I find tough to bat against Murali, McGrath: Sehwag

January 16th, 2009 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Virender Sehwag is known for his fearless approach to the game and the opener said Friday he respected no bowler save Sri Lanka’s spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath.”Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan are the only two bowlers I find most difficult to tackle,” said Sehwag at the Cricinfo Awards 2008 where he won the award for the ‘Test Batting Performance’ of the year.

“I could not hit McGrath for a boundary whenever I wanted because he kept such tight line and length. Same is the case against Murali, you have to wait for a bad ball.”

Sehwag, who won the award for the unbeaten 201 against Sri Lanka last year, said he rates this innings at the Galle as his best so far.

“I had scored two triple-centuries in my Test career but I rate my innings at the Galle the best,” said Sehwag.

“My triple centuries came on good wickets and against the opponents who were not playing at their best,” he added.

“But in Sri Lanka, I was able to carry my bat when the wickets were falling regularly. And set a record. I am not Sunil Gavaskar, who could stay at the wicket for a long period.”

Sehwag, who was dropped from the Test side in 2007, said that lean patch helped to bring the best out of him.

“I was hurt when I was dropped. But I worked hard on my batting and fitness and made a comeback. I also worked on my batting stance. Our coach Gary Kirsten also helped me a lot to come back successfully.”

Sehwag was confident of India’s good performance in New Zealand. “We will stay in the hunt for the number one spot. And if we win, then we will be crowned as the No.1 Test team. However, sustaining the top ranking would be the most challenging,” he said.

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