India in New Zealand, 2008-09 March 28, 2009

Why spinners can make Sehwag look silly

Sehwag is among the most unbelievable batsman of his time, and the most frustrating too. Against spinners he doesn't rate, he isn't even prepared to confer the bowler of one ball of watchfulness
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Something happens to Virender Sehwag when he sights a spinner. Despite all his adventurism, Sehwag's batting is usually based on clear and sound principles. He tries to send as many balls as possible to the boundary, but against pace bowlers, his shots are determined by the type of ball. Of late, he has taken to fetching balls from outside the off stump and hitting them between midwicket and mid-on, but by and large, he knows his percentages. It might appear risky to those watching, but in his mind, he has dealt with the ball on merit.

Not so against the spinners, or at least the spinners he doesn't rate. I once asked John Wright, then the India coach, if he worried about Sehwag's technique, particularly his lack of feet movement, against the new ball. Wright said he never worried about the new ball, but was terrified when spinners came on to bowl. It was then that he was most likely to get himself out. That's because "Viru doesn't think spinners have a right to exist."

Perhaps Wright has passed on a tip or two to Daniel Vettori.

In two consecutive innings now, Vettori has brought on spin early, and Sehwag has managed to get himself out in the very first over. Six and out against Vettori in the first innings, four and out against Jeetan Patel in the second, trying to manufacture shots on both occasions.

Sehwag is among the most unbelievable batsman of his time, and the most frustrating too. He was the first on Andy Zaltzman's Unpredictable XI yesterday. But against fast bowlers, his self-created dismissals - caught in slips chasing a wide ball, caught at point or covers trying to smash one on the up, a chopped one onto the stumps - are far more acceptable. On each of these occasions, his mind has processed the available information, and he has executed a stroke that he thinks the ball deserves.

But against most spinners, his mind has already been made up about where the ball will go. I thought Vettori played it brilliantly in the first innings. Many would have thought he was being cowardly by posting a long-off when he had more than 600 runs in the bank, but he was inviting Sehwag to hit against the spin over mid-on. Sehwag tapped a single off the first ball he faced, but back on strike on the fifth, he bent his knees and launched the ball with a vicious swing of the arm over long-on. Vettori didn't move the long-off across; he merely held the ball back a fraction and threw it wider. Sehwag repeated the stroke, and ended up edging it two feet outside the off stump.

It was a case of the both the batsman and bowler knowing what the next stroke would be before the ball was delivered. The bowler came out looking smarter.

With Patel, he wasn't even prepared to confer the bowler of one ball of watchfulness. The bat was already above the shoulder when Patel's arm came down, and ball somehow ended up at backward square leg, all along the ground. Out came the slog-sweep again, but the next ball was nowhere near the sweeping length, and it was flatter and faster. Sehwag looked aggrieved for he thought the impact was outside the off-stump: it might have been if you split hair, but so hideous was the stroke that the batsman deserved to be sent on his way.

Not that Sehwag is a sucker for every tweaker. Far from it, in fact. He has destroyed many reputations. In Multan, he finished Saqlain Mushtaq's career in the most fearful assault the offspinner would have experienced; he toyed with Shane Warne in Chennai; and his 201 in Galle, the innings that he rates as his best, came against Muttiah Muralithran and Ajantha Mendis.

I have a theory about him. It's the spinners he doesn't rate who make him look the silliest.

A postscript is warranted in light of some of the comments. The purpose of the piece wasn't to question Sehwag's skills against spin. In fact it is the opposite. He is so good against them that perhaps he fancies hitting them for a four every ball. Even though he took them for almost a run-a-ball at Galle, he was far more watchful against Murali and Mendis than he allowed himself to be against the New Zealand spinners. But even though he can appear quite reckless at times, he is a cunning player with a keen awareness of his strengths. That's why he averages 50 and not 30.

The Napier dismissals were embarrassing. He is too good a player to premeditate his strokes. Those two strokes should hurt, and make him hungrier.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • breif on April 18, 2009, 0:53 GMT

    sehwag is the greatest opening batsman of all time next to sunil gavaskar in the world.check his stats...11 of his last 15 hundreds have been over 150...2 triple hundreds against good attacks in quick time

  • ravi jain on April 7, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    viru,i think has got a free license from his coach and captain to go n fire,slog every ball to the boundary until the first wicket goes down to create a terror in balling side captain and take the game away whether it is a t20,a onedayer or a test match!!it doesnt matter whether he gets out cheaply in 4 innings out of 5...........if he clicks then the game is just out of opposition's hand......and that's the way he plays and has won many games for india and that's what made him unique and different from other players..He is a vice-captain too,,,,so he not going to be get out of team if he fails in a series like in newzealand....He should have shown some maturity in the 2nd test match but i think dhoni and kirsten would have a chat on that matter..so in my opinion there's nothing to worry about sehwag,,,,may be in the very next series sehwhack!!!!!! comes back again with a flurry of 4's and 6's......so let him play his own game until players like tendulkar,dravid and laxman are there...

  • Irfan on April 6, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Its shameful to see how you guys credit Sehwag with destroying Saqlain's career just based on one performance. That with catches dropped off his bowling including the Sami one that I clearly remember and take into account, he had injections in his shoulders to play on that batting paradise track. And Saqi's career if finsihded is due to PCB's mismanagement rather than Sehwag's heroics. Maybe u guys havent watched many triple centuries, so just get carried away!!

  • Swatz on April 6, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    We all understand that Sehwag is a good player. Very few players in the world are flawless. What matters most is how a player overcomes his flaw and creates magic on the field. Thats exactly what sehwag does when he bats.. Anyways guys here is a new scorecard site.. very useful when cricinfo servers get overloaded.. hehe zapakcricket.com

  • Abhyuday on April 2, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    @Stephen Holloway, yeah you are right, Sehwag is not a genius. But you should also understand that nobody in world cricket today can play like him. He played horrendous strokes in the last test, but that is not all there is to Sehwag. I guess you haven't seen his debut innings or the one at Galle or at Adelaide. In all those tests, he batted as the situation demanded and produced three world-class knocks. He is better as an X-factor than a complete run-machine churning out runs mechanically. And please, let Ryder play 70 tests all over the world, perform as well as Sehwag has done, before talking about "taking a leaf out of his book".

  • Siddharth Pandit on March 31, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    It's really funny to read some of the comments describing sehwag as a mediocre and not so great batsman. I didn't wish to reply to them but it really amazes me how people think about a person who has changed the way we thought about the game. Every great player is known by the change he brought to the game. We have sachin who changed the way people saw cricket, dada who changed teh way other international teams looked at India and now sehwag who has just outclassed everyone with his approach. Never in the history of this game we had a player who allows his instincts go over his mind with this degree of success. No Indian batsman, not even tendulkar, could install fear on the mind of some O'Brien that he would get hit for six on the very first ball of test match. This is what sehwag is capable of and he has delivered what he is capable to delivered. A lot of players are searching for the role they are capable to do.

  • Stephen Holloway on March 31, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    Sehwag unfortunately is not a genius as jaymin would like to think. A genius is someone like tendulkar who can change the tempo and way they bat to suit the occasion. Imagine how many hundreds he may have had if he had have been more like a tendulkar or a Dravid. Behind those two and Laxman he doesnt compare in the test arena. Maybe he should take a leaf out of Ryders book, a well composed 200 from a guy who plays a similar style.

  • Jaymin on March 31, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    Stop all this nonsense about sehwag. He is a true genius and definitely one of the greatest ever to play cricket. Doesn't matter if he has no respect for patel or vettori. Remember, every one fails sometimes. You cannot expect the man to make 150s every time he bats. He plays an attacking game and that's the way I love him and admire him. He is canny enough to know his limitations and that's the reason his average is 50 after so many test matches without chaging his style of play. Mark my words: if he plays patel again, he is going to absolutely kill him...........

  • Parvez on March 30, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    I would not write off Sehwag so easily. I was annoyed when he was out so cheaply on day 3 but I can see the reason behind his approach. The idea was for him to get as many quick runs as possible to reduce the deficit. If he stays there for 1 full session, he would've easily knocked off 100 runs from the deficit and that would've released a lot of pressure off the remaining batsmen. I am assuming their strategy was for sehwag to play his natural aggressive game and knock off runs while the rest of the team play for time.

    Having said that, he needs to do a better risk assessment against the spinners and perhaps be assured that he will have many many opportunities to explode the ball out of tha park if he occupies the crease for longer periods.

  • udhay on March 30, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    Sehwag is refreshingly unorthodox.He is blessed with a good `eye`.he sights the ball that much earlier and chooses to play that much later and sohe is unpredictable but consistently effective.The bowlers want to get rid of him quickly and Sehwag engineers his own dismissal because of his aggession.He has adapted very well to the opening role and the damage he inflicts early on is unmatched by any modern day `great`. He is an `icon` player and definitely deserves the `great`tag alongside his name.He has succeeded in all formats of the game and has murdered all attacks.His critics have been made to eat humble pie on most occasions,yet they don`t learn.He does not care for the copy book ,which is outdated anyway what with the rapid evolution of the game.His strike rate in all forms of the game is second to none and he massacres quality bowling disdainfully and is responsible for denting the psyche of many a bowler. This joker AAkhund fails to look beyond their Afridi,a loser.

  • breif on April 18, 2009, 0:53 GMT

    sehwag is the greatest opening batsman of all time next to sunil gavaskar in the world.check his stats...11 of his last 15 hundreds have been over 150...2 triple hundreds against good attacks in quick time

  • ravi jain on April 7, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    viru,i think has got a free license from his coach and captain to go n fire,slog every ball to the boundary until the first wicket goes down to create a terror in balling side captain and take the game away whether it is a t20,a onedayer or a test match!!it doesnt matter whether he gets out cheaply in 4 innings out of 5...........if he clicks then the game is just out of opposition's hand......and that's the way he plays and has won many games for india and that's what made him unique and different from other players..He is a vice-captain too,,,,so he not going to be get out of team if he fails in a series like in newzealand....He should have shown some maturity in the 2nd test match but i think dhoni and kirsten would have a chat on that matter..so in my opinion there's nothing to worry about sehwag,,,,may be in the very next series sehwhack!!!!!! comes back again with a flurry of 4's and 6's......so let him play his own game until players like tendulkar,dravid and laxman are there...

  • Irfan on April 6, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Its shameful to see how you guys credit Sehwag with destroying Saqlain's career just based on one performance. That with catches dropped off his bowling including the Sami one that I clearly remember and take into account, he had injections in his shoulders to play on that batting paradise track. And Saqi's career if finsihded is due to PCB's mismanagement rather than Sehwag's heroics. Maybe u guys havent watched many triple centuries, so just get carried away!!

  • Swatz on April 6, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    We all understand that Sehwag is a good player. Very few players in the world are flawless. What matters most is how a player overcomes his flaw and creates magic on the field. Thats exactly what sehwag does when he bats.. Anyways guys here is a new scorecard site.. very useful when cricinfo servers get overloaded.. hehe zapakcricket.com

  • Abhyuday on April 2, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    @Stephen Holloway, yeah you are right, Sehwag is not a genius. But you should also understand that nobody in world cricket today can play like him. He played horrendous strokes in the last test, but that is not all there is to Sehwag. I guess you haven't seen his debut innings or the one at Galle or at Adelaide. In all those tests, he batted as the situation demanded and produced three world-class knocks. He is better as an X-factor than a complete run-machine churning out runs mechanically. And please, let Ryder play 70 tests all over the world, perform as well as Sehwag has done, before talking about "taking a leaf out of his book".

  • Siddharth Pandit on March 31, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    It's really funny to read some of the comments describing sehwag as a mediocre and not so great batsman. I didn't wish to reply to them but it really amazes me how people think about a person who has changed the way we thought about the game. Every great player is known by the change he brought to the game. We have sachin who changed the way people saw cricket, dada who changed teh way other international teams looked at India and now sehwag who has just outclassed everyone with his approach. Never in the history of this game we had a player who allows his instincts go over his mind with this degree of success. No Indian batsman, not even tendulkar, could install fear on the mind of some O'Brien that he would get hit for six on the very first ball of test match. This is what sehwag is capable of and he has delivered what he is capable to delivered. A lot of players are searching for the role they are capable to do.

  • Stephen Holloway on March 31, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    Sehwag unfortunately is not a genius as jaymin would like to think. A genius is someone like tendulkar who can change the tempo and way they bat to suit the occasion. Imagine how many hundreds he may have had if he had have been more like a tendulkar or a Dravid. Behind those two and Laxman he doesnt compare in the test arena. Maybe he should take a leaf out of Ryders book, a well composed 200 from a guy who plays a similar style.

  • Jaymin on March 31, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    Stop all this nonsense about sehwag. He is a true genius and definitely one of the greatest ever to play cricket. Doesn't matter if he has no respect for patel or vettori. Remember, every one fails sometimes. You cannot expect the man to make 150s every time he bats. He plays an attacking game and that's the way I love him and admire him. He is canny enough to know his limitations and that's the reason his average is 50 after so many test matches without chaging his style of play. Mark my words: if he plays patel again, he is going to absolutely kill him...........

