Noted British writer Jeffrey Archer is in awe of the way Virender Sehwag bats and considers him as the most exciting batsman ever other than the West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards.

A close follower of Indian cricket, he says it’s a treat to watch Sehwag plundering runs and punishing bowlers.

“Sehwag is probably the most exciting batsman other than Viv Richards that I have seen in my life,” Archer told PTI.

On Sehwag’s exclusion from the Test team, Archer says it’s a very “interesting” decision.

“He was dropped...which is a very interesting decision. He is very up and down. He is very mercurial. He can be his own man.”

The playwright feels that Indian cricket is too much influenced by Twenty20 cricket, by the IPL and too much of money is involved.

“Cricket is a Test match with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid fighting all day to save the game. I was shocked to see so less people in the stadium (during the Mohali Test). The ground was empty. It is unbelievable. When it’s a T20 match it’s absolutely packed,” he said.

“Rahul Dravid is such a stylist batsman. Anil Kumble is a great captain and behaved with such dignity over the Ponting-Harbhajan thing. And of course, the great Sachin is the great Sachin.”

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