India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 1st day November 4, 2010

Sehwag cool in the heat of the battle

ESPNcricinfo staff
There is an air of casualness about Virender Sehwag, so casual that it feels eerie, as seen again at Motera
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You associate attacking batsmen with their aggressive aura, the bossiness of their body language. It wasn't just how they batted but how they moved around in the middle that said much about them. Viv Richards would swagger and Matthew Hayden would snarl, Adam Gilchrist was restless, Michael Slater was possessed by a nervous energy and Shahid Afridi brims with adrenaline. Virender Sehwag remains calm.

His batsmanship might hint at insolence but his body language doesn't. There is an air of casualness about him - so casual that it feels eerie - as seen again today at Motera. He doesn't look intense nor try acting cool; he doesn't draw from verbals with bowlers, nor does he try to avoid them. He just bats. And he chats - with the umpire, his partner, even a friendly opposition player. He also hums tunes, as he explained at length in the post-match pitchside interview. He puts in a lot in a hostile, demanding environment?

If you weren't closely watching today, you'd probably have been deceived by his relaxed composure and thought there was no contest. Wrong. There was no hard-fought battle but there were several interesting moments. Some involved Daniel Vettori, who spent much of the day trying to get him lbw with the deliveries that swerved in and straightened. A couple of times, very early on, Sehwag edged his defensive pushes to pad. He adjusted very quickly, though, by shifting his guard towards leg. The feet were aligned on the leg stump line with the bat placed in the middle and not once did he push his front leg across after that. Not once.

He stayed so true to that intent that it eventually led to his dismissal. By then he was also tired, he'd hurt his knee and had a runner. The front leg should have come across a bit then but it didn't. Neither did he lean forward, allowing the arm-ball to move past the casual waft, hit the back pad and fall on the stumps.

There were a couple of moments against Jeetan Patel too. Sehwag tried to impose himself first ball with an aggressive shot and ended up slashing high over point. Patel then floated it well outside off; Sehwag hit one through covers and was beaten immediately trying to play a weak defensive prod. His immediate response was to practice a crashing drive. Soon, he blasted one aerially past short extra cover and hit another through cover point.

Patel gave up and went round the stumps with a deep point in place. No respite, though. Sehwag pressed back, collapsed his arms and carved the deliveries very late and well to the left of that deep point. Vettori knew moving that fielder finer wouldn't help as Sehwag would have then kept playing the shot more square. And so Sehwag kept carving and cutting it late wide of that fielder - and not once did it seem risky.

During one of Martin's later spells, the bowler started without a third man; his first ball was a length delivery that homed in on the off stump but Sehwag stood motionless. The ball kept moving towards the stump and there was still no response from Sehwag. At the very last instant, he stirred: he bent his knees, collapsed his arms, and steered it very late to the unmanned third man boundary.

All through there were the usual fun Sehwag moments. When Martin banged in a bouncer, Sehwag had to arch back a long way to avoid it; Martin looked across at Sehwag, signalling a rare win for the bowler. Sehwag's response: he practiced his upper cut over backward point and Martin turned and walked back quietly.

After the day's play, he showed no effects of those hours in the sun and heat. Asked whether he kept track of the score while batting, he said, with a straight face: "Sochna padhta hai. Scorers galti kar sakthe hain. (I have to. Scorers can make mistakes!)" It didn't seem arrogant, it didn't seem flippant or serious. It was Sehwag: great skills, great fun.

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  • on November 6, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I do agree with Lakx; HALF KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS!

  • lakx on November 6, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    @Jelanichem - Half knowledge is Dangerous. True, Sehwag averaged 10.0 in 2002/2003 test series but averaged 42.71 and scored 2 centuries in the ODI series on the same pitches. The two centuries by sehwag were the only centuries of the ODI series. Even in tests Sehwag's 10.0 avg was the 7th highest average of the series. In the whole series a NZ player crossed fifty just once. The pitch was so bad but since it did not spin it was considered a good pitch. All the batsmen struggled and NZ were actually bowled out for 94 in a match in the series, India's lowest score in the series in the same match was 99.

    The ODI were also played on the same pitches and the NZ scores in the series were, 109,254,109,123,168,199 and 125. These are not individual scores but NZ team totals. Including Sehwag's 2 centuries there were just 7 scores above fifty in the seven match series, 2 hundreds by Sehwag and 5 fifties. Sehwag is the only player who can score on such pitches.

  • on November 6, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    @Jelanichm; well, how can you tell that there is no top quality fast bowler now? what about malinga then? what about Akthar? what about Mitchell Johnson? What about Dale Steyn? What about M Ntini (he decided to retire though)? oh come on man! get onto your senses! 2002/03 is just the time he got into the national side. He just started middling the ball then at international level. Well after that he was arrogant! he became the nightmare for the bowlers! He is a top quality batsman! Go back to the Controversial Australian Tour. Look into the match at Perth.! Perth is somewhere the quicker bowlers have their paradise.! Sehwag stayed cool over there and played a match winning innings facing, Lee, Johnson, Tait and Clark ( I guess it was clark) now tell me, isn't he one of the greatest player? and I've no apologizes in telling that Sehwag would have hit 6 sixes of Lillee's over when he was playing in 70's and 80's. dude, never question the capabilities of a player.