  • Parvez on March 30, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    I would not write off Sehwag so easily. I was annoyed when he was out so cheaply on day 3 but I can see the reason behind his approach. The idea was for him to get as many quick runs as possible to reduce the deficit. If he stays there for 1 full session, he would've easily knocked off 100 runs from the deficit and that would've released a lot of pressure off the remaining batsmen. I am assuming their strategy was for sehwag to play his natural aggressive game and knock off runs while the rest of the team play for time.

    Having said that, he needs to do a better risk assessment against the spinners and perhaps be assured that he will have many many opportunities to explode the ball out of tha park if he occupies the crease for longer periods.

  • udhay on March 30, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    Sehwag is refreshingly unorthodox.He is blessed with a good `eye`.he sights the ball that much earlier and chooses to play that much later and sohe is unpredictable but consistently effective.The bowlers want to get rid of him quickly and Sehwag engineers his own dismissal because of his aggession.He has adapted very well to the opening role and the damage he inflicts early on is unmatched by any modern day `great`. He is an `icon` player and definitely deserves the `great`tag alongside his name.He has succeeded in all formats of the game and has murdered all attacks.His critics have been made to eat humble pie on most occasions,yet they don`t learn.He does not care for the copy book ,which is outdated anyway what with the rapid evolution of the game.His strike rate in all forms of the game is second to none and he massacres quality bowling disdainfully and is responsible for denting the psyche of many a bowler. This joker AAkhund fails to look beyond their Afridi,a loser.

  • through the gaps on March 30, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    i also think yuvi is incapable of test batsmanship and a batsman of s.badrinaths calibre should be given a prolonged run to prove his mettle. im not raving zoneism yet but shot for shot badri looks a heck of lot more settled at the crease than yuvi ever did in the years ive been watching him. i think team india should tap into the talent pool they have rather than wasting time in trying to forge a good one day player into a mediocre test player. yuvi himself dosent seem sure of his spot and often has the look of a man awaiting the gallows in the 5 day format, i can only imagine what the team management might feel at those times! kd karthik has also thrown away many opportunities and deserves to be served his notice!

  • a cricket lover on March 30, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    one should not be too critical about sehwag, he is playing his natural game and in the way he may get out quickly,now as india is in backfoot today we r pointing out his dismissal aginst spinners, but it is not too long ago when he played a gem of an innigs agaist england to put the foundation 4 an indian victory,alas! we indians forget things very quickly

  • Anil Rao on March 29, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    I know you can attract crowds for bringing down an Indian cricketer like shewag,who is hated by most cricket teams for his ruthless massacres(see the first 2 or 3 comments) and its good for your site and blog,but just crucifying a guy with great average on all surfaces and against every attack in the world just because he failed in 2 innings is totally unwarranted and unexpected by a very respected person like you.

  • ampm on March 29, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Most comments are silly like the topic of discussion. Its the Indian mindset(no sports man spirit). burn the house.. pelting stone, water bottles etc during failure... and dont forget that the indian crowd are worst at making racial comment to players.. its just due to the language(no white people understand) there has been no protest.. So i think most Indian are just cricket spectator but not a fair critics/analyst...It was Shewag how showed the only resistance against the spin of Mendis.What happened to SRT,RD,VVS,SG then.. More over its SRT how has been widely hunted by fresh spinner making debut..

    What does on his day Shewag makes runs means... its all the players who makes run on his days only not on the days which is not his/hers.

    During start of Shewag's carrier most people said he is not a test batsmen.. and he proved all wrong. How many contemporary opener() who has played 50+ test and averages over 50..hardly anyone..Shewag is grt and class player nothng to do with techn

  • John on March 29, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    Hey EJ: Your statement "Everyone has a right to express their opinion as long as it stays in the boundaries of the topic". I guess you dont understand what "staying within the boundaries mean". Dude, where is the boundary when you make a statement like that moron who said "it seems that indians have a capacity to make average player into stars of the days. one has to think why do they do this? Is it because as a nation they are so desperate?". I suggest you first go and learn what the meaning of boundary is or understand where to draw the line before commenting on specific topics.

  • Kreacher on March 29, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    Very interesting comment by Sambit, the same writer who stated in an article not even a month back regarding Younis' triple century on a flat pitch in Karachi - Virender Sehwag, the scorer of two triple centuries rates his 201 against Sri Lanka in Galle the best innings of his career. This is because in his triple centuries he never felt like he would get out, but in the 201 he had to constantly stay on his toes to guard against Murali and Mendis. Surely he can't be thinking of spinners as a waste of space! Sehwag's play dictates how the others play. He got out on the first ball of the innings at Lahore in 2004, then Dravid made a determined and massive 270. He made a blistering start to the fourth innings in Chennai in December, and India was able to chase down 387. He got out cheaply in the first match in this series, then Tendulkar was able to anchor the team with 160. Sehwag's innings basically sets the tempo for the rest of India.

  • Sudheer on March 29, 2009, 1:54 GMT

    I think Sewag is taking things for granted ,he should have played sensible innings here.

  • IndianGuy on March 28, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    Sehwag fluctates between Donald Bradman and Allan Donald when it comes to batting. His triple hundred from 278 balls is unbelieveable. But his first triple hundred was not that great. If I remember right, he escaped a few times when catches were dropped. Ok well even if Don Bradman did this, we are entitled to call that DUMB becoz it is just irresponsible as a captain. Chasing 600+ and playing like T20? Not very wise. If he doesnt know how to play a calm innings he will end up only as someone a little better than Shahid Afridi. He must learn from Sanath Jayasurya. That guy can score 50 from 17 balls but still can bat for 10+ hours to save a test match. Similarly Tendulkar is so successful becoz he can do both. Sehwag should try to do that as well.

  • chandran on March 28, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    Sehwag is a leather hunter and he should remain that way. When you are starring at 320 runs deficit and trying to bat out time all it takes in 1 bad ball to get you out, which SUNNYs. BOYCOTTs and DRAVIDs know. Sehwag simply see this 315 as an opportunity. In 2 days, what are the options you have? grind 269 runs each day and what do you do with 200 runs in hand? you can only start grinding and think about saving the test if you were to 4 to 5 sessions. But if you have managed to score 5000 runs in 4 sessions and 17 overs then you are giving yourselves a chance to let NZ chase about 180 runs in 60 overs. It is a chance to win. India should do this more often. When you aggressive, you loose 1 out of 10 matches badly (like Australia and SA do) and win 7 to 8 of them comfortably demoralising the opposition. But if you grind, you win 1 to 2 out of 19, draw 3 to 4 and loose 5 especially when opposition fielding standards are very high (again Aus and SA) with just even above mediocore bowling

  • IAS on March 28, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    it is silly to point sehwag for his techniques this late in his career, he will not succeed all the times but his methods have won lot of games for india as compared to lot of other batsmen better in technique in the team in the past and present, if sehwag scored a quick 150 india could be in a position to save match and may be put pressure on NZ. Give guy a break he average almost 50. Sehwag might not be the best but is better than a lot, an attacking batsman make a huge difference at top of the order, if you look at Aussie success Hayden has lot to do with it, In case of England after Trescothick they have hard time making big score on good pitches, India success recently has lot to do with Sehwag at top of the order scoring freely and quickly, it leaves lot of time for bowlers to get 20 wickets.

  • Subhash on March 28, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    Sehwag's performance as a captain and opening batsman seems to be a part of the general apathy, disinterest and resignation which have been displayed by most of the team members during this match. For many of us who have watched Indian cricket for long, it seems that the nightmarish days of the past before the advent of Ganguly have returned. Thank God, Dhoni will be back in the next match !

  • Subhranshu on March 28, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    I am afraid India has already lost this Test Match due to poor bowling and poor fielding

  • Harminder Singh on March 28, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Sehwag is no doubt a good hitter and most suitable for 20/20 or ODI. His temperament is not suitable for test match.Despite the fact India is in trouble and had to go for follow on, why was he in a hurry to leave the field. And too being captain. He should be used for ODI and 20/20 not for test match. And this match exposed India's weakness badly. Where is Dhoni who was making all the big talks? It seems India won't be able to save this match.

  • Jeffey Abraham on March 28, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    sehwag will score a double next innings..mark my words

  • Tausif on March 28, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    sehwag is a wonderful player, he would destroy any bowling attack in the world. I don't know why some people are criticising sehwag over his dismissals against the NZ spinners. I dare to say he is one of the world class player against spinners and pace bowling attack

  • Arjun on March 28, 2009, 21:20 GMT

    Complete rubbish!!! two triple hundreds speaks for itself...one match and people begin to talk...

  • prakash on March 28, 2009, 21:17 GMT

    Opposite team captain always think twice before he declares if Sehwag is playing..Sehwag can make anything possible..Remember that test agains England...How was the win possible?...It was Sehwag made it possible by scoring fast 80s.

  • George Singh on March 28, 2009, 21:15 GMT

    Rajit you hit the nail on the head, none of the New Zelanders dead or alive have achieved two triples and a double century with the strike rate of Sehwag, to be honest the New Zeland tean is no match for the Indians, as a matter of fact they are still licking their wounds from the ass kicking they receved in the last test match. With that said New Zeland and Austraila likes to play mind games, just remember when Ganguly toured Austraila as the Indian captain a few years ago, and all the nonsense about him not being to able to play the short pitched ball to his body, however Ganguly was much tougher than they expected and they failed miserably at their their plan, New Zeland is trying to do the same thing to Sehwag. I hope that he does not let them succeed. However I do think that the Indian coach needs to get them out to practice their catching, they are all pretty hopless at catching except for Sachin.

  • prakash on March 28, 2009, 21:13 GMT

    How can I forget the losses when Veeru was not there? After Veeru returned in the team, we came back on track. We made wins against pakistan and australia. I love his batting. He hit bowlers at his will. Where can you find a batsman like him?

    Veeru is the best of all. Veeru had performed well in IPL, Tests and one-days. Where can you find batsman like him who can show this type of batting characteristics ? BUZZ!!!!

  • Aslam on March 28, 2009, 21:02 GMT

    i think sehwag is great.. its just that he gets carried away.. he needs to think more about the situation especially when he is captain

  • Youvi on March 28, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    This article by Bal is overly analytical. I suppose you are as good as your last innings or your last match, more so when your team has performed under par. Please do not try to morph batsman Sehwag into a Dravid or a Tendulkar. Sehwag is going to have games such as these occasionally but he needs to remain what he is as a batsman. Captaincy is another issue and perhaps he is not captaincy material considering he is an instinctive player in the mold of a Viv Richards or Ian Botham. Adjectives such as great or good or genius are thrown around too often and don't mean much. Leave Sehwag alone to play as only he can - that's why there are Tendulkar/Dravid/Laxman in the team. There are myriad other reasons for the team's failure in Napier and it is not just Sehwag's early dismissals, may be his captaincy is more at fault.

  • Ramas on March 28, 2009, 20:45 GMT

    There was just one thing missing from Sehwag in both innings. That is called BRAIN.

  • cricpremi on March 28, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    If viru was not the same... believe me perhaps there wud be less spectators for Test cricket, we shud leave the way viru is. As for those NZ commentators calling sehwag DUMB thats something very concerning. we dont expect this from NZ commentators. They suck! they have been completely baised on the whole series. Sehwag is great batsman, if he had to play similar to dravid we wont be posting these blogs...so guys cheer up. who knows 3rd Test he score 400.

  • Roboto on March 28, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    Very good article, I would like to say as a NZ supporter that Patel is a very useful offspinner, slightly underrated at this early stage in his career. For him getting the chance to bowl with NZ's best ever spinner must be like gold.

  • Saravanan on March 28, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    I have just read some blogs about Sehwag's failure in this 2nd test. Buy I personally feel that it is not good to comment at the moment. Had he given a rollicking start in the first innings, then this would have been a different story. If we are going to win the series, Sehwag will be the vital role undoubtedly, whether he is playing technically or not!!

  • vicky on March 28, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    why all are forgetting the innings of 319 played by viru....he is a good player that doesn't mean he should score good in each and every game..luck too matters in cricket.sachin is a known as a best batsman in the world,he also gets out on duck sometimes.and bloody foolish people like JKS61 are saying that he should be removed from third test.if you r some much interested than go and play.let him give a time and don't forget his performance in one day and he also was awarded as a best batsman of 2008 by BCCI.

  • ABHISHEK on March 28, 2009, 19:30 GMT

    having read the post script...i feel ,yes i got a little carried away in the previous comment but that was partly due to sambit's blogpost and mainly due to a comment made by a commentator on air calling sehwag "dumb" to repeat the simalar shot n getting dismissed and in my vocablury dumb isn't a decent word,least of all to use on air for someone like virender sehwag or for that matter any cricketer.

  • Sudhakar G on March 28, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    Sehwag's dismissal reminded me of Krish Srikkanth's hoik to long-on in the first or second over in the 1992 World Cup fixture India/NZ when Deepak Patel opened the bowling. Yes, the assessment is perfectly right. These dashers (Viru/Srikkanth) never believe there is a place in Test cricket for spinners - especially so those who havn't established themselves yet in Test cricket. It is this agression that makes us glued to the TV sets when they bat.

