Over at Kridaya, Krishna raises a question I once posed about Sehwag’s conflicting ODI (30s) and Test (50s) averages. He has charts and wunderkind stuff; I have mere conjecture.
But I’m still a bit confused. Krishna rightfully concludes that Sehwag can go on and on unless the opposition gets him out early. That’s still begging the question. Why does Sehwag get out early more in ODIs than he does in Tests?
The simplest answer to the puzzle is that Sehwag’s Test average has been inflated by his many big centuries, which he can accumulate because of the length of a Test match. Without those innings, he would be just as mediocre as he does in ODIs. Right?