Thursday, March 12, 2009

Virender Sehwag – The No Nonsense Cricketer

The game of cricket has always had colourful and flamboyant characters. It is these characters who defy logic and bring in the audience to the ground and hook people to the television sets. Virender Sehwag is certainly one man whose batting can make the spectators stick to their seat. His explosive batting is always a treat to watch and is worth miles travelling for.

Viru entered international cricket with tag “Najafgarh ka Tendulkar”. Today he doesn't need that tag anymore as Virender Sehwag is a name enough to give sleepless nights to the opposition bowlers. He is one of the most gifted cricketers in the today's game. His hand eye coordination certainly has not match at the moment in world cricket.

Sehwag is absolutely a 'no nonsense' cricketer who believes in converting the bad ball into boundaries and good ones into singles and two's. The mass murderer of opposition attack, he doesn't indulge in verbal duals with the opposition lets his bat do the talking or rather dictating. From the Aussies to the Kiwis to the Pakistanis all the teams have had a taste of his explosive batting.

What separates Virender Sehwag from other contemporary hitters like Shahid Afridi and Andrew Symonds is that he not bogged down by the conditions. There is not a single country where Viru hasn't scored runs and scored them at a brisk pace. He is not a tiger on dusty subcontinent tracks and a lamb in the bouncy pitches elsewhere but constant in all kinds of condition. He know only one brand of cricket i.e. explosive.

Initially branded as a One Day cricketer Viru surprised everyone with his batting skills in Test cricket . He has scored heavily as an opener and laid the platform for most of India's test wins in the last decade. He is in the elite club of Sir Donald Bradman and Brian Charles Lara to have crossed the triple hundred mark twice in test cricket.

In spite of all these achievement Sehwag remains a humble cricketer still playing with the same attitude that brought him to international cricket. To define him in short we can call him The No Nonsense Cricketer.


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