  • unni on March 28, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    wat ever the newzland commentators say, for an international cricket sehwag is the best , if its because of him india loosing a test match think about the matches india won of his same stroke play, it is no matter who is bowling to him he will play played playing his own style of cricket, please dont dissapoint him by making this as a big issue

    thanks

  • Srinivasan Manjeri on March 28, 2009, 19:07 GMT

    Yes, he got out at both the innings, indeed it was badluck, but had got over the first two overs, may be you would have seen Triple hundred. ! The remaining team members would not have minded as they know very well about sehwag's nature.

  • Rajesh NJ on March 28, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    Yes, it's perhaps true that Sehwag is more likely to get out to spinners & that too the ones that look innocuous or the ones that Sehwag thinks don't deserve too much of respect.

    As for captaincy, just because Sehwag plays the way he does, it's dumb to say he cannot demand responsibility from his players. In that case only dour & dull players would ever be captains. And cricket has had many exciting, aggressive (aggressive in their playing method I mean) & even maverick players as captains....

    From the batting point of view, after so many years of watching Sehwag it's now quite clear that "this" is the way Sehwag plays.... It's a very fine line between playing one's natural game & forcibly changing your game to adapt to the situation. Between these two methods, for players like Sehwag luck plays an integral part because I guess whichever method comes off more often would get the vote from people.... That's why this will always be a subjective issue....

  • shiv kumar on March 28, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    why has no one mentioned match-fixing? To me, it seems like India have decided to lose this match right from day one. First Dhoni backs out making me very suspicious that he didnt want to blot his record of no losses as captain. Secondly India dropped so many catches to let NZ run up a huge score. When India batted just about every batsman threw his wicket with crazy shots and they are continuing that in the 2nd innings starting with the captain. Seems like an open and shut case of India throwing the match for a big fat sum. Sorry no disrespect to the kiwis who have stuck to their task but everything thats happened so far points to match fixing. What a shame!! Even today we get comments from Indians saying they can save this match...bollocks, they want to lose!!

  • Vasu on March 28, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Unless sehwag shows some respect to the spinners he would face, he will repeat the Napier in everywhere..

  • Anil on March 28, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    For me sehwag is a not a great player he is a lucky player, i cant remember his innings without 2 or 3 missed chances and aftr getting that muthch chance eveery buddy can score runs

  • chetan on March 28, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    I think sehwag is a brave batsman. who completed his triple centuries by hitting sixes..so, he should play in his style..agianst england in the last test he has scored 80 plus in just 60odd balls and india won the test match...n if he got out in that test without making those 80 runs...them we again criticised him.........right..

  • P Ramesh on March 28, 2009, 18:41 GMT

    Shewag is most suitable for 1 dayers and 20-20 matches.He is not trustworthy as u can see that being captain of this testmatch he has thrown his wicket in both the innings. Similarly with Yuvraj who is neither good on the field while fielding or batting. Players like Raina and Rohit should be given chance.

  • shiv kumar on March 28, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    Sehwag is a hit-and-miss player like Shahid Afridi....and the way he's going he might end up like Afridi..a forgotten player....and I'm sick of seeing people standing up for him because if his 2 triples. If one has to go by history then why not play Gavaskar? It's the present that counts.

  • pankil on March 28, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    veeru should take responsibility & try to improve while playing against spinners..

  • Apurva Sheth on March 28, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    Time for Yuvi to go and Murli to get a chance! Yuvi has no capability for test cricket. Murli is technically good batsman, great fielder and even can bowl. Yuvi is just a joker.

  • Amar Puranik on March 28, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    I think we should leave Sehvag alone. He knows what he is doing. The real problem with Indian team is Yuvraj who is having hard time playing Test matches out of the sub continent.

    Even though India won the first test, I felt they should not give Yuvraj and even Munaf Patel another chance. Instead Irfan Pathan and spinner such as Amit Mishra would have been more handy for this test.

    Also what was it about India not doing enough practice before the 2nd test? They clearly were over confident.

  • sanjay on March 28, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    2 bad innings and people draw their swords out. first of all all those who think that viru should have played defensively go take a hike coz the only reason why viru opens the innings is to take the match away from the opposition, his job profile is destruction of the opposition bowling attack, if they wanted defense they would have asked some grafter to open the innings sehwag would be batting in yuvi's position and most of our tests would have been lame draws. some pakis here said that sehwag is good but nt great some even said that he should retire, all i can do is laugh at their intellect and lack of cricket knowledge, most people here have mentioned his record i dnt need to reiterate that. its funny that a man who is regarded as one of the best destroyers of spin bowling(ask saqlain mushtaq he must still be getting nightmares) is being condemned here as the worst player of spin. what we have in our team is wht most teams only dream of, a maverick who makes big scores consistently

  • Kunal on March 28, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    This is in the context of the test match as a whole: India look like a headless chicken without Dhoni. For a batsman who's so aggressive, Sehwag was surprisingly defensive as a captain - and that's where I was most disappointed - till yesterday, when he played that atrocious shot off Vettori. I'd always looked at him as a street-smart cricketer and a fast learner, so it's surprising to see him repeat the same mistake twice, in the same match - I mean he couldn't even last an over! - doesn't he care about winning his first test as captain? Forget victory, India are staring at an innings defeat right now. Sehwag's strokeplay was similar in Ahmedabad though, and India were indeed defeated by an innings.

  • EJ on March 28, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    To my Indian friend (proud_indian, Rajiv, Albert, pammu, Philip Mathew, gopal, Matheen )….. Everyone has a right to express their opinion as long as it stays in the boundaries of the topic. Aamir & Altaf only said something about a mortal player, he did not insult anyone or any god . He did not say anything about what RAW is doing in Afghanistan/Pakistan. Keep politics out please . And I am sure my comments will not be posted here AGAIN…

  • nitin on March 28, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    just littel extra watchfull in the begining and he can score anything!!!!! he needs to belive this.

  • Asif Ahmed on March 28, 2009, 17:52 GMT

    Sehwag is an outstanding attacking batsman with poor technique. I don't think he should change his style coz at this stage of his career he can't afford that. Sehwag should play his natural attacking game but should avoid underestimating his opponents and should not over attack. He is an asset to Indian Cricket.

  • Amitoni on March 28, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    Interesting theory but that doesn't make it true. The fact of the matter is that Shewag got out when he shouldn't have. We love him when he plays with that aggresive intent. It is not his role to play out an inning like a Dravid and Sachin. His role in the team is of a demolitioner.

    It is also possible that he might want to intimidate the "new" spinner and take him out his zone...but though it was a wicket India shouldn't have lost, I would prefer Shewag to be SheWhack that he is.

    To the critics, can you do what he can? have you done what he has? it is easy to say what should one do when you don't have to do.

  • Bharat on March 28, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    I read all the posts and feel they are missing something. With Dravid Tendulkar and Laxman coming in at 3-4-5 there is nothing wrong with Sehwag trying to hit the ball out of the park. If he does -- India win. If he gets out, three of Indias all-time greats are there for backup -- Go Sehwag -- hit Patel and Vettori wherever you feel like.

  • Wasim on March 28, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    Commons everyone, Sehwag always play like this. He takes risks and when you take risk some times you succeed and some times you fail.

    AND whats with this "you (Pakistanis) don't have right to post here comments" Please avoid silly comments like these....

  • ankush on March 28, 2009, 17:36 GMT

    sehwag cant be rated at par wid greats like sachin, dravid, inzi, lara, bradman, david gover.........

  • Ayush Verma on March 28, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Hey, good analysis...I completely agree with you. Sehwag, no doubts, is wonderful against spin. But true is the fact that he rates them below par, especially those who are not renowned at the international level. That is why, he may be post double hundreds against Muralis n Mendises, by taking bit of caution, but falling worthlessly against Patels, Vettories, Swanns. He must seek to have patience!

  • Nipun on March 28, 2009, 17:10 GMT

    This same Sehwag tamed Murali & Mendis in Galle.It's just that whenever he gets out in the wrong time (always playing his natural game) people find ways to criticise him.

  • rocky on March 28, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    “Viru doesn’t think spinners have a right to exist.”??? mmh...dos'nt this guy bowl off spin ? i rate him quite a decent spinner who makes good use of the conditions.too much hype into indian cricket nowadays.few months back this guy pulls off couple of incredible innings 'n he is a genius, couple of failures 'n he's a stupid dumb ass?? guyz get real....its just a game

  • Mehul on March 28, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    vettori and patel took sehwag's wicket in 2nd test and suddenly everyone is saying sehwag is not good against spinners? had sehwag hit them for 2-3 overs, i bet the opinions wouldve changed.

    It's the kind of natural game he plays, thats the kind of game that makes him the sehwag we know. I'm definitely a tendulkar fan, but on his best day, i'd rather watch sehwag play than tendulkar.

    Sadly he missed out on this test, but i'm optimistic, sehwag will make the NZ bowlers look as stupid as everyone thinks he was being made in the 2nd test.

  • Anup Das on March 28, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    We couch pundits jump to conclusions too soon! It should not be a cause for concern that Sehwag got out early on two consecutive innings to spinners. The man does not have to prove how good he is! He will sort things out his own way. I would not lose sleep over the outcome of this one match. The Indians have been playing good cricket consistently for some time now and they deserve to have a few bad days in office!

  • uc on March 28, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    getting out twice in same fashion means, you didn't learn from your mistakes. in modern cricket, batsmen are like software. bowlers find technical flaws in them, and try to exploit them to get them out. so, if you got out on a certain type of ball (similar to knowing there is a flaw in software), you should improve your technique (similar to software patches) accordingly so that you don't get out on similar ball again. sehwag must know and learn from his mistakes.

  • virender on March 28, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    u all dumb ass..why are you blaming to sehwag's approach? he is the kind of player who can just thrash each and every bowler..He is a master therefore evryone is reading and commenting on this blog..just imagine a team without sehwag.. it will be a silly team..as it 40 years ago..peolpe just enjoy watching him playing.. indian team is again dependent on one player..they should play like a team..and batsmen shld play their role tomorrow..and attack is the best defence..!!

  • FaixaL on March 28, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    He Have To Score Run & Increase His Strike Rate In Test As In ODI ...

  • Arjun Calidas on March 28, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    it has not been a year since he made a double hundred against an attack with the two best spinners in the world (sri lanka)... it has exactly been a year since he made the triple ton here in chennai.. and he averages over 50.. his last 11 centuries have been over 150... next best is gary kirsten with only 7 and after him is sir don!!!!! and need i mention that he is in a league of brian charles and sir donald?? you can speculate as much as you like.. but the man is a genius!!!!

  • Thakur Ram Sahu on March 28, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    Sehwag is the world's distructive batman. A bad shot not can say he his fail all time. The way he unlocked again Sri Lanka unbeaten 201 and face Murlidaran and Mendis.

  • Jagan on March 28, 2009, 16:27 GMT

    To be the best, you should be a match winner and at the same time you should be a match saver too. Sehwag no doubt a great batsman with two triple hundereds in test cricket, which very few people have achieved, but he should adapt to the situation and play according to it. He should be more responsible. If Sehwag had not got out and played two sessions tomorrow, India could have thought of an outright chance of winning also, because he scores at a brisk rate which gives enough time to the bowlers.

  • Geebs on March 28, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    People who complain of NZ commentators being biased should listen to Sunny Gavaskar or any other Indian commentator tearing Sehwag to pieces (except Arun Lal probably) when he got out in the past. Over the T20s and ODIs every single NZ commentator was going ga-ga over him, calling him names (in a good way) comparing him to one of the all time greats. Now, why wouldn't anyone complain then?? Why take your frustration at his play on others??

  • sriram on March 28, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    I cant see the captain of a team being so irresponsible. Sehwag was also bad with his field placements. He wanted to cover the entire playing area. Had we had conventional slips, the taylors and ryders would not have done this damage. It also frustrates the bowlers when you have this unconventional slips and the ball just goes through the huge gap between. Now coming to his game, it was filled with complete arrogance. If you had even the slightest of common sense, you would have played vetorri and patel with some respect. The acting captain has no right whatsoever to criticize yuvraj or anyone else in the team. He better get his mindset clear. It high time he does that.

  • PK on March 28, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    I have a theory: Sehwag was trying to get us to 600, get a 200 odd run lead, and bowl out NZ. Remember, he blasted England in Chennai and we won (of course Sachin got that great 100).

  • jaikumar on March 28, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    His natural game is to play shots,but i didn't like the shot he played at the time of situation now its all depend on my wall,if he stands till tomorrow india can save the match.

  • Rudy Brome on March 28, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    I am a West Indian fan of this amazing player. His incredible style has brought fantastic success. Sometimes he will fail as even prodders do. But a batting average of 50 and strike-rate of 77 is unmatched. I await Test 3.

  • Rudy Brome on March 28, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    I am a West Indian fan of this amazing player. His incredible style has brought fantastic success. Sometimes he will fail as even prodders do. But a batting average of 50 and strike-rate of 77 is unmatched. I await Test 3.

  • Vivek Viswanathan on March 28, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    Well I am a batsman and quite well. Spinners are a pain if you let them settle. Its like giving them the idea of pitching at exactly two spots and they will pitch it there everytime. Having said that respect must be given but must be weighted ( which Sewag dose not do that

  • Tasbib on March 28, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    i think he should rather respect the spinners rather than being annoyed by them or whatever the others have mentioned before me....being a part time spinner himself he would not not want to be 'disrespected' by other batsmen. Change your technique (a little [everyone likes a good show come on]) and you too will become a master blaster..

