On Sehwag’s 40th birthday, which fell on Saturday, Sachin, like a number of other current and former cricketers and thousands of fans, took to social media to wish him. In his wish, Sachin, who opened many one-day innings for India with Sehwag, with the latter generally facing the first ball, posted a photo of both of them on a couch.
So as per Sachin’s arbitrary but undoubtedly informed assessment, having faced 19 balls, the following would have been Sehwag’s stats:
Balls faced: 19
Dot balls: 1
Total runs: 52
Strike rate: 273
While Sachin and Sehwag tore many bowling line-ups apart, perhaps their finest hour came in the 2003 World Cup encounter with Pakistan when the fearsome twosome came up against the equally-fearsome Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, and hammered them, in particularly Akhtar, then perhaps the quickest bowlers in the world, who was memorably hit for carbon-copy sixes by the Indian batsmen. India ended up winning by 6 wickets with Tendulkar scoring 98, and went on to finish runners-up in the tournament.