sehwag – natural play vs team cause

Posted on December 22, 2010 by

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Virender Sehwag at Adelaide Oval

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in the hindu mythology lord hanuman was cursed that he will not realise his true prowess until someone reminds him…

in today’s materialistic world… we have got another hanuman… in indian team and thy name is… virender sehwag… fondly and deservedly called jatman at bored…

india’s failure of first test at centurion is mainly attributed to the lack of warm-up games while the fact of the matter is that some of team india’s players did not help themselves with their pathetic shot selections… and viru was the flag bearer of them all…

what a warm much match can help if you are hell bent on throwing it away…?

india had business at hand in its second innings… not only to play out two days to save test… but with it the reputation of being the no.1 team in world…

under the circumstances… the occupation of crease became more paramount… viru had sa bowlers on mat in his second essay… almost laid them on ground just waiting to be mauled… but our viru got bored of field placements and blew it away…

if you were thinking of his first innings dismissal as the rank reckless shot utterly disrespecting the conditions then i am sure you would have been tempted to hit your box with a brick…

now, whenever one tries to put viru in box for his reckless play… many jump on you and often argue from memory…

“oh! he always plays like that…”

“he will win you many matches but at the same time will offer opportunities to opposition…”

“he was just playing his natural game…”

“he lives and die by sword” etc… etc…

these opinions shows that they don’t even realise what viru is capable of… contrary to the perception he is very shrewd cricketer… but sometimes let the billing of most devastating player get in his head… and tries to play ahead of the game itself…

indian team think tank has given him freedom to play the way he plays without much altering his game… but with freedom comes the responsibility… and this thing needs to be stuffed in his mind…

the great players not only win you matches… but save the game for you if situation warrants so…

but more often then not… virus of current world get away by saying “i was just playing my natural game…”

rahul dravid once said this out of sheer frustration…

I don’t know the meaning of playing your natural game all the time. You have to play according to the situation of the game. That’s what the great players have done over the years.

and i guess he would have been tempted to point it at him after the centurion test…

anyhow… viru must thank that gary kirsten is no john wright

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