Sehwag`s boots are very big to fill: Mukund

Trent Bridge (Nottingham): Young opener Abhinav Mukund on Wednesday said senior pro Virender Sehwag`s boots are too big to fill but promised to do his bit for the team`s cause in the remainder of the England tour.

Mukund is opening the batting with Gautam Gambhir in the absence of Sehwag, who is recuperating from a shoulder injury.

"If you think I`m going to replace Sehwag well, he is one of the greatest openers for the Indian team and those are big boots to fill. If I try to bat like him, it`s not possible. I will play the way I know how to play and if it comes off, it`s going to help the team," said the young Chennai opener who made his Test debut in the preceding series in the Caribbean.

Mukund made two decent starts in the first Test at Lord`s (49 and 12) but frittered away on both occasions and the left-hander is still rueing the missed opportunities.

"I was very disappointed that I couldn`t carry on. I was batting well but I can take the confidence into the next Test. It`s every kid`s dream to play at home of cricket and I was excited as well but unfortunately, I couldn`t carry on."

In his nascent career, Mukund is face-to-face with perhaps world`s most withering fast bowling attack but he is not the kind of batsman to lose sleep over it.

"It`s only my second series so I can`t tell (if it is the best bowling attack). But having come from domestic cricket and face Fidel Edwards bowling at 90 m.p.h, you are prepared to face it. Whatever happens, happens."


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