If I had a backup like Virender Sehwag… The pain of India’s Test opener Murali Vijay spilled
Murali Vijay, who was the Test opener of Team India, believes that he did not get backing like Virender Sehwag in the team, if this had happened, his career would have been different. Murali also praised Sehwag fiercely.
Talking about Indian openers in Test cricket, after Sunil Gavaskar, the one whose name has been mentioned the most has been Virender Sehwag. Sehwag brought a new revolution in Test cricket as an opener and he also ruled this position for a long time with his dashing batting. Sehwag has always been at the receiving end of critics for his poor footwork, but his Test records show just how effective he has been in this format. Sehwag has 8586 Test runs in his account and during this he also scored two triple centuries and six double centuries. After the retirement of Sehwag, the Indian team kept looking for a stable opener in Test cricket. After this Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan were tried, but no one could last for very long. Murali Vijay’s pain has spilled over after years. He believes that if he had got backing from the team management like Sehwag, things would have been different.
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During a conversation with WV Raman on Sports Star, Murali Vijay said, ‘To be honest, I did not get the freedom like Virender Sehwag. Whatever Sehwag got in his career, I did not get. If I had got that freedom, I would have done the same. The kind of backing you get from the team has an impact on your performance. At the higher level, you don’t get much time to experiment with different things.
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Murali Vijay recently said that he still has cricket left in him and is thinking of moving out when he is not getting a chance in India. Vijay praised Sehwag fiercely and said, ‘He could have done the way he played and no one else. What he did for Indian cricket was fantastic. He is a different person. I have met him and he was very simple. His mantra was simple, watch the ball and hit it. The bowler used to bowl at a speed of 140-150 kmph and he used to play while humming the song.