Arguably the opening partnership of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir was the most lethal of them all. Sehwag being a smash-buckler, hard hitter batsman and on the other hand Gambir being calm and sane minded. Both were opposite to one another but their bonding was much more than just an opener. They were brother from different mother. Recently, Sehwag left the whole cricketing world in a shock after declaring his retirement from international and Premiere league cricket. This is what his partner Gambhir had to share on Social networking website cherishing all the good times they played together.
The best partnership
Rating the best partnership between him and Viru, Gambhir selected the India versus South Africa match at Centurion, Dec 16-20, 2010.
“We were 136 all out in first innings and we had a nearly 170-odd stand in the second innings. We tackled Steyn and Morkel really well. There would be times I could tell him to face a particular bowler as I took on the other,”
Though India lost this match against south Africa by an innings and 25 runs.
On their opposite mindset
“People make a mistake thinking that two people with identical mindset gel well. For us it was the case of two different people understanding each other. It helped our game also. We came close during the 2007 World T20. Virender Sehwag had then just made a comeback after being dropped for England tour. We both were trying to settle down. We helped each other a lot and thus grew a bond. I got a friend and a brother.”
On Sehwag’s self belief
“Look most of ordinary mortals have self doubts when they face crisis but Virender Sehwag never felt that he needed to change anything. Trust me it’s not easy for anybody and everybody in today’s world where there is such intense media scrutiny. Till his last day in competitive cricket, he stuck to his self belief.”
Sehwag and Gambir were a gem partnership. It is sad that we won’t be able to see them open an innings together for Team India.