Sachin Tendulkar took the strike on Sehwag’s request.
Virender Sehwag disclosed the conversation with Sachin.
New Delhi. The Indian team is currently one of the number one teams in the world. But there was a turning point when the direction and condition of Team India was changed by two openers. That pair used to be of former legends Sachin and Sehwag. After the pair’s dismissal in important matches, the fans used to have tears in their eyes. Both the batsmen have given India victory in many big matches. At the same time, now Master Blaster’s partner has revealed a funny gossip.
In the year 2003, Sachin Tendulkar had put victory in Team India’s bag by playing an excellent innings. During that time Master Blaster scored 98 runs in 75 balls. At the same time, Virender Sehwag played an inning of 21 runs in 14 balls. Sehwag told that left-arm bowlers used to give him a lot of trouble. He asked Sachin to take strike against Pakistan’s fast bowler Wasim Akram. After which Tendulkar flatly refused him. Sehwag has now disclosed this thing. Sachin Tendulkar never used to take strike on the first ball but after Sehwag’s insistence, the master blaster finally agreed.
Sachin said I will not take strike – Virender Sehwag
Recalling the old days, Sehwag said, ‘I used to have a lot of trouble against left-arm fast bowlers. Chaminda Vaas got me out on the first ball many times. Nathan Bracken bothered me too. During the last over while fielding against Pakistan, I asked Sachin Tendulkar to take strike.
Sehwag further said, ‘I told Sachin that if Wasim Akram would bowl the first over, I could have got out as well. He flatly refused and said that I am very superstitious and my pundit ji has said that I have to bat at number two only. I said that you are the number one batsman in the world and are obeying Pandit ji. He said no, I will not take the strike. But in the dressing room I urged him once again. I was trying to please him so that I could escape from Wasim Akram.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 14, 2023, 15:12 IST