There is no reason why Sehwag and Singh cannot regain their spots in the national team, says Sunil Gavaskar

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“[In] Cricket, nothing is impossible”

Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has announced that there is no reason why opening batsman Virender Sehwag and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh cannot regain their spots in the national team.

In an attempt to get back in form, Sehwag has demoted himself down the order.

“[In] Cricket, nothing is impossible,” Gavaskar said. “You have one good season, one outstanding season, you can come back. It is up to Yuvraj to show that he has got the burning desire for it. I think he has. And he has just had a bad season. Hopefully he could come back because he adds so much to the Indian team because he is still a top fielder and his spinners does help pick wickets.

“Sehwag also, nothing is impossible in cricket. It is up to these guys to come back with not just hundreds but double hundreds and stuff like that.”

Gavaskar believes that Sehwag should return to opening the batting as he has had more success there compared to lower down the order.

“I think he is more happy with the ball coming on to the bat,” Gavaskar said. “If you have opened the batting for such a long time, it is a little bit difficult waiting in the dressing room, waiting for your turn to go to bat. The best move for him would be to go back to opening. The new ball will come on to the bat, he can try and score off it. The other thing is that clever captains will confront him with spin straightaway.”

Gavaskar added that the national team should have represented their respective teams in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals before embarking on their tour of New Zealand, which gets underway on January 19.

“It would have been fantastic to have the guys play in the quarter-finals,” Gavaskar said. “If they could have played and left the day the quarter-final finishes, for example the team is leaving on 11th night/12th morning the three-four players could have left on 12th night/13th morning because the first match is on the 19th. I know you lose a day going into New Zealand but it would have still given them enough time.

“This is India’s No. 1 tournament. The more competitive it is, the higher the standard and the better the feedback for the selection committee to be able to see when the teams are playing the best and against the best, it is always a good indication for the selectors.”

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