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Gautam Gambhir praises India's former batting great: ‘No one can match his impact in Test cricket’

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 July 2020, 15:07 IST

One of the main reasons why Virendra Singh was considered as one of the most destructive batsman of his era was because od his ability tostick to his style. To stick to his style of play from the first ball itself.

It rarely mattered which format of the match Sehwag is playing. It did not matter which bowler is bowling Sehwag. It did not matter what situation India was under. Sehwag would come out to the middle, and start hammering bowlers for boundaries with ease on rare occasions seen on a cricket pitch.

Perhaps this is why Sehwag went of to pair with some big names, which inclides Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, and in some games, even Rahul Dravid. Sehwag managed to find success with them all, as he rarely shied away from playing his own gam

Sehwag went on to became the 2nd Indian to score a double hundred in the ODIs. Sehwag also became the first person to score a triple ton for India in Tests. He is also only the fourth person to score more than one triple Test ton.

Looking at sehwag style of play, many would think that Sehwag would be a great limited-overs cricket of his time. But in fact, Sehwag managed to find equal, perhaps even more success in Test cricket. This is why his former opening partner Gambhir believes that no other player can have an impact like Sehwag in the longest format.

“No one can match Sehwag’s impact in Tests. No one thought he could be such a successful Test opener. People always thought he was always going to be a much more successful white-ball cricketer. But if you look at his records, he is far more successful in red-ball cricket. And that is Virender Sehwag for you,” Gambhir said.

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First published: 27 July 2020, 15:07 IST