Virender Sehwag Rarely Got Emotionally Hijacked: Simon Taufel
Australia’s veteran umpire cricket Simon Taufel remembers Virender Sehwag’s triple century and praised the former Indian cricketer’s game. Taufel has retired from umpiring in 2012.
The aggressive Sehwag is the first Indian cricketer to score a triple century in the Test format. In 2004, India toured Pakistan to play Test series where Sehwag was unbeatable. At Multan, he scored 309 runs off 375 balls at a brisk rate 82.40.
Sehwag’s innings included 39 boundaries and six sixes against the attack that comprised the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Saqlain Mushtaq, and Abdul Razzaq. India eventually won the match by an innings and 52 runs and went on to win the series 2-1.
Simon Taufel enjoyed umpiring Virender Sehwag:
Taufel reminds that he was very lucky to the umpire that Multan match. He praised that Sehwag has an excellent temperament and said emotions didn’t affect his performance.
“I always enjoyed umpiring and working with players like Sehwag. He had an excellent temperament – he could score 300 or 0, and he would be the same person standing next to me at square leg. He very rarely got emotionally hijacked and his cheeky humour always shone through,” Taufel told Outlook.
“I was very lucky to have umpired that match in Multan with David Shepherd and Ranjan Madugalle (match referee) — both good men and strong in a crisis. Their experience helped me a lot in a significant series like this,” Taufel recalled.
Virender Sehwag’s century is special for Simon Taufel:
The former umpire Simon said that he remained focused on his job and not get wowed by a player’s skills. However, he remembers Virender Sehwag’s triple century because it was the first triple-century of his career as an umpire.
“I tended not to get involved in a player’s skill during a game and focused only on what myself and my umpiring team needed to do. I do though, remember Viru’s achievement as a triple century is significant, so much so, that I did not remember Sachin Tendulkar’s 194 not out [in same innings],” he said.
Simon Taufel started umpiring at the age of 24 and went on to become one of the most successful umpires in the cricket world. For his outstanding skills, the Australian umpire was chosen as the ICC Umpire of the Year for five straight years from 2004 to 2008.
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