  • Jelanichem on November 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I just find it quite annoying that people are calling Sehwag great. The man average 10 in New Zealand in 2002/3 series when Shane Bond was at his lethal best. This tells me that this man is mediocre against top quality fast bowling when there is something in the pitch for the bowler. The biggest blasphemy is that people are ranking him up there with Gavaskar. Gavaskar made runs against the best on all types of pitches. I make no apologies in saying if Sehwag was playing in the 70s - 80s he would not even average 20. The man is the greatest dead pitch bully of his time. There are no top quality consistent fast bowler in world cricket today. The ICC has made the game a bowler nightmare and a batsman paradise. There are only dead tracks and mediocre bowlers around. Its not sehwag's fault that he his born in a time where anyone with good eye hand coordination can knock the ball around. I am just disgusted by people calling a man who would have been ordinary in another era great.

  • khansa06 on November 5, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    @Klobania I smell sour grapes on the pakistani/your side of the border. I do not know why evryone is linking you to SL cricket today.

  • on November 5, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Let's be reasonable THIS IS A FLAT TRACK. While Sehwag is a good player, the conditions, the weak bowling attack and attacking field placings lend themselves to big scores. This is not a great innings by any stretch. But give him credit to be skilful enough to do it

  • Sitting-on-a-gate on November 5, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    @Johnsrini - "Dravid wanted the captaincy so bad"!!!!! Which world are you from? This is the guy who gave up his captaincy, that too after a series win in England, when nobody expected him to. But then for the Ganguly apoligists, everything is a controversy. (Everyone kind of forgets that the controversy was specifically centered around Dravid-Chappels insistance on trying out younger players, particularly a cricketer who goes by the name of Suresh Raina...)

  • Razor88 on November 5, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    @Beazle - Ask your 1970s players to come and Perform in 2010.... They would Jus break down to the Media Press and also Won't even match the strike-rate of a Mediocre batsmen of this era.. you maybe Right... But its meaningless to compare Batsmen of Different Era mate... Oh not to Forget lets See how your John thompson Performs in TODAY'S Flat picthes

    @ Akm Dhl : Sachin....Dravid and Viru play for Personal Stats ?? :O ... buahahahha.. If they don't perform,you say its time for them to call it a Day.If they Score... Here you yap abt thing like this...

  • popcorn on November 5, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Oh God, why do you bore us with meaningless pitches? Haven't India learnt how to make sporting pitches after the concrete pitch they made for the Test match against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad? This is a TEST match, fellows. a TEST means - TEST between bat and ball. What a boring match to follow - watch or on the net. India can only win in India. Wait till India goes to South Africa. They will get whitewashed. Then we'll see who is Number One.

  • Razor88 on November 5, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    @Beazle - Ask your 1970s players to come and Perform in 2010.... They would Jus break down to the Media Press and also Won't even match the strike-rate of a Mediocre batsmen of this era.. you maybe Right... But its meaningless to compare Batsmen of Different Era mate... Oh not to Forget lets See how your John thompson Performs in TODAY'S Flat picthes

    @ Akm Dhl : Sachin....Dravid and Viru play for Personal Stats ?? :O ... buahahahha.. If they don't perform,you say its time for them to call it a Day.If they Score... Here you yap abt thing like this...

  • on November 6, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I do agree with Lakx; HALF KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS!

  • lakx on November 6, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    @Jelanichem - Half knowledge is Dangerous. True, Sehwag averaged 10.0 in 2002/2003 test series but averaged 42.71 and scored 2 centuries in the ODI series on the same pitches. The two centuries by sehwag were the only centuries of the ODI series. Even in tests Sehwag's 10.0 avg was the 7th highest average of the series. In the whole series a NZ player crossed fifty just once. The pitch was so bad but since it did not spin it was considered a good pitch. All the batsmen struggled and NZ were actually bowled out for 94 in a match in the series, India's lowest score in the series in the same match was 99.

    The ODI were also played on the same pitches and the NZ scores in the series were, 109,254,109,123,168,199 and 125. These are not individual scores but NZ team totals. Including Sehwag's 2 centuries there were just 7 scores above fifty in the seven match series, 2 hundreds by Sehwag and 5 fifties. Sehwag is the only player who can score on such pitches.

