Former Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir reckoned, another player of the calibre of Virender Sehwag – it will not going to happen again – especially in the first hour of batting. It is difficult to see a batsman of his mindset in the current era of cricket.
While Irfan Pathan and Gautam Gambhir opined their thoughts on the Impact of Virender Sehwag in the Indian history on the latest edition ‘Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
While Gautam further added, batting with Sehwag was the different experience, Sehwag would never like to face the first ball as he claims he was not good in opening few overs of early session.
“Virender Sehwag used to say that he is not an opening batsman, so whoever is the opener should be taking strike. He didn’t consider himself as an opening batsman although he got two triple hundreds, I don’t know how many hundreds he got. Probably the most successful India has had after Sunil Gavaskar but he never considered himself as an opener. So, I had to face the fire.”
“We used to discuss about everything apart from the bowlers, whether it was what to have for lunch or dinner or where to go and what to see in foreign countries.”
Irfan Pathan and Gautam Gambhir reckons on Virender Sehwag Mindset
Gambhir further added, when asked about the calibre of Virender Sehwag mindset player in a current era.
“No, never. Lot of people might score runs but the impact is very important. The way he used to setup the Test matches.”
During the 4th innings, When team India was chasing 387 against England – Sehwag once again defined the role of opening batsman against England seamers while scoring quickfire 83 runs off 63 balls – later on, he was awarded Man of the match for this performance.
While the well-consolidated knocks of Sachin and Yuvraj Singh in the match to helped team India to win the game easily in fourth innings of the match.
“You will still remember a knock against England in Chennai where we won chasing. Man of the Match was given to Virender Sehwag because of the impact he had, even though others might have scored more runs.”
Gambhir further stated, as per Virender Sehwag impact on Cricket, it is difficult to imagine batsmen of his calibre in the first hour of batting – in the current era of Cricket. People often said Virat is genius of batting in this era but can Kohli has the instincts like Sehwag to swashbuckling the bowlers in the first hour of batting take my words – You can have another Virat Kohli but on the same thoughts another batsman of Virender Sehwag Calibre – it is not possible – he was the “Unmatched Talent”.
“From the point of view of impact, I don’t think there is any comparison for him in any format at the top of the order.”
Irfan Pathan agrees with Gautam thoughts on Virender Sehwag Calibre and mindset.
“It’s very difficult to copy his mindset. When he gets out and is back in the dressing room and there is a phase in Test cricket where it is getting boring and someone is defending, he will keep saying that they should hit. Virender Sehwag knew his personality really well and he excelled in that and got better as a cricketer.”
Pathan further added that Sehwag was the kind of player who loves to advice others while not taking any of same from other players, Pathan when asked what advice you have received from Sehwag while batting along Sehwag.
“I think if anyone would have given advice, that’s Virender Sehwag. He would not have taken any advice from anyone.”
The southpaw pacer reckoned in my career I have not seen a player of calibre like Sehwag and the way he scored run against Australia in Melbourne test in their own backyard.
“When I came into the Indian team in 2003-04, I saw this guy as an opener who is playing in the 190s and who just got out trying to hit a six in the Melbourne Test match. When I saw the whole inning, that guy was just smacking. I had never seen that kind of Test cricket. I never saw anyone play like that in Ranji Trophy cricket as an opener.”
While Sehwag had played 104 test matches in his career, where he amassed 8586 runs at an remarkable strike rate of 82.23 and with great average of 49.34.