India hero relieved after ending century drought

14:47 15 November 2012

Virender Sehwag. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Archive

Virender Sehwag. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Archive

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India hero Virender Sehwag was delighted after scoring a run-a-ball 117 against England on the first day of the first Test.

The opener’s 23rd Test century was his first for almost two years.

“Every hundred is important,” said the destructive opener.

“This one was due, after two years. So I’m very pleased to have scored one after a long time ... and at the right time, in the first innings of the first Test.”

He has helped to put India in apparent control, but warns 20 England wickets will be hard-earned.

“The first three batsman were trying to hit (big shots) and got out,” he said.

“If you try to block, it’s difficult to get out. The wicket is very slow; it’s turning, but not sharply.”

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