Friday, December 9, 2011

Sehwag's double century

Ever since that innings of quick century on New Zealand in 2001 in Srilanka which helped India reach finals in the triangular series, I always thought that if there was one cricketer who had potential to make a double century in ODIs, he would be Sehwag. There were many people who shared this feeling. But he never lived up to our expectations. Sachin achieved that feat before him, which I never thought he would.

Yesterday, while Sehwag was batting on 50s, I had gut feeling that he would make a double century. Couple of times earlier, I had the same gut feeling. Like in that match with Bangladesh in 2011 world cup. But he didnt. Even yesterday, when he played that reckless shot in 170s, for a fleeting moment I thought everything was finished. Thank God, thank Sammy for dropping the catch.

As he approached close to 200, I had this mixed feeling of sadness and happiness. Sadness because Sachin's record was going to be broken.

Even though he was helped by the flat track and weak bowling, one can't take away the credit from Sehwag, for batting in such an amazing way. There were some breath-taking shots, which were eye-pleasing.

Hope this record stays for some years to come, without being threatened by the likes of Shane Watson or Chris Gayle. (That innings of 185 of Shane Watson on Bangladesh was astonishing.)

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