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Demolition man against Pakistan

The batsman Pak fear most! Who else but the Nawab of Nazafgarh, writes Atul Sondhi.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 16:29 IST
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Indian matador at Multan

On his way to plane to Pakistan, Rahul Dravid had said the first day at Lahore will be "very critical" to the series' outcome. The Indian captain perhaps had one of the all time great knocks, played by his deputy, in mind. Thanks to Sehwag, 309 is now a sacred number for the Indian fans. As magical as Bradman's 334 for the Australians.

Impossible to forget Sehwag's triple-century, the only by an Indian, off just 375 balls at Multan in the series' opener in 2004? And this was when India risked to bat first against one of the best seam attacks in the world.

Stroke-play -- Simply superb and extremely audacious -- was witnessed on the first two days.

Anything and everything loose were sent soaring over to the point or the third-man fence. Anything on leg was flicked with supple wrists. Sehwag's drives took the breath away, and Paki spirit crumbled fast and swift.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 14:03 IST