Sehwag has his eyes on the skipper's cap

Published: Friday, December 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Star batsman Virender Sehwag has said that his ambition was to captain the Indian cricket team in future and was looking forward to take up the challenge.

"Of course, it is an ambition to captain the country one day. I captained India once in a One-day International and enjoyed it. I think it would be a great responsibility and a real challenge if I become captain in the future," Sehwag said in an interview to NDTV India.

Sehwag also admitted that Sachin Tendulkar continued to remain his inspiration and he has tried to copy the Mumbai batsman.

"He is truly a great batsman and I've enjoyed just watching him bat. Yes, I do think that I try and copy his batting style."

Sehwag said that he preferred playing in the middle order rather than opening the innings and felt that he would have scored more runs coming down the order.

"I've enjoyed opening. It's been a challenge facing the new ball and scoring runs but may be I would have scored even more runs in the middle order," the flamboyant batsman was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the TV channel.

Asked if the team had come out of the recent lean patch after the Pakistan series, he said, "In cricket confidence is everything. The victory in the last Test against Australia and the series win against South Africa has given us confidence for the future.

"We may not have started the season well but we are very keen to finish it strongly," he said.

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