Cricket-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir believes no cricketer has created an impact as Virender Sehwag did in Test cricket. He heaped praise on former Test opener, who is one of only four players to have managed to score a triple hundred more than once in their Test career.
Virender Sehwag, who retired from international cricket in 2015, represented India in 104 Tests, scoring 8586 runs at an average of 49.34. He also amassed 23 centuries and 32 half-centuries in the red-ball cricket.
Nobody thought Virender Sehwag to be successful Test opener: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir opined that Sehwag was considered to be only successful in white-ball cricket but he went to achieve the same height in Test cricket as well. He added that Sehwag’s impact in Test cricket is unmatched.
“Nobody thought Virender Sehwag to be successful in Test opener. People thought him to be a successful white-ball opener. But if we see his record in both, he is far more successful in red-ball cricket,” Sehwag said in Star Sports Cricket Connected.
Gambhir also recalls Sehwag’s quick-firing innings against England in the first Test match in Chennai in 2008. Chasing 387 runs in the fourth innings, the attacking batsman scored 83 runs off 68 balls, smashing 11 fours and four sixes. Although Sachin Tendulkar (103*) scored a century, Sehwag was given the Man of the Match award as India won that Test match comfortably by six wickets. Therefore, Gambhir believes that his former teammate was different and had a huge impact on the team.
“I remember one innings which he played against England in Chennai where India won. We were chasing around 350 runs (387 runs) against bowling line up consisting of Monty Panser and Graeme Swann. Virender Sehwag just scored 60 odd runs (83 runs off 68 balls) and was given the man of the match that shows the impact of the person…….. He is different and I don’t think nobody could match his impact in Test cricket,” he maintained.