Blazing knock as I wanted to be with wife, son: Sehwag

April 26th, 2008 - 12:16 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag said he had been in a hurry to seal his team’s victory over Deccan Chargers in the IPL cricket tournament in Hyderabad on Tuesday as he wanted to get back to the hotel room early and be with his wife Aarti and baby son Aryavir. “The T20 format requires you to score as many runs as possible. We were chasing 140. After reaching 50, I wanted to play shots off every delivery so that the game could finish fast. My wife and son were waiting for me and I was in a hurry,” Sehwag told Samay, Sahara India TV network’s national news channel, in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t know that I took only 41 deliveries to make 94 not out.”

The Delhi Daredevils captain lauded the Board of Control for Cricket in India for launching the IPL. “This is a great opportunity for the under-19 and under-22 players to play in front of 25,000 people. They get a chance to showcase their talent in front of a live audience too,” he said. “The ones who do well can rise in the ranks.”

Sehwag said he enjoyed the leadership role in a team that has the likes of Australian Glenn McGrath, Sri Lanka’s Farvez Mahroof, New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori and Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik.

On the Indian team captaincy, he said, “Anil Kumble is a very good captain and in his absence Mahendra Singh Dhoni did a very good job.”

His penchant for a simple, honest approach came through when he spoke of how it was important to support anyone who had been named captain. “I’m a team man. For me, the team’s success is more important than my own. Whether I’m on the field or off it, I always make my suggestions to the captain.”

Sehwag, the only Indian to score two triple centuries in Test cricket, is aware that he needs to regain his touch in the one-day game. “In ODIs, I go for shots and lose my wicket. However, in Tests I focus on playing session by session. If in a Test match I get to 100 in 40 overs, I am sure I can do that in ODIs too. It is just that I need a change of mindset.”

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