Being in comparison with the greats of the sport is usually a massive shot within the arm for any younger cricketer. In India, if that comparability is with legendary Sachin Tendulkar then the scrutiny is double. Nobody is aware of it higher than present India captain Virat Kohli, who’s all the time in comparison with Tendulkar on stats and information. 20-year-previous Prithvi Shaw has been seen as the ‘next Tendulkar’ ever since he broke into the Indian facet along with his sheer audacity of hitting quick bowlers anyplace he needs at such a younger age. But earlier than them, there was one Indian batsman who was not solely in comparison with Sachin Tendulkar but additionally mistook as the legend throughout his early days.
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif mentioned he mistook Sehwag for Sachin throughout an India vs Sri Lanka ODI match. The Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman mentioned he was watching the match on TV and Sehwag’s mannerisms, his batting type, his pads, all the pieces reminded him of the good man when he was not even enjoying in that sport.
“I remember an India-Sri Lanka game, Sachin was not playing in it and I was watching it on TV and I thought ‘who is this batting like Sachin?’ it was Sehwag batting at that time who was batting like Sachin. Similar pads, similar helmet. He was perhaps a bit bulky than Sachin,” Latif mentioned in a YouTube present known as caught behind.
Latif, who performed 37 Tests and 166 ODIs for Pakistan, mentioned Sehwag was one of the crucial impactful Indian batsmen he has ever seen.
“I don’t need stats to describe him. He was such an impactful player, an absolute match-winner.”
Sehwag made his India debut in an ODI towards Pakistan in 1999 as a center-order batsman. He was dropped after only one sport solely to make a powerful comeback in ODIs the following 12 months. But his actual fame got here when he smashed a century on Test debut in South Africa on a seaming observe in Bloemfontein.
Coming in to bat at No.6, Sehwag scored 101 off 173 balls with 19 fours towards a South Africa assault comprising Shaun Pollock, Nantie Hayward, Makhaya Ntini, Jacques Kallis and Lance Klusener.
Sehwag stitched a 220-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar, who high-scored for India with 155. India misplaced that match by 9 wickets however in Sehwag they discovered a participant for the longer term.
Sehwag by no means appeared again after that and he was reborn as a cricketer when former India captain Sourav Ganguly requested him to open the batting in each Tests and ODIs.
Sehwag, who’s the one Indian to have two triple centuries in Test cricket retired with a mean of 49.34. He scored 23 tons of in 104 Tests accumulating 8586 runs.
In ODIs, the Delhi cricketer had 8273 runs 251 matches.
Lauding Sehwag’s fearless perspective in entrance of world’s finest quick bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, Latif mentioned the previous India opener was an impactful participant.
“He used to play to dominate. We are used to openers who were a bit circumspect at the beginning, gauging how the pitch is, who the bowler is whether McGrath, Lee, Wasim Akram or Shoaib Akhtar. But Sehwag was someone who feared none. He was an impactful player, had a great influence in his team and players like him succeed in world cricket,” Latif mentioned.
Despite enjoying with an India staff that had Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, Sehwag made a reputation for himself and is now regarded among the best openers in Test cricket – All this regardless of having an unconventional type of batting and ‘lack of footwork’.
Latif hailed Sehwag’s approach, which was usually labelled as unorthodox.
“He had a beautiful balance. People say that he had limited feet movement but that was perhaps the reason why he was so successful. And coaches nowadays have started to say that keep your balance with minimum foot movement,” Latif mentioned.