There was just one Virender Sehwag and there can be just one Virender Sehwag in Indian cricket. The influence that the previous India opener left on worldwide cricket is unparalleled and can be tough to match for generations to come back. Staff India head coach Ravi Shastri payments Sehwag as a ‘distinctive’ and ‘once-in-a-generation’ participant.
Sehwag performed 104 Checks, 251 ODIs and 19 T20s in his profession for India and ended up as a World Champion within the 2007 and 2011 within the T20 and 50-over format respectively. Shastri calls Sehwag ‘unarguably one of many biggest batsmen of the trendy period’.
“He (Sehwag) was a high-risk participant for positive, however not a ‘maaro ya maro’ slogger. His thoughts was at all times ticking, on the lookout for alternatives to attain and he would work out the success/failure proportion of strokes instinctively,” Shastri writes in his new e-book ‘Stargazing: The gamers in my life’.
“Any batsman who hits a Take a look at triple century in his profession earns immortality. Viru scored two. He would have gotten a 3rd too, in opposition to Sri Lanka on the Brabourne in 2010, however fell on 293 attempting to achieve the landmark with an enormous hit,” the previous India all-rounder added.
Shastri reminisces the primary time he noticed Sehwag bats, which was in a distant place like United States in Los Angeles. “The primary time I noticed Viru bat was in Los Angeles within the late Nineties for India A in a match organized by Mark Mascarenhas. Circumstances in LA weren’t suited to cricket, however Viru performed some very good cameos on soiled tracks, which caught my eye,” Shastri writes about Sehwag.
The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ ended up with 8,586 runs in Checks with 23 centuries and eight,273 runs in ODIs with 15 tons. Shastri felt that Sehwag’s ‘readability of thought’ was one in all his greatest strengths on the cricket area.
“Always, he was very optimistic in his psychological outlook, and this prolonged to life exterior the sector too. I by no means noticed him down within the dumps, whether or not he made a century or a blob. He’d be whistling on the breakfast desk or when taking strike within the center,” Shastri remembers.
Staff India head coach Shastri felt Sehwag’s 293 in opposition to Sri Lanka on the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai in 2010 was one his best knocks in worldwide cricket. “Even the champion off-spinner (Muttiah Muralitharan) appeared keen to wave the white handkerchief within the face of Viru’s assault,” Shastri wrote.