Gautam Gambhir’s marathon match-saving 137 in the second Test against New Zealand on Monday earned him rich accolades from stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag who likened the pugnacious left-hander to Rahul Dravid and dubbed him the “second wall” of Indian cricket.
Otherwise an aggressive batsman, Gambhir batted for nearly 11 hours over three days to bail India out after the visitors were made to follow on in the match.
Sehwag said Gambhir has proved that he has developed his game and was capable of saving matches like Dravid, who has earned the reputation of being ‘The Wall´ for his impregnable defence and patience.
“He (Gambhir) is developing his game. He curbed his aggression and is learning with experience. He has become the second wall of Indian cricket,” Sehwag, who stood in for injured MS Dhoni in the match, said after India forced a draw.
“We didn’t bat well in the first innings but we did well in the second, especially Gautam and (VVS) Laxman. Gautam batted for nearly 11 hours and saved the match,” Sehwag added.
Sehwag admitted his bowlers had to toil hard in New Zealand’s first innings as the track did not give any assistance to them.
“It was a difficult job for the bowlers. The track was flat and except for some bounce, there was nothing in it. I told them to bowl in right areas and see that the batsmen commit mistakes,” said Sehwag.