When Srikkanth compared Sehwag to Viv Richards

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Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 13:58 [IST]
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Chennai, Jan 30: India's dashing opener Virender Sehwag reveals that former India cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth had compared his batting approach to the West Indies great Vivian Richards.

The Delhi opener who has been criticised for his batting technique was taken by surprise when the former chairman of selectors compared his batting style with one of the greats of the game, Sir Vivian Richards.

Sehwag's association with Srikkanth dates back to his U-19 days, as the former Indian cricketer was the coach of the U-19 team when Virender Sehwag just 18 years old.

Srikkanth compares Sehwag with Richards

Sehwag recalled it during a promotional event at Chennai on Tuesday.

You are my Viv ( Vivian Richards) in this team, Chika told me. I was too embarrassed. I tried my best to convince him that I am too small a batsman to be compared with such a legend," Sehwag told at a promotional event on Tuesday.

"From my childhood days I always loved to play shots. I can never change my approach. When Chika compared me with Sir Viv, I thought he was joking, but gradually, after I made progress into the higher levels, all the people said the same thing about my batting. Then I realized that I have something special in my batting and if I have to make a mark as a cricketer, I will have to continue batting the way I do," Sehwag explained.

Since the dashing opener has been criticised for his shot selection and not staying for long at the crease after getting good starts, Sehwag said "Yes, I'm not technically correct but I'm mentally very strong," he said.


Story first published:  Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 14:23 [IST]
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