when Indian openers came on ground Shoaib Akhtar continuously hit the bouncer ball to Virender Sehwag during his spell and sledged the Indian openers to play a hook shot off his bowling.
Sehwag openly claims he told Akhtar to “Woh Tera baap khada hai samne non-striking end pe, uss ko bol woh mar ke dikhayega,” why doesn’t he ask instead of him to the non-striker end batsman Sachin Tendulkar to play that hook shot.
The very next over of Akhtar to Sachin Tendulkar, he hits the first ball of his over out of the ground, and Sehwag had famously told Akhtar “baap baap hota ha, beta beta hota hai”.
Recently when a Pakistani journalist ask Akhtar referring to (baap baap hota ha, beta beta hota hai) Sehwag said something to you about Sachin Tendulkar on the reply Akhtar said,” Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel.”
In the 2003 World Cup match India restricted Pakistan to 273 for 7 with Saeed Anwar’s 101 off 126 balls and defeated Pakistan by six wickets chasing down 274 in 45.4 overs.
Before Sehwag was dismissed for 21 by Waqar Younis, Tendulkar and Sehwag gave India a terrific start by scoring 53 runs in less than six overs. The top scorer Tendulkar got out in 98 on Akhtar’s ball, and Yuvraj Singh (50 not out) and Rahul Dravid (44 not out) made the significant contribution for the team as well.
Then India went on to reach the final of the tournament in South Africa where they lost to Australia by 125 runs.
Article written by SOMANATH SAHU
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