Summertime friends Sehwag, Warner to square off in Sri Lanka
Sehwag and Warner, friends and colleagues at Delhi in the IPL, find themselves pitted against each other in the T20 World Cup. In this format, openers often decide the run of play, on Sehwag and Warner rest the hopes of their teams. Both batsmen are match winners, respected and feared by the opposition.india Updated: Sep 13, 2012 23:27 IST
Sehwag and Warner, friends and colleagues at Delhi in the IPL, find themselves pitted against each other in the T20 World Cup. In this format, openers often decide the run of play, on Sehwag and Warner rest the hopes of their teams. Both batsmen are match winners, respected and feared by the opposition.
In many ways the two are alike - both dominate the attack and with them there is certainty that a bad ball will not go unpunished. Neither is known to waste time at the crease.
To decide who is the more brutal of the two is difficult to call but Sehwag is surely more cultured, elegant and orthodox. He is absolutely murderous on the offside , the slashed hit over point being his signature shot, and is very strong on the cut.
Experts point to Sehwag's lack of foot movement but marvel at his amazing bat speed, hand-eye coordination, wonderful balance and magical timing.
Interestingly, Sehwag has no use for the unconventional - not for him the reverse sweep, paddle, scoop or switch-hit.
Ignoring such creativity, he prefers to play through the line on the up, is reluctant to pull and hits in the air only when slogging spinners over mid-wicket.
Warner is in as much of a hurry as Sehwag but his style is strikingly different.
Warner will effortlessly smash quick bowlers straight back over their heads but chooses to hang on to the back foot, looking to put the short ball away. He is very good on the pull, and such is his self-belief he backs himself to hit the ball several rows into the crowd.
To outwit bowlers, Warner is willing to innovate and take chances.
He has switch-hit spinners for sixes, and can bat very capably as a proper right-hander.
Said Trent Woodhill, his New South Wales coach, "Warner's cover drive as a right hander is better than with his left hand!"
Sehwag and Warner are at different stages of their careers, one nearing 100 Tests, the other an exciting youngster making an impact in all formats of the game.
First Published: Sep 13, 2012 23:24 IST