Virender Sehwag accepted that he missed on a few centuries due to poor shot selection © Getty Images
By CricketCountry Staff
New Delhi: Nov 6, 2011
Indian batsman Virender Sehwag, who returned to action after recovering from a shoulder injury in the first Test match against West Indies, wants to play 100 Test matches for the country.
“I don’t set goals. But the simple funda is that I want to join the club of 100 Test matches. There are not many in India,” the right-handed batsmen told a leading daily.
“Only Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman have played 100 Test matches. I want to be part a of that league. After that, I will see how long I can play,” he added.
Sehwag said the one moment which is closest to his heart is his Test debut. “I relish my Test debut the most. No one was expecting me to play that Test in South Africa on November 3, 2001. And no one would have thought I would score a hundred on debut. My teammates were happy for me.”
“Captain Sourav Ganguly and coach John Wright gave me immense encouragement. I rate the first Test as the most memorable moment in my Test career. After that come the two triple centuries,” he said.
The explosive Indian opener – who has hit triple centuries two times – rates Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini, Shoaib Akthar and Umar Gul as the toughest bowlers to face.
Sehwag accepted that he has missed on many occasions to score a century while tyring to achieve the three-figure mark.
“I missed a lot of centuries. I got out in 90s many a times. If I had converted my chances in the last few years, maybe I would have had about 26-27 centuries by now. But I’ve no complaints. I’m quite happy with my current record. But there is no stopping. It is lesson. I’m still learning and improving my game,” he said.