India’s former coach John Wright has heaped a lot of praise on Virender Sehwag stating that he could destroy any bowling attack in the world. Well, March 29 holds a special occasion for Sehwag. On this day, Virender Sehwag made one of his two triple centuries in Test cricket.
The first of his two triple centuries came against arch-rivals Pakistan in Multan in 2004. In the victorious Test match, India declared on 675-5 after electing to bat first. Sehwag brought his triple hundred in the 122nd over in the first innings and got dismissed for 309 off 375 deliveries.
Sehwag’s second triple-century came at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in 2008 against South Africa. Sehwag reached his triple hundred in 278 balls in the 101st over by taking a single off Makhaya Ntini. At the 112th over, Ntini claimed his wicket for 319 off only 304 deliveries that sent the Chennai crowd into silence.
Remembering the knocks, John Wright could not hold back his emotions and showered a lot of precious words on Virender Sehwag.
John Wright Heaps Praise On Virender Sehwag
Wright said, “I loved Viru’s approach to batting. He was never intimidated by either his opponent or the occasion. To me, Viru was very special, a truly great player who could bring any attack to its knees. He destroyed bowlers.”
“It was a superb innings [309 runs, 375 balls, 531 minutes, 39x4s, 6x6s] in every respect, but particularly because it was such an important Test match for us as a team. Our first Test match against Pakistan for many years [first since 1989],” added Wright.
“His innings gave us so much confidence and relaxed us all in the dressing room and he just kept going,” added Wright.
John Wright Said Nothing To Him After His 319-Run Knock
Wright also highlights Sehwag’s breath-taking 195 (233 balls, 312 minutes, 25x4s, 5x6s), scored against Australia in Melbourne, just three months before his Multan triple ton.
“This innings, along with the 195 he scored at the MCG against Australia before tea on the first day at Melbourne, I will never forget,” says the coach who was with the team there.
And what did Wright say to Sehwag after his 309 in Multan? “I cannot remember what I said to him after his innings. I hope not too much, as words wouldn’t do justice to the quality of his batting,” he says in awe of the Sehwag’s explosive batsmanship.