India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 1st day

Videos of previous tons helped Sehwag regain touch

Sidharth Monga

November 15, 2012

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Virender Sehwag punches one through off-side, India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 2nd day, September 1, 2012
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Virender Sehwag had gone 741 days and 16 Tests without a century, but all it took, he said, was to watch the videos of his last ten centuries to realise he needed to bat cautiously against the new ball.

"I have to thank DJ [CKM Dhananjay, India's analyst]," Sehwag said. "He gave the videos of the last ten matches [possibly he meant centuries, because he has not scored a century in the last ten] and whenever I played ten overs quietly I scored a big hundred. We were watching videos last night till 11pm. I realised that if I played the new ball cautiously it's good for me and good for the team. I'm very pleased that Gautam [Gambhir] also scored runs and we gave a very good start. It's a good sign."

Sehwag said the century had come at the right time. "This is my 23rd hundred," he said. "I am very happy to score a hundred after a long time. I am very pleased that it came at the right time, the first innings of the first Test. Right we are now in good position, hopefully we will build on tomorrow, and bowl well. We know we have to bowl well because the wicket is on the slower side."

Sehwag said the pitch was slow and scoring runs and taking wickets was going to be difficult, never mind his run-a-ball 117.

"It's not easy, because the wicket is on the slower side," he said. "It's difficult to play your shots. They set the field with everybody on the [boundary] line, especially deep point and deep square leg, so it's not easy to hit boundaries, but you have to back yourself and play your shots. After 50 I relaxed, got little more confident, and played a few shots. I hit 14 or 18 in a Tim Bresnan over and got more confident. But the wicket is very slow and the ball is not coming on to the bat, and difficult to hit the ball."

Sehwag said India were far from having sealed the decisive advantage. Asked if the game was as good as over, Sehwag said, "I don't think so, because we have to work hard to take 20 English wickets. They are not Bangladesh or somebody else. They are a very good side, No. 2 at the moment. They will not throw their wickets for sure."

Sehwag also said - at least on day one - that a batsman could pitch his tent if he decided not to play shots. "The first three batsmen got out trying to hit the ball," he said. "If you're just blocking it's difficult to get out. If you play your shots and make a mistake then you can get out. Wicket is very slow, it's not turning sharply, it's not coming quickly. If you show some patience you can score some runs as well."

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Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 18, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Sehweg is an ordinary player he's not getting any younger anyway so we don't need to hear from him that long just leave him be.

Posted by Narbavi on (November 17, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

@Muhammad Tapu: Dont make fun of yourselves, in that case when was the last time you guys took 20 wickets against India?

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

I think Viru lashes out against BD coz of the 2007 WC loss which slowly led to his sacking for almost a year.

These days we only get players making politically correct statements so Viru speaking his mind is actually refreshing to me.

Sorry to the BD Fans in advance..But you guys are making an ass of urselves by criticiziing the viru the batsman.. you can hate the man as much as you want.. But with the bat in his hand, he is peerless :-)

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

We have to work hard to take 20 w.indies wickets. They are not India .

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

HitWicket-than on the samilar analogy all overseas batsmen particularly poms & kangaaroos doent require to perform in INDIA ITS ok for them to scors onl;y inthier comfort zone , no complains but only INDIANS are branded as flat track bullies , just see the BATTING AVE. OF RICKY PONTING in INDIA , SAHWAAH HAS far superior ave. in AUS THAN PONTING IN INDIA but no complains only our players are criticised on thier failures in the recent tours .

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Really, It is difficult for Bangladesh to take 20 W.I wickets. Its Not India or somebody else!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Sehwag should be ashamed. Bangladesh wash out India from two big tournaments. 2007 world cup and 2012 Asia Cup. Shakib is much better than Sehwag. If you don't believe just check out their profile. I always salute those iconic player like Sachin, Dravid. They know how respect others. Sehwag is in some fear. Because he wants to be a captain of Indian Team. Sooo poor Sehwag .....

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 16, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

@Nightmarë Niloy really baby , when have bangladesh ever taken 10 wickets in 2nd innings against india. sehwag is very correct there

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

We have work hard to take 10 WINDIES wickets in 2nd innings. They are not like India.

