Virender Sehwag interviews are always fun to read — words that would sound vainglorious in the mouth of any other player, up to and including a Sachin Tendulkar, seem perfectly natural when Sehwag utters them. Check this bit out, from an interview by Boria Majumdar in Open:
I don’t want to sound pompous. But I can surely tell you that once I get to 60 or 70 there’s no bowler in the world who can get Virender Sehwag out. Only Virender Sehwag can get Sehwag out at moments when I am batting the way I am currently. My philosophy has always been to make the most of the situation when you are in form. So when I go out there, I identify a bowler and get after him. If he is the best bowler in the opposition, your job becomes much easier.
Outrageous, you think? Consider his follow up:
Q But scoring 280 not out in Test match cricket is phenomenal—is it a plan or did it just happen?
A There are no conscious plans like this in place. I have made it very simple for myself. There are 90 overs to be played in a day. If I am able to hit a boundary in 80 of these I can get to a triple hundred by the end of the day’s play and set a match up for my team. Gavaskar and Srikkanth have told me that I should just hold off for the first 15 minutes or the first four of five overs. Once the initial 15 minutes are over, I can get to many more hundreds. That’s exactly what I am doing.
If more cricket players spoke like this, interviews would be worth reading. Then again, if more players could bat like Sehwag…