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Thatscricket - Test Series - India's tour of Pakistan- Records are made to be broken, says Sehwag

Published: Friday, April 9, 2004, 22:43 [IST]
 
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Multan:Virender Sehwag may have slammed a career-best unbeaten 228 on Sunday to break a number of records but the flamboyant Indian opener still did not rate his knock as his best ever.

The aggressive right-hander was more happy about the fact that he survived against a "very good" bowling attack and finished the day with his wicket intact, certainly not a common occurrence for Sehwag, known for his care-a-damn batting attitude.

"It was not my best innings. But it is a very good feeling to finish the day not out against such a good bowling attack," said Sehwag after he helped India amass 356 for two on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Pakistan at the Multan cricket stadium.

On breaking Sanjay Manjrekar's record of highest score against Pakistan of 218, Sehwag, who scored his maiden double-century, said, "I don't follow records, I simply bat. Records are made to be broken."

Asked to pick his best shot, he said, "a four off Shoaib Akhtar on the leg side". Sehwag, whose 271-ball knock contained 30 boundaries and five sixes, made the most of his two dropped chances to emerge only the third batsman to score a double ton against Pakistan.

The opener said he had not planned anything for Monday when India resume their first innings. "Today my bat is very tired and I will think about tomorrow only in the morning."

Describing his career-best unbeaten 228 against Pakistan in the first cricket Test as a "turning point in his career", Virender Sehwag on Sunday said he will try to reach the 300-run mark that no Indian has been able to achieve so far.

"I will definitely try to get 300 runs. It is a good batting wicket and I have to just bat sensibly tomorrow (Monday) to achieve this landmark," Sehwag said after he helped India pile up a commanding 356 for two on the opening day of the Test.

VVS Laxman's 281 against Australia is India's best individual Test score till date.

The Delhi batsman had a memorable day at the Multan cricket stadium as he not only bettered his previous best of 195 against Australia at Melbourne last year but also recorded the highest individual score against Pakistan, eclipsing Sanjay Manjrekar's 218 in Lahore during the 1989-90 series.

"It is a very special innings. I had missed out on a double-century against Australia but I was eager to do it this time. We now have to play well on the remaining four days and hopefully we can win the match," the dashing batsman said.

Dedicating the double-century to his parents and his fiancee, Sehwag said he made a conscious effort to stay till the end, keeping in mind India's batting debacle in Melbourne when the team had collapsed after his dismissal on 195.

"I had that in the back of my mind. So I just wanted to bat right through the day and not play any rash shots. I am happy that it paid dividends," Sehwag said.

Despite having scored five of his six centuries as an opener in Test matches, he said he would still like to bat in the middle order. "If there is a slot in the middle order, I would like to bat there".

Sehwag said his team should look to keep the momentum going and put Pakistan under pressure by putting a huge total on the board.

"It is a pressure game and anything can happen. We have to keep the momentum going in the remaining four days. If we play well, we can win the match and hopefully the series."

Asked to comment on the pitch at the Multan cricket stadium, the flamboyant opener said, "If a team scores 350 runs in a day, it must be a batting wicket. We will try to score more than 600 runs and put the opposition under pressure".

On his opening partner Aakash Chopra, who has repeatedly got out in the 40s, Sehwag said "I feel bad for him. But the two of us gave a very good start and that is important. I am sure it is just a matter of time before Aakash gets the big score".

Sehwag said Sachin Tendulkar had a calming influence on him after he came into bat following stand-in captain Rahul Dravid's dismissal.

"Whenever I played a loose shot, he used to come to me and tell me to stay till the end. He said I could play my shots with the balls that needed to be hit."

Asked what transpired between him and Shoaib Akhtar when he collided with him, he said "we were just joking".

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