Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day July 21, 2010

Our shot-selection wasn't good - Sehwag


Virender Sehwag, as economical with words as with his technique, is not looking for any excuses after his side lost 15 wickets in 124.3 overs and is still 63 runs behind Sri Lanka's first-innings total, with a full day's play to go. He said they were aware that their shot selection wasn't good, that they were now hoping for rain to go with the best efforts of VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni.

"Fantastic that we are getting a result even after losing one day's play," Sehwag said. "But it is bad for the Indian side. We are on the losing side unless VVS Laxman can play [well] tomorrow, and we are hopeful that after lunch or before tea, rain will come and the match gets washed out as a draw."

Asked about his shot to get out in the first innings, an attempted cut to a delivery that would have otherwise been called wide, with three fielders deep in the off side, Sehwag said: "That's my scoring shot. If you look at the 7000 runs that I have scored, more than 3000 runs have come through the cut shot. In coming matches too, I will play the same shot. Sometimes you get out, sometimes you score runs. Almost every time, I score runs with the cut shot."

But aren't India in the position because several batsmen played ill-advised shots? "Everybody is aware of that, but you can't control certain things," Sehwag said. "Sometimes you play that shot and you get away with that, sometimes you get out. That's Test cricket where everybody has played enough matches. They are experienced. It happens in cricket."

Sehwag conceded the pitch hadn't deteriorated enough to justify the scores and that it was "still a good track to bat on" which made him confident that India could still save the Test. "If you look at the last Test match that we played against South Africa, MS and VVS scored hundred-plus and remained not out and batted really well," he said. "So they can do that. Laxman and Dravid did that against Australia in 2001, so we have the hope. Still we have one more pair of batsmen, they will go tomorrow and try and their best."

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • kumar on July 23, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    guys this is the 1st real overseas match for india under dhobi cap.its not like we play in india.

  • Abdul on July 22, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    India played badly. Period. It happens to everyone. Not one of us can claim that we don't have bad days, be it whatever work we may do.

    I also disagree with the point that a player should be out of the team simply because of age. That is called discrimination. If Dravid, Tendulkar and Lakshman are playing well, there is no basis to remove them from the team. We shouldn't lament on the lack of youth in the team. Youth doesn't equate to skill. These three are proven players with thousands of runs under their belt. If anything people who have not proven to be test class need to be considered for removal.

    Players who lack the skills to play international test cricket well consistently are people to drop in place of other talent. Age should not be the criteria. So please people stop lamenting that somebody is 34, 35, 36, instead lament when you see a consistently average player playing in the team. A country as large as ours, there should be 11 more than average players in the team.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    When u play with fakers like Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and etc., you cannot expect the modest game. Especially Yuvraj surely thinks like that when every playing game for India.. "Oh.. India will win if I really batted well.. So I give worst performance as I can.. Otherwise Dhoni's ad Cost moved to another stage.."... A most worst person in Indian team...

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    When u play with fakers like Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and etc., you cannot expect the modest game. Especially Yuvraj surely thinks like that when every playing game for India.. "Oh.. India will win if I really batted well.. So I give worst performance as I can.. Otherwise Dhoni's ad Cost moved to another stage.."... A most worst person in Indian team...

  • Vino on July 22, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    the indian team is in this position not completely b'coz of batsmen. The major share is for the bowlers who did nothing expect a few spells on third morning by Ishanth an mithun. minus that, its all absurd bowling.I think harbajan is satisfied by containing the batsmen so that his economy rate looks a still better. He refuses to attack. hope he is trying to market himself as a prospect bowler for IPL. A suggestion to BCCI: never get carried away by the success of players in IPL. get back to the domestic matches and the performance there should be the criteria for selection to National team. IPL as with BCCI itself is private, corporate sports. ther is no pride in winning an IPL for players its just party time for them. We never had problems with finding players(valuable) from domestic cricket and the replacements/ transition was not at all problem for INDIA. it can be back only when the board and selection committee stop getting carried away with IPL

  • Kannan on July 22, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    More... Why is it that the Indians are unable to bowl yorkers? I didn't see Ishant Sharma bowl a single one to Malinga who was confortably flat batting and cross batting balls bowled short of length. And since when did they teach people to flick swinging yorkers bowled on the leg, instead of playing them deadpan with a straight bat? Gambhir, SRT - are you listening? Dhoni needs to figure out where his offstump is. He is clueless when you bowl to him in the channel. He crossbats himself out of the situation in ODIs/T20s but look at his Test record. He has been barely ably to face 50 balls in 2 innings. Yuvraj is a slogger. ODI material. You keep bowling across the line and you can stiffle him for runs just as you can stiffle Sehwag by giving him balls out of reach and drive him to desperately suicidal shots. The English used that trick against SRT quite successfully under Nasser. India is bottom of the heap in the bowling dept. No 1 Test team? Bah! Dream on!

  • Kannan on July 22, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    contd... As we speak, today Laxman had faced 23 balls when Bhajji walked in. Bhajji was allowed to face 14 balls and Mithun has since faced 40 balls as of the moment. That's a total of 54 balls, while Laxman has faced only 32 balls in the interim. Laxman doesn't farm the strike with the tail and the Indian tail is the worst in the world in terms of displaying grit and character when needed in dire circumstances. They play as they do, because they panic. And they panic because they think you need "Dravidisque TECHNIQUE" to stay put at the wicket. And they think that, because the "stars" don't know how to rotate the strike and take the sting off the bowling and make things look easy for the tail. Is there any thinking at all going into these areas of play in the Indian team? If it is, who is doing it and what are they thinking WITH?

  • Jagan on July 22, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Why are people praying for rain. Lets accept the fact that we have played badly and the results are infront of us.

  • Kannan on July 22, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    I think Bhajji and Afridi compete with each other on the maturity scale when it comes to playing Tests, excepting that Afridi has no pretentions about it. Sehwag's comment is unacceptable. This is a team game where you play in a manner to first secure your team from defeat and THEN exercise lattitude to play risky shots. Sehwag plays in a hurry - to get out. At the other end, SRT and Dravid dig themselves in a hole when things get tight. Dravid in particular daring the bowlers to get him out, while he keeps the score at a standstill. Foolhardiness! There's no balance and an effort to rotate the strike by taking singles. Can't these "stars" score 3/4 singles an over? Laxman needs to be dropped. He's physically unfit and doesn't know how to play with the tail. He rotates the strike and gives them more opportunities to face the bowling instead of shielding them. Isn't there anybody at all to do some straight talk to these fellows? Then, at least get them to read cricinfo!

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Bring in Badri in place of Yuvraj. Yuvraj cannot bat in tests. he has proved this time and again and why is Badri not in the team anyway. Someone needs to counsel Dravid that he cannot get run out anymore. And Pathan needs to come in to provide some lower order batting capability. Right now last 4 wickets are blown and with Dhoni and Gambhir failing it is really the 3 old men and Sehwag who bat and that is not enough ... With a rookie attack India is under pressure anyways. Only way India will come back in the series is if Sehwag hits a the next test. India is playing sport to give Murali a parting gift... But man what missiles Malinga...Awesome...

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