Former Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Team Director Joy Bhattacharjya has credited Sourav Ganguly for bringing out the best in Virender Sehwag to the world. Sehwag is counted among one of the best openers of the cricket world. He has scored heavily at the top, holding the record of scoring two times triple century in Test cricket.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag burst into international scenes in 1999 but could not found success. His fortune changed under the leadership of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. He was given place as an opener in Team India in 2001 and became the king of that position.
Joy Bhattacharjya reveals Sourav Ganguly’s statement to Virender Sehwag:
Bhattacharjya has revealed, in a chat with Gaurav Kapur, that Ganguly had explained Sehwag that he would not get the opportunity to play for India if he does not play as an opener. The prince of Kolkata gave reason to Sehwag that the middle-order is crowded with the presence of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid so he needs to open the innings to create his place.
“Look at Yuvraj, look at Sehwag. You know what he does to Sehwag. He turns around and says to him ‘look the middle order is too crowded. If you want to play for India, you have to open. There is me, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid… where are you going to get a chance? Yuvraj Singh did not get a chance for so many years because the middle order is crowded. Go and open’,” Bhattacharjya said.
“And what happened was that Sehwag opened and the history was made,” Bhattacharjya added.
In his career, Sehwag scored 8,586 Test runs with 23 centuries to his name in 104 Tests. He also played 251 ODIs for India in which he scored 8,273 runs with 15 centuries in his career. He retired from all forms of international cricket on 20 October 2015. He has also played 104 IPL matches and scored 2728 runs.