Virender Sehwag delighted by youngsters' performance

Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag feels the upcoming Test series in Australia wll be a crucial one for the Indian team Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Oct 26, 2011

India’s dashing opener feels that the new entrants in the Indian team have performed very well and that they should be carefully looked after.

Speaking about India’s pacers Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav who have created a buzz about their fast bowling, Sehwag said,” They are good future prospects. It’s not always about speed but accuracy too. (Glenn) McGrath was not express fast but was the best around in his playing days.

“We need to make sure that they are on an upward learning curve by playing them more at the highest level. They should keep working on their game and fitness.”

Sehwag is also delighted top see many of the youngsters originating from smaller towns of the country.” In fact, players are coming from all over the country now, especially from smaller towns. This includes me too. It’s more to do with the increasing popularity of the game in those corners.

“Also, the confidence of the young Indians in general has increased. They are not afraid to take on the world at any platform,” Sehwag was quoted in Times of India.

Sehwag also disagreed that the sucess behind his batting is pure God-gift or pure talent. He opined,” Talent is nothing without hard work, discipline and dedication. These are the most important aspects in an athlete’s life. This is what I have been taught by my coaches and seniors. My advice to every youngster is that talent is god-given but you cannot perform to your potential unless you work hard and be disciplined in your routine.”

The dashing opener is also hopeful of a quick comeback to the national team after suffering a shoulder injury during the Englad tour. He said, “My shoulder is shaping up nicely after the rehabilitation. I’m also playing domestic games for Delhi now to check my match fitness and get back into the groove. I hope I should be able to play the West Indies series.”

Sehwag has already sety goals for the Indian team. He believes the upcoming Test series in Australia will be crucial one for the Indian team. He said, “There is lots left to achieve. Winning a Test series in Australia is something that comes immediately to my mind. “

Sehwag feels that he has matured as a batsman in past ten years.

“Between ten years back and the present, the main difference as a batsman lies in the planning of an innings, knowing the importance of staying at the crease for as long as possible. Now I know better. Now I know that even if there is a slow-scoring period in my innings, I can cover up later by scoring faster when the bowlers are tired,” he said.