No matter I’m at this time, it’s due to Sourav Ganguly, says Virender Sehwag


Ganguly was the one who provided Sehwag an opportunity to open the innings.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Photograph by Ash Donelon/Man Utd by way of Getty Pictures)

Virender Sehwag is thought to be one of the vital harmful openers in Indian cricket historical past and he has given all of the credit score of his success to Sourav Ganguly. The Delhiite started his cricket profession as a middle-order batsman however in a while, Ganguly requested him to open the innings for the workforce and relaxation is historical past.

He was completely fearless whereas going through the bowlers in his worldwide stint. Sehwag was not technically very sound, however his hand-eye coordination was commendable, and it has been appreciated by Sachin Tendulkar up to now.

Virender Sehwag opines over Sourav Ganguly’s significance in his profession 

In an interview given to The Indian Categorical, the 41-year-old defined his journey from being the middle-order batsman to a profitable opener. In keeping with him, it was Ganguly who prompted him to play as an opener within the workforce. The previous skipper additionally gave him the reassurance to provide him a good variety of probabilities to show his price.

Virender Sehwag additionally recalled an incident when Sourav instructed him that solely opener’s spot is vacant within the workforce. If he needs to play for Workforce India then he should open the innings. In any other case, the Delhiite needed to anticipate his probability within the center. “He defined to me that the opening slot was vacant, so if I take it, my place within the aspect might be assured. However in case I used to be in opposition to the concept and wished to stay to the center order.

“I must wait for somebody to get injured. However what satisfied me was his very sensible suggestion that he was to provide me later. I provides you with three to 4 innings as an opener. Even in the event you fail, you’ll proceed to play. And earlier than I drop you, I’ll once more offer you an opportunity within the center (order),” former Indian opener mentioned.

The 41-year-old additionally feels that skippers ought to give readability to their gamers that creates a belief issue. “It was a very reasonable therapy. It’s this readability that makes a participant belief his captain. That gave me loads of confidence. I believed, Dada is backing me a lot, so let me attempt. No matter I’m at this time, it’s due to him,” Virender Sehwag added.

He scored 8586 runs in Take a look at cricket and 8273 runs in ODIs and ended his profession as one of the vital profitable openers within the historical past of Indian cricket.

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