Virender Sehwag: Players watch videos to find out their mistakes, I watch it to enjoy my boundaries

Mincing with words and diplomacy is not what one would associate with Indian cricket legend Virender Sehwag. Just like the way he bats, over the years Sehwag has made some brutally frank and outrageous statements. Perhaps, having a very simple and straightforward mind has helped him remain uncluttered and reach the heights that he has.

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The 36-year-old cricketer, who is still hoping to make a return to the national side and “retire gracefully”, spoke to Indian Express and admitted that his technique was never good and his game was “all about hand-eye co-ordination.”

Keeping the complex aspect of batting away, Sehwag said, “I feel hitting the ball is the most important thing in batting. Picking the ball early is important. If you are picking it early and hitting the ball, I don’t think it matters much whether your feet are in the right place or your head is in the right place. Till the time you are hitting the ball down the ground, meeting the ball nicely, and you’re hitting fours and sixes you are okay. Players, generally, watch their videos to find out their mistakes. I was watching my videos just to enjoy my boundaries.”

Sehwag also emphasised on the importance of net sessions and implied that scoring runs in a match is more important than getting out in the nets. He believes that net session are to improve one’s batting and hence one should look ahead to perfect one’s game during them.

“Gautam Gambhir once said that if he gets out in the nets, he gets disturbed. So he sees to it that he doesn’t lose his wicket. You, on the other hand, are happy even if you are dismissed 10 times, for Gambhir claims you walk out recalling all the good shots you have played.”

“I’m going into the nets with a purpose. Like I want to improve the cover-drive. I want to improve the cut-shot. The step out shot over covers or mid-wicket. I was concentrating and not worrying if the ball will get me out or not. Net practice is to improve your game. If I play a shot off every ball, only then can I improve my game,” Sehwag added.

The Delhi cricketer, who is playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), said that post the 2011 World Cup he had a problem with his eyesight which affected him during the England and Australia tour in 2011-12. He had tried contact lenses but admitted that he wasn’t comfortable with them as he couldn’t pick the ball quickly when the bowler released it. He switched to glasses, which he now sports while playing and says that it took him over a year to get adjusted to it and once he has, he is batting better.

Sehwag, who wasn’t selected for the World Cup 2015 and isn’t given a BCCI contract, has scored runs in Ranji Trophy and is hoping for a comeback. He said, “Now I am batting well, scoring runs. Everybody wants to play for India. Hopefully I will get a chance to play for India again and retire gracefully. I’ll try my best.”