Chief selector K Srikkanth on Thursday described Virender Sehwag's blistering unbeaten 284 in the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka as "simply out of the world knock" and said the flamboyant opener reminded him of West Indian batting great Vivian Richards.
"It was simply out of the world knock. The kind of shots he played was amazing. The way he was playing, it seemed he was playing an exhibition match, not a Test", Srikkanth said after the second day's play which saw India race to a record 443 for one in reply to Sri Lanka's 393.
The Chairman of the selection committee said he regarded Sehwag as one of the best batsmen in the world.
"He is one of the best batsmen in world cricket now. He reminds me of Vivian Richards. Apart from Richards, I dont think any body can demolish the bowling attack like Sehwag did today. It was really an entertaining knock", Srikkanth, a former India captain, said.
"The good thing about Sehwag is he backs himself. He has that confidence and self-belief. He brings about a lot of positive energy...Whenever he has played such knocks, India have gone to win the match", he told CNN-IBN.