  • krishna on March 28, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    Analysis is OKAY but we are talking about a captain or acting one at that should have been more careful in his shot selection. We are aware how he had been successful in playing a defensive game in Australia. I feel that this Indian Team is more cock a hoop after winning one day series and the first test and paying the penalty. We are looking for winning consistently or even if you have lost, play bravely and at least fight to finish. I think we are heading for a meekly surrender in the second test.

  • Dipankar on March 28, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    This article and comments seem to be all about Sehwag.I have nothing but enormous respect and good wishes for his performances for the future. After all it is a team game and we need to look at the weak links and that is definitely not Sehwag. Yuvraj has shown time and again that he is not of Test Match material. I can sympathise with the Selectors for including him in test matches because his otherwise enormous talent in cricketing terms, but he has time and again shown that he is not fit for Test Matches. How many times have I seen him get out to balls sliding past his off stump - everyone of the world cricketing playing community knows about it and yet he meekly obliges them every time!!! I think it is a shame not to give opportunities to the other younger players such as Raina in Test Matches.

  • Geogy Joseph on March 28, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    Shewag just knows to think and play his own way. He is over confident of himself. This makes him the worst captain. He should think about the team's interest and play accordingly. Somebody need to mentor him on this.

  • Dinesh R on March 28, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    Sehwag is a genius. Its been proven with triple hundreds against pathetic Pakistan and the so called best team in the world, South Africa. What he lacks is discipline at times, but that is due to playing the game on adrenaline. He may have gotten out in a silly way, but he's right up there in terms of being the most entertaining batsman ever!

  • fahad on March 28, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    well said........we have notice it alot now and i think for any other team, that is the best way to control sehwag.......bringing on early spinners.......this can cause sehwag a big threat......spinners like mendis and murli can really affect in the beggining of his innings....

  • Mahesh Punjabi on March 28, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    Every athlete have there moments of madness!Remeber Zidane's head butt which caused there loss in the World cup!Sehwag just needs to control his emotion and UNDERSTAND match situations or India will lose many more matches because of his impudence.Great playes have momentary lapses-Captaining India should make one think a little more.

  • Sherwai on March 28, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    First of all, Mr. Bal has got it wrong with a wrong caption. We Asians all are so fickle minded that we forget, that we crucify yesterdays heroes and forgive yesterdays villian and make him a hero, with one good performance.

    All this talk about his batting abilities are actually ridiculous, as Sehwag once told the media "if the ball is in his zone and meant to be hit I WILL HIT"

    Only in Pakistan and India, we crucify players with one bad day in the office. I feel sad that cricket lovers of Pakistan have influenced the downfall of Afridi, by making comments etrimental to the psyche of the player.

    As far as Sehwag is concerned, he should play his natural game and that is attack, attack and attack.

  • pn on March 28, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    as a team the great Indian batting line up were overconfident. five day cricket when you are batting against a mamoth total needs a different strategy. Shewag is a good batsman. Not yet in the league of Loyds, Gavaskars and Tendulkars when it comes to test cricket.

  • Chandrka on March 28, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    Listen just let Sehwag play his natural game. Those of us who love viru is because he can be a master Blaster like Sir Viv (the only batsman that I would rate over Sehwag in excitement provision) and not because he can be a wall like Dravid or Shiv Chanderpaul (who needs 10 walls test cricket is boring enough and everyone has their role anyway). I say to Sehwag next match go about you business the exact same way, blast those spinless.. eh I mean spinners to kingdom come, if you get out after scoring 80 in 40 balls that is beter than scoring 99 in 300 balls! As Sir Viv himself said spin belongs on a washing machine (as for Habajeer Sink why dont they just leave him home and let him bowl only on subcontinental "weackets")

  • SM on March 28, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    The following Statement by "Aamir Akhund" at March 28, 2009 8:44 AM >>>How many times have i said it on these blogs that Shewag is a good batsman but not a great one by any standards. it seems that indians have a capacity to make average player into stars of the days. one has to think why do they do this? Is it because as a nation they are so desperate?>>

    Just shows how this amir and his skewed culture has brought their own into a non-playing "deserved to be banned" and outside people can't visit" country! VIRU has done some amazing stuff against Amir's own but looks like this creep Amir doesn't remember i suppose! in the mean time, keep watching cricket on TV, Computer because you and your country is not going to see any cricket in your home! Get it!! Don't bring your hatred of the country here on this forum!!

  • Rohan on March 28, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    The guy has scored 2 triple centuries, averages over 50, has scored centuries in all countries and still people are baying for his blood for a couple of bad performances. Give the guy a break and have realistic expectations. By all standards, he is a great batsman for the sheer number of test matches he has won on his own.

  • S.Karimi on March 28, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Sehwag has excellent hand eye coordination, but is he the best batsman in the world as his fans like to rank him? Far from it. He is nowhere near the league of the best batters to grace the game. He is allowed a licence to hit without having to worry about his wicket. The Indian philosphy on his batting is that if it comes off he will win us the game and if not there are other guys. So why has this so called genius made to look like a fool when playing decent spinners and great fast bowlers? Coz you can't defy technique in any sport. Hand eye works for a while but your limitations will be exposed soon enough. Sehwag has been given such a god like status that he has become arrogant and does not respect good bowling. Notice that he never defends, he attacks no matter who bowls becuase he wants to keep up the image that he always gets himself out rather than the bowler. Its an ego that will lead to his decline and him being forgotten soon enough.

  • Kailash on March 28, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    Great observation. Maybe someone would pass on these to Sehwag and there could be more intelligent play in the 2 potential innings that he could play in this series. Anyway, the distinction you made between, those he rates and underates and how plays them was really great.

  • Arvind on March 28, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Sehwag has not crossed 50 after making statement about NZ bowlers not knowing how to bowl to him. Arrogance is his problem and it has destroyed him before too.

    Arrogance in Indian team's problem too. Little success gets to their head and ends up destroying preparation and discipline. And, pretty soon team falls from the point of arrogance and ends up lacking in self belief.

    India's saving grace is that the current leader Dhoni is level-headed and disciplined and is able to handle both success and failure well. Success doesn't go to his head and little failure doesn't destroy him.

  • SD on March 28, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Shewag is Shewag.Let us accept him the way he is.He is great in his own way,otherwise he would not have two triple centuries in 5 day format nor almost all his centuries would go above 150.Accept it or not,we love to see him play like this.We have three others who can definitely save the match.We must leave Shewag alone and let him to what he does best...destroying the opposition.Hail Shewag...

  • Sabu Sanky on March 28, 2009, 15:17 GMT

    Sewag is good player for One day and T20 But he should not be playing in TEST. he still does not have that maturity. he should be in the same category with Juvraj and other younger players who still needs to be matured for Test Cricket. So, Now that Politics got rid of Ganguly, they should still keep Dravid, Laxman,Sachin etc. if India has to play Test cricket, until some of these younger players matured enough and at the same time look for some Test playing young people, which India has in abandoned. For captaincy Sewag is totally no no. he is lacks sincerity, can not control his own team members. The country who wants to be number one in Test cricket fields and drops catches like this and get way with it? I think one of the seniors should be the Vise captain. Not for ego but for country they should agree if ever they have to stand up for their country, like in this case. Otherwise Dhoni doing fairly good job so far though still not enough but he is trying following Ganguly's foot ste

  • Jesse Ryder on March 28, 2009, 15:16 GMT

    I was there when Viru hit that shot, fielding at silly point. He looked me into the eye and thought that if I could hit 200, so can he. Oops, one shot too much.

  • Anshumaan on March 28, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    for all those who feel that sehwag should have played according to the situation. I would like to remind them of the test match vs england where the situation was way better than this and there were more chances of saving the match by just playing out 4 sessions. And still what we witnessed an innings of a decade where a person who scored 83 gets a man of the match in a match where andrew strauss scored century in each innings and sachin also scored 100 on the last day. So had he been dismissed cheaply in that match again everybody would have said that there was no need and stuff.... And I don't think india can save this match just by batting out the overs.

  • K Karunaratne on March 28, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    has to agree with Pramode Shewag is a good batsman not a great as far as class is concerned(technique,footwork) early in his innings he is very much vulnerable to out-swingers.(thing is you dont see many classy swing bowlers or seamers these days) As i remember he scored 300's on flat wickets. Finally he is better than Afridis Gayles but not as classy as Ganguly,Dravid,Sachin,Atapattu,Lara.......... Since this discussion has started while NZ-IND 2nd test,SEE who are the better players Yuvraj,Sharma........or Dravids and Gangulys.

  • chandra on March 28, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    IRRESPONSIBLE is one word to describe Sehwag!!! Bindas is different and besharam is a different note... being the captain of the side how else do you want describe his batting!!!! His team has been asked to follow-on on a very placid track that has nothing for the bowlers and makes the same kind of mistake he made in the first innings. Every batsman including Dravid and Laxman got out for their own mistake. one of the worst cricket in many many years by indians

  • safwan on March 28, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    guys dont be soo harsh on sehwag!! im a pakistani, yet im saying this.....cause he is a fantastic batsman to watch,...an average of over 50 with 15 test hundreds as an opener!!!! wat else do u want??? i think we tend to get a bit carried away with our criticsm on most occasions!

  • pinnakasuresh on March 28, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    there is nothing to talk abt him right now.he bats like this,we enjoyed his batting skills thus for and i think its going to stay like this in future.he scored so many runs with that pretty shot,its one of those days where nothing went for indians even for him.so dont worry about him he will come with a bang in the third test,watch out newzealand. i hope we have experienced players to save this test.

  • Rajit on March 28, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    Newzealand commentators are a bunch of jokers who have themseleves not achieved anything worthy on a cricket field.

  • drasu on March 28, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    Sehwag is a batsmen who can destroy any bowling attack on his day but i dont belive with the writer view point that lesser spinners get the better of Sehwag. catogerizing Vettori as any thing but one of the best in the game is short sighteness to say the least. Sehwag likes to assert himself on the opposition thus he is determined to fail every now and then. Thats the beauty of his game which is both a joy and at times painfull to watch. Advice to all indian Fans stop making and breaking stars by judging them on match by match basis. Enjoy the sucess but learn to to live and let live when failure comes along.

  • Yogesh Sharma on March 28, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    Sehwag lives dangerously. He's as reckless in kissing the horizon as he is in falling to the nadir. Does his technique change when he scores a big 100? Does he play differently when he smashes spinners and seamers alike? No he doesn't. His game is simple – as long he is batting - he is the boss - and I love it. Only a few days ago, when he did well in the one day series, there were paeans being sung in his praise but no questions raised about his attitude or skill. So what's this ruckus all about then? If only he had remained not out on 70 odd, people would have started nursing hopes of not just saving the match but winning it too. But now that he's got out, he's the target of this unnecessary analysis and criticism. As for being a great player like Sachin or Dravid, all I know that I haven't seen a player in Indian cricket who has dominated the opposition as much as Sehwag. And has anyone else excited us more? I don't think so. Let's accept what the man has on offer and enjoy his game

  • ROHIT PATEL NEW JERSEY USA on March 28, 2009, 15:00 GMT

    One must play accooding to circumtences. If Sehwag keep scoring nobody will complain. When you play poor shot and get out in difficult circumtences. It was nearly flat track and we lost 8 wickets in a day that is shameful. If one or two guys does it you can forgive, but when more than half the team does it is not good. Shewag is an aggressive betsman but he should not careless. Good luck to Indian team for a draw

  • Yogesh Sharma on March 28, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Sehwag lives dangerously. He's as reckless in kissing the horizon as he is in falling to the nadir. Does his technique change when he scores a big 100? Does he play differently when he smashes spinners and spinners alike? No he doesn't. His game is simple – as long he is batting he is the boss-and I love it. Only a few days ago, when he did well in the one day series, there were paeans being sung in his praise but no questions raised about his attitude or skill. So what's this ruckus all about then? If only he had remained not out on 70 odd, people would have started nursing hopes of not just saving the match but winning it too. But now that he's got out, he's the target of this unnecessary analysis and criticism. As for being a great player like Sachin or Dravid, all I know that I haven't seen a player in Indian cricket who has dominated the opposition as much as Sehwag. And has anyone else excited us more? I don't think so. Let's accept what the man has on offer and enjoy his game.

  • Bhaskar on March 28, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    i m not getting why ppl get tht much serious with the form of a cricketer......he is a sportsman and i do not see any wrong with Veeru's batting. He's always been like that. a game is played to be enjoyed. His courage, sportsmanship is there to be enjoyed. Let my boy play his game, leave him alone. They all are there to enjoy and we sh'd enjoy the game too if NZ wins this game that means they deserve tht thts it. KEEP ENJOYIN GUYS RATHER WORRY!

