Sehwag ready for IPL but will not change his style of batting

Updated: 21 March 2012 19:09 IST

Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said he was fit and was ready to play in the Indian Premier League beginning from next month. The Indian opener who had been rested for Asia Cup added however that he was not going to change his approach towards batting.

New Delhi:

Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said he was fit and was ready to play in the Indian Premier League beginning from next month. The Indian opener who had been rested for Asia Cup added however that he was not going to change his approach towards batting.

Though his team - Delhi Daredevils - have an array of strokemakers in Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor, Sehwag said he will "not change" his game.

Reminded about his statement that he would like to have Dravid's patience, Sehwag said, "Dravid is too good, he is a good listener. Patience is important even in T20s, you have to bat out 120 balls."

With Pietersen, Jayawardene and Taylor -- all have captained their respective countries -- in the side, there surely will be no shortage of inputs.

"It's an honour to be playing with the other players who have captained their countries. They can always give me suggestions. So it feels great to be playing with Mahela, Kevin and Ross Taylor.

Talking about the team composition, Sehwag said "I have got my first preference, happy to have strong team. Some players like Mahela, Kevin and Warner will not be available for the first few games, so we will have to really play well.

Asked if his team had set a specific target, Sehwag said, "No one can set a target. We will try to play good cricket, give our 100 per cent. The most important thing, to start with, is to make the play-offs.

"From there on we will think. The first 2-3 games are very important, and then we take it forward."

Sehwag also defended the track at the Ferozshah Kotla that has come in for some sharp criticism in recent times.

"Toss is important in every centre wherever you play. When you a play a day game there is always a bit of moisture, especially in northern part of India. We have a lot of Tests, one-dayers and T20s in Kotla, it is a good home ground for the Delhi Daredevils.

On the launch of the hindi website, the skipper said, "I am happy and excited to see the hindi website. I am from a rural area, I lived in Najafgarh for 26-27 years. A lot of people can't read or understand english in small villages.

Daredevils mentor TA Sekar seemed satisfied with the team. "(We) were in touch with Viru in Australia, he gave us inputs. We have the options to play different combinations according to the opponents."

Topics : Cricket Virender Sehwag Sri Lanka New Zealand Indian Premier League 2012 Delhi Daredevils Michael Clarke England Kevin Pietersen
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