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Virender Sehwag: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t

Virender Sehwag at Adelaide Oval

Virender Sehwag at Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Dean Jones Is Conscientious In Deciphering Inexplicable Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag , Jat from delhi


What he said:


“He has no conscience when he bats and plays the hardest stroke for any batsman with complete ease.”


Former Australian batsman and commentator, Dean Jones, attempts to explain Virender Sehwag’s uncomplicated approach to batting.


What he really meant:


“The ball is there to be hit and Sehwag hits it. No second thoughts, no second guessing.”


What he definitely didn’t:


“If batting’s a crime, then Sehwag is it’s Jack The Ripper’.


Kapil Dev: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

What he said:

“Everybody go ga ga about Sachin Tendulkar that ‘I learn from him and so on’. If you ask Virender Sehwag who is your guru he will say Sachin. If you ask Yuvraj, he will say Sachin. But I have never seen Sehwag or Sachin or Laxman, with their bundle of experience in batting, walking up to the bowlers to advise them the correct line to bowl.”

Kapil Dev Nikhanj is certain that the youngsters merely pay lip service tributes to the seniors in the side. The former Indian captain does not see the desired team spirit on the field.

What he really meant:

“If the bowlers keep repeating their mistakes and no one corrects them on the field, will they not continue in the same vein?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“What I really advocate is on-field coaching with microphones and headsets, specifically for this Indian side.”

Q & A With Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag fielding at Adelaide Oval

The dashing opening bat is back in the playing XI for the Edgbaston Test. A quick chat with the Dilli butcher at lunchtime on the first day.

1) How does it feel to be back in the Indian squad?

When was I ever out?

2) Speaking of out, what are your feelings about the first ball duck at Edgbaston?

I was still in net practice mode and Stuart Broad wasn’t. The ball kissed my gloves and I kissed my wicket goodbye.

3) Is there a Sehwag special in store in this series?

Sure, why not? Besides, in this series, even a 50 is highly significant (with due apologies to Rahul Dravid).

4) How is the shoulder holding up?

Not too well. You see, all the Rainas, Zaheers, Mukunds, Gambhirs and Yuvrajs are crying on my shoulder. It’s under a lot of strain. Not quite what the surgeon envisaged.

5) Do you see yourself in the wickets, as well?

I have to test out the shoulder and this is the perfect opportunity (in Bhajji’s absence).

Do say: Two triples and a 293.

Don’t say: Golden ducks.

Disclaimer: The character(s) are real but the interview is fictional.

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Gautam Gambhir: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Gautam Gambhir at Adelaide Oval

What he said:

"He is like a stressbuster.”

Gautam Gambhir can relax at the non-striker’s end with Virender Sehwag is at the other end. The aggression of Sehwag makes up for any passivity on the part of his partner.All Gambhir has to focus on is getting his eye in.

What he really meant:

“It’s a stress-free environment because we’re on the same side. I would worry if he (Sehwag) wasn’t.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Buster, I can bat like Viru.”

Scott Styris: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Chris Cairns, Scott Styris and other Canterbur...

What he said:

“Seeing Southee open the batting for Essex tonight and score 74 off 34 balls is enough to drive anyone to give up the game!”

Scott Styris is jocular about his reasons for quitting the game.

What he really meant:

“If Southee can play better cricket than me, I might as well quit.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Tim Southee is so much better than Virender Sehwag.”

ICC World Cup 2011: Why wait? Take the power-play and sustain the momentum

The batting power-play—is it a boon or a bane?

Teams have benefited and teams have suffered in this crucial period of the innings.

There are two schools of thought as to when the batting power-play should be taken.

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Indian cricket: Of team selections and plate to cup journey for Rajasthan in Ranji

Piyush Chawla at Adelaide Oval

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The debate rages on.

Have the Indian selectors chosen the best possible side for the ODI World Cup?

The argument centres on whether there ought to have been a back-up keeper. MS Dhoni—as captain and stumper—shoulders a heavy responsibility.

To his credit, he has borne the burden well and there is no reason to believe that he will not do the same in February-March—should he remain fit.

As for the pessimists, they will wonder who will keep wickets if Dhoni is forced to miss a match.

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Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s gentle giant: finest cricketer of the modern generation

Jacques Kallis at a training session at the Ad...

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Jacques Kallis is the finest all-rounder and best cricketer of the modern generation.

Yet, he has failed to capture the imagination;he is not spoken of in the same breath as SachinTendulkar, Virender Sehwag, or Ricky Ponting.

Why is that? Is it because he is unpretentious? Is it because he is unflashy? Is it because that he is not a dasher?

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The IPL Lull: Sunny still simmers, Chahar heads the domestic signup roster

Kings XI Punjab

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The IPL saga saw a lull in the proceedings because of the Diwali holidays. Indian fans were quite content enjoying the fireworks on display at Motera with Sehwag and Bhajji eking out explosive knocks.

But the IPL has not quite escaped the news. The side actors have played their part.

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