  • jks61 on March 28, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    Viru must be dropped for T3.not only that, he must be put back in a plane and sent home right now. shambolic it was,,VS's display in the 2nd inning was a disaster waiting to happen fro m the word go. Did you see that swat he attempted off Franklin ? It could have ended in slips easily. Did u see the balls before in the Patel over? what nonsense..he was on a short fuse and for heaven' sake, what is the hurry? Viru was like this for a long time in ODIs and he is simply carrying that to tests.Past big 100s are of no consequence when one does not place the team's concern ahead of one's ego. VS simply wanted to show who is the boss when he saw Patel. That is simply not how things work in cricket. The most innocous bowler (ask RD about Ryder) can get you if you place your ego in front and not your head. What is the point in dismissing the next ball for a 6 or run like a blind man for a non existent single, when you are chasing 600+ total. It simply defeats me. I was telling a colleague that

  • dev on March 28, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    sehwag, who is the senior after big three should atleat start playing according to situation with loads of patience where big three are near to hang up their boots if he doesn`t indian test cricket will be in deep trouble in the future...

  • Frank on March 28, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Every player has a specific role in the current Indian line up. Sehwag's role is to hit the bowlers to all parts of the park, destabilize and demoralize them so that the others behind him can finish them off. When he spectacularly did so in Chennai against England to set up the win against improbable odds no one complained. It is upto the middle order to take the test to a conclusion and the focus should be on the repeated failure of Yuvraj who just doesn't seem to understand test arena. This test is also missing Dhoni who is one of the leading batsmen and an incredibly smart captain who certainly wouldn't have allowed NZ to dominate in first innings.

  • Wren on March 28, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    It's sad..how people look at things..When the guy is smashing 300's & hitting the bowlers out of the ground..every1's on their feet to applaud him & they want him to keep going..The moment he fails,the same people point fingers at him..He cant be compared to greats etc..If he wasnt gr8 he wouldnt have smashed two 300's,even take wickets while bowling & make India win at so many occasions..It's sad how people have such a short memory..

  • P.Satish on March 28, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Interesting that one bad shot has brought all the naysayers. Sehwag is the world's most destructive batsman. The way he unlocked the Chennai test for India is ample proof.

    For those who question his intelligence the double-century at Galle and the 150 at Adelaide are again great innings played with the team's situation in mind.

    Let's check records a bit before jumping to conclusions.

  • Pramode Sinha on March 28, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    Sehwag is a good batsman and he has played many useful innings for India but he is not in the class of Dravid,or Sachin and the same thing applies to Dhoni as a batsman.

  • Kapil Dev on March 28, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    You guys have short memory not long ago he hit double century against world's best spinner Murli and company when no other Indian able to survive.Player like Sehwag are very rare to come in your lifetime.Not long ago he was hitting New Zealanders at will when all Indian were happy.Now everyone criticizing him.Don't worry guys have patience he is only human and we are sure he will bounce back and provide happiness to all of you by dismissing these bowlers at will. Untill then, keep your fingers cross.We do not have merit to criticize players like Sehwag or Sachin. This country is blessed that we have players like them in our team.Good luck to Sehwag and great India team!! Thank You

  • JanBala on March 28, 2009, 14:19 GMT

    Sehwag slowly becomes like Srikanth.. if he hits he scores good score (above 50) or score less. Very difficult to count Sehwag's head, As Dhoni said we should not depend on one person. But I did not expect irresponsible shot from him.

  • Karthik on March 28, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    It is just because he missed those two balls he is being criticised.If he had hit those two balls out of the park, u wuld have said, he is a fearless batsman!

    Sehwag is one of the greatest and most gifted player of all times!

  • azitabh on March 28, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    .....why do the guys writing the post and the comments forget that sehwag is the guy who has scored triple centuries against saqlain(an experienced spinner) and harris(a new one)......after all he has an average of more than 50 in tests and he has dealt with all kind of spinners all over the world.....just remember his 200 against m&m in galle and 155 against warnie in chennai......both being turning track and u guys won't need any further proof how good he is against spinners......

  • era on March 28, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    simple thing is sehwag will not last long in this team.when you have great batsmen waiting on the bench for a chance and you have sehwag who doesnt care about the team instead he tries to score all 600 runs alone and in one day.all the people who write these blogs ask your self if he deserves to be in this team when team needed him to show them the way to save the test.

  • swami on March 28, 2009, 14:12 GMT

    For all the miseries caused to the indian team by Sehwag and yuvraj (dropped catches and awful batting), high time they are sacked. They are no good against even Newzealand, speaks volumes for their talent :(. I guess Newzealand is likely to hand India a nice Innings defeat followed by a series rout. The Indians Mind is not on this test series. It is already on IPL. I also suspect that this match could have been fixed, seeing the way Indians fielded.

  • justindian on March 28, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    Watching Sehwag bat in first innings was like 60 min to 600 and in second innings was like 30 min to 300. If you score 4 runs per over and bat for 30 overs you are still destroying the bowling. Seeing how Sehwag being the captain was trying to set the example was very hurting. You are the captain, lead a sensible attack from the front. You just cannot be in the mindset to score 20 runs every over and finish off the test in 2 days. No doubt he has played some great innings, but these kind of situations require adapt and play an INNINGS OF GREATNESS, the true test of the character. Cricket is the real star, it has seen players come and go for generatons, only select few have been warmly embraced by this great game as the true greats. Sewhag is still way out in the cold.

  • N.SHENTHILKUMAR on March 28, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    WHEN SHEWAG BAT AGRESSIVELY AND INDIA WIN THE MACTCH EVERYBODY PRAISE HIM, BUT IF HE FAILS EVERYBODY CRITICISE HIM, HE IS A CHAMPION PLAYER IT HAPPENS TO EVERY ONE ,PLS DONT CRITICISE SHEWAG, LET HIM PLAY THE GAME AS NATURAL TO HIM SO WE WILL BE SEEING SOME FASCINATION BATTING AGAIN AND AGAIN

  • Pran on March 28, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    Viru is an all or nothing type of batsman. This Test series he has been leaning more towards latter unfortunately. Viru is a combination of Kapil Dev and Srikanth of yester years. As captain I thought he would show some restraint. I guess not!

  • joe on March 28, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    Once NZ got to about 50-3, Sehwag went defensive and just followed the ball in the field and pushed everyone back with floating slips. He didn't have a plan nor did he try and work the batsmen over . It was all too easy and it was if they were waiting for NZ to declare from Day 1. There was no pressure applied to a new batsmen nor was there any energy in the field.

    Sehwag has been the captain of India in this Test. He has shown no leadership skills, no responsibility to his team. He has lacked application all for personal glory. Sehwag's dismissals do not show a man that understands test cricket. With India 1-0 up , Sehwag has shows usn how you must not captain, field or bat.

  • Hitesh on March 28, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    Sehwhack has had poor 2 tests. Thats it. Why doesnt anybody say anything when his outrageous stroke play wins India matches or when he gets a 300 against Pak.(they CLAIM to have had best spinners then)Lets face it and accept it, a guy like sehwag will treat all the bowlers like thrash especially spinners. And his record speaks for itself. Even the so called greats like sachin and waugh dont have a 300 in test but Sehwag has not one but 2 and by the way he is playing another 300 or even 400 in tests is not far away. And a 200 in one dayers if achieved will surely belong to a guy who answers to the name of Virender Sehwag. Guys like sehwhack or viv richards come along once in a century. Lets savour his brilliant strokeplay without thinking much.

  • Pran on March 28, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    Viru is an all or nothing type of batsman. This Test series he has been leaning more towards latter unfortunately. Viru is a combination of Kapil Dev and Srikanth of yester years. As captain I thought he would show some restraint. I guess not!

  • To Aamir on March 28, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    To Aamir Akhund at March 28, 2009 8:44 AM

    Thanks for your concern mate. Perhaps you should worry about your own country first. It is in shambles. Cricket can wait.

    As for Sehwag, when he clicks, the same naysayers go gaga. When he fails, they criticize the same technique.

  • Yusuf Fauz on March 28, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    Shewag is a good player for only t20 match's & He has to learn from Master bastmen Tendulkar & Dravid a lot.......

  • Hanish on March 28, 2009, 13:54 GMT

    One of the reasons India is in trouble in this match is because of Sehwag. He messed up the first inning and did the same in the second. Every batsman in the test match is supposed to be on creeze for 2 -3 hrs to either save the match for the country or win the match.

  • Nikhil Ninan on March 28, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    well shewag is a good batsman but certainly not the great.The role of him in the team is to hit and make quick runs but he too have to be sensible in situations like this .Give due respect to bowlers even if he is a part timer.More overin this match he is the captain of Team India so he should have some more responsible in his stay at the crease and shot selection.Failures are bound to happen but the best thing is to understand what made your downfall and play sensible cricket.Sorry to Shewag played so poor shots in both the innings.

  • Vivek Samdarshi on March 28, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    Leave the guy alone....he has played >50+tests, scored over 10 centuries, incl 2 triples and many doubles in all countries against all types of attacks....He is by far one of the great openers of our times. Sure he gives chances. But if he gets to 40+ you can kiss the game goodbye ! Enough said for me....

  • Vivek Samdarshi on March 28, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    Leave the guy alone....he has played >50+tests, scored over 10 centuries, incl 2 triples and many doubles in all countries against all types of attacks....He is by far one of the great openers of our times. Sure he gives chances. But if he gets to 40+ you can kiss the game goodbye ! Enough said for me....

  • svn on March 28, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    Sehwag has scored two triple centuries and has won many matches playing aggressively.But there is a difference between being arrogant and stupid. Look at sachin-he has adapted his game over the yrs depending on the situation/pitch/bowling. If sehwag got out playing a slashing cut to a bad ball , it can be an excuse but a slog sweep in the 2nd ball of the first over of spinner .He has won many matches and scored triple hundreds but doesnt mean he cant improve his batting and has a free license to play like crap and say 'i play my shots'.

  • Vincent on March 28, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    Some players are different, and Sehwag is very different from the norm. No batsman would like to lose his wicket, and Sehwag himself must have felt awful with his dismissals in this game. That doesn't take away from him being one of the most destructive players around, who plays and enjoys the game in the manner that comes naturally to him!

  • Gaurav Bhat on March 28, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    @ Satish

    Dude, you can critcise Viru as much as you want to but as you said, if he has his day, he will finish off Jeetan Patel's career in the third test. People here are speaking so highly off Jason Krejza should also realise that he gave away more than 350 runs in the same test match in which he scalped 12 wickets. So, one has to say that Indian batsmen won over him and Sehwag himself slammed a couple of half centuries in that game. He cannot be a Sachin, Dravid or Waugh but all of them cannot be Sehwag either. He has scored 2 triple tons man, you got to respect him! Regarding captaincy, you got to give him the benefit of the doubt as he virtually had no time to prepare as a captain. And anyways, one bad test match and 2 bad shots doesn't make him a lesser batsman.

  • svn on March 28, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    Sehwag has scored two triple centuries and has won many matches playing aggressively.But there is a difference between being arrogant and stupid. Look at sachin-he has adapted his game over the yrs depending on the situation/pitch/bowling. If sehwag got out playing a slashing cut to a bad ball , it can be an excuse but a slog sweep in the 2nd ball of the first over of spinner .He has won many matches and scored triple hundreds but doesnt mean he cant improve his batting and has a free license to play like crap and say 'i play my shots'.

  • hansrtk on March 28, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    It appears that the writer has vented his frustration at the sorry plight of the Indian team. Certainly, if Veeru had clicked even in one innings it would have been a different story. It was necessary for him to fire in the wake of such a big total because Dravid and Laxman are not at their best. But, to try to prove Sehwag weak against spin with such far-fetched theories shows the weakness of the author. Sehwag has posted 11 consecutive totals of 150 plus against various opponents, which is unprecedented in the annals of cricket, and this record could not have been possible if he had any such weakness because there is no dearth of spinners whom he does not rate in world cricket. He has also made mince-meat of part-timers whom nobody rates. Aggression is his style and he has achieved what he has because of this. It is also true that due to his style he can get out to the most ordinary of bowlers. It it foolish to invent such theories out of his two dismissals.

  • Venkat on March 28, 2009, 13:36 GMT

    Well said Sambit. Viru feels insulted whenever he sees a spinner in operation. Kris Srikkanth too in his days gets out cheaply against a spinner. Everyone will remember how he gave his wicket to Deepak Patel in 1992 World Cup. He gets to a 50 in the first 15 overs of field restrictions and in the 16th over as soon as a spinner comes on. He immediately gets out lobbing a catch to either deep mid on or mid off. Nowadays except Sehwag and to some extent Gambhir no other Indian batsmen are attacking spinners rather they are milking them. So sehwag doesnt want to give spinners the confidence. I hope he corrects his mistake in the third test.

  • Matheen on March 28, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    @Aamir Akhund: Sehwag has scored his runs at an average of 50 and a strike rate of 80. If this isn't 'great', then stay rest assured that your nation (a failed one at that) hasn't produced a single 'great' batsman. 'Inzi' the perennially over rated 'great' retired with a sub-50 average and his strike rate is a good 24 runs/100 balls below Sehwag's!!

  • Pushkar on March 28, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Some people may think he is not a great batsman but I believe he is. Whatever his technique may be but the outcome is extraordinary. He has got 2 tripple centuries which definitely takes something extraordinary. Many times when all other batsmen in the side find it hard to survive on certain pitches he plays so easily and gives a solid contribution at those difficult times.... He is a match winner. India has won many matches because of the solid foundation he has provided.

