Dashing opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday conceded that he needs to
improve his batting performance at the top of the order to win matches for
India in the cricket tri-series and said that he would curb his natural
aggressive instinct from the onset.
"Five times I have been dismissed caught at third man or at the slips. I
am looking at my performance and I have to improve for the side to win
matches," Sehwag, who was the stand-in captain following Mahendra Singh
Dhoni’s ban, said after India lost to Sri Lanka by 51 runs on Tuesday.
"I think I have to leave a couple of balls early in the innings and then
take the bowlers later on," said Sehwag, who has scored just 30 runs from
the three matches he has played in the tournament.
He rued that Indian bowlers conceded too many runs in the slog overs and
the batsmen also failed to deliver yet again in the series.
"We didn't bowl well in the final 10 overs and we didn't bat well later
on. The way Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir was playing in the
beginning, I thought we could get a good start but we lost three wickets
early," Sehwag said.
He admitted that India missed regular skipper Dhoni, who missed Tuesday's
game because of a one-match ban imposed on him due to slower rate in their
last match against Australia.
Sehwag also said that they still have the chance to make it to the finals.
"We missed Dhoni in this game. But if we play to our potential we can win
the remaining two matches and make it to the finals," he said. "We have to
pull up our shocks and do well in the two matches left."
Winning skipper Mahela Jayawardene was pleased with his side's improved
show but wanted his players to do even better.
"We are getting better and better, we played smart cricket, we kept
wickets in hand and put up a good score, we are still making some
mistakes, hope we don't make them in the bigger games," he said.
"Our bowlers were absolutely brilliant upfront. With the two new balls,
the ball is doing more in these conditions, not giving easy singles in
very important and we can keep the field up."