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Dravid rules out pushing Sehwag down the order

Written by: Staff

Kochi, Apr 5 (UNI) Indian Skipper Rahul Dravid today ruled out pushing out-of-form opener Virender Sehwag to bat down the order in the fourth ODI against England here tomorrow.

The dashing Delhi batsman is having a lean patch of late and had scored just 48 runs in the first three matches. The only triple centurion for India in Tests, Sehwag needs to fire at the top of the order to help the hosts clinch the seven-match series here.

Talking to reporters here, Dravid said the team management discussed ''a lot of options'' including to the one to push Sehwag down the order taking into account that he got some runs against South Africa doing so last year.

''It's something which we have considered and thought about it as well. At the moment we wanted to give him some more opportunity at the top of the order,'' the Indian captain said.

''For what he does for us when he fires at the top of the order is destructive...something he has done it with a lot of success'', Dravid said, adding, he (Sehwag) is having a tough run of late.

''So we will consider some options as the series goes on.

For us it is critical to try and get him back into form and we will do whatever it takes to get him back to form'', Dravid added.


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