Muralitharan told, used to eat fear from this Indian batsman not from Sachin…
- It was difficult for Muralitharan to bowl against Sachin Tendulkar
- But he did not feel afraid to bowl in front of him
- Virender Sehwag used to blow away Murali’s balls
New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar, the former captain of Team India, did not know how many bowlers around the world had sleepless nights on the strength of his bat. But there is one bowler who was not afraid to bowl in front of Sachin because he could not inflict wounds like Virender Sehwag with his bat.
Yes, this is true and this has been disclosed by Muttiah Muralitharan, the most successful bowler of Test and ODI cricket. Muralitharan believes that there have been only two batsmen in the world who have read his balls correctly throughout his career. He had trouble bowling in front of him. These two batsmen were the great West Indies batsman Brian Lara and Indian batsman Virender Sehwag, popularly known as Nawab of Najafgarh.
Muralitharan heaped praise on Lara but admitted that he was afraid to bowl to Sehwag. He used to field defensive against Sehwag.
When Muralitharan was asked about his experience of bowling against Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary bowler said that the wounds that Sehwag inflicted while bowling against Sachin were not found. Bowling in front of Sachin was not a problem for him. It was difficult to get Sachin out but he didn’t give you pain.
Sehwag used to score runs fast in any situation
Recalling his playing days against Virender Sehwag, Muralitharan said, “Whatever the situation, Sehwag was just a quick run-scorer. For this reason, the off-spinners had to apply defensive fielding for them.
Any bowler could be blown away
Muralitharan said, “We used to field defensively for Sehwag because we knew he would take the risk. Like Lara, he did not respect any bowler. He believed that on his day he could tear down any bowler. So we used to get defensive against them and wait for them to make mistakes.
Attitude was about to score 150 runs in 2 hours
He further said, Sehwag was such a player who had the ability to score 150 runs in a Test match in 2 hours of play. Such was his attitude. By the time he returned to the pavilion after getting out after lunch, he would have crossed the 150 mark.
Regarding Sachin Tendulkar, Muralitharan said, “Sachin used to be able to save his wicket against him as he was technically the most perfect player.” That’s why it was difficult to get him out.
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