Indian Team to carry the momentum

Published: January 4, 2010

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Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag played down the recent hype over their ICC rankings and insisted their aim will be to carry the momentum they gained in the last two years.
‘I think our target is just to play good amount of cricket. You know in last two years we were playing very tough and good cricket. So hopefully we will do it in 2010 also,’ Sehwag told reporters upon the team’s arrival at the Zia International Airport on Saturday.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni led a 15-member squad which arrived from Mumbai in the afternoon. Coach Gary Kirsten, however, did not accompany the team.
The recently-crowned number one Test side will start the New Year with a triangular one-day series involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from January 4 followed by a two-Test series against Bangladesh.
‘It’s important for the team to play well consistently. If we win the series here then the ranking will look after itself,’ said Sehwag.
India climbed to the top of the Test rankings for the first time in December but the team has struggled to establish supremacy in one-day international cricket.
Currently they hold the second position in one-day format trailing top-ranked Australia by seven points. India have the chance to close the gap in the tri-series, which they will start as favourities.
Sri Lanka made sweeping changes to their squad for the series dropping a few key players for injury and off form, which bolstered India’s chance of winning the competition.
Sri Lanka dropped batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Chamara Kapugedera, fast bowler Lasith Malinga and spinner Ajantha Mendis while batsman Mahela Jayawardene, all-rounder Angelo Mathews and bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Dilhara Fernando were not picked because of injuries.
India defeated a full-strength Sri Lankan side 3-1 in their recent home series. Sehwag said the absence of key players did not make India’s task any easier.
‘The key players were there in India also, but they did not perform. It doesn’t really matter,’ said Sehwag.
‘When the new players come nobody knows what he will do or what he does. It’s difficult for the teams to bowl or bat against them. I think Sri Lanka still are a good side. It will be a tough task for us,’ he said.
Sehwag also did not rule out Bangladesh’s chances in the competition.
‘Bangladesh are also toughest in their condition because they can surprise anyone. They can beat any side, so we are not taking lightly when we will play against Bangladesh,’ said Sehwag, who is in his form of life.
Sehwag, who nearly scored his record third triple century in Tests against Sri Lanka, last month and maintained the same form in the subsequent one-day series, said his target is just to keep up the performance.
‘I think I am batting really well. And I am hoping that 2010 will also be good for me. But for the last two years you know I have been in a prime form. So I am just carrying the same confidence with which I scored against Sri Lanka and against the other teams,’ he said.
‘Hopefully I will do well in 2010 also. But it’s difficult to maintain your form consistently. I will try to work hard and maintain my form,’ added Sehwag, arguably the most fearsome opening batsman of modern day cricket.
He expects a batsman-dominated pitch here in Bangladesh like the ones they got in India against Sri Lanka.
‘I think whenever you play in the subcontinent you will get the same kind of wicket. It’s a good track to bat on and later on the wicket gets slower and slower and if dew is here then it’s a big factor,’ said Shewag.
‘Dew drops are always a big factor in Bangladesh. I was watching a series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and the teams batting second were winning easily,’ he pointed out.

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  1. amit naugai on Thu, 18th Aug 2011 5:59 pm 

    hai i am friend of indian team