-160 million people of bangladesh

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 16, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Viru pointed on the bowling of BD not batting. WI scorecard is the evidence for that. So, why BD fans jumping on him??

Posted by VRRK on (November 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Again Viru is in trouble here for making a comment on BD.Off late,India is no better than BD when playing abroad. Please, can Dhananjay make Tendulkar watch the videos of 50 odd test centuries? He may come around like Viru to score a century!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

What Viru meant was that Bangladesh will be aggressive & so give India's spinners chances,just like India gave Swann(including Viru). He mentioned that the only way for the bowlers to take wickets was by the batmen attacking, since the pitch wasn't assisting the bowlers & the slow turn allowed batmen to see it early. England r an ultra defensive batting unit(except KP & Prior). He doesn't believe the Tripe that ENG will capitulate. He hopes for it, but nobody is that useless. From SA zo hoping for good match since SA vs AUS only next week

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (November 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Well said Meeyan?So what you are finalizing?Bangladesh is a better team.If yes Plz prove in rankings.Not here.He is telling from the rankings.

Posted by Nampally on (November 16, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

I always thought if Sehwag plays a disciplined innings by cutting out the T-20 slogs, he will score big. He did exactly that, today, to get his elusive century. What an innings it was- it totally kept the England team on the defence from the start. No more slip cordon from the third over onwards. Scoring 117 at a S/R of 100 is no mean feat against a strong side like England. Even Gambhir stopped poking at the balls outside the off stump. So no free wicket for the England seamers. All 3 seamers were given a royal thrashing with at least one over being over 12 runs. This also helped Pujara to play freely. What a joy it is to see him still at the wicket with 98. Hopefully India will bat 2 more sessions & push the score to 500+. Then the spin Trio can go into action & work their magic. Sadly, the Indian batting was trashed by some of the long time Indian fans as well before the test. In Kohli & Pujara lies India's future batting hope.Besides, other young talent is awaiting their chance!.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 16, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

One of the reason Dhoni escapes easily because he never talks bad openly. He may show he is mad in a polished way. India never had leader like dhoni. He is 100% indian made and excellant when speaking correct way. But for me i would have dumped dhoni 8-0. Because he fail to find what is the fault. He did n't take corrective action. His captaincy is based on luck more than skill. His greatest skill is cool appearance even when things went bad. if any captain in his place would have lost his place in team and whole team would have replaced. he is good in that respect. For me he has achieved his goal of world cup , i think he has nothing more to give. If he has something more to give he needs to support his work horses like sehwag and gambhir to hilt. if not dhoni has to go. He can't batwhen opposition has real fast bowler. He can't wicket keep. He is Indian darren sammy in Test. But if he play his role like he did before world cup , there is no better man. if not Gambhir is next captain.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

guys chill out VG does not think much before speaking...like his batting...but it do not mean we all indian dont respect BD..Atleast I do..I feel BD has really improved in last few years...n shakib is just awesome...cricinfo plz publish

Posted by marlboro19 on (November 16, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

If i were a BD fan , i would take it as a complement that a person with avg of 51 and strike rate of 84 in test cricket has even mentioned their team . These are unique stats, and no one is going to surpass them. Look at the chris gayle fr comparison avg of 42 sr of under 60. Please do recognize who this guy is , and feel proud he is speaking about you.

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (November 16, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

I can see how eager he is to play again against BD, to improve his stats? LOL! If he had only known, he wouldn't have made this comment on a day when BD did extremely well. An inside out VS is made a comedian now. Bless him!

