England in India 2012-13 November 6, 2012

Sehwag keen to build on Ranji ton

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Virender Sehwag, who scored a fighting century for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh on Monday, refused to be drawn into the debate about his form. His innings of 107 - his first century in any form of cricket in 11 months and his first in Ranji Trophy in six years - couldn't prevent Delhi's defeat, but it allayed the doubts over his indifferent form. Sehwag said he was happy to have scored the century and hoped to bat well in the upcoming Test series against England.

"I am happy that I scored 100 against UP. Whether I am back in form or not, is not for me to decide but I thought I played well enough and hope to do well (against England)," he told PTI.

Sehwag, who scored 25 in the first innings, suffered a cut on his ring finger when a chance off Mohammad Kaif flew past him at first slip on the second day. He didn't take the field for the first two sessions on the third day and only came out to bat at No. 6 as Delhi's bid to save the match started faltering. He batted for almost four hours and faced 165 balls during his innings.

"My injury forced me to bat in the middle order," he said. "The doctor did not give me local anaesthesia on time. The team management decides [the move to] the middle order and not the player himself.

"My finger is getting better. It's fine at the moment."

There have been concerns over the form of Sehwag and his opening partner, Gautam Gambhir. But Sehwag, like Gambhir, believes they are still the best openers in India, and refused to comment on the selectors' decision to pick two more openers in the squad for England, Ajinkya Rahane and M Vijay.

"Yes, we are [the best opening pair in the country]. The decision [to include two more openers] is taken by the national selectors. They know it well."

Sehwag is also close to a personal milestone. He is just two matches short of becoming only the ninth Indian player to play 100 Tests. "It was my dream to play for my country. Since the time I achieved that, my next dream has been to perform well and play 100 Tests for India. I am very happy that moment is coming soon," he said.

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  • on November 9, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    y r u guys critizing sehwag alone where poor performances of other players such as gauti,msd,raina,rohit who have been given continuous chances ahead of poor performances in the past years test captaincy shud b changed to virat r gauti and sehwag shud prove his form in first two test otherwise he should rested for upcoming tests in eng series, and make indian middle order stronger by giving chances to M Kaif, P Patel, S Badrinath Who Can Play Steady And Crucial Knocks Once Again Choosing An Worst Bowling Unit With Fitness Misery Zah, Not Consistency In Length Ishanth Wat About Legspinner A Mishra Who Performed Wonderful Scenario In Border Gavaskar Trophy Due To Dhoni'S Ego V Lost Dada , Wall , Laxman And Now Sehwag And Sachin To Follow.....

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on November 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Get out of the team mr.viru for the time-being ... u r not gonna be in the frame for future goals!!!U are not a gud fielder (except catching). U were certainly one of the most destructive batsmen in the game but still age is catching u up...U r attitude is really worrying.U and Gauti shud take a break and analyse wat is wrong and then perform well and then try to get into team!!! Pls don see personal pride at the expense of the team!!!! I still hav respect for u but pls take a brk and come back if possi

  • WishIndiaImprove on November 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Guys. Shewag can still bat and score runs for India. but why should he put effort when he and bunch of others are automatic selection to India team? Tell him that you are dropped due to performance and go back to domestic and prove. You will see the different Shewag. Except Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Kohli everyone thinks they have achieved everything in cricket now they are automatic selection irrespective of their performance. They do not have fear about getting dropped. Fear gives better performance.

  • JontyKumma on November 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @barwala_vasi Sehwag's 300s do come in quick time, but you can't say they effect results more than others. Only one of his two 300s have ended in a victory for india, and that too due to a match bag of 8 and 6 a piece for Kumble and Irfan, respectively. About the 293 at Mumbai, it was a dead flat pitch which didn't even complete 3 innings. Sehwag has only got the better of Murali once or twice but never dominated him like Lara did.

  • barwala_vasi on November 8, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    @jontykumma: The difference between his 300s and the others is that more often than not you get a better chance of a result. In multan India beat Pakistan for the very first time. You cited a series in which Lara was successfull in Srilanka and how he dominated Murli. I say go and check his 201in galle and 293 in Mumbai and u will get the answer.