  • HWS on March 28, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    "Abhi bande me damm hei yaar" Just wait ! HWS

  • ali on March 28, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    I do not see any wrong with Veeru's batting. He's always been like that. a game is played to be enjoyed. His courage, sportsmanship is there to be enjoyed. Let my boy play his game, leave him alone.

  • Satish on March 28, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    Arrogance, lack of respect for the bowlers - what else can you say about Sehwag? One may argue saying that's his natural style, but great test batsmen have always altered their natural style according to the game situation, that's something Sehwag can never do, and that's what will not make him a "great batsman" ever. On his day, yes he can destroy any bowler, but he's not born with a quality called "common sense". Indian cricket has to live with it. The selectors made a big mistake naming him the vice-captain. Players like Sehwag, Harbhajan can never be leaders - look at the way he captained the side - unimaginative, preposterous field placings, when Ryder-Taylor were hitting merrily, he just kept bowling the same bowlers for 15-20 overs on the trot - he doesn't have a captain's acumen. All he knows is to send the ball behind the ropes - and that approach won't work on every day. That's why he can never be compared against the game's greats like Sachin, Dravid, S.R Waugh etc.

  • Najeeb on March 28, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    good one sambit......but i slightly disagree with you, sehwag is at his best when he is taking the attack to the bowlers......i think he is the one of the most dangerous and naturally gifted batsman playing international cricket today.....

  • ali on March 28, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    I do not see any wrong with Veeru's batting. He's always been like that. a game is played to be enjoyed. His courage, sportsmanship is there to be enjoyed. Let my boy play his game, leave him alone.

  • gopal on March 28, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    It is really funny that some pakistanis are saying that sehwag is an average player who has been elevated to the status of a great player.It is purely a case of sour grapes.This bloke has hit 2 triple hundreds and has a strike rate of 70 plus in test cricket and has scored big hundreds in australia too.What should we tell about our fellow pakistanis who know to play only gully cricket

  • iloveindia on March 28, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    why are so many people jumping on sehwags back just after 1 bad test. He is our finest batsman and most prized wicket. This happens everytime he has a bad game. Actually in both innings he wasn't playing too bad. Let him play his natural game. He is our sole match winner that puts fear in the opposition. Sehwag with all the ups and downs, I am still going to support you

  • Philip Mathew on March 28, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Sehwag lives by the sword. Sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn't. The last thing he should do is listen to dimwits who have posted stupid comments here and change his game...and by the way, Mr.Aamir Akhund, get a life. Its just the stereotypical Pakistani inferiority complexity that propelling you to exude your imbecility I guess..

  • Godwin on March 28, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    You people are not true fans!...you don't think veeru is a great player?...he averages 50 something has a very impressive test strike rate, has 15 test hundreds out of which the last 11 have been of scores more than 150....he is the only indian to score a triple century and only one of three people to score it twice...he is also the one who scored the fastest triple century....so you still think veeru is not good enough????...im sure he has a lot of things on his mind as he is captaining the team...he's got some big shoes to fill...two bad innings should not make you guys call him a foolish player!...keep up the good work veeru

  • kawasakiguru on March 28, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Sehwag is a class act. Lets not try and change his style of batting or his temprament. It is this very frame of mind that changes a match in one session taking it away from the opposition. The Kiwis just watch out the next test match. Calling a true champion 'D U M B' is judgemental from a side that has not a single player who has scored a tripple ton. Sehwag has two... and I hope this comment has pissed him off enough to aim for third. I will stand by Sehwag.

  • aswin on March 28, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    Sehwag had to remember at least in the 2 nd innings that he is the captain of the team and had some responsibility from which he cant run away. Sehwag at times go crazy for runs .His supporters may say itz his style or something... there is one thing to be remembered Sehwag has such high bat avg becoz when he gets going he scores 150 + and even over 300 and otherwise itz under 20 or 30 we dont want a sehwag with an avg of 30 and 150 strike rate.Its is better to hav someone avging 55 and having strike rate 75

  • RAKESH on March 28, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    It may be just co-incidence that he got out on both innings by spinners. but he is the great player and this his fearlessness that makes him horrible to other teams. You should have to play your natural game and this is what he tried bt this time he failed. he is master in his game we must feel proud that we have such a great player in our squade.

  • Abhijit on March 28, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    Shewag is very ordinary when it comes to spin bowling and that too from oridnary spin bowler like Patel. I think I can play him very well. I don't who tried to compare Shewag with Sachin, he is no where near to his class.

  • Sameer on March 28, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    Most of us do not had the previlage to see Sir Don Bradman batting, but surely most of us have seen Brian Lara. Although, Sehwag has matched their records, he can not be compared with the grace, elegance the other two have. Mind you both of them had a very good technique and no exploitable weakness in thier batting. At times figures may lie.

  • syediqbal on March 28, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    Whatwill you say if Sehwag plays defensively for the day and got out,everyone will comment y should he plays so defensively which is not his strength

  • Sunil Awasthi on March 28, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    It is real good foutune of Indian team that he was not in the team when Dhoni was handed over the captancy. No problem in loosing a test match but the way you approach with 618 in front of you is pathetic. I think Gambhir too needs a shake up and the one to be debarred is Yuvraj. He looks too stupid with a bat in his hand when it comes to test cricket.

  • Zahid on March 28, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    We should accept this, Sehwag tries every ball and he is lucky most of the times .... we should not mind if he misses a few of those! Let him play with his own style as he is successful with that ... although luckily!

  • Rayhaan on March 28, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    I am a pakistan fan, but to me Veeru is a brilliant batsman..he defies all technique and logic..you cant be a dasher and still get BIG scores like 300 plus, he is an amazingly talented batsman and follows a theory which has served him well..if its there to hit..hit it..and when he gets out people criticise him. In my eyes, he is a brilliant batsman and opening is not a easy thing to do, he has done it wonderfully well..I once told a mate that Veeru is a rich man's Afridi but with brains! To average 50 in test cricket as a opener and with such aggressive play tells you that Veeru is one of a kind and very very skilfull.Any team in the world would love to have an opener half as talented as him!

  • pammu on March 28, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    i dont understand why Pakis are commenting against other national players.they have not rights that & ashamed whats happening in their land..!!

  • Raja on March 28, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Do people think that Viru hasn't played any great innings with spinners in operation? This seems to be a knee jerk reaction. Wait for the third test and see!

  • prakash on March 28, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    I like sehwag's batting more than tendulkar. He has lot of potentials. If he knows how to control his aggresion, he can score 500 runs in 2 days.

  • Raja on March 28, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    Do people think that Viru hasn't played any great innings with spinners in operation? This seems to be a knee jerk reaction. Wait for the third test and see!

  • Param Gupta on March 28, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    I love Sehwag!!! And for information.....He scored his 1st and 2nd Triple Hundreds on 29th March!! Tomorrow is 29th March....I wonder what would have happened tomorrow if he wasnt OUT!!!

  • AJ on March 28, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    Sehwag is the match winner. He has to play the way he wants to. Defending a match should be left to Rahul & co

  • Naveen on March 28, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    Every great man has day(s) where he will look to the ground he is standing on, and on that day, the DOGs around him will bark in joy.

  • Kish Kumar on March 28, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    I agree that Sehwag is kind of one-track minded when it comes to facing the spin bowling. He likes to slog them for sixers. I used to see Sehwag slog sweeping Brad Hogg every time he came onto bowl in the ODI's and later on Hog found a way to get him out with his first ball. But, having said that, Sehwag's dismissal should not be blamed upon too much. He is a very positive player and like to play his shots (I was over the moon when he hit the last two balls of day4 in a chennai test for 4's against McGrath, when India was chasing 200 plus). What he needs to understand is, he is probably the best batsman of his team and take up a responsibility like Brian Lara used to take up for Windies. Only difference is, Sehwag doesn't have to be under pressure like Lara did. Because he got too many past and present star batsmen to follow after him, if in case he gets out. So, play Viru play, until you decide it's enough.

  • Srini on March 28, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    Like somebody said earlier, you just have to live with it. Sehwag knows only one way to play. You cant teach him to play any otherway and this arrogance about trying to hit ordinary spinners out of the park is not limited to Sehwag alone. Its true of Tendulkar as well. He did exactly the same thing against Jeetan Patel yesterday. 16 off one over..out to a lazy shot the next over. Tendulkar survived half a session and scored 49. Sehwag played a few overs and scored 30+. So what Sehwag does looks rash..while Tendulkar spending time in the middle makes him look great..

  • Rajesh on March 28, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    Even for Sehwag, I was expecting a little better judgement in the second innings. However, I am more disappointed with the shots Gambhir and Dravid played to get out in the first innings. For Gambhir to play that shot after we had already lost the wicket of Sehwag and there were only a few minutes left in the day's play, it defied any logic. And for Dravid, even though he made 80 runs, he is the man who should know the best that the situation demanded much more from him and he was already well settled and on his way to rescue India. For him to play that shot at that moment was not expected at all.

  • Andrew on March 28, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Feast in his brillance and forgive when he fails. He is one of those cricketers that create great excitement and interest in the game.

  • irules on March 28, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    some facts are correct some are not, Indeed he is an class player, But he still need to spent soem time in middle, otherwise he will find his carrer graph going down like Afridi, But still 2 days r remaining, i hope India is going to fight back, cause Cricket is an funny game any thing is Possible, even India can still win the match, May god help India.

  • irules on March 28, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    some facts are correct some are not, Indeed he is an class player, But he still need to spent soem time in middle, otherwise he will find his carrer graph going down like Afridi, But still 2 days r remaining, i hope India is going to fight back, cause Cricket is an funny game any thing is Possible, even India can still win the match, May god help India.

  • R B on March 28, 2009, 12:29 GMT

    How can you say sehwag is not great? infact, he is one of the greatest.

    Without him india wouldn't be here.REMEMBER THAT!

  • ABHISHEK on March 28, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    IT'S PROBABLY AN EXPERT'S COMMENT THAT "SPINNERS MAKE SEHWAG LOOK SILLY" BUT I GUESS ITS JUST THAT SPLIT SECOND THAT FORCES SEHWAG INTO PLAYING SUCH SHORTS.NOW ,THERE'S NO NEED TO PUT SEHWAG UNDER THE MICROSCOPE.HE'S A MATURE AND ACCOMPLISHED CRICKETER AND NOT A MERE DASHER.IAM SURE HE WOULD DO WELL IN THE 3RD TEST AND MIGHT JUST MAKE THE EXPERTS LOOK SILLY LIKE HE HAS DONE SO OFTEN IN THE PAST.

  • Abu Irfan on March 28, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Sehwag is a great batsman by many means. But he his not a "great genius" like sachin, lara or bradman. He can destroy any sort of bowling attacks in his day. But as you said it, recently, I have noticed a great point that, he is making spinners silly. This had cost him a lot. We all know, if he stay minimum of 2 hours in the crease, whethe it is Test or ODI Indian score will be above 200 for so and so...... He has to be little patient and smart enough as the opposite captain introduced spinners early. We hope he will be good in future.

  • bivu on March 28, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    it is quite mind boggling..it was largely due to him that india own the one day series..if he does not have a good game the indians almost does not look the same..now a slightly lean run after an incredible one and half year and we are asking for his head..SHAME !!SHAME !!and SHAME for this utterly disdainful and wretched ungratefulness more disdainful than shehwags batting!!

  • Santosh on March 28, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    u guys clealrly don't watch enuff cricket!! Sehwag is playing his role in the team and his job is to score quickly and get the opposition on the defensive and demoralize them. Just because he did not score a lot in the last 2 innings does not make him a bad player. He has scored 2 triple centuries in test cricket and any team in world circket would accept him in their team, which puts him among the best in the world. To say he's just another good player and not a great player is just rubbish. Great players win you games and if you think sehwag can't do it, well nobody can.

  • Dilip Agrawal on March 28, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    "well begun half done" I have read this quot in childhood.I request viru to read this at this age.Viru in test match you have to keep in mind this quot.

  • ABC on March 28, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    Shewag shd be thrown out of the team for his arrogance and Irresponsible stroke Play. Once 2 often Isnt Acceptable By International Standards.He has the talent , but like how aussies treat the players , its high time shewag is sent back to correct his batting and PATIENCE.!!!!!!

  • Kala Shah Kala on March 28, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    Sehwag isn't a big player. If you start calling someone a good player because he has hit some runs then its completely and utterly rubbish. I think indian's are trying to dominate cricket by just calling some average players as legends. Infact, i think sehwag should retire now, he hasn't got the thing in himself, anymore.

  • Ramessh on March 28, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    One bad test and we have started these questions...why are our memory so short???? Can we not recollect the treatment he had given to the Lankan spinners last year in their home soil??? Why is one failure being looked at this way????

  • Viswanathan Nair on March 28, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    NZ were 23 for 3 but still the other batsmen played as though nothing happened,they played a normal game.Why Sachin Dravid or Laxman and Yuvraj did not score centuries like Ryder,Taylor and McCullam did?

