‘Shahid Afridi was abusing him a lot’: Sehwag recalls India-Pakistan 2003 World Cup match

The Indian cricket workforce will lock horns towards Pakistan within the upcoming Asia Cup on August 28. Each the groups might be dealing with one another for the primary time after the T20 World Cup final yr the place the Virat Kohli-led India succumbed to a bitter defeat towards their arch-rivals.

Matches between the 2 sides have all the time been intense and nail-biting and several other situations have transpired on the sphere when gamers engaged in verbal battles as nicely. Recalling one such incident throughout the 2003 World Cup, former India opener Virender Sehwag revealed how grasp blaster Sachin Tendulkar was targetted by the opposition workforce.

Tendulkar had performed a implausible knock of 98 off simply 75 deliveries smashing Pakistan bowlers throughout the park however he needed to name Sehwag to run on his behalf resulting from cramps.

Nevertheless, with the match delicately poised, Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi stored abusing Tendulkar to distract him.

“I got here to run for him throughout the recreation as a result of he was having cramps, and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi was abusing him so much, stored saying one thing or the opposite. However he remained centered. He knew it was vital for him to remain on the crease. He normally doesn’t take a runner, however nonetheless he knew that if I come, I’ll run like he does. There gained’t be any misunderstanding,” Sehwag mentioned in a video posted by Star Sports activities.

“It doesn’t matter what sequence it’s (ICC event or bilateral), the match between India and Pakistan is all the time intense. And we’ll all the time see fights or incidents going down between gamers of each nations. And I keep in mind there was an announcement from Shoaib Akhtar that he’ll completely destroy the highest order. I didn’t learn the assertion, and neither did Sachin, however Sachin did reply strongly to it within the first over of our innings. He hit 18 runs in that over,” he added.

Tendulkar, sadly, fell simply two runs in need of what would have been a memorable hundred. Later, Rahul Dravid (44*) and Yuvraj Singh (50*) added 99* runs for the fifth wicket to take India dwelling within the forty sixth over and win the match by 6 wickets.

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