Samir Chopra July 28, 2010

Viru the Incorrigible

Perhaps he will set himself some new target
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On 26 December 2003, sitting high up in the stands of the still-under-construction MCG, I watched with dismay as Virender Sehwag, after having gone to 195 with a six off Simon Katich, holed out in an attempt to go for the double-century-clinching six. At that moment, I wasn't sure what I was more upset about: an Indian batsman getting out, missing out on a chance to see a Boxing Day double-hundred scored by an Indian, or even more importantly, the anxiety over a possible collapse. India slid from 278 for 1 to 366 all out [India were 311 for 3 when Sehwag was dismissed]; Australia racked up a huge lead in response, and by the end of the match India had surrendered a precious 1-0 lead in the series. With that, India's best chance of ever winning a series in Australia went down the proverbial drain.

This morning, I woke to find out that Sehwag had gone for 99, rushing out to a spinner to get a six and his ton, and merely earning himself a stumping in the process. India were 165 for no loss (in response to a Sri Lankan score of 642 for 4) and promptly subsided to 173 for 3). Thanks to the Tendulkar-Raina stand, all is not lost for India yet but there is still plenty of time left in this game. They could still go down 0-2 by the game's end.

So, shall we all do a Boycott, and ask for a look at Viru's cranium to see if there is anything in there? I might but if I did, my interests would lie in the direction of checking to see if there was anything in there that I could possibly emulate. I wouldn't mind being in a position where I get to score Test centuries thrice in a row, and miss out on the fourth one by a solitary run.

Clich├ęs about living and dying by swords, and about sticking to what works for you aside, it would be spectacularly churlish to blame Sehwag for the loss of the MCG Test (or the SSC Test if that is how things turn out). He made more than half the Indian total at the MCG; the game was lost because the remaining 10 men on the team failed to pull their weight. If India lose at SSC, it won't be because Sehwag batted in the only way he knows; it will be because the Indian bowling had already allowed 600 runs on the board. Indeed, it is a singularly depressing fact to note that India have, by and large, wasted Sehwag's tons. (The stats are worth looking at for the curious).

I suspect that once the disappointment of the missed ton faded, Sehwag was the first one to allow himself a chuckle at how things turned out. But I don't think the frivolity will last long. Sehwag's reaction to the MCG loss was, as he pointed out himself in interviews later, the spur to go on and make bigger scores (he went to a triple-ton with a six in Pakistan a few months later). Perhaps he will set himself some new target. Perhaps he will have his eye on Randiv for some special treatment in the next Test. All of which is only good news for those of us that like watching Sehwag bat.

Samir Chopra lives in Brooklyn and teaches Philosophy at the City University of New York. He tweets here

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  • Justis on January 26, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Yeah that's what I'm takling about baby--nice work!

  • samarth on August 17, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Sehwag is like himself and has no parallels in the history of test cricket. The reason is simple- This is an era where there is no single team which is dominating Test Cricket. The competition is tougher and that makes Viru an even bigger force to reckon...He defies the bowlers and his critics alike...!

  • Purajay on August 8, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Sehwag is as good a batsman as any in the Indian team, including Tendulkar and Dravid.

    I reckon by the time he retires, he will be mentioned in the same breath as Sachin. His test batting has become truly extraordinary by now...amazing player. There is really no one like him in any team in any part of the world

  • Gorky Shaw on August 3, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    nice article Samir. I have believed Sehwag would do great things since that innings against New Zealand, which I watched in awe as a schoolboy. And ever since, I have always prayed that he doesn't change, and what a great he has turned out to be. Yes, Viru, we wish that next time you reach 99, you go for that six. Even if you fail, we will want you to go at it again next time. Please don't change.

  • Iqbal on August 1, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I agree with Ganes...if the partner other end calm him, he should have made triple. I remember once Sachin told Sehwag that ...if you try to hit 6 next over I will kick your butts...

