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Serving notice to the New Zealand bowlers, the dashing opener says his re-modelled batting style will see him stay at the wicket longer and fetch him more runs in the upcoming series

Kiwis Beware!
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Kiwis Beware!
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Virender Sehwag today put New Zealand bowlers on notice saying his re-modelled batting style will see him stay at the wicket for a longer time and fetch him more runs in the upcoming home series.

Admitting that he was yet to do justice to his potential, Sehwag said he was making a conscious effort to occupy the crease and patiently build on his starts.

"After the World Cup my main concern has been to ensure that I do not get out in a reckless fashion," Sehwag said in the Capital.

"I will try not to go for my strokes early. I will respect the good balls. But I will definitely be on the lookout for the loose deliveries to unleash my strokes," the aggressive right-hand batsman said.

Sehwag's tendency to go for rash strokes after decent starts has come in for much flak from critics and skipper Saurav Ganguly has also expressed his displeasure over the manner the Delhi youngster often gifts his wicket away.

"I am trying hard to overcome this shortcoming. I had focussed on this aspect during my county stint with  Leicestershire and I am sure my efforts will show positive results against New Zealand," said Sehwag who has 2,255 runs in 73 one-day internationals for an average of 34.69.

On his desire to bat in the middle order in Tests, Sehwag said, "I am essentially a middle-order batsman. In England I was asked to open in the Tests because the team management felt I could give the side a good start.

"But I think I can contribute more batting down the order," said Sehwag who has been opening the innings in both forms of the game since the last season.

Sehwag, however, said he would not like to "disturb" the current combination which has been largely successful. "But whenever there is an opening for a middle order slot I would like to stake my claim. Till then I am happy to bat wherever the team management asks me to."

The Delhi player said he would not like a relatively inexperienced batsman to be exposed to the pressure of opening the innings as that could upset the rhythm of the entire team.

"I am willing to open till we find an alternative," he added.

Sehwag, who returned without completing his stint with Leicestershire because of a back injury, said he was hoping to be fully fit ahead of the first Test against New Zealand at Ahmedabad starting on October 8.

"I am continuing with my rehabilitation programme as prescribed by the team physio. I am shaping up well and hope to be in peak fitness in time for the home series.

"I am looking forward to the series against New Zealand. We did not have a good outing the last time we went there. We are determined to make amends," he said.

PTI

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