Sehwag, against all conventional wisdom, happens to be one of the best TEST match openers around at the moment. And he also happens to be one of the most underperforming one day players around at the moment as well, which goes against conventional wisdom too. Wat could be the reason for it?
First of all, Sehwag's weakness is all too clear. He cant play the incoming deliveries from a good length that well. It is obvious. VAsbert Drakes, Matthew Hoggard and now Dwayne Smith and Brett Lee have exposed it. Then how come has he still been so successful in test cricket? I think the reason is because it is very difficult to bowl really good inswingers consistently. An inch or two off means an easy clip to the leg side for a two or a four or at least a single. And generally, GENERALLY, most batsmen tend to be more comfortable playing the incoming deliveries than the outswingers. Therefore, a single means going back to bowling good outswingers to the other batter. It is very tough for a bowler. Sehwag is pretty good off his legs too, which complicates the issue. Therefore, to keep him quiet or get him out, it has to be almost the perfect inswinger. Half an inch off line and he will clip it away easily. Therefore, the bowlers starts to go back to bowling outswingers. And that is the problem. 60% of the time, SEhwag can get them away. That will perhaps explain why he has been able to find success even though he has an obvious weakness at the test match level.
The ODI failures though, are hard to understand. It is perhaps the Slater syndrome or it is perhaps the fact that he can't handle a spread field (Even if most of them are inside the circle). What do you guys think?