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Yashpal Sharma backs Virender Sehwag for a comeback

Press Trust of India
Apr 22, 2013 at 06:47pm IST

New Delhi: Former National Selector Yashpal Sharma feels Virender Sehwag has a lot of cricket left in him and has said that he can make a comeback in the Indian team if he gives attention to his fitness.

"Sehwag is a great player and he has contributed a lot to Indian cricket. He has a lot of cricket left in him and he will surely comeback in the Indian team," said Sharma at the sidelines of the announcement of the Coca Cola Under-16 Cricket Cup National Tournament on Monday.

Sharma, a member of India's 1983 World Cup-winning team, said Sehwag's problem has been the lack of fitness and if he concentrates on this aspect, he will bounce back and return to the national side with a bang.

Sehwag has a lot of cricket left in him: Yashpal Sharma

Yashpal Sharma feels Virender Sehwag can make a comeback to the National team provided his fitness is in check

"Whenever Sehwag is out of the Indian team, it was not due to loss of form but some fitness issues. So, if he gives attention to his fitness, he will make a comeback. He has to look after his body," he said.

Asked about Sehwag publicly claiming that he 'bluffed' on the advice of legendary West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards who has joined Delhi Daredevils IPL team as advisor, Yashpal said, "Richards is a legendary figure and a very positive man and I have played against him. There was nothing negative in his approach when he was playing.

"So, surely Richards must have told the players to be positive in their approach. Cricket is a mental game and self-confidence plays a big role. Now, we have to see how much Richards' pep talk has had an impact on the Delhi players. It's upto the players now," he said.

"Maybe Richards' pep talk had an impact on Sehwag against Mumbai Indians as he hit a match-winning 95 yesterday, but we have to wait and see."

Sharma also paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar who turns 40 on Wednesday.

"Tendulkar is a real ambassador of the game. Not only India but the world of cricket should be proud of him and his contribution to the game. It's truly amazing that for 23 years he has kept his standard of cricket so high," he added.

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