  • on November 6, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    @Jelanichm; well, how can you tell that there is no top quality fast bowler now? what about malinga then? what about Akthar? what about Mitchell Johnson? What about Dale Steyn? What about M Ntini (he decided to retire though)? oh come on man! get onto your senses! 2002/03 is just the time he got into the national side. He just started middling the ball then at international level. Well after that he was arrogant! he became the nightmare for the bowlers! He is a top quality batsman! Go back to the Controversial Australian Tour. Look into the match at Perth.! Perth is somewhere the quicker bowlers have their paradise.! Sehwag stayed cool over there and played a match winning innings facing, Lee, Johnson, Tait and Clark ( I guess it was clark) now tell me, isn't he one of the greatest player? and I've no apologizes in telling that Sehwag would have hit 6 sixes of Lillee's over when he was playing in 70's and 80's. dude, never question the capabilities of a player.

  • Jelanichem on November 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I just find it quite annoying that people are calling Sehwag great. The man average 10 in New Zealand in 2002/3 series when Shane Bond was at his lethal best. This tells me that this man is mediocre against top quality fast bowling when there is something in the pitch for the bowler. The biggest blasphemy is that people are ranking him up there with Gavaskar. Gavaskar made runs against the best on all types of pitches. I make no apologies in saying if Sehwag was playing in the 70s - 80s he would not even average 20. The man is the greatest dead pitch bully of his time. There are no top quality consistent fast bowler in world cricket today. The ICC has made the game a bowler nightmare and a batsman paradise. There are only dead tracks and mediocre bowlers around. Its not sehwag's fault that he his born in a time where anyone with good eye hand coordination can knock the ball around. I am just disgusted by people calling a man who would have been ordinary in another era great.

  • khansa06 on November 5, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    @Klobania I smell sour grapes on the pakistani/your side of the border. I do not know why evryone is linking you to SL cricket today.

  • on November 5, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Let's be reasonable THIS IS A FLAT TRACK. While Sehwag is a good player, the conditions, the weak bowling attack and attacking field placings lend themselves to big scores. This is not a great innings by any stretch. But give him credit to be skilful enough to do it

  • Sitting-on-a-gate on November 5, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    @Johnsrini - "Dravid wanted the captaincy so bad"!!!!! Which world are you from? This is the guy who gave up his captaincy, that too after a series win in England, when nobody expected him to. But then for the Ganguly apoligists, everything is a controversy. (Everyone kind of forgets that the controversy was specifically centered around Dravid-Chappels insistance on trying out younger players, particularly a cricketer who goes by the name of Suresh Raina...)

  • Razor88 on November 5, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    @Beazle - Ask your 1970s players to come and Perform in 2010.... They would Jus break down to the Media Press and also Won't even match the strike-rate of a Mediocre batsmen of this era.. you maybe Right... But its meaningless to compare Batsmen of Different Era mate... Oh not to Forget lets See how your John thompson Performs in TODAY'S Flat picthes

    @ Akm Dhl : Sachin....Dravid and Viru play for Personal Stats ?? :O ... buahahahha.. If they don't perform,you say its time for them to call it a Day.If they Score... Here you yap abt thing like this...

  • popcorn on November 5, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Oh God, why do you bore us with meaningless pitches? Haven't India learnt how to make sporting pitches after the concrete pitch they made for the Test match against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad? This is a TEST match, fellows. a TEST means - TEST between bat and ball. What a boring match to follow - watch or on the net. India can only win in India. Wait till India goes to South Africa. They will get whitewashed. Then we'll see who is Number One.

  • Razor88 on November 5, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    @Beazle - Ask your 1970s players to come and Perform in 2010.... They would Jus break down to the Media Press and also Won't even match the strike-rate of a Mediocre batsmen of this era.. you maybe Right... But its meaningless to compare Batsmen of Different Era mate... Oh not to Forget lets See how your John thompson Performs in TODAY'S Flat picthes

    @ Akm Dhl : Sachin....Dravid and Viru play for Personal Stats ?? :O ... buahahahha.. If they don't perform,you say its time for them to call it a Day.If they Score... Here you yap abt thing like this...

  • Hindh on November 5, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    What a magnificent 100 by sehwag. well done. @klobania Ur pak batsmen wud have struggled to score even 20 on this pitch.

  • McGorium on November 5, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    I invite Sehwag bashers to study Matthew Hayden's record in places where the new ball does a bit: NZ, Eng, SAF. He averages, 28,35,35 resp in these places. Sehwag is similar (20, 40, 27). Inferior in NZ and SAF, superior in Eng. How about countries with predominantly batting pitches (Aus, Ind, SRL, WI)? Haydos averages (57.88, 51.35, 40.12, 63.16). Sehwag averages (59.50, 58.12, 69.20, 51.00). I left out Pak because Haydos has never played there, though he averages 104 in UAE, presumably vs Pak. Sehwag has an average of 91 in Pak. Haydos is no more or no less a flat track bully as Sehwag. Just that he *looks* more compact and classical. Yet I rarely see anyone accusing him of being a flat track bully. Compare these averages to the great SM Gavaskar in (Aus, Eng, Ind, WI, NZ, Pak): (51.11,41.14, 50.16, 70.20, 55.95,53.35). An average of 70 in WI of the 1970-80s is impressive to say the least. That too for an opener.

