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SA have some surprises for Sehwag

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Published: Monday, December 13, 2010, 13:47 [IST]
 
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SA have some surprises for Sehwag

South Africa has quite a few tricks up their sleeves for destructive Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag. According to South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl, the team has been brainstorming for, and fine-tuning specific strategies to smother Sehwag's ferocious batting in the upcoming Test series between hosts South Africa and India.

While van Zyl didn't disclose the nature of the bowling plans to unsettle Sehwag, bouncers and yorkers are most likely the weapons that will used to counterattack Virender's natural aggression with.

Sehwag was recently described as the most destructive batsman in world cricket today by West Indian legend Vivian Richards and the Indian opener is presently working hard to adapt to conditions in the African country..

Team India coach Gary Kirsten said Sehwag was of invaluable to the team's chances of winning a series. "Even if he gets just 30 or 40, he does it so fast that he always places the opposition's bowlers under pressure. He also makes it much easier for the other batsmen around him, by taking the pressure of them," Kirsten said.

Sehwag has hit five centuries against South Africa in a 12 Tests, with his 319 off just 304 balls against the Proteas in Chennai in 2008 remaining his highest test score. His career stats also read very impressively. In 84 matches, Sehwag had notched up a phenomenal average of 54.71 at an unprecedented strike rate of 82.17 with 26 half-centuries and 22 tons to his credit.

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