  • anil on July 31, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    You cannot have a bowler hijack sehwag intent. He can only take the bowliong for so long. Knowing his inning on 3rd day before lunch - I think he has negotiated with the -ve bowling with great patience. If it was SRT in this situation - Sure he would not miss his 100 or 200.

  • lakshminarayana.B.S on July 30, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Sehwag is a best and best compare to others because he never bother the bowler

  • TAMIL SELVAN on July 30, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    viru i liku u because of ur batting style so pls enternine like this long life to uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • Murari on July 30, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Viru,There is no doubt you do not use your feet like a fox but you are Angad and can use your Gada to amaze all the cricket fans. God bless you!,you will surprise the world the great power and vigour in you.You are a lad on the shoulder of Sachin but you can run faster by hand and intution not by the feet.I admire you by trying to hit a sixer for others and not for youself.Thanks and Congratulations! -- Murari

  • Anonymous on July 30, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    We are soon going to be left only with Virendar Sehwag as Dravid, Sachin,Laxman will bow out soon.. We might be faced with the same fate of 1990's switching off telivision sets once sachin gets out .. Lets hope that is not the case.. Sehwag looks like a 10,000 runs cricketer.. Good luck to him...

  • Justis on January 26, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Yeah that's what I'm takling about baby--nice work!

  • samarth on August 17, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Sehwag is like himself and has no parallels in the history of test cricket. The reason is simple- This is an era where there is no single team which is dominating Test Cricket. The competition is tougher and that makes Viru an even bigger force to reckon...He defies the bowlers and his critics alike...!

  • Purajay on August 8, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Sehwag is as good a batsman as any in the Indian team, including Tendulkar and Dravid.

    I reckon by the time he retires, he will be mentioned in the same breath as Sachin. His test batting has become truly extraordinary by now...amazing player. There is really no one like him in any team in any part of the world

  • Gorky Shaw on August 3, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    nice article Samir. I have believed Sehwag would do great things since that innings against New Zealand, which I watched in awe as a schoolboy. And ever since, I have always prayed that he doesn't change, and what a great he has turned out to be. Yes, Viru, we wish that next time you reach 99, you go for that six. Even if you fail, we will want you to go at it again next time. Please don't change.

  • Iqbal on August 1, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I agree with Ganes...if the partner other end calm him, he should have made triple. I remember once Sachin told Sehwag that ...if you try to hit 6 next over I will kick your butts...

  • anil on July 31, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    You cannot have a bowler hijack sehwag intent. He can only take the bowliong for so long. Knowing his inning on 3rd day before lunch - I think he has negotiated with the -ve bowling with great patience. If it was SRT in this situation - Sure he would not miss his 100 or 200.

  • lakshminarayana.B.S on July 30, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Sehwag is a best and best compare to others because he never bother the bowler

  • TAMIL SELVAN on July 30, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    viru i liku u because of ur batting style so pls enternine like this long life to uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • Murari on July 30, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Viru,There is no doubt you do not use your feet like a fox but you are Angad and can use your Gada to amaze all the cricket fans. God bless you!,you will surprise the world the great power and vigour in you.You are a lad on the shoulder of Sachin but you can run faster by hand and intution not by the feet.I admire you by trying to hit a sixer for others and not for youself.Thanks and Congratulations! -- Murari

  • Anonymous on July 30, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    We are soon going to be left only with Virendar Sehwag as Dravid, Sachin,Laxman will bow out soon.. We might be faced with the same fate of 1990's switching off telivision sets once sachin gets out .. Lets hope that is not the case.. Sehwag looks like a 10,000 runs cricketer.. Good luck to him...

  • manu on July 30, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    sehwag is sehwag... you cannot change him by any ways... be it in 99 or first ball of an innings he will go for the biggie if he feels... well thats the sehwag we are all seeing for last 8 years , without that aggression he is not a sehwag we want to see... to be frank do any body here want sehwag to play a dravid like or laxman like inns??? because thats not wat we are expecting from this man.... To me after Ganguly he is the one who changed the fate or face of indian cricket (even teams like srilanka n ausies r doing same by sending dilshans n watsons up the order)... I love him hit the stands each n every ball... watching sehwag is like watching a horror movie or riding a rollercoaster.. you cant predict whats comming next... Well thats d viru we all know and needs..

