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'Absence of seniors made it difficult'

Virender Sehwag blamed the inability of his batsmen to put up a big total on a good batting track for India's five wicket defeat.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 15:27 IST

Stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag blamed the inability of his batsmen to put up a big total on a good batting track for India's five wicket defeat in the sixth one-dayer to England on Wednesday.

Sehwag also felt India missed the services of experienced players but denied complacency as a factor for the defeat.

"We were giving opportunities to youngsters and newcomers and rest to some of the experienced players, so may be that made it a bit difficult for us," he said after the match.

India were without their regular skipper Rahul Dravid and pace spearhead Irfan Pathan for the match.

But the Delhi batsman denied that the team took the match lightly after wrapping up the series 4-0 in Kochi.

"We were totally focussed in the game and were not complacent at all," he said.

Sehwag, however, said a total of 223 was not good enough on the flat pitch at the Keenan Stadium.

"We did not get enough runs. If we had not lost early wickets, may be the scenario would have been different."

On his own lack of runs, Sehwag expressed confidence that things would turn around.

"We have one more match in the series and two more in Abu Dhabi. I am confident of getting into form before long."

Rival skipper for the day, Andrew Strauss credited the victory to the good performance of his seamers who contained the Indian batsmen on a flat wicket.

"James Anderson, Sajid Mehmood and Liam Plunkett set the game up for us," he said.

The Middlesex player said keeping wickets in hand was important while chasing the runs. "A good start with Ian Bell was very helpful. I am also happy to get into runs after a run of cheap dismissals," he added.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 17:55 IST