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

Discipline, Sehwag style

There will be those who will still pick holes in Virender Sehwag's opening-day hundred, but he could not have done much more to make up for a two-year century drought and set the tone for the series

Sidharth Monga

November 15, 2012

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A wagon wheel of Virender Sehwag's hundred against England, India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 1st day, November 15, 2012
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There are two sides to this Virender Sehwag century, his first since November 2010, which was incidentally scored at the same venue. The one obvious aspect, which will leave doubters unsatisfied, revealed itself in the first over of the match when a short-of-a-length ball bounced knee high and a length ball was met alongside the shin. Then again, sometimes Sehwag does not do himself any favours by making certain kinds of pitches look much easier than they actually are.

The other aspect of the innings was its impact, which actually surfaced with the control England could exert after he got out. Sehwag scored 117 off 117, the rest managed 206 off 424. While Sehwag was at the wicket, England looked almost helpless and India went at close to 4.5 an over. After Sehwag, England became part of action too, and India crawled at under 2.5 an over for the rest of the day.

This was a slow and low pitch difficult to take wickets on - definitely not one where spinners can hit batsmen in the ribs - but it was also a pitch difficult to score fast on. India would need all the time and scoreboard pressure to take wickets here, and it is Sehwag who has provided them that without even stretching himself.

It was not just about the pitch, it was also the first morning of a big series against a side that had not long ago whitewashed India. England's best chance was against the openers who have both been through extended dry runs. One opener was coming in without a century in nearly two years, the other in nearly three. Their last century partnership came in 2010 in Centurion. At the same time, India needed to take immediate control. And when you need immediate control - in certain conditions, it must be added - you dial for Sehwag.

And it's slightly simplistic to scoff at the conditions. Agreed there was no bounce, pace or sideways movement on offer in the morning session, but these conditions are difficult to dominate in once the fielding side sits back and intends to cut down the runs. England went for just that as soon as they realised there was nothing in it for their quicks. Mid-off and cover went back, and just one slip and gully remained.

It had the desired effect on Gautam Gambhir, who became edgy and tried to manufacture cuts and punches off Graeme Swann, finally falling to one such shot. And Sehwag? He seemed to be batting on a flat track with true bounce where it seemed all he had to do was plant the front foot down and play his shots. And he did so without going out of his way. If you hadn't seen the scoreboard, you would have thought this was old-fashioned Test batting where he was looking to see the new ball off. He glided more than carved, steered more than smashed, and yet brought up his sixth century at more than a run a ball, now behind only Adam Gilchrist among batsmen to do so since 1990.

There was this one time in the first session when he had moved forward to a shortish delivery from Tim Bresnan. The ball stayed low, and yet somehow he managed to - even while moving forward - punch it wide of mid-on for four. The look of disbelief on England faces clearly suggested they should be getting wickets off those balls, not going for fours.

Then there were the shots where he compensated for lack of room with the open face and the wrists behind the shots. Two overs before that punch for four, he received one near yorker from Bresnan, on middle and off, and without even backing away he managed to create his own room by opening the face and unfurling the wrists behind it.

The other feature of the innings was his shot selection. He didn't go slashing after everything, nor did he leave the crease even once against the spinners. Too often when it becomes, or looks easy, he tries adventure, almost as if fighting boredom. Today it was all determination. He batted like a batsman should after two years without a century. Don't go by his strike-rate; it misleads. This was an innings of discipline, of opportunistic discipline.

There were quite a few overs in the morning session when the bowlers would bowl accurately to him, giving him neither driving length nor cutting room. And he would block and block and block, only to pounce on the first sight of width. Stuart Broad discovered that before lunch after an over full of shortish deliveries that shaped back in. And when he provided slight width with the last ball, he was cut away for four.