  • Anuj Suneja on July 30, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    1. Sehwag scores at an average which is as good as the GREATS we have had in Test Matches. 2. Acknowledge that he is a TERROR for the oppositions and the MOST DANGEROUS batsman in the world right now. 3. He has got out on 99 or 195 odd a couple of times, but any other batsman would have too! 4. The fact the he has scored many centuries, even triple centuries with a 6 tells us that he will ALWAYS play his game despite his personal score and he has succeeded on that totally. 5. The fact that India got out cheaply after his dismissal is not at all his fault, the batsmen who got out are to be blamed. 6. It could be because he makes any wicket look ridiculously easy, when he is going strong that other batsmen too start thinking like that and get out (Assumption) 7. He can win test matches for India and Chepauk against England was just one example of getting a result from a draw just because of Sehwag, ofcourse Sachin finished wonderfully with an assured hundred, but Viru gave hope.

  • gaurang on July 30, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    no doubt sehwag is best and pls dont change your style to play the cricket we love to watch as you play the every ball and hit for the out of the ground

  • PavanSehwag on July 30, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Viru is greatest player i have ever seen. He is nawab of indian cricket.

  • Longmemory on July 30, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Viru should be cherished for yet another reason: he reminds us that cricket is a game and ultimately something to be enjoyed. Its not an arena in which our national worth is decided, and life goes on after victory or defeat. His zen-like indifference to the result and his focus on the process are enviable. Here is a man who could possibly have become the greatest middle order batsman India has ever seen and yet he has rarely complained about being pushed into opening. He just got on with it and does what he does as best he can. I suspect a lot of us will appreciate his real worth only in hindsight.

  • Rooboy on July 30, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Don't change a thing, Viru. A player has to play in the way that feels natural to him, and for every one of Sehwag's seemingly irresponsible dismissals, there will be many more magical innings.

  • Mayya on July 30, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Heyyyy guys...Viru is jst one player of his kind. Hope we get an other SACHIN in nxt 10yrs but there can't be an other VIRU. He's jst too good man and at smtimes his shots are better than that of "The Master" , who himself admitted it many a times. No bowler in the worlod can bowl to viru without thinkin twice as to where to pitch the ball for this guy. Outside the offstump by an inch :- it get blasted into covers, into his body/on the pads :- there comes the flick of wrists/booming drive to long on... U cnt make an inch of an error while bowling to VIRU... Long live VIRU....

  • dilip mahanty on July 30, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Predictability bores unpredictability excites! Sehwag excites whenever he is at the crease because he does the unexpected. When a staid single would have been enough to reach his century he goes for the maximum.Death or glory is the motto ingrained in his psyche. When he succeeds he is glorious. When he fails the critics come out with knives!Somewhere lost in these two extremes is the fact that he is launching a psychological warfare on the opposition. His aggression puts the bowlers off their line, length and strategy. This makes life easier for the batsmen following him as the bowlers are deflated if Sehwag succeeds. Of course the flip side is that when he departs early, the bowlers receive a tremendous boost!This risk is worth it because Sehwag succeeds more often than he fails. A Test average of over 54 puts him in the top echalon of batsmen playing the game. Rather a Sehwag than a Boycott or Chris Tavare or Hanif Mohammad or Atherton!

  • Rakesh on July 29, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    I think aggression comes to Viru naturally.He is the player who wants to dominate and he is champion of it. He is audacious,confident and reliable( test #1 player).He is the real ambassodor of cricket as he plays to entertain people.He follows his hearts and intincts and has been successful till now. Many former cricketers have given their piece of advices but he does what he thinks is right...

