Sehwag hits out at Indian batsmen

‘Players lack of patience; God alone can help us’

TAPAN MOHANTA

Kolkata, Dec 8: India opener Virender Sehwag Saturday lashed out at his colleague batsmen for showing lack of patience in the third test against England here, holding them responsible for putting the hosts on the verge of a heavy defeat.
"If you apply yourself on this wicket, it's not that difficult to score runs. Its Test cricket and you have to show some patience. Yes you can say that (we did not show enough patience). The key was patience," Sehwag told reporters after the fourth day's play.
The Delhi player said things could have been different had India posted a big first-innings total. "In this series, we have not put runs on the board, especially in the last two tests. The moment we put 500-plus, it's going to be a different ballgame.
"Their batsmen showed patience more than ours. They batted really well. Full credit to the way (Alastair) Cook and the others batted," Sehwag said.
Asked whether the Indians were taken aback by the quality of English attack, Sehwag said, "I don't think so. But if our batsmen don’t score runs, that's an important concern for me. In Ahmedabad we put 500-plus runs on the board and it was a different game."
The Indian batting flopped as they lost six wickets for 36 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin shone with an unbeaten 83, which helped the team avoid an innings defeat. At stumps in their second innings, India were 239 for nine, giving them a small lead of 32.
"Yes we are very much disappointed. Wicket was not that bad to lose six wickets in a session. But we have to work hard to bounce back in the next game."
Sehwag was optimistic enough to say that only a miracle can save India now." We can just hope that something happens tomorrow and we're able to draw the Test. Only God can help us."

Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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