  • Boopathimvb007 on November 8, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Sehwag last two years not playing well.but he will playing every test series.murali vijay not play well for only one series.he is not a worst player.he is don't have chance to play.then many of them saying it is csk team.there is only 3 player in csk.but four delhi player is here in this squad.murali vijay is a great player.best of luck for him..,

  • Alexk400 on November 7, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @JontyKumma sehwag get out to nobody. He is no lara. Lara and sachin put a prize on their wicket. Sehwag is more of beautiful slogger not ugly one like afridi and dhoni. why i say sehwag is a slogger because he rarely use brain when team needs him build inning in second inning , he threw his wicket away many many times. That said he is comfortable and do well in some settings. Great player like lara can do well when there is a challenge. Only Dravid and VVS saved india from loss many many times. They soak up pressure well . That said sehwag scored 150 in fast pacy perth when wickets were tumbling other side. So it is not he can't do it , it is purely mental. Sehwag needs lots of cajoling his ego. It needs lots of work ,return is less nowadays.

  • Alexk400 on November 7, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Sehwag can do anything if he puts mind to it. Question is he is all talk no show? Saying he plays the way he played won't cut it for me. He need to correct for his old age and eye sight and too much fat. So basically he needs to get busy , he needs to have new set of goals. There is no single person most talented than sehwag in Indian team. So question is only the motivation.

  • JustIPL on November 7, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Sehwag is perhaps too excited. Recently, few senior batsmen have taken advantage of weaker bowling lineups in Ranji but it may be totally different against English pace and spin attack. Please don't read too much into Ranji scores as broad/bresnan are coming as well as swann, panesar and patel.

  • JontyKumma on November 7, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    @Shivanadhuni Harinath : "those who criticize sehwag as flat trak bully. just check statastics". Here are your answers. 1. That was also on a flat track in a small ground in India. 2. The only INDIAN player to get 2 300s. Both on the flattest tracks in the sub-continent, Multan and Chennai. Only averages 22.73 in SA,AUS,NZL,ENG since 2008. 3. Brian Lara got 688 runs in 6 innings in a series in Sri Lanka in 2001. Murali only got him out once. When has Sehwag dominated Murali like that?

  • on November 9, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    y r u guys critizing sehwag alone where poor performances of other players such as gauti,msd,raina,rohit who have been given continuous chances ahead of poor performances in the past years test captaincy shud b changed to virat r gauti and sehwag shud prove his form in first two test otherwise he should rested for upcoming tests in eng series, and make indian middle order stronger by giving chances to M Kaif, P Patel, S Badrinath Who Can Play Steady And Crucial Knocks Once Again Choosing An Worst Bowling Unit With Fitness Misery Zah, Not Consistency In Length Ishanth Wat About Legspinner A Mishra Who Performed Wonderful Scenario In Border Gavaskar Trophy Due To Dhoni'S Ego V Lost Dada , Wall , Laxman And Now Sehwag And Sachin To Follow.....

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on November 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Get out of the team mr.viru for the time-being ... u r not gonna be in the frame for future goals!!!U are not a gud fielder (except catching). U were certainly one of the most destructive batsmen in the game but still age is catching u up...U r attitude is really worrying.U and Gauti shud take a break and analyse wat is wrong and then perform well and then try to get into team!!! Pls don see personal pride at the expense of the team!!!! I still hav respect for u but pls take a brk and come back if possi

  • WishIndiaImprove on November 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Guys. Shewag can still bat and score runs for India. but why should he put effort when he and bunch of others are automatic selection to India team? Tell him that you are dropped due to performance and go back to domestic and prove. You will see the different Shewag. Except Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Kohli everyone thinks they have achieved everything in cricket now they are automatic selection irrespective of their performance. They do not have fear about getting dropped. Fear gives better performance.

  • JontyKumma on November 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @barwala_vasi Sehwag's 300s do come in quick time, but you can't say they effect results more than others. Only one of his two 300s have ended in a victory for india, and that too due to a match bag of 8 and 6 a piece for Kumble and Irfan, respectively. About the 293 at Mumbai, it was a dead flat pitch which didn't even complete 3 innings. Sehwag has only got the better of Murali once or twice but never dominated him like Lara did.

