Virender Sehwag: Why Is He So Special?

Aswath BCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2008

How often will you see a batsman refuse a single while on 199? Probably never.

But Sehwag did. Such is his commitment to the team.

In order to shield his partner and to retain strike, he did not take a single until the last ball of the over. This enabled him to complete a masterful double century in the Second Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.

Virender Sehwag is an asset to any Test team. He scores his runs at a rapid rate and induces fear in the bowlers. For India to do well in a test match, they depend very heavily on their openers and Sehwag has delivered more often than not.

A lot of India's success in tests has to be attributed to Sehwag. When he gets a big one, he really makes it count. He has made 15 test match centuries, out of which 11 have been 150 plus scores. He also has five 200s and two 300s. Such is his capability of accumulating huge scores.

He started his international career batting lower down the order and was then pushed to the opening spot to face the new ball. He did not disappoint on either occasion. Batting lower down the order, he got a test match 100 on debut and as an opener, his achievements are phenomenal!

India used to rely heavily on its middle order and Anil Kumble to win test matches. But when Sehwag came on the scene, his contribution made a world of difference to the team's fortunes. When Virender Sehwag does well, more often than not, India does well too.

He was dropped from the Indian Test team for a while. Can anyone explain why? Well, the jury is still out on that one!