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Captaincy not a burden for me: Sehwag

"I have to perform as a player, regardless of whether I am captain or not," he said.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 09:47 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The beleaguered Virender Sehwag believes additional responsibility of leading the Indian team would not come in the way of his prime objective of regaining his form, which he said was just a matter of spending some time at the crease.

"It's a matter of one innings. I have to be there for an hour. I got good starts in Faridabad and Delhi. Now I need to convert good starts into big scores and then I will regain my confidence," Sehwag said on the eve of the fifth cricket one-dayer against England here today.

"Captaincy is not a burden for me. I am absolutely clear in my mind that I have to perform as a player, regardless of whether I am captain or not," the stand-in captain said.

The Nawab of Najafgarh followed up his miserable aggregate of 95 runs in the Test series with a pathetic 73 in the four ODIs against Andrew Flintoff's team, prompting questions to be raised about his place in the team.

Sehwag said with the series already decided, the Indians would prefer to rest a couple of players and give opportunity to some young guns in the side.

However, he said the final XI would be decided in a team meeting later in the evening and made public only on the morning of the match.

He also hinted that young middle order bat Venugopala Rao might take the field on Sunday.

"Venugopala Rao has been in the side before Robin Utthapa and he should be given a chance first," he said.

"Everybody will get an equal opportunity in the coming matches. But at the same time I want to stress that our primary aim is to win the remaining matches," he said.

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 09:47 IST