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It?s Sehwag versus Pak

FORGET INDIA vs Pakistan. The battle of the moment is one that is far more concentrated ? Pakistan versus Virender Sehwag. And while the background to this is in the astonishing number of runs Sehwag has made against the Pakistanis, the genesis is in what he is supposed to have said about the Pakistani attack. Pakistan were thrilled at the astonishing rate at which they scored over 600 in Lahore but exceedingly embarrassed by their inability to take any Indian wicket before 400 was put on board.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 01:47 IST

FORGET INDIA vs Pakistan. The battle of the moment is one that is far more concentrated — Pakistan versus Virender Sehwag. And while the background to this is in the astonishing number of runs Sehwag has made against the Pakistanis, the genesis is in what he is supposed to have said about the Pakistani attack.

Pakistan were thrilled at the astonishing rate at which they scored over 600 in Lahore but exceedingly embarrassed by their inability to take any Indian wicket before 400 was put on board. This embarrassment was made worse by a rather sarcastic remark Sehwag made in the middle of the Lahore Test.

Asked whether he thought the Pakistan attack was more threatening than India, he replied, “At least we took seven wickets, they couldn’t take even one.” The Pakistanis were extremely upset.

They believe his remarks (there was more) smack of some kind of arrogance and the response has been interesting. Coach Bob Woolmer is already inferring that Sehwag is “a flat track bully” though in not so many words and the maverick Shoaib Akhtar told Star News, “He (Sehwag) should be humble and not make statements like ‘I love this Pakistan attack’… ”

Sehwag has obviously got to them and was only speaking the truth — he does love the Pakistani attack. He averages an extraordinary 112.36 against them in 7 Tests — a figure that becomes unbelievable on their home turf. Exactly 138.4 in five innings in Pakistan.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 01:47 IST