There will still be those - and they won't be unjustified - who will point to the conditions when they talk of this innings, but it should also be noted that accumulating in these conditions is one thing, and quite another to boss them. And Sehwag deserves his due credit for bossing here.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

@sportofan You already acknowledged that nowadays most Test matches end with time in hand. So let's say Sehwag scores a century in 100 minutes whereas player X scores the same century in 300 minutes. If the Test match ends on Day 5, 200 minutes before the close, how does exactly scoring quickly help? On the other hand, by occupying the crease for 200 extra minutes, player X probably formed more partnerships, and wore the opposition bowlers down. I have seen batsmen winning or saving the matches by forming partnerships with tail enders. Also if the team needs to play for a draw where they don't have any chance of winning, the 300 minutes century is more valuable. Have you ever heard the term occupying the crease?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

@everyone who is missing the point. It is very logical for batsmen to perform well in home conditions. In my book, for a player to qualify as great, they don't need to have a better away average than home average. But they must have enough outstanding performances to prove that they can perform in all conditions. Outstanding performance is what sets the great player apart from the rest. In Sehwag's case, he has very few centuries in all conditions. Secondly, most of his big scores are on tracks where others have scored heavily as well. Just look at the aggregate match scores and what percentage of total runs has Sehwag scores for a match where he performs. Sehwag has rarely shown the ability to bat on tricky pitches where others have struggled. Show me examples of such innings and I will say he is a great player. In away matches Sehwag averages 46, 27, 20 and 25 against Austalia, England, New Zealand, South Africa. Not great by any means!

Posted by Flash007 on (November 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Sehwag is a genius. Had he scored greatly even in Overseas, he would have been the greatest batsmen only next to the Don & Sir Viv, thanks to his mercurial strike rate in Tests. He isnt and hence critics can thank their stars for tht or he would have been way beyond the reach of many overhyped batsmen. Most important point is Sehwag has always been an opener who obviously faced the max. & best swinging deliveries tht any pitch can offer. Am sure his avgs wud have been even better in Overseas had he been a middle order bat. Flat track bully doesnt hold good any more simply because there is no who can bat like him anywhere. Its a case of sour grapes and detractors can take a walk.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Why cry about the flat track bully time and again whenever any team get the Sehwag treatment. When he gets going neither the surface nor the opposition matters. He just destroys whatever comes in his way. Sehwag has scored centuries at SA on debut, scored 85 odd in his first test in england followed it up with a century in the 2nd test, has centuries in australia, newzeland, WI etc. pitches of these countries are certainly not flat....he had scored big centuries in SL against murli & medis, the thought of facing these bowlers was enough for others. he scored a triple ton against pakistan in pakistan which boast of a certian sohaib aktar leave aside the tiple ton against SA with all the lethal bowlers.... so its neither pitch nor the bowler but the mindset of sehwag which has time and again destroyed the opposition. SO PLEASE STOP COMPLAINING AND ENJOY THE MAGIC OF ONE THE MOST DOMINATING BATSMAN OF MODERN ERA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Craig Chan- it appears u r fully baesed on SAHWAAG pl go to the stats available on this very web , very few with better away ave,in comprision to home SACHIN IS LEADING THIS LEAGUE with better ave, more centuries in out side than home , on chechkng the present primier bats man each fromm ENG & AUS , - PIETERSON from ENG his stats - his home ave-is far better than his overall ave - 55 , against 49 overall, only 3 centuries with 38 ave,in ASIA, , similarly PONTING is al;so pathetic in ASIA & particularly in INDIA, where according to u people any body can score runs in truck loads against clublevel IND bowling , only 5 centuries were scored in ASIA, the way SAHWAAG PLAYS HIS OVER ALL performance can be put in the league of great players ,

Posted by DRAGONFIRE11 on (November 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

@craig chan: just checking out how well others players have performed in india and check the avg ponting;39.48 pietersen:33.96 cook:40.81 clarke:39.81 bell:29.60 gilchrist:33.25 greame smith:41.18 if these great batsman cant even play on flat tracks how can you call them good batsman. home conditions always favours the home team. if u call sehwag a flat track bully then all the bowlers outside subcontinent are green top bullies they are not good bowlers that's why they incapable of taking wicket in india

Posted by sportofpain on (November 16, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@Craig Chan: Completely wrong to say scoring at a quick rate does not matter in a 5 day game. You misunderstand cricket if you feel that way. You only win matches if you can score quickly and put the opposition under pressure because the one thing that is finite is time. Over the past 10-15 years the average runs per over have gone up in comparison with the 1980's and 1990's. You will also find that a greater % of matches ended in results.

