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Gambhir 'Second Wall' of Indian batting: Sehwag

cricket Updated: Mar 30, 2009 20:05 IST

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India's stand-in captain Virender Sehwag called Gautam Gambhir's 'The Second Wall' of Indian cricket, saying his marathon knock helped the team draw the second Test against New Zealand.

Gambhir (137) spent almost 11 hours at the crease and faced 436 balls, hitting just 18 boundaries in close to two days in the middle - an innings reminiscent of teammate Rahul Dravid, who is dubbed 'The Wall'.

"Gautam was the one who saved the game for us. I think we can call him the 'Second Wall' of Indian cricket," Sehwag said.

"He has been playing fantastic cricket and he is becoming a better batsman with experience. He failed in the first innings in Napier but came back brilliantly to save the Test in the second innings."

The Black Caps scored 619 for nine declared in their first innings and bundled India out for 305, forcing the tourists to follow on.

Sehwag said the team strongly believed they would not lose the Test, even though the batsmen failed in the first innings.

"We did it against Australia in 1999-2000 and we did it in Adelaide in 2004 when we won the game. We were very sure we could bat through the two-and-a-half days."

India head to the third and final match in Wellington with a 1-0 lead in the series after their 10-wicket victory in Hamilton.

Sehwag said the team is now looking forward to the third Test starting in Wellington on Thursday.

"We are playing good cricket and back ourselves. It doesn’t matter what situation we are in, we play our game,” he said.

"We are not bothered about the situation, the conditions, the wicket or what’s going on. We are in our own space and we know what we can achieve.”