Viru could tear them apart with words too

Viru could tear them apart with words too

No one let the bat talk like Virender Sehwag did. But when he talked, there was no holding back either. Diplomacy was not his cup of tea. He thought little of what he had to say and cared even less about its ramifications – whether he was reacting to a bowler trying to get under his skin or while replying to questions in the press-dos. Here are some of his iconic statements:

*"No, I don't know anything about them. I haven't even heard about them."
-On Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy after narrowly missing their world record for the highest opening partnership in Tests in the Lahore Test in 2005-06.

*"Yeh bowling kar raha hai ya bheekh maang raha hai?” (Is he bowling or begging?)
-To Pakistan close-in fielders after Shoaib Akhtar's continuous sledging, asking Sehwag to hook. Even Shoaib's team-mates begin to laugh in the Multan Test in 2003-04.

*"Boycott can say what he wants. He once batted the whole day, hiting just one four."
-On Geoff Boycott, who had referred to him as “talented but brainless.”

*"Our bank balance."
-When asked for what was the difference between him and Sachin Tendulkar

*"No, there is no danger. We are the most dangerous batsmen in the world."
-To security people in Durban, who insisted he and Gautam Gambhir not walk out on their own late in the evening.

*"We have to work hard to take 20 English wickets. They are not Bangladesh."
-Talking about England in Ahmedabad in 2012-13 while repeating his opinion that Bangladesh are an ordinary side.

*Aussie legend Shane Warne also narrates an interesting story about Sehwag in his list of Top 100 Cricketers:

"Jeremy Snape told me a great story about him while we were working together in the Indian Premier League. Sehwag and Snape were batting for Leicestershire against Middlesex when Abdul Razzaq started reverse-swinging the ball.

Sehwag came up to Snape and said: 'We must lose this ball. I have a plan.' Next over, he whacked that ball clean out of the ground, forcing the umpires to pick another from the box that would obviously not reverse straight away. To which Sehwag said: 'We are all right for one hour.' Smart, I say."

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