For Virender Sehwag, the only ball that mattered was the one he was about to face


If you want to learn how to live in the moment, you don’t need to take yoga lessons or visit a monastery or study ancient Buddhist texts. All you need to do is watch Virender Sehwag bat.

With other batsmen, there is a sense of continuity, a sense that what happens with this delivery is predicated on what happened to the previous one and what might happen to the next one. With Sehwag, there was only this ball, this moment. If it was a bad delivery, it would be punished. If it was a good delivery, it might still be punished. If it was a really good delivery, then he might show it some respect.

And then it was on to the next ball. The previous one might have been hit for four or six, or been defended, or nicked through the slips. It didn’t matter. He might have been batting on 5 or 95 or 195. It didn’t matter. The game might be in the balance. It didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was the current moment.