India news December 10, 2011

Dhoni backs Sehwag to repeat ODI double-ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni, the India captain, has said Virender Sehwag has the ability to repeat his feat of a double-century in a one-day international. Sehwag, who is standing in for Dhoni during the ongoing one-day series against West Indies, broke the record for the highest score in an ODI on December 8, hitting 219 in Indore. Dhoni said he always knew Sehwag was capable of going past 200 in a one-dayer.

"I had always believed that on his day, Sehwag has the ability to score 200 because apart from the big shots, he also uses the bowlers' pace against them and plays calculative innings," Dhoni told ANI. "It was a pleasure to watch him batting. Given his talent, he can do it again. So, hopefully, it will be done by him again."

Suresh Raina, who shared a 140-run partnership with Sehwag in Indore, said Sehwag was singing songs by famous Indian singer Kishore Kumar during his knock. "He was playing very well with no tension," Raina said at a youth summit in Chennai, where India will play the fifth and final ODI against West Indies on December 11. "That day, he was singing some Kishore Kumar songs. He was not feeling any kind of tension."