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Hope to be among World Cup probables: Sehwag

 MUMBAI, Dec 2 (PTI): It’s been close to two years that he has been out of national team but veteran opener Virender Sehwag is hopeful that selectors would consider him in the 30-members probables list for the next year’s cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Despite not exactly setting the domestic stage on fire, the 36-year-old still harbours dreams of playing a fourth World Cup for his country.

“I also hope that my name appears in the 30-member strong probables list. Every cricketer who plays wants to play in the World Cup for his country. I also still dream and hope even I play in this World Cup,” Sehwag, who has played the 2003, 2007 and 2011 editions of the event, said.

On India’s chances in the competition, Sehwag seemed confident that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will retain the Cup.

“We won the trophy in 2011. I think we have the capability to retain it in 2015. We have a good team. They are playing good cricket in the ODI format. I believe that we can defend it,” the out-of-favour opener said at a promotional event related to ICC World Cup.

Sehwag feels that since Indian team will be there in Australia for the Test as well as tri-series, there won’t be any problems adjusting to the conditions.

“I think all the players, who will go to the World Cup, they would have already played Tests and triangular series before the start of the World Cup. So they will get used to the conditions,” Sehwag said.

The swashbuckling batsman feels that it’s good that the World Cup is being held in Australia as it’s the best place to play cricket.

“Australia is the best place to play cricket. You get good fast pitches with bounce, and the ball comes nicely on to the bat. You will enjoy batting as well as bowling in these conditions.”

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