Sachin Tendulkar's run-out due to a mix-up was perhaps the only low point of Virender Sehwag's scintillating knock against Bangladesh but the Indian opener said his senior partner took the dismissal in his stride as, for him, winning the game was more important.
"He was calling, and I was
Virender Sehwag reacts after scoring a century during the first match in the World Cup Cricket tournament between Bangladesh and India at The Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
not listening, and I was looking at the ball," Man of the Match Sehwag said after the 87-run triumph over Bangladesh in the World Cup opener, during which he smashed 175 off just 140 balls.
"But when I went to the dressing room, he said: 'It's okay. What's important is to win the game for the country. It's not important who is performing,'" Sehwag recalled.
Sehwag and Tendulkar had put on 69 by the 11th over when the run-out happened. Tendulkar charged down the wicket after driving a ball but Sehwag did not respond as he was busy looking in ball's direction.
Both the batsmen ended up at the non-striker's end and Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan's direct throw to the wicket-keeper led to Tendulkar's dismissal for 28.
Sehwag said the win has maintained the momentum that the team carried from back-to-back wins in the practice games against Australia and New Zealand.
"It is so important to have momentum going your way. If you don't have it, you tend to lose matches a lot more. We have been very consistent in the three games we have played so far and this will help us play better as the tournament goes on. It's been really good so far," he said.
The 32-year-old batted for 47 overs in yesterday's game and plans to last the full 50 overs in the coming matches.
"When I came back (to the dressing room), three overs were left, and I still had 25 to get. I would have had to play 15 out of those 18 balls, so I wasn't thinking of the double-hundred," he said
"My target was to bat 50 overs, no matter how much I score," he added.
Hardly the one to mince words when it comes to expressing himself, Sehwag said pacer S Sreesanth, who conceded 53 runs in his five overs, did not bowl well in the match.
"No team likes to lose, and neither do we. So this was a very important game for us. Everyone did well, other than Sreesanth," he said.