Kochi track not good for T20: Sehwag

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Kochi track not good for T20: Sehwag

The Nehru stadium track was slow and had uneven bounce and batsmen of both the teams struggled to stroke the ball.

Sehwag was the only exception as he hammered a 47-ball 80 to lead Delhi to a 38-run win.

Asked if the track was a poor advertisement for Twenty20, Sehwag said, "Absolutely. People are coming to watch fours and sixes and not to see 120 runs. If you give a track for bowlers and batsmen, I''m sure you''ll end up making 170 and 180 runs in 20 overs and everybody will enjoy the game."

"If you have good bowlers, you have skills then you can restrict the teams under 160 and 170. But in Twenty 20, it doesn''t matter how good you are as a bowler, you will go for runs. So in Twenty 20 you get a good track to bat on and that''s the thing players are looking forward to," he said at the post-match press conference.

Sehwag also said that he played ''cautiously'' against temperamental pacer S Sreesanth and felt it was better to give him respect rather than go after him.

Sehwag was watching from the other end when Sreesanth dismissed David Warner and Naman Ojha in his first over.

"I had to bat cautiously against him because when a bowler is taking wickets, it is better to give him respect rather than go after him. But I was telling myself, if he gives balls in my areas, I will go after him because we have to score runs and we can''t play every ball cautiously."

Asked what was the secret behind his success at the Kochi pitch today, he replied, "This wicket was not easy to bat on, so you have to apply yourself and you have to wait for bad balls. You have to read the bowler''s mind. I took the responsibility and batted."

Sehwag said he was lucky that when he batted the ball was not keeping that low. More PTI UD AT


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