Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has given some of the most painful memories to their arch-rivals, Pakistan. From the knock of 309 in Multan to spanking Umar Gul early on in the 2011 World Cup semi-final, there exists no shortage of memories. And Virender Sehwag’s incredible innings of 254 is yet another in the list, which former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi reminisced.
The Test match in 2006 in Lahore turned out as an absolute run-fest. The hosts, electing to bat first, had amassed 679 in the first innings on the back of centuries by Mohammed Yousuf, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, and Kamran Akmal. In reply to that, the right-handed batsman and the then captain Rahul Dravid gave no sniff to the Pakistani bowlers.
The incredible batting duo put an opening stand of 410, which was three runs shy of an Indian record set by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy. Sehwag scored a mind-boggling 254 off just 247 balls that contained 47 fours and a six while Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 128 off 233 deliveries. The game resulted in a draw; however, Pakistan clinched the three-match series by 1-0 which India won on their soil two years ago.
Shahid Afridi replies to the tweet posted by PCB’s official Twitter handle, recalling Virender Sehwag’s knock:
Remembering the misery piled by Virender Sehwag on Pakistan bowlers, the marquee all-rounder remarked on Twitter that they joked amongst themselves to combat the pain. The 40-year old went on to say that Shoaib was undoubtedly always a threat; however, the wicket was exceptionally batting-friendly.
Great memories, this was I believe after one of my favourite Test inns in Lahore against India in 2006, Shoaib was always a threat for batsmen but this was a very flat wicket and bowlers were left to share jokes to overcome their pain ? https://t.co/9kTCuH4pYU
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 29, 2020