Sehwag expected recall
Virender Sehwag says he was not surprised to be named in India's squad to tour Australia.
Last Updated: 13/12/07 12:02pm
Virender Sehwag says he was not surprised to be recalled for India's tour of Australia.
Sehwag was left out the 24-man list of probables for the trip before the selectors performed a U-turn and named him in the final 16-man touring party.
However, the versatile batsman insists he was 'expecting a call from the selectors' due to his fine performances on India's last visit to Australia in 2003-04.
He averaged 58 opening the batting in all four Tests of the drawn series, including a magnificent 195 on Boxing Day in Melbourne.
"To tell you honestly, I was expecting a call from the selectors," the 29-year-old told The Times of India.
"Initially, I was not a part of the probables but my sixth sense said something else.
"I was not scoring. That is why I was not in the list. I also knew that my day would come if I'm honest with my work on the field.
"This is the time to leave behind all bad memories and get on with the Australian series. It's very important for my career.
"And now that I'm in the team, I want to thank the selectors and my skipper (Anil Kumble) for placing their faith in my ability to play for the country.
"I've to concentrate on my batting and make sure that I don't lose my wicket cheaply.
"In recent days, I've not been getting big runs in domestic cricket but I'm batting well. I just need some luck to click in the middle and play some long innings.
"In the last Australian tour, I had some good scores. This time too, I'm hopeful of making full use of the opportunity."
India are scheduled to play four Tests in Melbourne (Dec 26-30), Sydney (Jan 2-6), Perth (Jan 16-20) and Adelaide (Jan 24-28).