Pity that Sehwag was not able to make double ton: Gavaskar

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels opener Virender Sehwag's decision to make a departure from his 'see the ball, hit the ball' approach went a long way in helping him score his first Test century in two years, here today.

Sehwag smashed a run-a-ball 117 to put India in the driver's seat on day one of the first Test against England.

"'See the ball, hit the ball' - that is not quite the attitude of Test cricket. It is a wrong thing he was looking to do. Now, he played himself in, you have got to spend time in the middle," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar was disappointed that Sehwag could not go on to score a double hundred.

"He was pretty determined, putting his head down. It's a pity that he was not able to make a double century. That would have taken a way the game from England.

"I am disappointed, even he will be disappointed. When one gets to a century after a long time, one always likes to go on. But he has done his job. It is just a personal disappointment.

"That he has scored a century after so long means we can expect him to make a few more in not just this series but also in the the season ahead," Gavaskar told 'NDTV'.

The last time Sehwag had scored a Test century was against South Africa in November 2010.

Apart from Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara was the other Indian batsman to impress at the Sardar Patel stadium, remaining unbeaten on 98 at stumps. "We all know that he has got a very good temperament. We saw that when he scored that 70 against Australia before scoring a hundred against New Zealand.

"But the real test for both batsman and bowler comes overseas and that's where he will have to show whether he is an able replacement for Rahul Dravid," Gavaskar said.

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