Dravid launches The Virender Sehwag Story

Published: Saturday, August 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Showering his teammate with accolades, vice-captain Rahul Dravid has said Virender Sehwag has brought great joy to Indian cricket in recent times with his cavalier style of batting and inspirational personality.

"No other batsman has given me so much tension when I am waiting for my turn to bat. But, Viru has also brought great joy to Indian cricket in the last two years or so," Dravid said while launching a biography on the swashbuckling opening batsman, The Virender Sehwag Story, on Friday.

"I am not a great believer in statistics, they do not always tell the whole story. But going through the well compiled statistics in this book, we realise that the way he (Sehwag) bats, we forget what he has achieved in his short career - six centuries in 23 Tests, and an average of 34.37 with a strike rate of 95.78 in 90 One-day Internationals.

"And it is just not his development as a cricketer but also the person he comes across as in the dressing room. His personality is an inspiration for the whole Indian team," Dravid said in an open show of admiration for India's first Test triple centurion.

"I read Sunil Gavaskar's 'Sunny Days' when I was young and it was a great inspiration for me. I hope this book on Viru will inspire a whole new generation of youngsters," he added.

The Virender Sehwag Story, written by Vijay Lokapally, the leading cricket correspondent of The Hindu, and published by UBS, makes for delightful reading.

The book, with 139 pages and priced at Rs 200, has a foreword written by Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

Sehwag said he considered himself lucky to have a book written on him early in his career.

"I think I am very lucky, because I must be the youngest cricketer on whom a book has been written," the 25-year old Delhi batsman said.

On choosing a cavalier batsman, whose career is still on the bloom, as the subject of his maiden venture, Lokapally says in his Preface, "Why not?

"Sehwag, in just two years, has achieved enough for the cricket world to sit up and take notice of. He has created a unique fan following," writes the senior journalist with more than two decades of cricket writing experience.

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