ICC World Cup 2011: Virender Sehwag survives an injury scare

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ICC World Cup 2011: Virender Sehwag survives an injury scare

The vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, Virender Sehwag has been hit on his ribcage by a local bowler during their practice at the National Cricket Academy on Friday.

He was badly hurt and looked in distress and remained uncomfortable for a little while. But later, he told the media that he is perfectly fit when he was seen coming out of a restaurant with his fellow friend Gautam Gambhir.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released a press release informing that the vice-captain is expected to be fit and is completely prepared for the important match of Sunday, to be played between India and England.

Virender Sehwag is considered as one of the most dangerous players in World cricket who can change the complexion of the game within a short period of time, as he proved against Bangladesh in the opening fixture of the mega event with a blistering 175 which threw out of the match. Apart from his batting, he is more than handy with the ball and can be useful in the middle overs.

The Indian team has been facing problems regarding their fitness, as players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Praveen Kumar and Gautam Gambhir could not take part in the series against South Africa earlier this year. While Praveen Kumar was also ruled out of the World Cup due to his elbow injury. It was a huge blow for India’s World Cup campaign as he is considered a limited over specialist.

Meanwhile, the English fast bowler, Stuart Broad commented on their recent performance against Netherlands, by saying despite the fact that England thrashed the opponents but the team did not perform in the manner they were expected to play. Nevertheless they are still very affirmed and confident about their performances in the upcoming matches of the ICC World Cup 2011.

He stated, “It’s up to us to change that... It was just one match and there’s no need to panic. The atmosphere is going to be electric... We’ve got to use that to our advantage.”

The English team is expecting good performances from players like Kevin Pietersen, as he after all played for the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three seasons of the tournament. However, now has been shifted to another team called Deccan Chargers, for the upcoming IPL seasons.

He even accredited the English coach Andy Flower for his outstanding contribution in the team. Without whom, the team could not have been able to maintain its integrity. According to him England is now a different brand and a world-class team with high expectations. They are ready to create magic on the pitch in the current World Cup. He gave the example of England’s triumph in the ICC World T20 2010 in the Caribbean.