Kohli and Sehwag doing good at slips says Wadekar
Friday , August 31 2012 , 07:31 PM
BANGALORE: Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar felt that India had found suitable replacements for Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli in the slip cordon.
Impressed with the way Sehwag and Kohli performed at the slips during the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad last week, the 71-year-old said: "Tiger Pataudi and I put a lot of emphasis on slip fielding.
We had best spinning quartet— EAS Prasanna, BS Chandrashekar, Bishan Singh Bedi and Venkatraghavan. They needed support from slip fielders.
If you happened to drop batsmen of the caliber of Gary Sobers and Geoff Boycott, you had it. That was carried forward by Rahul (Dravid) and VVS Laxman.
If you look back at the last Test in Hyderabad, Viru (Sehwag) along with Virat Kohli did extremely well. So, we seem to have found replacements for Rahul and Laxman in the batting order but also in the slips," he observed.
Wadekar, who was honoured with the Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award in cricket on Wednesday, was delighted to have received a series of awards this season. It's been a year of awards and honour for former India cricket skipper Ajit Wadekar.
After having received the Mother Teresa Award, Wadekar won the Bombay University's Sportsperson of the Year, Ruia College's Jewel of Ruia and the BCCI's life-time achievement award earlier this year.
The Castrol Lifetime Achievement award, which was given to him in a glittering ceremony here on Wednesday, is the fifth in the list.
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