Memories at Adeliade return for Sehwag

When he came here in 2008, Virender Sehwag had to bat out of his comfort zone to save a Test, and his career. Four years later, the situation isn't very different, except that he is also captain of a side in disarray.

updated: January 19, 2012 21:08 IST
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Adelaide: Certain places, when you go there for a second time, make you look back at what has gone by since the previous time you were there. Sometimes they give you the impression life might have come a full circle. Virender Sehwag has come back to Adelaide. Wonder if he feels his life has come a full circle now. He, though, will want it to be just half the spin.

When Sehwag last came here, he was fighting for his career. The year prior to that, 2007, had been tumultuous. He and India had failed at the World Cup. In a bizarre selection move, he went on to be dropped from the Tests and not ODIs, even though he had been doing well in the longer format. Then, just before Australia, the captain Anil Kumble insisted he wanted Sehwag. By the time India reached Adelaide, Sehwag had played one Test without great results, and was facing what was in essence a last chance. He batted for nearly six hours in the second innings, went a session without a boundary, and helped India draw the Test.

Sehwag's second coming began there. In his next Test innings he scored a triple-century, and in the series after that he single-handedly won India a Test on the horror tour of Sri Lanka. He played the innings of the year in 2009 too, pulverising Sri Lanka for 284 runs in just one day. He reached great heights during that period, and started laying genuine claims to being an all-time great.

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