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