Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was known for his explosive strokes on the pitch and post his retirement, he has adopted that in his speech. Where he used to entertain people with his fiery batting, now he uses his words for the entertainment.
Every now and then, he wishes cricketers on Twitter in his own unique style. He associates a story that he had shared with the cricketer on the field. The latest to come under Sehwag’s radar is former Australian cricketer Simon Katich.
Sehwag tweeted, “Happy Birthday to a wonderful man, Simon Katich. Have a great day and life ahead. #KyaFullTossThaBoss !”
Happy Birthday to a wonderful man, Simon Katich. Have a great day and life ahead. #KyaFullTossThaBoss ! pic.twitter.com/1QXkb0vXlO
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 21, 2017
Story behind the tweet
There is a hidden story behind Sehwag’s tweet. He was referring to his knock of 195 that he played in 2003 in a Boxing Day Test in Melbourne against Australia. Just 5 runs away from his double century, the right-hander wished to get to the landmark in his typical fashion by sending the ball packing into the crowd.
Simon Katich was the bowler at that stage who bowled a full toss that Sehwag tried to loft over the ropes. He failed to get the right connection and ended up giving a catch to the deep mid-wicket fielder Nathan Bracken. Katich was overjoyed and the hopes of Sehwag getting to a double ton were shattered.
That was the way Sehwag used to think. It was not the last time he attempted such a risky thing. While batting on 299 in Multan in a year later against Pakistan, he danced down the track to Saqlain Mushtaq and hammered a massive six over mid-wicket to get to his triple century and became the first Indian triple centurion in Test cricket.
It was a gutsy move that perhaps, no one else would have chosen at such a crucial juncture of the innings. Well, that’s Virender Sehwag for you and that’s why he all love him.