Also wrong to state that the aggregate scores are high when Sehwag bats - you are confusing cause and effect. Often it is BECAUSE he scores big that the team gets a big total. Chepauk v Aussies in 2004, Melbourne v Aussies in 2003 are but examples of this.

Let's not belabor the point - you are entitled to your opinion. To me he is a genius. Just look at how the scoring rate has dropped after he has been dismissed. The others just don't have his ability and we are talking about players of the class of Sachin etc.

Posted by joseyesu on (November 16, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

When sehwag plays, he make others ordinary. All the indians are very far from his strike rate.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 16, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

He may not be good outside sub-continent, but he is good enough for any top class bowling in sub-continent. Everyone gets advantage of home conditions. So nothing to disrespect his innings.

Posted by jgeorge on (November 16, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

#Craig Chan. So per your definition, Ricky Ponting with an average of 26 on India's flat tracks is miles away from being a great?

Posted by cricmatters on (November 16, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

So good to see Segwag back in form.. He is only the batsman who constantly looks for runs and is a natural stroke player. He is an excellent fielder at slips and more than useful off spinner too. Hope he continues his form and carries it to Australia Series.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

ITS AMAZING HOW SEHWAG WITH HIS FEET DOWN LIKE AN ELEPHANT KEEPS ON FLICKING ALL ENGLISH BOWLERS.HATS OFF TO YOU VIRU.KEEP THE DETERMINATION AS YOU DID BEFORE COMMENCEMENT OF YOUR BATTING.KEEP YOUR AUTO SUGGESTION THIS WILL BRING YOU THE BEST RESULTS IN FUTURE.

Posted by V-Man_ on (November 16, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

There is no such thing call flat track bully. if there is then all the english, aussie and sa batsmen are bouncy/green track bully. ofcourse a batsman will bat his best where ever he plays most of his cricket. i can't think of one batsman who played atleast 50 matches and has better record overseas than at home.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Again folks an average of 35 outside the subcontinent is not good enough to qualify him as a great player. Take a closer look at the aggregate scores of the matches in which Sehwag scores big. Most of the matches where Sehwag scored big are where the aggregate scores in the match are very very high. This suggests that wickets on which he scores are flat. Sehwag got Man of the match award only 4 times out in matches where India won. Great players perform under all conditions and against all oppositions. He may score at a quick rate but it hardly matters in a 5 day game unless there isn't enough time left. In fact, ability to occupy the crease and farm partnerships is way more important in a test match. At the same time Sehwag is very valuable on subcontinent conditions and flat tracks as he score big.

Posted by moBlue on (November 16, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

to all you peeps who claim sehwag is a "flat track bully" good only in subcontinent conditions... you can have your own opinions but you are not entitled to your own facts! especially to ENG fans: which of your batters scored 194 before tea *in* Oz, like sehwag has done? last i checked, Oz was outside the subcontinent. ...and i am sure many of you are not aware of the following fact... in 2002, in sehwag's debut test in jo'berg in SA, on a fast track, SA inserted IND in the first test on day 1 and promptly had 4 of ours back in the hut for a mere 68... dravid and lax were gone! sachin scored a hundred, as usual... but the other dude that saved IND's blushes that day was none other than the debutant playing in SA in his very first test inning - and yes, sehwag scored a century in his customary hit-out-or-get-out style even on that day!!! the last i checked, jo'berg isn't a "flat-track" pitch in the "subcontinent" either! these facts are a little inconvenient for your theories, eh? :)

Posted by sportofpain on (November 16, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

@Craig Chen: I mean it. He is very special. Viv was an all time great and we used to hold him in awe. But if you remove his record against England he averages 44. Also remember he never had to play the best bowlers in the world since they were all in his team. Not taking anything away from him - in his time the best three were Sunny, Greg Chappell and Viv but Viv was ahead of the others because he could dominate. Viru is the same and btw averages 59 in India and 45 abroad. So he stacks up with Viv on stats. I was tempted to bracket him with Bradman but never got to see him bat. Don't take my word for it - ask Daniel Vettori.

