India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 2nd day October 10, 2010

Sehwag undone by well-laid plan

Ben Hilfenhaus, the most skilled of the Australian bowlers, out-thought the most destructive batsman in world cricket
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It was a high. You were not sure how long it would last, but that actually was the thrill of it. As it turned out, it lasted for just 28 balls, but those 28 balls were worth remembering - both for Virender Sehwag's brilliance and Australia's acumen to get him out - as much as Marcus North's career-saving century or Sachin Tendulkar's serene saunter past 14,000 runs to stabilise India.

The near full-house - and that is a scheduling lesson for the BCCI who gives Tests to venues that don't really care about them - had seen and appreciated the visitors work hard for two sessions to get runs on board when all they actually came to see was Sehwag bat.

They had been patient, and cheered the Aussies. There was a sense of making up for Saturday when they booed every batsman that came out. When the Australian innings finally ended, they threw the niceties out and were ready for some real cheering. But there were only a few minutes to the tea break, and if hell would break loose, it would do so only after 20 minutes.

Sehwag came out to a typical Sehwag field. Square third man, deep point, fine leg, short leg, leg gully. It would all be short, mixed with the odd sucker ball. Sehwag upper-cut the first ball he faced, but deliberately in front of deep point. The crowd, it will be an understatement to say, went wild.

If Australia had the plan, Sehwag had the counters. He has done that to Kumar Sangakkara and Graeme Smith again and again over the last year, and was ready to do it to Ricky Ponting too.

What summed up Sehwag was neither an individual shot nor the strike-rate. It was the reaction on the faces of gully, slip and short leg when he upper-cut Mitchell Johnson. Michael Hussey at gully and Simon Katich at short leg were like men who were watching a prey enter the trap. Hussey jumped back expectantly, looking at the third man, only to see it sail over. Katich was sure that that was the wicket, but was left with an "aah" on his face. The prey had not only slipped away, he was creating havoc. Shane Watson at slip, perhaps more perceptive of Sehwag's methods than others, just laughed.

Johnson pitched up later, and Sehwag punched him through the covers. Peter George, the debutant, was then asked to bowl his first over to Sehwag of all the people. Twice in first over he was driven between the non-striker and mid-on. As the noise in the stands became louder and louder, the conferences between captain and bowler lasted longer and longer.

The decisive one was between Ricky Ponting and Ben Hilfenhaus, the most skilled of the Aussie bowlers. In his four earlier overs, he had managed just five deliveries at Sehwag. Now he had possibly a full over to work at Sehwag. There was a new plan here. There would be square legs in the circle, and another one in the deep. More accurate, more aggressive short deliveries would be bowled. And in Mohali he showed he has a mean bouncer to go with his outswing and occasional cutters.

If this was going to be short, Sehwag was going to pull it in front of square: he was going to be ready deep in the crease. Sure enough the ball was short, but it was the slower bouncer, and Sehwag ended up dragging the pull straight into the lap of the man waiting in the deep

The first one was so accurate it got Sehwag in the helmet. A hush fell on the ground. It sounded like a boo, but it like the nasty ones of yesterday. Hilfenhaus would have liked it. Nasser Hussain, one of the more successful captains in India, has spoken about the importance of silencing the indian crowds. It was perhaps that silence that let Hilfenhaus think more clearly.

If this was going to be short, Sehwag was going to pull it in front of square: he was going to be ready deep in the crease. Sure enough the ball was short, but it was the slower bouncer, and Sehwag ended up dragging the pull straight into the lap of the man waiting in the deep. For a moment, only Hilfenhaus could be heard in a stadium holding at least 30,000 people. He deserved to be. He had out-thought the most destructive batsman in cricket today.

Australia had jolted everybody out of the Sehwag high. Not for the first time in the series, a team had come back with the other threatening to dominate. Had Sehwag stayed for much longer than those 28 balls, India would have come back holding the advantage. Had Sehwag not got off to that start, Australia's energies would have been completely different.