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    @Razzor 88; buddy, RSA is one those countries where Pace bowlers got a lot to do with. please look this; http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;host=3;team=6;template=results;type=bowling

    you can see Sreesanth is third highest Indian Wicket Taker in RSA! ahead of him is Srinath and Kumble! and if you see RP Singh, please update me!

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    @Razzor88; hello hello?! outta sense buddy?! Sree is wayy better bowler than RP Singh! He is one of the best reverse swingers in India! RP can swing it around, but he ain't reverses the ball quite often :/

  • sudhs_107 on November 5, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Nowadays, the teams like Aus, Srilanka, SA will plan a strategy to get Sehwag out as soon as possible. (Something like bowling constantly offside bouncers with Thirdman and Deep Point in place to make him give give catch). Seems like NZ has not prepared any such thing. Poor Vettory is very innocent to plan all these..

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    @Klobania Are you kidding me? Full strength team? Aussies are playing with out Bollinger, Brett Lee, Hilfenhaus three key bowlers and you call that a full strength team? If you are not aware India has beaten Australia in Australia(also featuring Sri Lanka who were the punching bags of that tournament ) and Sachin scored two centuries on the trot. Get a life pal will ya? Sri Lanka will always be below India regardless of the format!

  • pinn on November 5, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Shewag is always Shewag, whether it is one day, five day or half a day. And the oppositions fear is always the same. Hez not average in any form of the cricket, his 'average' speaks for the same.

  • McGorium on November 5, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Maybe it's worth considering the fact that Sehwag's technique is a product of the rules and playing conditions in place, just as say Gavaskar or Boycott were products of their era. Do you suppose Hayden would've scored quicker than Sehwag against the west-indian pace battery?. But he never played against the WI battery, and so it allowed him to bat outside the crease, walk down the pitch or plant his foot down the ground and drive on the up. Would Ponting have been as dominating on uncovered pitches, with the ball turning square and uneven bounce? No. We disparage Sehwag because he has a loose technique, but how many of the solid batsmen or bashers of his era have scored 2 triples and one near-triple? In another world, Sehwag might've been more defensive. In this world, he doesn't need to. He sets up games by scoring quickly (like Haydos). BTW, he has scored big hundreds in SAF, Aus, Eng... He's not a flat track bully, but sure, not one for a sticky wicket. Neither is Haydos or T'kar.

  • johnsrini on November 5, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    In reply to Srusti Ranjan, A Captain is a leader and they can demand which ever player they want in their team. Dravid wanted the Captain position so bad that he would not lift his little finger to the selectors. Ponting and Dhoni get whomever they want in the team ( TRUE LEADERS). I stand by what I said earlier that Chappell and Dravid should give an apology to Sehwag and his fans for trying to finish him. PS- read which indian test players openly supported Ganguly when the above duo got rid of him. This will help in clarifying the matter.

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    @Shovwar: I have crunched the numbers, so hear they are. If India wins both games against NZ and wins the series. India gets 131.16 points. If India then loses to SA 2-0 then India drops to 129.74 and SA gets to 125.09. Your pulling numbers from your rear end and making claims. India is going into year 2011 as #1 (if it wins the series against NZ). SA cannot stop it.

  • penisingh on November 5, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    This is great all that is needed is a double from laxman and a hundred from tendulkar. then India win by an innings and 342 runs. thats what im putting my money on!!

  • CandidIndian on November 5, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    i dream someday india will play outside sub-continent n any of them score ton against top quality bowling attack n i.e. too in bouncy pitche @Klobania-This comment is funny as India has played well outside subcontinent and SRT, Sehwag, Dravid ,Laxman everyone has scored lots of centuries outside subcontinet,check the stats,what makes this comment more funny is that is comes from a fan of a team who never won a single test in India ,Aus and SA and never won a series outside subcontinent.Dont think so high of yourself after winning one ODI against Aussie,India won a CB series in Aus by beating strong team of Aussies in back to back matches and dont forget SL came third there also India won test matches in Eng , NZ, WI, Aus and didnt lose a single test in Eng ,NZ and WI in their last tours.You should worry about your team not winning single test in India SA and Aus not about India.

  • on November 5, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    To all those friends who called Sehwag a 'Flat track bully' please visit this page http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35263.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting;view=series Please just as a cricket enthusiast maybe you will find something, it is the batting average of Sehwag in each series he has played, if this does not convince you then nothing will As for Holding Marshal Thompson etc , how many player played the uppercut or how many players gave room and slashed them, how many players played the dill scoop, how much video analysis was done on them and finally was any player like Sehwag and Gale or Jayasuriya around?

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    showar: Prove your math. How does India becomes #2 if they win NZ series and lose to SA 2-0. Please.

  • on November 5, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Only Sehwag is like Sehwag.

  • Razor88 on November 5, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    @ Tony Aloysious : Yea!! Mate.. You maybe Rite... Nothing taken away from Young Sreesanth. You think one Good Performance is Good ?... i mean according to your std Is it Jus Fine to Pass Small tests and Lose the Series so badly....

