India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 1st day November 15, 2012

Videos of previous tons helped Sehwag regain touch


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."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Smith 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.

  • 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?

  • Dummy4 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 :-)

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 1:14 GMT

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

  • 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 .

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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 .....

  • kks 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Manesh 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??

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