February 6, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011

Sehwag needs to bat long

Nitin Sundar

Virender Sehwag has mastered the art of batting long, while scoring at a furious pace in Tests, but tends to lose his wicket too soon in ODIs. The Indian Express' GS Vivek analyses.

The dichotomy even Sehwag finds hard to explain. "Yes, I have played Test cricket where I have gone on and batted for a day and a half. If you look back in the last one year, that's exactly what I have tried to achieve in the one-day game. I have scored big hundreds and I have indeed gone on to play as much as 30 overs in an innings. So it is something I have realised, and something that is showing in my batting but I am not going to get into a match there looking to play long or survive. I have matured now to pick the balls on which I want to play my shots, and also know what shots to play on them," says Sehwag.

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