What separates Virender Sehwag from others

What separates Virender Sehwag from everyone else is that he plays each ball on its merit, and usually thinks each ball merits a boundary. That is why it will be no surprise if he crosses the 200-run mark in ODIs again.

updated: December 09, 2011 08:56 IST
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Indore: Forget that Virender Sehwag has always been one of the few tipped to get to the double-century mark in ODIs. Also forget that he was not the first to get there: he lost out to a freak combination of perfection, calculation and endurance from his idol. Just keep in mind that he has yet to end unbeaten when batting first in a non-shortened ODI. Imagine the day he does that, the day he bats for 3.3 overs longer than he did on Thursday.

Today will be a day for superlatives, and you could be excused for getting carried away and comparing this to Usain Bolt starting to celebrate in the last 10m and still smashing the 100m record at the 2008 Olympics. That Sehwag didn't seem to have to stretch himself might make you think so. Two hundred and nineteen might seem small the day he bats out 50 overs in good batting conditions.

Sehwag threatened to do it at the start of the World Cup earlier this year. In the first match of the event he fought the temptation of hitting spinners out of Dhaka, he also fought the boredom of the middle overs and had to endure back trouble to get to 175. He decided later he could do without that much premeditation. He stopped conditioning his mind to bat long and went back to reacting to the ball and the immediate situation.

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