored runs all over the world in difficult conditions,” said Akram.

Sehwag has scored only 527 runs from 11 Tests against England at an average of 31.

Akram said the selection committee, headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, has done a smart job by picking Shewag for the tour.

“He may not play the first two matches but the fact is Sehwag will still get a chance to acclimatise himself to the conditions in England with some useful practice during the nets sessions. This experience will come in handy once he recovers fully from his injury and is ready to play. I therefore think this is a very smart move by the Indian selectors,” said Akram.