Back where 100s ended, Sehwag begins anew

This being Sehwag, England had plenty of fielders on the ropes; he cheerfully milked the bowling for singles, 40 in all. When Swann dismissed him with an off break that sneaked under an attempted sweep and knocked back off stump, Sehwag had scored 117 off 117 balls. The Test match was only halfway into its second session.

Already, the Motera strip had telltale diagonal scuff-marks at either end, from the bowlers' follow-throughs. Low bounce had aided Swann in getting the first two Indian wickets. Sharp turn and uneven bounce would get him two more by the end of the day.

R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha must have eyed all this with interest from the dressing room. Thanks to Sehwag, they will bowl at England with a big total behind them and fielders crowding the bat.

Viruspeak

On Thursday, Sehwag was on song not just on the field, but off it too. Here are some one-liners from his press conference.

On his first ton since 2010

I am happy to get a hundred after one-and-a-half to two years. I did not have any doubt about my ability. You people had.

On whether India have upper hand

England are not Bangladesh. They are a good side. Their batsmen would not throw away their wickets. We would like to bat till tea (tomorrow).

On his preparations on match-eve

I have to thank my video analyst Dhananjay. We watched the videos of my past innings where I got hundreds till 11 pm last night. I saw that when I played the first ten overs cautiously I had reached 100. I did the same today.

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