‘I should have never listened to Rahul Dravid’ – Muttiah Muralidaran on Virender Sehwag’s reaction on missing his third triple ton
Sehwag has two triple tons to his name.
Updated - Aug 21, 2021 10:15 am
Virender Sehwag is known as one of the best Test openers the world of cricket has seen so far. Back in his days, he has given a lot of headaches to bowlers as someone as legendary as Muttiah Muralidaran has also borne his aggression. Recalling one of such incidents, the former Sri Lanka spinner stated that one Sehwag got out on 293 runs and later blamed Rahul Dravid for it.
Sehwag who already has two triple tons to his name was looking forward to his third one during India’s match against Sri Lanka which took place in Mumbai, 2009. It was the third Test of the series and earlier the visiting side was bowled out for 393 runs.
Muralidaran narrated the incident telling how Sehwag was for rushing for his next triple ton but his partner Dravid asked him to hang on and go for it on the next day. However, on the next day, he got caught and bowled and told the legendary spinner that he should have never listened to Dravid only and instead gone behind him.
Virender Sehwag played me in a different manner than the rest: Muralidaran
“I remember he was batting on 290 against us in Mumbai and I think it was Dravid who told him to hang on as he can get to his 300 the next day. The next morning, he tried to tap it but got out caught and bowled and told me ‘I should have never listened to Rahul and instead gone after you,” Muralidaran said while speaking to ESPNcricinfo.
“Sehwag could understand and read what I was bowling. He says he didn’t read me but what I can say is that he played me in a different manner (than the rest). He was very dangerous. I’ve said this many times,” he added.
Muralidaran further added that he kept fielders very well for Sehwag as the batsman knew how to take his chances. He even waited for Sehwag to commit one mistake but in turn, the batsman was very peculiar about his batting and gave himself a lot of time to settle in.