“I HAVE never been careless,” says Virender Sehwag who could play his 100th Test during the India vs England Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from November 23.
In an interview with Sportstar magazine, Sehwag says: “People say I am not serious about my wicket. That’s not true. Show me one batsman who wants to get out cheaply. The way I am getting out people say I am throwing my wicket. Not correct at all. I get out playing a shot and they say irresponsible. If the same shot fetches a boundary, they applaud.”
However, the Delhi dasher reveals that he will get to a stage where he will be cautious. “I don’t look to restrict myself. Yes, I now give some time to assess. Give respect to the bowlers and then start playing shots (in Tests). At some stage, I will have to be cautious against the new ball and look to give the team a great start,” he said.
Sehwag will want to do better against England at home. In seven Tests, he has scored only 290 runs. However, England will remember his 83 which set the ball rolling for India’s 387-run chase in the Chennai Test of the 2008-09 series.
Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant unbeaten 103 to see India home by six wickets. On the down side, Sehwag will like to erase memories of his king pair in the Edgbaston Test in 2011.
Sehwag also rubbished talk of his so-called rift with Mahendra Singh Dhoni: “It is utter rubbish and we both have laughed at it. He is my captain and I respect his decision because he takes them for the team’s benefit.”