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I’m to blame, admits Sehwag
- ‘Rahul Dravid’s run out cost us the Lahore Test match’

Lahore: Whatever the grade, rarely does anybody accept responsibility for a run out. Virender Sehwag, who featured in one on the third afternoon of the Gaddafi Test, is different.

Talking to The Telegraph on Friday afternoon (before setting out with idol Sachin Tendulkar to pick up DVDs), Sehwag said: “I blame myself as the call was mine and I neither shouted ‘yes’ nor ‘no’... Of course, Dravid didn’t say anything either, but that’s not the point...”

Still upset, he added: “We just relied on eye-contact and, really, that had disastrous consequences... That run out (which made it 15 for two in the second innings) cost us the match... Given the impact it had, it’s difficult quickly forgetting it.”

Sehwag, it may be recalled, played Mohammed Sami in the cover region and the damage was done by Imran Farhat, who did a Yuvraj Singh.

After all, in the first Test, it was Yuvraj’s brilliance (on the fourth afternoon) which led to Inzamam-ul Haq’s run out — more important, that set India on the road to a historic victory.

Dravid himself didn’t agree that his run out (without facing a ball) was the proverbial turning point, but Inzamam certainly picked that as the most decisive moment at the Gaddafi.

The third and final Test is days away and, knowing Sehwag, he must be looking to make ‘amends’. Incidentally, India’s first triple centurion top-scored in the second innings here — 90.

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