I’m waiting for Viru to break Lara’s record
This day been a pretty amazing day, and it's been really, really wonderful to sit here and watch Sehwag go about his batting.cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2008 02:02 IST
This day been a pretty amazing day, and it's been really, really wonderful to sit here and watch Sehwag go about his batting. For sheer willpower and focus under some really difficult conditions given the heat and the sapping humidity, it's been a very special batting effort.
It is just not easy to keep your concentration going the whole day and he's done it with style, going at over a run a ball for his unbeaten triple. He smashed everyone everywhere and when he's playing like this, it's really something. A word on the wicket: It's not like a typical Chennai wicket. Invariably, you get a bit more bounce and pace here, but maybe all the rain that we've had in the lead up to this Test match made it this way. It's also slower than normal, taking less spin. Still, when we bowled, we bowled pretty well I think in those conditions to keep coming back. In any case, it's never easy to bowl in Chennai. If we bat till tea tomorrow, we are in a great position. And then we'll be looking to put the South Africans under pressure tomorrow, their tail is pretty long without some of their allrounders and if we get two or three top wickets they'll be under serious pressure.
That's what we're aiming to do, but let's see how it goes. Coming back to Sehwag, this has really been his day. His stands with Wasim and Rahul have put us in a very commanding position. I'm actually waiting for him to break the biggest batting record there is at the moment, Brian Lara's 400.
It's a great opportunity to get Test cricket's highest score, and he knows he can't really get a better opportunity too do it. We have some special records, but it would be absolutely great to see an Indian on top of that list as well. I'm glad Sehwag's back to doing what he does so well. Whenever he's played and got a start, he puts the team in such a great position, not just because he gets his runs so quickly, but also because by getting them the way he does, he puts the opposition on the backfoot.
I'm really happy after backing him for the Australia series. I'm also really happy for him, the way he's come back to the Test squad after a year. He showed a lot of character in
Adelaide, even if he was a bit subdued, under the circumstances of his return. Here again, there was tremendous character on display. It was a chanceless innings under extreme conditions, to go on and on, showed a different side to him.
He wanted a bat from me by the way if he scored a double, why, I don't know! So today, I told him, you get your 400, I'll give you two. I gladly will.