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Updated: August 13, 2009 18:36 IST

Sehwag shaping well for Champions Trophy: Dhoni

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Back to form: Virendra Sehwag. Photo: K.Pichumani
THE HINDU Back to form: Virendra Sehwag. Photo: K.Pichumani

Virender Sehwag, recuperating from a shoulder surgery, was shaping well for the Champions Trophy, according to Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who said the dashing opener may however not be ready for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in early September.

“He is improving every day. He is putting in a lot of effort to get ready for Champions Trophy,” Dhoni said.

On Sehwag’s chances of playing in the tri-series in Sri Lanka starting on September 8, Dhoni hinted the batsman may have to sit out of the event. “It’s (tri-series) too soon, with just a few days to go,” he said.

Sehwag had injured his shoulder during the semifinal of the second edition of the Indian Premier League in South Africa and he underwent a surgery for the Grade II lesion at a Nottingham hospital in June.

Since then, Sehwag has been following a rehabilitation programme, which makes him doubtful not only for the September 8-14 tri-series in Sri Lanka but also cast a cloud of doubt over his availability for the Champions Trophy in South Africa starting on September 22.

Dhoni said apart from Sehwag, there were no other injury issues and the players looked in perfect shape for a hectic schedule ahead.

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