  • barwala_vasi on November 8, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    @jontykumma: The difference between his 300s and the others is that more often than not you get a better chance of a result. In multan India beat Pakistan for the very first time. You cited a series in which Lara was successfull in Srilanka and how he dominated Murli. I say go and check his 201in galle and 293 in Mumbai and u will get the answer.

  • Boopathimvb007 on November 8, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Sehwag last two years not playing well.but he will playing every test series.murali vijay not play well for only one series.he is not a worst player.he is don't have chance to play.then many of them saying it is csk team.there is only 3 player in csk.but four delhi player is here in this squad.murali vijay is a great player.best of luck for him..,

  • Alexk400 on November 7, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @JontyKumma sehwag get out to nobody. He is no lara. Lara and sachin put a prize on their wicket. Sehwag is more of beautiful slogger not ugly one like afridi and dhoni. why i say sehwag is a slogger because he rarely use brain when team needs him build inning in second inning , he threw his wicket away many many times. That said he is comfortable and do well in some settings. Great player like lara can do well when there is a challenge. Only Dravid and VVS saved india from loss many many times. They soak up pressure well . That said sehwag scored 150 in fast pacy perth when wickets were tumbling other side. So it is not he can't do it , it is purely mental. Sehwag needs lots of cajoling his ego. It needs lots of work ,return is less nowadays.

  • Alexk400 on November 7, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Sehwag can do anything if he puts mind to it. Question is he is all talk no show? Saying he plays the way he played won't cut it for me. He need to correct for his old age and eye sight and too much fat. So basically he needs to get busy , he needs to have new set of goals. There is no single person most talented than sehwag in Indian team. So question is only the motivation.

  • JustIPL on November 7, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Sehwag is perhaps too excited. Recently, few senior batsmen have taken advantage of weaker bowling lineups in Ranji but it may be totally different against English pace and spin attack. Please don't read too much into Ranji scores as broad/bresnan are coming as well as swann, panesar and patel.

  • JontyKumma on November 7, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    @Shivanadhuni Harinath : "those who criticize sehwag as flat trak bully. just check statastics". Here are your answers. 1. That was also on a flat track in a small ground in India. 2. The only INDIAN player to get 2 300s. Both on the flattest tracks in the sub-continent, Multan and Chennai. Only averages 22.73 in SA,AUS,NZL,ENG since 2008. 3. Brian Lara got 688 runs in 6 innings in a series in Sri Lanka in 2001. Murali only got him out once. When has Sehwag dominated Murali like that?

  • on November 7, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    sehwag is a fear factor for the fast bowlers if he remains in side the opposition need to think what to do and on his day he scores yet its a long time he didnt show some good form but ll perform this time

  • RamnathIyer on November 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    I am amazed that Murali Vijay has been given one more chance. so what if he scored 266 or whatever on a domestic featherbed. His technique was clearly found out the moment he stepped off a plane outside India - and that was in the West Indies, not even England or Australia. I am afraid he will make runs in home matches and then we will once again be searching for a proper opening batsman on real pitches - abroad. Would have been much better to stick to Mukund - or try out someone like Naman Ojha who has shown promise in the few opportunities he's got on spicy pitches.

  • atuljain1969 on November 7, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Strange are the ways, the players get selected for Indian Team.

    Take for example. Sehwag, Gambhir have regularly failed to score in recent test series, in India and out of India, yet they continue to be selected because of their past reputations and so called experience. But we have been told that if players are out of form they should be asked to play domestic cricket to rediscover their form and in the meantime give chance to those who are showing promise. But here we keep on selecting on past reputations until one day they are thrown out directly or most of the times indirectly ( Players themselves retiring rather then selectors dropping them). For e.x - Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Harbhajan

    I think it is better to drop them straightway rather then waiting for the series loss and then dropping them for life. At least in this scenario one could check the waiting talent. How we lost on that count in Australia when Rohit , Tiwari were regularly ignored.

  • veerakannadiga on November 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    All the best Viru. Hoping that you do well against England. KP (during his stint as a commentrator during the T20WC) said that " If you have a player like Sehwag, you just play him,in form or not,he is a match winner".I agree that there are youngsters waiting, but, Viru is different. There are very few attacking openers like him in world cricket.Good Luck.God Bless Us All. from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • ThumpingWin on November 7, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    For India and BCCI always "He can.." matters and they go on with it and most of the time "He could'nt..." happens as a result :):):)...

