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Happy to break Sachin's record: Sehwag

Press Trust Of India
Dec 08, 2011 at 10:57pm IST

Indore: Dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who on Thursday created history by scoring the highest ever one-day score of 219 in the fourth ODI against West Indies, said that he was happy to have broken the record of batting great and team-mate Sachin Tendulkar.

"I was happy when Tendulkar scored 200 not out. I was sitting in the front and clapping and cheering when he did that. I am extremely happy to emulate Tendulkar and to have broken a record held by a great cricketer like him," Sehwag said after India crushed West Indies by 153 runs to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Sehwag was on Thursday handed a cheque of Rs 10 lakh by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association for his phenomenal feat and he said in a lighter vein that he would not mind to come again and score another double hundred here.

Happy to break Sachin's record: Sehwag

Sehwag was handed a cheque of Rs 10 lakh by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association for his phenomenal feat.

"I won't mind coming back here again, score a double hundred and take another Rs 10 lakh," he joked.

He said the Holkar Stadium was perfectly suited to his batting as he was able to play his shots.

"It's a true batting pitch. It's a kind of pitch on which you can play defensive shots initially and then play your shots later to score," he said.

Asked if he thought when he started his career that he would one day score a double hundred in ODIs, Sehwag said, "It's still sinking in. I have not thought about that when I started.

"But after playing 10 years of international cricket you start thinking that you can do it when experienced. I knew I can score 200 if I can bat 50 overs. When I was there for 47-odd overs last time (against Bangladesh at Mirpur earlier this year) I scored 175 and here I was at crease for some 46 overs," he said.

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