Virender Sehwag regales audience with cricket anecdotes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 14:26 IST
Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag sitting on dais along with BCCI Vice president Rajeev Shukla and Cricketer Gautam Gambhir during Hindustan Shikhar Samagam in Lucknow. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag said he had to opt for an entirely different style of batting to survive and establish the rigours of international cricket.

“People come to watch the team, not the individual, win at the ground. So, the individual makes no difference,” Sehwag said at a session of the Hindustan Shikhar Samagam.

“To establish myself at the international level, I opted for a different batting style. Carving out a separate identity in a team, which had Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, was very difficult during my playing days,” Sehwag said.

“That was the reason why I loved playing lofted shots,” he explained.

“I could win people’s hearts only because of my batting style though I was criticised for it on a number of occasions. On one tour, I was almost pushed by the then coach John Wright after I got out scoring 60-plus. He had expected me to get a 100 in that match. Later, he apologised for his act,” Sehwag, who has two triple centuries at the Test level under his belt, said

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