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Lahore: A natural galloping on his skills, Virender Sehwag's conversations with the bowlers are often vibrant in nature.

The Indian vice-captain's thrill-a-minute unbeaten 247 here saw him register the second quickest Test double hundred, only behind New Zealand's Nathan Astle's 153-ball effort against England in Christchurch, 2001-2002.

He is also now the maker of the quickest hundred by an Indian opener, bettering Sunil Gavaskar's 94-ball century against West Indies in Delhi, 1983, by a ball.

And he and skipper Rahul Dravid are only ten runs away from the all-time first-wicket stand of 413 by Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad.

Full of confidence

Veeru, naturally, is high on confidence.

"We don't want to play on such wickets. We don't want to draw matches. We have come here to win," he said speaking to the media after his belligerent knock.

Sehwag, who pointed out that such wickets were not good for Test cricket, said, "We managed to take seven of their wickets. They (the Pakistanis) have not been able to get a single batsman out so far," underling the psychological advantage gained by the Indians in the first Allianz Cup Test.

"They lost the first Test against us in 2004. They have been defensive in their tactics here," said Sehwag, who is an extremely positive cricketer.

Under criticism for a relatively lean trot coming into the series, Sehwag said, "I was getting 30s and 40s. I knew it was a matter of only one knock. Such innings give you confidence."

Sehwag said he and Dravid were not aware of any record on the ground.

About him and Dravid being on the threshold of an all time first-wicket record in Tests, he said, "We were told about it only when we returned to the dressing room. We were very happy. Tomorrow we plan to take our partnership further."

On Dravid as opener

He was appreciative of his skipper's innings but said, "Dravid is a great batsman. But he is not a regular opener. He is a very good No.3."

Asked to compare his effort here with his triple century in Multan, Sehwag replied, "This is a better wicket than the one in Multan."

Wearing an anklet after injuring himself while playing volleyball with the teammates on Monday, Sehwag said, "I felt some pain when I removed the anklet."

Sehwag and Dravid have an opportunity to keep their date with history on Tuesday.

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