  • Gappistan on November 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @nilb.. Thanks for the clarification about Sehwag, The suspense was killing us.

  • Sri the Hunter on November 7, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    I personally feel sehwag should come in the middle order and inform rahane should open the innings. in this way sehwag can also have time to settle down and play freely

  • on November 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    those who criticize sehwag as flat trak bully. just check statastics once no one is there in recent cricket who scores well in fast tracks as well as flat tracks... 1.no one in the world hit 200 in odi except sachin. 2.only indian player to hit 2 tripple century 3.only player to threatned world's greatest spinner(muralidharn)

    so shut ur mouths....stop criticizing sehwag

  • cricprasu on November 7, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    viru also keep in mind that there is no wall or vvs in the team now... be a litte bit resposbile and dont throw ur wicket easily after all u r going to play 100 th test...all d best

  • HarishVS on November 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Not sure where Vijay will fit into the team when both Sehwag and Gambhir are playing. He is an undisputed flat track bully and his selection is utmost disappointing. I pray the Almighty that neither of Sehwag or Gambhir dont get injured anytime in near future and both play all the tests successfully. True that they have not made great news since one or two years but compared to Vijay, Mukund and such C-grade batsmen, these two are still the best opening pair.

  • on November 7, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Every Indian basman is under pressure, right from Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin and Yuvraj. They are desperate to prove them self. Every Indian spinners is under pressure - Aswin, Ojha trying to establish and Harbhajan trying to get a break. And Dhoni, the captain himself trying to get rid of the whitewash dreams in England. These are ominous signs for England. The first Test can go either way. From the second Test, India will regain composure and will overcome anxiety.

  • dork29 on November 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    This innings just goes to prove that Sehwag's opening days are all but over. He needs to come down the order. His hand eye coordination is still fabulous - but as an opener, what he has now is just not good enough. Vijay or Rahane can partner Gambhir, but Veeru will be much more valuable and dependable in the middle order - particularly after Dravid and Laks. SRT is begging to be dropped in any case.

  • Ribs on November 7, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Viru is right, even though GG and Viru not at their in all aspects they are better opening pair than anyone else. Not only viru and GG, most of other batsmen including SRT not playing well. At the same time we don't have any players to replace them. Last 10 years we found only two good test players Kohli and Poojara.

  • anoopkul on November 7, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Those who are criticizing Sehwag, don't forget that an impact he can make on bowlers by scoring fast runs and he had also played big innings on seaming and crumbling pitches where all other his team mates failed..viz.. 83 vs Eng 4th inns at chennai, 195 vs Aus 1st inns at melbourne, 201* vs sl 1st inns at galle, 319 vs SA 2nd inns..though it is on flat track..SA had best bowling attack in the world (Steyn, Ntini, Morkel, Kallis) and India were chasing 540..these are only few examples..and he can tear apart any attack in the world and on any pitch..just a matter of time and he will return to form..

  • on November 7, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    I dont know why people are against M Vijay. He has done well whenever he has got the opportunity. He has been given a raw deal. He did well in his debut Test and then dropped. He scored a century against Australia and was dropped for the next Test just to accomodate Gambhir. He made 87 against Sri Lanka and dropped for the next Test. Just because he failed in one series against West Indies you cannot. Sehwag was not dropped after failing completely against England and Australia. This does no good to the morale of a talented cricketer.

  • anver777 on November 7, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Shewag has to get few big knocks against International bowling attacks & must showcase his real form.... In recent times he's struggling big time in international matches, so i wonder getting a ton in a Ranji match is not enough for his standard!!

  • sachinanddravid on November 7, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    comeon viru we dont like you to talk in the media.come and proove us that still u r the most dangerous batsman in any format.we havnt seen the typical shewag innings for the past two years.two yrs back nobody talking abt u now not only the indians all the world talking abt ur form.come and do the best things for indian cricket or go back to play the domestic cricket and come back to indian team same like the shewag b4 two or three yrs.

    wish you good luck

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on November 7, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    sehwag is not a hit or miss player...if he was he wouldnt have been so close to being the first person to reach 3 triple hundreds when he missed it,hitting 293 vs srilanka in 2009... Currently he's doing good...i hope gambhir and sehwag come good in this series....i would like rahane before yuvi and its to see whether yuvi can play for 5 days of field...and if he can....maybe then he should be given chance in 2nd game...

