An Indian Civilizational Perspective

“Yeh bowling kar raha hai ya bheekh maang raha hai?” and other Sehwagisms

Here is an excellent compilation of “Sehwagisms” – quotes from Sehwag which show his mindset.  He is unique in the way he expresses with his bat.  Although modeled around Sachin Tendulkar, he is very different and in some ways better than Tendulkar himself – highest number of Triple century scorer for example.

Yeh bowling kar raha hai ya bheekh maang raha hai? [Is he bowling or begging?]”
To Pakistan close-in fielders after Shoaib Akhtar‘s continuous sledging, asking Sehwag to hook. Even Shoaib’s team-mates couldn’t keep from laughing. Multan, 2003-04

“I was batting on 291 at Chepauk, against South Africa. I told Paul Harris: ‘Come round the wicket and first ball I’ll hit you for a six.’ He accepted my challenge and the very first ball I hit him for a straight six, and there was a long-off, long-on, deep midwicket and a deep point. I was so tired and he was bowling on the pads and I was getting bored. So rather than spending 10-15 minutes to get to the triple-century I gave him good advice.”
On Paul Harris. Chennai, 2008

“They are bowling into my body, and I’m playing my hook and flick shots to get boundaries. There is no other [effective] way they can bowl to me.”
On New Zealand bowlers, whom he admitted to feeling sorry for. Hamilton, 2008-09

“Boycott can say what he wants. He once batted the whole day and hit just one four.” On Geoff Boycott, who had referred to him as “talented but brainless”

“No, I don’t know anything about them. I haven’t even heard about them.”
On Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy after narrowly missing their world record for the highest opening partnership in Tests. Lahore, 2005-06

“Our bank balance.”
When asked for 343867th time what was the difference between him and Sachin Tendulkar

“It’s soft, but that’s the way we are.”
On his decision to withdraw the appeal for mankading against Lahiru Thirimanne. Brisbane, 2011-12

Ball ka ghar hai boundary, wahan usay pahunchao [The ball lives beyond that boundary, keep sending it there]” In an advert series titled “Sehwag Ke Thande Funde” [Sehwag’s cool fundas]

“In the dressing room they told me I was hitting the good balls too, but if you look at it my way, I hit only the bad ones.” On his 284 not out in less than a day. Brabourne Stadium, 2009-10

“No, there is no danger. We are the most dangerous batsmen in the world.”
To security people in Durban who insisted he and Gautam Gambhir not walk out on their own late in the evening

“Obviously when you are on 94, you can get there with just a six.”
To Paddy Upton and Eric Simons on what advice he gave VVS Laxman when he was on 94. Sehwag was running for the injured Laxman. P Sara Oval, 2010

“We have to work hard to take 20 English wickets. They are not Bangladesh.”
On England; his appraisal of Bangladesh hadn’t changed. Ahmedabad, 2012-13

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