Batsmen fell to good balls: Sehwag

After Sehwag blazed away to a ton, four Indian batsmen fell quickly. But the opener says it was because of the depth in the Lankan attack.

updated: August 03, 2008 13:02 IST
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Not willing to blame the batsmen for the sudden Indian batting collapse, India opener Virender Sehwag said all the batsmen fell to good balls though the wicket was playing well.

"(Sachin) Tendulkar, Rahul (Dravid), Sourav (Ganguly) all fell to good balls so you cannot do anything about it. They (Sri Lanka) have quality bowlers," Sehwag said after the first day's play in which India lost its four batsmen within the space of 10 runs.

But the opener, who was unbeaten at 128 at close, said, "I think 350 to 400 runs should be a good total on this wicket".

On his secret of clobbering Ajantha Mendis, Sehwag said he picked the mystery bowler rather early.

On whether Dravid was out after it looked having hit the helmet, Sehwag said he could not pick it though he too thought so.

"I don't know because I was at the non-strikers end and could not pick it up. I was in doubt whether the ball had hit or not. But I felt it had hit (the helmet). I feel if they (Sri Lankans) had known that then it was not in the right spirit. If the Sri lankan had knew it then (I think) they should have played with the right spirit and said that the ball had hit of helmet."

"We were in a good position. The first-wicket partnership was around 167 runs and then we lost four wickets. These things happen in a Test match. It happens so many times but you cannot do anything," Sehwag said.

On whether Gambhir was out after the review took a long time in taking a decision, Sehwag said earlier he thought it could have missed the stumps but they replays showed otherwise.

"I thought it was a googly and then it could have been on the off stump also because sometimes it becomes difficult for the umpires to pick. But then it struck on the middle stump.

We just took a chance to avail of the review system", he said. Sehwag said the loss of four hours of play did not have any bearing on him.

"There was no impact on my batting after delay of four hours. But every batsmen plays with a different mindset. Maybe some other batsmen could have been affected by it. But I was just playing my shots".