Virender Sehwag has a unique technique with great balance, said Rashid Latif | Cricket News | Instant News


LAHORE: Former captain of Pakistan Rashid Latif has lavished praise Virender Sehwag, said the former Indian opener was a fearless cricketer who had a big influence on the team.

“He used to play to dominate. We used to be a bit cautious at the start, measuring how to pitch, who the bowler was (Glenn) McGrath, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram or Shoaib Akhtar, “Latif said in the Youtube show titled ‘Caught Behind’.

“But Sehwag is someone who is not afraid of anyone. He is an influential player, has a big influence on his team and players like him succeed in world cricket,” he added.

Latif, who played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs for Pakistan, further said that contrary to popular belief that Sehwag did not have good footwork, the former Indian opener had a unique technique that helped him dominate bowlers.

“It’s not right to say that his feet don’t move. He has a unique technique with a very strong base. He is great at the back, accustomed to cutting, pulling, hooking easily,” Latif said.

“He has a beautiful balance. People say that he has limited leg movements but that may be the reason why he is so successful. And the coaches have begun to say that keep your balance with minimum foot movements,” he added.

Sehwag represented India in 104 Tests, 251 ODI and 19 T20I where he scored 8586, 8273 and 394 respectively.

According to Latif, Sehwag played with batsmen likes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and remain in their shadow.

“He played with Sachin, played with Rahul and remained in their shadows. If he plays for another country, then he will easily pass 10 thousand runs, only one and a half thousand runs left,” Latif said.

“Maybe his team has a bigger name, a bigger player but the opponents are always on the lookout for the impact Sehwag can have on the match,” he added.

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