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Did Virender Sehwag try to copy Sachin Tendulkar?

Virender Sehwag was one of the most prolific openers for Team India, while he regularly used to open alongside Sachin Tendulkar. Although Sehwag was known for his unique aggressive approach, did he try to copy the Master Blaster?

Did Virender Sehwag try to copy Sachin Tendulkar?-ayh
Mumbai, First Published Jun 9, 2021, 6:04 PM IST
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Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag continues to remain one of the deadliest openers to have ever been produced by Team India. Having opened the innings on countless occasions, his aggressive approach allowed him to help India win the ICC World Cup 2011.

What was unique about his batting was his exquisite cover drive, which resulted in a boundary on most occasions, while he regularly used to open alongside the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. However, was his batting technique his exclusive, or did he try to copy it from the Master Blaster?

"Cricket is played on the ground, but a lot can be learned. If I give my example, I started watching cricket from the 1992 World Cup and used to watch (Sachin) Tendulkar and copy him....How he plays the straight drives, how he plays the back-foot punch... In 1992, if I could watch TV and learn a bit, why not," admitted Sehwag, while speaking during a promotional event in Mumbai, reports PTI.

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"But, in today's time, if you have videos of these cricketers whom you admire -- AB De Villiers, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle or Virender Sehwag, or other players, then their videos are available. In our time, such videos were not available. If in my time such facilities were there like I could speak to someone online or subscribe the videos with ease, then I would have done that and could have learned better and early and could have played for India early," he added.

Sehwag was famous for his aggressive mentality, no matter what format he played or the situation he batted in. On the same note, he also said that having the right mindset plays a significant role in the success of any cricketer, especially at the international level.

"What I realised with time at the international level is that mindset is fundamental to success. 99% of the times when I have been dismissed, it is because of my mindset. In looking to hit the ball in a certain area or hit a boundary or a six, I have perished quite a few times as I didn't play the ball according to merit. It is a knowledge which I wanted to share with budding cricketers," he told ANI.

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