Tendulkar said it is okay: Sehwag on run-out
"He was calling, and I was not listening, and I was looking at the ball," Man of the Match Sehwag said after the 87-run triumph over Bangladesh in the World Cup opener, during which he smashed 175 off just 140 balls.
"But when I went to the dressing room, he said: `It`s okay. What`s important is to win the game for the country.
It`s not important who is performing,`" Sehwag recalled.
Sehwag and Tendulkar had put on 69 by the 11th over when the run-out happened. Tendulkar charged down the wicket after driving a ball but Sehwag did not respond as he was busy looking in ball`s direction.
Both the batsmen ended up at the non-striker`s end and Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan`s direct throw to the wicket-keeper led to Tendulkar`s dismissal for 28.
Sehwag said the win has maintained the momentum that the team carried from back-to-back wins in the practice games against Australia and New Zealand.
"It is so important to have momentum going your way. If you don`t have it, you tend to lose matches a lot more. We have been very consistent in the three games we have played so far and this will help us play better as the tournament goes on. It`s been really good so far," he said.
The 32-year-old batted for 47 overs in yesterday`s game and plans to last the full 50 overs in the coming matches.
"When I came back (to the dressing room), three overs were left, and I still had 25 to get. I would have had to play 15 out of those 18 balls, so I wasn`t thinking of the double-hundred," he said
"My target was to bat 50 overs, no matter how much I score," he added.
Hardly the one to mince words when it comes to expressing himself, Sehwag said pacer S Sreesanth, who conceded 53 runs in his five overs, did not bowl well in the match.
"No team likes to lose, and neither do we. So this was a very important game for us. Everyone did well, other than Sreesanth," he said.