India opener Abhinav Mukund has admitted replacing Virender Sehwag is an almost impossible but insisted he could do well against England by playing his own game.
“If you’re looking at me to replace a person like Virender Sehwag, he’s one of the greatest ever India openers – so they are going to be big boots to fill,” he said.
“What I want to do is play my own game. I don’t want to replace Sehwag or play like he does, because it’s not possible. I just want to go out and play how I know. If it comes off it will help the team.”
He added: “To be part of this set-up, anyone who comes in as a new batsman will learn every day. Even in the nets, there are so many people you look up to.
“A pat on the back from someone like Sachin does anyone’s confidence the world of good.
“I’ve definitely improved over the last few months and I’m looking forward to keeping improving.”
Abhinav Mukund is confident India will be a match for England in the second Test at Trent Bridge – with or without seamer Zaheer Khan.
Abhinav believes India have enough cover in their bowling department to prosper without the left-armer.
“He’s been our strike bowler for a long time,” said Abhinav. “But Ishant (Sharma) has been doing really well – he was the man of the series in the West Indies – and Praveen Kumar has taken five wickets (at Lord’s).
“Sreesanth is waiting in the wings as well, so it’s not that we have a depleted attack. It’s just that when you lose a fast bowler during a game it’s a completely different scenario.”
Abhinav said he was very disappointed that he couldn’t carry on and make a big score.
“I was very disappointed I couldn’t carry on and make a big score,” he said. “But I was batting well, and am looking to take that confidence into this next Test.
“We were all disappointed. But there are a lot of good things we can take from that match, and move on. Being the world number one, the India team has conquered a lot of challenges on the way here.
“We’ve come here to take up this challenge, and will definitely give it a good fight.”