My willow is starting to talk once again

Apart from the expectations, the unpredictable weather could become a challenge at the Cup, writes Virender Sehwag.
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Updated on Mar 09, 2007 08:39 PM IST
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The World cup is just two weeks away and the players are thick in the middle of preparations for it, as are I’m sure, millions of cricket enthusiasts in India.

Prayers to bring home the Cup would have begun in right earnest. As players, we will do our utmost to live up to these high expectations.

At the same time, we are acutely aware of how crucial a role the weather can play in the Caribbean.

Those of us who were there on the last tour saw this first hand. So, apart from the pressure of expectations, the unpredictable weather could become a critical challenge at the Cup.

I’ve never been a man of words and have always allowed my bat do the talking, and that thankfully has begun to happen again.

I feel rejuvenated having got some runs in domestic matches and against Sri Lanka. I’ve worked hard on my fitness and even my teammates agree that I’m looking fitter.

My footwork feels better and I’m timing my strokes well. No player likes to sit on the sidelines. Recent events also clearly indicate that players who are making a comeback return mentally tougher and hungry for success.

I am mentally tougher today and more importantly, hungry for runs. Plus, there is nothing that inspires me more than the honour of playing cricket for my country and that too in the most important tournament in the world!

Each player, each team passes through highs and lows. These phases are a part of the game. Our team is peaking at the right time and we are playing well together.

All the players are confident and up for the challenge. For those who’d written off the Indian team, this group is one unit and is ready to go to battle again.

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