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Shoaib Akhtar speaks well of India to make money: Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Akhatr

Virender Sehwag is known to decimate opposition bowling by simply remaining unfazed by with the situation or the merit of a ball and a bowler.

The aggressive  Delhi resident was at his best when he ridiculed the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ Shoaib Akhtar’s words of praise for Indian cricket with the sole reason of only earning money coming in cricket’s commercial hub India.

“Shoaib Akhtar became a really good friend because he wanted to establish a business in India. That’s why he had to talk good about India so that he could get paid for doing commentary. Whenever you see Akhtar today, you’ll notice him praising India so much, nobody would even believe him praising India so much in his life. During my time when he used to bowl to me, there was no love lost. Money can do everything,” Sehwag poked fun at former Pakistan speedster, here during the launch of mobile streaming service Viu.

Sehwag and former India pacer Zaheer Khan will feature in a brand new celebrity cricket chat show “what the Duck” anchored by cricket comedian Vikram Sathaye on the digital platform. The 12-minute episode will showcase the funny side of former and current cricketers.

Sehwag present a glimpse of his sense of humour, telling them a rib-tickling tales.

The veteran opener led his side Gemini Arabians to clinch the inaugural Masters Champions League.

Former Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who played with Sehwag in MCL, changed his stance over his favourite captain, as the former World Cup player said earlier Inzamam-ul-Haq was his best captain but now it is clearly Sehwag.

“Yes, definitely, because now he too is in search of maybe a job in a news channel in India. If Star Sports is listening then they too can call him to give Sehwag some company and have another Pakistani commentator. Nowadays Pakistani people such as Mohammad Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq or Rana, who work in Pakistan TV channels, all want to come to India because they know India is a big market and obviously, if you get Rs 1 lakh over here, then its Rs 2 lakh in Pakistan,” the 37-year-old Sehwag told Sathaye in a chat much to the laughter of the corporate gathering.

Sehwag announced his retirement from international cricket last year in October is quite relieved to leave the game especially when it comes to his two kids Aryavir and Vedant, who would taunt their dad while he was in his playing days.

“When you have children they tease you to such levels that you can’t even expect. Today also when they watch television, they tell me, ‘Papa, agar aap khel rahe tho aap out ho jaate, tho hamara kya hota, hamare dost tho haemin maar ke ate’ (Papa, if you were playing today and if you were out then our friends would hammer us). Imagine if I was playing and got out, how much would I have to listen? Luckily now I have left cricket and my children too have grown older and mature,” Sehwag guffawed.

During the course of his chat, it was also revealed that former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid used to meditate for 20 minutes, would not see Sehwag attend the mediation course.

“I don’t think it’s needed. My funda is to play the ball you just need 30 seconds or 20 seconds. If you can meditate for that time then it’s very good. Whenever I tried to meditate, be it for 20, 30 or 50 seconds, I just couldn’t do it so that’s why I didn’t even try to mediate. I though whatever I am doing that’s fine. Singing songs, blowing whistles (while batting), in that way I am getting to score runs and more than Dravid so what’s the problem,” he added heartily.

 

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