Old habits die hard is a famous saying and it seems it is applicable for former India opener Virender Sehwag. The aggressive batsman was known for starting the innings by scoring a boundary on the first ball. And now even after his retirement from international cricket, he has maintained the habit as he hammered a four on the first ball of the innings while playing in the Road Safety World series. And what’s more he reached his fifty with a six, the classic Viru style of reaching a milestone.
Playing for India Legends in the Road Safety Series, Virender Sehwag came to open the innings with Sachin Tendulkar, sending fans on a nostalgia ride. The right-hand batsman batted the way he was known to and drilled Bangladesh Legends’s spinner Mohammad Rafique for a four through covers on the first ball. He continued the carnage by lofting the second ball in the same area for same result and then clobbered the third ball for a six over long-on. The opening batsman scored another boundary in the over to make it a 19-run over.
There was no stopping for Sehwag as he milked the Bangladeshi bowlers throughout the innings and made a mockery of the target of 110 runs. The aggressive opener brought back all the memories of his audacious stroke-play and his daredevil attitude of reaching a milestone with a boundary by hitting a six to reach the fifty in this game.
Playing on 39 runs, he hammered Alamgir Kabir for consecutive fours and then went aerial and nailed a six over long-off with a lofted drive to bring up his half-century.
You can watch Sehwag’s carnage and his vintage stroke-play here:
Sehwag remained not-out on 80 runs off just 35 balls with 10 fours and five sixes while Sachin too had a good time with the bat and made 33 runs from 26 balls with five fours.
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