Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 3rd day August 5, 2010

Field placings matter little to aggressive Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag's verbal reaction to defensive/attacking fields to him is as emphatic as it was with the bat. The Indian opening batsman, overnight on 97, went on to score 109 and set the platform for India to gain a slender lead on the third day.

"I was looking for opportunities to score runs wherever I could," Sehwag said of what he was trying to do when, for the third time in the series, he faced short and wide deliveries with a square third man, a deep point and a sweeper-cover in place. "If fielders are there I can hit towards mid-off, midwicket or mid-on. Whatever reasons. Because I don't want to, you know, play boring Test cricket."

Sehwag also spoke of his superb run of form against Sri Lanka. In the last five Tests against India's most regular opponents, Sehwag has scored four centuries, including a 293, and one 99.

"I have been playing the same way as I was against other countries. I am not changing anything. The moment I hit two or three boundaries in an over, they spread the field, bowl outside off, bowl short-pitched [deliveries], then it's not easy to get batsmen out to those deliveries. If you are lucky, if I make a mistake, then I will get out."

On the third day here, though, it wasn't defensive tactics that got Sehwag's wicket. Suraj Randiv was persistent in his attack, and got sharp turn. Sehwag took his chance to go inside-out, but wasn't quite to the pitch of the ball and he holed out to mid-off. With the ball, though, he put India's noses slightly ahead, bowling sharp and quick offspin to remove Tharanga Paranavitana and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sehwag said chasing more than 200 could be tricky to chase on this pitch.

"We are bowling in good areas, we are getting help from the wicket," Sehwag said. "In the morning tomorrow, if we get Mahela [Jayawardene] and Sanga [Kumar Sangakkara] out early, then I think we will be in the game. But we must bowl tight because we must not concede too many runs, and yet take wickets regularly."

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on August 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    shewags the best he is one of the best players india has ever got

  • abhi.bill on August 6, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @treve get a life man... Sehwag has scored against best fast bowlers on most hostile conditions. You know who is a dead wicket bully, it's Mahela. Just see his stats difference from inside the sub-continent to outside the sub-continent.

  • indiafinda on August 6, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    DONT RATE SEHWAG.... DEAD WICKET BULLY, SO NOT TRUE @ TREVE YOU ARE WRONG

  • on August 6, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    @KKtharan U got to be kidding me mate? The umpiring has been below par but its been balanced atleast. There were couple of LBWs which weren't given in SL innnings and then Mahela was da unfrtunate one. same thing happended with INDIA. They got lucky couple of time too..!!!! Grow up mate.

  • catalyst213 on August 5, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Sehwag is a real champion on any wicket, against any opposition and in any country he plays. I support him fully the way he plays whether he makes 319 or 293 or 99, that's just the way he plays, most destructive and most unselfish player of all time !!

  • on August 5, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    well it looks as though sehwag needs to do it with bat and ball...batting average of near hundred and bowling average mid 20s for the series...india's newest allrounder!!

  • azharGhumman on August 5, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Sehwag is awesome to watch and almost impossible to control..Me even being a Pakistani could not help but absolutely love his stroke play..Real Big fan of his talent.He deserves all the praise for his game that he gets.

  • on_the_level on August 5, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    So treve does not rate Sehwag.....Viru will be really disappointed with that brilliant analysis!

  • Roshini on August 5, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Though I'm a Sri Lankan my gut feeling says it's India all the way..Sri Lanka has most times struggled to turn things around when backs against the wall. Only weather Gods can save Sri Lanka and that too is highly unlikely given the overcast conditions. The match might well be over witha day to spare.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 5, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    @treve do you really watch cricket? Okay lets keep Sehwag's rating aside for sime time..lemme ask one question...is Sehwag left or right hander batsman? Encourage you own players is not the same as discouraging other team's players.

  • on August 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    shewags the best he is one of the best players india has ever got

  • abhi.bill on August 6, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @treve get a life man... Sehwag has scored against best fast bowlers on most hostile conditions. You know who is a dead wicket bully, it's Mahela. Just see his stats difference from inside the sub-continent to outside the sub-continent.

  • indiafinda on August 6, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    DONT RATE SEHWAG.... DEAD WICKET BULLY, SO NOT TRUE @ TREVE YOU ARE WRONG

  • on August 6, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    @KKtharan U got to be kidding me mate? The umpiring has been below par but its been balanced atleast. There were couple of LBWs which weren't given in SL innnings and then Mahela was da unfrtunate one. same thing happended with INDIA. They got lucky couple of time too..!!!! Grow up mate.

  • catalyst213 on August 5, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Sehwag is a real champion on any wicket, against any opposition and in any country he plays. I support him fully the way he plays whether he makes 319 or 293 or 99, that's just the way he plays, most destructive and most unselfish player of all time !!

  • on August 5, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    well it looks as though sehwag needs to do it with bat and ball...batting average of near hundred and bowling average mid 20s for the series...india's newest allrounder!!

  • azharGhumman on August 5, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Sehwag is awesome to watch and almost impossible to control..Me even being a Pakistani could not help but absolutely love his stroke play..Real Big fan of his talent.He deserves all the praise for his game that he gets.

  • on_the_level on August 5, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    So treve does not rate Sehwag.....Viru will be really disappointed with that brilliant analysis!

