Virender Sehwag has been in good form in IPL 2015 © IANS
Virender Sehwag has been in good form in IPL 2015 © IANS

Virender Sehwag, currently playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015, gave an insight into the workings of his very unique brand of batsmanship. Sehwag spoke about a variety of things, from adjusting to wearing spectacles after scoring a bulk of his runs thanks to his hand-eye coordination, to discussing how to pick bowlers. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

Speaking to Indian Express, Sehwag said, “During the peak of my career, I used to pick the ball as soon it was released from the bowler’s hands. And I hit the ball through the line. Here, I was no longer able to pick it quickly from the hand. So it became difficult for me to react quickly. That’s why I was getting out early on, since I was missing balls. Now I’ve adjusted with the glasses…I was never good in technique, my game was all about hand-eye co-ordination. So I have always bothered about whether I was hitting through the line. Then it doesn’t matter where I am hitting.” IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

Sehwag went on to talk about his views on batting. “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.” IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings: Rajasthan Royals leads the table in IPL 8

 

When asked about which bowler troubled him the most, Sehwag chose Muttiah Muralitharan. “Muralitharan, because of his action it was very difficult to pick his doosra. Sachin [Tendulkar] once told me that if his thumb is up, he will bowl doosra, but because of his darker complexion, I was never able to spot it. After that I decided whatever and wherever he bowls I will drive through covers or push it towards point. That worked.” IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

He also spoke about how he fared against Mohammad Asif. “When you are in good form, even a good bowler won’t give you a problem. Yes, Asif got me out a couple of times but I hit runs off him also. In helpful conditions, he was tough to handle. Like [Glenn] McGrath. He was on the spot every time.” IPL 2015 most dismissals by wicketkeeper: List of best wicketkeeper in IPL 8