IPL 2014 April 20, 2014

'Have nothing to prove to anybody' - Sehwag

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Sehwag: I have nothing to prove to anybody

Virender Sehwag is hopeful that a good run in the IPL could help him get picked for India's tour to England, but the batsman also stressed he had nothing to prove after more than 15 years in international cricket. Sehwag, who last played an international game for India in March 2013, said his focus in the IPL was on getting his new franchise Kings XI Punjab through to the tournament playoffs, and possibly deliver a title win.

"There's no question of whether Virender Sehwag is keen or not because I have played more than 15 years, played more than 100 Test matches, 250 ODIs and a number of T20 games, so I have nothing to prove to anybody," he told ESPNcricinfo during a Hangout session. "I only have to prove to myself. This IPL, I have to play for Kings Xi Punjab, I have to try and help them qualify for the playoffs or maybe win the championship. So I am not proving [anything] to anybody else. My job is to go out there, give my 100% and try to give a good start to Kings XI. That's more important at the moment. I'll think later on about how my IPL went and how I should do this or do that. At the moment, I am concentrating on my batting and concentrating on giving a good start to the team."

Sehwag's last Test appearance for India was in March 2013 against Australia in Hyderabad, where he was out for 6. He played his last ODI in India colours in January 2013. The patchy form continued into the recent domestic season, where he managed 234 runs in 13 innings with only one half-century in first-class games. In the zonal stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy (one-dayer competition), Sehwag failed once again, scoring just 25 runs in two games. He found some form with a hundred for MCC against Durham and followed that up with useful knocks as an opener, steering Delhi to an unbeaten streak in the zonal T20 matches.

When asked if he thought the tournament was a good platform to make a case for selection, he said a good run could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June.

"I think IPL is the correct platform for everyone, not just for Sehwag. It's more important for youngsters and domestic players, who work hard on the domestic circuit and score 800 runs and take 40-45 wickets in a season and now they have the platform to show them in the IPL, where may be selectors and the whole world is watching," he said. "So maybe if they can perform in 1-2 games, the selectors might pick them for one-day or T20 or Test matches. It applies to everyone, including me, so yes if my IPL goes well, maybe they will pick me for the England tour. It depends on my performance."

Sehwag also said he was enjoying the atmosphere in a new dressing room, after having spent the last six seasons of the IPL with the Delhi Daredevils. He hoped, however, that Daredevils and Kings XI would meet in the play-offs.

"Now Kings XI Punjab is my second home and I have a second family. The guys are really good. I have played with most of them, mostly against them. We are gelling well. The domestic players are all from Punjab and they are gelling with us and we are sharing our experiences with the younger guys.

"As a Delhi fan and a local boy, my wishes are with Delhi, so hopefully, we'll play in playoffs against each other."

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  • Vaidyanathan on April 20, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    @Mirash. I agree with him on not having to prove anything to anyone. By any standard he's had a great career. No matter how he finishes, he'll be an automatic choice for the all-time Indian XI opening with SMG. He's won tests for India, helped set up a big chase(387), scored almost everywhere including 2 triple centuries, won a T20 and ODI WC, been part of the side that made it to no. 1 in tests. He's had a fulfilling career. Unfortunately for such players their end comes a bit faster. Viv Richards didn't go out in a blaze of glory either. Neither did Gilly. They live by the sword and die by it and a career that will stretch into the late 30s is not for them. Not for them the reliance on technique or grafting or %age shots to just get runs - won't have the same feel for them. Even if he doesn't make it back, he'll remain a Great.

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    How arrogant sehwag is..... dear man, if you want back in to the indian team, you have to prove selectors that you can perform well and good fitness too. You must prove lots of man. How can you talking like this. this is very shame. You told to media that you have 3-4 years cricket left in you. At least 2 years play for india. If you want play for india, then you can prove man.. you must prove to selectors.

  • Android on April 20, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    nice thinking of viru to be carefree and score in a good way

  • Dilu on April 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Comparing sehwag with sharma is totaly meaning less,the chances sharma got he just misused those chances

  • Ashok on April 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    If Sehwag has any ambitions of playing for India again, he has a lot to prove to the Selectors that h is still Keen, has Form, Fitness & Can still perform. These 4 factors are tough at age 35 after a long hiatus of 2 years! He lacked these over past 2 years which made all 15 years of his dominance in Cricket look just a "Dream". Gambhir & Sehwag were such a dominant opening pair in the world at their best that they matched the past greats like Hutton & Washbrook or Sutcliffe & Hobbs or Gilchrist & Haydon more recently. But he lost his spot in India XI when the performed so poorly over a long 2 year period. He fell to a "New Low or into a deep valley". Now rising again from that position needs "lot of proving to do". Also there are younger men who are keen to play for India. Is Sehwag really better than his competition Needs to be proven conclusively to get back into the XI. Past is a distant memory. Present form is the predictor of the Future if Sehwag really wants to play for India!

  • Raffik on April 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    If every player wanted to be in a team for 20 years, then we are loosing a complete generation in this time frame. Its better to keep the player only for 10 years, then must re validate them in aspects to continue in the team. Of course, they were played a lot for the team. But, we should not always count on the previous records to retain a player. Its enough Sehwag Ji. Keep cool and glow in the IPL. That's all we need from you.

  • I on April 20, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    This is the third interview I've seen where Sehwag refers to himself in the 3rd person. What is wrong with him?

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Compare with rohit. He is way ahead. Rohit can win 1 game in a year. Sehwag 10 in in a year. You decide who is better

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    all the best viru........from nepal

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    I like Viru only one reason as he never give up and I hope he can wear Indian colors and get his honor for his services he has rendered. He may have some eye sight issues that he can easily overcome with the technology available in front of him. He is in good frame of mind and clear about what he can do and what he cannot. The player who brought crowds to all form of cricket cannot be ignored as BCCI has done and all we know how much clarity BCCI had in their selection policies.

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