Sehwag rates Chennai knock ahead of Multan

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Mar 28, 2008 at 09:23pm IST

New Delhi: Virender Sehwag created history on Friday when he became only the third batsman in the world and the first Indian to score two triple hundreds.

On Day III of the first Test against South Africa at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai he hammered away to score a superb career-best equalling 309 not out, carrying India to 468-1 at stumps.

Sehwag's coach was a proud man after seeing his ward's superlative knock and he wants his student to do even better.

"I hope he makes 400 runs tomorrow and becomes the first player in India. All other coaches used to tell me that he would make me famous," said AN Sharma, Sehwag's coach.

Sehwag's family, too, was delighted at his feat on Friday, but hoped he goes on to do the unthinkable.

"He is India's No. 1. My uncle is the best," says Sania, Sehwag's niece.

Adds his sister-in-law: "We are delighted. But 309 is still too few as he has already scored it against Pakistan once. We will be ecstatic when he crosses 400 and breaks Lara's record."

After the day's play Sehwag was honest in expressing himself as his bat does.

"No words to describe how great it feels. The kind of patience and concentration I played with here, I didn't display even in Multan (where Sehwag scored his previous triple-century in 2004)," Sehwag said.

The Indian opener dedicated his knock to his late father, wife and son.

"I dedicate this triple-century to my father, who passed away recently. It was always his dream that I should play for India. He would have been very happy today. I also dedicate this to my wife and son, who are here with me. My wife has given up a lot and made a lot of sacrifices, and I dedicate this innings to her as well," he said.

"It feels great. I feel proud of myself," he replied when asked how he felt after joining late Sir Don Bradman and Brian Lara as scorer of two triple tons.

Sehwag also said that the team would take things as they come on Day IV.

"We plan to bat till lunch or tea tomorrow, and then plan things according to the situation," he said.

He added that he was hurt after he was dropped for the Pakistan series and that gave him the motivation to come out with all guns blazing.

"I was really hurt when I was dropped for the Pakistan series. Maybe it was good for me as it motivated me. I had to prove that I belong. So I had to concentrate on batting to get a big score, and prove I was a better Test player than that," he said and added that he would "think about it (scoring 400 runs) if I'm batting till lunch tomorrow".

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