Throughout his career, Sehwag has never relied too much on technique, but more upon hand-eye co-ordination. He is 34 today and his reflexes will definitely be slowing down which may be one of the reasons for his slump.
In the first half of his career, he scored a century in each and every overseas series. The second half has been a disaster. So the question to be asked is whether it is a better idea to shield him from the new ball and get him 4 down.
He could still play his explosive batting down the order and would be a boon when the second new ball arrives, something that has been India’s nemesis of late.
Gautam Gambhir also looks out of sorts and he also could be pushed down the order. The decks would be cleared for India to look for a fresh opening pair. The reason for this is that if the Sehwag-Gambhir duo continues to falter in the next couple of series, then in South Africa we might have to throw a new opening pair at the deep-end. Not an ideal scenario.