Virender Sehwag's 100th Test November 22, 2012

Sehwag positivity the key - Dhoni

MS Dhoni, who has captained Virender Sehwag in 35 of his 99 Tests, hailed Sehwag's positive outlook as his biggest asset. A day before Sehwag plays his 100th Test (including one for the ICC World XI), against England at the Wankhede Stadium, Dhoni said it was not easy to do justice to his team-mate's impact by sitting and talking.

"When it comes to Viru, you need a bit more time to understand him," Dhoni said. "It is not easy to sit here and say a few lines on how effective he is. All those who have shared the dressing room with him realise that his mindset is very different. He is very positive and bats with instinct. It doesn't matter if the wicket is turning or seaming. He only looks to score runs.

"His mindset is so different that it doesn't really matter whether he is in form or not. He just keeps thinking positive. He has been working a lot on his batting, but his approach remains the same. It is the mindset that really helps you get back into the game."

Dhoni also spoke about the huge move Sehwag made from middle order to the top of the order when there were few vacancies in the middle. "If you see, the crucial decision of his career was when he decided that he will open the innings," Dhoni said. "It was a big challenge for him and he accepted it. He has the best statistics.

"He is someone who is very different for everyone else. He has got a very important role from the start because he's someone who can play his shots from the very first delivery. He looks to put pressure on the bowler. It certainly becomes a bit difficult for the bowler to get back into the game. Of course, not to forget the experience he has got in all the formats. And, also the fact that he can get a few wickets as well. We haven't been using him much, though."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sunderdeep on November 23, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I feel Blessed that I am born in India and got a chance to see and enjoy player like Virender Sehwag :)

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @Unmesh_cric I agree that India led by Ganguly was a force to be reckoned with and that Dhoni's 0-8 abroad is inexcusable. However under Ganguly I believe India were whitewashed by New Zealand 3-0 away and lost to Australia 2-1 at home, so I think you are giving too much praise to Ganguly.

  • Unmesh on November 22, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    I meant to post my previous comment comparing Ganguly and Dhoni as captains under another article.

  • Unmesh on November 22, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    The term 'successful' captain should not be defined by only the number of wins. It should be defined by win/loss ratio. I am sure the win/loss ratio for Ganguly outside Asia was much better than Dhoni. India never lost 4-0 overseas under Ganguly. Under Ganguly, it was 1-1 in England and 1-1 in Australia. India were very competitive overseas under Ganguly. They were able to draw a lot of matches overseas and also win a few. They were no more 'tigers at home and sheeps overseas'. But under Dhoni, all the good work that was done under Ganguly has been undone with this 8-0. India are back to being 'poor travelers'. Ganguly took a lot pride in overseas performances in Tests. I don't get that impression from Dhoni. He is happy as long as we are doing good in limited overs cricket and winning Tests at home.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Nice tribute by Dhoni. Some media guys are floating a story of dissension in the India team and differences between the Captain and Sehwag. Hopefully, this handsome applause will put paid to such talk.

  • mo on November 22, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    the following are facts which do not support the "flat track bully" assertion... sehwag scored a century in his very first test inning [on test debut] in SA at blomfontein on a fast track with IND reeling at 68 for 4 when he walked in! sehwag mauled ENG at lords in his first test inning as opener (he made 84). he scored 195 before tea at the MCG against oz. he averages 47 in oz with 2 tons (!!!) and has a ton each in ENG, SA and WI... now let us compare this with ponting's record in the subcontinent where ponting has scored 1 ton in IND and 1 ton in SL out of a total of 23 tests against IND, SL and PAK. why is ponting such a great player and sehwag a "flat track bully"?!? at least, sehwag has more tons (6) and a better average outside the subcontinent than ponting does (2) outside his subcontinent! ...and sehwag is way more entertaining than ponting, sachin, kallis or lara!!! ...and he averages over 50 in test cricket!!! ...and he has out IND on the winning path many times in tests!!!

  • GAURAV on November 22, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    The writer has missed his most striking aspect , and that is strike rate of over 85. At that strike rate to muster these sort of averages is mighty difficult no matter where the runs are scored. Also about his away average - the averages of Opposition openers is below him in those matches which shows the state of pitches offered to Indian Team, even home openers struggled

  • Bhaskar on November 22, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Viru is a match winner, he is capable of scoring so fast that before the opposing team realises he has scored a century. Afridi, warner & gayle also tried playing in same fashion in tests but they are nowhere of Viru's class.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Sehwag is undoubtedly one of the best opener India and the cricketing world cud hav ever got...he has shown was is aggressive batting all about....his coolness, calmness and positive attitude is a big plus for him as well as for the team........i wish he plays for the team as long as possible...Congratulatns for the 100th Tests.....

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