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 16, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Sehwag has foot in the mouth disease. It is not just bangladesh ...when ever he open mouth about others he always miss the real target. It is almost like mouth is faster than his brain when it comes to talking about others. That aside he can play well if he respect and concentrate and value his wicket. I also believe when things going good everything go good. When it is bad ..torrent of bad things...Can he play overseas swinging pitches. yes he can. Issue is the mind set. if he is happy he can play anywhere. That is bottom line. he has skill , patience , temparament. He has this urge to hit the ball but he may have to curb some strokes until he gets to 50. when nearing 50 and 100 he has to slow down and gather and grind for runs. People remember 100s not 99s. Someone like gavaskar has to be in his ears all the time., if sehwag goes berserk india can win 70% of that game.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (November 15, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

Well I have to admit Viru's comments about Bangladesh always make me laugh out aloud. Do I think he means it? Probably not, but VS doesn't sound like a man who thinks a lot. Action first, thoughts later. At any rate, I wouldn't extrapolate Viru's comments to reflect the feeling of Indian fans. I think most if not all Indian fans respect BD and wish them good luck, especially now that they are showing some guts and fighting WI very hard.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

@the_blue_android, you said it rightly. While every cricket expert, commentator, coach, even tom, dick, and harry, have been saying that he has to play within himself initially to see off the new ball to some extent before hitting shots, how didn't it reach his ears ? All of a sudden, some videos made him realize ? What nonsense is this ? If this is indeed true, then it is clear that he doesn't listen to anyone (which I hear is a fact). Only his old videos seem to teach him a trick or two. Horrible !!

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 15, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

His statement is hard to refute if you're a Bangladesh fan but this is not a series involving Bangladesh.

Posted by sk12 on (November 15, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Totally uncalled for, I must say. And he averages the least against them. he bats and talks in the same way - without thinking much. btw, super knock today in a difficult pitch. probably saved the day for us.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 15, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

hehehehe....Can't stop laughing. Gotta love this man. This dude really loves to bash Bangladesh even in his dreams. hehehehe....can't stop laughing. Sorry BD friends on behalf of Viru. Good job by your team in playing the ongoing match so well against West Indies.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 15, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

hahaha....wherever Viru is, Bangladesh bashing goes non-stop. Love his brutally honest matter of fact statements. hahaha....mint!

Posted by tisra on (November 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

What a coincidence! BD also needs to play cautiously against WI bowling keeping in mind that they are not India!!

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 15, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

hehehe...the controversy with Bangladesh comes up again unnecessarily why can't Sehweg leave Bangladesh out of this when this series has nothing to do with them? He could've used Zimbabwe but Bangladesh so I'm not shocked. He plays for a team that doesn't or hasn't invited Bangladesh for a full series when every other country some of them who are far better than India has. Even Sachin admitted in the press conference after his ton at the Asia Cup that this is an improving different Bangladesh team so please guys just accept us willingly and gracefully :)

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Ironically this guy has his second worst test avg (35.2) against BD (worst being 31.13 against Eng) :-P

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Mr. Virender Sehwag, having no test century and poor record against Bangladesh, should have been ashamed before commenting on.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Mr. Viru, Have you forgotten what happened in Asia Cup ?? I guess so and before poking BD team again you should have kept your eyes opened on other matches being played elsewhere in the world. LOL.....

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 15, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Really Viru? Watching late night videos helped? How come you didn't use the same 'technique' against England and Australia? Is it because there was no internet in England and Australia or laptops?

"I realised that if I played the new ball cautiously it's good for me and good for the team".

And the realization came after 4 years of failures and after 0-8? Is this realization going to elude you as soon as you leave our shores again?

Posted by kuasa on (November 15, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

what a shameless person this shehwag is! they were thrashed in their last 8 tests abroad and couldnt score a single 300+ innings in 4 test matches in England still has the big mouth(unnecessarily mentioning BD) after scoring a 100 in india where even harvajan and ashwin can score 100....

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Well, Sehwag is a good player, Nothing to disagree on that fact. But he should respect Bangladesh because he should not forget that cricket isn't just a game. Disrespecting another country is not acceptable in the world of sports. And He should not forget that Bangladesh is younger in this game then india, and Hey Mr. Sehwag, We are still kicking.

We are about to cross our max score in test cricket and You made this statement, What should i say? Poor timing or Poor sense of Respect????

Having The bigger steak or A strong army doesn't give you the right of acting like "whatever i want to do is right"!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

So, Mr. Sehawg, tell me, how well your team did defend their total against this team? [ and why you have 2nd worst average against this team? is this why you bring them everytime ?]

