Need to improve my batting: Sehwag

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Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 18:12 [IST]
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Batting needs improvement, says Sehwag

Brisbane, Feb 21: Dashing opener Virender Sehwag expresses his displeasure and has said he needs to improve his batting at the start of the innings in order to guide India to victories in the tri-series.

Sehwag has also said that he would cut down on his natural aggressive instinct and thinks should leave a couple of balls early in the innings.

“Five times I have been dismissed caught at third man or at the slips. I am looking at my performance and I have to improve for the side to win matches," Sehwag, who was the stand-in captain following Mahendra Singh Dhoni"s ban, said after India lost to Sri Lanka by 51 runs here today.

“I think I have to leave a couple of balls early in the innings and then take the bowlers later on," said Sehwag, who has scored just 30 runs from the three matches he has played in the tournament.

Indian bowlers gave away too many runs in the slog overs while the batsmen failed to deliver yet again in the tri-series.

“We didn"t bowl well in the final 10 overs and we didn"t bat well later on. The way Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir was playing in the beginning, I thought we could get a good start but we lost three wickets early," Sehwag said.

He also stressed on the team missing the captain MS Dhoni, who was handed a one-match ban for slow-over rate.

“We missed Dhoni in this game. But if we play to our potential we can win the remaining two matches and make it to the finals," he said. “We have to pull up our shocks and do well in the two matches left."

While on the other side, Mahela was very happy with his team's performance, as he urged the players to even better.

“We are getting better and better, we played smart cricket, we kept wickets in hand and put up a good score, we are still making some mistakes, hope we don"t make them in the bigger games," he said.

“Our bowlers were absolutely brilliant upfront. With the two new balls, the ball is doing more in these conditions, not giving easy singles in very important and we can keep the field up."


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