Navjot Singh Sidhu Called Me Sachin Tendulkar Of North India: Virender Sehwag
The former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag, who has now turned himself into a rock star on Twitter, has said that social media is a platform where he can directly interact with the fans and can express his opinion freely, “Social media is a platform where you can express your opinion and engage with your fans. I have always believed in one thing entertainment…entertainment…entertainment. There are already a lot of tension in life. If you can make somebody happy and make him smile. Why not, nothing like it,” Virender Sehwag during a session at Agenda ‘Aaj Tak’.
Post his retirement, Sehwag as developed a new habit of wishing other cricketers in a humorous way, which now becomes a breaking news daily. He has trolled everyone from Sachin Tendulkar to Sourav Ganguly to M.S. Dhoni. Sehwag added that he writes in this form to attract people so that people take notice of this and then laugh, “People write quite simple. I thought let’s write something that people take notice of. I met (actor) Ranveer Singh recently and he said that he reads my tweets at midnight and jump in bed, laughing,” said the former vice-captain.
Sehwag continues his funny rant here as well and said that he is his own favourite, though he has admired other cricketers but the cricketer he likes the most is himself, “My kids also tell me, you are a rage. God (Sachin Tendulkar) has praised you. Were you were really that good? Now I watch my own batting videos on YouTube and enjoy. I read my tweets and enjoy. I have entertained people so much, I also have a right. I have admired a lot of cricketers and I am also one of them. I am my own favourite,” he added.
Viru also revealed that it was Navjot Singh Sidhu who took notice of Virender Sehwag at the start of his career at an early age, “We have learnt a lot from Sidhu. He was the first person who praised me. He said I was Tendulkar of North.”
Sidhu was himself known a sixer king as he is regarded as the player who taught Indian batsman to step out against spinners and hit them over the ropes. Sidhu himself in an interview revealed that he was playing a Ranji game against Delhi, Sehwag was also playing in that game. Sidhu said that it was a quite tame and lame game before Viru woke up everyone with a huge six which took everyone’s notice.
Virender Sehwag was in all praise for his former statemate Virat Kohli, who is having a great year as he has eclipsed every mountain this year in each format of the game, “I enjoy when he bats. He reminds me of Virat only. In the year 2016, his stats are better than (Donald) Bradman. He is good in all formats, ODI, Tests.
“No one should be compared. If that happens you risk forgetting your own game. When people started telling me that I play like Tendulkar, I tried to copy his shots for 10-12 ODIs and terribly failed. Then I said, go hell with Tendulkar, let’s play my own game.”
When Tendulkar was stumped because of me –
“I was stepping out and easily hitting my shots. He was mostly padding. I said there is no spin, you can charge and play. It took me 2-3 overs to convince him. The only ball that turned was the one on which he stepped out of the crease and was stumped. I did not go back to the dressing room that day at tea break. I sat in umpires’ room. Later was I called. Tendulkar said only once in my career I have got out stumped in Test cricket and that’s because of you,” Sehwag revealed.
Wanted Sachin to open my school:
“In 2010, playing against Sri Lanka, I was on the verge of becoming an only third player to hit three triple centuries. Before the start of second day’s play I told Tendulkar that if I achieve the feat, he has to promise me that he will be there at the opening of my school. However, I got out on 293 and never asked Tendulkar to do the honours.”
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