Sehwag says Aussies in India’s sights
For the second time in recent weeks, feisty opener Virender Sehwag
accused the Australians of running scared of the resurgent Indians here
As he did during the fourth Test in Adelaide, which ended in a draw
as Australia won the series 2-1, Sehwag said the home side was
frightened of losing to the Indians.
Their previous tri-series match was washed out just when it was
poised for an exciting conclusion, with Australia struggling at 51 for
three chasing India’s 194 in Brisbane last Sunday.
Sehwag said here Saturday that the Australians knew India were the
greatest threat to their undisputed status as the best side in the
world, again pointing to his team’s shock win in the third Test as proof
the gap was narrowing.
He said the Indians were confident they would have won out in
Brisbane if rain had not intervened and were out to make a statement in
“They know India is the only team that can beat them, so we are
preparing hard for that and hopefully we’ll do well,” he said.
“We’ve prepared ourselves for tomorrow’s big game and if we beat
Australia then maybe we’re through to the finals.
“Nobody else beats them here, so that’s why maybe they are scared and
a little worried about the Indian team.
“This team has the potential to beat Australia in Australia, so it’s
a big game for us, Australia tomorrow.”
India have to buck the recent trend to win Sunday’s game. They have
won just four of their last 25 one-day internationals against Australia,
with 17 losses and four no-results.
The ledger is even more lopsided in Australia, with India having won
just two matches against the home side since 1986.
The Australians have won 15 of their last 17 home matches against
India, with just one Indian win.
Despite that poor record, Sehwag said the young Indian squad was full
of potential and capable of an upset.
MELBOURNE, Sunday, AFP