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Flamboyant India opener Virender Sehwag believes that he still has a chance of representing his country in the 2015 World Cup.
However, Sehwag faces a mission impossible type of scenario since Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have all excelled as openers since he was dropped from the national team.
“I am still hopeful that my name will figure in the 30 probables for the World Cup,” Sehwag said. “Every player who represents their country dreams of playing in the World Cup and I also still dream of playing in it.
“I am playing first-class cricket and looking to score as many runs as I can. Last year, I scored around 250 runs and hopefully this year I can score more. I hope that I can score runs and get back into the [national] side.”
When asked about India’s chances of retaining the World Cup, Sehwag said: “I think without hope, nothing happens. We won the World Cup in 2011 and I believe we are capable of defending the title in 2015. Our team is very good and is playing well in ODIs. I am sure we can retain the World Cup.”
However, India’s biggest problem during the World Cup will be the pace-friendly conditions in both Australia and New Zealand. Even though India have always struggled in these types of conditions, Sehwag believes that “Australia is the best place to play cricket”.
“Australia is the best place to play cricket. You get good wickets with bounce, fast wickets, and the ball comes nicely on to the bat,” he said. “You will enjoy batting in Australia and you will also enjoy bowling in Australia. I think all the players who will go to the World Cup, they have already played in Australia and they will be playing in the triangular series before the World Cup so they will get used to the conditions.
“The wickets are similar, they are not different. In the World Cup, you will get good wickets to bat and bowl on. You will get true wickets for the game. I don’t think there will be any problem for any team or any problem to adjust. If you have the talent and if you have a strong mindset, you can perform anywhere in the world. A lot of our players have performed in Australia, South Africa, England and everywhere. So we have the team and hopefully we will do well in the World Cup.”