~~We have no reason for not doing well against Pak~~

Published: Saturday, February 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Opening batsman Virender Sehwag is confident that the Indian cricket team would do well against Pakistan in the upcoming Test and One-day series in the light of the squad's fine display in that country last year.

"We did very well when India visited Pakistan (last year). They are now coming to India and this time we will have the crowd behind us. There's no reason why we should not do well," the Delhi swashbuckler said here.

"Obviously it cannot get bigger than this," he said about the forthcoming series against Pakistan in March-April.

The Pakistan team is set to land in India around February 25 to play a series of three Tests and five one-day internationals against the hosts. It will be their first visit since 1999.

Sehwag did not sound too concerned about his indifferent form in the limited over format of the game even as he scaled a new individual high for the country by becoming the first Indian to score a triple ton. The flamboyant opener achieved the feat in Pakistan last season.

"It's just a passing phase (his poor form in ODIs)," he said.

Asked about his expected confrontation with Pakistan pace ace Shoaib Akhtar, Sehwag said he had faced all the top bowlers in the world and had got a triple hundred against Pakistan and two big hundreds later against the all-conquering Australia and South Africa at home.

"There are other bowlers too in the Pakistan team. It's not only about Shoaib," he pointed out.

Sehwag, however, was not interested in being drawn about what he felt should be the Indian team's composition.

"I am not in a position to say about team's composition. It's for the team management. As far as I am concerned I am happy to bat at any position", he said.

Sehwag, who could not inspire India B from the front in the N K P Salve Challenger series (they lost both matches in the league phase), today took time off to indulge in promotional activities for his sponsors.

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