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Triple ton on his mind now

?I wanted to go back to the pavilion unbeaten. I didn?t want to get out and put the team under pressure like in Melbourne.? says Sehwag in an exclusive interview to Kadambari Murli.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2004 01:32 IST

Virender Sehwag is not the most talkative of people in public. He is supposed to be a great mimic but that’s something the world has never seen, only heard of. What we’ve seen is his bat, that flashing, flamboyant blade that gives the opposition bowlers nightmares.

On Sunday, Sehwag played his best-ever knock to take India to a comfortable 356 for two. At the news conference in the evening, a tired looking Sehwag said that 300 is definitely “on my mind” now. Sehwag said that he had deliberately slowed down towards the end. “I wanted to go back to the pavilion unbeaten. I didn’t want to get out and put the team under pressure like in Melbourne.” Sehwag had thrown his wicket then when on 195 and India lost the initiative and that Sehwag said Sunday’s knock is “his best innings so far”.

A couple of days before Sunday’s knock, Sehwag took time off to speak on his batting and mindset in a rare session.

Excerpts from an interview:

Do you ever have a problem changing from one-day mode to Test mode or vice-versa?

No, because I play the same way in both. I play my shots whatever the type of game.

What goes on in your mind when you go out to bat?

Nothing. I just go out to bat without thinking about anything much. I go there with an open mind and watch the new ball and play it according to its merit.

Do you prepare for a game?

Yes, I do these days. Just before a game, I try and watch videos of my batting, I always try and see the dismissals from the previous game, to see if there was anything particular that I need to look at this time around.

Nothing else really.

You never change expression. Are you ever under pressure?

No, I am never under pressure.


No, never. Pressure doesn’t exist for me. Maybe I don’t know, I am just built that way. I just go there and play my natural game.

It was said about you that put three slips, three gullies and a third man and you would have a problem. Did that ever prey on your mind when you got out that way a few times?

No, I told you, I don’t think about all this. I had heard that but it was something that never affected me. I have never thought about changing my shots, cutting down on any strokes. I only know one thing --- to go out and play my natural game.

Has anyone, captain or coach, ever advised you otherwise?

Everyone has always told me the same thing, that I should do as I please. Thankfully, no one has ever told me to curb my instincts or play in a different way. I play according to the moment and I am a natural stroke-player.

Do you go back and analyse your game after you get out?

I only analyse my game if I think I’ve got out to a bad shot or got out cheaply. If everything is going well, then why should I analyse anything? You don’t need to meddle with things when things are going your way. But yes, if I’m not happy with something, if I’ve got out cheaply a few times in a row, then I do think about my game, try and figure out what to do. But even then, I don’t let it get to me or keep thinking about what I should have done or not. Just what I can do. I play positively.

You’ve been opening in Tests a while now. You’ve always said you’re not happy opening. Post Australia have you changed your mind?

No I haven’t. I have adjusted to the spot quite well but I also know that I would still prefer playing in the middle order. I know that’s just not possible in the moment, but that’s where I’d be really happy.

First Published: Mar 29, 2004 01:16 IST