New Delhi: It's not very often you see Virender Sehwag on the bench. We are more accustumed to see him plant fear inside the bowler's mind, intimidate them, tonk them out of the park and even end some careers; Rana Naved Ul Hasan will tell you that.
But Sehwag watched India play from the ropes in the last two matches, thumping England first and then getting humiliated by Australia. And with a must-win match against Pakistan next, it's time for Dhoni to bring the champion opener back. Opening with Irfan is not an option India can risk anymore.
And if Dhoni is looking for cues, former India skipper Ravi Shastri offered a few before India's must-win ICC World Twenty20 tie against archrivals Pakistan on Sunday.
"You just have to look at Sehwag's record against Pakistan - it's Bradman-like when you look at his average against them. So Sehwag will have the psychological edge when he gets out there, plus the fact that he's been asked to sit out, and I think rightly so, in the last game against Australia, he'll be fired up," Shastri said while talking to Times Now.
Though Sehwag has played just one Twenty20 against Pakistan and has an okay average of 35.72 in ODIs, he averages 91.14 against the estranged neighbours in Test cricket.
India have never lost a game against Pakistan in both the ODI World Cups and World Twenty20s. And if India were to keep that record intact and stay alive in the tournament, they need Sehwag to not only return but return with vengeance.