A little spell of play where Australia planned to trap Sehwag, who broke free, but was dismissed before he could cause irreversible damage, summed up the series beautifully. Seven days of the series have been over, and neither side can claim it dominated the other by the end of any of those days.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Sunman81 on October 11, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Sidharth, it was juz the sehwag instinct that brought his downfall... With an attacking player like Sehwag you will def'ly get a chance... Australians were juz lucky to get that chance early yesterday.... to call it was a well laid plan or bowler outsmarting the batsmen really sounds funny...

    I am sure Ponting and Hilfenhaus will be laughing reading this article...

    Grow up mate....

  • on October 11, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Mr.Monga, Viru is not bothered by the your article like this.He will hit the same ball for six next time around.Plans don't don't worry noe they work against Viru.Viru just gifts his wicket.

  • piecricket on October 11, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Why can't you accept that even good players can fall for traps. Even your god Sachin Tendulkar gets out to traps. Maybe it deserved to get hit for six but the fact is he was out.

  • popcorn on October 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Nathan Hauritz can't bowl,can't bat, can't field, can't throw - he was impotent in the Mohali Test where Indian spinners were potent. In the Bangalore Test, he missed an easy run-out of Vijay. He should be sacked.

  • Pathiyal on October 11, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    i would just say that they were lucky this time. but remember everyday is not sunday. aussies, try the same in the second innings, u will understand what i meant. having said that, i would say as a team, the young aussies are still the best, the next only to india. best wishes to ricky and his team.

  • on October 11, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Extreme reactions are such a typically Indian/Pakistani/Sri Lankan way of dealing with cricket. That's the thing that foreign teams don't get when they tour in the sub-continent.

    So, Sehwag is either a "flat track bully" as @manasvi lingam put it or Bradman MkII. In reality he is neither. He is a good batsman with excellent reflexes and a keen eye. Technically not the best, but it's irrelevant. Since he was brought up on dead wickets, he is prone to the short ball; as most Indian batsmen are. He can be circumspect, but chooses not to be. He's entertaining and just needs to adapt to situations. If a team has truly figured him out then he will either have to change accordingly or lose his place in the XI.

    Let's put it this way, Sehwag maximizes his good patches unlike any other batsman. Maybe he ought to do ads for an Investment Banking firm?

  • nomikshah on October 11, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Todays are the worst bowling attacks in the annals of cricket. When people like Sehwag with no foot movement or technique to smother either spin or play moving ball score 2 triple centuries, done so by Bradman only, and come close to hitting a 3rd, done by none, it speaks volumes for the crap which is being turned out in the name of bowling.

  • PcDadda on October 11, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    @Ganes.V: "if you remove the big scores from his innings,his average becomes very poor" - this is so obvious and true for any player!!!

  • ArdentCritic on October 11, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Sehwag need to work hard on his stuff unlike SRT & Dravid - Who either work for their stats or past their prime. Sehwag has shown in the past that he can take it to the competetion and has scored home and away in siuations were other starwarts have failed mos of the time. Good luck too him.

  • GauravAndCricket on October 11, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    @ Ganes - Few things you might want to consider before commenting:1. He never gets away with excuses. Everybody knows this is the way he plays n this is the reason why he is in the team. 2. He doesnt play like this to live up to the reputation of an attacking player. If u ever noticed, he never plays for reputations. Had that been the case he would have been more careful for making big scores. This is his style. 3. Are u kidding when u say, take out his big scores n his average is lower. Haha this is logic. Everybody will have lower average when high scores are taken out. 4. Do u think other captains are fools that they havent treid frustrating Sehwag !!! If this was to happen, they would have been successful atleast by end of 9 years. 5. The biggest thing : He is an IMPACT player and this is his role in the team. All batsment cannot play like Dravid. Both have different roles. U keep fearing that his career will end soon, n Viru will keep scoring the way he has been doing so far

  • Sunman81 on October 11, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Sidharth, it was juz the sehwag instinct that brought his downfall... With an attacking player like Sehwag you will def'ly get a chance... Australians were juz lucky to get that chance early yesterday.... to call it was a well laid plan or bowler outsmarting the batsmen really sounds funny...

