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Sehwag is an amazing batsman: Cairns

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai:A day after Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer heaped praise on Sehwag by describing the swashbuckling Indian batsman as a modern-day Don Bradman, Virender Sehwag got encomiums from top New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns.

"Sehwag is an amazing batsman. People talk mainly about his attacking batting forgetting that he has got a sound defensive technique too. Without such a good defence he could not have done what he has," Cairns told reporters in Mumbai last night.

Cairns also praised compatriot John Wright for the way he has handled the Indian squad as coach till his departure from the scene at the end of the high-profile series against Pakistan.

The success or otherwise of a coach is determined by what the players under him think about him. The Indian players have showered praise on John leaving him with a sweet taste in the mouth, said Cairns whose career has been bedevilled by injuries.

Asked who to compare the captaincy styles of current Australian skipper Ricky Ponting or his predecessor Steve Waugh, Cairns brought smiles on the reporters faces by saying "Even my mum can captain the Australian team".

"They are such a great team that it is not difficult to captain the squad. I found no difference between the two (Ponting and Waugh as captains)," said the top all-rounder who has decided to quit from international cricket after the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.

The New Zealand cricketer was in town for a product launch and to adjudicate in a contest connected with the launch.

Cairns sympathised with Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for the six-match ODI ban he got for Indian team's slow over-rate at Ahmedabad in the fourth match against Pakistan.

"My sympathies are with Sourav. It was a harsh decision, but that is what has been prescribed in the ICC Code of Conduct. I hope he comes back soon," Cairns said.

About the series itself, Cairns said Pakistan, usually a bunch of talented individuals, displayed team spirit in abundance for which he praised their coach Woolmer, the former England batsman.

"They played good cricket and I was impressed with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan . He is a very good bowler. The team culture (in the Pakistan squad) looked stronger now. They always had talented individuals, but now looked to be a cohesive bunch. Woolmer has brought them together," Cairns said.

He also described as erratic the statement by former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg that Test cricket is no longer a sport because of his country's continued dominance over all other rivals and in the aftermath of the Aussies thumping win over New Zealand recently.

"It's a bit erratic like his bowling was. The Australians are arrogant. They are fortunate to be having two of the all-time great bowlers in the history of the game -- Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. When they were absent, the Australian team struggled against India (Down Under)," he said.

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