In awe of Virender Sehwag's breath-taking batsmanship, Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews on Thursday said he has never seen anyone treating a bowler of Muttiah Muralitharan's calibre with such disdain.
Sehwag went after Muralitharan right from the word go, often dancing down the track to unsettle the wily offie, whose 20 overs cost him 119 runs without any success.
Mathews, whose 99 was one of the highlights of the Sri Lankan innings, conceded he had not seen anything like this before.
"It never happened to Murali before," Mathews said, all candour.
"The wicket was flat and the spinners did not get any turn. Besides, Virender was batting really well," he said.
"We all know he's Virender Sehwag. On his day he can do what he did to us today. He bats that way. The bowlers have to be careful with line and length, a little error would be dangerous," Mathews said of the Delhi dasher who was unbeaten on 284 and remains in hunt for his third triple century.