Greatest batsman in Test match cricket today?

Mukul Kesavan in The Telegraph, Calcutta:

“The true significance of the [Madras Test] match was that it marked Virender Sehwag’s unofficial coronation as the greatest Test batsman in contemporary cricket….

“In spite of his string of enormous scores (he owns two treble centuries and three double centuries, besides 10 other hundreds, most of them big ones) and the ridiculous rate at which he scores them (no opening batsman in the history of Test cricket comes close to his strike rate of 78), there hasn’t been much talk of Sehwag as a batting great. This is partly because Sehwag sets no store by consistency.

“Sehwag has been undervalued because he is an original. His take on opening the innings is so radically contrary to cricket’s conventional wisdom that he had to suffer being seen as something of a freak.”

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