Can a leopard really change his spots? Should Virender Sehwag really change his approach?

A number of people have been frustrated by his slam bang approach in One day internationals. When it comes off, it looks good and is terrific from an entertainment point of view. However, when he does get dismissed early, it does put a lot of pressure on the team.

Sehwag appears to have lost a bit of confidence. His lean trot is beginning to tell on him.

Which might just make him a bit more careful in the opening overs. Before he turns on his attacking play.

Apparently India’s chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has asked him to settle down and see off the early overs when the white ball swings a lot.

Sehwag backed his natural aggression, pointing to his strike rate of 96.04, having scored 4,833 runs in 167 one-dayers. He has also taken 72 wickets bowling off-spin.

“If you start hitting the ball, the bowler will also be a little scared,” he said. “You put pressure on him so he will give one or two balls to hit to the boundary.”

ehwag was confident India would do well on pitches he said could play slow with low bounce like in the sub-continent. “It could be difficult for [champions] Australia also,” he said. “They are used to bouncy and fast tracks. So the team which plays well on a given day will win.

“My goal is to give a good start to the team and if I get that, to just carry on and get a big one.”

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