    @ klobania - dude!!! WATCH CRICKET AND TALK CRICKET.... we won Commonwealth bank series(Unfortunately which also Included SL)when the Aussies were a faaaaaaaaaaaar Better team than what they are right now.. in ODI for Aus... I think that series Did get the Cut.what abt the Kiwi Tour we won??. Din't we win both ODI n TESTS

  • ChrisMartin on November 5, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Akm Dhl, If a player who has a strike rate of 103 in ODIs is an "average player" according to you, then what do you call the whole lot of players who have less than 103 strike rate ??? Think and be fair in condemning players.

  • cricsavvy on November 5, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Hey @ Klobania, do you know that Sri Lanka NEVER WON a test in India let alone Australia??? More than 75% of Murali's wickets are in your "GREEN" wickets in SL and 90% of your GREAT batsmen's run are in the "BOUNCY" tracks in SL. What a record!!!! @Akm Dhl, even if they are playing for their personal stats, at least they are helping India win unlike Pak(cheats) and SL players. All you envious guys, every Indian batsmen in this team HAS scored runs on ALL kinds of pitches the world over. PLEASE DO YOUR HOME WORK before you comment or else you make a FOOL of yourselves. As @screamingeagle mentioned, THERE IS NO MEDICINE FOR ENVY. Take care guys, your jealousy will kill you.

  • TimmyF_23 on November 4, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    I absolutely love him, and i'm an aussie! Batted brilliantly. Which is more than i can say for the selfish little master. Just once it would be nice to see sachin bat for his team and country rather than for records and himself. Retire and give some young kids a crack!

  • HatsforBats on November 4, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    I really hope a 2 tier system gets introduced. This is a little sad to be honest. A solitary half century against some attacking Aus bowling and then he plunders NZ like he's playing school boys (I wish Vettori would apply for Aus citizenship). It will be very interesting to see how he goes on a swinging seaming pitch against a quality bowling attack in SA. I don't think his dismal record down there will improve much.

  • on November 4, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    he is expected to fail each time but this an amazing man ....... tremendous talent

  • Nileshan on November 4, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    hi johnsrini ....i want to ask what do you mean when you say Chappell AND Dravid tried to finish Dravid off few years ago?i would like yo know.i cannot for the life of me believe that Sehwag will run Dravid down(or any player ESP Indian player)

  • on November 4, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    I am little weary of the fact that these multi million $$$ players (SRT, Dravid, Dhoni) are allowed to use this team sport for no thing more than their own little personal stats

  • on November 4, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    I am amused that he bats with a strike rate of an ODI but when it comes to ODI - He is an average player!

  • Hardy_1984 on November 4, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    He is amazing player (Shewag). His class hand eye coordination superb in modern ear he is the best opener best striker i love to watch his batting he can never feel the pressure and heat only blower feeling. He is gifted player to India team he is really can play very long innings because his strike rate is so good he can score on 120 strike rate in TEST also .. fantastic player to watch..

  • QingdaoXI on November 4, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    @johnsrini sorry mate but u dont have much knowledge of cricket thats why u add name of dravid with chappel who treid to finish off Sehwag. Dravid was always insting selectors to pick him and most of the he succeed, but it were selectors who dumped viru

  • on November 4, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    some one who calls Sehwag a flat track bully should look at his record and comment. Few of the guys are hell bent on making a comment for the heck of it:-)

  • on November 4, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Sehwag is the only opener who has forced opposition captains to delay declaration by atleast a session. He is a great player. Keep scoring against all 7 test playing nations, yes only 7.

  • khansa06 on November 4, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    @ Klobania

    Sehwag does not need your certificate. He has scored as many rune outside india as he has in india....His 199 in australia would have been one of the fastests double tons in australia andd this when the Aussie bowling wasmuch better than now.

    Ian Chappell includes him in his alltime thrilling XI..http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/481212.html

    I have a feeling you like Mohd Yuouhana..AKA yusuf a lot...check how many he runs he has score outside the subcontinent....

    In case u like the great Mahela Jayawardene...check the ratio of his centuries at home vs away.

    Then comment about Sehwag.

  • on November 4, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    @Razor88: is telling that RP singh is better choice than Srisanth, Dont forget that Srisanth was the man of the match in the only test India won in South Africa ever. His 5/40 was the best perfomance by any bowler in SA.

  • on November 4, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    sri lankan fans are like sri lankan cricket team.. very very one sided... May be they forgot some of the best innings from sehwag came against them... Sehwag is the only batsmen creating fear even in the minds of steyn and co... Besides all these achievements, he still remains calm not like some home ground lions who break even DON's record in the home ground by playing wit minnows and claim that they are the best in the world...

  • on November 4, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    it was so evident that ....NZ plan was to keep sehwag away from strike... And to frustrate him by doing so .. eventually which will get him out .... if a normal fan like me could crack it out .. why dravid couldnt understand that ... he did not raotate the strike even when there were chances..... It so important to get the best out of sehwag when he is set... Indian team management should seriously think about it .. rotating strike is important in state of the match regardless who is batting ... in contrast to it laxman rotates the strike when tail enders like ishanth batting at the other end ...

