Virender Sehwag was one of the most fearless batters to have ever played for India and the dominance with which he batted scared even the best of bowlers. He was not concerned with getting dismissed or missing out on those gigantic centuries, but what he did care about the most was to conjure those titanic sixes that would be sailing across the stands.
There were not one but multiple incidents coming from different cricketers that would underline how much Sehwag valued his aggression and how important it was for him to get those boundaries and spice up the game rather than playing according to the situation.
He would also weave the symphony of destruction, as he was known to launch gigantic sixes into the stands and precede them with the humming of a soft melody or an old retro.
Sehwag was one of the most destructive batters
One incident recounted by Zaheer Khan would tell us how he was sad because he missed a sixer and not his double-century against South Africa.
There were other incidents where he will walk up to eminent cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and urge them to hit instead of playing defensively. Imagine the audacity that one would need to tell the best batsman of the world that his gameplay is boring.
In an interview with Aakash Chopra for ESPN Cricinfo, Muttiah Muralidaran heaped praises on the former Indian opener and expressed why he was a bigger threat to the iconic off-spinner than Sachin Tendulkar.
The Sri Lankan legend quoted, “I remember he was batting on 290 against us in Mumbai and I think it was Dravid who told him to hang on as he can get to his 300 the next day. The next morning, he tried to tap it but got out caught and bowled and told me, ‘I should have never listened to Rahul and instead gone after you’.”
Simply Virender Sehwag things if you would know how deadly the Indian opener was.