  • Rahulbose on November 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    As a fan I just hope to see a few more big knocks from Sehwag. Given his fitness and form, does not look like he has too many of those innings left in him.

  • bjms on November 7, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Sehwag is a wonderful batsman inidia have produced. On his day he killed any world class bowling lineup. My XI against England is Gauti, Sehwag, Pujara,SRT, Kohli, Yuvi, MSD, Ashwin,Ishant, Umesh and Ojha, Zaheer is not fully fit.

  • barwala_vasi on November 7, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Anyone who can make a successful transition from a lower middle order batsman to opening needs to be commended. He has already scored more than eight thousand runs which has only been done by 3 of the Fab Four plus Gavaskar in India. Yes lately he hasn't done well and I am sure he is conscious of that and working on it. Those who call him flat track bully needs to remember that he became an opener in England and his first two knocks were a 90 and 100. He is an all time great and India is lucky to have him in their ranks. Gluck man ! Hope to see many more entertaining knocks from your bat.

  • GRVJPR on November 7, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    A couple of years of lean form doesn't mean he ia a bad player. We australians loves the way he bats. I will never forget his attack on us where he score 196 in two sessions at Melbourne. Beside some people pointing out the way he played against steyn in south africa, then let me tell you no one has ever dominated dale steyn for reasonable length of time on any wicket. So even if he has score a triple against him in India its a major achievement. Most triple hundreds require a flat wicket anyway.

  • Gavan_Carey on November 7, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Sehwag is an entertainer........full stop.

    Why would u want to watch anyone else in full flight...........yes, he will chance his arm, but he draws crowds.

    When is out, crowds leave..........much like David Hookes in his glory years.

  • on November 7, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    @Al-Bundy - What do you have to say about the fast-track bullies like Ricky Ponting who average around 20 in India? And the England cricket team batsmen who haven't managed to win a series in the subcontinent for years?!

  • Naresh28 on November 7, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    I read that Shewag has two matches to get to 100 test games. I think that is his target before retiring - so lets enjoy this guy for the last time - this series. Sachin will also reveal his retirement plans soon. Gambhir has been given a thin lifeline. If they both fail we will see new openers from the third game onwards. This could mean that the selectors have bent to accomdate these three mentioned guys. Openers should be judged on how many balls they last - someone like D Jadhav lasted for 460 odd balls in a Ranji game. Fast bowlers are fresh in the first part of a test game.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 7, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    It all depends on how flat the wicket is. On a flat track, Sehwag can butcher the best bowler. But if there's any life in the wicket, he will be gone before you can say - Flat Track Bully.

  • RanKan on November 7, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    I saw Viru play a T20 knock recently and thought he was still very good. Cook will do well as he has in the past in India. And the English batting line-up does look good except perhaps for the other opening spot. So India's chances depend on Viru and Gauti clicking.

  • tappee74 on November 6, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Sehwag undoubtedly is a world class batsman.Like every batsman,Sehwag has also gone through a lean patch,but he is a batsman that can bounce right back. I hope he will be included in the test side.He has a lot of cricket left in him.

  • JontyKumma on November 6, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    England won't be too worried if Sehwag wants to build on his Ranji innings, considering the fact that Delhi went on to lose the match.

  • Alexk400 on November 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @ Blake Mycoskie, That may be 100% true in England. Steyn & Co owned sehwag in SA but Sehwag pummelled steyn & co in flat pitch chennai. Sehwag will play same way , it is pitch that going to make big difference. That said pressure on sehwag to score a century in test. He can in no time if he really wanted it. he can play defense and score a hundred in nonchalant way in indian pitches. But he is a real entertainer so 4s and s6s will rain down as usual.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on November 6, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    @ Kevin Roarke

    Hahaha.. Nice ! I too don't have much expectations from Viru considering his poor form. Being an Ind fan, I'm more interested to see how our inexperienced middle order performs (though I have full faith in Pujara, Kohli and Yuvi), but still without Dravid and Laxman, it won't be a cake walk as many of my countrymen and neutral fans predicting. A lot will depend on SRT too in case our out-of-form opening pair of Gauti and Viru fails to give good start.

