Sehwag hails maturity of Virat, Rohit

Published: Dec 04, 2011, 07:25 IST | A Correspondent |

India skipper impressed by Kohli & Rohit's maturity after 5-wicket win at Vizag

India skipper impressed by Kohli & Rohit's maturity after 5-wicket win at Vizag

Stand-in India captain Virender Sehwag showered praise on the young batting duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who guided India to a five-wicket victory in the second one-day international against West Indies here on Friday. Kohli scored 117, while Rohit Sharma stayed unbeaten on 90, as the hosts took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Sehwag and Kohli walk to the pavilion when rain stopped play in
Vizag on Friday. Pic/AFP

"They both batted with lot of maturity, as if they have played 200 matches in between them, although they have only played around 60-70 matches," Sehwag said after the match. "I am pretty happy with their performance. Especially with that of Rohit Sharma. Yesterday he had promised that he would finish the game for us, and he did just that. Virat Kohli also batted superbly."

Sehwag said both Kohli and Sharma will get the needed confidence from the ongoing ODI series against West Indies before embarking on the tour of Australia later this month.

Confidence ahead of Oz tour
"It's important for everyone, whoever is going to Australia, to take the confidence and play well there. It's a big challenge in Australia. I am sure they will handle the pressure well. They will practice hard and get used to bounce and play well there."

Sehwag also praised the new-ball duo of Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav. "With the new ball, both Umesh and Vinay bowled really well. They are learning and improving with each match." However, Sehwag wasn't too concerned about his own lack of form. "I am not thinking about myself. My batting is natural. I am not worried about myself.

"Sometimes you hit from the first ball but today I was not connecting well. Everything was going towards the third man. Sometimes you work hard but remain edgy in your innings. But hopefully, I will do well when I go to Ahmedabad," he said.

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