Sachin Tendulkar will be missed by the Indian team during the upcoming limited overs series in Sri Lanka, but he has the right to pick and choose which series he wants to play, opening batsman Virender Sehwag said here today.
“Not only me but the whole country misses Sachin when he is not in action. But one should realise that he is 39 years and he should be allowed to pick and choose which series he wants to go. He will certainly be available for the Test series against New Zealand,” Sehwag told reporters at the inauguration of Saba Karim-Genesis Pro-Cricket Centre here.
Asked what has been skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s strength that has enabled him to lead the side to two World Cup victories — 2007 Twenty20 and 50-over in 2011, he said, “Dhoni got a very strong team. When you get a strong team, it is easier to perform well just like Australia did at one point of time. We won World Cup because we had a very strong team which was ably backed by Dhoni’s leadership.”
Sehwag said he has no fitness concerns now and he is all geared up for the Lanka tour, starting July 21.
“I played almost all the matches in Indian Premier League and there is no fitness issue now. The ODI tour of Sri Lanka will also help me in preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held there,” he said.
Sehwag is also not unduly concerned by the fact that India’s next generation of young batsmen did not do well in first class matches during the recent ‘A’ tour of the West Indies.
“Before I became a prominent member of the senior team I have also gone for ‘A’ tours. Some people get runs on this kind of tours and some don’t. That does not mean that those who fail are not good enough. The best part is that you can make mistakes and learn from it, try to rectify in your domestic cricket and come back stronger,” he said.
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