    I am sure Ponting and Hilfenhaus will be laughing reading this article...

    Grow up mate....

  • on October 11, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Mr.Monga, Viru is not bothered by the your article like this.He will hit the same ball for six next time around.Plans don't don't worry noe they work against Viru.Viru just gifts his wicket.

  • piecricket on October 11, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Why can't you accept that even good players can fall for traps. Even your god Sachin Tendulkar gets out to traps. Maybe it deserved to get hit for six but the fact is he was out.

  • popcorn on October 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Nathan Hauritz can't bowl,can't bat, can't field, can't throw - he was impotent in the Mohali Test where Indian spinners were potent. In the Bangalore Test, he missed an easy run-out of Vijay. He should be sacked.

  • Pathiyal on October 11, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    i would just say that they were lucky this time. but remember everyday is not sunday. aussies, try the same in the second innings, u will understand what i meant. having said that, i would say as a team, the young aussies are still the best, the next only to india. best wishes to ricky and his team.

  • on October 11, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Extreme reactions are such a typically Indian/Pakistani/Sri Lankan way of dealing with cricket. That's the thing that foreign teams don't get when they tour in the sub-continent.

    So, Sehwag is either a "flat track bully" as @manasvi lingam put it or Bradman MkII. In reality he is neither. He is a good batsman with excellent reflexes and a keen eye. Technically not the best, but it's irrelevant. Since he was brought up on dead wickets, he is prone to the short ball; as most Indian batsmen are. He can be circumspect, but chooses not to be. He's entertaining and just needs to adapt to situations. If a team has truly figured him out then he will either have to change accordingly or lose his place in the XI.

    Let's put it this way, Sehwag maximizes his good patches unlike any other batsman. Maybe he ought to do ads for an Investment Banking firm?

  • nomikshah on October 11, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Todays are the worst bowling attacks in the annals of cricket. When people like Sehwag with no foot movement or technique to smother either spin or play moving ball score 2 triple centuries, done so by Bradman only, and come close to hitting a 3rd, done by none, it speaks volumes for the crap which is being turned out in the name of bowling.

  • PcDadda on October 11, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    @Ganes.V: "if you remove the big scores from his innings,his average becomes very poor" - this is so obvious and true for any player!!!

  • ArdentCritic on October 11, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Sehwag need to work hard on his stuff unlike SRT & Dravid - Who either work for their stats or past their prime. Sehwag has shown in the past that he can take it to the competetion and has scored home and away in siuations were other starwarts have failed mos of the time. Good luck too him.

  • GauravAndCricket on October 11, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    @ Ganes - Few things you might want to consider before commenting:1. He never gets away with excuses. Everybody knows this is the way he plays n this is the reason why he is in the team. 2. He doesnt play like this to live up to the reputation of an attacking player. If u ever noticed, he never plays for reputations. Had that been the case he would have been more careful for making big scores. This is his style. 3. Are u kidding when u say, take out his big scores n his average is lower. Haha this is logic. Everybody will have lower average when high scores are taken out. 4. Do u think other captains are fools that they havent treid frustrating Sehwag !!! If this was to happen, they would have been successful atleast by end of 9 years. 5. The biggest thing : He is an IMPACT player and this is his role in the team. All batsment cannot play like Dravid. Both have different roles. U keep fearing that his career will end soon, n Viru will keep scoring the way he has been doing so far

  • popcorn on October 11, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    One more wicket - and we're into the Indian rookie tail - Australia can inflict an innings defeat on India! Go Aussies, go!

  • on October 11, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    this was just another dismissal...not any special one!!! I am sure next innings these short bowls will ggo out of the ground!!!

  • sammykent on October 11, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Sehwag is great. He sees the ball and he hits the ball...hard. Having a brutally aggressive opening batsman is a good idea against Australia, especially a guy that is happy to chance his arm. Generating impetus for the remaining batsman is what Sehwag does best. A decent start, if not great start, is almost a certainty with Sehwag at the crease. An opener that blocks out the new ball may hang around but if they lose their wicket early that have contributed nothing. Sehwag loses his wicket early and has posted 30 runs at close to a run a ball.

