We can prove we are truly Number 1: Sehwag

Updated: 24 June 2011 12:35 IST

Not being part of the action can be frustrating for a cricketer. More so if the player is the aggressive Virender Sehwag whose presently nursing a shoulder injury. The Indian opener is however, confident that he will return to the side and that India can consolidate it's number 1 position in Tests with tours to England and Australia coming up.

New Delhi:

Not being part of the action can be frustrating for a cricketer. More so if the player is the aggressive Virender Sehwag whose presently nursing a shoulder injury. The Indian opener is however, confident that he will return to the side and that India can consolidate it's number 1 position in Tests with tours to England and Australia coming up.

In a radio interview to ICC Cricket World Radio Show, Sehwag said that India will have to play top-quality cricket to beat England and Australia. "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."

India has been holding the number-one Test ranking since December 2009 when it dethroned South Africa after beating Sri Lanka at home by 2-0. India now leads second-ranked South Africa by a comfortable 11-point margin with England in third position and Australia in fifth.

Sehwag admitted however that it is frustrating not to be part of the action. "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.

The Prince of Najafgarh however remains hopeful of returning to his fit self at the earliest. "I am getting better and working hard on my rehab. Hopefully, I will be back soon. I am trying very hard to be fit for England tours o that I can play in that series. "

Topics : Cricket India Virender Sehwag India in West Indies, 2011
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