Posted by Agila on (November 16, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

Its funny that every time bowlers from a non subcontinental team get thrashed, they come up with this flat track bully crap...come on guys , your batsmen struggle to score decently here historically. People talk like only Sehwag had problems with his batting techinque, but regardless he has a swash-buckling strike rate when he gets going! As someone says there may be only 5 centuries out of 23 outside sub continent, but he had many 50s outside subcontinent, which altered the course of a match. I never seen him score scratchy and boring hundreds like many other batsmen do!

Posted by dsig3 on (November 16, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

He is great to watch as a neutral observer but only when playing at home. Completely inept in any other conditions. On these sorts of pitches footwork is not as important.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 16, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Discipline, Sehwag style, Only on the sub-continent. His discipline, tact and intelligence will again elude him as soon as he leaves the sub-continental shores! Please replace all these flat track bullies and granpas with some young blood. Results are there for us to see.

Posted by barbakanfan on (November 15, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

Fantastic to see Viru back in the runs. I was privileged to see him score a very aggressive Test hundred at Trent Bridge a few years, and there a few sights more riveting than his amazing hand-eye coordination.When the wind is in his sails, there is nobody more exhilirating to watch, and i cannot believe anybody plays the cut shot with his venom. The pressure he puts on the opposition is incredible. What a pity it was that he was patently unfit to play properly in England last summer, as a fit Sehwag would have posed more questions for Anderson and Co and perhaps given the Indian middle order a bit more confidence.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

@Craig chan: did it ever occur to you that even flat pitch bullies need talent? Why do you think other greats pale in comparison to Viru on subcontinent wkts? I do agree with you that Viru can never be an all time great, but we can not dismiss him as one-off.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

@sportofpain Only 5 centuries out of 23 outside the subcontinent. He averages 35 outside the subcontinent. And he is an all time great? Better than Richards? You must be kidding? Though he can be an all time great flat track bully.

Posted by Nampally on (November 15, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

I was absolutely delighted with Sehwag's century. A determined Sehwag who wants to play well & score always does. What is great about this century is that he made 117 at a S/R of 100 - Wow! Take that England. He toyed with Broad, Anderson & bresnan. Also the Sehwag-Gambhir opening stand was worth 131 runs. This is an emphatic way for Sehwag to announce that he is back. Great knock Viru. The openers scored at 4.5 runs/over whilst the rest of the batting scored at 2.5 runs/over. Pujara held the middle order together after Kohli & Tendulkar failed. If Pujara & Yuvraj can hold the fort till Lunch on Day 2, India will add another 100 runs. It is essential for these 2 batsmen to convert a brilliant start by the openers to a sizable total & prove that India has a strong batting. Once India score over 500, the score alone will demoralize England. Then the Indian spin Trio will get the English batsmen to play musical chairs with their "spin music".I am looking forward to interesting Day2 ahead.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 15, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

i get inspiration watching his 195 in melbourne. All the ball came from middle of the bat with nice sound. Sehwag has to value his wicket and play straight because thats what made sachin great. Sehwag should play for himself from now on. Not for spectators not for his own thrill but as he scores it benefit the team as by product. More sehwag play for himself make him great player. At present he can bat in flat track. I want him to graft runs like he did against swan taking easy singles. You hit first ball for 4 it will open up scoring chance for singles. Sehwag can make century in every inning if he apply himself.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 15, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

@ MasterClass You observed correct. But you need to understand when sehwag play other end , bowler confidence down they spray. That allowed pujara to play carefree. We have seen millionth time once sehwag leaves , run rate plummet whether sachin or pujara or anyone for that matter. It was sehwag effect. Pitch is slow. You have to hunker down...and play slow slow to get your century. Ball spins slow and low. Bhajji would have bowl better i think. That said ojha may get more wickets. I think game is even. It all depends on pieterson and trott whether england lose or draw.

