Kolkata, Aug 14 (ANI): Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, who is recuperating from a shoulder surgery, was shaping well and should be available for next month's Champions Trophy.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Dhoni said, 'Sehwag is improving everyday. As we are talking he is putting an effort to get ready for the Champions Trophy. But whether he will be available for Sri Lanka or not it is too soon to say right now. If he is available it will be great for us, batsman like him on the top of the order opening the innings."
Media was rife with speculation of a rift between Dhoni and Sehwag during the Twenty20 World Cup played in England from June 5-21 when it was announced on June 9 that Sehwag would return without playing a match due to his shoulder injury.
Dhoni has however denied any differences with Sehwag.
The Indian cricket board has asked Sehwag to report back by August 15 to consider his fitness for the upcoming series.
Champions Trophy would be played in South Africa from September 22 to October 5.
India has named its regular opening pair Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in the preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy. Veteran batsmen Rahul Dravid also marks a surprising comeback after almost two years.
India's next assignment is a triangular one-day series involving hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand from September 8 to14 followed by the Champions Trophy in South Africa from September 22 to October 5. (ANI)