‘Tok’!!! The sound of the ball hitting the middle of the bat is what gives me the energy, enthusiasm and excitement of cricket," said Virender Sehwag, former Indian opening batsman at the HT-MintAsia Leadership Summit 2019 in Singapore.
Talking on the sidelines, the cricketer said: “More than technique and method, I concentrated on the ball and hitting, which has gained me name and fame. When other cricketers were watching their game to learn from their mistakes, I was the one to watch only my 4s and 6s, and enjoy my game."
“I used to chase 50 runs in five overs in my schooldays with tennis balls, which is why I was not scared when such situations arose in international games," Sehwag said.
Attributing his success to his school coach A.K. Sharma, the cricketer said that he would tie his right leg to the net to allow him to do batting from one place. “Here is when I began to receive the ball under my eyes and hit it." He also recalled the stories of how he moved schools to learn cricket and how he got to become an opener.
The then Indian captain, Saurav Ganguly, tried out many players as openers. “When he approached me to play as an opening batsman, I played my best, to everybody’s surprise, introducing a different approach to batting, and ignoring the critics, who tried to knock me down." Sehwag went on to add how he hit a six to reach the 100-run and 300-run mark.
Sehwag said he started watching cricket because of Sachin Tendulkar and imitated his game in school matches. “I can look like Sachin, play like him, but cannot perform like him. I changed my style of game once I realised this."
Asked about his memorable moment at the international circuit, the star batsmen said: “My first 100 in my debut Test match is the moment I cherish. This is the moment I proved myself and kept scoring more and more beating the stamp on me as a ‘one-day cricketer’." Sehwag is regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time.
“Keep hitting 4s and 6s, people will like you," has been his thumbrule. When asked about his favourite cricketer he said: “I like Virat, because he knows how to score runs."