  • evenflow_1990 on October 11, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    this is what sehwag such a good batsman. he just goes for them, and with good regularity hits big scores. he's a good return on investment.

  • Runster1 on October 11, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Chillax australians. ZCalm down and dont get over youselves. sehwag is just ONE batsmen. he smashed ur bowlers. Australians are still losing 1-0

  • Chris_P on October 11, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    This is the way he plays! This is why he such a top cricketer. Often you succeed, other times you don't. Don't focus on his failings, for every batsman goes through this. Your best scoring shot will most likely be the shot that gets you out the most. So what? At the end of the day, you add up the benefits of playing in this manner over the downside of getting out and if you believe you are ahead, you keep going. I would suggest Sehwag is way ahead and wouldn't swap the way he plays. More players should have play in this manner and test cricket will be a much better game for it.

  • heterosexualcricketfan on October 11, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    I'm amused by all these infantile posts doubting sehwag's abilities a few days after he won the test cricketer of the year.There was a reason why he won,you know?As Mr.Monga says,answers have been given to questions asked by sangakkara & smith.Short pitched stuff has been dispatched & double hundreds have been scored.That was a very juicy ball & sometimes you hit it to the fielder. BTW,when will south indians learn 1)to appreciate performances of the northies 2)how to spell SEHWAG. It's not SHEWAG.It's not a long or particularly difficult name either.Mispronouncing can happen to anyone but spelling names as you pronounce them is dumb.

  • psheth on October 11, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    read all about how short ball was going to undo india. WHO ONE THE FIRST TEST.LET ME REPEAT WHO WON THE FIRST TEST.If we listen to their hype we should be dead last in the rankings. But are we? Surely every team knows how to bowl short ball. Yet Sehwag keeps on scoring all kinda runs. proof is in the puding. MAN ROCKS

  • vivek_tyagi on October 11, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    All the people criticizing Sehwag here go gaga when he wins matches almost single handedly. To people calling him flat track bully and 'Indian Afridi' here..plz don't glorify Afridi..his batting doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Sehwag's...just look at the test records. For the ignorant ones who just like to make posts just to sound all expert ...Sehwag has achieved success in Australia and SA of all the places. The guy is a proven match winner..and ask any visiting team whom they fear most and for who they make most strategies in this colossal Indian Batting line up, you'll all get the answer 'Sehwag'.

  • dalok on October 11, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    May I say "Monday Morning Quarterback!"

  • Nujee on October 10, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Junaid- indian afridi? please afridi is an amazing batsmen but they are way to different to label him like that.

  • imrananver on October 10, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    sehwag...... im sure he will make some 100s againts poor bowling teams and he will win the best player of the year next year also...... this guy not a test player he just the hitter.....

  • Nujee on October 10, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    GanesV. " if you remove the big scores from his innings,his average becomes very poor". Did you think before typing that one?? thats the case for every batsman in the world. Your a noob and you have proved it with that statement.

  • gerardpereira20 on October 10, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Is Shewag totally stupid? This is not the Shewag one man show and it is time some sat him down and got that through his thick skull. He nearly cost India the last match playing irresponsible shots and he may have cost India this one. If he can't knuckle down and play according to the match situation then it is time to boot him out of the team. Why should the likes of Ishant, and Laxman play through the pain barrier just to see Shewag throw it away. I think Shewag's ego is getting bigger by the day and he feels no bowler can contain him. Ok he is great to watch when he comes off but he looks like a buffoon when he gets out doing something stupid. Kevin Petersen once said that the way I bat and look where it got him. England were not afraid to boot Petersen out of the team until he gets his act together, it is time to give Shewag the same treatment

  • monil21 on October 10, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    @ganesh v: dude i think you are not watching the matches regularly. check the recored from last 11 innings shewag had score more than 50 runs in a innings which is a record and you are saying that remove the bigs runs his avg come down, if you remove the big runs from tendulkar, dravid, sunny etc there avg is also goin to come down, so dude learn cricket and then talk and write.

