Though Sehwag has been with the Indian Test team for close to six years now, he has only played the one Test match at the Kotla - against Zimbabwe in 2002, and scored 74 batting at number six.
He missed the Tests against Pakistan and Sri Lanka earlier owing to either poor form or injury, but is now set to return to the Kotla, and wants to make his return memorable. He told The Indian Express, "It's a bit unusual - I know I've been in the Indian team for a long time but I'll be playing only my second Test at the Kotla. I've had success all over the world but never here. I want to score a century in this series against Australia and, if it happens at my home ground, it'll be just perfect. I missed out in Mohali, so maybe it's destiny."
Sehwag fondly remembers his only Test innings here. "I got runs against Zimbabwe, 74 to be precise, but I wasn't in the team when India played against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. I'd like to make my next innings even more memorable."