Milburn, and the batsman Sehwag should have been

What does such a what-might-have-been story have to do with Sehwag, who has scored more than 8,500 Test runs and 23 centuries, who was twice named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World? Apart from both being opening batsmen, not a lot, you'd think.

updated: March 21, 2013 14:10 IST
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"X is an even-tempered and modest personality. He is not confused or bothered by theory, which is perhaps the basic reason for his continued success.

'I just try and hit the ball' is his over-simplified explanation of his technique. 'It is my way of playing the game and I want it to stay that way'. Words to shock and offend many a coach, but it is the essential X, a pearl of great price in modern cricket. Few have been blessed with his genius for attack; fewer still with the nerve to go through with it come triumph or failure."

Read that passage once, and maybe a second time. Who does it bring to mind? If you're still not certain, here's a second opinion about the same player.

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