  • Chetan asher on July 29, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Sameer, cut the c**p - the actual reason why India loses so many test matches is because irresponsible, self-stiled cricket experts like you allow the so-called great batsmen to be lethargic & put additional pressure on the bowlers, whose strength is reduced to support the batsmen to begin with in any case. Basics - please tell me about a team that scored 1 run more than the opposition & lost any cricket match. The Indian team loses thanks to lethargic, selfish batsmen who will do anything like work if and only if their individual positions are in danger (there was no such danger at Galle, resulting in soft dismissal of 4 of the top 5 & an India defeat). Till such time as you press reporters remind the Indian batsmen that they need to earn their place in the Indian team with honest, sensible criticism, you are misusing your influence, AGAINST INDIA.

  • Ajith on July 29, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Viru is great. He is the only player in the world doesnt fear any bowlers but the bowlers do.

  • surya on July 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    bang on target when you said its stupid to blame sehwag for the collapses you mentioned.People love to use him as a scapegoat for the inability of his fellow men.But i dont think he ever thinks abt them when he's batting.I have nothing to worry abt sehwag except that i wish he doesnt go by his remarks that he will play only 100 tests which was a shock to me

  • surya on July 29, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    bang on target when you said its stupid to blame sehwag for the collapses you mentioned.People love to use him as a scapegoat for the inability of his fellow men.But i dont think he ever thinks abt them when he's batting.I have nothing to worry abt sehwag except that i wish he doesnt go by his remarks that he will play only 100 tests which was a shock to me

  • PUNEET on July 29, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    THERE IS NO BODY BETTER THAN VIRU WHEN IT COME TOCREATING PANIC ON OPPONENT'S TEAM . SACHIN IS AN IDOL MORE WORSHIPED THAN FEARED .. AS A BATSMEN HE EVICT THE FEAR WHEN YOU SEE A TIGER IN THE JUNGLE!! LET HIM NOT CHANGE & PLEASE STOP ADVISING VIRU HOW NOT TO PLAY AT 99 !! UNFORTUNATELY HE IS STILL NOT CONSIDERED A LEGEND BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE CENTURIES AGAIN BANGLADESH & ZIMBABWE !!! VIRU U R AN ICON !!!

  • Sehwag Fan on July 29, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    It's obvious noting a batsmen getting out playing an aggressive shot. But the thing about test cricket is that a batsmen might be just as likely to get out playing defensively. Sehwag did what he does best....attack the ball. No reason to criticize him for that. Now, if India needed a couple of runs to avoid the follow-on with one wicket left, I doubt Sehwag would repeat the shot in such a situation.

  • Rajaraman on July 29, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Cricket lovers especially Indians have to accept to the fact that Viru is what he is and you cant have your way with him. A man in his own right on his own terms in his own territory. Looking closely at his cranium one tends to spot the detached mindset of a saint or a monk. His reactions or rather actions - since he seldom reacts - do not give away anything about the man and his thinking. Truly a ruthless and sedate saint.

  • Ganes on July 29, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Well- This is Sehwag and I wont be surprised at all if he does this again- try hitting a 6 to reach his century! Infact I will be surprised if he keeps nudging and pushing for singles when he is on 97 or 98! That is the way he bats and he has been successful more often than not. So its fine. Considering the context of certain games, it would be advisable though to give an instruction to the partner on the other end to keep calming him down often so that it serves the bigger cause.I am a big fan of Sehwag and I just love the way he bats.I know and keep saying to my friends that he is one batsman who will keep the bowler interested always when he bats.Of course on a bad day (for India and Sehwag) the bowler will have a good laugh but on certain other days its Sehwag's bat which will be laughing all the way!I would love to see him aim for the highest score by a batsman in test cricket.I am sure Sehwag is one who can challenge that and achieve it as well provided he shows more dedication

  • arshad on July 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Great Article SEHWAG is a great batsmen

  • saurabh on July 29, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    this tendency of this man sets him apart and he has redifined cricket and life.his approach is ever-positive and he never let it die for whatsoever reason.hats off to him

  • alex on July 29, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    the man knows no fear... he is a throwback to the days of Trumper, Gregory and more recently Gilchrist. he is the apt example of the "KISS" principle... the state of play does not influence his batting... it is often the other way around. he has an appetite for large scores and gets them quickly... most importantly he is a player with a "big match temperament"... not many have this rare gift... thanks Sehwag for making cricket fans happy regardless of their affiliations...

