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India star Virender Sehwag is confident of recovering from a shoulder injury in time to play against England at Lord’s this summer.
Sehwag suffered a recurrence of a right-shoulder problem while playing in the DLF Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils in May.
He has since undergone surgery on the problem which first troubled him in 2009 and has been a constant thorn in his side ever since.
The 32-year-old has been left out of the India squad to tour the West Indies in June but expects to make India’s tour of England - which includes a Test and One Day International at Lord’s.
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Boost for India
Sehwag, who has played 87 Tests and 236 One Day Internationals for India, told Indian newspaper Mid-Day that he would be ready to take on England.
Sehwag international stat-pack
"I think I will be able to play the series in England." he said.
"I should be fit in six to eight weeks.
"Going by the rehabilitation programme designed for me, I should be okay. I am already feeling the difference each day."
The news will come as a huge boost for India ahead of what should be a thrilling tour.
India are rankled number one in the world in Test cricket but England, who take on Sri Lanka earlier in the summer, have set their sights on dethroning Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s tourists.
Sehwag sets the tone at the top of a formidable India batting order, which will also feature Sachin Tendulkar on possibly his last tour of England.
Sehwag’s consistently aggressive batting has made him one of the most thrilling and prolific openers ever to play international cricket.
He is currently ranked as the sixth best batsman in Tests and the 13th in ODIs.
His previous visits to Lord’s - which hosts the first Test, starting on 21 July and fourth ODI on 11 September - have been consistent but he is yet to reach the famous honours boards at the Home of Cricket.
Sehwag - stat-pack
Role: Right-hand batsman