Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Credits: Getty Images)

Last Update on: November 6th, 2020 at 03:32 pm

Former Indian swashbuckling opener, Virender Sehwag recently recalled the time he was asked by a Pakistani cricketer to sing a song while he was batting. Sehwag also named the songs he liked to hum while he was on the field.

The Delhi-born batsman is renowned for his audacious and extravagant way of batting. He has made a name for himself as one of the most intimidating openers in world cricket. Sehwag is loved for his happy-go-lucky personality, and even after retiring from cricket, he has kept entertaining all with his humorous commentary.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. (Photo: PTI)

Sehwag, on a chatshow on Cricbuzz, talked about different songs he used to sing depending on the kind of form he was in. He said his favourite song was ‘Chala jaata hoon’ from the movie Mere Jeevan Saathi, sung by Kishore Kumar. The 42-year-old also sang a few Bollywood songs.

Talking on CricbuzzLive, Virender Sehwag said, “I used to sing too many songs while batting. But my favourite song was ‘chala jaata hoon kisi ke dhun mein, dhadakte dil ke, taraane lie.’ Because it was one song that I could sing irrespective of whatever mood I am in, and it would lift my mood.”

“Sometimes, when I was getting runs, I would be singing Bollywood songs like ‘chittiyan kalaiyaan’. But when I was not being able to score runs, then I would even remember ‘bhagwan ke bhajan’.”

A Pakistani Player asked me to sing a Kishore Kumar song: Virender Sehwag

I Entertained Pakistan Cricketers With My Batting As Well As My Singing - Virender Sehwag
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Arjun Pandit, who was hosting the show, asked Sehwag if he could recall any incident of signing while batting. The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ recollected one his centuries against Pakistan in Bangalore.

He said that Yasir Hameed, Pakistan’s opening batsman who was standing at short leg asked him to sing a Kishore Kumar song. Sehwag, who was batting close to 150, happily obliged and sang a song.

Hence, the opener says that he entertained the visitors both with his batting and his singing. The right-hander scored 201 runs from 262 balls with the help of 28 boundaries and two maximums.

Virender Sehwag recalls, “When I used to play, no one would know that I sing songs while playing. But it has happened once during India-Pakistan series, I was batting around 150 in Bangalore.

“Yasir Hameed was standing at short leg. He asked me ‘Viru bhai, you sing while batting as well’, so I told him, ‘yes, of course’. So he requested me to sing Kishore Kumar’s song.

“So, I entertained Pakistan cricketers with my batting, but also entertained them with my singing.”

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