You must have heard of bowlers starting to sweat out seeing Virender Sehwag in front of them. The Delhi-born batsman had an aura that made even the best of the bowlers in the business sweat out. Pakistan’s Naved-ul-Hasan was among those who did not like to bowl at Sehwag. At all. This video clip from an India-Pakistan ODI match is a testimony to the same.
It was the 11th over of the Indian innings and a nervous-looking Naved began the over shakily. He bowled a no-ball on the first ball of the over and Sehwag smashed it for four. Naved followed it up with another no-ball and Sehwag did what he did to the last one- he hit another boundary. Naved bowled 5 no-balls in that over and Sehwag hit three boundaries on these balls. The second legal delivery that Naved bowled in the over was also smashed for four by the ruthless Sehwag.
Here is the video:
Eventually, Sehwag ended scoring 16 runs in 2 balls while 21 runs were added for India thanks to those 5 no-balls. One has to say that Naved played a major role in making Sehwag achieve this feat.
Sehwag benefitted a lot on this tour of Pakistan in the year 2004. This was the same tour where he also hit his first Test triple hundred, a 309 at Multan against the arch-rivals. It was a successful tour for India, where they won the ODI series 3-2 and the Test series 2-1. Both the Test victories were sweet as India won by an innings on both the occasions.
Sehwag often called as Nawab of Najafgarh, retired from all forms of the game in 2015, after amassing 8586 runs in Tests, 8273 in ODIs and 394 runs in 19 ODIs.