Originally Posted by Uppercut
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.
I actually said that he never uses his feet anyway, so I didn't use that as a reason.
Sehwag hits in the air in a controlled manner when he's going, if there is such a thing. When your weight is falling against the shot you can't control how high it goes, and invariably it just goes at catchable height.
Sehwag compensated for no footwork by having an impeccably still head at point of contact. In Australia his head was falling back and his weight was all wrong.
Without going through them, I'd say pretty much every shot he got out on was mistimed/edged, not middled in the slightest. In form he plays those shots, but he middles them and gets away with it.