  • Alladin on July 29, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Viru is a great cricketer, nobody will be going anywhere when he is batting in the middle, in form or not, live with the sword and die with it is his motto, Who in the present context of the game would watch Boycott batting, with all his brains he would have contributed to the demise of test cricket................

  • Indian on July 29, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Thats the way he is... super Sehwag! Thats what makes him such an entertaining batsman. He should continue playing the way he has been and not worry about personal landmarks. Its the best way he can serve Indian cricket.

  • Sunil Agarwal on July 29, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Sports is all about entertainment. Hitting six at 99, or 199, or 299 is a real entertainer thought to either teams. If the batsman succeeds his mate, and country folk rejoice, if fails the other party.

    Just think of the adventure it brings, and will aliven the spirit of the games.

  • Durgesh on July 29, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    It's a pleasure for everyone to watch viru bat throughout.Sehwag should bat in the best possible way he knows.Moreover India lost the Boxing day test not because of Sehwag it was more about the way the rest of the 18 wickets played for India in the match.Sehwag played his part my smashing 195 runs in a single day of the match but what about the others?It is very irresponsible for blaming sehwag for the lost match in MCG or the one that in GALLE

  • Durgesh on July 29, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    It's a pleasure for everyone to watch viru bat throughout.Sehwag should bat in the best possible way he knows.Moreover India lost the Boxing day test not because of Sehwag it was more about the way the rest of the 18 wickets played for India in the match.Sehwag played his part my smashing 195 runs in a single day of the match but what about the others?It is very irresponsible for blaming sehwag for the lost match in MCG or the one that in GALLE

  • Kunal Talgeri on July 29, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    One of the many beautiful things Sehwag has almost trained cricket fans, especially Indian ones, to do is to accept each player's game. We have reconciled to his adventurous and risk-prone brand of batting. Fifteen years ago, everyone would criticise Sachin for trying one shot too many in ODIs, or Dravid for stone-walling one end. It was Brian Lara who told a news channel in India in 2005 that Indian fans can feel privileged to see the variety in this top order. Rather than compare Dravid then with Tendulkar, he said, relish the styles of Laxman, Ganguly, Tendulkar and Dravid in one era, one side. Sehwag has added another beautiful layer to that ensemble, and made us fans more accepting.

  • Sandeep on July 29, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I agree. Sehwag has matured as an aggressive batsman. India must be proud of its meticulous opener.

  • sa manchalas on July 29, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Sehwag is god. Period.

  • subho on July 29, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Shewag is the most effective and the most gifted batsman india ever produced. one of the best in the world ever ever.

  • Sid Rao on July 29, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Amen, brother. I sure hope we see a Sehwag special in the next test. There is no greater delight than seeing him crack a double or a triple ton.

  • Harminder on July 29, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Sehwag is one of a kind. I think Gordon Greenidge to an extent was an opener like him though more in the traditional mould. He played his own game while the rest played theirs. And he too demloished some of the leading attacks of his time while his counterpart may have struggled (very rare though with Viv,Clive and Desi in the wings). Cricket is richer with players like Shewag around.

  • waterbuffalo on July 29, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Sehwag lives by the sword and dies by it, I remember against Pakistan, he brought up his 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 all with sixes, in my opinion, he is the most destructive batsman since Richards. Besides that pitch is so flat, you have 1000 runs for 8 wickets, that is the bigger problem than Sehwag getting out for 99. This is one reason Test Cricket is dying, everybody knows the pitches are flat, so nobody cares, why should anybody be bored for six hours? As much as I respect Mahela and Sangakarra, their scores at the SSC mean nothing to me. That is not Test cricket.

  • deepak on July 28, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    That's why watching Viru play is like watching a edge of the seat suspense thriller you don't know what to expect. I guess that's part of his charm.