    All these things indicate that .. we are winning the matches merely because of the personal stamina of greats like sehwag ,sachin ,laxaman or dravid ... it is very less that we won the matches by sound strategies...

    It is very rare to see flawless partnerships except sehwag & gambhir ....

    How about sending some like raina up the order ... who can bat in tandem with sehwag ...

  • Beazle on November 4, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Yes- the ultimate flat track bully. Oh to have seen him face Jeff Thomson without a helmut and with no bouncer restrictions on the Perth pitch of the mid 1970's !!!!!

    Just a bit different !

  • OutdoorMiner on November 4, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Sehwag scores anywhere and everywhere. Calling him a flat track bully is the biggest joke I've ever heard.

  • kriskini on November 4, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Dear Shovwar In your calucations for ranking did you forget that SA is playing pakistan. Pakistan can beat SA or even draw the series. In that the their points will go further down. Again any scenario is possible.

  • nlabhe on November 4, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Martin_Hooks@ - Drvaid's scratching on the ground from past decade has created a confidence in the Team India and the winning attitude. If Viru was flying the scorecard from other end, Dravid played intelligent inning of holding another end. This was more important than expecting Laxman to be at Dravid to score a triple century.

  • nlabhe on November 4, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Martin_Hooks@ - Drvaid's scratching on the ground from past decade has created a confidence in the Team India and the winning attitude. If Viru was flying the scorecard from other end, Dravid played intelligent inning of holding another end. This was more important than expecting Laxman to be at Dravid to score a triple century.

  • klobania on November 4, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    i dream someday india will play outside sub-continent n any of them score ton against top quality bowling attack n i.e. too in bouncy pitches. but u know what dreams r always remain dreams. for ur kind info sri lanka has been beating ozs in their home ground n i.e. too against their full strength team

  • K-amps on November 4, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I will probably be hounded by the Viru fanbois, but I wonder how he would have fared against the Windies line-up of the 80's on a lively Barbados pitch. As suave as he is, he is no Gavaskar.

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    @Klobania and First_slip Get a life. Slogger/Flat Track Bully? I think people have given you enough examples which point to the contrary.

  • svinodmenon on November 4, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Simple to you all, Almost most of the pitches in the world are good batting pitch. Please do remember that currently India is scoring with the run rate of 3.5 and above. So india is dominating the test cricket as of now.

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    @Johnsrini I guess you got to look at the history once again , it was Dravid who openly supported Viru against Vengy. And Yes Shewag was struggling like hell and when he got dropped he came as a great batsman.

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    sehwag the maverick.........................................................................

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    No matter what Sehwag does I will never put him under the Indian elites bcoz .... he plays for his own entertainment and .... total failure in 2nd inning ..... despite his success run he can never play like Sachin's 100 against Pak in chennai or VVS 281 Laxman 78 against Aussies ..... In odi's when team is chasing 300+ he often gifts his wicket ..... not trustworthy or responsible batsman ..... When the ball will swing or ball turning miles ..... green track ..... Sehwag yet to perform in such pressure cooker situations .... when he will do that .... he will be the best batsman in the world

  • SamRoy on November 4, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Some people think Sehwag is just a slogger. Yes, it is true he sometimes slogs when he looses his patience. But there are shots (authentic cricketing shots) which nobody in world plays better than him. The cut,the upper cut, opening the face of the bat half- drive half-cut and the on drive. Even the inside out drive he plays in second only to Laxman in grace and with three times the power what Laxman uses. He evens scores a lot of runs with the flick, backfoot punch on both off side and leg side, the half pull half pick up and of course the straight drive. I have not seen any player with this repertiore of shot making. Yes, he does not hook (at least tries avoiding the hook as he is not a good hooker). So please look closely have a look at his innings before coming up with stupid comments.

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Gareth Hopkins wicket keeping is a complete joke. And is batting is poor. Why the hell is he in the team. Drop like he drops all catches off spinners!

  • bharath74 on November 4, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Dravid played superb innings by giving gr8 support to Viru. U cant say that the pitch is flat untill the opposition also scores runs easily. first_slip: ur comments r funny. Sehwag's timing and technique r flawless despite lacking footwork.

  • Cricket__sri on November 4, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    hey ppl who call itz a flat pitch nd hence viru has scored a ton are senseless..u shld know dat d pitch waz slower nd difficult 2 bat on.this z reality..so just shut up!

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Typical Sehwag, this... As mentioned correctly, when he bats, only his arms and the bat show the arrogance and the ruthlessness. The rest of him is always calm, especially his head!

  • screamingeagle on November 4, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    lol @ klobania, first slip etc. No cure for envy, I guess.

