File photo of former India player Virender Sehwag© Twitter
Legendary Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag called Pakistani Inzamam-ul-Haq the best mid-range batsman in Asia. In a recent episode of Breakfast with Champions hosted by Gaurav Kapoor, Sehwag explained how the former Pakistani skipper epitomized fearless baseball even in the early 2000s, and also made it clear why he chose Inzamam over Sachin Tendulkar. Calling Tendulkar “his league,” Sehwag said Inzamam was the best among “the rest” and was one of the few batters in Asia who wasn’t bothered by the increase in required running speed.
“Inzi bhai bahut sweet hai. Sab log baat karte hai Sachin Tendulkar ki lekin Inzamam-ul-Haq Asia ka middle-order ka sabse bada batsman main maanta hoon. count him nahi kart hum Jitne bhi aur desho ke ballebaaz aate hai middle order ke , unmein unse better ballebaaz maine nahi dekha Us zamane mein, 2003-04 mein vo 8 run ki medium baatein karte the ki chinta mat kar aaram se bana 10 over mein 80 run koi aur team aur player panic kar jate he par vo kehte the ki bann jayenge chinta mat karo (Inzi bhai was very, very nice. Everyone is talking about Sachin Tendulkar, but I believe that Inzamam-ul-Haq is the biggest mid-level batsman in Asia. This is because Tendulkar is above any league of players We don’t count him among the batsmen He doesn’t even count among the people Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh – among them I did not see anyone better than him At that time, in 2003 and 2004, with 8 runs over, he used to say, “Don’t worry. We’ll beat them easily. I mean, with 80 runs in 10 overs, any other team would panic.” Any other player would have panicked. He simply said, “We will do it. Don’t worry,” he said.
Inzamam is regarded as one of the best skippers and batters Pakistan has ever produced, with 8,830 runs in 120 Test matches and a mammoth 11,739 runs in 378 one-day internationals.
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