  • Ashwini on July 28, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Sehwag is the only batsman I watch when India is playing. So what he got out at 99? Thats life! He did his job. He is a free spirit, and thats precisely why I love to see him bat. No fear!

  • Hari on July 28, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Viru, please don't change; the next time you reach 99 do get that six! We take him for granted, we never appreciate him enough! Maybe that's because he does a bit of clowning around. Let's all enjoy the ride till it lasts.

  • Phani on July 28, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I would not be unduly worried about the way Sehwag gets out. What worries me is the way Indian team collapses after his dismissal. While some of the innings were built just on the weight of the runs scored by him like Chennai triple hundred or Galle double hundred India have lost massively despite 195 (Melbourne test) or 201 (Bangalore vs Pakistan). The moral is while Sehwag does what he does best as he lives by the sword and dies by it, team India seems to lose their direction bieng engrossed in his enteraining innings or for what ever reason despite best efforts from Viru.

  • Chandan on July 28, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Terrific article Samir but I was especting something more informative as well as constructive from you. Not many people are writing about how India's team building is in shambles because of the current set of selectors' short-sightedness.

    Anyway, your wish was fulfilled by our current set of batsmen that they chase down a score over 300 in the 4th inning. And they did it at Chepauk where 4th inning scoring has been a nightmare!

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  • Chandan on July 28, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Terrific article Samir but I was especting something more informative as well as constructive from you. Not many people are writing about how India's team building is in shambles because of the current set of selectors' short-sightedness.

    Anyway, your wish was fulfilled by our current set of batsmen that they chase down a score over 300 in the 4th inning. And they did it at Chepauk where 4th inning scoring has been a nightmare!

  • Phani on July 28, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I would not be unduly worried about the way Sehwag gets out. What worries me is the way Indian team collapses after his dismissal. While some of the innings were built just on the weight of the runs scored by him like Chennai triple hundred or Galle double hundred India have lost massively despite 195 (Melbourne test) or 201 (Bangalore vs Pakistan). The moral is while Sehwag does what he does best as he lives by the sword and dies by it, team India seems to lose their direction bieng engrossed in his enteraining innings or for what ever reason despite best efforts from Viru.

  • Hari on July 28, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Viru, please don't change; the next time you reach 99 do get that six! We take him for granted, we never appreciate him enough! Maybe that's because he does a bit of clowning around. Let's all enjoy the ride till it lasts.

  • Ashwini on July 28, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Sehwag is the only batsman I watch when India is playing. So what he got out at 99? Thats life! He did his job. He is a free spirit, and thats precisely why I love to see him bat. No fear!

  • deepak on July 28, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    That's why watching Viru play is like watching a edge of the seat suspense thriller you don't know what to expect. I guess that's part of his charm.

  • waterbuffalo on July 29, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Sehwag lives by the sword and dies by it, I remember against Pakistan, he brought up his 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 all with sixes, in my opinion, he is the most destructive batsman since Richards. Besides that pitch is so flat, you have 1000 runs for 8 wickets, that is the bigger problem than Sehwag getting out for 99. This is one reason Test Cricket is dying, everybody knows the pitches are flat, so nobody cares, why should anybody be bored for six hours? As much as I respect Mahela and Sangakarra, their scores at the SSC mean nothing to me. That is not Test cricket.

  • Harminder on July 29, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Sehwag is one of a kind. I think Gordon Greenidge to an extent was an opener like him though more in the traditional mould. He played his own game while the rest played theirs. And he too demloished some of the leading attacks of his time while his counterpart may have struggled (very rare though with Viv,Clive and Desi in the wings). Cricket is richer with players like Shewag around.

  • Sid Rao on July 29, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Amen, brother. I sure hope we see a Sehwag special in the next test. There is no greater delight than seeing him crack a double or a triple ton.

  • subho on July 29, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Shewag is the most effective and the most gifted batsman india ever produced. one of the best in the world ever ever.

  • sa manchalas on July 29, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Sehwag is god. Period.