  • kesavramesh on October 10, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    He has to control his aggression. Dot like gavaskar said once give the first hour to the bowler and the rest of the day is for you. You can score HELL a lot of shots and go away with it but I am sure that bowlers today are getting smarter and smarter day by day. So as a batsman, if you want to shine, you have to outsmart bowlers. Being an ADAMANT fan of VURU, I would like him to take this and help him score / pass sachin's records. If not he will just be remembered as another batsman. Thats what differentiates between a normal batsman and a champion batsman. Its up to Viru to take it ignore it.

  • on October 10, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Very well written. Nothing is going to change the way Sehwag plays, but he is as entertaining as cricket can get!!

  • CRICK3TCR4ZY on October 10, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    @ GANES. V ..... ur comments make no sense dude.... U said " if you remove the big scores from his innings, his average becomes very poor" lol even BRADMAN's average will be very poor if you take the big innings out of his career. And I don't think he got out because Aussies "frustrated" him. I think it was the other way around (as its been for most of the captains lately against SEHWAG). He scored 30 runs at more than 100 strike rate.LOL. He got out because aussies laid different plans for him. You are just over criticizing this ERA's most attacking and most dangerous batsman in TEST CRICKET for making one mistake.

  • Bikram.Singh on October 10, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Thats why I always say, he is not a perfect batsman. The kind of talent he got he can easily score 100 every inning. But his instincts doesn't let him to do. The way he got out yesterday shows how much cricket he understands. That was simply idiotic.

  • DiggersRus on October 10, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Sehwag is over-rated, especially by this writer. If Sehwag is such a great batsman, he needs to recognise when there is a trap being set for him and play accordingly. There is absolutely no need to hit every single ball to the boundary to achieve a run-a-ball strike rate. Sehwag should speak to Watson about getting some tips on how to change the tempo of his batting during the course of an innings.

  • on October 10, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    @ Ganes.V

    You need to understand that he is a batting genius ( I learned it over the years) He is not your typical No.8 slogger of Afridiesque brand.

  • Percy_Fender on October 10, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I was watching the game and am not convinced that Sehwag was out to a plan even if there was a sucker punch that was so obvious. Other faster and perhaps far more accomplished bowlers have tried different things to rein in Virender Sehwag. Some have got him on the odd occasion, but more often than not it is he who has made the best in the business look foolish. Today, the ball would have sailed over but for the fact that he seemed to have directed it wrongly. Johnson was perhaps a foot inside the boundary and was most gleeful to see the ball coming towards him.Virender Sehwag takes such tactics as a challenge to his person. I am sure sometime soon he will have a more daring reply to the short ball tactic when even this option will have to be abandoned. I was more concerned about Rahul Dravid being trapped in the manner he was. It seemed so obvious and I feel so sad that such a great batsman fell for the ploy.

  • Jaggadaaku on October 10, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    These two stupids-Sehwag and Dravid once again showed their stupidity chasing all the trap balls. This should be over for both of the batsmen because there is no need to play like T20 in the tests try to play all balls and hit every ball boundary. This is not Sri Lanka or England. They are Australians who always keep learning about the players weakness and how to resolve it. Before this series started, Sehwag was in his extreme form hitting 4 centuries and 99 in constantly 5 tests and suddenly he is barely makes 50 runs. Now Sehwag's impression to the Australians is like a "DUDHPAAK" who hits few boundaries and gets out soon after. But Sachin and Murali showed the real modern touch of Test Cricket to the Australians.

  • waspsting on October 10, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    its just the way he plays - and in the long run, its served him well, hasn't it? Huge average. no point blaming him when it doesn't come off, and praising him when it does. the two go hand in hand. i'm sure he played some crazily risky shots in all those glorious double and triple hundreds. still, i can't help but feel as i read this that this was highly irresponsible cricket. Uppercuts and hooks for six when there are men out for the shot... is very low percentage. He has the shots of course, but they seem to master him, not the other way around. Don Bradman was a destroyer of bowling, but when they would set the field back for him, he'd just push it very safely to the fielder on the boundary and take ones and twos easily and without risk. Sehwag's a thriller, but IMO, he can do more for the team and for himself. This wasn't "i'll rise to any challenge" greatness, it was stupidity. and keep in mind that this isn't exactly the bounciest pitch ever. In perth, the quicks can get him so.

