Virender Sehwag knows just one way of batting and that is going all out right from the very start. During his illustrious international career, the former India opener was no less than a terror for the bowlers. A strike-rate of over 80 in Tests, over 100 in ODIs and over 145 in T20Is completely tells the story.

Well, the batting legend was up to his old tricks on Thursday (February 9). The conditions and venues were a bit unfamiliar to the the Nawab of Najafgarh but it did not stop him from taking the bowlers to the cleaners.  Sehwag rolled back the pages for his fans as he slammed a whirlwind fifty in the T20 match against Shahid Afridi’s Royals XI in St Moritz Ice Cricket 2018.

Leading the Diamonds side, Sehwag played some absolutely classic shots to leave the fans stunned. Sehwag opened the innings with former Sri Lankan batsman Tillakratne Dilshan and scored a brilliant off just 31 balls. Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar ended the Indian star’s knock. Sehwag’s innings, however, went in vain as the Royals XI comfortably chased down the total.

Sehwag’s Palace Diamonds scored 164/9 in 20 overs but the Royals reached 166/4 in 15.4 overs with former England batsman, Owais Shah scoring 74.

However, Sehwag was quick to move on after the defeat and posted a brilliant message on his Twitter handle. Known for his witty tweets, the 39-year old said he might have left playing cricket but still remembers how to wield the willow.

“Hathiyar chhode hain ,chalana nahi bhoole hain 🙂 Great fun on the ice,” wrote the cricketer-turned commentator.

Cricket on lake:

The match took place on a frozen lake with temperature around minus five Degrees Celsius. Apart from Sehwag and Akhtar, some other big names who featured in the game were Australia’s Mike Hussey and Andrew Symonds and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.

Cricket has been played on ice in Switzerland’s St Moritz for more than 25 years. However,  this is the first time a series is being played.  Meanwhile, the next game of the series will be played on Friday.

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