Sachin Tendulkar was already a legend when Virender Sehwag made his international debut back in 1999. Sehwag, who grew up idolizing Tendulkar in the early 90s, was often labelled as the replica of Little Master because of his strokeplay and upright stance.
The duo of Sachin and Sehwag also went on to become the second best opening pair in one-day internationals for India with 3919 runs in 93 innings, including 12 century and 18 fifty stands. Both of them played a key role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph with quick-fire starts at the top order.
Recently, Tendulkar and Sehwag appeared in Vikram Sathaye’s popular web-show ‘What the Duck 3’, where the former revealed some fascinating tales from Viru’s early days in the dressing room. The batting maestro also disclosed how he took the initiative to make Sehwag open up and speak.
“When Viru (Virender Sehwag) had just joined, he was a shy guy. He just wouldn’t talk to me. I thought this can’t work. If we need to play together, bat together, I need to make him feel comfortable. So I told him let’s catch up on dinner. Where he told me he was a vegetarian,” Tendulkar stated on the show.
Sachin also broke a myth which Viru was carrying with him as a youngster.
“He [Sehwag] was not eating chicken because he was told he will become fat. Only thing I told him was if I looked fat! Ever since, he has been eating chicken,” Sachin added.
Here’s the full video:
Opening with Viru was always fun. I had a plan, he had a song ????— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 9, 2018
Enjoyed being on #WhatTheDuck3 with @virendersehwag and my friend @vikramsathaye. This time I didn't have to give him too many bananas ????Watch the episode and tell me your favourite part. https://t.co/fWCgjez8Hx pic.twitter.com/unjDidE6Uo