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A witty Sehwag pitches it right
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 08, 2011
First Published: 00:17 IST(8/11/2011)
Last Updated: 15:08 IST(8/11/2011)
Virendra Sehwag hits a boundary on the second day of the first Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

Virender Sehwag can tickle your senses when you least expect him to.

When most of the others had no strokes to amaze on a low and slow pitch, Sehwag dazzled with his crisp shots. And despite India being on the backfoot, he was at his witty best. Asked about the likely target India would chase, he said, “Ask them. They’d know (what they are planning to set),” to peals of laughter.

“They think 400,” said a journalist.

Sehwag played it on instinct.

“We thought we'd score 1000 but thinking and doing are two different things,” he said.

“We are looking at bundling them out for 150.”

The query on the pitch was the most crucial and awaited. Sehwag had been tested three or four times on the wicket but every time the Delhi captain  supported it stoutly. “I don't think the wicket is to be blamed (for our collapse). We fell to a lot of soft dismissals. The pitch is still very good to bat on although it has low bounce,” he said, deflecting the question.

Application was the key for West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, who felt if one showed application, like Shivnarine Chanderpaul, runs would have followed.

But Sehwag had his view.

“My job is to play shots whenever there is a ball to be hit, whether you get a boundary or get out.” He was successful for most part of his innings but a small error in judgement cost him his wicket.

The good thing is that he is fit to tear into the bowlers again. A couple of weeks ago he had told HT that the shoulder was a bit of a bother. But now, there appear to be no such worries. “I felt good while batting.”

Asked if the arm was fit, the answer led to another round of chuckles.

“That's why I bowled.”


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