Did he pay the price for playing too risky a shot when he could have gone on to pile a big total? Former India openers, Navjot Sidhu and Arun Lal, rejected the criticism and the impression he takes too many risks.
Nothing absolute“Almost everyone will say Sehwag takes more risks. But that's not true. 'Risk' is not an absolute term. It differs from person to person, situation to situation. And that is the case with Sehwag,” said Arun Lal.
He added: “Sehwag plays differently. People may think he is taking a risk by playing shots, but that's not the case. That is the way he plays, and playing your natural game is not a risk.”
Sidhu credited Sehwag for changing the game with his aggressive approach. “He remains fearless whatever the situation. He will hit the very first ball of a Test for a boundary if it turns out to be a loose delivery. He will never change his approach no matter what the situation is.”
Arun Lal said: “Sehwag's aggression is fearlessness, not foolhardiness.”Sidhu said, “He started his Test career batting at No. 6 but is now the second most successful India opener, after Gavaskar”.