  • pritpalpabla on November 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Opening position in test is always critical. Giving your team close to 100 as a opening pair really boost rest of the batting order. So I guess it's time India need a steady opening pair. Probably Gambhir and Rahane. Put Viru at no 5 or 6. Where he can sometime bat with the tail and give score a boost. The only problem with Sehwag in the recent is " If he is not able to score of some deliveries " he just get frustrated and give opposition a chance to get out. But as a opener, u have to be mentally tough. It's time now India need to take test cricket the way it is, right now T20 and one day influence is there...

  • AvidCricFan on November 6, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Shewag and Gambhir were the best opening pair two years back. They can't and should not take their places for granted based on the past glory. The fact is that Shewag has performed miserably in the past two years.

  • trueanalyst on November 6, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Sehwag was getting out in 30s & 40S for long.Now he has scored 100 & more importantly consumed 150 balls.He has come back into form & it does not matter whether its Gully cricket or Test cricket,his opponents will face the wrath of his blade

  • nilb on November 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Shewag can only play in flat tracks!!

  • Nadeem1976 on November 6, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    wish you best of luck viru. score a big hundred on your 100th match. have fun.

  • on November 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    viru all the best .i expct tripal century from u once again

  • on November 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @nayonika hope viru gets a double hundred in his 99th test, and break the 319 record in the second test :)

  • shetakebanti on November 6, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Wish u bst for milestone now expecting 400 frm u cheers viru@

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    all the best viru.blast this summer

  • Nampally on November 6, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I was glad to see both Sehwag & Tendulkar getting a century in their respective Ranji Matches. It is one way of boosting their slumping confidence due to lack of a 3 figure innings in any format of the game in about a year. It also reminded Sehwag a different mode of batting with a S/R <100. The patience & concentration needed in the Test matches has to be developed thru a disciplined innings. Sehwag had a chance to curb his recklessness acquired from T-20 & ODI's. I hope he maintains that approach in the First test as well. Good Luck to both Gambhir & Sehwag as India definitely need their good opening stand to build a good total.

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Hey dilshaad, we are not talking about Dilshan here? Are we?

  • sunnysideuppp on November 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Dafaq is Ranjith trophy??? Its Ranji trophy dude..

  • Unmesh_cric on November 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Sehwag scored a century batting at No. 6. May be there is a future for Sehwag at No.6 and Rahane opening the innings in Tests!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @dilshaad mubarak then what about dilshan?walking wicket in all formats..and mahela and sanga are the perfect flat track bullies..

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Hit and miss game will not work when you are not in form. Viru needs to rethink about his approach in test matches.

  • PPD123 on November 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Dilshaad Mubarak - It is "Ranji" trophy and not "Ranjith" Trophy. With regards to Sehwag - yes he has not been as prolific as he had been between 2004-08, but he is still better that most. Also there is no one in the domestic league who is scoring heavily to push Gambhir/Sehwag out of the side. So they are still India's best bet, and given the home conditions (read where it does not swing), sehwag can come back to form really quickly and that will be very dangerous for Eng.

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Sincere Indian cricket fans knows that Sehwag is a important batsman in the team. He can score very quickly like his firing match winning innings against England at Chennai in 2009. We all hope that he will score some big hundreds against England and Australia in this season. Good luck Sehwag and answer your critics with bat.. Best wishes to Team India...

  • swamigadu on November 6, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    SHEWAG WILL DO GOOD IN UPCOMING TEST

  • vignesh.r on November 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    rubbish mate... After the series you may talk about him.. wait and watch.. may be a double or trible is on store....

  • on November 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    For any batsman you required only one ball to get him out.Mr. Mubarak for your information Sehwag is the only one person who has scored triple century not one he has scored 2 triple century.

  • on November 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @Dilshaad Mubarak? Who is this Ranjith? Why a trophy in the name of this unknown?

