Former Pakistan legendary spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has rated Sachin Tendulkar’s knock of 136 runs against Pakistan at Chennai in 1999 higher than the Virender Sehwag’s triple century at Multan in 2004. Mushtaq stated that the Pakistan team didn’t have any preparation for the Multan Test when Sehwag scored 309 off just 375 balls. The former spinner added both him and Shoaib Akhtar were injured and it was a featherbed. In fact, Sehwag had reached his triple century with a six off Saqlain Mushtaq.
On the other hand, Saqlain Mushtaq added that the team was well prepared when they had locked horns with their arch-rivals in Chennai. Pakistan was touring Pakistan after a long time in 1999 and Sachin Tendulkar was at the peak of his powers. Sachin played a magnum opus knock of 136 runs in the second innings but as India’s lower order crumbled like a house of cards, Pakistan won the thriller by 12 runs.
Sachin Tendulkar was at his best – Saqlain Mushtaq
Sachin was at his absolute best and took the attack against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq when all these top-class bowlers were at the top of their game.
Sehwag added that he doesn’t want to take any credit from Sehwag but he feels Sachin’s masterpiece knock was better. In fact, India had gone on to win the Multan Test by an innings 52 runs. Sachin had also scored 194 runs in that Test match.
Mushtaq said while talking on YouTube show Cricket Baaz, “Sehwag is a very destructive attacking player but I won’t rate that triple hundred. I will say that nature has given that to him on a platter. He has played a lot of good knocks. You enjoy when you have prepared well and the bowling unit is working fine and conditions are tough for the batsmen.”
“I rate the 130 odd runs that Sachin Tendulkar scored in the 2nd innings in the Chennai Test match ahead of the triple century scored by Virender Sehwag. Because we had gone with full preparation that time. It was a fight, there was a battle.”
Sachin Tendulkar was at his absolute in the late 1990s and he batted at the top of his game against the best opposition. Tendulkar got the best of himself while playing against the top opposition and there was hardly any chunk in his armor.
On the other hand, Virender Sehwag is one of the four batsmen who have scored two triple centuries in Test cricket, his other triple century coming against South Africa. Don Bradman, Chris Gayle, and Brian Lara are the other three batsmen to score two triple centuries.