Uthappa to debut in tomorrow~~s match: Sehwag

Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Jamshedpur:Stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag today said continuing with the policy of experimenting, Robin Uthappa could make his debut and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could bat up the order in the sixth ODI against England at the Keenan stadium tomorrow.

Talking to the media here today, Sehwag said, ''We plan to give youngsters chance. Its with the teams policy of experimenting. Robin Uthappa could open with me tomorrow and Dhoni could be batting up the order.'' ''Dhoni is a real sensation and he has not got much chance to bat. This being his home ground we hope to promote him up the order,'' he said.

However, he made it clear that the team would be looking to continue its winning ways and sweep the series.

''Winning is a very important habit and we don't want to lose that. The team is motivated to win the next two games as the game at Guwahati was a washout,'' the dashing opener said.

Asked if he would come down the order, he said being a young side and if he comes down than the top order would be exposed. Instead he would like to lead from the from the front.

On the milestones that a few players are likely would reach here tomorrow and whether they would be played or not, ''It's a team game and we cant play a cricketer just because of a milestone in the offing. But yes everybody will get their chance and by god's grace they will attain their goals too.''

Commenting on the pitch, he said, ''It's a flat track with good even bounce. The batsmen will enjoy and there will be something for the bowlers too.''

Asked about the team composition, he said the final eleven would be decided in the evening, but ''we have a team of 13 in our mind.'' On his captaincy and performance, he said, ''I have to perform irrespective of my captaincy. Captaincy will not be a burden. I enjoy challenges and captaincy is a pleasant challenge.''

Sehwag has been named captain for the fifth and sixth ODI after Rahul Darvid was given a much deserved rest. However, his batting has been a concern over the last few games as he has not been able to capitalize on good starts.

Admitting that he was going through a lean patch, he said, ''I am aware of it. Its just a matter of one innings. In Faisalabad and Kochi I started off well but faltered midway. I will have to convert my starts.''

Asked if Mohammed Kaifs form was a concern, he said, ''Just because he has performed badly in the last few games doesn't mean we start questioning his position in the team. We all know he is a good player and besides he is an asset on the field. I am sure he will be back at his best soon.''

Asked about the sweltering heat which has affected the English team, he said, ''Heat cannot be an excuse. Then we can start talking about Durham.'' On whether they are playing a weaker English side, he said, ''Its an international side and no one can say that. All who play for the country are considered good. Even we dont have Sachin Tendulkar. We are missing him. But the boys have come to the party. They are motivated to perform.

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