Virender Sehwag is known for his aggressive batting approach while opening the batting in either of the formats. But the former India Opener says that while playing in England even he had to respect the new ball & begin the innings cautiously. By giving the example of India’s tour of England in 2002, Sehwag said that he brought up 106 runs off 183 balls in the second test of the series in Nottingham.
Now as the Indian team prepares for the WTC final against New Zealand followed by a five-match test series against England, Sehwag believed that the attacking batsmen Rohit needs to be very cautious at the beginning of his innings.
Commenting on how Rohit Sharma, should face the duke’s ball in the conditions that are bowler-friendly, Sehwag said, “Absolutely respect the conditions and wait for the bad ball. He has played a lot of cricket in England, so he is experienced and knows what needs to be done. But my advice would be to respect the new ball and then he will get the bad balls for which he has to wait. Once he is set after seeing off the first 5 to 10 overs, then it will be easier to play aggressive cricket.”
Virender Sehwag also recalled the time when he opened for India for the first time in England. “I think when I opened in England for the first time, I was not at the attacking mode. I scored a century off 150-160 balls because in swinging pitches you have to respect the new ball & the conditions & then I got success. The conditions remain the same so it also depends on the wickets. If you are playing on a flat track or a grassy wicket, there is a huge difference in the batting approach. If the weather stays good there is less swing else there is a lot of swings. In England, a lot depends on the condition. The ball can do anything if clouds come in & if there is sunshine it is easier to bat”, he said.
During his long illustrious career, while playing for India, Virender Sehwag has played 104 tests & has scored 8586 runs at an average of 49.3 & a strike rate of 82.2. India is all set to face New Zealand in the final of WTC starting on June 18.
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