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Virendra Sehwag: Softly whistling into retirement
« on: October 22, 2015, 03:43:08 AM »

Sehwag was whistling as we began chasing 325 in NatWest Trophy final, says Ganguly

TNN | Oct 21, 2015, 08.05 AM IST

As Virender Sehwag quits international cricket, Sourav Ganguly, the man under whose captaincy he made his Test debut, analyses what made Sehwag a true great who revolutionised the opener's role in Tests.
In my book, along with Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag is one of the greatest opening batsmen the world has seen. Viru was not as technically gifted as Gavaskar, but his transformation from a middle-order batsman to a successful opener and the loads of runs he scored both home and overseas bear testimony to his unique craftsmanship with the willow.
In fact, he went on to revolutionise the opener's role with his aggressive approach. What set him apart was his mindset. He always backed himself to take on bowlers, irrespective of their reputation. He has been criticised for taking undue risks at times and getting out, but if the ball landed in his 'zone', he would back himself to hit it to the boundary, or beyond. I remember Viru hit ting a six to get to a hundred and send the ball over the rope to get to a double hundred.
His confidence stemmed from a deep-rooted belief in his own ability. I will never forget the NatWest Trophy final. When the two of us were walking out to chase England's 325, Sehwag was whistling. I was tense and told him to focus on the task. He told me, 'Captain, we will win this game'!
Sehwag didn't dabble too much into technique because he liked to keep things simple. Yet, he had the basics right. The head was always still and the still and the bat always came down straight. I have been privileged to see some of his best knocks and I would rate his century against England on a green top at Trent Bridge in 2002 as his best in Test cricket. The manner in which he negotiated Hoggard, Harmison and Flintoff's swing convinced me that he had it in him to be a top-class opener.

He was equally good against spin. He may rate Muralitharan as the toughest bowler he has faced, but I can assure you that Murali too would rate Sehwag among the toughest batsmen he has bowled to.
I remember Sehwag decimating a Sri Lanka attack comprising Murali and Herath in making 284 in just under a day's play at the Brabourne Stadium in 2009. He fell for 293 the next day, failing to complete what would have been his third triple century, but he never had any qualms about it.

And how can I forget his off-spin. He was a trifle under-rated but I always treated him as a trump card. It was only because of his ability as a spinner that allowed me to play three pacers, and rarely disappointed.
I would have loved to see him on the field while bidding adieu. I urge the BCCI to accord a fitting farewell to this extraordinarily gifted cricketer. It wouldn't be a bad idea to felicitate Viru - in India colours - during the Mumbai ODI.
(As told to Sumit Mukherjee)

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Re: Softly whistling into retirement
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 07:09:58 AM »

Blast From the Past: Virender Sehwag Reveals Knock That Got him India Cap
Virender Sehwag, who announced his retirement from international cricket and the IPL recently, tweeted about the one special knock that helped him get into the Indian team.
Reported By Siddharth Vishwanathan Last updated on Sunday, 01 November, 2015 21:30 IST


Virender Sehwag says that his knock at Faridabad during a practice game against Zimbabwe in 2000 helped him earn his place in the Indian team.
AP

New Delhi: Virender Sehwag's journey in Indian cricket is a fascinating story. From his debut in 1999 to his exploits in the IPL in 2014, Sehwag has thrilled the world with his aggressive batting. However, on Sunday, he revealed the one knock that helped him get a berth in the Indian team. Sehwag had announced his retirement on October 20 from both international cricket and IPL.
Sehwag tweeted about an old scorecard that helped him get into the Indian team. He also pointed out that in that match, his strike-rate was sizzling and one to be proud of.

http://twitter.com/virendersehwag/status/660792502262235137/photo/1
The old scorecard that gave Sehwag the ticket to the Indian team was in the year 2000 when Zimbabwe had come to India for two Tests and five ODIs. Zimbabwe were scheduled to play two warm-up games before the start of the first Test in New Delhi on November 18. After a strong showing in the first warm-up game at Indore, they arrived at the Nahar Singh stadium in Faridabad for their second warm-up game.

The Board President's XI won the toss and chose to bat first and they were in a spot of bother at 119/3. In stepped Sehwag at number six and he shared a magnificent 108-run partnership with Hrishikesh Kanitkar. Sehwag blasted 60 off 78 balls at a strike-rate of 76, including nine fours and two sixes. Thanks to Sehwag's blitz and Kanitkar's century, Board President's XI managed 314/5 declared.
Zimbabwe responded with 236/5 declared and in the second innings, Sehwag slammed a whirlwind 58 off 47 balls, including 13 fours and a strike-rate of 123. Although Board President's XI lost the match by four wickets, his wonderful knocks garnered the attention of the selectors.

After India won the Test and ODI series 1-0 and 4-1 respectively, Sehwag continued his fine form in domestic cricket for Delhi in the 2000/01 season, scoring 757 runs at an average of 58. His good show at home resulted in his call-up for the series against South Africa in 2001 and in the first Test in Bloemfontein, he responded with a magnificent 105 and shared a 220-run stand with his idol, Sachin Tendulkar.
Sehwag's international journey began in 2001 on that cloudy, tough morning in Bloemfontein. 8586 Test runs, 8273 ODI runs later, Sehwag's exploits for India are sensational. However, the seeds of Sehwag's India success were sown in Nahar Singh stadium in Faridabad on a cold, November morning 15 years ago.

http://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/news/251085-blast-from-the-past-virender-sehwag-reveals-knock-that-got-him-india-cap
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