Dravid hails Sehwag century against Bermuda

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 8:08 [IST]
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Port of Spain, Mar 20: Indian skipper Rahul Dravid today hailed Virender &13;Sehwag's returned to form with a blistering century against Bermuda and said &13;the team expected more from him in the World Cup.

''He (Sehwag) played well and we expect more from him,'' Dravid told &13;mediapersons after India's record setting victory over Bermuda at the Queen's &13;Park Oval here.

''It is never been about me backing Virender Sehwag. He is a very good player &13;and a key member of the team. He got into the form at the critical point which &13;was important for us. He has been putting lot of efforts in the net and his &13;approach has been fantastic for me to watch.

''I knew he is a few knocks away from a big one. There are certain things &13;Viru does when he is close to a purple patch that I saw in him today,'' he said &13;while explaining at length why he has so much of confidence in Sehwag.

Dravid was all praise for his boys saying, ''We achieved what we wanted today. &13;We set ourselves a margin that would be better than Sri Lanka though their &13;(Bermuda) innings lasted longer than we expected.'' ''But the fact is that &13;towards the end pitch became flat and there was nothing in it for the bowlers &13;and that is why their only professional player David Hemp got going.

He took chances which came off as the wicket was quiet easy to bat on,'' &13;Dravid said.

Asked if he was worried about reported angry reactions back home after the &13;loss to Bangladesh, the Indian captain replied, ''As long as safety of our &13;families and parents is not effected, I will not lose sleep over a few people &13;burning effigy or shouting Rahul Dravid hai hai on the roads.'' ''As I have &13;said earlier there is a huge media explosion, you have to accept it and cope &13;with it.'' Regarding India's chances against Sri Lanka, the skipper said, &13;''There are some things that are in our control, like winning our two matches. &13;But if net run rate come into play, that is not in our control. What we must &13;try is to focus on what we cam control and hope the other things fall into &13;place as well.''

&13;&13;&13;Dravid also paid a moving tribute to Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer who died in &13;Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday saying, ''It was indeed a tragedy, we should &13;remember Bob for what he was. He was a man of cricket who always thought of &13;promoting and spreading the game. As ICC high performance manager, he did a &13;commendable job for the associate teams. Cricket world will miss him.'' Sehwag &13;on his part admitted that he was much relieved after scoring the century.

''I had confidence in myself but obviously the captain, coach and selectors &13;also had confidence in me. I was aware of that, this innings was due for a long &13;time, thank god it came off at a right time.

''I missed two centuries in the West Indies last year but I was confident that &13;if I got a start then I will get the runs. I am aware it came after a long time &13;but it came at the right time and that is more important,'' Sehwag said.

To a query as how much importance he attaches to a century scored against &13;Bermuda, Sehwag replied, ''A century is a century against any team and no one &13;has yet scored a century against Bermuda.'' ''It is a great confidence booster &13;for me before the crucial game against Sri Lanka.'' About his approach before &13;the game, Sehwag said, ''I thought today I will spent as much time at the &13;crease as possible, play in the 'V' and after that if there is a ball to be hit &13;I will hit it. I knew that if I stay till the 30th over I could get a good &13;score and help the team towards a big total.'' Bermuda skipper Irving Romaine &13;said his team was showing progress. ''We are improving everty day. We knew we &13;were up against it (Indian batting), they were going for run rate.'' ''India is &13;a very strong side and if they get going they can be a strong contender. It is &13;a world class side and will improve as it moves on into Super Eight,'' Romaine &13;said.


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