  • Roshini on August 5, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Though I'm a Sri Lankan my gut feeling says it's India all the way..Sri Lanka has most times struggled to turn things around when backs against the wall. Only weather Gods can save Sri Lanka and that too is highly unlikely given the overcast conditions. The match might well be over witha day to spare.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 5, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    @treve do you really watch cricket? Okay lets keep Sehwag's rating aside for sime time..lemme ask one question...is Sehwag left or right hander batsman? Encourage you own players is not the same as discouraging other team's players.

  • pallu11 on August 5, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    sehwag always gets out like a fool... he always tries for a rash shot after his 100 and succeds just half the time

  • grunged on August 5, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    @sgma:

    3 scores of above 99 in 3 tests...so that's what is called "utilizing tactics that work", eh?

  • royalg on August 5, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    india need to get 2 out of the 3 big wickets in the morning session tommrow, fingerscrossed and praying to god, viru and the bowlers step up to the job and ristrict them to 200 or less

  • on August 5, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Sehwag is breath talking and facinating batman. It shame that Warne, McGrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar, Old Saqlain are around to test this guys batsmanship. I just love all his innings. He should never been dropped from Indian national team. Its a shame they never dropped Yuvraj for few series.

  • on August 5, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Sehwag is now matured batsman and his srike rate best among the present batsman. he don't care whehter Austarlia or South africa. He still demolish all the best bowling attack .Great job.Keep it up. Anbu

  • cricketkkrazy on August 5, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Even if india level the series(1-1) its like beating srilanka because just like india, srilankans are also unbeatables in their home territory

  • tanstell87 on August 5, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    @treve how can Sehwag be a dead track bully....having scored hundreds against Australia in Australia....England in England....South Africa in South Africa in debut test...

  • tanstell87 on August 5, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    If India can get Sangakarra,Jayawardene & Samarweera early....they have a great chance to draw level the series..Sehwag will hold key to India's batting fortunes in the second innings....!

  • on August 5, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    India need to get SL out within 250. That means India need to get Sanga, Samara, Jayawardane and Angelo reasonably quick. If they get 2 quick ones in the morning, they will do this. Anything above a 240 run target may be tough to get though with the Indian batting line up and a brisk start from Sehwag India should be home by lunch on the 5th day

  • kktharan on August 5, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    yes as shewag said it will be india's game but UMPIRES have to support like the SL 1st innings.(Mahela's out).

  • sgma on August 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    though i love to see sehwag bat, srilanka is utilizing tactics which work. no one has any right to complain. and as a batsman, it is sehwag's job to counter those tactics. though that takes away nothing from sehwag or the results he has been producing

  • Silverstar on August 5, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    DONT RATE SEHWAG.... DEAD WICKET BULLY.

  • on August 5, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Oh I am sorry I thought regular opponents meant teams except Zim/Bang

  • ShilajitBava on August 5, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    This guy has an astute cricketing brain along with very clear and bold basics!! He kept the spinners at bay so well with his stroke play with positive intent strokes which were both, according to the variations given to the ball as read by him and, not so audacious as they seemed, at the same time!!

  • jmoses on August 5, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    After last match Jayawardene has commented that India is not playing like No.1 side and I would like them to ask themselves how are playing in this match. With negative bowling attack and field placings they are just playing the waiting game and not intending to attack the opposition. They can only play in their backyard with and cannot really show the same temperament outside home.

  • IndiCric_bnt on August 5, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Sehwag walking on Sir Brandman's path...

  • on August 5, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Talking about regular opponents sehwag scores read 131,293,109,165,109,99,109 Infact he has scored atleast a half century in the 10 of the previous tests,

  • Victorian-Roo on August 5, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Go-Go Viru Shewag...l like calling this guy Shewag

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  • Victorian-Roo on August 5, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Go-Go Viru Shewag...l like calling this guy Shewag

  • on August 5, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Talking about regular opponents sehwag scores read 131,293,109,165,109,99,109 Infact he has scored atleast a half century in the 10 of the previous tests,

  • IndiCric_bnt on August 5, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Sehwag walking on Sir Brandman's path...

  • jmoses on August 5, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    After last match Jayawardene has commented that India is not playing like No.1 side and I would like them to ask themselves how are playing in this match. With negative bowling attack and field placings they are just playing the waiting game and not intending to attack the opposition. They can only play in their backyard with and cannot really show the same temperament outside home.

  • ShilajitBava on August 5, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    This guy has an astute cricketing brain along with very clear and bold basics!! He kept the spinners at bay so well with his stroke play with positive intent strokes which were both, according to the variations given to the ball as read by him and, not so audacious as they seemed, at the same time!!

  • on August 5, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Oh I am sorry I thought regular opponents meant teams except Zim/Bang

  • Silverstar on August 5, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    DONT RATE SEHWAG.... DEAD WICKET BULLY.

  • sgma on August 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    though i love to see sehwag bat, srilanka is utilizing tactics which work. no one has any right to complain. and as a batsman, it is sehwag's job to counter those tactics. though that takes away nothing from sehwag or the results he has been producing

  • kktharan on August 5, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    yes as shewag said it will be india's game but UMPIRES have to support like the SL 1st innings.(Mahela's out).

  • on August 5, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    India need to get SL out within 250. That means India need to get Sanga, Samara, Jayawardane and Angelo reasonably quick. If they get 2 quick ones in the morning, they will do this. Anything above a 240 run target may be tough to get though with the Indian batting line up and a brisk start from Sehwag India should be home by lunch on the 5th day