Virender Sehwag reveals what happened in the 2003 World Cup against Pakistan.
Former Indian opener is known for revealing interesting and funny stories on the social media. Recently he and the great Sachin Tendulkar were hosted by Vikram Sathaye who runs a show on Youtube by the name of ‘What the Duck’.
The opener who looked fearless against any bowling attack revealed that he did not want to play the great Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram in the 2003 ICC World Cup. The Sachin-Sehwag duo was pretty much successful and fantastic; they both enjoyed each other’s company.
The two greats shared 12 century and 18 half-century stands the 93 innings they opened the batting for India (2002-2012). On the show, Viru confessed that he did not want to face the left-arm pacer Wasim Akaram because earlier he had given his wicket to Chaminda Vaas and the Australian Nathan Bracken.
On this the little master decided to have some fun with the Delhi opener. Sehwag kept on requesting him even when Pakistan were batting (India were bowling first) the master kept on refusing. Sachin said that his number is 2 and he won’t take strike but the rigid Sehwag kept on asking his senior to take strike and Tendulkar kept on saying no but then he finally went on to take strike.
“The story is, we were fielding first, so entire 50 overs I was telling him, Wasim Akram will bowl the first over. And I was so bad with left-arm fast bowlers that I, in the past, had gotten out to Akram, Chaminda Vaas and Nathan Bracken in the first ball,” said Sehwg on the show
Further Viru added that I was telling him [Tendulkar] the entire 50 overs, And he said ‘my number is two, I will remain at two only’. After that, it was lunchtime and I was running behind him, pleading. He kept saying: ‘No, my number is 2.’
“Finally I crossed the (boundary) line, I said, take the strike. He said ‘no’. We reached the 30-yard circle. I requested him again, he refused. “Then suddenly he went straight to take a strike against Wasim Akram. I thought: ‘Was he playing with me all the time?’
Team India won that match by 6 wickets and Sachin Tendulkar went on to score a brilliant 98 and bagged the man of the match award too!