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

At times old wine in a new bottle helps. Maybe 10 videos was a way of saying " stick to the basics". This gave Shewag something to focus on. Now every coach will start asking out of form batsmen to watch 10 innings when he did well. Lol and more LoL.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Lol, Why should Viru always target Bangladesh? Love the man. Okay, before the Bangla fans start going crazy, your team is probably gonna cross 500 for the first time tomorrow.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (November 15, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Completely agree with sehwags comments on Bangladesh but its better if he minds about his batting rather than talking about others performance,His performance barring this 100 for the past 1 year wouldnt have served him a spot even in Bangldeshi team.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

India will pile on runs and then spin out England who has to bat last on this wicket - by then it will turn a mile. Sehwag scored a century on a flat track and his problems will be buried for now until India visits overseas. England already made a bad decision by not including Panesar who would have shared Swan's workload - England should know better that sub-continent batsmen tend to do well on flat tracks or spin tracks. So, the equation is, England does well on bouncing/ seaming pitches and India does well in India - so, they all live in a cocoon.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 15, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Oh boy, this guy loves BD. All you chickens come out in full force now.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 15, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Virender Sehwag, u played an outstanding knock on field. But ur timing off the field is wrong...lol. U poked BD when they r on top today in Mirpur. U must remember that their per4mance in last England tour was lot better than IND. Anyway, hope Indian bowlers can demolish English batting line up to take revenge of 4-0 defeat!

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 15, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

bangla comment cudnt have come at worse time than now as they will make their highest score in tests tomorrow(488) , but he sure rates bangladesh at lowest level on his scale

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

He's right though but immature to bring Bangladesh up when this test match is between IND-ENG.

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 15, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

@meeyan how many matches have bangladesh won in last 20 matces against india. sehwag has correctly described bangladesh here

Posted by Neeta on (November 15, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@meeyan: He didn't play that game. If he had, then the story of that game would have been a bit different more like the opening game of the 2011 WC..:D!!!

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 15, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

@tisra: His comment is true and entertaining but like you said came totally at the wrong time which was the real funny part I must say.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 15, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Why am I not surprised? but I do agree what he said is somewhat true but the way he brought up Bangladesh shows he has an issue. He needs to be aware that apart from that 175 against Bangladesh, in the rest of his matches against them, his record against Bangladesh is average. He needs to learn his own country history in Test Cricket before he speaks of other countries :)

Posted by kevnssuresh on (November 15, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

I think there is confusion here, What Viru meant I guess was England is far better side compared BD and they were No1 last year and now ranked 2 and that doesn't mean that humiliating BD. BD is improving a lot and now they have very good players and best allrounder in Shakib as well. Hope they can take this momentum to place themselves in Top4 in near future and am wishing them all the best with WI series. Any ways good to see Viru scored a century. If one look at the fall of wickets, only the credit of Kohli's wicket goes to bowler and rest threw their wicket including Viru. If our next 3-4 batsman (Includes Pujara, Yuvi, Dhoni and Ashwin) can stay calm and put up a big score on board (over 550) then there is a great chance of putting pressure on English batsman. But they are very good batting side with Cook, KP, Morgan who can play spin very well (atleast KP and Morgan) so Team India has to make sure they don't throw their wickets until they put 550 on the board. good luck.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 15, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

This is being discussed on Bangla forums so I came to see for myself but he seems to forget Mashrafe Mortaza always gets him out for low scores. Don't really understand his problem with Bangladesh but its good that it worries him. I think loses against true a weaker team like Bangladesh just like any Indian fan gets to them too much. But he should remember that at least Bangla players and fans shows respect just like they did to India's great batsman when he achieved his special milestone. Just shows the difference of personality between Indians and Bangladeshi's not all but many.

Posted by jubairmr9 on (November 15, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

u kno wat, the comment abt bangladesh by viru is tru in a sense that our batsmen's tend 2 lose their calm evn in gud situations, but his tone is unacceptable....if u love the game u cant discredit any team/player.....i very much admire viru's batting style even being a bangladeshi, coz u cant deny wat u c.....bt viru is definitly doing that.....not xpected 4m a player lyk him.....

