Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day January 28, 2012

'We also won 2-0 in India'


India continue to keep bringing up their home record in response to their back-to-back 0-4 whitewashes in England and Australia. The moment the question about the whitewashes was asked, Virender Sehwag shot back even before it could be finished, "We also won 2-0 in India."

Sehwag didn't see a big difference in the way the team has been performing, just that the "time is not good". "Everybody is practising hard at home, and then we came here and practised really hard," he said. "We make our own plans, and it didn't click. It happens with every team, with every player. The time is not good for Indian team, for individuals, so maybe that's why we are not scoring runs.

"The moment the time changes, the next year we will see, or in the coming series, we will see our top order giving starts and middle order coming in and score big hundreds. It happens. If I am making any plans I won't tell you guys. I will go and execute in the ground rather than telling you."

Sehwag said this is the same team that has been doing well for the last few years. "Our batting has been the same for last couple of years," he said. "We were doing well in 2007, 2008, 2009. We performed really well as a team and as a batting unit. But unfortunately we didn't do well in these two series. We were looking forward to these series and suddenly didn't do well and we let down our team. It's individual responsibility to go out there and play for themselves and play for the team. And to make sure we end up with a good total of at least 300 or 400, and then our bowlers can do the job. So it's disappointment for everybody."

Sehwag also revealed that the fan and media reaction might have got to the team. "They should be upset with our performances, and I agree with them," he said. "But this is the time the fans should back the team, back the players. When we won the World Cup everybody was happy, and everybody was cheering for India.

"Now is the time we need the support from fans and everybody. They should back their own team. Which [is what] every media did. Even England media or Australia media or South Africa media, they back their teams. They criticise in such a manner that the player will not go down. They criticise their performances but they don't criticise in such a manner that the team will go down when they read the articles and see the television."

Sehwag said it was unfair to say that the India team didn't care about these defeats. "It's very unfair. Everybody cares about their performance. We are very passionate about the game, and we are passionate about the team. It's a shame if somebody is writing like that, saying like that. If you lose the game, you should go out there and work it out and what went wrong and come back and perform well in next game. We are trying that, but it is not happening. It doesn't mean that we are happy to lose."

Sehwag said there were no technical flaws with the Indian batsmen, who he said were the main reason why India went down. "I don't think technically there is a fault," he said. "Nobody was working on their technical thing because they think they have played enough cricket and they have experience and they can handle. I think they realised they were making mistakes, and they were trying to not make the same mistakes in the next games."

Sehwag accepted responsibility for his failures overseas. He has not scored a century outside the subcontinent in four years. "It's important for an opener to do well overseas, and I haven't done well. So I need to look at myself and make a good plan for the next time I go overseas. That's true."

Sehwag was asked if Indian cricket needed the kind of review Australia went through after their Ashes defeat last year. "We have to look at ourselves. What went wrong with us. And then we have to take a call." When asked what kind of review it should be, Sehwag focussed more on the individual than a systemic overhaul.

"It's an individual thing," he said. "I haven't performed well overseas, I haven't scored a hundred overseas for the last couple of tours. I have to look at myself and see what I need to do when I go to Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. It's my personal thing. Nothing related with the team."

The general refrain, though, remained that India didn't need big changes. "Because we were playing the same team in the last couple of years and we became the No. 1 team with the same batting line-up, the same bowling line-up."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Deepak on January 31, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @Faizyy Shaikh - "Lost 3- 1 which could have almost been 2-2" - IFs and COULDs are not acceptable in cricket. Not just cricket, in any sport...

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    The difference is clear, British captain admitted the mistakes, he did not said anything like that they are still number 1 or they have just white washed India in all formats few months back.

  • Bhaskar on January 31, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Sehwag could have come up with a more graceful statement. India did win 2-0 in India and that too twice (2008 and 2010) but it was a very hard fought win and one of the matches was won by a solitary wicket with Laxman combining well with the lower order and wrenching a victory from the jaws of defeat. The Aussies were beaten both times but had done enough to hold their head high. They lost but were not humiliated. They gave the Indian team a good run for their money and left Indian soil with their dignity intact. The last series in 2010 the Aussies could have looked India in the eye and said that the series could have very easily been 1-1. Can the current Indian team say the same? The Aussies did lose but they FOUGHT and did not indulge in abject surrender. Instead of referring to past victories had Sehwag said that the team will work on their shortcomings and win 4-0 when they tour Aus in 2015-2016, the fans would have felt much better

  • IPL on January 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    LOOSING 4-0.....LOOSING Hair(again after treatment)...LOOSING mind this time....LOLz "Natural Gamer"...well i also see 4-0 not as 2more matches but as 2-0 TWICE..hahaha...another ROTFL joke waits here..

  • Rajesh on January 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I have no issues with Sehwag making these statements. I think they need some pride and confidence before going into the limited over matches with Australia. I am sure they are really frustrated with these humiliating defeats in England and Australia. And it was thoroughly embarrassing. I also think some changes are forthcoming. But we can't forget that players like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman, Zaheer, Dhoni have made some great accomplishments and that can't be taken away by this series defeat. I also think that winning in India should be given equal importance for other teams as we do for India to win on the road. England looked world beaters against India but now they are down 2-0 in Dubai. Australia also had some bad losses just prior to this series.

    I do think that the absence of Harbhajan and Yuvraj hurt Indian fighting spririt.

  • Prashant on January 30, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    We'll never learn.

  • Anit on January 30, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Shewag should know that the recent domestic win against a much weaker WI team wasn't a dominating win like what the Aussie team did in this series. It speaks of where this make up of the team is heading. Us fans are not so much obsessed with loses, but we upset in the manner of loses. There was simply no performance to talk in batting, bowling and fielding as well as no fight. Even on the batting friendly pitches when the opposition can amass 600 plus scores, the Indian batting struggled to put up 200 plus score.

  • Al on January 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    SHAME, SHAME!! Accept defeat and try to rebuild. Stop making lame excuses.

  • Murtaza on January 30, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    My friend Shiva Talwar, before commenting get your facts right. Pakistan did not "fail miserably"against England in 2010 when they also won one match and atleast one other was reasonably competive. Prior to that in England they drew with mighty Australians on a wicket which also helped their bowlers. How come UAE become pakistani "land". The pitch offered same to spinners and batsmen from both clear advantage to Pakistan.DRS was also helpful .Iwonder if India agrees to DRS ,what would be their performance at hope?

  • Simon on January 30, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I think things like this highlight the difference between India and the rest of the world. South Africa, England, Australia and Pakistan all say we want to be the best everywhere. India are happy just being the best at home. I thought this attitude had disappeared, particularly given India's strong performances away from home in the mid 2000s, but now... Furthermore, I would like to note that the matches Sehwag alludes to were played against a rather different Australian side, one that was about to be beaten at home 3-1. And even then, the matches were not the one sided affairs seen recently, but quite close. Anyway, India can be happy winning at home. Good on them. But they will never be number one if they cant win away.

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