India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Cuttack November 30, 2011

No excuse for not scoring runs - Sehwag

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virender Sehwag, India's stand-in captain, has said there was "no excuse for anybody not scoring runs" after his side limped to a one-wicket win in the first ODI against West Indies in Cuttack. Chasing 212, India's batting order collapsed before and after Rohit Sharma, who made 72, and the hosts needed the last pair of Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav to secure victory.

"In India you hardly see the team tottering at 59 for 5. Hopefully we will come up with strong batting performances in the next games," Sehwag said after the match. "We have to learn from our mistakes. There were two good balls. The ball came in and we [Virat Kohli and I] played early and made mistakes."

Sehwag was critical of the "soft dismissals" of Parthiv Patel, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina, which left India on 59 for 5 in the 12th over. "There were three soft dismissals of Parthiv Patel, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina. There is no excuse for anybody not scoring runs. We have to back our batting. We have some exciting youngsters playing for last three four years. But I am happy with bowling and fielding."

Rohit anchored the chase by scoring 72 off 99 balls and was praised by Sehwag for winning the game for India. "Rohit is one of the talented batsmen. He is improving match by match. He is proving himself. He is one of the best. Full credit to Rohit Sharma, [Ravindra] Jadeja and Vinay Kumar. One by one they did it for us.

Rohit added 83 for the sixth wicket with Jadeja, who made 38, and then 42 with Vinay Kumar for the eighth. "When you lose five quick wickets, it's difficult to come back. I praise Rohit Sharma and Jadeja as their partnership took us there. After that Vinay and Rohit had a good partnerships. The way Rohit, Jadeja and Vinay batted was great to see."

The previous ODI series in India, against England, had poor attendances at the grounds but the match at the Barabati Stadium had a strong crowd. "It feels great when people come to watch a game. We hope people will come and support us in the next matches," Sehwag said. "I love to play in smaller towns. People give so much respect and love. They bring all kinds of food and stuff to you to make sure you are happy."

The second ODI between India and West Indies is in Visakhapatnam on December 2.

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    I think sehwag himself has lost that ability of scoring big as we saw in test matches he played some horrible shots yes we all know that sehwag plays like that but he was not playing that much carelessly before. He needs to get that old method if we are to win in australia.I don't want him to play defensively becoz if he does he'll get out.but I don't want to see sehwag playing across the line which is what he did in test matches and got himself out.

  • Naresh on December 1, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @alexk400 - Shewag did not score a century but India still won as a TEAM. Its a team sport. Its no matter that Sachin scored 94 and not the century in the last test versus Windies. You hate to admit that INDIA as a team are brimming with talent. That is why they won the ODI world cup, came second in ODI world cup in SA in 2003, won the first T20 cup in South Africa, were the top test team until recently. All these had someone standup for INDIA whether it was Sachin, Yuvraj, Laxman, Dravid, Shewag etc. Not all these were achieved in India so don't throw up - only good at home nonsense. India's top batsman have faced Mcgrath, Lee etc. We now have a new talent ready to take over from Sachin in Rohit Sharma. There is so much talent that places are hard to set for some of the youngsters.

  • Manesh on December 1, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @spence1324. I just wonder who r the 'big' boys in WI team!!!

  • Naresh on December 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    spence123 - but Indian batsman have scored against the likes of Steyn and morkel. Sachin got a century in SA recently, So why say India cannot face 85+ Indias only failure of grand proportions was in in seaming ENGLISH conditions. Some of the youngsters will learn from that experience and the seniors well it looks like waning reflexes and eyesight.

  • Vinoth on December 1, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Sehwag, Raina, Rohit are really a genuine match winners. They played many crucial games and did the job for team india. It's been way long, we've seen a century from these three... can't wait to see a century this series from anyof these three... would love to watch raina hitting a century of 60 balls.. wow

  • Vinoth on December 1, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    We cannot expect everyone to hit in all the matches. the last match is an example for that. if the top order fails, the responsibility is in the middle order & lower order batsmens hand. i beleive thats what rohit & jadeja did last match to rescue team india. I still feel team India has a powerful batting lineup. all the players will surely perform in upcoming matches...

  • Ashok on December 1, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @netcricketfan4ever: My comments are exactly what I saw on the screen and each comment is correct. If India cannot play with passion,they may as well not have these ODI's. Every Indian fan knows(no they arenot in slumber) that beating last placed WI in Indian is not a monumental achievement.Nor winning the ODI series5-0 is fantastic either because these are expected things. But these are precursors to the Australian tour where India cannot bat in a cavaliar & reckless fashion as they are doing now. You do not play a moving ball from a fast bowler with a huge 12" gap between your bat & Pad on a defensive stroke. Common, get real and use the fundamentals.Similarly you do not swish wildly at a short wide ball going above your head. This is exactly what I tried to point out in my comments which you so generously called it "over analyzing every thing"!. If my comments can at least make the guys more responsible, it is good omen for the Aussie tour.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Well said Sehwag, you got out on a good ball, while others threw their wickets away. Real captain material boss.

  • Sri on November 30, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @Nampally, Dude you seem to over analyze everything. While the top order failed bid time, you can't go overboard on all dismissals. What makes you think Raina will lose his spot? Because he has failed in one ODI? You talk about 'Where has the passion gone?' This is the effect of meaningless excessive cricket played. And if anyone thinks India has anything to gain by winning the ODI series or having won the test series, you need to wake up from your slumber. There is so little time for preparation for an all important tour Down Under.

  • Sri on November 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    @Spence, you are right on dude, we never see other teams crumbling for scores like 96 and 47 against quality pace bowling.

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