Aussies scared to lose match: Sehwag

India's dashing middle order batsman Virender Sehwag believes Australia were "scared" to lose the fourth and final cricket Test against India.

updated: January 28, 2008 15:39 IST
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India's dashing middle order batsman Virender Sehwag believes Australia were "scared" to lose the fourth and final cricket Test against India and were therefore very defensive in their approach.

"They are scared and playing very defensively. It's not like Australia (of old). Last time we played them here they made 400 runs in a day," said Sehwag as Australia scored only 260 runs on the third day of the crucial Test.

Australia ended the day on 322 for 3, still 204 runs adrift of India's 526 but Sehwag obviously was not very impressed with their approach.

"They are worried about defeat, they are scared. It was definitely a surprise considering they lost only three wickets and yet batted defensively on a flat wicket.

"Something is wrong about their batting line-up, their thinking," he said.

Sehwag also cited Ricky Ponting as an example of slow batting on the third day as the Australian captain made 79 runs in a very slow manner.

"He is not in a good form and that's why he is trying to play like that, it's not his natural game. May be he is playing for a draw", he said.

"It's a very unconventional approach by Australia who usually try to force the issue and not go into a game with an intention to draw the match.

"Indian bowlers, I think, deserve praise. In RP Singhs absence, the pressure was on four bowlers. We went into the game with five bowlers but if RP was there, the workload would have been evenly distributed", he said.

Sehwag deflected any criticism on his bowlers as questions were asked whether Indian bowlers and field placements were defensive.

"If someone is playing defensive, we can't do much. Wicket is so flat that its not easy to get them out. You have to work hard for each and every wicket."
Sehwag chose the moment to describe Ishant Sharma as a find of the tour for India. The young fast bowler from Delhi picked up just one wicket but during the afternoon he bowled nine overs for a mere 10 runs and the wicket of Matthew Hayden.

India delayed taking the second new ball and Sehwag said it was because they realised that at least the ball was reverse swinging. With the new ball "it was unlikely to have any seam or swing movement."

Sehwag was hopeful that India would be able to take a sizeable lead over Australia and put pressure on them on the final day.

"Hopefully the cracks would open up on the final day. If we can get two sessions to bowl at the Australians, they could be in trouble," he added.