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Sehwag was singing Kishore's song during his 219: Raina
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Chennai, December 10, 2011
First Published: 21:31 IST(10/12/2011)
Last Updated: 21:34 IST(10/12/2011)
Gautam Gambhir congratulates Virender Sehwag after his century during the 4th ODI between India and West Indies at Holkar Stadium in Indore. HT Photo/Santosh Harhare

Swashbuckling India opener Virender Sehwag was singing songs of Kishore Kumar during the course of his record 149-ball 219-run knock against the West Indies in the fourth ODI in Indore, his team-mate Suresh Raina said.

"He was playing very well with no tension. That day, he was singing some Kishore Kumar songs. He was not feeling any kind of tension," Raina, who cracked 55 in a 140 run-stand for the third wicket with Sehwag, said while addressing the 'India Today Youth Summit' in Chennai.

Asked whether he too joined him in singing, Raina said "No, I was only on 30 at that time. So, I did not."

Sehwag's 219 had 25 boundaries and seven sixes as he smashed the West Indian bowlers all over the park to help India post a mammoth 418 for five in 50 overs.

In the process, Sehwag overtook Sachin Tendulkar's 200 not out made against South Africa.

Apart Raina, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and BCCI's selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth was also present at the Youth Summit.

Srikkanth said he was confident about Indian team's good showing in the upcoming Australia tour.

"We are very confident. We are doing well. Most importantly, every member of the team is contributing," Srikkanth said.

Off-spinner Ashwin, the latest name to be related to the deadly 'carrom ball', said he actually "practised it since his "gully cricket days".

"My friends and father wanted me to work on it and that's how it worked," the lanky spinner, who was declared man-of-the-series in the Test rubber against the West Indies for scoring a century and bagging over 20 wickets, said.

Replying to a query whether he was focusing on batting these days, he said he was working on all aspects of the game.


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