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I need rest: Sehwag

After yet another dismal failure, Sehwag conceded that it was for Dravid to decide whether to rest him.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 10:48 IST

After yet another dismal failure with the bat, Virender Sehwag on Wednesday conceded that he needed rest.

Sehwag, who has not scored a century in more than a year and had scores of 7, 26, 15, and 26 in the four innings against England in this series, made just 4 runs today in the sixth ODI in which he was captaining India. At the post-match press conference, he faced a barrage of questions on his form.

While refusing to take the entire blame for India's defeat on his own failure, Sehwag said "It is everybody's responsibility but it would be unfair to pin the blame on any one player."

Asked whether he himself needed a rest, "yes, of course, I need rest. Dravid will be the captain in the next match and it is for him to decide whether to rest me or Kaif or someone else."

To an aggressive query as to how long he could continue with such inconsistent form, Sehwag said, "we are winning and winning combination is hardly changed."

Sehwag has scored 281 runs at an average of 31.22 in his last 10 innings.

Sehwag blamed the lack of good partnerships for today's defeat which brought to an end India's golden run of eight wins in a row.

"Not a single partnership clicked. That was the main reason why we did not score as much as we would have wanted," Sehwag said.

However, he did not agree that India were short of one batsman as they went in with five specialist bowlers.

"We have done this before also and then people like Raina had clicked and formed good partnerships. So I don't think that is the reason.

"Had any one batsman, be it Kaif, or Yuvraj, or anyone else, formed a good partnership with Dhoni, the story would have been different."

He also defended the team management's decision to pack the side with youngsters.

"Experiment is good for the youngsters and we have already won the series. We should give chance to each and everyone."

Asked if the team regretted that they could not snap the losing streak at the Keenan stadium, the acting skipper said "yes, this regret will be there. The next time we come back, we will try to break this."

Sehwag also had a word of praise for Ramesh Powar who notched up his maiden half-century in India's innings and then picked two key wickets.

"Whenever he has been given a chance, he has delivered. It was because of his 50 that we crossed 200 (mark)," he said.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 10:48 IST