Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag is known as someone who changed the concept of batting in Test cricket. However, the former batsman says even he had to respect the new ball while playing in England.

Now, as Team India gears up for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand, followed by the five-match Test series against England, Sehwag believes Rohit Sharma too needs to be cautious while facing the new ball.

“The conditions remain the same so it also depends on the wicket. If you are playing on a flat track or a grassy wicket, there is a huge difference,” he said during an interview with a news agency ANI.

“If the weather stays good there is less swing else there will be a lot of swing. In England, a lot depends on the condition. The ball can do anything if clouds come in and if there is sunshine it is easier to bat,” he added.

“Absolutely respect the conditions and wait for the bad ball. He has played a lot of cricket in England, so he is experienced and knows what needs to be done,” the 42-year-old further stated

“But my advice would be to respect the new ball and then he will get the bad balls for which he has to wait. Once he is set after seeing off the first 5 to 10 overs, then it will be easier to play aggressive cricket,” he observed.

Also, during the interaction, Sehwag explained how skipper Virat Kohli should go about his business in English conditions. He added that the 32-year-old should get the bowlers to bowl at him and leave anything that is bowled outside the off-stump.

“I think Kohli should show patience and he should leave a lot of balls. They must be made to pitch in the line and then he can score. He has to show patience and I am sure he knows that. I remember in 2014 when he didn’t score runs, he came back and spent time with Sachin Tendulkar and went back and scored a lot of runs. It helps,” he concluded.

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