Sehwag keen to avenge drubbing suffered in NZ

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2003, 22:30 [IST]
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Bangalore: Explosive batsman Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said India is keen to avenge their thrashing by New Zealand on the last tour and is looking forward to drub the Kiwis by a similar margin of 2-0 in the Test series. "I am, very much, looking forward to the New Zealand series. They beat us 2-0, and I hope we will beat them 2-0 in the Test matches. We are really looking forward to beating them 2-0," he told reporters here. Sehwag, known for his attacking style, said he is keen to bat at the middle order in Test matches but added that he has so far not spoken about this desire with the team management as the present batting line up is doing a good job and he does not want to disturb it. But he said he is basically a middle order batsman. "As and when a slot opens in the middle order, I will stake my claim," he said.

Talking about his recent county stint in England, Sehwag said he practiced to stay at the wicket longer and tried to improve surviving skills. While asserting that his game has not changed, Sehwag said it's just that now he is trying to stay at the wicket longer and is keen to score more runs after seeing off good spells. He noted that it's very important to have the staying power in Test cricket. Sehwag said, earlier, he used to attack from the word go which yielded him quick runs but at the same time, it also cost him his wicket on many occasions. Most of the time, he was not surviving.

Now, he wants to be in the middle for a longer period of time. Sehwag said he learnt a lot from playing in county cricket. He said county sides depend a lot on the performance of overseas players in view of their international experience, which puts them under some pressure to deliver. Nevertheless, it was a good experience for him as it was a new team and he played with new players. Asked about his injury, he said he is currently undergoing rehabilitation programme and is being treated by team physio Andrew Leipus, adding, he is much better now and expressed confidence of being fully fit before the match. On the poor outing of Yuvraj Singh (Yorkshire) and Mohammed Kaif (Derbyshire), he said the wickets they are playing on are not good. Ball keeps low on tracks which are bouncy. Their performance could be attributed to poor wickets, he felt.

"If the wickets are good, they are very good players and I hope they score runs," he said. Sehwag, who is among the 36 Indian team probables taking part in the ongoing conditioning camp here for the coming season, said the fitness-specific camp is going on very well and "we are happy about it".

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