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'Beauty of Veeru is his uncluttered mind'

"I have noticed that he has been using the batting crease in a much better way in the last few months. That has helped him," said Greg.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 10:16 IST
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The beauty of Virender Sehwag is his "uncluttered mind", says Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell, who is also of the view that the batting ace had started using the batting crease in a much better manner.

"The beauty of Sehwag is his uncluttered mind. He is uncomplicated and is very clear in his mind," Chappell said after the drawn first Test against Pakistan.

"He knows exactly what he is doing and that is very good," Chappell toldafter Sehwag smashed 254 (47x4s, 1x6) - his second highest Test score after 309.

It was one of Sehwag's best batting displays in his 40-Test career. He helped India to amass 410 for one before the match was drawn due to rains and poor visibility at the Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.

Vice-captain Sehwag and captain Rahul Dravid (128 not out) were involved in a 410-run partnership for the opening wicket, but they failed to surpass the 50-year world record for the same wicket by just four runs while replying to Pakistan's 679 for seven declared.

Chappell, a former Australia captain, seemed content not only with Sehwag's performance but also his changed batting style.

"I have noticed that he has been using the (batting) crease in a much better way in the last few months. That has helped him."

Sehwag has not been in the best of form in Tests and one-day internationals lately, and would more than welcome Chappell's praise.

Coincidentally, 27-year-old Sehwag chose Pakistan, his favourite whipping team, to return to form. He had not scored a Test century since his 201 in the third match against Pakistan in Bangalore in March last year, during which period he played nine innings.

And after he managed nought in his previous Test innings, against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad last month, Sehwag announced his arrival in Pakistan in perhaps the grandest possible manner.

He had started with a bang during the 2004 tour of Pakistan as well, smashing 309 in his first innings of the first Test in Multan.

Sehwag has now played seven Tests against Pakistan and has aggregated 1,236 runs at an extraordinary average of 112.36. What is noticeable is that he has hit four of his 11 centuries against Pakistan and all have been 150-plus knocks.

His brilliant sequence of knocks against Pakistan reads: 309, 39, 90, 0, 173, 36, 81, 15, 201, 38 and 254.

Sehwag now travels to Faisalabad where the second Test starts on Saturday.