  • ooper_cut on November 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @Mubarak... First it is not Ranjith (as in dull Fernando), it is Ranji. As for needing only a few balls to send him back, please ask Mr. Malinga & Co.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on November 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @Dilshaad.. Thankyou for stopping by and commenting on the discussion forum. Let me correct you it is RANAJI trophy and not RANJITH. I understand your pain mate, Lanka local teams hardly get to play the domestic cricket tournament because of rains and even if they do, people hardly watch them because of the quality. Over the years we have seen the quality of SRILANKA cricket.. Here are some of the scores - 53 all out against SAF, Not winning a single tournament in Asia cup and Thrashed 5-1 by TEAM india in your home tournament. Some how Lanka managed to reach T-20 Finals with an easier path but Ran out of luck and Chocked in Finals. Hope this made your day. Cheers!

  • Cricketfan101 on November 6, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    A least showing some signs of determination

  • warneneverchuck on November 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    If he gets going then ther is no batsman in the world as dangerous as sehvag in test cricket in subcontinent conditin

  • on November 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    So will Patil and company drop Sehwag if he continues his poor form....

  • mylife4cricket on November 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    its good to see viru getting a hundred,he has to keep it going and thats one of the toughest challenge for him.he also has to improve his 2nd innings batting.i wish all the best!

  • Arrow011 on November 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    @ Dilshaad - It took Umar Gul to leak 22 runs in 1 over to Sehwag when pak was playing India. He usually demolishes Pakistan be it anywhere. Sehwag is better than all batsmen & is equal to Sachin in tests.

  • InsideHedge on November 6, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @Dilshaad Mubarak: It would help if you knew how to spell the name of India's premier domestic competition. I doubt very much you have any idea on its history either.

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    0.1 James Anderson to Sehwag - wide outside the offstump, Sehwag flashes hard, is beaten 0.2 James Anderson to Sehwag - wide outside the offstump, Sehwag flashes hard, takes the outside edge and Prior takes an easy catch Sehwag (c) Prior b Anderson 0(2)

    You can take it to the bank!!!!

  • nayonika on November 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Wish Viru to get a 100 in the 99th test and a double century in his 1ooth test.

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Ranjith Trophy itself a joke of a tournament. And let me not talk about Sehwag. Cause actually there's nothing to talk about him. You only need few balls to send him back to dressing room.

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  • on November 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Ranjith Trophy itself a joke of a tournament. And let me not talk about Sehwag. Cause actually there's nothing to talk about him. You only need few balls to send him back to dressing room.

  • nayonika on November 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Wish Viru to get a 100 in the 99th test and a double century in his 1ooth test.

  • on November 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    0.1 James Anderson to Sehwag - wide outside the offstump, Sehwag flashes hard, is beaten 0.2 James Anderson to Sehwag - wide outside the offstump, Sehwag flashes hard, takes the outside edge and Prior takes an easy catch Sehwag (c) Prior b Anderson 0(2)

    You can take it to the bank!!!!

  • InsideHedge on November 6, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @Dilshaad Mubarak: It would help if you knew how to spell the name of India's premier domestic competition. I doubt very much you have any idea on its history either.

  • Arrow011 on November 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    @ Dilshaad - It took Umar Gul to leak 22 runs in 1 over to Sehwag when pak was playing India. He usually demolishes Pakistan be it anywhere. Sehwag is better than all batsmen & is equal to Sachin in tests.

  • mylife4cricket on November 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    its good to see viru getting a hundred,he has to keep it going and thats one of the toughest challenge for him.he also has to improve his 2nd innings batting.i wish all the best!

  • on November 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    So will Patil and company drop Sehwag if he continues his poor form....

  • warneneverchuck on November 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    If he gets going then ther is no batsman in the world as dangerous as sehvag in test cricket in subcontinent conditin

  • Cricketfan101 on November 6, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    A least showing some signs of determination

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on November 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @Dilshaad.. Thankyou for stopping by and commenting on the discussion forum. Let me correct you it is RANAJI trophy and not RANJITH. I understand your pain mate, Lanka local teams hardly get to play the domestic cricket tournament because of rains and even if they do, people hardly watch them because of the quality. Over the years we have seen the quality of SRILANKA cricket.. Here are some of the scores - 53 all out against SAF, Not winning a single tournament in Asia cup and Thrashed 5-1 by TEAM india in your home tournament. Some how Lanka managed to reach T-20 Finals with an easier path but Ran out of luck and Chocked in Finals. Hope this made your day. Cheers!