Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar engaged in a friendly exchange during the International League T20 (ILT20) in Dubai, where they were both providing commentary. Shoaib Akhtar shared a video on platform X, featuring former Indian opener Virender Sehwag playfully ribbing the ex-Pakistani fast bowler about his extended run-up. Earlier in the week, the two cricketers bantered again, with Akhtar attempting to jest at Sehwag, accompanied by insights from experts Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
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Hamaray pyaray Viru bhai @virendersehwag yeh batatay huay k mera lamba run up ko kitna intezar kerwata tha.
And he feels it was a big distraction. @ilt20official @ilt20onzee #dpworldilt20 #allinforcricket pic.twitter.com/xwzJFFpZdp
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 21, 2024
Sehwag had a remarkable international career representing India. In the Test format, he participated in 104 matches, accumulating 8,586 runs at an impressive average of 49.34. His performance in ODIs was equally outstanding, registering 8,273 runs in 251 games with a notable strike rate of 104.33. Additionally, Sehwag contributed in 19 T20Is, securing 394 runs. Noteworthy achievements include being one of the rare players to achieve double centuries in ODIs and triple centuries in Tests.
Sehwag’s collection of accolades encompasses the 2011 ODI World Cup, the 2007 T20 World Cup, and the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy. His bold and aggressive batting style resulted in the establishment of numerous records, including the distinction of achieving the fastest triple century in Test cricket.
Meanwhile, Akhtar, famously known as the “Rawalpindi Express,” gained recognition for his remarkable speed on the cricket field. In the Test format, he participated in 46 matches, achieving an average of 25.69 and securing a total of 178 wickets. Throughout his ODI career, which comprised 163 games, he amassed 247 wickets at an average of 24.97. In the T20I format, he appeared in 15 matches, maintaining an average of 22.73 and claiming 19 wickets. Akhtar holds several records, including delivering the fastest ball in cricket history at 161.3 kmph and ranking as the ninth-highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in Tests. Additionally, he played a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory in the 2009 T20 World Cup.