Thursday, September 17, 2009

Learning from Sehwag

If we worked on our life the way Sehwag played cricket, it would be interesting would it not?

When he first burst on the scene, he was given the nickname clone - as a clone to Sachin Tendulkar. Now that nickname is rarely used and he has burst out from the shadow of Tendulkar (no mean achievement that).

But the amazing thing about him is his confidence in his strength and he does not let an "accepted way of doing things" come in the way of his using it. Also, he continuously works on his strengths and not once in the interview will you find him talking about his weakness. Though he talks of a mindset, his mindset is actually a mindset that just keeps things simple - hit the ball regardless of the situation - very difficult to get there...

And the nightwatchman story is amazing...

There is this story about you declining a nightwatchman, where you said you were not an able batsman if you couldn't last 25 balls at the end of the day. Is that true?
It is true. What is the difference between batting at the end of the day or at the start? If you make a mistake you'll get out. So I don't think a batsman really needs a nightwatchman, but it is totally an individual decision. Whenever a captain or coach asked me for a nightwatchman I would say, "No, why? If I can't survive 10 or 20 balls now, then I don't think I'll survive tomorrow morning." I believe that's the best time when you have the opportunity to score runs, when everybody on the field is tired and you can score 20 runs off those 20 balls. [Cricinfo Interview] [via Smoke Signals]