Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 27 Jul 2020, 02:15:00 PM IST
Former Indian team opener Gautam Gambhir says whatever the format, the impact Virender Sehwag created in the top order is no match. Gambhir also said that as a batsman no one can imitate Sehwag's mentality.
Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan shared their opinion about the impact of Virender Sehwag on Indian cricket. The two were speaking on the cricket-related program of former Cricket Star Sports.
When Gambhir was asked how it was decided who would play the first ball, he replied that he always played the first ball because Sehwag's reaction was that he is not a Jainan opener.
Gambhir said, 'Virender Sehwag used to say that he is not an opener. So whoever is the opener should play the first ball. He did not consider himself an opener, although he had two triple centuries, I do not know how many centuries he scored. He is perhaps the most successful Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar but has never considered himself an opener. So I always had to play the first ball.
The left-handed batsman said that he and Sehwag used to talk about everything except cricket when they batted. Then whether they talk about lunch or dinner or discuss the place to hang out abroad.
Gambhir said, 'Sehwag's mindset cannot be copied. never. Many people can score runs but the effect of Sehwag's runs is very important. How he used to set up the Test match.
Gambhir also referred to the Chennai Test match in which India had to achieve a target of 387 runs in the fourth innings against England.
Gambhir reminded that Sehwag was the man of the match in that Test. Sehwag gave India a quick start by scoring 83 off 68 balls. However Sachin Tendulkar had scored a century in that match and Yuvraj Singh scored 85 runs.
Gambhir finally said that Virender Sehwag has no match if seen in terms of influence in any format.