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Ind pacers need rest: Sehwag
Monday 31 October 2011

India opening batsman Virender Sehwag believes the only way to avoid injuries to fast bowlers is to rotate them by giving them regular breaks.

"It's important that the team management ensures that they don't play too many matches. Fast bowlers are prone to injuries and when they get injured their pace goes," Sehwag said.

"Besides, when you are injured, your comeback becomes very difficult," he added.

The right-hander then went on to express his desire to making his long-awaited comeback during the West Indies series.

"A cricketer's passion is to play for the country. If somebody says he's tired, he can talk to the team management. Dhoni was not given rest on his request, because there were too many injuries in the team," he said.

The 33-year-old said he was very frustrated when he got injured and admitted that he made a mistake by playing in England when he had not fully recovered.

"I knew I was needed. I tried my best but I realised I hurried my comeback in England. It was a difficult time in England for the whole team... so many injuries," he said.

The Delhi Daredevils skipper also rejected the perception that Indian players prefer IPL over playing Test matches and said this whole club over country debate was ridiculous.

"Tell me one cricketer who has said that. It's a perception that the media and ex-cricketers have. Every youngster dreams of playing Tests. There is not a single Indian or for that matter international cricketer who has taken retirement from Tests and ODIs to play IPL," he said.

"I played the World Cup with injuries, Sachin played when he had a fractured toe or other injuries. People are not aware of this," he said.

The Delhi cricketer also singled out Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma as the players who will carry Indian cricket forward.

"When the seniors retire, I have full faith in these talented youngsters taking their place. There may be a problem for a year or two, but Indian cricket is in safe hands."

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