  • SAMVIJ on October 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    @abhi151515 : Hz it ever lasting whn he s never lasting! :)

  • on October 10, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    "If there is a ball to be hit, I will hit irrespective of my score & match situation." - Shewag. He answered when he was asked a question why came down the wicket to hit a six and complete his first ever triple hundred. This explains everything.

  • abhi151515 on October 10, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    viru bhaiiiiiiiiiiiiiii plssssssssssss plssssssssssssssssssssss plssssssssssssss dont read these type of articles ... jst play as you like and tht is what we like ...u reallly rock bhaiiii....if u get out for even 4 runs i ll feel happy tht u entertained me for 1 ball ..its ever lasting entertainment..

  • Ganes.V on October 10, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    I am sure that every team in the world irrespective of ranking will be able to get Sehwag out early in the innings.Just frustrate him with deliveries where he cannot score of- dry up the runs& see what he does- He will definitely do something stupid to get out.He always gets away with the excuse that this is the way he plays.There are these blind fans of his who always support him.He surely is a cricketer who changed the way cricket is played by India after 2001- agreed. But just to live up to the reputation of an attacking cricketer he often gets out. if you remove the big scores from his innings,his average becomes very poor. His second innings average is a perfect example for this!I am actually a big fan of his & would love to see him bat with more success.But unfortunately for all of us,I fear that his career would end soon as he is becoming more and more predictable because of which the intelligent bowlers are getting him soon now.Unless he starts thinking more he wont last long

  • on October 10, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    This test will be drawn if India goes beyond Australia's first innings total.

  • ABdareVinniers on October 10, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Let's bare in mind what Johnson said before the series had even begun. We all dismissed his comments because of his personality and the way he acts but he was speaking some truth all along. The short ball has proved Sehwag's undoing in 2 out of 3 innings. Even the dismissal in the 1st innnings in Mohali was shortish. Johnson is the kinda guy you want to hate but you must listen to his comments as Australia have backed them up and this time with the ball!

  • on October 10, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Mr Monga lets not jump the gun about Sehwag felling into the trap. He might have hit the same ball for a six and this article would have been different.

  • popcorn on October 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    And ..if only Simon Katich had snapped up the ball hit by Vijay between his legs....

  • manasvi_lingam on October 10, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Flat track bully - Sehwag. And Dravid is finished, completely finished! I never expected Dravid to hang on for such a long time even when he, and everyone knows, that he is totally out of form.

  • on October 10, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    This is warning from Viru, to see him in action. at ODIs , when he never minds about his retaining himself in the crease , will he dug him in when his period expected is shorter only. If Yui to come and the rising sun, /raina/ come it will be fire works fire works. we eagerly expect the ODIs

  • vissu295 on October 10, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    That ball deserved to be out of the stadium.

  • Ganes.V on October 10, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    This is Sehwag.He is aggressive and always plays how he played today.Does he really care who is bowling or where the fielders are.If at all he knows that there is a fielder at the boundary he would try to play the shot along the ground once every two times and the second one he would try to hit it over just to win the situation!He doesn't think beyond that.You really cannot count him as one of those cricketers who does his homework as to how to face a particular bowler and how not to etc;He just plays the way he does every single time.If he gives that extra little thought he would have been much better than what he is today and his averages would also be better.Don't think ANYONE can change the way he thinks(or not)or bats!Sehwag is Sehwag.I would love to see him think more when he bats so that the opposition earns his wicket rather than he giving it away as he has done probably 100 times in his career!Poor guy doesn't have enough brainto think!Honestly I just love the way he bats!

