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Sehwag likely to play against Hyderabad

By Bikash Mohapatra
Last updated on: April 10, 2013 12:17 IST
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Delhi Daredevils have lost all its three matches thus far in the Indian Premier League and currently are at the bottom of the table.

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And one of the main reasons for their predicament is the non-availability of Virender Sehwag.

Virender SehwagThe opener has sore back and missed the team's matches thus far. In his absence, the team from Delhi, having already lost key players - Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder (to injuries) and Ross Taylor (to Pune Warriors)  - ahead of the tournament, came up well and truly short against Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.

However, the news from the camp is that Sehwag is likely to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Ferozshah Kotla on Sunday.

The veteran batsman took part in the team's training session ahead of their match against Mumbai Indians. Watching him put in that extra effort in the nets it seemed likely he will play at the Wankhede.

However, in  the final analysis, Sehwag will take a call on his fitness and decided.

"He (Sehwag) seemed fit," reasoned Manprit Juneja, who scored 49 in the lost cause.

"However, he isn't yet 100 per cent and doesn't want to play a game without having fully recovered," he added.

With four days to go before Delhi's next game, Sehwag has ample time to get back to full fitness and take up the responsibility of getting Delhi's batting back on track.

One of the main reasons for Delhi's poor show so far in the tournament is the underperformance of their batsmen. Only David Warner has shown some consistency with the blade.

In such a scenario, Sehwag's imminent return is something the team is eagerly looking forward to.

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