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Dec 03, 2011 at 12:02pm IST

Mature Kohli, Rohit impress Sehwag

Visakhapatnam: Stand-in India captain Virender Sehwag lavished praise on the young duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who guided India to a five-wicket win in the second one-dayer against West Indies here on Friday.

Kohli scored 117, while Rohit Sharma stayed unbeaten on 90, as the hosts took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

"They both batted with lot of maturity, as if they have played 200 matches in between them, although they have only played around 60-70 matches," Sehwag said after the match.

Mature show by Kohli, Rohit impresses Sehwag

Kohli scored his eight century, while Rohit Sharma stayed unbeaten on 90 in Visakhapatnam.

"I am pretty happy with their performance. Especially with that of Rohit Sharma. Yesterday he had promised that he would finish the game for us, and he did just that. Virat Kohli also batted superbly."

Sehwag feels that both Kohli and Sharma will get the required confidence from this series before embarking on a tough tour of Australia later this month.

"It's important for everyone, whoever is going to Australia, to take the confidence and play well there. It's a big challenge in Australia. I am sure they will handle the pressure well. They will practice hard and get used to bounce and play well there."

Sehwag was also effusive in his praise for the new-ball duo of Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

"With the new ball, both Umesh and Vinay bowled really well. They are learning and improving with each match."

India had West Indies at 149 for 8 before Ravi Rampaul hit a record-breaking 86 runs, coming in at No 10. Lendl Simmons also contributed 78, to take the visitors to a strong total of 269 for 9.

"Suddenly, Rampaul came in and he started connecting. I tried everything. The day belonged to Rampaul. Everyball he connected went for six or four. Credit goes to him also for putting a challenging total."

Sehwag wasn't too concerned about his own lack of form, saying it was just a matter of time.

"I am not thinking about myself. My batting is natural. I am not worried about myself. Sometimes you hit from the first ball but today I was not connecting well. Everything was going towards the third man. Sometimes you work hard but remain edgy in your innings. But hopefully, I will do well when I go to Ahmedabad."

He also defended Parthiv Patel's failure at the top of the order.

"Right now, we are not worried about Parthiv. It happens with openers. When you come out to open the batting after keeping wickets for 50 overs, your legs are tired. But he has to learn. He has to be consistent. He is still a young lad. I am sure he will do well in the coming matches."

He had similar words of encouragement for Ravichandran Ashwin, who got hammered by Rampaul.

"It happens sometimes. Like today was Ashwin's off day. He went for 74 runs in 10 overs. It happens with batsmen also. I am aware of that."

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