  • dyogesh on October 10, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    These 7 days prove what Stephen Fleming said. "A weak Australian team is an oxymoron" and what Ian Chappell has been repeating "Aussies do not beat themselves". They have no right to compete with India and that too in India with such an inexperienced line-up. But yet they have shows why you can't give an inch to Australia whatever be the names on the team sheet. Much as i love to hate them, no other team is as admirable as these guys when they let their non-verbal skills do the talking.

  • on October 10, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    1st ball in the innings for viru....its a defensive field......tats the scare he sends to the opposition...carry on ur batting in the same way....don care wat others say coz if they tel it wont happen.....n wil neither effect ur batting.....u r a champion batsmen viru bhai...u rock....all the very best......:)

  • on October 10, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    what a beautiful article...

  • on October 10, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Remember guys, he will be back in the 4th innings....

  • Nagpur-nationalist on October 10, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    I remember the February 2002 Test between India and Zimbabwe in Nagpur. For the first 2 days, no daily tickets were available- buy either for all 5 days or not at all. But from day 3, daily tickets were also available. On day 3, Sachin was batting and got 176, there was a FULL HOUSE 40,000 for the Test played in the old stadium in the heart of the city. Instead of blaming cricket-crazy Mohalians for not watching the Test, let the reporters like cricinfo blame PCA for making people go through 2 hour security check. TEST CRICKET SHOULD BE PLAYED IN NEWEER centres like Indore, Gwalior, and other places which have hosted Tests in the past, like Lucknow, Jallandhar, Hyderabad. The same centre getting too many matches is what takes away the interest (and money). Last year Nagpur got 7 matches in 4 months. How can people continue to maintain interest and willingness to blow away money?

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on October 10, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    This is what test cricket is about. It's like a chess game in motion. I rate Sehwag and I have great respect for Ben. I think Aus bowling future actually rest in him and not Johnson. Ben is more consistent and crafty.

  • Nagpur-nationalist on October 10, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Only one thing- Test matches in Mohali DRAW INTEREST but people cannot come in because there is a 2 hour long security check. After that, there is no roof in the stadium and the people have to sit in the blazing heat watching side on without water and food for the whole day. Also the idiots force people to buy tickets for all 5 days or not at all. In NAGPUR IN NOV 2008 PEOPLE WERE DYING TO WATCH GANGULYs LAST TEST. But the stadium was 16 km away, auto fare was 700 a day, 3500 for 5 days, no buses arranged by VCA to get there. The tickets were either for all 5 days or not all, and they were even as high as 10,000 Rs (People's monthly salaries). In fact, some people rioted demanding reduction in ticket prices so that they could watch some cricket. THE MATCH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED IN THE OLD STADIUM IN CIVIL LINES IN THE CITY and there should have been cheap, daily tickets (tickets for only 1 day). IN NAGPUR EVERY TEST SHOULD BE PLAYED AT THE OLD STADIUM IN THE CITY

  • on October 10, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Indian afridi can be out cheaply by thoughtful planning and perfect execution

  • on October 10, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    hook line and sinker, now i guess sehwag has to play real cricket shots now, no more slogging.

  • on October 10, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    just one innings and you talk about an opponent outwitting the other ...

  • Raja22222 on October 10, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    We need Shewag to play a long innings if we want to win.The opposition like OZ knows this very well also they knows how to make Shewag to commit a mistake if he plays with this Aggression.Mr.Shewag pls dont play test cricket in T20 style it may not work always. Play test atleast like ODI if you cant play in Test style.At least happy that Tendulkar and Vijay played like a test match. Because the game is 5 days long...

  • Something_Witty on October 10, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Sehwag's uppercut to Mitchell Johnson was rather top-edgish, that's probably why all Watson could do was laugh. He'll get away with it on small grounds but in places like Melbourne that would've been easily caught by third man. Praise Sehwag all you want. He's a fantastic batsman, but please don't act like he's one of a kind. Yes this has been a very good series, India vs Australia series usually are. It's a real shame that it's only being played over two tests.

