Australians are scared of us: Sehwag
A confident Virender Sehwag on Saturday reiterated that Australians were scared of India, sounding a note of warning on the eve of the fourth one-day international between the two teams in Melbourne on Sunday.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting and fast bowling spearhead Brett Lee had said the world champions were taking Sunday's match as a crucial encounter in the triangular Commonwealth Bank series and Sehwag's comments of the "hosts being scared" come for the second time in the series.
"The only team that came here and defeated Australia at home is India. It has happened in the last series and this time as well. They are pretty aware of this fact that India is the only team that can beat them at home and if we win tomorrow (Sunday) we will be through to the final. That's why they are scared of us and saying that Sunday's match is a big game for them," said Sehwag after practice session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The first match of the series between India and Australia was called off due to rains in Brisbane, but the match also exposed the inexperience in the Indian batting line up.
Sehwag said it was the lack of practice that affected their performance in the first match of the tri-series in Brisbane.
"We have practised hard. Brisbane we were done with due to lack of practice. We have good talented young players like Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, who have the potential to perform well. But they need some experience and have to go out and perform," he said.
He supported the selectors' decision to go for a young side at the expense of experienced players like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. "The selectors have done a good job keeping in mind the 2011 World Cup. The seniors also know that they won't be available for the World Cup."
Sehwag was also concerned about India's poor record in Melbourne but added that good performances in the past by him and by Sachin Tendulkar will stand in good stead for them.
"It is a big ground and that is why it is not good for India. The outfield is slow that's why India didn't do well here. But if you look at individuals, I had a good score here and Sachin had century here last to last time. But in one-dayers here we haven't done well but we will try to do well here tomorrow (Saturday)."
On fast bowler Lee's brilliant form in the series, Sehwag said: "Lee is a good bowler and is in a fine form but we can't give him easy wickets. There will be pressure on the Australian team if we don't give them quick wickets. And it will become easy for us to score runs."
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- IND vs ENG 3rd Test, Day 2 Live Cricket Score: After bowling out England for just 112, Team India is batting on 99/3 with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane on the crease. Follow all updates of India vs England 3rd Test here.
- Axar also became the first bowler to bag a five-wicket haul at the revamped stadium in Ahmedabad. It is his second five-for in just his second Test for Team India.
- In spite of facing one of the best teams in the world, England have continued to rotate the squad in the Test series against India and this has not gone down well with former players.
- IND vs ENG: Gill was adjudged not out which left Stokes bemused while England captain Joe Root and Broad were seen in an animated discussion with the on-field umpire.
- After three innings bowling in whites for the very first time, Patel has returned 2/40, 5/60 and 6/38. Suffice to say, he has surpassed expectations, perhaps his own.
- In its brief history, day-night Tests have tended to assist fast bowlers. In the 15 day-night Tests that have been played around the world before the ongoing match, fast bowlers have taken 354 wickets at an average of 24.47, and spinners 115 wickets at 35.38.
- "The England captain and head coach spoke with the match referee after play," an England team spokesperson said in the report.
- It was his second five-for in just his second Test for Team India. By doing so, the 27-year-old spinner also became only the third Indian bowler to take a 5-wicket haul in his first two matches.
- Gill shone bright in the series down under and scored a half century in the first innings of the first Test against England but has been guilty of giving his wicket away a couple of times in the series already.
- The TV umpire overruled the “Out” soft signal (on-field umpires’ own call before technology adjudicates) and the incident renewed the debate whether soft signal can be an informed decision with very limited reaction time for the umpires on ground.