Virender “The Destructive” Sehwag is one batsmen who has each and every cricket fan sitting on the edge of his/her seat everytime he comes on to the crease. Watching him bat is like witnessing a thriller except that when you see it the next time, you still have no clue of what he is going to come up with next. He is probably a kind of a batsmen whose innings we don’t analyse but just enjoy them to the fullest.
Famously know as the “Nawab of Najafgarh” , Sehwag makes things look so easy at the crease that it becomes difficult for the bowlers to get him out. Once Gautam Gambhir, during a chat with Rajat Sharma on his show Aap Ki Adalat, said that in a match, he was finding difficulty in handling one of the bowlers of the opposition (Gautam didn’t mention the match and the name of the opposition) and as a result of this, he and his partner Virender Sehwag made a strategy that the latter will face that bowler and Gambhir will take care of the other ones. To this, Sehwag made a mockery of that bowler and hit him all around the park that he had to taken out of the attack. Amazing it is!
Going by all this, let us get across to one of the incidents where Sehwag’s straightforward plan helped his team batters counter the reverse swing.
During his county stint with Leicestershire, Sehwag and former England player Jeremy Snape were batting in a match against Middlesex. Abdul Razzaq, former Pakistan all-rounder, was making full use of the conditions as he was getting a copious purchase from the wicket. He was reverse-swinging the ball in the way that Pakistan bowlers do and that made Sehwag and Snape difficult to adjust at the crease. After some time, Sehwag came up to Snape and said: ‘We must lose this ball. I have a plan.’ In the very next over, he smashed that ball out of the ground, forcing the umpires to take another ball that would obviously not reverse straight away. To which Sehwag said: ‘We are all right for one hour.’ As simple as it gets!
Virender Sehwag’s international career so far (in numbers across all formats):