  • peterss on October 10, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Good innings from vijay so far... hope he continues to play well and replaces the out of sorts gambhir soon. quite impressive

  • Razor88 on October 10, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    It has Always been Like.....Aussies start the day with a bang and dominate the first session and the second session is where India Bounces Back......But the Last session Both teams seem to Lose the Plot.....They were not able to Grab a Good 3rd Session which could really change the Mind set......Practically Both Teams Failed to Dominate 2 sessions in a row.......Which is vital to win a test match

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  • Razor88 on October 10, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    It has Always been Like.....Aussies start the day with a bang and dominate the first session and the second session is where India Bounces Back......But the Last session Both teams seem to Lose the Plot.....They were not able to Grab a Good 3rd Session which could really change the Mind set......Practically Both Teams Failed to Dominate 2 sessions in a row.......Which is vital to win a test match

  • peterss on October 10, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Good innings from vijay so far... hope he continues to play well and replaces the out of sorts gambhir soon. quite impressive

  • Something_Witty on October 10, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Sehwag's uppercut to Mitchell Johnson was rather top-edgish, that's probably why all Watson could do was laugh. He'll get away with it on small grounds but in places like Melbourne that would've been easily caught by third man. Praise Sehwag all you want. He's a fantastic batsman, but please don't act like he's one of a kind. Yes this has been a very good series, India vs Australia series usually are. It's a real shame that it's only being played over two tests.

  • Raja22222 on October 10, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    We need Shewag to play a long innings if we want to win.The opposition like OZ knows this very well also they knows how to make Shewag to commit a mistake if he plays with this Aggression.Mr.Shewag pls dont play test cricket in T20 style it may not work always. Play test atleast like ODI if you cant play in Test style.At least happy that Tendulkar and Vijay played like a test match. Because the game is 5 days long...

  • on October 10, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    just one innings and you talk about an opponent outwitting the other ...

  • on October 10, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    hook line and sinker, now i guess sehwag has to play real cricket shots now, no more slogging.

  • on October 10, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Indian afridi can be out cheaply by thoughtful planning and perfect execution

  • Nagpur-nationalist on October 10, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Only one thing- Test matches in Mohali DRAW INTEREST but people cannot come in because there is a 2 hour long security check. After that, there is no roof in the stadium and the people have to sit in the blazing heat watching side on without water and food for the whole day. Also the idiots force people to buy tickets for all 5 days or not at all. In NAGPUR IN NOV 2008 PEOPLE WERE DYING TO WATCH GANGULYs LAST TEST. But the stadium was 16 km away, auto fare was 700 a day, 3500 for 5 days, no buses arranged by VCA to get there. The tickets were either for all 5 days or not all, and they were even as high as 10,000 Rs (People's monthly salaries). In fact, some people rioted demanding reduction in ticket prices so that they could watch some cricket. THE MATCH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED IN THE OLD STADIUM IN CIVIL LINES IN THE CITY and there should have been cheap, daily tickets (tickets for only 1 day). IN NAGPUR EVERY TEST SHOULD BE PLAYED AT THE OLD STADIUM IN THE CITY

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on October 10, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    This is what test cricket is about. It's like a chess game in motion. I rate Sehwag and I have great respect for Ben. I think Aus bowling future actually rest in him and not Johnson. Ben is more consistent and crafty.

  • Nagpur-nationalist on October 10, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    I remember the February 2002 Test between India and Zimbabwe in Nagpur. For the first 2 days, no daily tickets were available- buy either for all 5 days or not at all. But from day 3, daily tickets were also available. On day 3, Sachin was batting and got 176, there was a FULL HOUSE 40,000 for the Test played in the old stadium in the heart of the city. Instead of blaming cricket-crazy Mohalians for not watching the Test, let the reporters like cricinfo blame PCA for making people go through 2 hour security check. TEST CRICKET SHOULD BE PLAYED IN NEWEER centres like Indore, Gwalior, and other places which have hosted Tests in the past, like Lucknow, Jallandhar, Hyderabad. The same centre getting too many matches is what takes away the interest (and money). Last year Nagpur got 7 matches in 4 months. How can people continue to maintain interest and willingness to blow away money?