Sehwag working hard to attain fitness for England tour

Indian batsman Virender Sehwag feels that it will take a lot of effort on the part of the Indian team to stay top of ICC Test ranking for considerable period of time AFP

Dubai: Jun 24, 2011

Star opener Virender Sehwag is working very hard to attain full fitness so that he can be a part of the Indian squad for the tour of England which starts next month.

“I am getting better and working hard on my rehabilitation. Hopefully, I will be back soon. I am trying very hard to be fit so that I can play in during the England tour,” Sehwag said.

Sehwag admitted that it is difficult to sit at home and watch his teammates slog it out but there is very little one can do about it.

“It is very difficult when you are sitting at home and watching India playing against the West Indies. It’s very frustrating but you can’t do anything. It is because of the shoulder injury, I have to sit out and do my rehab.”

About maintaining the top rank in Tests, he feels that it will take a lot of effort on the part of the Indian team to stay there for considerable period of time.

“We are maintaining this number-one position from the last one year or so. Reaching that number-one position is difficult and it is even more difficult to stay there for a longer time.”

“If we can beat the West Indies, England and Australia (this year), we can prove that we really are the number one team,” Sehwag was quoted as saying during an interview with the ICC Cricket World Radio Show.

India have maintained their top rank since December 2009 when it dethroned South Africa after beating Sri Lanka at home by 2-0. India now lead second-ranked South Africa by a comfortable 11-point margin with England in third position and Australia in fifth.