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Former batsman Virender Sehwag can be considered one of the best rookies of the Indian cricket team ever. Making his debut in 1999 with an ODI against Pakistan in Mohali, Sehwag scored 8273 runs in 251 matches in a 50’s format. Known for his aggressive playing style, the 44-year-old has 38 international internships. However, few people know that Sehwag almost made his ODI debut for India in 1998 during the Sharjah Cup.
The former batter recently revealed that during the 1998 Sharjah Cup he received a call from the selectors after many Indian players fell ill during the tour.
“In 1998, during the Sharjah Cup, about six Indian players fell ill. I got a call to fly to Sharjah the next day. I bought a ticket, packed my bags and went to the airport. Ajay Duggal from Trade Wings called at the airport and told me not to board the flight as the players had recovered. I thought, “Baby is about to debut, damn!” featured Sehwag at breakfast with the champions.
Sehwag went on to talk about his admiration for the young Sachin Tendulkar playing from India during the 1992 World Cup in Australia. He also revealed that he was bullied by his brothers when he tried to emulate Sachin’s playing style.
“I had no idea that I would be playing cricket when I started watching it. I started watching cricket from the 1992 World Cup. It went live at 5 am. Even my brothers liked to play and watch cricket. neighbor’s house since we didn’t have a cable connection,” Sehwag said.
“My neighbor told me about this boy, Sachin Tendulkar. He was very young, about 19 years old. The 19-year-old boy played in the World Cup. watch on TV and copy its footage. My brothers teased me, saying, “Sit down, you won’t become Tendulkar,” he added.
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