Originally Posted by benchmark00
Virender Sehwag – Sehwag battled balance issues throughout the tour of Australia. His lack of footwork has been cited by many pundits, but if truth be told, Sehwag has often given the impression that his feet are painted on even when the opener has gone through prolific run periods during his career.
The real problem with Sehwag's batting has been his balance, which ofcourse is somewhat related to his poor foot work. During the test tour, Sehwag was hitting too many balls at catchable height. If your balance is weighted towards the leg side (say backward square leg for visual purposes) your bat will naturally swing in an arc which is conducive to uppish strokes. Ofcourse this can be somewhat compensated by regulation good footwork, however when the two evils combine it is a recipe for dire problems.
Hmm, I don't think this really explains Sehwag's poor performance. His feet have always been made of lead and he's always hit the ball in the air a lot, but when in form he's found a way of maintaining excellent balance nonetheless, even in Australia.
I'd tend to just put his failure down to shot selection. I don't think there's anyone that could have got away with playing so loosely through the off side against a new ball attack with the pace, outswing, seam and carry that Pattinson and Hilfenhaus were getting. I can't really buy that getting onto the front foot before trying to flail it over cover would have been much more successful.