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Sehwag launches cricket academy

Express news service

Posted: Oct 10, 2011 at 0303 hrs IST

Jhajjar: Virender Sehwag, undergoing rehabilitation for a shoulder injury that flared up during the Test series in England, said on Sunday that he would strive to get fit for the home matches against the West Indies. Sehwag was speaking on the sidelines after launching his cricket academy at the Sehwag International School in Jhajjar, Haryana. “I am trying to get ready for action in time for the West Indies tour of India,” the India opener said.

Sehwag played the first two Tests in England — at Lord’s and the Oval — before seeking permission for rest and rehabilitation.

Talking about his cricket academy, Sehwag said, “It was my father’s dream. He told me that when you become a big player you must build a school and facilities for sports, so that next generation of budding sportsmen don’t struggle like you did.”

Recalling his early days, the India batsman said that he had to travel from Najafgarh for two hours everyday to reach the training facility.

India’s Davis Cup star Mahesh Bhupathi and former Asian Games medal-winning swimmer Khajan Singh will be involved in training at the academy where facilities for swimming, horse riding, boxing and tennis have been established. The cricketer’s coach AN Sharma is also likely to be part of the staff.

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