Posted by Narbavi on (November 15, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

@meeyan: Lol what do u mean lot better?? they played almost against a B team and had lot of rain interruptions!!

Posted by iHitWicket on (November 15, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

I am a Indian fan. Happy to see Viru back in runs. BUT can he do that in SA end of 2013? Most likely not, his game is built on hand-eye coordination and that declines rapidly with age. Moreover he doesn't have the technique of someone like Tendulkar or temperament of Dravid. He has to pave way for a new opener before this series ends. I hope the runs he makes in India now shouldn't be seen as enough effort/evidence to send him to SA as opener. Overseas he will be a shadow of what he is in India. Bring in a opener rotation policy with a youngster getting paired with Sehwag and Gambhir alternatively. If the youngster fails keep backing him for couple of series. If Sehwag/Gambir continue to fail, they have to be dropped. Its harsh. I am a big fan of Gambhir, the one person who stands against all adversity - still fact is fact and act on them when needed.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

lol classic sehwag....bashing on Bangladesh like always :)

Posted by perl57 on (November 15, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

@Meeyan, I understand he has made fun of Bangladesh again and it was not nice of that man. But take it sportively. Just to clarify the last match was won by BD. Before that? Do you remember how we trashed you guys up in WC? At your home crowd?

Posted by RustyBD on (November 15, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

there is a say "Mad people can say anything....Goat can eat anything" ... Mr. Sehwag has the right to say anything also :D

Posted by kadampan on (November 15, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

sandy_bangalore - you say Indians are flat track champions. Let it be true. But they won a lot matches in the so called flat tracks. Does it mean other teams cannot play on Indian flat tracks?

Posted by kadampan on (November 15, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

That comment about Bangladesh is uncalled. They are just scoring very good against West Indies.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

couldnt have picked a worse day to talk about bangladesh...the funny thing is imrul kayes(who has a test average of 17) has a better record in england..these big talks will stop in an year when dale steyn and co will try to...cant seem to find a modest word....whats his problem with bangladesh anyway?tendulkar has a double bradman average against them..he doesnt seem to talk so much

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

BD fans don't need to be too emotional about his comment. All he is trying to say is that Eng are no.2 Test team , not a lowly ranked team. He just used BD as an example. I don't think he meant any disrespect in particular for BD team. However, we all know what BD has achieved as a Test team.

Posted by cricjaffa on (November 15, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

I hope the curator for the next test prepares a green top which will have bounce and seam movement. No point of scoring heavily at home on dead flat pitches.

Posted by tisra on (November 15, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

He couldn't have said it on a better day than today, after BD had a day when their opponent toiled hard to take only 3 wickets! Today, no offense, his comment is fun :D :D

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (November 15, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

No seam,bounce or swing! THe indian openers have proved once again that they are nothing but flat track champions.

Posted by meeyan on (November 15, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

In 2010,Bangladesh played a lot better than India's last tour in England. Sehwag should keep it in mind. Also,the winner of last BD-India ODI is Bangladesh,not india.

Posted by cricjaffa on (November 15, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Sehwag sure doesnt leave a chance to make fun of Bangladesh :-). Ironically they are doing very well against West Indies. There is surely going to be some retribution from Bangla fans now.....

Posted by onebump on (November 15, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Did not need watch videos till 11 the night before a test match with an analyst to learn what you have learnt. It is common sense... most of us have been saying that for a while. Now please call/text/email Dilshan (in Sri Lanka) and tell him the same pls.

From a SL cricket fan...

p.s. good stuff today...

Posted by SASANK360 on (November 15, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Looks like Bangladesh is the Least Count or Lowest Standard on Sehwag's Performance Scale. Anyway well played Sehwag. Its good to see you score runs again. Hope India piles up enough runs and spinners get the to their job

Posted by Narbavi on (November 15, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

lol he has made fun of Bangladesh again, ha ha got to love this man!!

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 15, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Here he goes, again at Bangladesh, now all Tiger fans will be spewing blood all over this forum. All quotes about Viru's pair in England willl resurface..Go on..

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