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“It is time to play for Virender Sehwag”
India opening batsman Virender Sehwag has announced that he doesn’t “regret anything” in his career after being left out of the national team since March 2013.
Sehwag also noted that he will not be trying to impress or prove anything to the national selectors in the this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sehwag also admitted that he was “disappointed” when the Delhi Daredevils decided not to purchase him at the IPL auction in February, but added that he is looking forward to making an impact with the Kings XI Punjab.
“I am okay with that because that decision on Sehwag was a professional one and not personal,” Sehwag told ESPNCricinfo. “They [Daredevils] wanted to build a team of new players. Yes, I am disappointed a little bit because you know I played six years for Delhi Daredevils. I became an icon player. But things happened and things change.”
Sehwag failed to impress in the recent edition of the Ranji Trophy as he only scored 234 runs in 13 matches at a dismal average of 19.50.
“The season was not good for me because we played on green wickets, little damp pitches,” Sehwag said. “I was not able to score big runs (although) I was getting starts and just got one fifty in seven games. It was disappointing.”
However, Sehwag has vowed to bounce back, and said: “You have to keep fighting. Keep hoping that the next match I play I will score runs. I am just hoping the IPL this year will be good for me.
“I don’t have to show off to anybody because it is time to play for Virender Sehwag or for Kings XI Punjab,” he said. “If I perform well people will watch and discuss my name again. But if I go with this mindset that I show to the selectors and management then I don’t think I will be able to perform. Then I will be putting pressure on myself. I played enough matches to show (what I can do) to the people, to the world. It is time to play for myself. It is time to play the IPL well. My job is to win the games for my franchise.”
Sehwag was also quick to quell rumours that his attacking approach led to his downfall.
“Style does not matter,” he said. “The important things is how I use my experience to score runs, how I weigh up the conditions, what kind of wicket I am batting on, how I am shaping up are factors that matter more. But style of my play does not matter because if there is a ball to hit I will try to hit it as I have been doing for the last 15 years.”
The 35-year-old added that wearing glasses while batting was not the reason why he has been struggling to score runs.
“When I was playing a Test against Australia I had a lot of headaches and pain,” he said. “I met a couple of doctors and was told to wear glasses or contact lenses because I have some minus .5 number which is cylindrical. If you have a cylindrical number you have to wear glasses otherwise you will get high pain, so I was not able to concentrate. I played IPL with contact lenses, but now the issue is not eyes. I am okay with that.”
Sehwag once again reiterated that he does not regret anything.
“I should not regret anything,” he said. “The amount of matches I have played, more than 100 Tests and more than 200 ODIs – I don’t regret anything. I have 2-3 years left. I can play 2-3 seasons and I am working towards that.”
While his batting may have gone downhill, Sehwag stated that he still has more to offer.
“The batting and the kind of style I have, that I can offer to any team,” he said. “I have scored two triple centuries and six double hundreds so I know how to score big runs. It is just a matter of one big innings and after that I hope I can keep scoring big runs. In T20 there are only 120 balls of which you get to bat 50-60 at the most, so how many runs can you score in that time.”
Sehwag finished off by saying that he has been closely following the national team “like a spectator”.
“I keep praying that we will do well and India wins the games rather than be worried about myself,” he said. “At the end of the day, India winning is what matters rather than being worried about who should play.”