CRICKET / Sehwag hoping to bowl out Windies for 100 or 150
: Bruising with the bat and acerbic and honest with his words, Virender Sehwag was in his element during the press conference here on Monday.
“I thought that we would make a thousand runs in the first innings. But to ‘say' and ‘to do' are two different things. Anyone can say what they want. Our job is to restrict the West Indies. We will try to get them out for 100 or 150,” Sehwag said, and it was a riposte to Darren Sammy's earlier proclamation of trying to set a target close to 400 in the first Test.
The opener also sought no excuses while describing the Indian innings. “A lot of our dismissals were soft dismissals, like Gautam Gambhir's run out and the way I got out.
“It's not as if the wicket is bad or anything like that. It's a good wicket to bat on. It is keeping a bit low, but it's still a good wicket.
“We will have to be careful in the second innings, not repeat our mistakes and chase whatever target they give us,” said Sehwag, and added that the match is in the balance. He also praised Pragyan Ojha and R. Ashwin.
Earlier, Sammy said his team has the belief to do well in the remaining part of the Test match. “We have bowled out India on more than four occasions in the Caribbean. There is belief in our bowling and it is about bowling in the right areas, be it for Sachin Tendulkar or Ishant Sharma.
“The wicket is low and slow, but as Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed, if you occupy the crease then there is runs to be scored. We will look to bat time and also put 350 plus on the board,” the West Indies skipper said.
The visiting team's captain lauded his bowlers and wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.
“Credit to our bowlers and even though India had a good start, we kept our cool and the efforts of Baugh helped us.
“He held onto difficult chances. That catch of V.V.S. Laxman and then the stumping off Sehwag were fine efforts and these things motivate the team,” Sammy added.
On Ojha, who grabbed six wickets, Sammy said, “He bowls wicket-to-wicket and we need to be positive against him and play him more with our bats than with the pads.”