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Sat Apr 19 08:56:04 SAST 2014

Sehwag never doubted his abilities

TEAMtalk Media | 15 November, 2012 17:470 Comments
Virender Sehwag of India bats during day four of the fourth test between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on January 27, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia
Image by: Morne de Klerk / Getty Images

India opening batsman Virender Sehwag was full of confidence after day one of the first Test against England in Ahmedabad, saying he never had any doubt in his abilities after scoring a run-a-ball century.

Sehwag had endured over two years of going without an international Test ton, and he scored 117 as India made 323 for four, taking all the bowlers apart and showing his class to break the drought.

The opener said: "I have to thank my video analyst Dhananjay. We watched the videos of my past innings where I got hundreds till 11pm last night. I saw that when I played the first ten overs cautiously I had reached 100. I did the same today.

"I am happy to get a hundred after one-and-a-half to two years. I did not have any doubt (about my ability to score a ton). You people (the media) had.

Sehwag went on to praise his opening partner Gautam Gambhir as they had an opening stand of 134, one of the few times recently that the pair had put on a century partnership. He also commented on Cheteshwar Pujara's 98 not out.

Viru said: "Gambhir played well and we gave the team a very good start. Pujara also batted very well. He has patience and hit the loose balls. He knows his batting best. He should complete his century tomorrow.

"But the wicket is very slow and shot making is not easy. Our bowlers will have to really bowl very well to take 20 England wickets. England are not Bangladesh. They are a good side. Their batsmen would not throw away their wickets.

"We would like to bat till tea. The wicket will turn tomorrow. There is some help for the spinners. But the bowler needs to be patient."

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