Vishal Mehra ∙ Aug 17 2022, 2:29 PM

Sehwag's big revelation about the 2003 World Cup game against Pakistan


Sachin Tendulkar top scored for India

The India-Pakistan rivalry is one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world. These matches have often seen tempers flare between players, be it the confrontations between Kiran More-Javed Miandad, Venkatesh Prasad-Aamir Sohail, and Shahid Afridi-Gautam Gambhir.

Afridi has been a constant feature in many verbal duals as well. Former India opener Virender Sehwag has revealed another anecdote from the Indo-Pak affair that saw Afridi swear at Sachin Tendulkar during the famous 2003 World Cup match at Centurion.

“We knew it was an important game. But Tendulkar was so experienced, he had played so many games against Pakistan.. he knew that he need to be prepared for it. If I have to consider his World Cup knocks, it was his best. I also came to run for him during the game because he was having cramps, and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi was abusing him a lot, kept saying something or the other. 

But he remained focused. He knew it was important for him to stay at the crease. He usually doesn't take a runner, but still he knew that if I come, I will run like he does. There won't be any misunderstanding," - Sehwag told Star Sports.

The rivalry will always be intense: Sehwag

Sehwag, who has been part of several matches, including multiple tours of Pakistan, said that the rivalry will always be intense.

"No matter what series it is (ICC tournament or bilateral), the match between India and Pakistan is always intense. And we will always see fights or incidents taking place between players of both the countries."