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‘Sehwag has the license to thrill’

cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2009 00:30 IST

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With Gautam Gambhir evolving into a complete batsman, there is just no need to straitjacket Virender Sehwag’s characteristic daredevilry, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said here on Tuesday.

Sehwag has been in his devil-may-care self in the Test series against Sri Lanka, getting off to rollicking starts but not staying long enough to convert them into big knocks.

But asked Dhoni if the Delhi dasher needs to tone down his cavalier attitude in the second Test starting on Tuesday, he replied in the negative.

“You don’t really want to tell a player like him what to do. That is how he plays the game and is known for. He is more of an aggressor and is not the kind of guy who would stick to the wicket for one-and-half days. He is always looking to get on with game,” Dhoni explained.

Effusive in his praise for the left-hander, Dhoni said, “He is a great character. Thrust him into whatever condition and he would play accordingly. He can shift gears easily and uses his feet well against the spinners.

“He has been consistently in good form over the past one-and-half years and whenever the team needed, he delivered. Once he sets himself well, he goes for big innings,” added the captain.