The first triple Indian centurion believes the key to success as an athlete is self-belief.”When I started playing for India and Sourav Ganguly asked me to open the innings I always remembered how he (JAK) played -used the power play to score heavily . One thing I always remembered him tell me was to play more balls during power play . I used that at the international level and didn’t give strike to Sachin Tendulkar. That’s how I became a famous cricketer,” said the 38-year-old.
On the influence of Dravid, Sehwag added, “I started scoring big runs because of what Rahul told me. He said that to be respected by cricketers and media you have to score big. The 195 in Melbourne (against Australia, 2003) and then the triple ton in Pakistan (in Multan, 2004) changed a lot for me. That’s when I got respect from everyone. Everywhere I went people recognized me as the man who scored the first triple century for India.”