Sehwag to cut down flaws, want to be consistent

Published: Saturday, September 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Dashing Team India batsman Virender Sehwag today said he would work on cutting down errors to score consistently but stressed he would not change his batting style.

''I have never said that I will change my batting style. What I am trying to do is to cut down the errors and play more overs in a match,'' Sehwag said while addressing reporters at a promotional programme for school children ''Play with Sehwag'' here.

He said even though he started his career as a middle order batsman he is comfortable at any position the team wants him to bat and his sole aim is to score consistently.

''I have no preference whether opening the innings or bating down the order. My aim is to be consistent and score more runs,'' Sehwag reiterated when asked what is his preference between being an opener and batting at the middle order.

When asked what were the benefits of the ''Rolling Camp'' held at National Cricket Academy in Bagalore, the Delhi batsman said it was a new experience where players expressed their own ideas to improve individual performances.

''In a team meeting, normally the captain, vice-captain and the coach decide on the strategy and the role of players. But, in the Bangalore camp the individual players gave their ideas how they see improvements in their performances and this would obviously help the team management to assign specific roles for individual players in various match situatiuons,'' he said.

The 27-year-old right-hander would not give a time frame till when the experimentation process will go on, but said whatever has been done has benefited the team.

Sehwag said good showing at the Malaysia tri-series would boost team's preparation in next year's World Cup, adding that Chappell's understanding of Australia would be important when they take on the world champions in Kuala Lumpur.

''He (Chappell) knows Australia's approach to the game and how they make adjustments in match situations. So, we will benefit from his understanding of Australian psyche,'' Sehwag said.

He was evasive when asked about the controversial contents in former Team India coach John Wright's book ''Indian Summers'' saying that ''people write many things in such books and I feel there are not many serious matters in Wright's book.'' When asked what was life like without former captain Saurav Ganguly, Sehwag said, ''We are playing for the country. It does not matter with whom one is playing. That decision depends on the selectors, players have nothing to do with that.''

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