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    What about being in the zone? Tendulkar said that what people call the zone, he calls the subconscious mind. "… All you need to do is look at the ball and play and the body is going to react. The concentration is such that you don't think of anything else." What's your definition of being in the zone?

    I have asked him many times what the zone is. He tells me that's when "I see nothing except the ball". I ask how that is possible. I have never felt something like that. I have asked Rahul Dravid the same thing. He says sometimes when he is in really good form, he sees only the ball - and not the sightscreen, the non-striker, the umpire or who is bowling, he just sees only the ball. But I have never entered that zone even if I've scored triple-centuries twice. Maybe I will enter that zone they talk about in future.
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    Tendulkar has been an integral part of your career. What's you favourite Tendulkar innings?

    When he was there in Multan during my first triple-century. Because I batted the full day with him. He always likes to chat and can get serious and caution you not to hit unnecessary shots. During that innings he told me, "If you try to hit a six I will hit you on the bum." He gave me a simple example - about my Melbourne innings in 2003, when I tried to hit a six on 195 and got out. Till then India were in a good position, but after that we couldn't make a big score and we lost the Test. So he made me realise my mistake. That is why I didn't hit sixes in Multan, but when I was near 300 I told him that I was going to hit Saqlain [Mushtaq] and he could hit me on my bum!
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    Is there one shot of Tendulkar you would like to have?

    His cover-drive, but I don't think I can do that probably because of the lack of feet movement.
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    What's the best compliment you have got from a bowler?

    I don't think any bowler has given me good feedback. Shoaib Akhtar was telling me in Multan that I was only hitting him to third man, so the next ball I hit a straight-drive. "Now you have to accept it was a better shot," I told him. He accepted it.
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    What is it about spinners? You seem to just get turned on by them?

    I was a middle-order batsman who was too good against spin and hit sixes consistently in Under-19 and Ranji cricket, and I still have the same confidence. Once Gary Kirsten asked me, "What would you do if there is a long-off, long-on and deep midwicket?" I asked, "Gary sir, do fielders matter to me?" He burst out laughing.

    Any big hitter, like Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Tendulkar, all can hit a six but they don't want to get out. There is a 1% risk.

    Let me give an example: 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.
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    What he said at retirement announcement-

    "I also want to thank everyone for all the cricketing advice given to me over the years and apologise for not accepting most of it! I had a reason for not following it: I did it my way!"
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    Sehwag:

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    In Tests

    He made his Test debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein in November 2001, and made 105 on the opening day to become the 11th Indian to score a century on Test debut and the eighth Indian do so in his very first innings

    * In March 2004, he became the first Indian to score a Test triple century – 309 against Pakistan in Multan

    * During the Multan knock, he became the first batsman to reach his 300 with a six in Test cricket

    * In March 2008, he became the only third batsman after Don Bradman and Brian Lara to score a triple century twice in Tests when he scored 319 against South Africa in Chennai

    * His 319 is the highest by an Indian and the joint 17th overall in Test cricket

    * His top four Test scores are 319, 309, 293 and 254 – these are the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 in the list of the highest individual Test scores among Indians

    * He is the only batsman in Tests with a batting strike rate of over 100 in three 250-plus scores: 293 (115.35), 319 (104.93) and 254 (102.83). The next best is Matthew Hayden’s 380 (86.95), followed by Sehwag’s 309 (82.40)

    * Seven of his Test centuries have come in less than 100 balls

    * His fastest Test century came in 78 balls, during his knock of 180 against West Indies in Gros Islet in June 2006 – during the knock, he missed a century on the opening day before lunch by one run; had he achieved it, he would have been the only fifth batsman to do so

    * His 200 in 168 balls (during the 293 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai in December 2009) is the second fastest in Tests

    * During that Mumbai knock, he reached his 250 in 207 balls – the fastest in Test cricket

    * In the same innings, he made 284 runs on the second day of the Test match – only two other batsmen have made more runs in a single day: Bradman (309 in 1930) and Walter Hammond (295 in 1933)

