Sehwag ‘The great’
I think the time has come to add the tag ‘The Great’ to the name of Sehwag. Only one man in the present world cricket can play the innings he has played in Mumbai and its himself. The innings he played is an absolute spectacle and I am really happy that I am able to get a glimpse of it in live. Until he was there he dictated the terms and not the opposition captain Sangakkara. Its really a sorry day for Sangakkara as he didn’t have a clue about how to stop Sehwag from scoring boundaries, leave aside the matter of getting him out, as all of his 4 frontline bowlers is getting punished heavily.
Some may say that its a flat wicket so that only he scored the runs. But they are forgetting that in the same flat wicket only, the Srilankan team’s 8 wickets has fallen on first day and many India batsmen struggled to score runs freely. When he got out on 293 I am not surprised because it’s in the cards whenever he plays a ball. The kind of player he is, he won’t worry about that at all. Because he knew that he can score them in the next match which is coming up.That’s what makes him as an exciting player. You know something is going to happen when he faces the ball.
Many were not ready to put Sehwag in the league of Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Dravid. The reasons being stated:
- He has to score runs against all oppositions and all conditions.
- He doesn’t have a correct technique.
For the first reason, except against Bangladesh, England and New Zealand his average is less than 50. But even in that he has scored a century in England against England. As far as oppositions are concerned he has played some breathtaking knocks all over the world. Be it his debut century against South Africa in the bouncy Blomfeitein or the 195 in the opening of day of the boxing day test against Australia or the mammoth 309 against Pakistan or the single handed match winning effort against Srilanka in Galle by scoring 201* or making a winning situation out of none against England by scoring 83 off just 68 balls and now this 284 in a single day shows that he has scored from dead pitches to bouncy tracks, seaming tracks to spinning tracks.
And all the time somebody questions about his technique. The technique which suits him most is stand and deliver. How many players they can show with an average 52.5 and a strike rate of 80 with both keeps on increasing??? The answer is none.
If the great tag eludes Sehwag means, he is the only reason for that. When he is batting at his peak, he doesn’t show any discomfort and was just playing as if the pitch is really flat. He never grinds for his runs. His mantra is so simple ‘If the ball is there to hit, it has to be hit’. His scoring method is effortless. Less foot movement, maximum results. To evaluate the greatness of the Sehwag the examiners must change their scale of evaluation. But then Sehwag is not the man who is going to care about what somebody says. If he has cared means, he would have changed a lot and India would have lost an important weapon in its arsenal. His uncluttered mind is a boon for India and India is at the No.1 position means he is one of the main reason for that.
All I wish is, he carries the same Long innings Syndrome in the One-day matches too and treat us more. I like to see how he will play from 41-50th over of a ODI. It will be a real treat for a cricket fan like me.