Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Confident of bundling out West Indies for 150: Sehwag


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New Delhi: A stunning batting collapse has left India in a precarious position in the opening Test against the West Indies but opener Virender Sehwag says it is nothing to be worried about as the hosts are confident of bundling out the visitors for 150 or less.

Sehwag, who top-scored with a 46-ball 55 in India’s 209 all out, refused to blame the wicket for his side’s collapse, saying that the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium pitch was still good to bat on. “It happens in Test cricket. Gautam Gambhir’s run out and my dismissal through stumping I think were soft dismissals. Then Sachin (Tendulkar) and VVS Laxman were out and we were all out. We have to be careful in the second innings. We cannot repeat the mistakes,” Sehwag told reporters after the second day’s play.

“I don’t think that the wicket is to be blamed (for the collapse). The pitch is still good to bat though it is a bit low in bounce. We are confident of chasing 250 to 300 runs (in the fourth innings),” he said.

Asked about West Indies captain Darren Sammy saying that the visitors would look to score another 250 more so that India get more than 350 target to win, Sehwag said, “There is difference in saying and doing it actually. We are looking at bundling them out around 150.”

“The Test is still on the same keel and we have to be patient and wait for loose balls in the fourth innings,” he added. (PTI)


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