  • Umesh Sharma on March 28, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    Though he has all the strength in the world to do any wonders, but he has to realise this that all the days/matches/pitches/bowelers/ball/team are always not same, so he has to play acoording to situations. If he stays for a while, almost completing his 50, then he is non stoppting. But he has to develop this skill of changing gears and adapting the situations. If he does it, he is mourderous for any bowler in the world.

  • jay09 on March 28, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    Aamir Akhund.

    U r just deserve to comment against Talina(which already been playing in ur nation) u have no rights to write about any nations.

  • Gaurav Bhat on March 28, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    @ Aamir & Afthab

    If a player has scored 2 triple centuries, he deserves to be called a star. If a player has scored more than 150 runs in the last 11 innings that he has scored a century, than he deserves to be rated as a star. It was not too long ago that he carted Daniel Vettori for a six to bring up one of the most explosive ODI century. As Mr. Bal stated, Sehwag has finished careers of many spin bowlers. He is the same man whose very presence at the crease frightens bowlers. If a batsman of his caliber and class is not a star, than who is? I guess according to you guys, a star is Shoaib Akhtar who doesn't ever learn his lessons. India is a proud nation. It has produced many stars and Sehwag is one of its brightest.

    I don't care what you guys or the kiwi commentators have to say about Viru, he remains a ROCK STAR for all Indians. And he will make you guys pay for all your words very soon.

  • sunil on March 28, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    Sehwag forgot that a batsman can make a mistake only once , but a bowler can always come back....such disdain shown towards a spinner once again and that too an across the line slog....mind you , he is the captain of the team..well it just sums up the indian performance .. hope dhoni comes back for the third test and ind puts up a better performance..as far as this test is concerned , india can forget about it....it's just a matter of time before nzl bowl the ind batsmen out....

  • mike on March 28, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    we have all seen great batsmen of our time and all of them have built their innings from sensible batting.sehwag is a senior player in the lineup and should lead by example and not treat every bowler with contempt.if he keeps playing like that its a free wicket for kiwis.he has two of the greatest players of the game in ruhul and sachin and just look at them every innings they go out to bat how they go about their business.slow down sehwag the game is not win or lose from ball one.

  • Bhargav on March 28, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    Somebody should sit n explain Sehwag d diff btw a testmatch n onedayer everytime he gets out to bat..with d huge deficit we had..d shot he played as a captain looked v weird.

  • Mukund Rajan on March 28, 2009, 11:53 GMT

    Disagree on most aspects.He is the most skillful player against spin in world cricket.The way he uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and hit against the spin through the covers as he did spin frequently in the Galle test against murali or deploy his slog sweep to deposit the ball into the stands like he did to saqlain in his triple hundred or against Warne so frequently,showcase a genius against spin at work. While his batting against the faster men is based more on his simplified methods of hitting the ball, it is against the slower men that you see his outstanding skills come through. While many spinners might claim that they might fear Tendulkar more (because he gives lesser chances),it is Sehwag who has massacred many a spin attack and went on to destroy their career at times.This series against NZ seems to be an aberration though and it's the overconfidence derived from the ODI series that has been his undoing.It is because he plays spin so well, that he scores huge tons

  • Neville Nobody on March 28, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    Sehwag averages over 50 in tests with two tripple hundreds...how many Kiwi batsmen can boast the same? None. So he gets out to injudicious shots sometimes, he plays the man and not the ball sometimes...most batsmen do. Flintoff had the very capable Aussies terrified by his reputation and their 2005 Ashes averages are testament to the fact. They played the man, not the ball. Sehwag is an entertainer and the slowest game on the planet needs entertainers to keep people interested. Let he who has a 50 plus average and two tripple hundreds cast the first stone.

  • Albert on March 28, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    Off cricketing topics, Can some one please explain why and how the comments from this fool "Aamir Akhund at March 28, 2009 8:44 AM" has been allowed to be posted in this blog? Is it just to instill a kind of hatred or some way of getting more responses in this bog?? Whatever the author tried by allowing this to be posted is working... Im sure this response of mine as well as more deserving cricketing comments will not be posted by the author.

  • Razak on March 28, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    Maverick is right, not many people on this planet, with two triple centuries. Hats off to Shewag. As good as Sachin is, he doesn't have any. Sometimes the White man doesn't speak because he knows, but most of the time it's because he is jealous. Get ready to put your foot in your mouth.

  • Razak on March 28, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Maverick is right, not many people on this planet, with two triple centuries. Hats off to Shewag. As good as Sachin is, he doesn't have any. Sometimes the White man doesn't speak because he knows, but most of the time it's because he is jealous. Get ready to put your foot in your mouth.

  • Kalyan on March 28, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    We should have more options in the middle order. With Yuvi not so consistent in tests and Dravid and laxman are into the dusk of their careers, we should explore more options like Rohit, Badri and other Youngisthan...

  • Rajesh on March 28, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    Sehwag has done enough to be given some slack. We all wish that sometimes he would play with a little more responsibility but then he won't be the Sehwag we know. We call him brave when he brings up a century with a six and we call him dumb when he fails in one of those shots. But that is what makes this man and it is all worth it. A test average of 50 as an opener, how many smart and responsible batsmen can claim that?

    But I won't make him the Captain because he can't really demand reponsibility from other players.

  • Srini on March 28, 2009, 11:34 GMT

    Viru is a fine and ruthless batsman. His style earned him the name fame. But he needs to learn to stay at the wicket in case if it is needed. More so he had a great responsibility as a captain in the second test against New Zealand. He is a good batsman but not great like sachin.

  • Rashid on March 28, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    There are two reasons for Sehwag atacking the spinners: 1. He is more comfortable agains fast bowling and he is quite aware that the spinners can do the damage at the last moment, so he wants remove them from bowling as soon as possible. 2. He thinks that spinners should not exist as said above. So I dont think that what he is doing is wrong but he s should be little bit patient. This is the way he play, just dont forget his 2 triple hundreds.

  • Shane on March 28, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    I think Sehwag and Yuvraj do not have any idea of how to play against New Zealand spinning bowlers. Their technique also not quit right to play against spinners. They always offer one big expansive shot over mid wicket so every captain set the field for that shot

  • Sellakumar Kandasamy on March 28, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Disappointing indeed. The situation required adventurism with a sense of responsibility. Shewag has proved himself to be utterly irresponsible. Lets hope the rest of them are not in a self destructive mode tomorrow.

  • Talha on March 28, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    SEHWAG IS AN AGGRESIVE PLAYER AND AN ATTACKING BATSMAN..... but he should know EVERYDAY IS NOT A SUNDAY.....! know

  • Hamid Iqbal on March 28, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    Sehwag is playing with the temprament of the selectors now .. The stage of career he is now its too risky for him to throw his wicket away like that this over confidence or may be lack of respect to bowlers can cost him dearly ... so many young guys are waiting in the wings for their chance and may be its the time to let a better one a chance.

  • Ishtiak on March 28, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    Its really disappointing! It was a really poor performance from the indian team again for the third day in a row. Dravid and laxman played well, so did sachin for his 49. But i an really disappointed with yuvis' performance in this test. Thanks to him taylor got 150 and they posted this huge total. And what sehwag did today was another disappointing thing, its good to be attacking but the shot selection in both the innings sucked. If he can not play according to the situation then he should probably give more attention towards his shot selection. Overall it was a poor day for india and they have a huge mountain to climb and a new zealand victory is almost inevitable here. Unless or until the indian batting legends have something to say.

  • deb on March 28, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Sehwag's dreadful shot selection looks even worse because he was the captain in this test. On this pitch, if he had played carefully, still he would have scored run-a-ball. No idea why he wasted his chances.

    When he scored those 200s and 300s, he didn't play like this. Being aggressive is fine and that's his strength, but he should watch his own videos of his triple hundreds, and even more his not out double hundred (out of an Indian total of 329 odd) against Murali and Mendis last year. That wasn't full of rash strokes, that was sensible but aggressive batting.

  • Siddharth on March 28, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    Sehwag is one of the greatest batsman in today's Test Cricket. He has got an average above 50. He is one of the only three cricketers along with the great Bradman and the great Lara to score two triple hundreds and he has got nine consecutive scores of above 150. So he is CLASS. SEHWAG SHOULD NOT CHANGE.

  • Leo 1st from Colombo on March 28, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Dont't worry guys, he will back to his form..When he played well he is a good player when out of form blame from all the Indians. I think in his career he is done more then enough for his country.

  • tattu on March 28, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    I dont think thats silly.May be in this situation that was silly.Its according to the strategy made by the indian thinkthank that if the spinner is a new one and inexperienced sehwag would go after him.Krezja in nagpur,mendis[2nd ball of the asia cup he stepped out.But after that he thrashed mendis in SL],samit patel greame swann and the list continues.Sehwag may get out sometimes and if doesnt the spinner is destroyed. But i think in this situation and also as he was the captain he shouldnt have done that. Sehwag doesnt look silly against spinners,spinners look silly against sehwag.I think he is among the top 3 players who play spin well.

  • Amol on March 28, 2009, 10:56 GMT

    Well I am using all forums possible to ensure that the team of New Zealand commentators are put back in their place. They forget their own class and always tear into the Indian team. I rememeber they had done something similar to Rohit Sharma in last ODI. Now they call Sehwag dumb and arrogant and always chime to criticize the Indian team at every possible opportiunity. What do these people have against the team? Can someone actually show them a mirror and aks them be a little respectful?

  • Sagar on March 28, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    His disdain for the bowlers is going to cost him his spot one day. When he gets figured out that is.

  • Reji on March 28, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    I think what sehwag doing is ok. because even his coaches do not tell him to stope his way of approaching each bowlers. remember he is the only man who made tripple century for india. and when he is in flow no one can stop him easly. he scores and scores. if he cross 85 runs in his account, then he goes upto double century. so go sehwag.

  • RAMESH on March 28, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Viru is one of the best entertainers in cricket... last night when he was batting in the first innings i have already started to adjust my alarm clock to 3.30 in the morning so that i should not miss a ball which viru hits... but he got out.. thank god i slept till 6 today... when he came out for second innings same thoughts came in my mind... sunday morning i should wake up early... but yet he got out.. Sehwag .. true entertainer.. attracts audiences.. i watched his innings of 319 & blistering 83 at chennai in the ground... wow..infact he is the guy who gives the momentum for the innings.. if he fails more or less inings collapses around 300... great player viru... keep rocking... one failure doesnt matter...

  • atul thakur on March 28, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    whatever one wish to say..the fact remains that sehwag is a rare talent nd a mercurial one at that...he will have his bad days where he may look ordinary but then we need such mercurial, unpredictable players to make test matches more interesting without killing the bowlers every time.

  • Rajit on March 28, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Sheer over confidence of the Team management is what has put India in deep trouble at Napier.Don't understand why the team was staying back at Auckland and landed at Napier only half a day before the Test match.It's all very well to say that they wouldn't have had a chance to practice at the Maclean Park but atleast they could have had the feel of the conditions by just being there.Moreover in whites Yuvraj seems like a fish out of water...Test cricket is just not his cup of tea.We need batsman with much tighter technique... also I feel Dravid and Laxman though they scored fifties, didn't dominate the bowlers as the scoring rate was below 3 per over for the duration of 32 overs that they were togather.And to add to Team management's over confidence is the same of the acting captain,why does he forget that he too is a "Pie-chucker" when taking on the spinners.He must understand that it's an important tribe ,here to exsist as long as this game does.

  • Sameer on March 28, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    We know how he plays every now and then. If at all,Sehwag learns to play as per situation on hand he will be regarded as a Great Batsman. Till then i think he is only a 'popular' blaster whose success rate is better as compared to others.

  • Rajiv on March 28, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    A very well compiled article and very true analysis Few words for Afthab Ahmed and Aamir Akhund you guys are chodus..dont write sehwag off he is a genius

  • k v sri hari on March 28, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    viru is a dashing batsman for both seamers and spinners.but he need to be there for them to see the shining stars early in the evening and morning too.today he was very unlucky to go through his shots and could not read the spinning ball correctly.

    .i think he will do his very best in hitting the ball to the boundarys and be the hero of third test.

  • Rajiv on March 28, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Sehwag doesn't keep his restraint and follows his own style of batting which at times have hurt team. He has responsibilty of being on the wicket for most part of the game because the team's progress rests on how you start? He always feels that spinners might pose a problem which is why he starts to play expensive shots.

  • Das Thyveetil on March 28, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    Sehwag is an exciting player. As the TV commentators described, the only explanation for his silly dismissals " d u m b".

  • sumit on March 28, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    hes a guy who has scored two triple hundreds by slaughtering all bowlers ,not by being conservative or dull as other players are..one or two bad innings dont make a difference ...he's a great player and a a great entertainer.we want him to play on this way.

  • Jay on March 28, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    We can't just go on glossing over Sehwag's madness in the spirit of " boys will be boys". He is wasting his huge talent by such prodigal behaviour and has ensured that India will lose this Test. The fact that he is captaining the side makes these gross indiscretions all the more heinous, particularly as he seems to have infected others like Gambhir. And how ironic that the Indian batsmen who are supposedly masters of spin bowling have flopped again against accurate spin bowling just 8 months after an abysmal perfoemance against the much bigger threat of the Sri Lankan spin twins, M and M. Meanwhile, the Kiwis have belted our sole spinner, where is Mishra?