  • Angad11 on November 4, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I saw the game yesterday until lunch and kinda got irritated with the way Dravid batted. I am a fan of Dravid and no disrespect to his immense talent, but i think when viru was on song Dravid should give most of the strike to Viru (which would also helped him to score a century before lunch). I acknowledge that this is test cricket and Dravid was playing classic test but when somebody is batting so well you should try to give the strike as much as possible instead of eating away balll after ball and over after over. Viru was damn good yesterday but as always if there is anything i dont like about him is his ever so casual attitude, not just batting but also running and fielding, i think he sometimes forgets that he is playing for the country.

  • Koushik_Biswas on November 4, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    So klobania - what are you suggesting? When Sehwag sees a flat track, he will get bored and get himself out?

  • Razor88 on November 4, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    @klobania - hello hello!!! Dont forget the Magical 201 against SL(in SL),when the rest of India had no clues.That was anything but a Flat wicket.Don't forget the one in the last test down under where in his comeback match scored a stunning 2nd inngs 150+to save the match,came back the next match against the SA Scored his Fastest 300.He was under lot of pressure and a serious question mark over his Future at the top.Plz Follow Cricket then come abt your Comments sir.No matter how flat the Pitch is,the batsmen has to score my Friend.

  • Mark00 on November 4, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Sehwag is Tendulkar taken to the extreme in that his technique is dependent on bouncer restrictions.

    In the days of Marshall, Holding, Lillee and Thomson, things would have been very different.

  • first_slip on November 4, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Sehwag is the No:01 slogger in the world cricket, flat pitch bully,

  • on November 4, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    @Klobania' You will see whether this is flat pitch when NZ bats. If you though NZ bowling line up is one of the best in the world, then you have probably not watched the Bangladesh series!

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on November 4, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is way past his sell date. If it was Laxman on the other hand supporting Viru, he would have scored another triple century. Someone should tell Rahul that a great batsman like him does not have to scratch around on the flattest of pitches to keep his place.

  • on November 4, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    @klobania if you want to detect runs made in flat pitches and against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe et all then your great batsmen Jayawardene, Sangakarra, Dilshan Samaraweera will have 0 runs, 0 centuries, 0.0 batting average. Sehwag made century on debut against Pollock, Ntini in Bloemfontein and has many centuries in Australia and England which you great batsmen can only dream of.

  • on November 4, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    @klobania for ur knowledge, Sehwag averages above 51 away from home.. :/

  • sankar800 on November 4, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Viru is always calm and cool but his batting style will produce Storm!

  • kvirdi on November 4, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    In simple words ... Viru is THE TIGER of cricket, furious by action and remains calm

  • klobania on November 4, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    another ton n guess what where? yes at flatest pitches ever

  • iamHari51 on November 4, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Such a fun watching him play..after scoring 100..the only thing that makes him out..is himself..if its not the case ..may be we can see more 200s and even 300s from sehwag..

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on November 4, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    This should have been a 2 Test series. It's such a one sided competition with New Zealand not even having a chance. Rather the Test series against South Africa earlier this year should have consisted of 3 Test matches.

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Sehwag has changed how opposition looks at Indian batting.Entire 90s India were always 2 down by the time score lines reads 100, and everyone anticipate Tendulkar to rescue and lead India's scoring pattern. With Sehwag's arrival, Indian reply has been aggresive, brutal and confident. Well played Sehwag, its a treat to watch you. Thanks for entraining and leading India's charge. Cheers!

  • SatyajitM on November 4, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    That's the good thing about Sehwag, he enjoys the game while playing. Humming hindi songs to keep the concentration is a good ploy that works for him! It's not arrogance just that different things work for different people when they try to concentrate on the thing they are doing. Some people could study lying down or while having a brisk walk (worked for me!). If you are getting the job done then that's it. At the end of the day if Sehwag is getting the runs on the board nobody complains. At the same time one can't suggest that other players are lesser because they are not able to concentrate the "Sehwag way". Every player is a different individual and can have different way of concentrating. As long as it works for the player and the team it's fine.

  • Razor88 on November 4, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Viru jus raced past Mr.Chappell and Mr.Hammond with matches to spare,shows the achievement :D of this guy.Finally Dravid gets to say with the Bat,Crucial Wicket even though he was Out of Nick.The thing i love abt Dravid is he justified his Middle name Today,While Sehwag was at his usual Berserk mode,Dravid Anchored and Played a Supporting Role.Things Look Rather Dark for the Kiwis.But Nothing is to be said,When Viru on Song.He has the luxury to Blast the Opposition away with his Stroke Play,thanks to the No.4 n No.5 we have.Keeping SA tour in Mind,I think RP Singh should get a Look into the Series(I know its late).He is a much Better Operator than sreesanth.No harm in using 2 lefty.All the best Kiwi.If you don't manage to bundle up the Indians soon.You will be Looking up at a Daunting Target and also Get the Least out of what Looks like a Batting Paradise.What india Should Do is look to bat only once and attack the Foot marks later on day 3,4,5. Clearly the Kiwis are a Suspect to spin.

