Bowling greats admit Sehwag fear factor

Sehwag brought to life the worst fears of the West Indies bowlers during his 219 run-innings. Four great ex-bowlers who were recipients of his wrath speak out on their misery when they were up against the hard-hitting batsman.

updated: December 09, 2011 13:49 IST
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Mumbai: Like most of Virender Sehwag's hundreds, there were records aplenty at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Thursday. The destructive opener already holds the record for the third fastest double-hundred in Tests, the fastest triple hundred (since the time number of balls per innings were recorded), the highest Test score by an Indian, and others.

But numbers will never tell the story of this once-in-a-lifetime batsman. Now, Sehwag also boasts of the highest score by any batsman in a small matter of 3,223 ODIs. Through all this carnage, Sehwag has not done any favours to bowlers over the years. MiD DAY spoke to four great bowlers who were recipients of his wrath:

Saqlain Mushtaq (Before the Multan Test in 2003-04, Saqlain enjoyed a stellar run against India -- 24 wickets from three Tests with four five-wicket hauls. But Saqlain didn't have to contend with Sehwag during those three Tests. The Multan Test was the last time Saqlain represented Pakistan, finishing with figures of 1-204 from 43 overs. Sehwag's 309-run blitzkrieg was, in a way, responsible for ending his international career.)

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