Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag was one of the great entertainers of the game. He played his best cricket against Australia, England and Pakistan scoring tons of runs against these particular oppositions. Sehwag spoke about his special liking of playing against Pakistan.
He also spoke about how he entertained Pakistan cricketers by singing in the middle of the wicket during batting. Talking at Cricbuzz Live, Virender Sehwag remembered his playing days against Pakistan and how entertaining it was to be involved in those-high voltage clashes.
“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”.
I Entertained Pakistan Cricketers: Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag also remembered how Pakistan cricketer Yasir Hameed requested him to sing a Kishore Kumar song. This happened when he scored his Test centuries against the arch-rivals in Bangalore.
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 the 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.”
Post his retirement, Virender Sehwag has been working as a cricket expert with Star Sports. The right-hander scored over 8000 runs in both Tests and ODIs with 38 international centuries.