  • banter123 on November 4, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    This is the beuty of Cricinfo,no matter you miss the first day of test match but there wonderful commentary and reports make me feel that i was there at ground. Such wonderful words used,it is really enjoyable

  • Hindh on November 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Sehwag had a real cool Net session out there today.

  • shovwar on November 4, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    What a cake walk for India.......Good for their Test ranlkings though....another easy home series....But a 2-0 loss in SA would see India in #2 even if they whitewash NZ...But if rain washes out 1 Test or NZ somehow can draw a TEST...then India in trouble...India has to whitewash NZ and draw in SA to claim themselves the best...1-0 loss in SA would might keep them in #1 rankings but ethically not the best. If NZ can draw 1 test in India then a 1-0 win for SA would be enough for them to become #1 in Test again....some interesting calculations....lol

  • RanjithShettyJordan on November 4, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Say Wahhhhhh. Real a great opening batsman.I like that cool head and relaxed approach while bating. If he continues to bat like this, india can easily keep their position at No.1 for longer that expected . All the best Sehwag, i think u will not get a second chance in this match.

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Great Show by Sehwag......One can see effect on India's run rate after his dismissal....no need to say anything....!!! He is Greatest in Tests.....!!!

  • johnsrini on November 4, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    And Greg Chappell and Dravid tried to finish him off a few years ago. I want both of them to be man enough and give Sehwag and all his fans an open apology.

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  • johnsrini on November 4, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    And Greg Chappell and Dravid tried to finish him off a few years ago. I want both of them to be man enough and give Sehwag and all his fans an open apology.

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Great Show by Sehwag......One can see effect on India's run rate after his dismissal....no need to say anything....!!! He is Greatest in Tests.....!!!

  • RanjithShettyJordan on November 4, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Say Wahhhhhh. Real a great opening batsman.I like that cool head and relaxed approach while bating. If he continues to bat like this, india can easily keep their position at No.1 for longer that expected . All the best Sehwag, i think u will not get a second chance in this match.

  • shovwar on November 4, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    What a cake walk for India.......Good for their Test ranlkings though....another easy home series....But a 2-0 loss in SA would see India in #2 even if they whitewash NZ...But if rain washes out 1 Test or NZ somehow can draw a TEST...then India in trouble...India has to whitewash NZ and draw in SA to claim themselves the best...1-0 loss in SA would might keep them in #1 rankings but ethically not the best. If NZ can draw 1 test in India then a 1-0 win for SA would be enough for them to become #1 in Test again....some interesting calculations....lol

  • Hindh on November 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Sehwag had a real cool Net session out there today.

  • banter123 on November 4, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    This is the beuty of Cricinfo,no matter you miss the first day of test match but there wonderful commentary and reports make me feel that i was there at ground. Such wonderful words used,it is really enjoyable

  • Razor88 on November 4, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Viru jus raced past Mr.Chappell and Mr.Hammond with matches to spare,shows the achievement :D of this guy.Finally Dravid gets to say with the Bat,Crucial Wicket even though he was Out of Nick.The thing i love abt Dravid is he justified his Middle name Today,While Sehwag was at his usual Berserk mode,Dravid Anchored and Played a Supporting Role.Things Look Rather Dark for the Kiwis.But Nothing is to be said,When Viru on Song.He has the luxury to Blast the Opposition away with his Stroke Play,thanks to the No.4 n No.5 we have.Keeping SA tour in Mind,I think RP Singh should get a Look into the Series(I know its late).He is a much Better Operator than sreesanth.No harm in using 2 lefty.All the best Kiwi.If you don't manage to bundle up the Indians soon.You will be Looking up at a Daunting Target and also Get the Least out of what Looks like a Batting Paradise.What india Should Do is look to bat only once and attack the Foot marks later on day 3,4,5. Clearly the Kiwis are a Suspect to spin.

  • SatyajitM on November 4, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    That's the good thing about Sehwag, he enjoys the game while playing. Humming hindi songs to keep the concentration is a good ploy that works for him! It's not arrogance just that different things work for different people when they try to concentrate on the thing they are doing. Some people could study lying down or while having a brisk walk (worked for me!). If you are getting the job done then that's it. At the end of the day if Sehwag is getting the runs on the board nobody complains. At the same time one can't suggest that other players are lesser because they are not able to concentrate the "Sehwag way". Every player is a different individual and can have different way of concentrating. As long as it works for the player and the team it's fine.

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Sehwag has changed how opposition looks at Indian batting.Entire 90s India were always 2 down by the time score lines reads 100, and everyone anticipate Tendulkar to rescue and lead India's scoring pattern. With Sehwag's arrival, Indian reply has been aggresive, brutal and confident. Well played Sehwag, its a treat to watch you. Thanks for entraining and leading India's charge. Cheers!

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on November 4, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    This should have been a 2 Test series. It's such a one sided competition with New Zealand not even having a chance. Rather the Test series against South Africa earlier this year should have consisted of 3 Test matches.