Ahmedabad:You associate attacking batsmen with their aggressive aura, the bossiness of their body language. It wasn't just how they batted but how they moved around in the middle that said much about them. Viv Richards would swagger and Matthew Hayden would snarl, Adam Gilchrist was restless, Michael Slater was possessed by a nervous energy and Shahid Afridi is brimming with adrenaline. Virender Sehwag remains calm.
His batsmanship might hint at insolence but his body language doesn't. There is an air of casualness about him - so casual that it feels eerie - as seen again today at Motera. He doesn't look intense nor try acting cool; he doesn't draw from verbals with bowlers, nor does he try to avoid them. He just bats. And he chats - with the umpire, his partner, even a friendly opposition player. He also hums tunes, as he explained at length in the post-match pitchside interview. He puts in a lot in a hostile, demanding environment?