Sehwag was included in the Indian team purely as a one-day player. At any cost this century is not going to help him make it to the Test squad. JY Lele, the then convener of the BCCI selection panel, said in 2001 after Virender Sehwag smashed his first international hundred in an ODI against New Zealand. Over a decade later, Sehwag is one of the best opening batsmen the Test world has ever seen.
Until the advent of Sehwag, India's opening batsmen rarely exhilarated their demanding fans on a regular basis. Sunil Gavaskar was a remorseless accumulator. But a remorseless accumulator is not very exhilarating, except to someone like Sir Geoffrey Boycott. Krishnamachari Srikkanth was mostly cavalier, which made him infuriating more than exhilarating.
Then there was Farokh Engineer, who was flamboyant and ended his career with a record only slightly better than Srikkanth's. Apart from the aforementioned guys, almost all of India's openers were about dogged defence. And caution. And studied accretion. Then along came Sehwag.
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