Posted by mak102480 on (November 15, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Indian pitches on day 1 are no different then Aussie, SaF, and English pitches on days 2 and 3 - batting pitches. Anyhow, it was the toothless English bowling that was more the reason of India's success than the pitch. If people say that Sehwag is a flat track bully, then I guess it makes overseas fast bowlers as green-top bullies.

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

@iHitWicket: Sehwag is an all time great! He has an average of over 50 in 99 tests and a strike rate of over 80. That is scarcely believable. Those who understand cricket recognize that - he is a game changer and we are privileged that he plays for us. Not even Sachin has the same impact on a game. In my lifetime of folwing cricket there has been no greater match winner - not even Viv Richards IMHO had the same impact although he'd run Viru close. We are watching a genius.

Posted by MasterClass on (November 15, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

While taking nothing away form Sehwag, let's not forget that Pujara was going at a SR of 75 for quite some while during his partnership with Sehwag. For me the highlight of the 1st day was watching Pujara play and I will savor his century tomorrow. He slowed down later on but that was more a factor of wickets falling, particularly the one of SRT (which was a very disappointing shot!). He's the new type of No. 3 India need in the mold of Amla, AB and others that can anchor, but also accelerate the innings with stroke play.

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

Guess Pujara also is a flat track bully. And Tendulkar and the others are not capable of scoring even on flat tracks. Am waiting to see how England fare on the same pitch tomorrow. If they score, do they also become FTBs? Time we stop putting down Indian batsmen. Today I really liked the way Sehwag played and was more than a little disappointed at the way Sachin got out when he seemed to be in good nick. Am I the only one who wants him to succeed before he decides to retire.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

@vpk23, he was there but you were sleeping. He has hundreds in Bloemfontein (against SA), Nottingham (against England), Adelaide, Melbourne (against Australia), Gros Islet (against the West Indies) among many others. How does that, for a subcontinent batsman, classify him as a flat track bully?

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Was Sehwag fit for English and Aussie series? Did the Indians not hurried on those tours to save their back?

We have done well in past few years and most of the success can be attributed to this man.

Posted by vpk23 on (November 15, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Where was he on true and trying pitches and in foregin lands.?

Posted by StarHawk on (November 15, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I guess the England fast bowlers are living up to their reputation of being green-top bullies. Wait, did i just call them "fast" bowlers? None of them can even bowl in the 130s consistently...they are all a bunch of trundlers bowling in the 120s. Even Munaf Patel can bowl quicker!! And they say India can't produce fast bowlers!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

@Muski: If Sehwag will be in Sanga's and Mahela's company, it is a compliment for all of them. And this trio sits head and shoulders above the likes of Ponting, who cant play on subcontinent pitches. By the way, check out Sehwag's debut hundred at Bloemfontein and the ones in New Zealand where he made batting look ridiculously easy where everyone else struggled. If these are flat tracks, how come batsmen from Australia, England and such countries have poor records here? Face it, these are spinning pitches where Indians play well just like Aus or England play well on their home pitches.

Posted by usernames on (November 15, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

@Muski -- I hope you get to read this. Sehwag has scored 3847 runs away from home, and near 4500 at home. His average away is above 45, better than Ganguly, Laxman, et al. He has ten centuries, only behind Tendulkar and Dravid. He has hundreds in Bloemfontein (against SA), Nottingham (against England), Adelaide, Melbourne (against Australia), Gros Islet (against the West Indies) among many others. How does that, for a subcontinent batsman, classify him as a flat track bully? Everyone is good at home, and familiar conditions, but that's hardly a fault. He has performed overseas as well, and with equal impact. It's not okay to speak with conviction when you let perceptions cloud your own judgement--Sehwag has been out of form for more than a couple of years, yes, but as far as being a flat track bully goes, he is far from that. He plays well on flat tracks, of course, and you would expect him to do that, but he fares well in unfamiliar conditions as well. An average of 45 is not bad.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Sehwag makes batting look ridiculously easy. Not many cricketers can get a run a ball 117 in test matches, let alone ODI's.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

People keep forgetting that Sehwag and shoulder surgery. BCCI rushed him. Fully fit and little patience, Sehwag is the BEST.

