GUWAHATI, Sept 12 - �Assam cricketers have talent but they have to perform in upper level, against proper opponents. They have to perform consistently against strong opponents in first class cricket to get into Indian squad,� said veteran destructive opener of Team India during a press conference held at India Club regarding the promotional programme of Sehwag International School which has been running successfully near Gurgaon since 2011.
�The organisers could not do any magic if players not perform. Performance comes first and they should focus on their game rather than targeting other points,� he further said.
Explaining his school�s infrastructures and other facilities the 33-year old opener, who played 104 Test and 251 ODIs for India, told that this is not all about cricket. There are other popular sports too like badminton, swimming, basketball, football, tennis which are included in his school. It has facilities like eco-friendly campus, a/c hostel, yoga & wellness centre, specialised sports training software, standard size cricket ground, all types of tennis courts, 400m track, horse riding etc.
�It was my father�s dream to open such type of school and I am lucky that I have fulfilled father�s dream. It�s fully funded by myself. Haryana government helped me a lot in my process. I am ready to start here in Assam if government provides the necessaries,� he added. Education gets equal importance with sports in the school where 8 per cent reservation and scholarship facilities are also available.
Remembering his Guwahati memories, Sehwag recalled the huge six at the Nehru Stadium off the very first ball he faced Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson in 2009. He scored a fine ton here in a first class match.
Replying to a question he said, � I am hoping for come back to Indian side, that is why I am still playing.� It should be mentioned that Sehwag played his last international match in Match, 2013, a Test against Australia.
Former Assam Ranji player and employee of OIL, Nishanta Bordoloi is the Strength & Conditioning Advisor of the school. He was also present in the press meet along with Pallavi Saikia Farewell, Head HR & PR of Sehwag International School.