I learnt straight drive by watching Sachin Tendulkar on television: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag registered 23 tons across 104 Test matches and smashed 8,586 runs in the format at an incredible strike rate of 82.33
Abel John Author

Updated - 9 June 2021 6:11 pm

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag is highly regarded as one of the most destructive opening batsmen of all time. The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ frequently entertained fans with his explosive batting during his playing days. Virender Sehwag recently launched Cricuru, an experiential learning app aimed at redefining and revolutionising the cricket coaching experience in the country. During the launch of the app, former India opener Sehwag revealed how he learnt the straight drive and mesmerising backfoot punch from Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar just by seeing it on television. Sehwag further explained the importance of technology nowadays and during his time in the life of cricketers.

Sehwag who was not famous for his foot movement during the start of his cricketing career, explained how correct advice from Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, and Krishnamachari Srikkanth helped him improve his game.

If I had internet facilities in my day, I would have learned things faster: Sehwag

“I started seeing cricket on television during the 1992 World Cup and by looking on television, I tried to learn the straight drive of Sachin Tendulkar,” said Sehwag.

“Today, there are videos available on the internet about all things cricket to learn for the younger people. Maybe if I had those facilities in my day, I would have learned things faster and possibly had played for the Indian team at a younger age,” stated former Indian opener Sehwag.

Virender Sehwag’s astonishing batting stats

The Virender Sehwag stats section in Test and ODI cricket comprises of some staggering numbers. After his century on debut, he went from strength to strength and scored blazing tons in challenging conditions of England, Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Virender Sehwag registered 23 tons across 104 Test matches and smashed 8,586 runs in the format at an incredible strike rate of 82.33. Sehwag smashed 91 sixes and 1233 fours in his Test career. In 251 ODIs, he scored 8273 runs at an average of 35.06 and a destructive strike rate of 104.34.

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