Virender Sehwag recalls one of his commentary box banters with Sourav Ganguly

"Sourav Ganguly's singles percentage was 36 and Virender Sehwag's was 24. And you're criticising my ability to run between the wickets?" Dada had pointed out.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly remain two of the most loved Indian cricketers. While Ganguly’s feats as the Indian captain do not fade away, Sehwag’s huge sixes as an opener still remain irreplicable. So what happened when Sehwag appeared on cricket humourist Vikram Sathaye’s show ‘What The Duck’? Some interesting revelations were made.

One among those was Sehwag’s admission of how he once challenged Sourav to a 100m sprint but the latter didn’t turn up for it. The former open got into an argument with his captain on who runs faster. And in order to determine that, Sehwag challenged Dada for a 100m sprint recently, but he did not turn up. Both Ganguly and Sehwag currently work as cricket commentators and also often entertain viewers with their funny banters.


During one of India‘s Champions Trophy matches, in the commentary box, Ganguly applauded Virat Kohli’s ability to run swiftly between the wickets. Viru, from the other mic, said that Dada too was brilliant at it. “Absolutely, I used to run very fast between the wickets,” Ganguly replied. “If only you could run as fast as Kohli,” Viru shot back. And this was what prompted the race.

The ‘who runs faster’ war

The conversation didn’t stop there as Ganguly revealed the percentage of singles by him and Sehwag. “Sourav Ganguly’s singles percentage was 36 and Virender Sehwag’s was 24. And you’re criticising my ability to run between the wickets?”

“Running-between-the-wickets is the ability to convert ones into twos, twos into threes, and threes into fours. And to reach the wickets on time,” Ganguly said.

“Dada, these stats show your singles percentage, not your ability to convert ones into two and twos into threes. You never had a problem taking just one run. You would easily take those from fine-leg, third-man, deep-point, long-on,” Sehwag spontaneously replied.