New Delhi: Former India opener Virender Sehwag once declared that he is "an entertainer". And he has entertained God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar too.
Tendulkar, 43, admitted that he enjoyed watching Sehwag bat the most while speaking during a session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi yesterday.
He said it the very unpredictability of Sehwag's batting made it thrilling, and entertaining.
“With Sehwag, I didn’t know what was going to happen next. After playing with him for a while I understood what he was thinking,” Tendulkar said.
If there was one batsman, other than Tendulkar himself in the Tendulkar-era, who made batting so beautiful and easy was Sehwag.
Sehwag made his international debut in an ODI match against Pakistan, then went on to play 104 Tests and 251 ODIs for India.
He scored 8586 runs at an average of 47.35 in Tests, and another 8273 runs in the 50-over format. But what set the 'Sultan of Multan' from other batting greats is his strike-rate, and a carefree approach to a game which is beset with talks of technique and application.
An unrivaled hand-eye coordination, and an uncluttered mind helped him play unthinkable shots and break many records.
He is the only Indian to hit triple hundred in Test cricket, and he did twice — both times at exceptional strike rate. He is also one of the only six batsmen to have a hit a double hundred in ODIs, a record he shared with two other Indians – Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma (2).
Tendulkar-Sehwag opening partnership is considered as one of the best in the history of ODI cricket. They have opened together in 93 innings, scoring 3919 runs at an average of 42.13 with 12 hundreds and 18 fifties.
Considering the amount of time he spent with Sehwag, Tendulkar sure enjoyed the Delhi batsman's batting like we all did.