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Like to speak my heart out, not afraid of anybody: Virender Sehwag on his Twitter trolls

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2017 23:59 IST
Abhinav Rajput
Cricketer Virender Sehwag

Cricketer Virender Sehwag (left) talks to RJ Sharat, life coach from Fever 104 FM, at HT Palate Fest in Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, on Sunday. (Prabhas Roy/HT Photo)

Cricketer Virender Sehwag, who is known for his witty comments on micro blogging site Twitter, said his tweets gets so much attention because he speaks his heart out, enjoys commenting and is not afraid of anybody.

Speaking at Hindustan Times Palate Fest and Hindustan Times Imagine Fest 2017 at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri, the veteran opener said, “Now there is no fear, no BCCI, no match referees to deduct fees or put a (match) ban from playing. Twitter is my field, so I enjoy writing about people here,” he said.

When asked about his favourite Twitter trolls, the cricketer said he enjoyed trolling British journalist Piers Morgan as he could not tolerate anything spoken “against” India.

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The war of words between them had started after Morgan had said it was shameful that a country with over one billion population was celebrating so much after winning just two Olympic medals.

Sehwag had responded to Morgan tweeting how shameful it was that England gave birth to cricket but never won a Cricket World Cup.

Thereafter, they kept on taking jibes at each other on social media on different occasions.

Talking about how he dealt with pressures whenever he was out of form or dropped for Indian Cricket team, Sehwag said he used to pull himself back from the game and devote his attention to movies and giving time to family members.

“Sometimes, we should not try too hard. When I was dropped from Indian Cricket team, I never used to practice cricket. I knew I needed to relax a bit to get my momentum back and it used to work,” he said.

Sehwag, who holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, said, “When I was dropped in 2013, I thought I will be able to make a comeback and play till 2015 but that did not happen.”

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When someone from the audience asked him about his favourite captain he named Saurav Ganguly as the top in the league. He said he is hopeful that Virat Kohli will break all the records of former Indian team captain MS Dhoni.

Sehwag said he is enjoying his second spell as a commentator and loves the job. The Najafgarh Nawab said Muttiah Muralitharan is one bolwer he feared most. “It was difficult playing him, both due to his bowling action and his length.”

Talking about his love for street foods in Delhi, he said he likes kachoris being served in Lajpat Nagar where he often visits on weekends if he is in Delhi.