Sachin Tendulkar virender sehwag reunion as opening pair in 2003 ODI World cup coach john wright conducted voting


Sachin-Sourav pair is one of the most successful pairs in ODI history
Sachin Tendulkar opened with Virender Sehwag in 93 innings of ODIs

New Delhi. If we talk about the best opening pair of ODI cricket, then the names of Indian players will come at the top of the list. The opening pair of Sourav Ganguly-Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful pair in ODI history. Both of them had scored 6609 runs in 136 innings while opening in ODIs. There were 21 century and 23 half-century partnerships between the two. But apart from Sachin-Sourav, a pair of India scared the bowlers around the world. This pair was of Guru-disciple. Sachin Tendulkar was the teacher and Virender Sehwag was the disciple.

The pair of Sachin Tendulkar-Virender Sehwag is also one of the most successful pairs in ODI history. Sachin-Sehwag scored 3919 runs in 93 innings at an average of 42. There were 12 century partnerships between the two and 18 times added fifty or more runs for the first wicket. However, there came a time when this hit pair of ODIs broke up due to ‘mother-in-law’s conspiracy’ and then from the 2003 World Cup, both of them started opening together again and after that the band of bowlers played is history. recorded in the pages of

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in an interview on how to open in ODIs? A story related to this was told. In this interview, Sehwag told the reason for the breakup of their pair was the quarrel between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Now you too must be thinking that there used to be a fight between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law even in Team India. So it is not like that at all. In fact, Sehwag jokingly blamed coach John Wright and captain Sourav Ganguly for this.

Sachin-Sehwag opened for the first time in ODIs in 2002
Sehwag had said in an interview to Vikram Sathe, “In 2002, Sachin Tendulkar and I opened the innings together for the first time in ODIs. Then the England team came on a tour of India. We got the team off to a good start in the ODIs against England. But, after this Captain Ganguly and coach John Wright parted our pair by plotting a mother-in-law-daughter-in-law. However, from the 2003 World Cup, our pair was reunited and after that it lasted for years and years.

How did Sehwag become Sachin’s opening partner again?
In the same interview, Sachin-Sehwag had also revealed how both of them opened the innings again for India in ODIs. Sachin had said, “We had toured New Zealand before the 2003 World Cup. But my performance was poor. I was disappointed about it. After that we came to South Africa for the World Cup. I batted at number 4 in the practice match. We lost the practice match. So coach John Wright panicked. One day he came to my room and asked me at which number you will bat. I said that I am ready to play at any number as per the requirement of the team. If you want to know my personal opinion, then I would like to open.

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Sehwag further said, “Sachin and Ganguly opened the innings in the opening matches of the 2003 ODI World Cup. We lost to Australia in the league stage. Our effigies were burnt in India. After this there was a match with Zimbabwe in Harare. In the team meeting before this match, John Wright asked all the players to put slips to choose the opening pair. Then 14 slips out of 15 were in the name of me and Sachin and only one slip was in the name of Sourav Ganguly. It was from here that I and Sachin again started opening in ODIs and you all know what happened after that. We even reached the finals.

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