Posted by maddy20 on (November 15, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@CricketMaan I would be embarassed of making such a statement on a cricket forum. If England , Aus and SA have the opportunity to prepare pitches to their liking, so do we. I for one do not understand whats so wrong with that. It is no secret that Asian teams rely primarily on spinners making the most of slow turning wickets . If visiting teams do not have the ability to play on them, then its none of our concern. We would not coerce any nation into preparing pitches to our liking, nor do we have any intention to concede the home advantage to visiting teams by preparing fast bouncy wickets. Deal with it!

Posted by sanyam_kamat on (November 15, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Sidharth Monga:" and yet brought up his sixth century at more than a run a ball, now behind only Adam Gilchrist among batsmen to do so since 1990" Sehwag scored century less than a ball, please correct it.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

for muski--dear muski,sehwag has better strike rate & statistics than Gilchrist i.e SEHWAG has 8423 runs in 99 test at strike rate of 82.4 and gilly has scored less than seven thousand runs in 96 tests at stike rate of 81.9

Posted by iHitWicket on (November 15, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Don't care how rest of the team scored and how much faster Sehwag scored. If he had a point to prove it was on the tours of England and Australia. Sehwag always is much much better in subcontinent pitches. Given this particular match and our need to win it, its great that Sehwag scored a 100 at fast clip. BUT come SA tour end of 2013, will he the opener who will provide us solid starts in South Africa? Any amount of 100's in sub continent conditions will not help in Sehwag being held as one of the modern greats. He has achieved all he can and more on subcontinent pitches. Start grooming youngsters.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

There goes media singing Hosanna to Sehwag. He is a flat track bully and mark my words will be exposed like butter on a hot pan in South Africa....I would like to see what Patil does in terms of long term planning

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

Hi India baiters...lets see what a flat track this is when the pommies come out to bat!!!

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

@ProdigyA, Same here. I only watch India bat when Sehwag is playing.

Posted by satya_vankayala on (November 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

lord krishna is back, do it right now

Posted by Islander1 on (November 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

The problem is his consistency. Once he hits a century, he relaxes and doesn't stay focused until he is under the spotlight again... and then again he has one good innings... it is a cycle... and also if you notice, he hits big innings normally in the first game of the series be it the world cup or the Ind-End series...

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

The minute Viru got out, i just couldnt watch the match anymore. It was soooooo boring like a Yash Chopra movie begging to see when it will end. I just turned off the TV. But the problem is Viru outside the subcontinent. Whatever, lets just enjoy his batting for now.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

He was really focused and determined today. If he bats with this attitude no pitch and no opposition will matter.....

Posted by muski on (November 15, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Sidharth- Though Iam a big fan of Sehwag the entertainer, Iam afraid he is living up to his billing as a FTBB(Flat Track Big Bully). By the time he hangs up his boots, he would have certainly scored 10K+ test runs and and will giving Gilly a run for the strike rate. However that will NOT put him in August company. He will have guys like Sanga and Mahela for company- the other glorious FTB's from Asia.

Posted by Haleos on (November 15, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

This is what Viru can do. Defy the pitch and conditions. m Vijayi backers should know that. Vijay would have just gone into his shell on this pitch. Also can not see vijayi having the temperament to score double triple hundreds like Viru. Go Viru go. I think it is time Gauti gets some message. Wh does he have to manufacture shots. Just take a single and let viru do his thing.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 15, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

BCCI must now use all thier muscle power, bullying to export our pitches Aus, SA, England else won't hounour FTP. Afterall we run cricket dont we?

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Watched the Sehwag century -each of 117 delivery. Great day of Cricket watching

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

when sehwag is back then India's in the driving seat and that sure did happen at lunch even though england fought back they were in the driving seat because of cheteshwar pujara. It is payback time pommies!!!!!!!!!!!!

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