    * His 300 during the 319 against South Africa in March 2008 came in just 278 balls, which is the fastest triple century in Test cricket

    * From December 2003 to July 2008, he converted all his 11 centuries to scores of 150-plus, the first batsman to do so

    * Sehwag (319, 309, 293) and Don Bradman (334, 304, 299*) are the only batsmen to make three scores of 290-plus in Test cricket

    * Alastair Cook and Sehwag are the only batsmen to be dismissed in the 90s, 190s and 290s in Tests

    * Chris Gayle and Sehwag are the only players to score two triple centuries and also take at least a five-wicket haul in Tests during their career (Gayle has two five-wicket hauls)

    * His career strike rate of 82.23 is the best among all batsman with over 2000 Test runs and his strike rate of 83.10 is best among all Test openers

    * Sehwag (201* from 329 balls in Galle in 2008) and Graham Gooch are the only batsmen to make more than 60% of the team’s runs while carrying their bat through a completed Test innings – Sehwag had scored 61.09% of the side’s total

    * Sehwag is the only Test batsman to have been involved in consecutive 200-plus stands in an innings on two separate occasions: Against South Africa in Chennai in March 2008 and against Sri Lanka in Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium in December 2009

    * He has hit 91 sixes in his Test career – the most by an Indian (next best is MS Dhoni with 78 sixes); only four others are above him on that list: Adam Gilchrist (100), Gayle (98), Jacques Kallis (97) and Brendon McCullum (95)

    * During his 254 against Pakistan in Lahore in January 2006, Sehwag hit 47 fours – only John Edrich (310* v NZ in Leeds in 1965) has more – 52 – in a Test innings

    * He took the fewest innings among Indians to reach the following landmarks:
    2000 runs (40 innings, joint with Rahul Dravid)
    3000 runs (55 innings)
    4000 runs (79 innings)
    7000 runs (134 innings)

    * Dravid and Sehwag are the only Indians to play for the ICC World XI (against Australia at SCG in 2005)
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    In ODIs

    In Hamilton in March 2009 against New Zealand, he hit the then fastest century by an Indian, in just 60 balls, which was subsequently bettered by Virat Kohli in 2013

    * On December 8, 2011, he became the second man to score an ODI double century when he made 219 against West Indies, emulating Sachin Tendulkar, who was the first to reach this landmark in February 2010

    * Sehwag’s 219 was then the highest individual score in ODI cricket, which was subsequently bettered by Rohit Sharma in November 2014

    * His 219 is now the third highest by a batsman in ODI cricket after Rohit’s 264 and Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 237
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    In T20Is

    * His aggregate of 394 runs is the seventh highest by an Indian in T20Is

    * His strike rate of 145.38 is the highest by an Indian in T20Is and ninth among T20I batsmen with over 300 career runs.
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    In international career

    * Sehwag and Gayle are the only two players in the world to score a double hundred in ODIs and a triple hundred in Tests (and both have made two Test triples)

    * He is the only batsman to have scored over 7500 runs in the two major formats – Tests (8207 runs) and ODIs (7518 runs) as an opener

    * His aggregate of 16,119 runs as an opener in all three formats is the fifth highest in international cricket, while his 36 centuries as an opener is the sixth highest

    * His overall aggregate of 17,253 runs in all three formats is the 16th highest in international cricket, while his 38 centuries as an opener is joint 15th

    * Sehwag top scored when India posted their highest team totals in all three formats:

    Tests: 726/9 v Sri Lanka in Mumbai in December 2009 (293)
    ODIs: 418/5 v West Indies in Indore in December 2011 (219)
    T20Is: 218/4 v England in Durban in September 2007 (68)
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    Indian players involved in most Test wins %wise

    min: 40 Tests

    45.00 Yuvraj
    42.86 Gambhir
    41.30 Zaheer
    40.77 Harbhajan/Sehwag
    40.00 Dhoni
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    Two retirements n October

    Zaheer Khan born 7-10-1978 retired 15-10-2015 Age 37y-8d
    Virender Sehwag born 20-10-1978 retired 20-10-215 Age 37y
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