  • proud_indian on March 28, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    Firstly - shame on Cricinfo for posting the comment by Aamir Akhund at March 28, 2009 8:44 AM. This is a cricket related site/topic - which the reader does not have the IQ to understand, and I wonder if the reader is showing his own desperation and frustration because he is living in a terrorist-state and acting like a complete imbecile by posting such comments. But maybe this is what the majority of people in that country are – CRETINS, whose main objective is to destroy the peace of the world.

  • raj on March 28, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    To Afthab and Aamir-I beg to disagree with you. Sehwag is and will be remembered as a great player long after he has hung up his boots. You may not like his style, but you have to accept the runs and the strike rate.

  • Wren on March 28, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    I like the comment by John Wright."Viru doesn’t think spinners have a right to exist.”It's hilarious.Im sure Sehwag will definetely think twice on his approach to spinners in the next match..but in the game after that he will return back to himself & smash them out of the ground.Haha

  • Arun on March 28, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    Good batsmen without temperment , has to learn to adapt to situation and play accordingly. Complacency should be the watchword if he can come over these he can be a better and dangerous player.

  • CharonOfAust on March 28, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    Sehwag is one of the most dangerous openers in the game. His high score along with his strike rate makes any opening bowler cringe at the prospect of their well aimed ball being found in the stands or ropes. If you get him out early then at least you make India work for their runs.

  • sudharsan on March 28, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    Shewag should read all these comments posted here to do better in coming test matches

  • sanuks on March 28, 2009, 9:38 GMT

    dude .."Viru doesn’t think spinners have a right to exist" ..... waw what a quote..........

  • DEEPAK KUMAR on March 28, 2009, 9:37 GMT

    I don't agree with some who have said that sehwag is not a great one ...........YES he is.........On his day he can be a match winner against any strongest team........letS give him time.........i am sure in the third test he will have a blast against New Zealand

  • sudharsan on March 28, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Shewag should read all these comments posted here to do better in coming test matches

  • boyors on March 28, 2009, 9:32 GMT

    wellsaid boyors sehwag is a v v v foolish player

  • Pratyush on March 28, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    It is very frustating to see a man of Sehwag's calibre to attempt such atrocious shots. Both innings he has be "out thought" by the bowlers, no questions .. and deserves all then flak he is receiving .. It might be too much for any other player but Sehwag has a silly habbit of doing such things.. and now India might have to pay for it in this test match. You cant expect such dismissals from a top order batsman and more importantly the skipper of the side.. It was disgusting..

  • Sameer on March 28, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    Guys, I think we are jumping to conclusions to soon. Sehwag is an aggressive player and he will go for his shots. Often he succeeds. It is better to get out while trying to score than to play a meek defensive prod. I agree that he should be a bit patient but his impatience makes his what he is today. He is a special player and a GREAT in his own exuberant, dominant way.

  • Sameer on March 28, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Guys, I think we are jumping to conclusions to soon. Sehwag is an aggressive player and he will go for his shots. Often he succeeds. It is better to get out while trying to score than to play a meek defensive prod. I agree that he should be a bit patient but his impatience makes his what he is today. He is a special player and a GREAT in his own exuberant, dominant way.

  • Mrinal Mayank on March 28, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Its ironical that a man who made his debut in the international cricket as a spinner who can bat, considers spinners as irrelevant species who don't deserve place on the cricket field. Instead of going for his head after this performance let us accept the fact that the mindset of Sehwag is incorrigible. At times he will look irresponsible, irritating, frustrating due to his approach towards the game. But their are also times when he looks marauder, powerhouse, delightful and so on..Imagine what would have been the motivation level of kiwis had Sehwag been successful in hitting patel out of the attack.India had benefited more than losing out due to this very Sehwag approach.The recent example being successful chase of 387 against England in Chennai.The only thing we can do is to sit and enjoy the unpredictability of this fellow and pray that more often than not he fires...

  • Vish on March 28, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    That was a disgusting stroke he played. What's more he was the captain of the side as well! Both put together, its nothing short of a crime. How ever good his hand-eye coordination is, he is still human and sometimes needs to bite the bullet and play according to the situation - something similar to how he played in the 4th test in Australia last year (scored 150+ to help India secure a draw). He may still bounce back and play a masterful innings in the next test but its a shame how he got out both times in this test. Big mountain to climb tomorrow.

  • Nick Gentle on March 28, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    Jeetan Patel is no idiot, neither is Vettori. On both occasions they have out-thought the batsman

  • surya on March 28, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    sehwag fares poorly when he doesnt feel challenged..Be it his poor records against the minnows or against unknown spinners.But in this test,he has become far too desperate too early against spinners.But on another day,everyone will wonder at his audacity in taking them on..Being a fan of sehwag can be frustrating at times.One has to deal with it.And by the way,sehwag in by means an average player.He is a freakish genius

  • Taq on March 28, 2009, 9:19 GMT

    Though Sehwag is good player,but he should have to play according to the sutioation rather than playing childish.The shot was unwarrent and should immediately take advise from coach.

  • Ashish on March 28, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    There are some things in this world, we just have to accept them as they are.The tower of pisa is leaning and like it or not, you have to accept it as it is. It wont get straight ever. Similarly, no matter what the form of the game is, no matter if its being played on a vicious turner or one with dangerous bounce, no matter if india is leading by 500 or following on , Sehwag will play his shots against all the bowlers. Vivian Richards never gave any respect to any bowler and neither does sehwag. So those expecting sehwag to change his game , are gonna be disappointed. If he changes his game a bit, we would lose an amazing art of batting, one which is mastered by few and is admired by the rest. Sehwag will slow down as his age increases, but till then we have the chance to enjoy the site of him hitting the most talented and experienced bowlers out of the ground. Rehna tu, hai jaisa tu.. thoda sa dard tu, thoda sukoon..

  • sheshu on March 28, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    and all this based on couple of innings... check his last year and a half and bowlers who bolwed in those games.. i don't know who is sillier sehwag or the author!!

  • srikanth on March 28, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    Infact to me vettori must be wondering why he did not do the same during T20, ODI'S and First test against bringing the spinners earlier when Viru was going great guns. Infact I am surprised more because Kiwis are the once who use to employ the tactics of operating at the start of the innings with spinners, Dipak Patel. In my opinion after the break which Viru had from international he has developed leg side play but to me he is still a lottery player.

  • Maverick on March 28, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Well you're right in your analysis.. Sehwag deserved to go with his silly approach.. but I thought the NZ Commentators were very biased and sometimes obnoxious in their comments.. they called Sehwag DUMB... probably they didnt know they were talking of a man with two triple centuries... not many people on this planet have done.. at least no NZ player.. and this might boomerang at them...and they will know who the DUMBERS are...

  • NS on March 28, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Leave alone Sehwag. He will sort his way out of this match. not for nothing he has scored triple centuries. yes he is arrogant sometimes and he pays the price. For that matter even mark waugh thinks that spinners should not exist. But why is no one talking about Yuvi. This guy just cannot play test cricket. why is Badri not given a decent run like Yuvi

  • amar on March 28, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    well said, sambit. with spinners on, sehwag gets more desparate to send the ball back to its home, which he strongly believes in.He looked more mature against M&M in srilanka but he is back to his form here.

  • Parthipan on March 28, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    A very interesting insight into Viru' mind - ( so to presume it will be ) as we know how unpredictable he is. But there is a method known to himself for all his unpredictability. Yes I have also felt frightening he is to face spinners. He hates the sight of a spinner. But the last comment is one worth mentioning - think Viru will also acknowledge it - IT IS THE SPINNERS HE DOESN'T RATE THAT HE TRIES TO HIT THEM INSTEAD WHAT THEIR DELIVERIES NEEDED.

  • Arsh on March 28, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    One the eve of the second test I was out for a dinner with a friend of mine, and I told him that if Jeetan plays the second Test, I will be very nervous indeed. I know Sehwag will treat him with contempt and pay the price. However its not the case just with Sehwag. Other bowlers in past have made Indian batsmen look silly, with Krezja being the most recent. Before he played Ganguly tried to smash White out of the park and lost his wicket in both innings to him.

    Also if you remember Asia cup final, when Mendis wrecked the Indian lineup, Sehwag was first to go in Mendis's first over - stumped. Usually when spinners get hit for a 4 or a six, the probably feel sick in the stomach. But when Sehwag hits them for a six, bowlers probably get excited in the anticipation.

  • Dev on March 28, 2009, 8:56 GMT

    Under the circumstances at the fag end of day 3 following on? What can you say? He has ability and he back's it to the hilt? but is there anything to prove? a sehwag in the middle scoring a respectable 50 percent would still have the opposition on the edge. I know he is there to win India matches but India will need to save few games as well!

  • kanishak on March 28, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    i agree.......surely where sehwag looks merely ordinary is against the spin bowling, not againt the big names but spinners who are trying to establish themselves in the international cricket. recently the series against aussies what we saw against jason kredja. Initially he sent him all round the park. What the ploy that Ponting had played pais off when jason got his man caught in the trap. I think time has come Sehwag need to understand that he is one who is the thunderstorm for other team when in full flow and also the storm for his own team when he tries to play out of his skin. Time is not so far when every team will know how to rein this wild horse.......

  • Afthab Ahmed on March 28, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    but I really think Sehwag would give due respect to Vettori & Spin Co. Ltd, and producing a batting masterclass in the third test.

  • KR Sriram on March 28, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    In a way, this is quite similar to Pietersen's dismissal by Yuvraj (the 'piechucker' tag), as also his dismissal in the 1st test against West Indies to Suleiman Benn (4,4,6 and out). and I suspect Pietersen doesn't rate Benn too highly either.

  • Afthab Ahmed on March 28, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Well said! Just as I had decided.

  • Aamir Akhund on March 28, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    How many times have i said it on these blogs that Shewag is a good batsman but not a great one by any standards. it seems that indians have a capacity to make average player into stars of the days. one has to think why do they do this? Is it because as a nation they are so desperate?

  • Imroz on March 28, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    SEHWAG is good at play.. but sometimes he has to play according to situation. or else he is a blaster and should learn from the master.. SACHIN TENDULKAR.

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  • Imroz on March 28, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    SEHWAG is good at play.. but sometimes he has to play according to situation. or else he is a blaster and should learn from the master.. SACHIN TENDULKAR.

  • Aamir Akhund on March 28, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    How many times have i said it on these blogs that Shewag is a good batsman but not a great one by any standards. it seems that indians have a capacity to make average player into stars of the days. one has to think why do they do this? Is it because as a nation they are so desperate?

  • Afthab Ahmed on March 28, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Well said! Just as I had decided.

  • KR Sriram on March 28, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    In a way, this is quite similar to Pietersen's dismissal by Yuvraj (the 'piechucker' tag), as also his dismissal in the 1st test against West Indies to Suleiman Benn (4,4,6 and out). and I suspect Pietersen doesn't rate Benn too highly either.

  • Afthab Ahmed on March 28, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    but I really think Sehwag would give due respect to Vettori & Spin Co. Ltd, and producing a batting masterclass in the third test.

  • kanishak on March 28, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    i agree.......surely where sehwag looks merely ordinary is against the spin bowling, not againt the big names but spinners who are trying to establish themselves in the international cricket. recently the series against aussies what we saw against jason kredja. Initially he sent him all round the park. What the ploy that Ponting had played pais off when jason got his man caught in the trap. I think time has come Sehwag need to understand that he is one who is the thunderstorm for other team when in full flow and also the storm for his own team when he tries to play out of his skin. Time is not so far when every team will know how to rein this wild horse.......

  • Dev on March 28, 2009, 8:56 GMT

    Under the circumstances at the fag end of day 3 following on? What can you say? He has ability and he back's it to the hilt? but is there anything to prove? a sehwag in the middle scoring a respectable 50 percent would still have the opposition on the edge. I know he is there to win India matches but India will need to save few games as well!

  • Arsh on March 28, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    One the eve of the second test I was out for a dinner with a friend of mine, and I told him that if Jeetan plays the second Test, I will be very nervous indeed. I know Sehwag will treat him with contempt and pay the price. However its not the case just with Sehwag. Other bowlers in past have made Indian batsmen look silly, with Krezja being the most recent. Before he played Ganguly tried to smash White out of the park and lost his wicket in both innings to him.

    Also if you remember Asia cup final, when Mendis wrecked the Indian lineup, Sehwag was first to go in Mendis's first over - stumped. Usually when spinners get hit for a 4 or a six, the probably feel sick in the stomach. But when Sehwag hits them for a six, bowlers probably get excited in the anticipation.

  • Parthipan on March 28, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    A very interesting insight into Viru' mind - ( so to presume it will be ) as we know how unpredictable he is. But there is a method known to himself for all his unpredictability. Yes I have also felt frightening he is to face spinners. He hates the sight of a spinner. But the last comment is one worth mentioning - think Viru will also acknowledge it - IT IS THE SPINNERS HE DOESN'T RATE THAT HE TRIES TO HIT THEM INSTEAD WHAT THEIR DELIVERIES NEEDED.

  • amar on March 28, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    well said, sambit. with spinners on, sehwag gets more desparate to send the ball back to its home, which he strongly believes in.He looked more mature against M&M in srilanka but he is back to his form here.