November 22, 2012

Indian cricket

Multan my cherished moment with Viru - Sachin

On the occasion of Virender Sehwag's 100th Test, Sachin Tendulkar shares his thoughts and experiences of batting with Sehwag with Devendra Pandey in the Indian Express. He said the partnership during India's Test against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 was among his cherished moments with him.

Once he reached his double hundred and there was a phase when I felt that Viru was relaxing a little bit and had lost his concentration. I went and told him, "Something big can happen if you cross this stage, so don't lose your concentration now." He didn't and scored the first triple-century by an Indian.

Virender Sehwag's indifference towards milestones and his relaxed demeanour on the cricket field are well known. GS Vivek, writing in India Today, cites instances that help to define him as a human.

The Indian opening batsman, once, after playing a first-class game, drove overnight by road just in time to reach for an office match the next morning. His logic was simple --- If he doesn't play office games, the company will lose matches, they will stop recruiting in future and many other cricketers will not have jobs. Sehwag, offered a job in an oil company, said he would take it only after all other cricketers in probation would be made permanent, because he didn't want anyone to suffer because of him.


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