Virender Sehwag backs Rishabh Pant


India tour of England: “If he goes on to play 100-plus Tests, his name would be etched in the history books forever. Only 11 Indian cricketers have achieved this feat, and everyone can recall those 11 names,” said Sehwag in an upcoming episode of Home of Heroes show on Sports18, to be aired at 7 pm on Friday. Follow ENG vs IND LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

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India tour of England: Virender Sehwag backs young Rishabh Pant for greatness, says “he will be etched in the record books”

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Sehwag himself had been one of the most destructive players to feature in Test cricket, compiling 8586 runs, averaging 49.34 at an astonishing strike rate of 82.23 apart from 8273 in ODIs at 35.05 with a strike rate of 104.33. 

It wasn’t surprising that Sehwag still feels that Test cricket will remain the ultimate format of the game in the future despite the T20 format turning out to be more popular and lucrative. 

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India tour of England: Virender Sehwag backs young Rishabh Pant for greatness, says “he will be etched in the record books”

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“In my humble opinion, Test cricket is the ultimate cricket. Why does Virat Kohli emphasise so much on playing Tests? He knows that if he plays 100-150 or even 200 Tests, he will be immortalised in the record books.” 

Sehwag is also remembered for his penchant for hitting boundaries on the first ball, which he did so five times during the victorious 2011 World Cup campaign. 

Asked about it, he remarked, “Many, including (Sachin) Tendulkar, told me that I planned to hit the first ball to the fence, but I never did. I would be prepared to hit the first ball, thinking it would more often be a loosener or a warm-up delivery (by the bowler).” 

India tour of England: Virender Sehwag backs young Rishabh Pant for greatness, says “he will be etched in the record books”

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