Sehwag ready to go slow in the team’s interest

Friday, February 11, 2011

BANGALORE - Explosive India opener Virender Sehwag is willing to go slow and, in the interest of the team, wants to stay longer at the crease in the the World Cup, starting Feb 19.

Sehwag said at an open media session here that he has made a few adjustments to his batting and is looking forward to staying longer at the crease.

“I have been in a good frame of mind in the last three years. I have changed a little bit and now I give respect to the new ball. I make sure that I spend four-five overs before taking on the bowlers,” said Sehwag.

“I have never played 50 overs in One-day cricket. I think the maximum I have played is 43 or 44 overs. But this time I will try to bat through and give a good start to the team.

“I have been unsuccessfully trying this for the last 10 years and I will continue my effort.”

Sehwag admitted he can go after the bowling right from the word go as Indian batting has depth.

“I know that I have M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina in the middle-order, so I can go after the bowling straight from the first ball. But I am trying to look for three-four overs and ensure that I give a good start to the team.”

India’s shocking defeat against Bangladesh four years ago is fresh in Sehwag’s mind. He said the team is keen to avenge the loss when they meet Bangladesh in the World Cup opener in Dhaka Feb 19.

“Our record against Bangladesh is very good. We know that in the last World Cup, we lost to them, so we are waiting for the match against Bangladesh,” he said.

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