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309 is history, says Sehwag

Sehwag does not live in past. Understandably, he is taking a fresh guard and does not believe in living off past exploits.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 19:06 IST

Flamboyant opening batsman Virender Sehwagsaid on Monday that his triple century during his last visit to Pakistan was history and he had prepared afresh with specific drills to counter the hosts' fast bowling attack.

Sehwag, only Indian to have scored a triple ton, said his 309 in the opening Test at Multan in early 2004 was a thing of the past and the forthcoming series would bring new challenge for him.

"That is two years ago and this is a new series and challenge," Sehwag, who joined the squad on Saturday, said.

"I have prepared to face fast bowling by batting against hard, synthetic balls. I am not targeting any bowler. I will play my natural game," he said.

Sehwag, who had stayed back to play in a Ranji Trophy match, said Pakistan would be under more pressure than India as they would be playing in front of the home crowd.

"It's going to be a tough series as both the teams are equally matched. We have beaten Sri Lanka at home and Pakistan defeated England. But Pakistan would be under a bit more pressure as they are playing at home," he said.

Assessing the practice game against Pakistan 'A', which he did not play, Sehwag said it had gone well for the Indian team with the batsmen getting runs and the bowlers capturing wickets.

He also said that the first Test, at Lahore from Jan 13, would assume a lot of importance in the series.

"We are geared up for the challenge. The first Test would be crucial," he added.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 19:06 IST