I played my natural game: Sehwag

If Virender Sehwag made batting look absolutely simple on Sunday, his comments on the resounding victory were simpler.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2002 11:24 IST

If Virender Sehwag made batting look absolutely simple on Sunday, his comments on the resounding victory that he carved out with a hurricane century against England in the ICC Champions Trophy were simpler.

"We knew they had good bowlers like (Andrew) Caddick and (Matthew) Hoggard, and if we play them well, we can easily win this match. The pitch was also suitable for batting," Sehwag said after winning the man-of-the-match award for his 104-ball 126.

And not even the early 'life' he got when a diving Nick Knight failed to latch on to a snick wide of second slip in the third over of the innings could make him caution. Asked if he felt a bit under pressure after surviving that chance, he said: "No, I continued to play my natural game."

He said if the innings had to be propped up, one of them had to take charge of the scoring, and he did it according to plan. Once he reached 70, he was determined to make his hundred, as he did not want to leave any difficult task for the next batsmen by throwing his wicket away.

He does not believe, as he sometimes seems to give the impression, that his batting should be the same whether in Tests or in one-day matches. "I'm trying to change my game in the Tests," he said, referring to his dismissal through catches in the slip cordon. "I plan to change myself."

Ganguly, who saw Sehwag blast an aggressive century against New Zealand in the SSC stadium in Colombo last year, said his opening partner played brilliantly today. He smiled as Sehwag later explained to the media that far from curbing his natural instincts to go after the bowling, Ganguly, with whom he shared a 192-run opening partnership, was encouraging him to play his shots.

Rival captain Nasser Hussain was also generous in his praise of Sehwag and Ganguly. "Nothing went wrong really, they were brilliant, they played exceptionaly well," he said.

He also felt that India's early bowling as well as batting in their first 10 overs had a lot to do with the ultimate outcome of the match.

"You've got to give credit where it's due," he said. Hussain was glad that his side managed to reach a total of 269 despite making only 23 for two in the first 10 overs. "I am pleased with our side as we recovered fro a bad start to set a target of 270, But we came up against some brilliant batting today."

First Published: Sep 23, 2002 11:24 IST