I’m waiting for Sehwag to break Lara’s record, writes Anil Kumble
This day has been pretty amazing and it’s been really, really wonderful to sit and watch Sehwag go about his batting. For sheer will power and focus under some really difficult conditions, given the heat and the sapping humidity, it’s been a very special batting effort.
It is just not easy to keep your concentration going the whole day and he’s done it with style, going at over a run a ball for his unbeaten triple hundred. He smashed everyone everywhere and when he’s playing like this it’s really something.
A word on the wicket: it’s not like a typical Chennai wicket. Invariably, you get a bit more bounce and pace here, but maybe all the rain that we’ve had in the lead up to this Test made it this way. It’s also slower than normal, taking less spin.
Anyway, it’s never easy to bowl in Chennai. If we bat till tea on Saturday, we will be in a great position.
And then we’ll be looking to put the South Africans under pressure. Their tail is pretty long without some of their all-rounders and if we get two or three top wickets, they’ll be under serious pressure. That’s what we’re aiming to do, but let’s see how it goes.
Coming back to Sehwag, the third day of the Test was his. His stands with Wasim and Rahul have put us in a very commanding position. I’m actually waiting for him to break the biggest batting record there is at the moment: Brian Lara’s 400.
It’s a great opportunity to get Test cricket’s highest score, and he knows he can’t really get a better opportunity to do it. We have some special records, but it would be absolutely great to see an Indian on top of that list as well.
I’m glad Sehwag’s back to doing what he does so well. He’s definitely a match-winner for me.
I’m really happy after backing him for the Australia series. I’m also really happy for him, the way he’s come back to the Test squad after a year. He showed a lot of character in Adelaide, even if he was a bit subdued.
By the way, he wanted a bat from me if he scored a double. I don’t know why. So, at the end of the third day, I told him, you get your 400, I’ll give you two. I gladly will! — Hawkeye/Chivach Sport