‘Sehwag had broken this player’s head for not completing his third triple century’
Virender Sehwag  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
- In the year 2009 in Mumbai, Sagwah played an innings of 293 runs.
- Sehwag returned to the pavilion after scoring an unbeaten 284 on the second day.
- Muttiah Muralitharan’s victim was made 7 runs away from triple century the next day
New Delhi: Former India opener Virender Sehwag, popularly known as the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’, is still remembered for his explosive batting. The world’s legendary bowler used to be afraid to bowl in front of him because in his day Sehwag had the ability to take away any bowler in the world with the bat.
Missed by a margin of 7 runs from the third triple century
Sehwag didn’t care what the conditions were like and who was bowling in front of him. He used to bat only and only in his familiar style. Whatever the result may be. For this reason, his name is recorded in the list of selected batsmen to score two triple centuries in Test cricket. Sehwag had come close to completing a triple century for the third time in his career but missed out on registering his name in history by a margin of just 7 runs.
The pavilion returned after scoring 284 * on the second day.
In 2009, Sehwag was on the cusp of a triple century against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. But Rahul Dravid told him not to rush to complete his triple century and complete it the next day. Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was also a part of that Test match. Sehwag, who returned to the pavilion after scoring an unbeaten 284* that day, was stopped from completing a triple century by Muttiah Muralitharan for 293 the next day.
Should not have followed Dravid’s advice
In such a situation, Muralitharan has revealed that Sehwag then told him that I should not have followed Rahul Dravid’s advice and should have completed a triple century by attacking him on the very next day. Muralitharan told about this incident, I remember he was playing 290 runs in Mumbai and Dravid told him that play comfortably you can complete a triple century the next day. The next day he tried to do so but was caught. After that he (Sehwag) told me I should never have listened to Dravid and should have attacked against you.
Sehwag was a very dangerous batsman
Murali further said, Sehwah used to read my bowling very well and he already knew what I was going to do. Although he used to say that I can’t read his balls but I play your balls differently than other players. It was very dangerous and I have said this many times.
Thanks to Sehwag’s scintillating innings of 293 runs, India had scored a huge score of 726 runs in that match. Sri Lanka had earlier scored 393 runs in their innings. However, despite being bundled out for 309 runs in the second innings, the Sri Lankan team stopped India from winning.
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