Sri Lankan legend, Kumar Sangakkara, has showered a lot of praises on India’s former superstar, Virender Sehwag. The left-handed Sri Lankan revealed that he has always been a big fan of the right-handed Indian opener.
Sehwag revolutionized the game of cricket with his unorthodox stance and way of batting, where he took the attack to each and every bowler he faced. The situation of the match did not matter to the Delhi-born superstar, who only knew the attacking way of batting.
Kumar Sangakkara, who himself was one of the most stylish batters the cricketing world had seen, claimed that Sehwag was the most selfless batsman he had seen. Sehwag achieved a lot of success in his cricketing career, giving India various brilliant starts at the top.
Moreover, the now 40-year-old had a career strike-rate of 82 in Test matches, and is the only Indian batter to date to have two triple centuries to his name in the longest format of the game. Apart from that, Sehwag was the second Indian batsman to score a double hundred in ODI cricket after Sachin Tendulkar.
The Sri Lankan superstar was full of praise for the Indian opener as he wrote for Wisden.com in the Titans of Cricket.
The 41-year-old writes: “I’ve been a great admirer of Virender Sehwag ever since I first saw him play. Not just because of his phenomenal ability, but because his mindset was all about scoring runs as quickly as humanly possible.”
Moreover, Sangakkara claimed that Sehwag had a really simple technique, which aided him in scoring runs at a quick pace.
“This is a very rare feature in most batsmen. While most of them are content to accumulate runs in a considered and structured manner, with Sehwag, it was about getting to that position of dominance from ball one of his innings in as short a time as possible. Sehwag was never a player to think about his average or records; his one and only ambition were to score runs for his side, score them quickly, and end up on the winning side as a result.”
“His technique was very simple, based around a great eye, high and free hands, minimal footwork, great balance, and excellent wrists. He would always try to open up the off-side, to get the bowlers bowling at the stumps because the stumps for him didn’t exist; he just had a bat in his hands to hit the ball, gaps in the field to penetrate, and a boundary to find,” the former Sri Lankan captain wrote about Sehwag.
Moreover, the Sri Lankan stalwart reminded the readers about his two favourite innings of Sehwag. Incidentally, Sehwag could have become the only player ever to score three triple centuries in Tests if he scored seven more runs against the Lankans.
“There are two innings that particularly stand out. The first, in 2008 at Galle, was the most impressive innings of his that I’ve ever seen and it falls into the same category of performance as Brian Lara scoring 688 runs against us in a series. India came into the game 1-0 down in the series, Ajantha Mendis having run through them at the SSC on his debut. Every Indian batsman was being bamboozled by Murali and Mendis, but Virender came out all guns blazing. He carried his bat for 201 from 231 balls in a total of 329 in a side full of legends.”
“And then in 2009 at Mumbai he put the match beyond us with a wonderful innings where he again took most of our bowlers to task, and with the pace he scored the runs – his 293 came from just 254 balls – it meant that India had the time to win the game despite us scoring more than 700 runs in the game,” Sanga remarked.
The flamboyant Indian opener always came out to bat without any fear, with this approach helping him get huge success during his career, and helping him gain fans from across the world including the Sri Lankan legend, Kumar Sangakkara.